Meet the Board of Directors

President

Ben Gonzalez 

Ben is an energy industry professional with 10 years of experience in market analysis. Most of his career has been centered on petroleum refining and petrochemicals, specifically the global distillate, fuel oil, petroleum coke, olefins, and polyolefins markets. Ben currently works at Phillips 66 as a refining and petrochemicals market analyst, focused on price forecasting, supply/demand balances, global trends, and cash cost modeling. In the past, Ben worked as a petrochemicals analyst for S&P Global Platts, and as a senior analyst for Jacobs Consultancy. At Jacobs Consultancy, Ben covered the global petroleum coke and calcined petcoke markets. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master’s in Education Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on International Business.


Vice President

Adam Burkin 


Adam is an energy pricing analyst at Dynegy with numerous years as a strategy and analytics professional. He has experience within many verticals including public finance, commodity and energy trading, data products, and aviation. He has a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Economics, Government, and Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.


Marketing Director

Jun Wang


Jun is the founder of JSBC Marketing, a consultancy providing digital marketing services across multiple business sectors. Her experience includes digital footprint optimization, digital marketing analysis, website design, sales, and vendor negotiation. She has in-depth knowledge of the auto and international banking industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree with focuses in Marketing and Economics from Kyushu Kyoritsu University in Japan and Shanghai Ocean University. Her hometown is Shanghai, China. 


Marketing Director

Burçin Kocabaş 


Burçin is an estimating service manager at MASF Industries focusing on steel material and fabrication analysis. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with years of production experience at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group in Turkey. He has made various data analysis and input-output correlation studies within the scope of sheet metal forming processes. His process improvement specialties include 6-Sigma , FMEA , PPAP ,  and APQP.


Corporate Relations Director

David Morales


David is an engineering professional currently working for Schneider Electric. His career has focused on providing modernization solutions for electrical distribution systems in industrial facilities within the Oil & Gas sector. Additionally, he has worked on projects for other manufacturing entities. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Business. David’s experience in analysis includes assessments of capital vs operational expenses for various projects, and developing a subsequent business plan for the execution of the respective project. As the Corporate Relations Director, his goal is to connect sponsors and members with industry professionals and organizations to help them realize their ambitions.


Corporate Relations Director

Zahid Afzal


Zahid has been working for Argus Media since 2015 covering the natural gas industry. He worked at S & P Global Platts prior to that covering NGLs. Before working in the price reporting industry he worked at Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX)  Product Development Center helping business of all sizes to commercialize products and research on market intelligence to stay competitive.


Membership Director

Heidi Bonilla


After graduation from Georgia Tech, Heidi Bonilla started her career in Oil through the Katalyst Commercial Development Program at Phillips 66. The program featured an extensive 3 month training immersion where Heidi acquired in-depth knowledge of oil markets and refinery operations. Upon completion of the training she worked within the Commercial Marine group as an Operations Analyst, working on domestic and international movements across the crude barrel. Currently, Heidi is an Energy analyst for the Midstream group where she primarily deals with Natural gas and Power procurement for Phillip 66 assets.

Heidi has a passion on many network involvement opportunities. She is the Social Chair for the Commercial Early Career Network for a second term; she is part of the Katalyst Leadership Council; she is part of the Commercial Recruiting team for Georgia Tech; she is a committee member within the Women’s Network and the Hispanic Network, and is actively involved with the New Hire Network.


Compliance Director

Swati Singh 


Swati is a recent graduate from C.T. Bauer College of Business, UH with a MS in Global Energy Management degree. During her program, she also earned three energy certificates - Energy Finance, Energy Investment Analysis and Economics of Energy Value Chain. She has developed an indepth understanding of upstream, midstream and downstream commercial economics, supply & trading and financial & market analysis. Swati has three years of experience in biofuel and utility projects. She served on the board of the Bauer MBA Society's Energy Club and has organized speaker panels. company visits, conference and social mixers.  Further, She has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering &  Master  of Engineering degree in Planning and Operation of Energy system from NTNU, Norway.


Finance Director

Jennifer Semien 


Jennifer is a CPA with more than 17 years of experience spanning both corporate and public accounting. Her industry experience includes upstream and downstream energy, oilfield services and manufacturing. Jennifer began her career at BDO USA, LLP and has served in various financial leadership roles at public companies including Corporate Controller at U.S. Well Services and Director of Corporate Accounting at CVR Energy. Jennifer is currently an independent accounting consultant assisting her clients with technical accounting, business processes and controls, and SEC reporting. Jennifer graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and passed the four-part Texas CPA exam on her first attempt.


University Relations Director

Duygu (Su) Onat 


Duygu Su Onat is a versatile tri-lingual chemical engineer with years of experience in quality assurance and optimization in various industries. She worked as a sales engineer for Wyoming GTL, LLC where she evaluated Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) manufacturing processes and assessed operation productivity to optimize revenue opportunities. Prior to that role, she spent nearly a year as an operations engineer for the sugar refinery in Turkey, where she controlled the refinery process to maintain regulatory compliance. Su has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree with a focus in international business at UHV.


Committee Members

Editor

Catherine Sampson 


Catherine Sampson holds a BFA in English literature from the University of Houston and an MS in technical communication from the University of Houston-Downtown. She has more than ten years of experience in business communication. In previous roles, she worked as an editor, technical writer and market reporter for the oil and gas industry. She currently works as a technical writer for a defense contractor.


Industry Committee Member

Elena Nikolova 


Elena joined Wood Mackenzie in 2014 and is a research analyst with the Latin America Upstream team. She focuses on valuing oil and gas assets in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, and Colombia. She tracks Atlantic LNG and Peru LNG production and has led Unconventional Play Service coverage for the region.

Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Elena covered regulatory risk related to unconventional, deepwater, and Arctic assets as an associate with Goldwyn Global Strategies in Washington, DC. Before joining the private sector, Elena served on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Elena holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a MALD in International Energy and Business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She speaks Bulgarian and French.


Industry Committee Member

Zachary Moore 

Zachary joined ICIS in 2016 and currently works as deputy managing editor for the Americas region. He covers North American markets for major commodity polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene as well as intermediate chemicals used in the production of polyurethane foams.

Prior to joining ICIS, Zachary covered commodity polymer markets in Asia and Turkey for ChemOrbis. He has a total of 12 years’ experience in the petrochemical and plastic markets as a markets reporter, researcher and analyst.

Zachary holds a BBA in economics from Georgia State University and an MA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.


Industry Committee Member

Harshit Mahajan 



Harshit is a Research Analyst for Wood Mackenzie in Houston, TX. His research spans crude oil markets, midstream analysis, refinery operations/performance and refined products, with a specialization in the Americas region. He works on mostly cross-commodity projects, like EV's to analyse the dependencies among oil, gas and power. From his research, he delivers analysis for Wood Mackenzie’s publications on crude and refined product supply – demand balances, stocks forecasting, valuations and asset benchmarking for Americas.

Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Harshit worked with professor Robert Farrauto of Columbia University, developing three-way catalysts for novel applications in automobile and environmental industries.

Harshit holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering (minor in Financial Statistics) from Columbia University in the City of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University, India.



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