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Ibrahim Abba is Chief Technologist & Head of Chemicals Research Division at the Saudi Aramco Research & Development Center. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, he has taught in academia and worked for chemical companies both in the Middle East and North America. He is currently responsible for technology development efforts spanning catalytic and thermal cracking of unconventional feeds; to valorization of low value streams to high value chemicals. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA degree. He has authored/co-authored over 50 publications and patents.

José Alberich is a partner with A.T. Kearney focused on energy and process industries. He has more 28 years of experience working in chemicals, oil and gas, and utilities.

José started his career working in R&D and technology in O&G and chemicals in 1990. He was an active player in the liberalization of the energy markets in Europe and has also experience in optimizing operations and designing strategies for major O&G and chemicals companies with global reach. He has significant consulting expertise in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies and sustainability, having extensively supported end users, utilities companies, industry associations and policy makers.

José served initially clients in Europe, North America, Latin America. Since 2007, he is dedicated to supporting global and regional Middle East companies and government entities.

José has significant experience in manufacturing and industrial maintenance, network design and supply chain, sourcing, trading and risk management. His focus in O&G is on midstream and downstream.

José Alberich holds a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from the Universitat Ramón Llull, Barcelona and an MBA from IESE, Universidad de Navarra. He has published numerous articles and is often quoted in leading technical and economic publications.

Dr. Bashir Dabbousi is the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco. He was the Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), an independent energy economics and policy think tank in Riyadh, from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer; Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office; and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research & Development Center where he spent most of his professional career. Bashir is co-recipient of 18 U.S. patents and 1 U.S. patent application (10 patents are licensed to two U.S. and one leading South Korean electronics company). He has co-authored 25 publications in peer reviewed technical journals including Nature and the Journal of the American Chemical Society (he is first author of a publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry that has been cited over 3,400 times) in the research areas of nanostructured highly luminescent materials, liquid-based petroleum fuels, crude and products desulfurization and hydrogen production. Bashir is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award honoring inventors and the gifted, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Saudi Arabia Advanced Research Alliance. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at the Oxford University Sa?d Business School.

Johnny Stewart is a core member of Wood Mackenzie’s Downstream, Midstream and Chemicals Research team and is responsible for developing and delivering research content to clients.

Johnny has worked in Wood Mackenzie’s research division for nine years and is responsible for analysing refinery supply, infrastructure and investments across the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Johnny compiles Wood Mackenzie’s long and short term view on all products supply/demand balances in the Middle East and is responsible for individual refinery asset benchmarking and analysis in the region.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie’s Downstream, Midstream and Chemicals Research team, Johnny achieved an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Management from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gurminder Singh is the Director, Technology Licensing- Middle East & North Africa (MENA) for Shell Global Solutions based in Dubai.
At Shell Global Solutions, he is responsible for Shell’s Refining and Chemicals technology licensing in the MENA region including Shell’s proprietary Reactor Internals.
He has over 25 years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industry comprising of technology licensing, conceptual design, feasibility studies and operations for refineries and petrochemical units working with Shell Global Solutions-Malaysia, Foster Wheeler-Singapore, Bechtel-Delhi and Houston, Toyo Engineering Corporation-Japan and Mitsubishi Chemical Plant Engineering Centre-Japan.

Gurminder has a Master’s degree in HSE Technology from National University of Singapore, a Chemical Engineering degree from India and has a Chartered Engineer status in the UK.