15th Phenol/Acetone & Derivatives Markets

06-07 Mar, 2018 - Singapore, SINGAPORE

Carlton Hotel Singapore
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Randy Velarde

Randy Velarde, a 37-year veteran of the petrochemical industry, is the founder and President of The Plaza Group, an international marketing firm specializing in refinery, organic and inorganic chemicals and polymer products with offices in Houston and Panama City, Panama.  Prior to establishing The Plaza Group in 1994, Mr. Velarde spent 13 years in commercial management and market development at Shell Chemical and Texaco Chemical.  Mr. Velarde received a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico.  Randy resides in Houston, TX with his four children.

Mr. Randy Velarde, President
The Plaza Group
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 11:20 AM

Dr. Qin Kun

Dr. Kun Qin earned his PhD in Chemistry from University of Delaware and his MBA from Drexel University, USA. He is the General Manager of Sumitomo Chemical Asia. He leads the company’s global petrochemical marketing and business planning with portfolio of 3 billion-dollar sales of petrochemical products of aromatics, intermediates, polyolefins, elastomers, and PMMA. He has 20 years of relevant experience and has immersed himself in various aspects of the chemical industry including research and development, sales and marketing.

Dr. Qin Kun, General Manager (Marketing Planning)
Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 02:50 PM

Mr. Carlos Diaz Castro

Carlos Diaz is a graduate in International Business Administration; He also has an MBA from IESE in Madrid. He joined the Cepsa Group 21 years ago where he has always been involved in the Chemical BU and mainly in the Cumene & Phenol & Acetone chain. He spent 5 years as General Manager of Ertisa UK, then he moved back to Spain as Business Manager for the domestic Market and now he is Global VP Sales & Marketing Phenol BU for CEPSA. Carlos is married with three kids and he is a big supporter of Atletico Madrid football club.

Mr. Carlos Diaz Castro, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Phenol Chain Business Unit
Cepsa Quimica S.A.
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 10:50 AM

Mr. Andrew Lee Fagg

Lee is Principal and Practice leader for Nexant’s Chemicals Consulting business in Asia, based in Thailand.  He is more than 20 years of combined consulting and industry experience covering technology, markets, business planning, strategy and M&A, spanning all major regions.  Before relocating to Asia in 2007, Lee worked in Nexant’s London office, supporting a wide range of consulting projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


Prior to joining Nexant, Lee worked for SASOL and Rio Tinto in a variety of commercial and business development roles.  He studied Chemistry and Business at Leeds University in the UK.

Mr. Andrew Lee Fagg, Principal, Energy & Chemicals Consulting
Nexant Asia Limited
Chairman’s Welcome Remarks & Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 09:00 AM
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 01:50 PM

Mr. Michael Streng


Michael Streng graduated in Germany in 1983 and received his diploma in Process Engineering. In 1998-2000 he post-graduated in the Netherlands and England in an international MBA programme receiving his Master in Business Administration.


Michael started his 30 years of professional career in Zimmer AG: He worked in the fields of process engineering, commissioning management, plant design and project management, engineering management, technology development and marketing as well as strategic business planning.


In 2002 Michael moved to the EPC Group. Since then Michael is heading the business unit at Alzenau, Germany and is the Director of polymer technologies and member of managing board of EPC. In more than 36 countries Michael dealt with a number of projects in the field of polymers and fibre plants, pilot plants, plant revamping and developments which have been successfully executed in the past years - and new product developments brought on track.

Mr. Michael Streng, Technology Director
EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 11:50 AM

Mr. Karol Kerrane

Karol Kerrane is Business Development Director at EPC Group. EPC Group is a German family-owned engineering company offering technology, engineering and plant construction solutions for a wide range of industries.


Karol’s qualifications include BEng in Environmental Engineering with Diploma in Industrial Studies and a MSc in Renewable Energy & Energy Management. Since joining EPC Group in 2011, Karol has been involved with developing multiple downstream industrial projects around the globe particularly for polymers and fibers.

Mr. Karol Kerrane, Business Development Director
EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH - HQ
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 07, March], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Warophat Kimchuwanit


Mr. Warophat Kimchuwanit, Vice President - Production Planning, Sales & Marketing
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 10:50 AM

Mrs. Kitiya Hongsirikarn

Mrs. Kitiya Hongsirikarn is a senior analyst based in Nexant’s Bangkok Office.  Within Nexant, she has been engaged in cost competitiveness, project feasibility and market analysis for various petrochemicals value chains such as vinyls, styrenics and phenol.  She has 7 years’ consulting experience.  Mrs. Kitiya also has a leading role in the latest global analysis of Phenol Chain Market Dynamics, and will share our insights around polycarbonate markets today. 

