Abudi Zein

Abudi Zein

Abudi is our CEO and co-founder. He specializes in energy market pricing, information product development and fundamental analysis. He most recently led efforts at Genscape to create new information products based on the company’s proprietary energy data. Prior to joining Genscape he worked in the energy information industry in Tokyo, Singapore, London, Houston and New York. He has held management positions in editorial, product development, marketing, sales and general management. He was CEO for Argus Media, Inc, a Senior Vice President at Oxford Analytica, and Sales Director at Platts London. Abudi holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Hanover in Germany and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Lee Andrews

Lee Andrews

Lee is our COO. He focuses on our operational excellence, entailing attracting and retaining top talent, aligning strategy with tactics, innovating and collaborating, and acquiring and retaining the customers we want. Most recently Lee was a managing principal at SQLMaze and numberGo Holdings. Both companies deliver technology solutions to publishing companies helping them enter new markets and provide their clients with innovative tools to make well-informed decisions. Prior to that Lee was a co-founder of SageMaker, an e-business solutions company. The company’s SageWave subscription portal provided single point-of-access to real-time news, newsletters, internal and external research repositories, databases and business applications. Lee and his partners sold SageMaker in 2001. Lee holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Vermont School of Business Administration.

Poorva Deshpande

Poorva Deshpande

Poorva is a Data Specialist at ClipperData. Her main role is software development, using a variety of programming languages to extract, transform and load data. Prior to working at ClipperData, Poorva worked with KPIT Cummins in India as a Senior Software Developer. Poorva holds B.S. in Computer Science from University of Pune, India and M.S. in Computer Science from East Carolina University.

Alex Dunham

Alex Dunham

Alex is a QA Analyst at ClipperData. He is primarily responsible for data review. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alan Eixman

Alan Eixman

Alan Eixman is our Director of Sales and oversees our Houston office. Alan has over thirteen years of energy industry experience in market data and software. He most recently held the position of Sales Manager for DTN ProphetX where he provided energy traders with tools for real-time news and pricing data analysis. Prior to joining DTN Alan worked in the energy information industry selling real-time proprietary news, pricing, and market data. He was a Business Development Manager for Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill, and Territory Sales Manager for Genscape. Alan holds a B.F.A. in Media Management/Marketing from Sam Houston State University.

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Chuanwei Foo

Chuanwei is our Commercial Director , responsible for building our business in APAC and Middle East based out of Singapore. A quantitative researcher in his early days, Chuanwei understands the importance of information in business decision making. He has spearheaded IHS McCloskey’s book of business relocation into Asia , managed information partners and worked with energy research channel partners in Asia.  Chuanwei joins us from  ICIS providing petrochemical pricing information  and IHS providing E&P Upstream energy solutions. He has managed top tier energy , petrochemical and FMCG clients throughout APAC and Middle East. Chuanwei holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

David Francoeur

David Francoeur

David is our Chief Marketing Officer, and is responsible for all aspects of building a world-class brand. As results-driven leader, David’s main mission is to accelerate demand for ClipperData’s unique-in-the-industry petroleum cargo data. David offers substantial experience executing sophisticated digital and public relations marketing programs that strategically disrupt the market. His mission here is to increase transparency in a market still defined as opaque to market participants. Prior to joining ClipperData, David was CMO at Genscape, Inc., and the head of marketing for FLIR System’s Americas Thermography business, both highly successful ventures. David holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Marquette University.

Rae Hagan

Rae Hagan

Rae is our Client Relationship Manager and serves as the first line of contact for all client questions and inquiries. Rae has over 6 years of analytical experience in the energy industry. Prior to ClipperData, she was a business development planner and analyst at ENI Petroleum and BG Group. She started her career as a controlling accountant at Schlumberger. Rae holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

Roy Hano

Roy Hano

Roy is our Director of Application Development and manages technical operations and software development. He has over ten years of experience in product development and infrastructure management. Prior to joining ClipperData, Roy played a pivotal role in developing a number of key energy-related products at Genscape. Roy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University Of Kentucky.

John Lang

John Lang

John is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He is focused on analyzing our data and providing quality assurance for US export products. Prior to joining ClipperData, he spent five years in the telecommunication and nuclear industries. John holds duo B.S. degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Sterling Lapinski

Sterling Lapinski

Sterling is our Executive Chairman. He is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on information services, energy, and risk management, but with wide-ranging interests across most areas of science and technology. He currently serves as an advisor and board member to multiple early-stage businesses. Most recently Sterling was a co-founder of Genscape, Inc., the world’s leading provider of real-time energy information. Sterling created and managed the technology and intellectual property core of the business, and is a named inventor on more than a dozen domestic and foreign patents. In addition to being named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Sterling helped Genscape place on the Inc. 500 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Sterling and his partners sold Genscape to the Daily Mail & General Trust (LSE: DMGT). Prior to founding Genscape, Sterling worked in various capacities in trading and risk management, starting in fixed income and moving to energy and commodities. Sterling holds a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Yuwen Li

Yuwen Li

Yuwen is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He specializes in analyzing domestic crude flows, as well as providing quality assurance. He also manages a team of interns. Yuwen holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Qingdao Technological University in China, and a M.S. in Financial Engineering from NYU.

