Platts University’s instructors provide an unsurpassed real-world perspective on the fundamentals and dynamics of energy markets worldwide. They are full-time energy analysts and pricing experts who have spent most of their careers in the market as economists, engineers, traders, or analysts. Utilizing their in-depth expertise, the instructors will illustrate the processes that we use to determine supply and demand fundamentals and to interpret these factors — along with other price drivers, such as investment markets and geopolitical risks — to establish near- and long-term price forecasts.
The combined market experience, knowledge, and expertise of our instructors form the foundation of S&P Global Platts University. They will share valuable knowledge and information needed to help you analyze data and interpret current events with greater understanding of their impact on prices. Additionally, our editors who oversee our news price assessments bring Platts expertise and knowledge of the markets to this training, and will give a demonstration of the Market-On-Close.
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Mark Schwartz, Director of Strategy, Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Dr. Mark A. Schwartz is Director of Strategy in the analytics practice at S&P Global Platts. He has led the development of the Long-Term Energy Outlook working closely with Global Oil, Natural Gas, Coal, and other practices to evaluate the key assumptions underlying their outlooks, ensure internal consistency and develop plausible alternative assumptions and outcomes. Prior to the S&P Global Platts acquisition of PIRA, Mark was the President of PIRA. Before joining PIRA in 2002, he was the Chief Economist of ExxonMobil, where he was responsible for developing the company’s long-range economic and energy outlook. Prior to this position, Mark spent 25 years at Exxon in various assignments in the Upstream Planning, International Natural Gas, Treasurers, and Corporate Planning functions. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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Shin Kim, Head of Supply and Production, Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Shin Kim leads the global supply and production team, which also includes political risk coverage, at S&P Global Platts. She oversees short and long term oil supply forecasts and balances, the World Oil Supply Data Portal, and high-frequency fundamental updates on supply. She also directs the Platts Analytics Political Risk Service. Shin joined PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, in 2014 after eight years of oil market analysis. She worked in oil and gas equity research covering Integrated Oils and Refiners, and global commodities strategy focusing on fundamental energy analysis at Merrill Lynch / Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Swarthmore College.
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Rick Joswick, Global Head of Oil Pricing & Trade Flow Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Rick Joswick heads S&P Global Platts’ downstream group and focuses on refining and product balances, crude/product pricing and refinery margins, and inter-regional trade. He develops outlooks for refinery operations, product prices, and trade flows. Rick authors the monthly European Oil Market Forecast. He was the leader for numerous multi-client studies examining crude and product markets. Rick joined PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, in 2004 after 20 years with ExxonMobil in supply logistics, planning, refining, and engineering. During his time at ExxonMobil, he had assignments developing near-term oil market forecasts, designing heavy oil upgrading processes and evaluating refining economics. Rick has M.S. and B.S. degrees from Rutgers University in chemical engineering.
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Paul Sheldon, Chief Geopolitical Advisor, Political Risk and Oil Supply, S&P Global Platts
Paul K. Sheldon joined PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, in August 2012. He is responsible for written reports on a variety of political risk issues, and country-level oil supply forecasts within OPEC and the Former Soviet Union. His previous experience was in equity research sales and trading and Needham & Company. Paul received an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 2012, and a B.A. in Russian from Wake Forest University.
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David Zinamon, Senior Manager, Refining, Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Mr. David Zinamon specializes in refined products, refinery operations, petrochemicals, NGLs, biofuels, and environmental issues. He has been involved in analyzing short- and long-term worldwide oil and petroleum product markets, with particular emphasis on conventional and alternative transportation fuels. Among his varied activities is managing the World Refinery Database, which he originated, a key fundamental tool for examining developments in the refining industry used by clients worldwide. He also co-authors the DOE Weekly Analysis. He has been involved in the development of fundamental supply/demand balances in order to anticipate price pressures. Mr. Zinamon has actively evaluated the impact of various environmental regulations on the US and worldwide refining industry. His work also includes analyzing the interrelationship between the oil and chemical industries. Mr. Zinamon is a frequent speaker at various domestic and international industry events.
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Claudio Galimberti, Head of Demand and Refining, Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Claudio Galimberti joined S&P Global Platts in 2018 as the Head of Demand, Refining, and Agriculture and member of Platts Analytics Leadership team. He manages the global Oil Demand Outlook and forecasting, the World Refining Outlook and Database, and the global Macroeconomic Outlook. He is also in charge of the global Agriculture Analytics, which comprises Biofuels, Grains and Sugar, and the Commodity Risk Solution team, which produces around four hundred Forward Curves in the Oil, Natural Gas, and Power markets, along with the Oil Volatility analytics. He is an economist by training, with an MA in Economics from Bocconi University, a Master of Finance from Tulane University and is writing his Ph.D. in Finance. Before S&P, he spent 16 years at Shell where he held a number of commercial and strategy roles in Trading, Supply, Retail, B2B Fuels and Group Strategy in both Europe and US. He gave a decisive contribution to the design and development of the most recent Shell Scenarios, with particular focus on the potential paths for energy transition in the short and long-term.
Claudio is based out of Houston, TX, and speaks frequently at conferences and forum around the globe. He teaches regularly at Platts University and, in his “spare” time, he also teaches Risk Management at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business.
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Richard Swann, Editorial Director, Americas Oil, S&P Global Platts
Richard directs Platts team of oil editors based in Houston covering crude and refined product markets in the Americas, producing price assessments, market analysis and insight on a daily basis. Richard previously managed Platts global team of journalists reporting news for its real-time and print publications. Richard joined Platts in 1996 to launch the company’s European Natural Gas Report from London, and later became the Managing Editor for oil and gas news in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is a graduate in modern languages from the University of Bristol.
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Jennifer Van Dinter, Head of NGL and Petrochemical Analytics, S&P Global Platts , S&P Global Platts
Jennifer Van Dinter is Head of NGL and Petrochemical Analytics at S&P Global Platts. She is responsible for the Global NGL Analytics Service as well as the Global Petrochemical Analytics Service. Prior to joining S&P Global Platts in 2012, Jennifer worked as an equity research analyst for Robert W. Baird & Co. and BMO Capital Markets, covering a variety of industries including oil and gas exploration and production. She also managed investor relations for Newmont Mining and NewWest Gold. Jennifer is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Denver and her Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
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