Modern oil markets are increasingly complex and volatile. Streaming digits and firehoses of data across multiple platforms in real-time translated by algorithms, charts and advanced software programs – all these test the capacities of individuals and organizations to execute successful trades and formulate sound business strategies.
Information is power, yet it can also be almost toxic in massive, undigestible 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. Accessing and sharing such information costs time and money.
Through interactive exercise, attendees will be provided with various tools and methodologies for analysing key price trends and drivers, separating the signal from the noise. The course objective is to cultivate agile, responsive and pragmatic mindsets in coping with dynamic oil prices and markets. These hard-learned, experience-based lessons are fully adaptable and meant to stick.
Chief Strategist, JTD Energy Services Pte Ltd
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).
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.
This intensive and unique 2-day course offers a comprehensive experience-based learning with the technology and innovations of modern markets. Delegates will learn how to develop analytical and communication skills within a team-based environment, with emphasis on identifying key Mission-Critical Information and understanding how it may affect their business.
Day 1: Focusing on oil markets, data and information. Delegates will be prompted to develop their own techniques for collecting, assessing and applying Mission-Critical Information. Several exercises will reinforce the key concepts.
Day 2: Through applied trading simulations, delegates in a group will apply the lessons from the first day to craft concise, focused market summaries, price forecasts and strategic recommendations. In the debriefings, the class will examine how each team processed their information and formulated their strategy.