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When you work with Stratas Advisors, some of the most knowledgeable people in the global energy business are putting their brainpower to work for you. Meet our leadership team below, who are supported by several innovative analysts, GIS gurus and industry veterans located across the globe in North America, Europe, and Asia. This wide-ranging expertise, coupled with an integrated, structured approach, allows us to explain current and future big-picture dynamics while also delving deeply into specific sectors, industries and regions.
Meet Our Leadership Team
John E. Paisie | President | +1.713.260.4628 | email
Mr. Paisie is responsible for managing the research and consulting business worldwide. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Paisie was a partner with PFC Energy, a strategic consultancy based in Washington, D.C., where he led a global practice focused on helping clients (including IOCs, NOC, independent oil companies and governments) to understand the future market environment and competitive landscape, set an appropriate strategic direction and implement strategic initiatives. He worked more than eight years with IBM Consulting (formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PwC Consulting) as an associate partner in the strategic change practice focused on the energy sector while residing in Houston, Singapore, Beijing and London. He was also a leader in the mergers and acquisition practice, and participated in several transactions. As an expatriate, he lived in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. He started his career as an engineer with Sun Oil and worked as a project manager for Saudi Aramco before moving into strategy consulting. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Toledo and his MBA from Purdue University.
Dr. Sang Hyun (Sean) Lee, PhD | Director, Forecasting | +1.713.260.4605 | email
Mr. Lee is responsible for analyzing the energy data value chain (oil, natural gas, NGLs, biofuels, refined products and petrochemicals) to develop forecasts and quantitative/analytic models in the Stratas Advisors’ analytics group. He is developing and enhancing forecasting models for global and regional energy demand, supply and prices using an econometrics approach. He is also performing various sensitivity and scenario analyses and high-level analytic or pricing modeling. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he worked for GS E&C, a global engineering firm, where he performed market research on pursuing business opportunities in the oil and gas markets by analyzing upstream, midstream and downstream value chains, along with dynamic energy market outlooks. He was responsible for analyzing and reporting energy market fundamentals for global oil and gas markets to support the company’s strategic decision-making process. He earned a bachelor degree from SungKyunKwan University in South Korea and a masters and doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Ashley Petersen | Senior Oil Market Analyst | +1.832.552.0401 | email
Mrs. Petersen is the lead oil market analyst responsible for evaluating analytical model outputs against real-world situations, in collaboration with data scientists and in-house subject matter experts, to develop recommendations for client projects and insights for subscription-based publications. She is responsible for crafting and presenting the firm’s oil market narrative to media and clients including producers and industry trade groups. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Ashley was a senior analyst at Morgan Stanley and IHS Energy specializing in crude price forecasting and Atlantic Basin fundamentals. Ashley is based in New York and has an MA in Energy and a BA in Management Consulting with a focus on Energy from Tulane University.
Luka Vukomanovic | Analyst | +1.713.260.4663 | email
Luka as a Product Market Analyst is providing research, analysis, and insight for refined products in the major global economies. Luka’s focus includes trends and drivers in the global products markets. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Luka worked as an Assistant Attaché at Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations and as a Digital Media Analyst for Spark Foundry. Luka has a Masters in Energy Economics from Rice University - Baker Institute, and a BA in Economics from St. Francis College.
Xinying (Steve) Liu | Analytics Analyst | +1.713-260-4633 | email
Mr. Liu specializes in providing data analysis and forecast into the global market for Stratas Advisors short term and long term outlook services. Steve is responsible for enhancing analytical processes and improving tools to forecast data. Steve’s areas of focus includes predicting data and input drivers in the energy price markets, changing dynamics in global energy markets and the impacts of price and fundamental changes. Steve graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master of science in chemical engineering and nanotechnology. He was a business analyst with PetroChina International America, where he was responsible for relationship management and developing country strategies to serve corporate clients abroad. Previously, Steve worked as an engineering intern at Sinopec Group.
