Alex Bolkhovsky is the Global Sales Manager for ExxonMobil’s Catalysts and Licensing Business. Based at the ExxonMobil campus in Spring, Texas in the USA, he currently leads the global sales teams responsible for helping customers generate superior value through high-performance proprietary catalysts, advantaged process technology, and industry-leading operations expertise.

Alex graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Drexel University.

Alex began his career with Mobil in 1998 at the Paulsboro Technology Center in Paulsboro, New Jersey working on finished lubricant product development. He progressed through various roles in Marketing, Procurement, Operations, and Finished Lubricants Technology.

Prior to his current role, he was ExxonMobil’s Asia Pacific Finished Lubricant Technical Manager based out of Shanghai, China.

Alex and his wife, Tina, have two children, Anya and Oliver, aged 11 and 13 respectively. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family, attempting to cook, and setting up saltwater aquariums.

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

Raphael has 20 years of experience in both downstream and upstream oil and gas business. He holds a Master of Science in applied chemical engineering from IFP-School (France).

Raphael started is career with bp in Sunbury (UK) before moving to Total. He held various position in Total’s French refineries such as process engineer, Offsites Operations Superintendent in Donges Refinery (France), and Operations Superintendent at Feyzin Refinery (France). In 2012, he was appointed Operations Manager of Petrocedeno Heavy Crude Oil upgrader (JV PDVSA and Total) located at Jose industrial area in Venezuela. His next position was Corporate Audit manager for Total’s Upstream activities in Africa and Americas based in Paris headquarters. He was appointed Deputy General Manager of Grandpuits refinery (France) and then moved to Saudi Arabia in April 2019.

Hasan holds a MEng degree in Chemical Engineering with 1st Class Honours from Imperial College London. He spent 4.5 years with Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants in London, working on several field development projects. He was awarded Chartered Engineer status by the Engineering Council in 2018. As a Process Engineer in the Technical Services Department in Bapco, he is responsible for providing process engineering support to the No.1 Hydrocracking Unit and the No.2 Hydrogen Plant.

I have graduated from Kuwait University with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering. My career has started in KNPC as a Process Engineer in 2014 working in H-Oil Unit (Vacuum Residue Hydrocracker), Catalytic Reformer, and Hydrotreaters. In KIPIC, I am handling the Diesel, Kerosene and Naphtha Hydrotreaters as well as the Integration Coordination between the refinery and petrochemical plant. Currently, I am completing my M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering specializing in Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals.

Husain Ebrahim is currently working as a Project and Contract Engineer in the Procurement and Warehousing department of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC). He deals with contracts for various projects in the complex.
A graduate with high honors as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Bahrain in 2013, Husain received accolades as a member of the student advisory committee (SAC), UOB President Honors list as well as recognition for his work on Renewable Energy in BAPCO Refinery.
In GPIC, Husain has achieved the prestigious title of “Graduate of the Year”, obtained his advanced certificate in procurement and supply from Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, UK. He attended conferences & workshops in Bahrain & abroad thus, enhanced his professionalism in the fields of supply chain management.
Husain’s passion for the environment is praiseworthy. He continues to deliver Environmental Awareness Lectures to the schools in Bahrain as well as he imparts career advice to high school students through his participation in the Injaz Bahrain Program.


I hold a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering (GPA 3.8) from University of Bahrain.
I work as a process engineer in the Planning Section of the Technical Services Department in Bapco since three years.
I have been working on refinery KPIs, refinery budget, LP modelling and backcasting reports. I have also participated in refinery T&I’s and inspections.
I am currently doing a part time MSc in Chemical Engineering at UoB.