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Executive of the Year, 2016: Abhishek Deshpande, Natixis

Deshpande has vast experience in the oil and gas industry as well as financial markets. He has strong analytical and quantitative skills supported by all-round knowledge of oil markets, demand and supply modeling, macroeconomic research and company analysis.

He helped set up and expand the energy research at Natixis in 2011 and was instrumental in designing and launching the annual Oil Review, Natixis’ flagship publication on oil.

While many banks and commodities trading houses are scaling back on commodity trading and research, under Deshpande’s stewardship Natixis has remained a strong player both in providing clients with risk management services and supporting their sales, trading and financing activities.

He has gained an enviable reputation for analysing and predicting market trends. His bold call on the price of Brent North Sea crude oil in the final quarter of 2015 won him many plaudits and commendations across the industry.

Such expertise has also brought significant media attention; he has appeared on BBC, SKY News, CNBC and Bloomberg and is regularly quoted by Reuters, AFP and much of the mainstream media. He is invited regularly to leading energy conferences worldwide, including the commodities meeting hosted by the UN.

Before starting his career in finance and consulting, Deshpande completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He holds Chartered Engineer status from the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK) as well as the Energy Institute (UK). He has published several papers on the oil price and energy economics.

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