Founder & President
Robert McNally is based in Washington, DC and has over 25 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 Member of the National Petroleum Council and 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).
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.
Managing Director and Head of Research
Eric Otto is based in New York and is responsible for coverage of the upstream sector as well as managing oil market and energy policy research. He has extensive experience in equity research, M&A, corporate development and government policy.
Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Eric was a Research Analyst for CLSA in New York, where he covered upstream energy companies and generated investment recommendations for institutional investors. Previously, he worked for Hunt Oil Company and affiliates in Dallas, where he was a Director and focused on M&A and corporate development in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Earlier, Eric worked in Iraq as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs, where he focused on the oil sector, and in the West Wing of the White House as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Economic Council. He received his B.A. from Davidson College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Dr. Daniel Ahn is based in Washington, DC, where he is currently a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was previously the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where, using state-of-the-art econometric and data science methods, he advised the Secretary and senior principals on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy.
Prior to public service, Daniel was the Chief Commodities Economist at Citigroup in New York and also held senior positions at Citadel, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. He has also held research and teaching positions at Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Columbia University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of multiple research articles, Congressional testimony, and a forthcoming economics textbook. He was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in Finance. He completed his A.B. in economics and finance with honors from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Leslie Palti-Guzman is a Senior Advisor on global gas and LNG. She is a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
Leslie has ten years’ experience as a global gas market research analyst, energy market journalist, and political risk advisor. Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, she was a senior analyst at Eurasia Group on the Global Energy & Natural Resources team. Earlier, she was the senior natural gas and LNG correspondent at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. Leslie is a frequently featured speaker at gas conferences and appears on television and in leading print media as an expert commentator. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and has two Master’s degrees in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Director of Energy Policy
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.
Director of Business and Content Development
Leslie Hayward drives Rapidan’s business development and guides content development to ensure the team’s expertise delivers the maximum value to their client base. Prior to joining Rapidan, Leslie served as Vice President of Content and Communications Strategy at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).
During her tenure, Leslie contributed to the organization’s policy analysis, donor relations, legislative efforts, and digital and earned media strategy. She launched and served as Managing Editor of SAFE’s independent news and analysis platform, The Fuse, and led the group’s communications team. In addition to knowledge of oil markets and energy geopolitics Leslie’s areas of expertise include electric and autonomous vehicle technology and transportation policy. Leslie received a BS from Tufts University with a double major in International Relations and Environmental Science. Her undergraduate work included a Senior Honors Thesis quantifying the impact of the oil industry and environmental interest lobbying on cap and trade policy, for which she received Tufts’ highest honors.
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).
Allyson Cutright is based in Washington, DC and is Rapidan Energy Group’s lead barrel counter. She covers the Group’s near and medium-term global oil supply and demand balances, oil price forecasts, and Agency Balance Comparison reports.
Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Allyson was a Legislative Aide covering banking and tax policy in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and worked in government affairs as a liaison for a non-profit healthcare organization. Allyson earned her B.A. in Classics, with a minor in International Studies, from the University of Kentucky, where she also completed post-baccalaureate coursework in advanced Mathematics.
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.
Richard Sigman is based in Washington, DC and covers North American crude balances as well as near and medium term oil and product inventories.
Prior to joining Rapidan, Richard worked as a completions engineer for Range Resources in Oklahoma City, where he designed frac jobs and ran completion operations from the field. Richard has a petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M, an MBA from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master's in Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP in Rueil-Malmaison, France.
Gregory Chumakov is based in Washington, DC and covers global crude oil and product markets. Prior to joining Rapidan Energy Group, Gregory worked as a grain analyst at Vitol Group in Hamburg, Germany, and as a trading assistant in Singapore with an agricultural trading firm, Ameropa Asia Pte Ltd. He also worked at AXA Financial Advisors while completing his undergraduate degree.
Gregory earned his B.A. in Economics from George Washington University, with a Minor in Business Administration.
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 earned his B.A. in International Studies from American University. He also studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco.
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.
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.
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.
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.