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.
Mr. McCoskey is Vice President, responsible for Operations, based in Solomon’s Bahrain office. Responsibilities include guiding clients to enhanced performance for their businesses, providing innovative solutions to strategic issues and developing actionable tactical implementation plans. Prior to joining Solomon, Mr. McCoskey was employed by a major operating company and has more than 40 years of practice in the energy industries globally with proven leadership, operational, and project management experience. He is highly adept at developing and implementing corporate solutions to technical, financial, and political issues.
Christiaan was Senior Advisor to the EVP Operations of Qatar Petroleum (QP) steering Operational Excellence through QP’s multiple assets i.e. its Mesaieed crude-condensate refinery, 4 NGL and gas processing plants, its onshore oil & gas production and off-shore production assets.
With a Master’s degree in Applied Physics of Delft University in The Netherlands – complemented later with an M.B.A. degree – Christiaan, who is a Dutch citizen, set out to build a career in Shell centered around Refining: Process Engineer in The Netherlands, Advanced Process Control & Optimization Engineer in Stanlow Refinery in the U.K. and Assistant Production Unit Manager in Shell Pernis Rotterdam Refinery.
After having performed as Supply & Operations Manager in Shell’s Dominican Republic Refinery (a JV with the Government) since 1995, Christiaan became its General Manager in 1998, until 2000. He then became General Manager of Shell’s Petit Couronne Refinery in France until mid-2004, which achieved 1st quartile performances in operational availability, non-energy costs, routine and turnaround Solomon indexes. Then, having first led a Global Excellence Review for Manufacturing, Christiaan was appointed as Shell’s Global Procurement Manager for all of Shell’s 30 Refining and Chemicals plants worldwide, until end 2009.
Christiaan came to Qatar early 2010 as Contract & Procurement Manager for Shell Qatar (Pearl GTL, LNG, world-scale petrochemicals). In 2013, he was appointed COO for Shell-QP’s Al Kaarana petrochemicals project (a world-scale mixed-feed steam-cracker with downstream chemicals) yet which was halted in 2015, after which Christiaan joined QP.
In his current role as COO of Orpic he is responsible for Operations, Maintenance, Technical services and Contracting & Procurement for all Orpic assets which include a refinery in Muscat, 2 refineries in Sohar, Aromatics complex and Poly-Propylene plant in Sohar and Logistics operations with 3 depot-terminals for product loading, a crude pipeline between Muscat and Sohar and 2 multi- product pipelines to the main terminal in Jifnain. Orpic is close to completing and starting up the LIWA Plastics project which includes a Natural Gas Extraction plant in Fahud and new Steam Cracker and new Poly-Ethylene Poly-Propylene plants in Sohar.
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.
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.
Hafedh Al-Qassab is the Project Director – Bapco Modernization Program (BMP), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain. He is responsible for leading the Integrated Project Management Team (IPMT) which is responsible for managing the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the major expansion and upgrade of the existing Bapco Refinery. The BMP involves integrating new hydroprocessing units, crude unit, hydrogen plants, sulphur recovery facilities, offsites and utilities, into the existing facility. He assumed this position in November 2018. He is a member of the Executive Management team and the Strategic Planning Council at Bapco, and is also a Board Member of the Bahrain Gasoline Blending (BGB) JV between Bapco, nogaholding and Greenergy UK.
Prior to assuming the position of Project Director-BMP, he was General Manager Refining, 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. He was also responsible for technical and process engineering support and fire, health, environment and safety functions for the business. He held this position for 7 years (2012-2018).
Hafedh’s whole career has been spent with Bapco, working in the Company’s refinery. He has held various roles and responsibilities in the Company within the process engineering and operations functions, including the Manager of Technical Services.
Hafedh has over 24 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. He has also been decorated with the Order of Bahrain (Third Class) for services to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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.