Stephen G. Beck | Senior Director, Upstream | +1.713.260.6401 | email
Mr. Beck has over 20 years’ experience in energy and financial services. As head of Stratas’ Upstream practice, Mr. Beck has primary responsibility for upstream research and advisory services. Mr. Beck’s responsibilities also include broad leadership and strategy roles for the organization. Prior to Stratas, Mr. Beck was head of North America oil and gas forecasting for IHS Markit. As Director at IHS, Mr. Beck led efforts to integrate and align views and forecasting throughout the oil and gas value chain. Previously, Mr. Beck held positions in Equity Research at Jefferies and Credit Research at Moody’s Investor Service. Mr. Beck began his energy career in 1997 at Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated (TEAI) where he rose to Manager of Business Planning, was a member of the Capital Markets team, and held client service responsibilities. Stephen received a bachelor of science in finance (minor in economics) from The Pennsylvania State University and is a former member of the United States Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Whitney Gomila | Senior Analyst, Upstream | +1.713.260.4664 | email
Mr. Gomila has over 10 years’ experience in the energy, finance and banking industries. Prior to joining Stratas, he was an Associate Energy Analyst with Miller Tabak & Co. LLC with a focus on the Small Capitalization E&P industry. Whitney’s responsibilities at Stratas include production forecasting, market analysis, competitor analysis, and fiscal modelling. Whitney also evaluates production trends and wellhead economics, and monitors capital spending across the major basins. Mr. Gomila received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Finance from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Xiangyu Mu | Senior Analyst, Upstream | +1.713.260.6410 | email
Ms. Mu is a senior analyst in the upstream practice of Stratas Advisors. Xiangyu’s responsibilities include upstream oil and gas projects database maintenance, global oil and gas projects developments assessment and analytical insight reports. She focuses on field level production forecast, economic models, projects related GIS database development and basin geological assessment. She holds a double master degree of Geology and Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in Central New York.
Haofeng Lin | Data Scientist, Upstream | +1.713.260.6429 | email
Mr. Lin joined Stratas Advisors as a Data Scientist in North America Shale. In this role, Haofeng will be responsible for investigating, proposing, and designing analytic solutions. Haofeng is also responsible for identifying opportunities for enhancing analytical processes and improving overall quality. Prior to Stratas, Haofeng was a Senior Research Analyst with IHS Markit, where he monitored and analyzed the oilfield service sector including oilfield water management, hydraulic fracturing, and related equipment and technology. Prior to IHS Markit, Haofeng was a field engineer with Schlumberger in Asia where he led engineering teams delivering measurement while drilling and analyzing well logging data. Haofeng holds a B.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and an Msc in Operations Research from Columbia University in New York.
Jesse Shumway | Geologist, Upstream | +1.713.260.4640 | email
Mr. Shumway fills a critical role on the Stratas Upstream team where he will apply his geological, petrophysical and mapping capabilities as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Jesse’s experience in onshore unconventional and offshore conventional reservoirs will be useful in his role. Prior to Stratas, Jesse worked with an integrated team of engineers, geologists and data scientists at QRI, developing strategies to increase reservoir productivity and longevity. His work focused on reservoir characterization and identifying new production opportunities. Previously, Jesse was an intern at Anadarko with the Eagle Ford team where he correlated production to petrophysical and core properties. Jesse received his Masters and Bachelors of Science in Geology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. His research focused on sedimentology and stratigraphy, especially depositional systems.
Jiangtao Sun | Senior Analyst, Upstream | +1.713.260.6451 | email
Mr. Sun has over 4 years’ experience in oil and gas research and consulting. At Stratas Advisors, Jiangtao's responsibilities include conducting market research, maintaining and enhancing company international upstream database, forecasting country level hydrocarbon supply, and providing in-depth business insights to our upstream clients. Jiangtao specializes in incorporating his geology background with upstream operation assessments and analytics. Mr. Sun holds a B.S. in Geology from China University of petroleum, and a M.S. in Geoscience from Rice University.
Greg Haas | Director, Integrated Oil and Gas | +1.713.260.5201 | email
Mr. Haas leverages more than 25 years of integrated global energy experience as he leads a team serving the global energy industry clientele of the North American Midstream practice and institutional energy industry investors via ongoing independent research and retainer relationships. He currently oversees the Midstream research practice related to developments in the crude oil, condensate, NGL and natural gas industries, including the North American NGL, North American Natural Gas and North American Oil services. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Greg held operating and research roles while at Exxon, the Electric Power Research Institute, energy and power consultancies, and energy equity analyst roles at brokerage firms Raymond James Financial and Sanders Morris Harris Group. Haas holds an MBA, Finance, from Rice University and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois.
