Vanda Insights is a Singapore-based boutique provider of intelligence on the global energy markets, launched in September 2016. The venture was born out of a desire to extract the signal from the noise in the complex and often volatile oil markets. Our succinct and clear macro analysis is relied upon by thousands of readers globally, including those doing business directly or indirectly in the physical commodity and derivatives markets; wealth managers; governments, regulatory bodies and think-tanks; as well as trade organizations and educational institutions.
Our mission is to combine decades of experience observing and analysing the global energy markets and the ability to articulate our insights in the most clear, concise and straightforward manner. In doing so, we help our readers take the shortest route to understanding the big picture, and what is most relevant and critical for them in making their business strategy, trade, or investment decisions.
The oil markets function in a web of complex interconnections and it is vital, though not always easy, to be aware of all the external forces at play. We join the dots between supply-demand fundamentals, economics, geopolitics, demographics, policy and regulatory affairs, the financial markets, technological and data advancements and alternative energy sources to bring you a 360-degree view.
We pore over thousands of data points and news reports throughout the day, and stay connected with the front-liners, the middle-management as well as the leaders in the oil industry, the governments and other stakeholders, to reach the vantage point that brings you the best view. We meticulously validate, discard, dissect, question and triangulate information so that you can leapfrog from our analysis and insights with full confidence.
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Vandana Hari has 22 years of experience providing intelligence on the global oil and gas markets to executives in the industry, allied services, government officials, and wealth managers. Before launching her own company in September 2016, Vandana served as Asia Editorial Director at S & P Global Platts, a leading information provider on the global energy, petrochemicals, metals and agricultural markets. In that role, she oversaw the regional commodities news and pricing operations and led the company’s business strategy and external stakeholder engagements. During her career with Platts, Vandana has assessed spot crude and refined product prices, covered news, and written research and analytical reports. Vandana has a bachelor’s degree in science from India’s MD University and post-graduate diplomas in communication and social journalism. Her expert opinions are featured in the international as well as Asian print media and she is a regular commentator on TV and radio channels including Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and Singapore’s Channel News Asia.
Neil Fleming is a management, strategy, and energy consultant, and a writer. The former Head of Content for Reed Business Information’s ICIS group, and former senior Vice President, Information, with S&P Global Platts, he is the only person in the world to have led the global editorial, data, and database operations of two of the energy industry’s three largest Price Reporting Agencies.
An expert on energy and commodities markets and market design, and in particular on OPEC, Middle Eastern politics and energy, and Africa, he has consulted for the IEA, CITAC Africa Ltd, and the Norwegian government. Currently he works as Strategic Advisor to ICIS, teaches courses in Risk Management and in Analytical Writing; and is Senior Consultant for European consultancy ZAZ Ventures, advising and helping clients with clean-tech, fintech and cutting edge start-up businesses and projects, mostly in the scientific arena. With his deep knowledge of financial information publishing and information product development, he also spent six years as Platts VP of Strategy and Business Development.
Skilled in data architecture and software design he built the award-winning CITAC Africa Downstream Database, the leading resource for the African downstream oil industry, and designed and built the IEA’s Oil Market Report IDIOM tool, which enables the Paris-based organisation’s ongoing analysis of oil market supply and demand.
He is also an award-winning playwright, the founder of UK theatre company Hydrocracker, a screenwriter, translator, and (as of April 2018) a published poet. A former news journalist, he worked for United Press International in East and Southern Africa, was Platts Middle East Correspondent, and has written for the Times of London, the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Correspondent, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and for Oxford Energy Forum, the publication of the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies. He won the International Association of Energy Economists’ award for excellence in energy journalism in 1995. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Vienna. He speaks English, French and German fluently.
Ms. Nishi Vasudeva, an Indian business executive, served as Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, a Fortune 500 company, till end March 2016. She is the first woman in India to head an organization in the Energy sector and among the very few women globally to head an oil company.An alumnus of The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, she has experience spanning over 38 years in the oil sector across core functions including corporate strategy, fuel retailing, LPG marketing, planning and information systems. She has served as Chairman of the Board of several joint-venture Companies of HPCL in partnership with reputed MNCs and Indian corporates. She was elected Vice-President (Youth & Gender) on the Executive Committee of World Petroleum Congress for a three-year term.
She is the only Indian to receive Platts “Global CEO of the Year” in the energy sector and has several other awards to her credit, including Platts “Asia CEO of the Year” (2014-15). In acknowledgement of her efforts, she was presented the prestigious SCOPE award in the Individual Leadership Category by the Hon’ble President of India for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Public Sector Management .
John Kingston is the Executive Editor of FreightWaves, a multi-platform new initiative to serve the trucking and transport sector. He joined FreightWaves after completing a more than 32-year career with S&P Global, where for 29-plus years he served in a number of different capacities for Platts, the energy news and analysis segment of McGraw Hill/S&P Global. He was director of oil, director of news, and in his early years as a crude oil market reporter published the first dated Brent assessment, now the world’s leading crude oil benchmark. AT S&P Global, he founded the company’s blockchain task force, looking at ways in which that technology would impact the company’s activities. He has been a frequent commentator on energy issues at conferences and on business television networks.
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