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Robert McNally

Founder & President

Robert McNally is based in Washington, DC and has over 29 years of government and market experience as an international energy consultant, senior White House policy official, and hedge fund strategist. His expertise spans government, economic, security, and environmental sectors. He is the author of the award-winning and acclaimed book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices (Columbia University Press, 2017).

Robert has testified before Congress on energy markets and national security, published on energy in Foreign Affairs (co-authored with Michael Levi), and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, NPR, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS’ Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, and other leading journals and programs. He is a non-resident fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the top international and domestic energy advisor on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. He started his professional career as an oil market analyst and for 12 years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for portfolio managers at Tudor Investment Corporation. Robert earned his B.A./B.S. in Political Science and International Relations from American University and his M.A. in International Economics and Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Scott Modell

Managing Director and Head of Geopolitical Risk Service

Scott Modell is based in Washington, DC and is a highly decorated Central Intelligence Agency officer who served in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and senior advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command.

Scott is a leading expert on Iran and the broader Middle East. As a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, he served for 13 years in the Directorate of Operations, with five tours conducting operations in Latin America, Western Europe, and the Middle East. He participated in post 9-11 operations in Afghanistan, serving on the battlefields in the southern and southeastern regions of the country as a member of paramilitary counter terrorism teams composed of CIA officers and local Afghan forces. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he focuses on security issues related to Iran and the Middle East; he also served as an advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command on Counter Threat Finance operations. Scott earned his B.A. in International Relations from UCLA and his M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Phil Ovitt

VP, Business Development

Phil’s experience spans a leading global consulting firm, Fortune 500 energy companies, a boutique environmental investment manager, the halls of U.S. Congress, and several successful startups.

Phil began his career in Accenture’s energy practice, working on teams to advise oil supermajors. He later served as an energy and environment advisor in the United States Senate. Phil also led business development for EVgo, an electric car charging startup launched within NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), and later launched the sales team for venture-backed telehealth startup, Iris, as employee #5.

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Campbell Palfrey

Director and Managing Editor

Campbell Palfrey is based in Washington, DC and oversees review and publication of all Rapidan Energy Group reports. He brings extensive experience monitoring and analyzing supply/demand fundamentals, geopolitical risks, and policy developments that impact oil prices and investment decisions in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group in 2009, Campbell was the Project Director for an international market research firm, where his team focused on identifying and analyzing consumer trends in the technology and telecommunication sectors. He earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Haverford College and his M.A. in International Economics and Energy, Resources & Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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GeFei Li

Director, China Advisory Service

GeFei Li leads Rapidan Energy Group’s China Advisory Service. His 30-plus year professional career includes oil and gas technology, research, and business posts spanning operational management, strategic investing, and regulatory advisory work in China and the US.

GeFei Li covers China’s energy market and the macroeconomy. He started his professional career as a research associate and lecturer at China’s National Oil Ministry. He has over 30 years of experience working with regulators, entrepreneurs, and major energy companies as a business executive, investor, and strategic advisor. As a former geophysics and engineering researcher who has accumulated decades of business experience on the ground, GeFei offers unique expertise in macroeconomic analysis, operations management, and investment negotiation.

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Glenn Schwartz

Director, Energy Policy Service

Glenn Schwartz is based in Washington, DC and oversees Rapidan Energy Group’s Energy Policy Service. He is a Clean Air Act attorney and an expert on the energy sector implications of environmental regulation, law and policy.

Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Glenn spent 6 years at PIRA Energy Group, where he served as the chief legal, political and regulatory risk analyst in the emissions and clean energy group. In his capacity as the group’s Director of Legal Analysis, he was tasked with tracking and interpreting major regulations and legislation impacting emissions and energy markets on the state, federal and international levels. In addition, Glenn served as the firm’s hydraulic fracturing policy expert, tracking litigation, regulation, and legislation on the federal, state, and local levels and analyzing impacts on production volumes and costs. Previously, as a practicing attorney, Glenn advised clients and stakeholders on a wide variety of environmental and regulatory issues involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and relevant state statutes. Glenn holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

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Jeff Berman

Director, Energy Transition Analysis

Jeff Berman oversees Rapidan’s work on the energy transition across all services. He brings extensive experience on topics such as the policy and fundamental drivers of carbon markets and pricing schemes, renewable energy penetration, and the broader energy transition investment space.

Before joining Rapidan in 2021, Jeff spent ten years at S&P Global Platts/PIRA Energy Group, where he served as director for emissions and clean energy analytics. In that role, Jeff was responsible for short- and long-term forecasting for a number of global carbon markets, based on supply-demand fundamentals and ongoing regulatory/legislative updates. Additionally, he developed detailed assessments of a range of decarbonization policies across North America, Europe, and Asia and their impacts on thermal fuels markets. He was also instrumental in constructing forecasts of renewable energy penetration and cost curves. Jeff holds an MA in International Affairs and International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University and a BA from the London School of Economics, and is based in the New York area

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Fernando Ferreira

Director, Geopolitical Risk Service

Fernando Ferreira is based in Washington, DC and covers global oil markets, with a focus on geopolitical supply risks. He oversees Rapidan Energy Group’s Barrels-at-Risk reporting, which analyzes and forecasts disrupted and threatened oil production on a country-level basis.