Dane Litwiller

Dane Litwiller

Dane is a Sales Executive based in our Houston office, working together with Alan Eixman to serve our global customer base. Dane has over six years of experience in sales and management in various commodities. Prior to joining ClipperData, Dane managed a sales team at a logistics company based in Chicago. Dane holds a B.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Kanan Mehra

Kanan Mehra

Kanan is an Oil Market Analyst at ClipperData. She specializes in global refined products markets, with a focus on fundamental analysis to produce our weekly deliverables. Kanan holds a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University (SIPA), where she pursued international energy management and policy. She earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied economics.

Ptah Plummer

Ptah Plummer

Ptah is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He specializes in end-user product development and maintenance. With a background in data analysis and computer programming, he has previously held data specialist and systems manager positions. Ptah holds a B.S. in Operations Research & Engineering and an M.Eng. in Engineering Management from Cornell University.

Stan Segelman

Stan Segelman

Stan is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He is primarily responsible for acquiring, transforming, and loading new data feeds. His prior experience included working for Genscape and Snackable media, among other companies. His technical expertise includes working with SQL, Linux, and Windows to extract and analyze data, and create reports. Stan graduated Brooklyn College with a Computational Mathematics Degree.

Tong (Steve) Shao

Tong (Steve) Shao

Steve is the manager of the quantitative analysis group at ClipperData. He and his team build fundamental models that are used to track the global flows of liquid hydrocarbons. He also develops statistical models that are embedded in many of our products. Steve holds a B.A. in Economics from Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University.

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Rick Silva

Rick is a Web and Database Developer. He has a deep background with relational databases and Agile software development. He has over 20 years experience in software development, working for organizations such as Zipcar, Harvard Business School, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Pioneer Investments. He holds a B.A. in Management from Boston College as well as an A.S. in Computer Science.
Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt is a Director of Commodity Research at ClipperData. Matt specializes in extracting key themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market, and communicating these through daily and weekly deliverables. He also provides oil and natural gas analysis and commentary to national and international media outlets that include CNBC, Fox Business, Russia 24, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Oil Daily. Prior to joining ClipperData, he worked for eight years at Schneider Electric / Summit Energy as a Global Commodity Analyst, where he also founded and authored the blog, Energy Burrito. He started his career at the Royal Bank of Canada in the UK, spending eight years with the bank. During that time, he managed $55 million in assets as a portfolio manager and financial analyst.

Srinath Sridhar

Srinath Sridhar

Srinath is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. His focus areas include data mining, predictive modeling and fundamental analysis of the energy markets. Prior to joining ClipperData, Srinath interned at Corning as a Measurements Engineer. Srinath holds a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

Austin Swertfager

Austin Swertfager

Austin is a QA Analyst at ClipperData. He is primarily responsible for data loading and cleanup. Prior to ClipperData, Austin was an account manager at numberGo, a unique data aggregation and analysis platform. Austin holds a B.S. in Computer Science from St. Lawrence University.

Troy Vincent

Troy Vincent

Troy is an oil market analyst at ClipperData. He has been in the energy research and consulting industry for 4 years, working as a commodity analyst in oil and natural gas for both Schneider Electric and Ingersoll Rand. In his prior roles he has specialized in crude oil and products, natural gas and LNG, and global carbon markets, serving as executive editor and publisher of research reports. Troy has a unique background in economic policy research, working and studying at both the Charles Koch Institute and Ludwig von Mises Institute, and prides himself on an in depth understanding of economics and monetary policy which helps guide his analysis deeper than basic supply and demand fundamentals. Troy holds a BS from Indiana University in Business, Economics and Public Policy.

Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang

Xiao is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He is focused on predictive modeling and fundamental analysis of the energy markets, developing time series and regression models. Xiao holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Xiamen University in China, and a Master degree in Statistics from Cornell University.

Nigel Warburg

Nigel Warburg

Nigel is an experienced and multilingual Global Sales Manager. Prior to joining ClipperData, Nigel worked for Reuters and Financial Times Information in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to London to work as a Senior Sales Director for Standard & Poor's in their Fixed Income Risk Management Services and Investment Services departments. Nigel holds a B.A. in German from Southampton University.

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Liam Xiao

Liam is a Data Analyst at ClipperData. He specializes in automating our data feeding and cleaning process. Prior to joining ClipperData, Liam worked at Fidelity Investments as a Database Developer. He holds a B.S. in Software Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Simon Young

Simon Young

Simon is a co-founding partner and investor in ClipperData. He co-founded Caminus Corporation, a provider of energy trading and risk management software and consulting services, where he designed and delivered high-performance trading platforms for first-tier energy traders in New York, Houston, London and across continental Europe. He and his partners took Caminus public in 2000 (NASDAQ: CAMZ) and the company was subsequently acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2003. Simon holds an A.B. in English Language and Literature from Harvard.

Samantha Zhang

Samantha Zhang

Samantha is an Oil Market Analyst at ClipperData. She specializes in analyzing domestic crude oil market fundamentals and building regression, time series models. Prior to joining ClipperData, Samantha worked at Wood Mackenzie as an NGL Research Analyst. Samantha hold a Master's degree in Statistics from Rice University, and B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Bard College.