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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.

Yasser is an Electrical Engineer with BSc degree in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Bahrain class of 1988. Yasser is also a holder of MBA in Financial Management from Hull University, UK class of 2003. He established his work career in 1st October 1988 with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC) as trainee graduate electrical engineer. Having undergone extensive training and development both in Bahrain as well as overseas, he held a number of senior positions in GPIC including Electrical Supervisor in the Maintenance Department, Training Superintendent in the Administration Department Safety and Security Superintendent and Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Manager in the SHE Department, Technical Services Manager, Plants Operations Manager, and currently General Manager Manufacturing.

Mr. Alabbasi, is a member of the Supreme Council of Occupational Safety and Health of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, a Deputy Chairman of the Bahrain Health and Safety Society.

Yasser is also a member of a number of professional and social societies including National Safety Council, UK. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK, National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), USA.

Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy obtained his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Completed Harvard business school Advanced Management Program (AMP).  He joined SABIC in 1990 and currently he is SABIC CTO and VP – Technology & Innovation.

Dr. Al-Sherehy has contributed to the development & commercialization of five technologies. He is the inventor and co-inventor of three patents and has been a Board Member of several SABIC Affiliates. Dr. Al-Sherehy has also served on the advisory committees of many national and international universities.

David Marion is now Vice President, Manufacturing in SATORP (JV Saudi Aramco and Total located at Jubail industrial area in Saudi Arabia).

Over a career of 23 years in the Total group, mainly in refining, David started as process control engineer for about 3 years followed by a position as Operation Superintendent for about 4 years in Normandy Refinery (France). After 1 year in USA – Houston TX, he was appointed as project manager to implement SAP in 12 European refineries. His next position was Maintenance Manager at Feyzin Refining and Petrochemicals (France), followed by a business position in Donges refinery (France). In 2009, he was general manager of SARA refinery (JV Total, Ruby, Exxon) in Martinique, a French Caribbean island. He was then back to Normandy refinery as GM for about 3 years and then moved to Saudi Arabia in July 2015.

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.

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”.

Dr. Dawood Nassif serves as Board Director of The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and Board Director of Gulf Air Company G.S.C.  34 years’ experience in the Oil Industry in a number of locations mainly in Refining.  A Chemical Engineer and fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers.