CTRM Thought Leaders

CTRM Thought Leaders

About CTRM Thought Leaders

The CTRM Thought Leaders panel is comprised of recognized industry leaders that serve as a standing source of expertise to the CTRM technology market. These experts share their insights and knowledge through ComTech produced interviews, podcasts, videos, live panels and periodic Q&A’s in which they examine the critical business and technology issues facing todays commodity trading industry participants. The CTRM Thought Leaders are executive-level industry experts from across the industry, including end-users, software vendors and service providers. All panelists have been nominated by ComTech and/or industry participants, with their selection to the panel being at the sole discretion of ComTech Advisory.

2019 CTRM Thought Leader Panel

Dr Chris Strickland

Chris Strickland Lacima GroupCo-founder of Lacima
He is an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Finance and Economics, University of Technology, Sydney and the Financial Options Research Centre, University of Warwick. Chris works extensively with senior executives consulting on energy risk management and complex derivative valuation issues. Furthermore, Chris is a recognised expert for expert witness testimonials. Previously Chris worked for RBC Gilts Ltd and Kitcat and Aitken & Co in London. Chris is the co-author of the books Energy Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management and Implementing Derivatives Models and co-editor of the book Exotic Options: The State of the Art, and has a regular series of articles in Energy Risk Magazine. Chris was named

Dr Gary Vasey

Gary VaseyPartner and Managing Director of ComTechAdvisory
Dr. Vasey is an industry expert noted for his analysis, consulting, marketing, and branding skills. With over 29-years’ experience in the energy and commodities trading industry, Gary has experienced the industry’s volatility as an executive of a trading firm, geologist, consultant, software developer, analyst, and marketing practitioner, providing him with unique insights, not just into the entire value chain, but also into how to position, brand, and deliver products and services to the industry. He is a noted expert on the commodity trading, transaction and risk management software industry and an accomplished industry analyst and thought leader. Gary has published more than 200 articles on energy and commodities industry

Dr Markus Seiser

Markus SeiserChief Operating Officer, Energy, Global Financial Services, FIS
Dr. Markus Seiser is chief operating officer for the energy business in our Global Financial Services business at FIS. Based in Vienna, Markus is responsible for helping clients streamline and digitalize their trading and operations in the energy and commodities markets.

Markus previously worked for Landis&Gyr, a large Swiss company that is now owned by Siemens, in the area of network management and optimization as a project engineer and project manager. He was founder and later CEO of European energy solution provider IRM (Integriertes Ressourcen Management), where he was responsible for establishing the product and project management teams, focusing on physical trade and risk management; defining the

Harry Knott

Harry KnottProduct Marketing Manager, Brady plc
Harry has been with Brady for over twenty years, during which time he has managed teams within development, pre-sales and product management, and managed Brady’s Metals business unit and Risk and Derivatives business unit, overseeing product development, professional services and support across Brady’s commodity trading and risk management products. During his time at Brady, Harry has played a central role in designing and building Brady’s solutions for metals and other commodities, working with tier 1 clients across banks, brokers, trading companies, producers and fabricators in markets where Brady has become the recognised world leader. Harry works with market participants to identify new trends that will shape the requirements of

Jan van den Brom

Jan Van Den BromFounder and managing partner of Agiboo
Agiboo provides the ‘next generation’ of CTRM solution with a dedicated focus on the Agricultural and soft commodity industry. Jan has his background in CTRM and Trade finance solutions since 1998. In 2009 he founded Agiboo as a response to the increased demand of a CTRM solution with an easy to understand user interface, but even more important: allowing specific functionality support for certain industries. His vision is that CTRM products should embed an in depth knowledge of commodity trade business processes. After being CTRM implementation consultant for many years before the founding of Agiboo, Jan has a strong believe in a product approach, where

Libby Koehn

Libby Koehn, Chief Product Officer, Brady PLCChief Product Officer
Libby joined Brady as Chief Product Officer in October 2017, responsible for leading day-to-day strategy and execution of all product-related activities and the research into and identification of long-term market needs that Brady must address to generate the highest value and return for the markets we serve. Libby’s role spans from the strategic to the tactile including coordinating Brady’s multi-year vision and product strategy, determining the overall portfolio of product line investments, equipping the Sales team with the tools, training and marketing assistance necessary for continued growth and profitability, aligning the pricing of our solutions to market requirements and providing leadership and support for the entire

