Oil Markets Analysis in Crisis and Beyond

Learn how to apply Mission-Critical Information to make intelligent strategic decisions

Location: Virtual

Venue: N.A.

Starts: 29 Jun 2021

Ends: 01 Jul 2021

Type: Virtual

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Oil Markets Analysis in Crisis and Beyond

Information is power, yet it can also be almost toxic in massive and indigestible quantities. It loses its value if it is late, inaccurate or irrelevant and can even cause financial losses.

Mission-Critical Information comprises the unique, non-public, proprietary knowledge and analysis that organizations can garner to materially improve performance and profitability.

This intensive and unique virtual three-day course, is offered with revamped content, adding in effective, battle-tested strategies on how to collect, manage and act on information in the decision making process as well as how to respond to the post-pandemic. The course will arm you with tools and techniques to analyse the oil markets of the new era that is dawning upon us, as well as to apply to your unique portfolio.

Critical content coverage:

  • Techniques for gathering information
  • Rigorous analysis
  • Strategy formulation
  • Assessing the oil markets
  • Quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies

Through interactive exercise, attendees will be provided with tools and methodologies for analysing key price trends and drivers, separating the signal from the noise. The course objective is for attendees to learn how to:

  • Assess and respond to oil market uncertainties
  • Anticipate key shifts in the physical and financial oil markets
  • Identify and synthesize significant trends, analyze important data and decisions
  • Connect the dots between the myriad short- and long-term factors affecting sentiment and price movements
  • Ensure flexibility and adaptability as conditions and factors evolve

Course Directors

The course directors, Vandana Hari and John Driscoll, have a proven track record in analysing and explaining the oil markets. Aside from being regular speakers at industry events, both are widely sought after by the international print and TV media for their views on market developments. They are regularly featured on leading news networks, with insights, analysis and forecasts with great accuracy.

Mr. John T. Driscoll

Chief Strategist, JTD Energy Services Pte Ltd

Surviving the Oil Markets Course Director


In his 40-year career, John Driscoll held senior management positions in oil producing, refining, trading, price reporting and consulting firms based in the US and Singapore including Maxus, Ultramar, Mobil Singapore, Argus Media and GS Caltex. A naturalised Singaporean citizen and resident of the Republic since 1985, John launched one successful trading operation in San Francisco and three in Singapore. He has staged over 30 training programs for business and academic clients and presented at more than 100 industry conferences, forums, workshops and broadcast media appearances. John holds a B.A. from Stanford University and, since founding JTD Energy Services in 2013, has obtained certifications in Supply Chain Optimisation, Technology and Systems (MIT), Financial Market Analysis and Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries (IMF) and Data Analytics (University of Texas).

Click here to view John Driscoll's interview with CNBC

Ms. Vandana Hari

Founder & CEO, Vanda Insights, Singapore

OPF 2021 Speaker


Vandana Hari is Founder & CEO of Vanda Insights, a Singapore-based provider of oil markets macro-analysis. She has 25 years of experience providing intelligence on the global energy markets to stakeholders in the industry and related sectors, policy-makers, and wealth managers. Vandana has served in various leadership roles at S&P Global Platts, a leading information-provider on global energy commodity markets. She has managed news and price reporting operations, research and analysis, business strategy and execution, and external stakeholder engagements at the company.

She was a trainer for Platts’ immersive Market Reporting 101 program for new hires in Singapore. She pioneered training on news reporting, editing and libel laws in her early years with the company. Vandana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from India’s MD University and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Communication and Social Journalism. She is regularly quoted in business press around the world and pens a monthly column for the Nikkei Asian Review. Vandana is a regular commentator on international radio and TV networks including Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and Singapore’s Channel News Asia.

Click here to view Vandana Hari's interview with CNN

What you will learn

  • Identify, process, share and act on Mission-Critical Information affecting your bottom line.
  • Understand how to optimise the value and benefit of information in commercial organisations.
  • Identify the key elements driving prices and sentiment under various scenarios.
  • Dive into the role of Price Reporting Agencies and the process of price discovery.
  • Read beyond headlines, reports and statistics to develop unique market insights.
  • Expand your understanding of forces driving oil markets and how they interact with each other.
  • Connect the dots between fundamentals, geopolitics and economics to frame the big picture.
  • Ask the right questions to establish context and extract signal from noise.
  • Engage proactively with teams in your organization to secure competitive advantage.
  • Discover how to extract overt and covert market signals from the daily Platts assessment window (MOC).
  • Appreciate the diverse, non-linear, irrational factors influencing oil markets and value chains.
  • Study the changing roles of key market players – OPEC, majors, NOCs, funds, regulators.
  • Apply key market signals and price trends into forward predictions and forecasts.
  • Formulate concise strategies and summaries that can adapt to dynamic market conditions.
  • Distinguish between familiar phenomena and random black swan scenarios.
  • Write lucid, focused and timely market reports and analyses to initiate responses.

Who should attend

  • Directors / Senior & Middle Managers
  • Crude & Refined Products Traders
  • Supply / Operations / Pricing / Risk Managers
  • Corporate & Strategic Planning Managers
  • Sales / Marketing / Commercial Managers
  • Procurement / Purchasing Managers
  • Finance / Revenue Managers
  • Energy Analysts (Market, Credit, Business, Financial, Geopolitical)
  • Investment Analyst
  • Pricing Specialists / Forecasters
  • Legal / Contract Managers

Course Outline

  • Information sharing, specialization and silo busting in company digital nervous system.
  • New “Abnormals”: Black Swans, High Frequency Trading, VULCAN and disruptive technologies.
  • Plugging the day’s “story” into the big picture: economic and trade trends, geopolitics, financial markets and risk, “fear gauges” unknowns over coronavirus, and asset prices.
  • Impact of major conflicts on oil markets: the Trump policy, sanctions, OPEC/“OPEC+” alliance, tensions and civil wars across MENA, and the Iran-Arab conflict.
  • Multiple scenario planning and price trend forecasting.
  • Dealing with unpredictable, unprecedented events: The coronavirus price crash.
  • Gauging market sentiment, simulation on tracking system, plotting a forward curve, analysing and weighing market factors, assessing prices and trends.
  • Mapping geopolitical, psychological and socio-economic factors in oil markets.
  • Framing the right questions, applying checklists, and managing Mission Critical Information (MCI).
  • Live streaming, connectivity, data overload, social media, fake news, algorithms, spoofing and phishing.

Details of the content will continue to evolve, based on the unfolding market situation right up to the course dates.

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