George Popps | Director | +65.6353.6125 | email
Mr. Popps is the director of Stratas Advisors’ Global LNG and Global Natural Gas services. He focuses primarily on the world trade of LNG and natural gas while also lending expertise in Stratas’ engagements regarding LNG as a fuel. Additionally, Mr. Popps leads Stratas Advisors' business development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors he spent time in an analytical position with Zeus Intelligence, a Houston-based natural gas research firm. Mr. Popps also has experience on Capitol Hill, having worked in one of the premier boutique government relations and lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., where he covered energy and natural resources as a subject matter policy analyst. He holds a BBA in Finance from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Garry Banda | Analyst, Integrated Oil and Gas | +713.260.4662 | email
Mr. Banda contributes strongly to the North American suite of integrated energy and infrastructure services. He is lead analyst on the North American Oil Service which analyzes critical crude oil projects and infrastructure capacities, supply sources, demand outlooks and export opportunities. He also contributes to the North American NGL and North American Natural Gas Services which round out the full energy and infrastructure offerings of the practice for North America. Along with colleagues, Mr. Banda also analyzes quarterly infrastructure project developments and capacity expansions for all oil, gas and NGL infrastructure across arising in the high-growth North American shale industry as part of the North American Shale Infrastructure Service. Mr. Banda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M in Texas.
Swetha Sivaswamy | Analyst, Integrated Oil and Gas | +713.260.6419 | email
Ms. Sivaswamy is an analyst in the midstream practice of Stratas Advisors with responsibilities for analyzing and communicating research insights and intelligence. Swetha holds an Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani. Her prior professional experience spans the oil, gas, chemical, power generation, and mining industries. She utilizes her expertise in the analytical modeling of markets and sectors to assess technologies, to evaluate competitive benchmarks, to model market dynamics, and to analyze risk. Her previous employers were ADI Analytics and KPMG.
Anjani Singh | Director, Downstream | +1.713.260.6412 | email
Mr. Singh oversees the Downstream practice, including the Global Refining & Products, North American Refining & Products, and Global Syngas Services. Mr. Singh has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including experience in the refining, petrochemicals and syngas downstream segments. He has experience modeling refining and petrochemical assets and assessing the impact of capital investments, changing feedstock and the integration of assets. The services that Mr. Singh oversees provides an integrated assessment of changing crude slates, forecasted fuel demand, projected refinery investments, and the impact on refinery economics, relative competitive position of individual refineries, and the fuel market, including global trade flows segmented by quality attributes (including octane and sulfur). Mr. Singh led the IMO study on marine bunker fuel supply, which included modeling of the refining sector from a global, regional and country-level – as well as individual refineries. He has also presented on refining industry opportunities and challenges, including the impact of Tier 3 regulations on FCC gasoline hydrotreating capacity requirements, and regional refinery fuel availability by fuel quality. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Mr. Singh worked for AspenTech, with the responsibility of leading the process engineering models development team and with Reliance, involved in the operations of refining and petrochemicals assets
Dr. Habib Khan | Senior Analyst, Downstream | +1.713.260.4641 | email
Dr. Khan has more than 10 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including experience in the refining, petrochemicals and syngas downstream segments. Dr. Habib Khan is based in Houston, and performs qualitative and quantitative analysis for Downstream Services in the Stratas Advisors global team. Dr. Khan has experience with downstream process modeling and optimization, advises refining and petrochemical clients as well as other companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations on supply, demand, refining capacity and refining margins. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Dr. Khan worked at Aspen Technology Inc. and Samsung Engineering America, providing consulting and engineering services to Refining and Petrochemical industries in North America and Latin America for 10 years. Habib received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in engineering from NC A&T State University. He obtained his BS in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Dr. Khan specialized in Asian refining, petrochemical capacity and market trends.
San Naing | Manager, Downstream Asia | +65.635.361.27 | email
Mr. San has more than 7 years of experience in downstream refining and petrochemical consulting practice. San’s downstream industry research and consulting practice is centred on Asia Pacific region. San started his career as a Senior Analyst with FACTS Global Energy (FGE) in 2006 and spent more than three years between 2011 and 2014 working with oil and chemical shipping consulting companies including Drewry Maritime Services (Asia) Pte., Ltd. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he was an oil market consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies Pte., Ltd from 2015 to 2017. Before joining FGE, San has worked with ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and market research companies. San received his first degree from Yangon University majoring in International Relations and Master in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore.
