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  • Our esteemed advisory board include members from KNPC, Bapco, Sadara, Sabic and more

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sayed has an academic experience since 1996. As a director of accreditation and quality assurance office at the college of engineering in UOB, he has worked on improving the quality of the learning process. He is currently working on enhancing the course evaluation process and the student advising process. His fields of interest are thermal sciences, thermoacoustics, refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Dr. Abdulrahman has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Thermoacoustics) from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Gregory M Lilburne is the Manager, Technical Services with Bapco, Bahrain. He has 35 years of experience, mainly in technical support for petroleum refining. Dr. Lilburne holds BE and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a Fellow of the  Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer (UK).

El-Mekki El-Malki is a Licensing Advisor for Catalysts and Licensing within Exxon Mobil Corporation, and is currently located in Houston, Texas.

El-Mekki Joined ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research in Clinton, New Jersey in 2000.  Since then he has worked on several R&D programs for refining and Chemicals including leadership role in developing catalyst technologies for low sulfur diesel and mogas, and other environmental catalytic technologies.

In 2007, he moved to ExxonMobil Research & Engineering’s Technology Sales and Licensing in Fairfax, Virginia where he held various positions including new Business Development Manager, Catalyst Product Manager, Licensing Director for Middle East Region and Global Fuel Licensing Manager.

El-Mekki holds a Master degree of Petroleum Science from IFP School (France) and a PhD in Chemistry and Catalysis from Pierre and Marie Curie University (France).

Mohammad Abdur Rakib has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada specializing in the areas of Fluidization and Reaction Engineering, and a Master degree specializing in Computational Fluid Dynamics from KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. He has a wide experience from teaching in University, to industrial R&D in both refining and petrochemicals. Previously he had been working at SABIC T&I Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is Section Head for Process Modeling & Simulation at TAKREER Research Centre in Abu Dhabi, and also leading Operational Excellence focus area for Process Modeling & LP Modeling to establish and monitor best modeling practices in TAKREER.

Dr. Al-Khodairi attained a PhD in Materials Science (Polymers) from Brunel University, UK in 1996, before joining Sabic in the same year. Dr. Al-Khodairi has strong experience and vast knowledge in the petrochemical and chemical industry particularly in the area of technology and innovation that covers strategy, research, acquisition, contracts and licensing management, and led SABIC Polymers R&D activities in global research and application development centers. Dr. Al-Khodairi also led and help the company to build global polymers research facilities in KSA, Europe and Asia as well as the design and implementation of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in SABIC and managing the Sabic plymers research portfolio.

Dr. Al-Khodairi is the Chair and member of many scientific committees and was a member of GPCA plastic committee, and is also the co-inventor of several patent inventions, author and coauthor of technical papers in reputable journals and contributed one chapter in Fatigue of Composites Handbook.

Ujjal Mukherjee is the Vice President, Technology, for Chevron Lummus Global.  He has worked in refining and petrochemicals for over thirty five years of which the last twenty five years have been in high-pressure hydroprocessing involving process development, engineering, and operations on projects across the globe. His special area of expertise is technology development in distillate and residue hydrocracking and he has successfully commercialized multiple process technology concepts and holds twenty patents in high-pressure hydroprocessing. Ujjal holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Mr. Oswaldo Tapia Joined the OPEC Secretariat in October 2009 as the Head of the Energy Studies Department and since July 2016 until to-date, he has been the officer in charge of the Research Division.

He received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the State University of Cuenca-Ecuador, and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, Boston-Massachusetts. He performed various technical jobs, both in the downstream and upstream positions throughout his career at the Ministry of Non Renewable Natural Resources, National Directorate of Hydrocarbons and the Ecuadorian NOC Petroecuador. Within these Institutions, he held managerial positions in different areas such as International Marketing, Upstream Contracts Administration and Domestic Marketing. He also performed as Deputy Minister and Ministerial Advisor in two different periods.

Salik Tauqir is a chemical Engineer from Texas A&M University. Salik serves as a Technical Sales Engineer for ZymeFlow Decon and provides technical assistance in Middle East and Africa refineries and petrochemical plants. Salik works with plant operations to help plan, coordinate, and implement project procedures for ZymeFlow applications during turnarounds or emergency outages.  Salik has been part of both the operational and sales teams allowing him to understand the needs of the operators and know all aspects of ZymeFlow procedures and best practices.

Gildas Rolland started his career in 1998 at IFP Energies nouvelles as a Process Engineer in the R&D department. In 1999 he joined the Process Design department of our North American office in Princeton and in 2001 moved back to Axens head-office where he served successively as Start-up and Tech Service advisor, Technologist and later Deputy Product Line Manager in Olefins Technologies including R&D activities related to technology and catalyst improvement.

Gildas was appointed to his current position of Technology Group Manager in 2013.

Gildas Rolland is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lille (E.C.Lille) and holds a Master’s Degree in Refining and Petrochemicals from the IFP School.