Manav Garg

Manav Garg EKACEO and Founder of Eka Software Solutions
Manav provides overall leadership and direction in strategic areas such as product direction, growth strategy, and talent acquisition. As a former commodities trader with a large global commodity trading house, Manav witnessed first-hand the deficiencies in traditional trading and risk management software. Realizing the market opportunity, and combining this with his passion for technology, Manav founded Eka in 2004. Since then, he keeps Eka focused on meeting the needs of the company’s global customers. He constantly strives to achieve ever higher levels of organizational excellence and customer satisfaction by encouraging responsibility and accountability at all levels. Manav graduated as an engineer from Regional Engineering College (REC) in Jalandhar,

Michael Hinton

Michael HintonChief Customer Officer and SVP Products and Solutions, Allegro
Michael Hinton is Chief Customer Officer of Allegro. He is Allegro’s customer advocate throughout all aspects of the customer lifecycle. Mr. Hinton manages all interactions between Allegro and its customers ensuring each maximizes the value of their investment. Since joining Allegro in 1997, Mr. Hinton has held a number of significant cross-functional roles in sales, services and management. Most recently, as Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for increasing brand awareness across the industry while increasing market share. Before that, he was Vice President of Product Marketing, where he led a global team in support of Allegro's field operations. Prior to joining Allegro, Mr. Hinton

Patrick Reames

Patrick ReamesFounder and Managing Director of ComTechAdvisory
Mr. Reames possess a deep understanding of the energy and commodities markets, developed through hands-on experience and managerial oversight of energy and commodity operations, including exploration, production, gathering, plant and pipeline operations. Additionally, he has 5 years of energy commodity trading, transportation, and risk management experience with Hess Corp. (formally known as Amerada Hess), a Fortune 100 integrated energy marketing company. Over the last fifteen years, he has been focused primarily on information technology serving energy and commodity trading, marketing, and risk management. Prior to founding Commodity Technology Advisory, he led the CommodityPoint division of UtiliPoint International, providing expert CTRM market analysis and advisory services to dozens of

Richard Williamson

Richard WilliamsonFounder-CEO of Generation 10
Generation 10 is a software technology company that provides solutions to various sectors of the global agricultural supply chain including CTRM, quality assurance, cargo marine insurance, finance and big data. He shares the view that information is key and is a firm believer that key to getting it is through collaborative software and knowing what to measure in order to optimise and find opportunities through better data management and analytics. This is evidenced by the attention given to user experience and data visualisation in the products and services that G10 delivers. Richard consults for a number of trading companies as well as the USDA, WTO and various international commodity associations and

Rob Pringle

Rob Pringle Gazprom Marketing and TradingDirector of Global IT for Gazprom Marketing & Trading
Rob Pringle has global responsibilities for all aspects of IT delivery and operations for the organisation. Gazprom Marketing & Trading, part of the world’s largest natural gas company Gazprom, is based in London and has operations in Houston, Singapore, Manchester, Paris, Walluf and Zug. It trades commodities such as natural gas, power, oil, carbon, LNG and foreign exchange and also retails energy to business consumers in the UK, France, Netherlands and Germany. Rob has over 20 years of experience working in IT within the energy industry. After being sponsored by British Gas through a Business Administration and Computer Science degree at Aston

Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes Aspect Enterprise SolutionsPresident & CEO of Aspect Enterprise Solutions
Steve has been in the IT industry since 1979 with over 35 years experience. Following studying for a degree in Applied Biology in Liverpool, he started his working career at the National Computing Centre (now NCC) as a mainframe Computer Operator. He stayed there for 11 years in many roles from Programmer, though Systems Designer and Project Manager to Business Manager of the firm’s mainframe focused software businesses. Steve describes his time there as his ‘apprenticeship’. In 1990, he left to join Legent Corporation as Marketing Director, a USA systems management software vendor that grew from a relatively small base to over $500 million in

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers - Head of Sales and Business DevelopmentHead of Sales and Business Development at Contigo
Tim heads sales and business development. He has an in-depth knowledge of the European energy markets and, prior to joining Contigo, was involved in a number of Trayport products. His experience includes the development of in-house energy trading and risk management systems, power and gas scheduling and integrated 3rd party systems at companies including Gazprom Marketing and Trading Ltd. “We have products that are unique in their approach and architecture and more and more businesses are coming to us. Some of these are a new cohort of generators and retailers keen to be a part of the changing landscape, but many
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