Aditya Banerjee | Sr. Analyst, Downstream | +1.713.260.1061 | email
Mr. Banerjee has more than 8 years of experience in the downstream sector. Mr. Banerjee has consultancy experience with Americas and Asia refining & chemicals markets with a specific focus on fundamental analysis, including a deep knowledge in data management, analytics, and forecasting of refined and petrochemical products. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Mr. Banerjee was a Senior Associate, at Sapient Consulting, and Research Analyst at Wood Mackenzie, where he developed data analytics and visualization capability on refinery supply chain, including refinery wharf analytics and supply demand balances. Mr. Banerjee started his career in 2007 as a Process Engineering Intern at Reliance Industries Limited in Jamnagar, India and then worked with Larsen and Toubro (Mumbai) in India. Mr. Banerjee received a MS in Environmental Science from Rice University and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering at the Institute of Chemical Technology (Mumbai) from India.
Gajendra Kumar | Manager, Downstream | +91.981.022.7631 | email
Mr. Kumar has more than 15 years of experience in downstream refining and petrochemicals, including oil and gas sector. His downstream industry research and consulting practice is centered on the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Gajendra worked as a Principal Research Analyst at IHS Markit where he was involved in techno-economic evaluations and consulting of refinery and petrochemical technologies. Prior to IHS Markit, he worked with Reliance Industries, Honeywell, Kellogg Brown & Root, CB&I. Areas of experience include process economics studies, process design, process simulation & optimization, engineering studies for validation of process design and control schemes, multi-client activities, as well as experience in various industrial processes, including GTL, Ammonia, LNG, NGL, Refinery and petrochemical. Gajendra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee).
Anshuman Agrawal | Manager, Downstream | +91.989.194.4883 | email
Mr. Agrawal has more than 12 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including downstream refining and petrochemicals. His downstream industry research and consulting practice is centered on the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Anshuman worked as a Principal Analyst at IHS Markit where he was involved in techno-economic evaluations and consulting of refinery and petrochemical technologies. Prior to IHS Markit, he worked with Fluor Daniel where he was responsible for proposals and designing downstream refinery units for multinational clients.
Fuel & Transport
Huiming Li | Director, Global Fuel Specifications | +65.6353.6126 | email
Ms. Huiming Li, based in Singapore, directs research and consulting for the Global Fuel Specifications (formerly the International Fuel Quality Center). Li has more than 10 years of experience in the fuels and transport sector. She leads GFS’s mission to improve communications among the refining, automobile and governmental sectors and enhance understanding of fuel-quality issues, and advises GFS clients, companies, governments and non-governmental organizations on fuel quality and policy issues. She also runs the day-to-day operations in the Singapore office. Prior to leading the GFS service, she directed research and consulting on the Asia-Pacific region for its fuels and transport services. Ms. Li was a key author of the annual Global Biofuels Outlook, and has made numerous presentations on global and Asian fuel quality and biofuels developments at regional conferences and strategic meetings with clients. Ms. Li, a native of Singapore, earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Eric Lundin | Director, Fuel & Transport | +1.713.260.6445 | email
Mr. Lundin is responsible for energy demand forecasting for Stratas Advisors, with a focus on refined products and biofuels. He has 12 years of experience in developing forecast models and analyzing downstream energy markets and vehicle fleet dynamics. His demand forecasting analysis has included assessments of over 100 countries at the sector and fuel level, under multiple scenarios examining sensitivity to changes in a wide range of driver variables including price assumptions. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors he was a senior consultant at IHS, where he was responsible for assessing and modeling global refined product demand, including the linkages between gasoline and diesel demand with vehicle fleets and the biofuel markets.
Luis Erazo | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +1.713.260.6465 | email
Based in Houston, Luis Erazo covers North America and Latin America’s fuel quality specifications and regulations for the Global Fuel Specifications service. As an analyst, his work involves meeting the needs of Stratas Advisors clientele with knowledge of fuel specifications and policy within the two regions. Mr. Erazo comes with over 11 years’ experience in the environmental laboratory and analysis field; five of those years working with petroleum hydrocarbon analysis. Before joining Stratas Advisors, he worked as a senior analyst with Environmental Chemistry Incorporated. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a MBA from the University of Phoenix-Houston. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
You Wei Aw | Analyst, Global Fuel Specifications – Asia Pacific | +65.6353.6128 | email
Based in Singapore, You Wei Aw monitors and provides timely updates on developments of Asia Pacific’s fuel quality and vehicle emission regulations. Since joining Stratas Advisors in 2014, he has contributed to several consulting projects, including the “International fuel quality standards and their implications for Australian standards” paper for the Department of the Environment and Energy in 2014. He has also spoken at a number of regional conferences including the International Symposium on Fuels and Lubricants 2018 in Delhi, India. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he worked as a Wealth Manager with Maybank Singapore. He earned his bachelor degree with honors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a specialization in Refinery Processes and Green Processing from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
Christopher G. Brown | Manager, Global Automotive | +1.713.260.4643 | email
Mr. Brown is a research analyst in the Global Automotive Service focusing on global vehicle forecasting, vehicle policy, and macro-economic analysis. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he was a Senior Consultant at Capgemini where his roles included financial analysis and forecasting, project management, and organizational transformation in the heavy industrial and automotive component manufacturing industries. Mr. Brown graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business. Following two years as an investment analyst in high net worth finance, he went on to earn his master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Houston.
