Macro Themes Panel Led by Al Harper, Dave Pursell, Erik Gilje, John Kingston, and Kobi Platt

How are historically low interest rates and currency price moves impacting the global energy mix? How has the combination of global natural gas infrastructure build-out and massive gas upstream projects affected that energy mix, now and in the future? What is the combined effect of reduction in Chinese demand for raw inputs and Middle East unrest? How will international efforts to limit climate change affect the energy mix?

al-harperAl Harper, is the Upstream Treasurer at ExxonMobilAl joined the company in June 1990. After various finance-related assignments in Dallas, Houston, Singapore and Coral Gables, he was named Assistant Treasurer of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2000. In 2001, Al became the Business Services Manager and Controller of ExxonMobil de Venezuela in Caracas, and in 2005, he was named Business Services Manager and Treasurer of ExxonMobil Qatar in Doha. His responsibilities focused on preparing the organization for the start-up of a suite of world-scale gas projects, and on managing coordination with government, partner and joint venture companies on finance-related issues. In July 2008, Al became Controller of ExxonMobil Development Company, where he was responsible for managing a worldwide staff of 200 supporting major upstream projects. Al is the current Upstream Treasurer for ExxonMobil, and responsible for delivering corporate finance support to ExxonMobil’s worldwide upstream business. Al holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has two children.



David A. Pursell is the Managing Director, Head of Macro Research. Dave Pursell serves as Managing Director and Head of Macro Research at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Dave is responsible for TPH’s analysis of global oil & gas markets, including inventory and price forecasts, supply/demand modeling and rigcount/production relationships. He was past Chairman of the IPAA Supply committee and sits on the Investment Committee of TPH Partners LP, TPH’s private equity division. Dave is a board member of private energy companies Oxane Materials and Unconventional Gas Resources. He was a Founding Partner of Pickering Energy Partners, the predecessor to TPH. Prior to that, he was Director of Upstream Research at Simmons & Company, International and spent eight years as manager of petrophysics at S.A. Holditch & Associates, now a division of Schlumberger. He gained operational experience with ARCO Alaska, Inc., conducting field engineering and operations. He holds a BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.




Erik Gilje is an Assistgilje_picture-1antProfessor of Finance at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focus is on empirical corporate finance, energy finance, and entrepreneurial finance. His work explores the interconnection between energy, financial frictions, and the real economy. He has received research support from the Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. He has published or forthcoming papers in the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies. Prior to academia Erik worked at ExxonMobil and Citigroup, and co-founded Oseberg, Inc., an Energy Tech/Big Data start-up. Erik pursued his PhD studies at Boston College and has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Cornell University.





John Kingston is the Director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global. In this position, as part of the company’s team of global economists, he works to identify significant market and industry trends affecting the mission of S&P Global, as well as producing content and forums that can share knowledge across the company’s four units and demonstrate that expertise to the world. John joined the corporate team at what is now S&P Global in early 2015, after an almost 30-year career at Platts, the company’s energy news and pricing division. He served for a year as President of the company’s Institute, before taking on his dual role of Director of Global Market Insights full time, working with the company’s global team of economists. At Platts, he held numerous positions over the years as the company grew tremendously, serving as both Director of News and Director of Oil, where he presented–and continues to do so–on oil markets before audiences and on numerous media outlets. Prior to joining Platts, John worked for American Metal Market and for newspapers in New Jersey and Virginia. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.





k-platt-photoKobi Platt has 10 years of experience in commodities research, with expertise in global oil and natural gas markets as well as geopolitics, natural resource policy, and macroeconomics.  Mr. Platt currently serves as the Head of Research at Taylor Woods Capital Management LLC.  Prior to Taylor Woods, Mr. Platt served as the Senior Energy Market Strategist at Tudor Investment Corp. from 2010-2013 and as an Economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in Washington, DC from 2006-2010.  In 2015, he became a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Platt holds dual Masters’ degrees from the University of Michigan in Economics and Natural Resource Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Miami (OH) University.