Mrs. Kitiya Hongsirikarn, Senior Analyst
Nexant Asia Limited
Day 2 [Wed 07, March], at 11:45 AM

Mr. Seiji Nishimura

Mr.Seiji NISIHMURA is the Director of Procurement Group and Chemicals Department, MMA Asia Division in Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, since 2013. He graduated from the department of Science, Tokyo University of Science.

He started his career in 1992 in Central Research Center of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., LTD, and in 1993 he got a new assignment at the Product Development Center. In 1996, he was seconded to US as Technical Marketing 
of coatings resin. Then in 2002, he became the Sales Manager of PMMA Division and from 2005 he is seconded to Thailand as Managing Director/President of a local subsidiary.

Mr. Seiji Nishimura, Director, Procurement Group & Chemical Dept
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Day 2 [Wed 07, March], at 10:15 AM

Mr. Vikas Garg

Mr. Vikas Garg is the Managing Director of both Forace Polymers and  Forace Industries in India as well as the Managing Director of FP Specialty (Pty) Ltd in South Africa. He has a B. Technology degree.


Mr. Garg  is active in many associations and trade bodies. He is currently the Chairman of CII Uttarakhand Council, Convener MSME panel – CII North India, Member – CII Ease of doing Business Committee, Past President – The Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF), Chairman – Policy Advocacy Committee (IIF), Chairman Organizing Committee Indian Foundry Congress 2019, PATRON , Sidcul Industrial Association, Sr. Vice Chairman - SIDCUL Manufacturing Association, Uttarakhand amongst many others.


Mr. Garg received the Best SME Award for in House Innovation by India Today Group in September 2015 . He also received Life Time Achievement Award for Business Excellence by ISIID in May 2015. He received Uttarakhand Ratan Award in April 2014.


Under his leadership, Forace Group rated amongst 500 fastest growing companies in India and awarded certificate of Excellence by INC. India in year 2011.

Mr. Vikas Garg, Managing Director
Forace Polymers Pvt. Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 04:20 PM

Mr. Roger Van Baal

Mr. Roger has a Master’s Degree from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands. Roger joined Integra in 1993 to develop a Liquid Trading Business and in his current role as Executive Director, He is heading the Global Liquids Team which includes aromatics and derivatives such as phenol and acetone.


In addition, Roger is responsible for Finance and Administration of the group. His previous experience includes 7 years with Dow Chemical in Europe in various commercial functions in plastics and hydrocarbons.


Integra is a group of companies trading globally mainly bulk petrochemicals with presence around the world and its head office in Singapore; but is also involved in shipping and agricultural business.

Mr. Roger Van Baal, Executive Director
Integra Petrochemicals Pte Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 02:20 PM

Mr. Tomoki Miki

Tomoki Miki is from Mitsui & Co. Head Quarter. He has been involved in Phenol chain business for 10 years and now Deputy General Manager in charge of Phenol business in Tokyo. He used to be stationed in Singapore until November 2017 for almost 6 years and covered South East Asian market as well as India.


Mr. Tomoki Miki, Deputy GM, Phenol & Coating Materials Dept., Aromatics & Industrial Chemicals Div
Mitsui & Co., Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 09:45 AM

Mr. Song Manjun

Mr. Song is the Deputy General Manager, Sales Marketing and Supply Chain for Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co., Ltd (SCC). Polymer Engineering Master Degree holder from Donghua University (former China Textile University),  he has over 20 years experiences of polyamide and polyester industries value chain in China and Asia market.

He started his career with BASF as sales for fiber intermediates in Shanghai, China, and progressed to national sales manager for polyamide extrusion polymer in China. With his relocation from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 2007, he was promoted to Asian Pacific Manager for fiber Intermediates in BASF Regional Headquarters Co., Ltd. After relocation assignment, he was promoted to Head of Business Management, Polyamide Intermediates, BASF Greater China.  

Continuing his career in BP from 2010, he took commercial positions as sales director, Asia commercial director for PTA business within BP Asia Aromatics Business Team.  From August 2016 on, Mr. Song has Joined SCC to return and continue his activates in Aromatics and polyamide industry again.

Mr. Song Manjun, Deputy General Manager - Sales, Marketing & Supply Chain
Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 03:50 PM

Mr. Jimmy Koh

Mr Jimmy Koh is the Managing Director within UOB’s Group Wholesale Banking/Sector Solutions Group, where he heads the Business Insights and Analytics team.


Business Insights & Analytics division leverages on Big Data to analyse, predict and generate insights that enable our clients to seize business opportunities, across different markets.


Prior to this, he anchored the UOB Macro-economic and Markets Research, where he led a team of macro economists, FX and rates strategies for both asset and liabilities management. He also led UOB’s Investor Relations/Credit Rating team.


Mr Koh has more than 17 years in banking and global markets research experience. 

Mr. Jimmy Koh, Managing Director, Group Wholesale Banking/ Sector Solutions Group, Business Insights and Analytics
United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB)
Day 1 [Tue 06, March], at 09:10 AM