Anas Abdoun | Analyst, Africa & Middle-East | +32.2.287.08.22 | email
Based in the Brussels office of Stratas Advisors, Mr. Abdoun is the Analyst Africa & Middle-East for Stratas Advisors in the Global Fuel Specifications and Short Term Outlook departments . His primary responsibility is to monitor and report updates on fuel quality specifications and vehicle emission policy developments in Africa and Middle East for the Global Fuel Specifications service. His secondary responsibility is to analyse and monitor geopolitical risks, public policy and market developments related to the energy sector. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Anas worked as Political Analyst and followed the geopolitical risks in the Middle-East for COJEP International, a Turkish Organization. Mr. Abdoun, a native of France, holds a BA in Political Science and a certificate in Arab studies at the University of Montreal in Canada. He then returned to Europe to complete a Master’s degree in International Relations in Brussels at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He speaks fluent Arabic, French and English.
Natalia Gmucova | Analyst, Europe & CIS | +32.2.287.08.21 | email
Natalia, based in Brussels, is responsible for monitoring and analyzing all public policy and market developments related to fuel specifications and vehicle emissions in the European and CIS regions. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, she gained her experience at the European Parliament, working at the office of a Slovak Member of the European Parliament on various energy topics, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency addressing the questions of nuclear liability as well as at the International Atomic Energy Agency dealing with nuclear safety culture and operational safety management. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degree in international relations and diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. She speaks English, Slovak, Czech, Russian and French.
Marijn van der Wal | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +32.2.287.08.18 | email
Mr. Van der Wal is an analyst responsible for covering Europe and CIS for Global Alternative Fuels, Global Biofuels Assessment and Global Biofuels Outlook. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he worked in various research institutions before joining the data analysis team at the European Commission – DG Energy. Marijn has earned two master’s degrees relating to energy policy, one at King’s College London and another at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. Furthermore, he earned a bachelor’s degree in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Marijn is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in English, French, German and Russian.
Cornelius Claeys | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +32 22 87 08 20 | email
Mr. Claeys is a Brussels-based analyst responsible for biofuels based out of Stratas Advisors Brussels office. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Cornelius worked in Saudi Arabia, where he conducted research on the economic effects of legislative reforms in the energy sector. He also has experience in the European Commission’s DG Trade, Brussels-based think tanks and international business media. Cornelius has a Degree in Applied Economics: Business Engineering and a Master in European Studies from the University of Leuven. Born in Belgium, he is fluent in Dutch, English, French and Spanish.
Kara Peninger | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +713-260-6486 | email
Kara fills a critical role on the Stratas Fuels & Transportation team based out of Stratas Advisors Houston office. She analyzes key trends in global vehicle fleets as well as the automotive industry, track powertrain developments and help to decipher energy demand from the transportation sector. Kara received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus in Supply Chain Engineering. Most recently, Kara was a Lean Tech at GE Industrial Solutions, Auburn, ME, where she was responsible for the local implementation of a business-wide level loading production system.
Austin Trotta | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +713-260-1073 | email
Mr. Trotta specializes in providing research, analysis, and insight into the Latin American market for Stratas’ biofuels and alternative fuels services. Prior to joining Stratas, he worked in various finance roles at Caixabank, J.P. Morgan, GE Capital, and IBM. Austin graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Hispanic Studies. In addition to his native English, Austin speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.
Angelo Manzo | Analyst, Fuel & Transport | +713-260-6406 | email
Angelo is responsible for market analysis and modeling of biofuels and alternative fuels, including their associated feedstocks, for the Fuels & Transport group in Stratas, with a primary geographic focus of North America. Prior to Stratas Advisors, Angelo worked as an intern for the USDA and CME Group Inc. where he completed several projects related to agriculture commodity markets. Angelo holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.