Symposium Speaker Program

The sulphur world is constantly shifting. TSI brings you expert individuals to share the latest market information, projects in sulphur, and global predictions. Whether it is a review of leading industry practices or an analysis of the sulphur and sulphuric acid supply and demand forecast, our speakers incorporate information on the entire industry value chain.

Please regularly check our website for speaker updates.

Please contact Sarah Amirie with any questions regarding the speaker program.

Featured Speakers and Topics

Global Sulphur and Phosphate Supply and Demand Outlook

Claira Lloyd - Presentation
Senior Manager, Argus Consulting Services
Argus Media 

Claira is Senior Manager of Argus’ Fertilizer Analytics team. She joined Argus Consulting Services in 2020 where processed phosphates, phosphate rock, sulphur, and sulphuric acid are her specialist subjects. She joined the consulting arm at Argus after spending a little over five years in the company’s editorial department as Sulphur Editor and Sulphur Fertilizers Team leader.

She has over 16 years’ experience in both the oil and gas and fertilizer industries having been, prior to joining Argus, the Editor of global downstream oil and gas technical journals.

Claira has held training seminars for key fertilizer market participating companies and regularly presents to clients on market developments at conferences, meetings and via webinars. Claira has also managed the Argus Strategy Report: Fertilizers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It is often difficult to discuss the sulphur and sulphuric acid markets without referring to the outlook for the phosphate sector. And as integral raw materials to the production of P2O5 containing fertilizers and products, it is difficult also not to consider key s-based raw materials when discussing the phosphate sector. Claira will present a supply and demand overview for sulphur, sulphuric and phosphate fertilizers while also discussing the drivers which have the potential to disrupt forecasts be they supply, demand or trade.

A Systems Perspective for Navigating the Complexities of Sustainability and a Circular Economy

Richard Hand

Dr. Rachel Meidel - Presentation
Fellow in Energy and Sustainability
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy 

Dr. Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM, is a distinguished fellow in energy and sustainability at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and a strategic advisor for Morgan Stanley Capital International. Her research focuses on sustainability; circular economy; life cycle management; environmental justice; safety and environmental regulations of the treatment, storage, disposal, and transportation of hazardous materials and wastes; and understanding the environmental, economic, and social impacts across energy supply chains.

Dr. Meidl was previously appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. Prior to her service in government, she was Director of Regulatory & Technical Affairs at American Chemistry Council. She has over 27 years of regulatory, public policy, advocacy and technical experience in industry, academia, government and international relations.

Dr. Meidl holds a Ph.D. in law and public policy from Northeastern University, a master of science in environmental policy and management, a master of education in applied science and technology with certifications in chemistry and physics, and bachelor degrees in conservation biology and zoology & animal physiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Meidl is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Sulphur Fertilizer Market Outlook

Richard Hand

Dr. Peter Harrisson - Presentation
Sulphur, Sulphuric Acid & Fertilizer Market Analyst

Peter Harrisson leads CRU's sulphur and sulphuric acid team. He has worked on CRU's sulphur/sulphuric acid analysis since joining the company in early 2011. He also works across other nutrient areas, including both market and cost analysis. Prior to joining CRU, he completed a PhD in Industrial Chemistry at Durham University.

Global Economic Outlook

Dr. Georgy Egorov

Dr. Georgy Egorov - Presentation
Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences
Kellogg School of Management

Georgy joined Kellogg School of Management in 2009 after receiving his PhD in Economics from Harvard University. At Kellogg, he has taught Microeconomic Analysis and Crisis Management, among other subjects. His research interests include functioning of democratic and non-democratic governments and the interplay of market and non-market strategies in firms, and his articles are published in leading economic and political science journals. In 2018, Georgy received the Social Choice and Welfare prize.

Lithium and Metals Market Outlook

Rene LeBlanc

Dr. Rene LeBlanc - Presentation
Vice President, Growth & Product Strategy
Lithium Americas

Dr. Rene LeBlanc has 15 years of experience in a variety of development and production operations as well as commercial experience in supply chain development for the energy storage industry. He joined Lithium Americas after managing efforts to develop supplies of critical materials for Tesla Inc. and after a decade on lithium production projects for FMC Corporation’s Lithium Division. Rene earned his Bachelor and PHD in Chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina. 

Global Energy Outlook

Mason Hamilton

Mason Hamilton - Presentation
Vice President of Economics and Research
American Petroleum Institute

Mason Hamilton is the Vice President of Economics and Research at the American Petroleum Institute (API). Mason leads API’s strategy for analysis of energy markets and policy, managing API’s energy markets and policy analysis teams, and communicates to policy makers, media, and the public on energy markets. Mason is a recognized expert in energy market data and the petroleum supply chain.

Prior to joining API, Mason served as Special Assistant to the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, the world’s largest organization of energy ministers, where he led IEF’s strategy on analysis and engagement. He also previously served as Senior Economic and Policy Advisor within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Oil and Gas. Mason also served as a Lead Petroleum Markets Analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and was a lead contributor to the EIA’s flagship analysis products This Week in Petroleum, and Today in Energy.

Mason is the recipient of the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award, holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in energy policy, and a BA in political science.

Dry Bulk Freight Overview

Jesse DeBoer - Presentation

Jesse deBoer has been a Ship Broker with the MID-SHIP Group since 2014 and involved in transportation for the past 16 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Trade and Transport from SUNY Maritime College in New York. Currently based in MID-SHIP’s headquarters in Port Washington, NY, Jesse previously held the position of Operations Manager for the Caribbean/Americas region with Hoegh Autoliners in Jacksonville, Florida. Since joining MID-SHIP, he has worked with a wide range of clients, including trading companies and industrial concerns, focused on chemicals, fertilizers, and project cargoes.  While with MID-SHIP, he has also worked in their Sydney and Dubai offices to grow the company’s international presence.


Supply Chain Diversification and Resiliency

Mason Hamilton

Chris Sawchuk - Presentation
Principal and Global Practice Leader, Procurement Advisory
The Hackett Group

Chris has over 20 years of experience successfully advising hundreds of Fortune 500 as well as midsized companies across all industries globally. Chris has provided operational and transformational guidance in strategy and organizational change as well as process design and digital technology enablement. He is globally recognized in his specialty of strategic sourcing and supply risk management.

He is cited regularly in business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events, author of numerous research papers, and a member of the advisory boards of several developing companies.

The State of Agricultural Sulfur Use: Long-term Trends, Scientific Insights, and Opportunities for Collaboration

Eve-Lyn S. Hinckley - Presentation
Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder

Developing global sulphur fertilizer consumption estimates

Armelle Gruère - Presentation
Demand Program Manager