14th Phenol/Acetone & Derivatives Markets

07-08 Mar, 2017 - Bangkok, THAILAND

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Karol Kerrane

Karol Kerrane is Business Development Director at EPC Group. EPC Group is a German family-owned engineering company offering technology, engineering and plant construction solutions for a wide range of industries.


Karol's qualifications include BEng in Environmental Engineering with Diploma in Industrial Studies
and a MSc in Renewable Energy & Energy Management.


Since joining EPC Group in 2011, Karol has been involved with developing downstream projects in Asia
particularly for polymers and fibers such as PAN-based carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

Mr. Karol Kerrane, Business Development Director
EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH - HQ
Chairman’s Welcome Remarks & Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 09:00 AM

Dr. Amonthep Chawla

Dr. Amonthep Chawla is the Head of Research Office at the CIMB Thai Bank where he conducts market research on financial liquidity, interest rate and economic outlook of Thailand as well as the ASEAN region. He also evaluates business sectors that provide opportunities or pose potential risks to the Bank.


Dr. Chawla received an East-West Center Scholarship to complete his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the US.

Dr. Amonthep Chawla, SVP & Head of Research Office
CIMB Thailand Public Company Limited
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 09:10 AM

Mr. Warophat Kimchuwanit

Warophat started his career in the plastic industry, followed by olefins business. He joined PTT Phenol in 2004. Since then, he had been responsible for Commercial and Corporate planning. He is currently taking care of Sales & Marketing, Logistics and Production planning for Phenol business unit under PTT Global Chemical PLC.

Warophat holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Technology from Chulalongkorn University, a M.Sc. in Petrochemical Technology from The Petroleum and Petrochemical College, collaboration program among Chulalongkorn University, University of Oklahoma, University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University.

Mr. Warophat Kimchuwanit, Vice President - Production Planning, Sales & Marketing
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 09:45 AM

Mr. K. Shankar

Mr. Shankar is a postgraduate in Chemistry from University of Mumbai, postgraduate in Materials Science & Engineering from IIT Mumbai and a postgraduate in marketing management from from JBIMS, University of Mumbai.


He has an overall experience of thirty six  years and has been working in the field of Composites, Engineering Polymers, Petrochemicals, Specality and Bulk Chemicals in the Sales, Marketing, Exports and business development areas.


He has worked for compsnies like E.I Dupont Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd, SI Group India and Nova Chemicals. Presently he is with Deepak Phenolic Limited as Vice President, Commercial and Marketing.

Mr. K. Shankar, Vice President - Commercial & Marketing
Deepak Phenolics Limited
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 11:20 AM

Mr. Leo Liu

Leo Liu was graduated from Tianjin University and got Master degree on Chemistry. He has seven years’ experience on petrochemicals marketing analysis and sales. He joined Cepsa Chemical Shanghai in 2014 and now is in charge of phenol, acetone and cumene sales.

Mr. Leo Liu, Sales Supervisor
CEPSA Chemical (Shanghai) Co. Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 10:50 AM

Mr. Sachin R Mathur

Mr Mathur is a graduate in Electrical Engineering & a post graduate in Supply Chain Management From NITIE, Mumbai. He is Responsible for commercial function for Aditya birla group’s Overseas Chemical business, which comprises of Epoxy, Chloralkali, phosphates, sulphites, peroxides and oleochemical operations.


In his career of 16 years, he has worked in various capacities in production, procurement, planning, SCM, Sales & Operations and strategy roles. He has been a speaker in 8th, 9th & 10th Phenol Acetone conference in the past.

Mr. Sachin R Mathur, Vice President - Commercial
Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd
Afternoon Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 01:50 PM
Day 2 [Wed 08, March], at 11:15 AM

Ms. Kanokwan Saktrakool

Kanokwan Saktrakool is a consultant for Nexant Asia's energy advisory services based in Bangkok. She has more than 10 years combined industry and consulting experience within the petrochemicals sector. Within her current role at Nexant, Kanokwan has worked across a broad spectrum of projects covering feasibility studies, project due diligence, market and technical reviews and project master plans. Her experience covers the entire petrochemical value chain including in depth analysis of C2 and C3 derivative markets including analysis of production cost competitiveness, market analysis and price forecasting.


Prior to joining Nexant, Kanokwan worked as a polyolefin products analyst in the Business Planning Department for SCG. Her key roles included implementing product and production planning strategies, managing production planning and co-ordination of supply chain processes.

Ms. Kanokwan Saktrakool, Consultant
Nexant Asia Limited
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 11:50 AM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 08, March], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Lim Fang Wei

.Mr. LIM Fang Wei is the Managing Director at AFCO Petrochemicals Pte Ltd where he leads a team trading physical aromatics products including paraxylene, benzene, toluene, isomer mixed xylenes, styrene monomer as well as exchange-cleared futures like Brent, WTI oil and RBOB gasoline and exchange-cleared swaps like MOPJ Naphtha, paraxylene and benzene.


Since 1997, Fang Wei has helmed trading desks at Voest-Alpine, Shell, Noble Group, BP and CAO. He holds a B.Mech Engrg (Distinction) from the University of Minnesota, USA & a MSc (Management of Technology) from NUS in Singapore. Fang Wei is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.


AFCO's customers throughout Asia & the Middle East include petrochemical consumers and crackers, global oil majors and regional refiners, banks as well as global oil traders. AFCO is part of Netherlands-incorporated Finco Fuel Holding B.V. which operates in the storage, trading and distribution of oil and oil-related products in Northwest Europe.