Fernando was instrumental in helping Rapidan Energy Group Founder Robert McNally research and write his 2017 book Crude Volatilty: The History and Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices (Columbia University Press, 2017). Prior to joining the Rapidan Energy Group, Fernando worked as a research intern with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, where he focused on oil markets and geopolitics. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fernando earned his B.S. in Economics and his Masters in International Commerce & Policy from George Mason University.

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Shirin Lakhani

Co-Director, Global Oil Service

Shirin Lakhani tracks U.S. and global oil supply/demand fundamentals and strives to quantify the impacts of energy policy on oil economics. She is passionate about finding crossovers between law, energy, and economics, and developing actionable insights at the intersection of all three.

Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Shirin gained extensive experience in midstream equity research, regional U.S. crude supply/demand dynamics, and WTI and Brent price forecasting through her previous roles at East Daley Capital Advisors and Encana Oil & Gas (now Ovintiv). Outside of energy, Shirin’s expertise spans across a number of sectors, including gold mining, corporate social responsibility, government relations, non-profits, and education technology. Shirin is a licensed attorney in the state of Colorado. She also holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Rice University.

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Zachary Rogers

Co-Director, Global Oil Service

Zachary Rogers oversees Rapidan Energy Group's downstream coverage including regional product-level balances and price forecasts. He has a key grasp on how the cuts of the crude barrel interact, and how the refining system optimizes based on crack spreads and unit constraints. He uses his wide breadth of experience to assess the impact of potential policy changes and geopolitical disruptions on the downstream market.

Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Zachary analyzed refining economics, NGLs, crude oil markets, and wholesale fuel markets for S&P Global Platts, Wood Mackenzie, and Shell Oil Company. He has extensively tracked and forecasted refinery margins and crack spreads across global refining centers. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently based in Denver, Colorado.

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Nick Hyland

Senior Data Analyst

Nick Hyland is based in Washington, DC and covers the downstream global oil sector. Prior to his current position, Nick interned at Rapidan Energy working on geopolitical issues and with the office of Congressman John Katko.

Nick Hyland oversees Rapidan's data products as well as assisting all services with quantitative analysis. Prior to his current position, Nick spent time working as analyst and intern within both the Global Oil Service and Geopolitical Risk Service at Rapidan.

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Hunter Kornfield

Oil Market Analyst

Hunter Kornfield is an Analyst within the Global Oil Service, primarily focusing on global oil markets and supply/demand dynamics. Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Hunter interned with Eurasia Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center where he assisted in dissecting the intersection of energy, geopolitics, and macroeconomics.

A native of Pennsylvania, Hunter holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

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Ryan Mackler

Energy Policy Analyst

Ryan Mackler is based in Washington, DC and covers state, federal, and international energy and transition policy and regulation.

Ryan joined Rapidan from the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources in the Office of Energy Programs and Office of Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy. Ryan had also earlier interned with Rapidan Energy Group’s Energy Policy Service and served as an intern researching foreign policy issues in the Office of Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. Ryan earned his B.A. in International Affairs and Economics with a minor in Arabic Studies from The George Washington University. He also studied abroad in Amman, Jordan.

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Ryan Diedrick

Oil Market Analyst

Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Ryan worked as a collegiate football coach. In addition to his coaching duties, Ryan gained extensive experience with statistical analysis and modeling while coordinating football research and analytics projects. He has a M.Sc. in Mineral and Energy Economics from Colorado School of Mines, a B.A. in Economics from Willamette University, and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Christopher Meyerhoff

Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Meyerhoff is based in Washington, DC and has several decades’ experience strategizing, planning, and managing financial operations for top-tier energy consultancies. Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Christopher served as CFO & Partner at Washington-based PFC Energy, where he managed the firm’s operations in 7 countries, including strategy and planning, financial reporting and compliance, client and legal matters, IT, IP, and human resources.

Previously, Chris was the Finance Director for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, publisher of several leading industry publications, and an analyst providing short-term oil market forecasts and economic analysis. Chris also served as Research Economist in the U.S. Senate (Joint Economic Committee) and as an Economist for Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. (Finance & Investments) from The George Washington University.

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Sabine Leffler

Chief Operating Officer

Sabine Leffler is based in Washington, DC and brings extensive experience as an office manager for Tudor Investment Corporation - a leading global Hedge Fund - and as a program coordinator for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Sabine managed Tudor Investment Corporation’s Washington office for ten years. Prior to that, she was a Program Coordinator for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington, DC, where she organized visitor programs for German officials with American think tanks and non-profit organizations. Sabine received her B.A. in Linguistics from the Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France and her Masters in economic translation from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germersheim, Germany.

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Kevin McNally

Client Relations Manager

Kevin McNally is based in Connecticut and oversees Rapidan Energy Group’s client relations and business development efforts.

He has extensive experience managing client relationships gained in his previous position covering commercial and residential clients for Fidelity National Financial. Earlier, Kevin worked for Stewart Title Guaranty, a Houston-based provider of national real estate services. He earned his B.A. from Salve Regina University and J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. He is a licensed attorney.

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Yashna Anand

Executive Assistant

Yashna is based in Washington, DC and oversees clerical and administrative duties at Rapidan Energy Group.

Prior to her current position, Yashna helped coordinate various programs for Indian officials at the Embassy of India in Washington, DC. Yashna received her Bachelors of Sciences from Indhira Gandhi University in New Delhi, India.