Saad Rahim

Trafigura

Chief Economist

Saad is the Chief Economist for Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry. He is responsible for the company’s views on markets and macroeconomics, including the outlook for oil and metals markets, commodity prices, equity and credit markets, and political risk. Prior to joining Trafigura, he was the Chief Economist at BG Group, a major integrated oil & gas company. In that role, he was similarly responsible for the Group’s views on oil, gas and LNG markets, and advised the company’s Executive Management and Board of Directors on markets, macroeconomics and global risk. Saad joined BG Group after leaving Chevron Corporation, where he served as the Deputy Chief Economist for Chevron Corporation where he was responsible for the corporation's forecasts and analysis on macroeconomics, geopolitics and energy prices. He also focuses on global energy trends, including National Oil Companies, OPEC policy, carbon initiatives and consumer and producer country policies. Prior to joining Chevron, Saad was an international energy advisor with PFC Energy in Washington, DC. While at PFC Energy, he managed their macroeconomic forecasting, country risk services, and geopolitical analysis focused on the Middle East and Asia. He also created and managed the National Oil Companies retainer service, the first such offering in the industry. Saad’s analysis has been featured in the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times as well as numerous regional outlets, and he has been a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other major media. He has published works in the Petroleum Economist, the Middle East Report, and Global Issues (Middle East), and contributed to volumes on Energy Security & Global Politics and China's Energy Strategy. Saad holds BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for advanced degree work in International Economics and Global Energy.

Sessions With Saad Rahim

Tuesday, 7 March

  • 11:55am - 12:45pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 05:55 pm - 07/mar/2023 06:45 pm

    Spotlight | Global Oil Market Outlook

    Markets/Economics/Strategy
    We are in the greatest geopolitical upheaval since the end of the Cold War. One outcome is that the world oil market no longer exists as we know it. Many buyers can no longer purchase oil from Russia, a global oil superpower and low-cost supplier. Will this partitioning of the global oil market endure? Could it fragment even more? What are the practical impacts now and in the future on oil demand, supply and price?