Dan Barnett has more than 35 years of experience in the execution of Furnace related work where he has been involved in technology development, process design, detailed engineering, project execution, commissioning, and plant start-up advisory roles. Dan has been involved in more than 100 reformer projects and currently serves as Vice President of Engineering at BD Energy Systems.

Satyam Mishra is a Business Development and Sales Manager in the Catalyst and Adsorbents business line of Honeywell UOP, working from the Dubai office. Satyam holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Chemical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University in India and has 20 years’ experience spread over various roles like Technical Support, Sales, Product Management, Sales Management, Business Management and Marketing, of products to the refining and petrochemical industry across multiple regional offices around the globe. Satyam has one US Patent on an invention around Hydroprocessing Technology.

Yusuf Alawi is an ongoing 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering Student achieving a high GPA at Bahrain Polytechnic, where his particular interests include CAD/CAM and alternative energy projects.

During his studies, he has been nominated to be a PASS Principal at Bahrain Polytechnic under the Library Learning Centre, where he provides academic support, aid, and guidance to all of the Engineering students who require such in various courses. He has also represented his School in international conferences and he has been a member of the organizing committees of reputable academic events such as the STEM challenge and the Space Technology for Bahrain Symposium.

He is currently continuing his studies at Bahrain Polytechnic with a view towards graduating with an Honours BS Degree in June of 2020, while still developing, gaining knowledge and experience by being involved in CAM and renewable energy projects.

Thorsten Loehl is Borouge’s Vice President Innovation based in Abu Dhabi since May 2016. He is responsible for leading the Research & Development activities at Borouge Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi and Application Centre in Shanghai.

Thorsten brings with him a vast international experience in R&D and marketing management with extensive background in specialty and base chemicals including polyolefin and customer goods industry. He is also experienced in the development of new business strategies, deriving innovation strategies and subsequent building and adaptation of existing R&D or marketing units to generate growth.

Prior to joining Borouge, Thorsten was the Executive Vice President Research & Innovation at Swarovski in Austria since 2012 where he was responsible for research, development, engineering and new ventures for Swarovski Professional, supporting all other Business Units as sole research & development centre for the Global Swarovski Group. Before that, Thorsten worked as the Head of Marketing, BU Film & Fibre at Borealis AG from 2010-2012. From 2009 to 2011, he took up the position of head of Innovation & Technology Base Chemicals at Borealis Polyolefine GmbH.

Thorsten started his career in 1995 as Laboratory Leader Corp. R&D at Henkel Germany till 1998. From 1998 to 2009 he acquired various managerial positions including Project Leader Biotechnology at Henkel Americas (1998-1999), Project Leader Henkel Kindai Research Centre Japan, and Group Leader R&D Organic Products at Henkel Germany (1999-2000). In 2000, he moved to Cognis, Henkel’s chemical division later acquired by BASF, in Germany as Group Leader “Formulation 2.

Technology” (2000-2001), Director R&D North Europe (2001-2002), Global Director Corporate R&D Chemistry & Formulation Technology (2003-2004), and Global Director Care Chemicals R&D Chemical Products (2004-2009).

Thorsten holds a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Münster, Germany, in 1995, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Magna cum laude, from the same university in 1996, Executive MBA Studies from NIMBAS Universiteit, Graduate School of Management, Utrecht (NL) & University of Bradford (UK) in 2006, and Executive Leadership Studies from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010. Thorsten is a German national.

Borouge is a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions.

Mustafa Ansari serves as Senior Economist at APICORP, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation. He joined in May 2015 where he was responsible for the implementation of the strategy for the newly formed Energy Research unit and leading the work on the company’s monthly commentary as well as its Annual Energy Investment Outlook.

Previously he was an Economist at the Department of Energy (UK), where he covered posts on energy efficiency, decarbonisation of the UK’s heat intensive industries and on international and domestic oil markets. He led the economic analysis for the business case to establish the Green Investment Bank – the primary source of funding for projects that mitigated climate change. In 2014 – during a period of rapid declines in energy prices – he provided regular advice to ministers and government that helped them reinforce the UK’s policy on decarbonisation.

Mustafa is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and panellist at global forums and conferences to discuss critical challenges pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. Whilst his research is periodically cited in major media outlets including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the WSJ, the National and CNBC.

His practical experience is underpinned by a strong academic background, including completion of a Degree in Economics followed by a Masters in Development Economics. His areas of specialisation are climate change strategy, energy economics and MENA policy.

Erik Verdeyen holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering and has spent his entire career pioneering and implementing breakthrough technologies. From 1994 to 2015, Erik worked as a management consultant in charge of digital transformation projects in large organizations.

In 2015, he joined Qpinch to bring its radical innovation to the attention of global process industry and policy makers, speaking with hundreds of corporate executives, plant and energy managers, government officials and sustainability advocates. In May 2017, he was invited to introduce Qpinch at McKinsey’s Annual Sustainability & Resource Productivity conference in Stockholm.

At MERTC 2019, Erik will be sharing valuable insights from the first customer projects in Oil & Chemicals. His goal is to enrich your view on plant debottlenecking, energy efficiency and sustainability, and the big gains-without-pains to be found in your Oil & Chemicals company by exploiting waste heat currently sent to cooling.

Mark Clark is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.  He is a technical expert for Siemens Hydrothermal Technologies.  His career has covered all aspects of capital equipment production including process engineering, project management, sales engineering and technical subject matter expert.  Over the course of his 25 year career associated with hydrothermal technologies, Mr. Clark has either designed, managed construction of or developed over 50 wet air oxidation system for the petrochemical and refinery industries

Søren Mikkelsen graduated from the Technical University of Denmark with a MS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in 2011, where he also joined Haldor Topsoe A/S, as Catalyst Engineer in the Technical Support Group of the Refinery Business Unit.

In 2013 he became a Catalyst Specialist with areas of expertise within hydrotreating and hydrocracking catalyst. Besides supporting clients globally with data analysis and catalyst proposals, on-site service jobs and troubleshooting was conducted.

Currently holds the positions as Sales Liaison Officer for Haldor Topsoe’s regional office in Bahrain, being responsible for the Refinery Catalyst Sales in the region. He was recently also appointed Key Account Manager for KNPC and KIPIC.

I started working at the Shell laboratories in Amsterdam after graduating in Chemical Engineering. Focus of work in 1990-ties was on hydroprocessing with assignment in residue hydroprocessing (Pernis), on the Jubail hydrocracker and servicing US hydroprocessing units while based in Houston.

Thereafter I worked as Process Engineering Manager at the Shell Deer Park refinery. Returning to the Netherlands in 2003 to join the consultancy arm of Shell focused on business improvement and short and long term hydrocarbon management improvements for refineries.

In 2007 moving back to hydroprocessing as global manager with end-to-end responsibility for the field.  Was appointed in as Vice President R&D of Downstream Technology in 2009 in Shell. In 2014 I returned to SASREF as EVP, with responsibilities for Operations, Maintenance, Technology.

Hernando is a Technology Manager at BASF Refining Catalysts. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander in Colombia, and a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (Process Design) from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Hernando has more than 15 years of experience in the Refining Industry, and in particular Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Alkylation, Hydroprocessing and Residue Upgrading technologies, leading assignments in the areas of process analysis, troubleshooting, optimization, design and development, catalyst selection and monitoring, and economic analysis for new and existing facilities. Prior to joining BASF, Hernando worked as a Senior Process Engineer at Saudi Aramco and Ecopetrol.