How Disruptive Technologies Are Changing the Energy Industry and Trading

February 11, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 PM EDT
388 Greenwich Street
39th Floor
New York City, NY 10013

Machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data technologies are providing unprecedented transparency on energy markets in near realtime and are increasingly used to optimize operations and enhance analysis and predictions of the energy industry. Various companies are currently exploring or have aleady adopted such tools for added value information to help guide decision making in the industry. Please join us in this session to learn how disruptive technologies are changing the energy sector with examples from some companies pioneering in this area.


Antoine Halff

Antoine Halff is Program Director for Global Oil Markets at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. He is also chief energy analyst and founding partner of Kayrros, a leader in the field of predictive analytics for energy markets.

Prior to joining Columbia he served as the International Energy Agency's (IEA) chief oil analyst and editor of its monthly Oil Market Report and annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report. Earlier positions include Lead Industry Economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Head of Commodities Research at brokerage firm Newedge and Head of Energy Futures Research at its predecessor company Fimat, and oil demand analyst at the IEA.

In 2005, he launched the Global Energy practice of political-risk firm Eurasia Group and served as its director. Earlier in his career, he served as New York Bureau Chief of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly after several years with the Dow Jones Energy News Service. President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, November 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty." He is an advisory board member of Geopolitics of Energy, a publication of the Canadian Energy Research Institute. Earlier he worked in the film industry in Paris and as a teacher in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Halff holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.

Peter Hahn

Peter Hahn is Co-Founder of Bridgeton Research Group, a company that helps risk-takers, risk-managers, analysts and execution traders adapt to evolving market conditions with its quantitative research, alternative data and algorithmic strategy development services.

Peter has 28 years of experience with commodity and currency portfolio management, fundamental research, cross-market trading strategy development, exotic derivatives structuring and commodity index development and marketing. He has held senior positions at Macquarie Bank, Morgan Stanley, BTG Pactual and Cargill. At Bridgeton, Peter is responsible for quantamental strategy development, which is the combination of fundamental and quantitative research and algorithmic trading processes to produce practical applications for discretionary risk-takers, risk-managers, analysts and execution traders. In addition, Peter is responsible for business development. Bridgeton’s clients are elite macro hedge funds, commodity specialist hedge funds, corporate hedgers and commodity merchants, across the energy, metals and agricultural sectors. 

Peter attended HBS Executive Education and received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.


Katherine Spector

Katherine Spector is a Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy focusing on traded and financial energy markets, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas. She is a longtime energy market analyst, having spent the past fifteen years producing thought-leading research at major banks. The bulk of her career was spent leading energy strategy and research for the commodity derivatives sales and trading desks at CIBC World Markets, JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank, all based in New York. Ms. Spector was responsible for the banks' energy price forecasts and market views, and she produced analysis of global energy supply-demand fundamentals, financial positioning, and market-moving geopolitics. Her work supported bank traders and originators in all major regions, and clients ranged from oil and gas companies, to institutional investors, to representatives of US and international government.

Prior to her work on Wall Street, Ms. Spector worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group and as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and held term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Spector has appeared regularly in print and television media.

Ms. Spector graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.


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


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