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Blockchain and Energy Trading

March 15, 2018, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
153 East 53rd Street (Please use 601 Lexington Avenue entrance as 153 is closed for construction)
14th Floor
New York City, NY 10022

There have been increasing discussion, and some initiatives, to use blockchain - distributed ledger technology (DLT) that drives the bitcoin cryptocurrency - in the energy market. The idea is to use this technology to create a smart contract that would significantly improve efficiency and lower transaction costs in energy trading. Yet there are fundamental questions and challenges including the need for industry leadership to develop a standardized model and software for a smart contract and whether or not to use cryptocurrency, among others.

Please join the Energy Forum in this session for an overview on Blockchain technology and its prospect in the energy market.


John Kingston was founder and former member of the S&P Global blockchain task force and director of Global Market Insights at S&P Global Platts. As part of that role, he helped to create S&P Global's blockchain task force, in which representatives from across the company came together to focus on how blockchain technology might affect its operations. He wrote on blockchain issues for the S&P Global website, and had a unique perspective on blockchain and commodity trading, after almost 30 years at the company's Platts division.

Arnaud Stevens is managing director and head of Global Energy and Commodities, Trade and Structured Finance - Americas at Natixis Corporate and Investment Banking. Arnaud joined Natixis in New York in August 2011. He has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate and Investment banking. He specializes in Commodity Trade and Structured Finance and leads a commodity bankers team comprised of industry veterans. The team covers a wide range of sectors in the Americas, including Energy (Oil, Gas and Power), Mining and Metals (base and precious metals) and Agricultural products. Passionate about technology, AI, and blockchain, Arnaud has completed several blockchain projects (Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger). The most recent initiative is a distributed ledger platform for crude oil in the US with IBM and Trafigura.

Arnaud graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


David H. Knapp is Chief Energy Economist and Senior Editor for Global Oil Market Analysis at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. He is Editor of EIG's monthly Oil Market Intelligence. He has analyzed energy markets for 40 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration
6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception


$40.00 for General Admission
$10.00 for Academic/Military
$0.00 for Energy Forum Sponsors
$0.00 for Energy Forum Subscribers


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