Mr. Lim Fang Wei, Managing Director
AFCO Petrochemicals Pte Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 01:55 PM

Mr. Manish Panchal

Manish Panchal is the Senior Practice Head - Chemicals & Supply Chain Management Practice at TATA Strategic Management Group, the largest Indian owned management consulting firm.

Mr. Panchal has over 25 years of professional experience. He has worked with leading transnational companies. His areas of specialization include Formulation of Entry and Growth Strategy, Business Performance Improvement, Operation Excellence, Sustainability benchmarks and Strategic Innovation.


Mr. Panchal has authored and published over 50 articles and thoughts notes in various main line newspapers and industry journals. Mr. Panchal is one of the most sought after speakers in Chemicals, Life Sciences & Education Industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry (Drugs & Dyes) from Mumbai University, and has completed his Masters in Management from Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Manila, Philippines.

Mr. Manish Panchal, Practice Head - Chemical Energy & SCM
Tata Strategic Management Group
Day 2 [Wed 08, March], at 11:45 AM

Mr. Malte Bracht

Mr. Malte Bracht was born in Lüneburg in the north of Germany and he obtained his Master degree in Chemical Process Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg.  


Since 2013 Malte has been working at EPC Engineering Consulting GmbH as a process engineer and he has gathered experience with the design, installation and commissioning of polycarbonate production plants.


Malte is the product manager for EPC’s polycarbonate technology and assists with the business development relating to new polycarbonate projects. 

Mr. Malte Bracht, Polycarbonate Technology Manager
EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 03:30 PM

Mr. Song Manjun

.Mr. Song is the Director, Sales Marketing and Supply Chain for Fujian Shenyuan New Material Co., Ltd (SCC). Polymer Engineering Master Degree holder from Donghua University (former China Textile University), he has over 20 years experiences of polyamide and polyester industries value chain in China and Asia market.


He started his career with BASF as sales for fiber intermediates in Shanghai, China, and progressed to national sales manager for polyamide extrusion polymer in China. With his relocation from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 2007, he was promoted to Asian Pacific Manager for fiber Intermediates in BASF Regional Headquarters Co., Ltd. After relocation assignment, he was promoted to Head of Business Management, Polyamide Intermediates, BASF Greater China.


Continuing his career in BP from 2010, he took commercial positions as sales director, Asia commercial director for PTA business within BP Asia Aromatics Business Team. From August 2016 on, Mr. Song has Joined SCC to return and continue his activates in Aromatics and polyamide industry again.

Mr. Song Manjun, Deputy General Manager - Sales, Marketing & Supply Chain
Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co Ltd
Day 2 [Wed 08, March], at 09:45 AM

Mr. Tim Efthimiady

.Tim is the SVP and Head of Marketing for PCS Business Unit of Covestro (formerly Bayer Materials Science) in Shanghai. A 25 veteran of the Sales and Marketing Function, Tim has crossed several commercial Industry facing roles, in just as many continents.

He started his career with Dow Corning in Sales function as Key Customer/ Distribution manager for the Plastics and Chemicals in Australia/ASEAN, and progressed to roles in Marketing Segment leader and New Venture Business. With his relocation to Shanghai in 2001 he was promoted to Asian Commercial Functional Excellence leadership, and was also part of the inaugural Leadership/Governance committees for Dow Corning entities across Asia.

Continuing his career in Asia, he took several key leadership positions such as Director Commercial Operations (Shanghai) for the Construction BU and later relocated to Belgium for the same role in EMEA. Just prior to joining Bayer in Jan 2016, Tim was the EMEA Head of Marketing for Dow Corning Europe.

Currently residing at Covestro Global HQ for PCS BU in Shanghai, Tim is a dual national of Australia and Greece, born in Romania and has graduated B.Sc (Applied Physics) and MBA (International Marketing) both from University of Technology, Sydney. He is Alumni of several open executive courses of IMD (Switzerland), an Australian Institute of Company Directors member, and passion supporter of new venture startups and business mentor.

Mr. Tim Efthimiady, SVP Marketing Head, PCS BU
Covestro Polymers (China) Co.,Ltd
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 02:25 PM

Ms. Tara Shi

Ms. Shi has been Hexion’s Asia Pacific Marketing Manager for Phenolic Specialty Resins since 2013.  She has extensive experience in the Chemical Industry including roles at DSM Engineering Plastics and Henkel Industry Adhesives prior to joining Hexion. 


Ms. Shi earned her Master Degree majoring in Material Science from Xi’an JiaoTong University in 2008.  The main focus of her responsibilities are evaluation of Asia Pacific market segments, understanding of unique market requirements and customer needs, and assuring global product transfers to Asia meet application requirements and bring value to local customers.

Ms. Tara Shi, Marketing Manager
Day 2 [Wed 08, March], at 10:45 AM

Mr. Akihiro Yagyu
.In 2007, after the completion of the Master's Course of Engineering of Osaka University Graduate School, he joined Asahi Kasei Chemical Co., Ltd. (now Asahi Kasei Corporation). Since entering Asahi Kasei Chemical, he has been mainly engaged in monomer production and is currently engaged in the technology licensing of polycarbonate process as process engineer.

Mr. Akihiro Yagyu, Assistant Manager of Technology, Technology Licensing Department
Asahi Kasei Corporation
Day 1 [Tue 07, March], at 04:00 PM