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Anne McPhee (Director of Market Services and Carbon Group)

Anne McPhee, Director of Market Services, is responsible for managing Jacobs Consultancy's petroleum coke group as well as other multi-client reports and software services offered by Jacobs Consultancy.  This includes Jacobs Consultancy's on-going multi-client products, the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) and Calcined Petroleum Coke Subscription Service, annual Petcoke Conferences, and single-client fuel-grade and calcined petroleum coke studies. She has over 30 years of experience in the energy, refining and petrochemical sectors in sales, business development, marketing, and consulting roles. Anne is a chemical engineer from the University of Toronto and has an M.B.A. from York University Schulich School of Business. Prior to joining Jacobs she worked for Honeywell UOP. petroleum coke work. 



 Yasmin Brown (Manager)

Yasmin Brown is responsible for single client calcined petroleum coke studies. She is involved in the research and sales effort for both the Calcined Petroleum Coke Subscription Service and the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) Service. She regularly interfaces with clients who require information on the calcined petroleum coke market. Prior to joining Jacobs Consultancy, Ms. Brown's roles at Jacobs included process engineering, project engineering, project management, quality management, and business development.


Ben Ziesmer (Senior Consultant)

Ben Ziesmer is responsible for preparation of Jacobs Consultancy's Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ), with in-depth background in the power sector, including experience in procurement, operations, environmental compliance, and engineering. He has been the project manager for numerous studies involving the fuel grade petroleum coke market including Jacobs Consultancy's High Sulfur Petroleum Coke Study.


Jesus Cabello (Senior Consultant)

Jesus Cabello brings years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the petroleum, chemicals, and energy industries to the Carbon Group. He is a contributing author for the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) and is involved with single-client studies of the global fuel-grade and anode-grade petroleum coke markets. Prior to joining Jacobs Consultancy, Jesus held a variety of technical and management positions a: PDVSA, CITGO, Shell, Lummus Technology, KBR, and Foster Wheeler.



Alisa Allen (Senior Consultant)

Alisa Allen is the Senior Consultant responsible for managing Jacobs Consultancy's global calcined petroleum coke (CPC) services. As such, she and the Jacobs Consultancy team partner with international and domestic clients to develop strategic business solutions that assist companies in successfully achieving key business initiatives. In addition to business solutions, the team provides global market intelligence to the industry via multi-client studies, single-client studies, international conferences, and training workshops/seminars. The team specializes in analyzing calcined petroleum coke and calcinable-grade green petroleum coke supply/demand trends, import/export trade patterns, and pricing trends. Alisa is a contributing author to Jacobs Consultancy’s flagship publication, the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) and the Calcined Petroleum Coke Report©).

 Amanda Barela             


 Amanda Barela (Consultant)

Amanda Barela is an experienced market research consultant with over 10 years of comprehensive Petroleum, Chemicals and Energy sectors across the globe. Amanda evaluates market conditions, trends, and industry-specific solutions to assist clients in their navigation of the refining & petrochemical landscape. Her long-term market outlooks and strategies guide organizations in their capital planning efforts. Amanda specializes in analyzing calcined petroleum coke and calcinable-grade green petroleum, supply/demand trends, import/export trade patterns, and pricing trends.

Amanda Barela is also a contributing author to Jacobs Consultancy’s flagship publication, the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) and the Calcined Petroleum Coke Report©. Her technical experience includes linear programming and optimization.  Amanda has a Master of Science in  Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.



Annie Nguyen (Consultant)

Annie Nguyen is a  Consultant and is a key contributor to Jacobs Consultancy’s flagship publication, thePace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ), following and analyzing green and calcined petroleum coke export trade patterns.  In addition, she develops weekly financial reports, quarterly forecasts, and budgeting for the Houston office. Prior to joining the Carbon Group, Annie worked in the Quality Department and was a Facilities Manager for a large major capital project.



Vashdev Arthur (Senior Analyst)

Vashdev is a contributing author for the Pace Petroleum Coke Quarterly© (PCQ) and the Calcined Petroleum Coke Subscription Service. His other responsibilities include developing and maintaining information resources and databases relating to calcinable grade green petroleum coke and calcined petroleum coke; and contributing articles for Petroleum Coke News Updates. Additionally, he provides support for petroleum coke related single-client assignments.



 Holger Dewald (European Representative)

Specializing in all aspects of fuel-grade, anode-grade, calcined petroleum coke and coal tar pitch in European, Middle Eastern, and other markets. Prior to joining Jacobs Consultancy, Mr. Dewald worked in the long range planning department (desulfurization studies for distillate) at Esso-Karlsruhe, refinery expansion projects at Exxon Research, and coke marketing for Esso Europe.



Lesley Loop (Subscription and Conference Coordinator)

Executive assistant responsible for ongoing study invoicing, sales inquiries, and coordinating general Group activities. 

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