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We are Onyx Elite.

Meet our Traders.

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Omar Kayaam Director of Trading & Executive Director

Omar co-founded the firm and currently acts as Director of Trading. On inception of Onyx Commodities, Omar started the Light ends desk, with global coverage across Naphtha & Gasoline. He very quickly led the desk to be the leading market making franchise in this area, where for the last 4+ years the desk has traded over a 25% of swap volumes in the Naphtha & Gasoline space. He oversees trading desk performance and the Trader Development Program.

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Lijia Ju Head of Fuel Oil & Equity Partner

Lijia was the very first trader hire for Onyx Commodities, taking the seat under Omar in the Light ends desk. Lijia very quickly worked through the program to run the Naphtha desk autonomously within a year. He started the Fuel Oil desk in 2019, and had a stellar first year contributing more than 10% of the companies profits. Lijia made Junior Partner in 2018 before being made an Equity Partner in 2020. He also leads the Onyx Elite recruitment.

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Manny Sandhu Head of Crude & Equity Partner

Manny was hired within the first set of juniors at Onyx Commodities, after a 4 week boot camp. She trained on the Crude desk, moving through the ranks to Senior Trader before taking over as Head of Crude in 2019. In her first full year trading as head of desk, Manny brought the desk to record profits and a significant revenue share of the company’s overall performance. Manny made Junior Partner in 2018 before becoming an Equity Partner in 2020.

Luke Mcdermott Head of NGLs & Senior Partner

Luke is our most experienced trader having worked at multiple trading companies spanning 10+ years, and across almost all oil products, with a phenomenal record. He is Head of NGLs at Onyx Commodities, his desk being the largest market maker globally by far in this space. EnergyRisk 2020 rankings placed Luke’s desk as number 1 dealer of NGLs in North America & Europe. Luke made Junior Partner in 2019, and is set to be made Equity Partner in 2021.

Jasper Bird Head of Naphtha

Jasper joined the firm in 2017 and is known as one of the most resilient people on the trading floor. Jasper has through sheer grit risen from Junior Trader to Senior Trader, and took over Naphtha trading from Lijia as Lijia moved to Fuel oil. Jasper’s strong performance has allowed him to become Head of Naphtha under Omar’s leadership and is a long term successor to run the overall desk alongside Benny.

Benny Williams Senior Gasoline Trader

Benny is a fast up and coming trader through Onyx’s trading program, going from entry level to Senior trader in just 2 years. Benny trades gasoline under Omar and is the incumbent lead in the near future. Benny started and runs an internal proprietary trading desk, with a focus on directional trading. He also takes an active role in training.

Ahria Roushanbahkti Senior Fuel Oil Trader

Ahria joined the firm in 2017 after receiving a PhD from Oxford in Chemistry at just 25. He worked through the program rotating on Singapore Distillates and Light Ends before settling on the Fuel Oil desk where he now operates as Senior Trader. Ahria is the current winner of the internal proprietary trading competition, generating a strong return on capital in the 6-month competition, that was rewarded with a bonus of 50% of his net profits.

Nathan Loo Senior Crude Trader

Nathan joined Onyx in 2018, starting and developing on the Crude Oil desk. Within 2 years Nathan has become Senior Trader and focusses on Dubai Crude under the Crude desk. Nathan also takes an interest in various trading styles, whilst providing overall support for the desk on a continued basis.

John Tsipouras NGL Trader

John started his journey at Onyx as an Trader Analyst on the Light Ends desk, before moving over to the NGLs desk to work under Luke on his arrival in the second half of 2018. John is known as a relentless grafter, supporting the desk to great effect and working his way up the Trader Program. John also came second in the internal proprietary trading competition in 2019.