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Frederic Despreaux joined Air Liquide in 1996.
Currently, Frederic is the Vice President Large Industries World Business Line, located in Frankfurt, Germany.
Over the past 20 years, Frederic has served in Europe, North America and Asia as Manager or General Manager of several departments within Engineering & Construction, Industrial Merchant and Large Industries Business Lines. Prior to his current position, he was Vice President Large Industries Operations within Air Liquide (China) Holding Co., Ltd.
Frederic graduated from top-seed French engineering school Ecole Polytechnique (X91) and holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mines de Paris.

Zak Alzein is Vice President and General Manager of Connected Performance Services (CPS), Honeywell UOP’s cloud-based knowledge and software-as-a-service business that is part of the Honeywell Connected Plant enterprise.

Zak led the launch and development of CPS, which is focused on improving the performance of customer’s oil and gas assets through advanced service offerings that combine Honeywell’s process technology and software expertise. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Strategy and Planning for UOP.

The focus of Mr. Alzein’s life work has been to help plants operate more efficiently, profitably and safely. Since joining Honeywell in 1996, he has held leadership roles in sales, business development, engineering and global operations. Before Honeywell, Zak worked for Aspen Technology and M.W. Kellogg (now KBR).

Zak holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and completed graduate work in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, and in economics at Harvard University.


Erik Sellman has an MSc in engineering and is an international penta-lingual Oil & Gas and Refinery professional with 41 years of industry experience with product development, process tests, commissioning, start-up, trouble shooting, marketing, sales and product management.

Erik has logged 8 months working on offshore production platforms and drilling rigs in Norway, Denmark, USA and China and an equal time in refineries and onshore crude facilities. Helicopter underwater escape training, Leiro I / III offshore training, Refinery Safety and North Slope safety training.

Speaker at ACIPET, ADIPEC, AiCHE, API, ARTC, Aspentech, BBTC, ERTC, OTC, PAMFC, PW Society, SPE, St Petersburg Energy Forum, WGA, WHOC conferences.

Author of 9 SPE papers, 3 OTC papers and 4 WHOC papers.

Lived and worked in seven countries / three continents. Certified ski instructor, SCUBA diver and youth worker.

Johan Ferket works almost 15 years for Stork and has hold different management positions. Currently, he is responsible as Consultancy Manager and Certified Reliability Leader for different asset and maintenance management projects in different asset intensive industries like Oil & Gas and Chemicals.  Johan’s focus is mainly on global reliability & integrity projects. He is also responsible for the development of the Asset Performance Management proposition within Stork, a Fluor company.

Walter Tesch has 18 years experiences in the petrochemical and oil&gas sector. He is head of international downstream business at ILF, based in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Tesch has been responsible as project manager and senior process engineer for several investment, debottlenecking as well as R&D projects for petrochemistry and refinery facilities worldwide.

Walter holds a M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry as well as a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy from the Vienna University of Technology and  a Ph.D. in Material Science from the Montanuniversität of Leoben. Given his background, one of Walter’s main areas of interest has become the production of “sustainable, value creating hydrocarbons”, scouting new, innovative solutions and integrating them into proven concepts. Finding ways to bring the precious hydrocarbon resources into a sustainable value chain loop for further generations is one of his strongest inner drive.

As demonstrated by the company founders from the very start, ILF has always placed great importance on innovative solutions. Walter understands and promotes innovation both in connection with ILF’s technical solutions, materials, and work steps as well as in ILF’s own work processes and tools.

Rayed Al Shamekh is the co-leader of Saudi Aramco’s Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB) – a team of 14 talented young individuals assigned to provide strategic advisory to Corporate Management in support of Saudi Aramco’s strategic intent. In his capacity, he manages the board’s projects and activities and interfaces with various departments and external organizations to collaborate on issues related to youth empowerment.

Prior to his current role, Al Shamekh spent seven years serving different functions between Saudi Aramco’s Corporate Planning and Project Management admin areas. Al Shamekh earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Mr. Al-Muhaisen is truly honored to be part of the SABIC Delegation for the panel discussion at MERCT on ‘A Motivation of Minds – Engineering the Future’.
As a global company with c.40,000 employees taken from many different countries and backgrounds, our business meets the needs of customers in over 100 countries. Every day, our products touch the lives of millions of people all around the world. From chemicals, innovative plastics, and polymers to fertilizers and metals – SABIC products are fundamental to improving our quality of life.
Our commitment to the global communities in which we operate; our work to protect and sustain the environment in which we all share; our pioneering technology and innovation to build a better future; the high quality products we offer to our customers; and, the financial return we offer to our shareholders.
We are striving to sustain and build on the remarkable success which we have enjoyed since SABIC’s launch. Our focus then and now is to challenge the status quo; working proactively with our customers to find the best solutions and applications to assure ‘sustainable’ long-term relationships.
Mr. Al-Muhaisen is General Manager of SABIC’s Global Talent Management Function (HR) and has previously held various leadership positions. As a member of SABIC’s HR leadership team, he today contributes towards the formulation and implementation of overall business strategies, plans and implementing optimum global talent availability structure.
Al-Muhaisen is synonymous for his strong leadership in SABIC Global Human Resources and his drive for engagement and delivering change. He also plays a pivotal role in SABIC’s HR Strategy with noteworthy contributions to major enterprise wide projects. Today in his role as Global Talent Management, he leads a Global HR team dedicated to enabling human capital for SABIC’s operational and strategic ambitions.
Responsibilities to the +40,000 staff include the direct effective and efficient management of the talent management function and ensuring adherence to guidelines and maximizing the return to the Corporation and its shareholders. His leadership style ensures the effective achievement of the Talent Management function through engagement, performance reviews, succession planning, leadership development, employee career development, global mobility, education / scholarship programs and talent acquisition; with a view to developing and motivating staff.
Under his remit, Talent Management aims to support our vision to be the preferred world leader in Chemicals, for which SABIC needs to embark on a long-term journey to develop one of its most important resources– our people. Hence, Talent Management strives to build a meritocratic culture, which focuses on both performance and values such that each employee can drive their own career and development with support from their managers.

David Ayrapetyan is the Licensing Manager for residue conversion technologies at ExxonMobil Catalysts & Licensing (EMCL) located in Houston, Texas. He is currently responsible for FLEXICOKING licensing activities.

David’s previous assignments in EMCL included managing pre-commissioning and start-up activities, detailed engineering design and basic engineering package development for ExxonMobil downstream licensed projects in Russia and FSU Region.

Prior to his positions at EMCL, David has spent 8 years in a refinery working as Operations Supervisor, Project Manager and Engineer in the US Gulf Coast.

David holds a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from McNeese State University, Louisiana.  He also maintains a Professional Engineering License in the State of Louisiana.