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I’m the Senior VP for the Technology experts of TOTAL Group with a specific focus on Industrial Standards simplification/ harmonization, technology specialists development and technology innovation.

My background is process and manufacturing engineer. I have done all my career within TOTAL. I started in polymers then moved to Base Chemicals then Refining. Secondments in Scotland and Belgium.

Since the 1st of June, I’m the Chairman of the TOTAL Research & Development Steering Committee as the TOTAL R&D Senior VP left the Company for a position in the new French government team.

Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams. He is based at our Asian headquarters in Singapore, working closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

Jeff rejoined FGE from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy. He was a regular featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Aside from his previous management roles with FGE, Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he was coauthor of the highly regarded monthly Oil Market Report. During this time, he developed the IEA’s short- to mid-term oil demand forecasting framework and led research examining oil/gas interfuel substitution. Before the IEA, he was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu where his primary emphasis was LNG Markets East of Suez.

Dr. Brown is the author of many articles in industry, economic, and policy journals and widely cited as an energy expert, including interviews with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and appearances on news channels such as CNBC and Bloomberg. He delivers numerous speeches and conducts specialized briefings around the world each year. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii and a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Hilal Al Kharusi is the Acting Executive Managing Director for Oman Oil Duqm Development Company. Till January 2016, he served as the Vice President for Emerging Businesses in Oman Oil Company (OOC) with responsibility of managing a diverse portfolio covering Energy Infrastructure, Shipping, Trading, Power, Mining and Metals. His responsibilities extend in managing the development of large scale domestic energy projects. His career spans over 25 years in the energy business started in Petroleum Development Oman in 1990 and in 2001 joined Shell International in the Netherlands as a senior professional in the Business Development Group, working on several projects in the Middle East, Russia, CIS and Africa. Mr. Al Kharusi served as Board Chairman of Oman Gas Company, Takamul Investment Company and Oman Trading International and currently serves as Chairman of the boards of Oman Tank Terminal Company, Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company and Centralized Utilities Company and as board member in the Duqm Refining & Petrochemical Industries. He joined OOC in 2005 and serves as member of the company’s Executive Committee.


Hafedh has 20 years of experience in the downstream oil and gas business. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).  He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and also a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM) UK.

His whole career has been spent with the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, working in the Company’s refinery.  He has held various roles and responsibilities in the Company within the process engineering and operations functions, including Manager Technical Services, and since 2012 he has held the position of General Manager Refining.

As General Manager Refining, he is a member of the Executive Management team at Bapco, and is responsible for the hydrocarbon supply chain at Bapco i.e. the receipt of crude oil through pipelines, storage and processing of the crude, refinery operations, blending and storage of products, and shipment of products through Bapco’s wharf.  Technical service support and Environment, Fire, Health and Safety functions for the business also fall under his umbrella of responsibility.

Hafedh is the author and co-author of several technical papers published in industry journals, and he has also presented and chaired sessions at many national, regional and international conferences.


Dr. Redhwi is the CEO (A) of Dhahran Techno-Valley (DTV) Company and the Professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept., at KFUPM. During his professional career spanning more then twenty-five years, he has been active in research and teaching in the field of Refining, Petrochemicals & Polymer Degradation. Dr. Redhwi’s main contribution in the last ten years is in establishing and managing DTV and Science Park that includes Technology centers of Schlumberger, Yokogawa, Honeywell/UOP, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, GE, Rosen, Sipchem, Schneider, Sinopec and others. He was also involved in the developing novel refining process (HSFCC) that is recently commercialized in S-Oil Company, Korea. Dr. Redhwi has published 3 books, 5 patents and more than 150 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and chapters in book.

Dawood Nassif is the Board Director, The Bahrain Petroleum Company(Bapco) and Chairman of Bapco’s Major Projects Steering Committee. 34 years’ experience in the Oil Industry in a number of locations mainly in Refining. A Chemical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Ebrahim Talib is the Deputy Chief Executive (Refining and Marketing) for Bapco, the national oil company of Bahrain.

Ebrahim is a Chemical Engineer who, over the span of his 30-year career, has had the privilege of working in The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) in a number of positions that span from process engineering, operations, projects in refining operations, oil storage and export, power & utilities, process improvement, maintenance and marketing initiatives. His current responsibilities include the whole supply chain from the receipt of oil and gas, refining, storage and marketing, maintenance and engineering support functions, major initiatives and projects that continue to energise the Kingdom and clearly establishing & sustaining the Bahrain Refinery in a world class league. He believes passionately in the old adage that “it is only people and not hardware that make or break companies”.