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Robert Ineson is an IHS Energy Managing Director, and leads IHS Energy’s Global LNG research activities. His expertise also includes liquefied natural gas markets. In 1997, Mr. Ineson was instrumental in the development of a modeling system for North American natural gas markets that is today the most widely used market modeling software in the North American gas industry and a key component of IHS Energy’s analytical effort.
He has 30+ years of energy industry experience and has led IHS Energy’s North American natural gas research efforts since 2005. Mr. Ineson is a coauthor, with IHS Chairman Daniel Yergin, of The Wall Street Journal op-ed piece "America’s Natural Gas Revolution", and is a coauthor of the IHS CERA Multiclient Studies "Fueling North America’s Energy Future and Rising to the Challenge: Turning North America’s Unconventional Potential into Reality—A Supply Study to 2018."
Mr. Ineson's past works include "Diminishing Returns: The Cost of North American Gas Supply in an Unconventional Era"; "New Realities, New Risks: North American Gas and Power Scenarios Through 2020"; and "The Alchemist’s Challenge: Turning the Southern Cone’s Natural Gas into Gold."
His recent research focuses on the unconventional natural gas revolution and on the evolution of global LNG markets.
Mr. Ineson holds a Bachelor of Art from the State University of New York at Albany, U.S., and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.
Jason Miner is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI . Mr. Miner specializes in global chemicals, including basic and diversified (e.g. BASF, Dow Chemical, Formosa), specialty (DuPont, AkzoNobel, Nitto Denko) and agricultural (Monsanto, Yara, Syngenta) chemicals producers.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Miner was an equity analyst at Deutsche Bank, where he covered producers of basic, specialty and agricultural chemicals publicly listed in North America. He has also worked for New York Consulting Partners and Archstone Consulting (now Hackett group), leading procurement, inventory planning, and manufacturing redesign projects. Mr. Miner began his career as an industrial engineer serving middle-market private equity portfolio companies.
Mr. Miner earned his bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, and from the University of Manchester in the U.K. He later earned his master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. In 2009, Institutional Investor awarded Mr. Miner Honorable Mention in U.S. chemicals and in 2010 the Financial Times/Starmine ranked Mr. Miner the No. 2 stock picker in U.S. chemicals. Mr. Miner also is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Bala is Director in IHS Markit’s Specialty Chemicals Insights division.
He is Global Business Lead for industrial gases and fertilizers business segment where he heads up market research studies including supply demand dynamics, producer information, trade and pricing analysis for industrial gases and fertilizer products. Bala has over 25 years of experience in process design, plant economics, marketing research and business development, both in industrial and consulting areas.
He started his career in 1985 with the Indian subsidiary of Clariant, and later joined Balmer Lawrie & Co. (India) where he was engaged in the manufacture of lubricants. In 1991, he joined Nuclear Fuel Services (Tennessee), where he was initially involved in process simulation, pilot studies, field engineering and process economics and later in business development activities
Bala joined SRI Consulting in 2000 and managed multi-client research projects before it was acquired by IHS in 2010, which merged with Markit in 2016. He has authored a broad range of reports for the Chemical Economics Handbook (CEH) and the Specialty Chemicals Update Program (SCUP) and also actively involved in strategy development and single client consulting.
He holds a Bachelors' and Masters' degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.
Nicola Williams is a Director of Clarksons Platou, the world’s largest shipping services provider. After completing a postgraduate degree in Politics & Economics of Developing Economies at Cambridge University, she joined Clarksons in 1995, where she initially worked as a Tanker analyst within Clarkson Research.
Since joining the Gas Division in 1999, she has been responsible for analysis of market fundamentals and freight across all sectors of the gas carrier fleet, LPG, Ammonia & Petrochemical gas markets. Responsibilities include preparing performance and benchmarking reviews, business development, market analysis, consultancy and logistics strategy evaluation. She speaks regularly at International LPG, Ammonia and Petrochemical conferences and workshops and is also a guest lecturer for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Regent’s University, London.
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