Mr. Alansari is holding a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Kuwait University since 1983. He has also obtained the University of Virginia, Darden School of Economics Executive Management Program Diploma, and the certificate of Project Management Proficient (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Since joining Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) in 1990 his career has progressed through various technical and managerial positions, including Plants Operation Manager, Maintenance Manager, and Technical Services Manager. Mr. Alansari has been in his current position as General Manager Manufacturing since November 2011 and responsible for the production and maintenance of the GPIC plants, environmental performance of the company as well as its numerous environmental initiatives and corporate social responsibility programs and sustainability. Mr. Alansari is the Chairman of the GCC Electrical Interconnection Authority Advisory & Regulatory Committee, an Ambassador for the International Fertilizer Producers Association (IFA) and is a life member in the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

Dr. Redhwi is the CEO (A) of Dhahran Techno-Valley (DTV) Company and the Professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept., at KFUPM. During his professional career spanning more then twenty-five years, he has been active in research and teaching in the field of Refining, Petrochemicals & Polymer Degradation. Dr. Redhwi’s main contribution in the last ten years is in establishing and managing DTV and Science Park that includes Technology centers of Schlumberger, Yokogawa, Honeywell/UOP, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, GE, Rosen, Sipchem, Schneider, Sinopec and others. He was also involved in the developing novel refining process (HSFCC) that is recently commercialized in S-Oil Company, Korea. Dr. Redhwi has published 3 books, 5 patents and more than 150 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and chapters in book.

Eng. Yasser F. Al Daajani. General Manager Business Planning – Petrochemical SBU, TASNEE.

Yasser holds a Chemical Engineering degree (2000) from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals. Started his career in the refining sector as a Process Engineer. In 2004, Yasser moved to the Petrochemical sector and since has progressed through the Management ladder in the fields of Process Technology, Plant Operations, Project Management and Business Planning and Development.

During his career stages, Yasser had the privilege of working for world-class organizations including, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Chevron, SABIC and TASNEE.

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 as a Technology Development Engineer in 1990. In 2006 promoted to Chemical Research General Manager then General Manger for Technology KSA and Emerging Economies. In 2013 moved to the business as General Manger Technology Management in Chemicals SBU. Currently he is leading SABIC Technology Centers globally.

Dr. Al-Sherehy has contributed to the development & commercialization of five technologies including Butene-1 and linear Alpha Olefins. He is the inventor and co-inventor of three patents and has been a Board Member of several SABIC affiliates (SABIC America and Ibn Rushed) and Board Member of TAQNIA (Owned by KSA government). Vice Chairperson of advisory board of SABIC-DICP (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics) Research Center for Advanced Chemicals Production Technology. Dr. Al-Sherehy has also served on the advisory committees of many national universities including AlFaisal, KFUPM, KSU, KACST. Member of GPCA Research & Innovation Committee. He is also an Associate Editor for the Applied Petrochemical Research at Springer-Verlag Heidelberg.


Abdullah is the President Operations of Sipchem and in this capacity, he is the President of Sipchem Affiliates. In 2001, he joined Sipchem and played a key role in the initial establishment of the company and overseen Sipchem’s Basics, Intermediate and Polymer projects execution.

Abdullah now sits on several Affiliates Boards. Also, presides the Board of some Sipchem Affiliates. Prior to joining Sipchem, Abdullah worked with Saline Water Conservation Corporation (SWCC) and SABIC in several technical and management positions. Abdullah earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

Eng. Mazyad S. Al Khaldi is currently the EVP – Petrochemical Business Unit TASNEE (National Industrialization Company) A 25 years engineer experience in Petrochemicals & Master Degree in Business Administration.

Dr. Berthod joined ADNOC Refining in 2012 as Research Centre manager with a portfolio of more than 20 years of experience in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and considerable expertise in pilot plant and industrial projects in the downstream sector acquired at IFPEN (France).

Dr. Berthod played a pivotal role in managing the sole refining applied research center in the country bearing in mind ADNOC’s vision to couple research and technology to evolve the national refining industry.

He is presently leading, in his capacity of Research Centre’s Vice President a team of multi-disciplined, multi-cultural professionals comprising of 90 scientists, technicians and operators to set a solid expertise for the refining R&D activities of ADNOC.

Dr. Berthod is the author of over 20 scientific journals and 13 patents and has considerable participation in several national and international conferences, seminars symposia and forums on the refining research & development.

Claus-Peter Hälsig has over 35 years of industrial experience in various aspects of hydrocarbon processing in the refining and petrochemical industries, covering catalysis, new process developments, clean fuels and heavy fuel oil upgrading up to bio-fuels, energy efficiency and sustainability / renewable aspects as well as alternative energy resources incl. gasification and syngas conversion. He is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in his position as Vice President for Process Engineering & Technology is responsible for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region as well as Russia.

Before joining Fluor in Irvine, California in 1993, Mr. Hälsig worked for British Petroleum in Sunbury (UK) in various functions from 1986, leading a refinery support team, which provided worldwide technical and scientific support to BP’s refineries.  From 1980 to 1986 Mr. Hälsig worked in the R&D Center of BP in Germany and was responsible for the technical service to the BP’s German refineries, as well as for the development, scale up, and commercialization of new refinery processes.

One of Mr. Hälsig main areas of interest has become the topic of ‘energy & material efficiency’ in the widest sense in design and operation, the application of Best Available Technologies and Techniques and to facilitate the necessary closer cooperation in the age of digitalization (“Industry 4.0”) between all parties required to enhance the chance of improvements early in prospect development.

Ali M. Al-Somali is the Chief Technologist of Oil Upgrading R&D Division of Saudi Aramco Research & Development Center since 2011, where he oversees a research portfolio spanning development & deployment of refining catalysts, molecular modeling and non-conventional upgrading of low value streams for refining, chemicals production, and power generation applications. After a short employment with SABIC, Ali joined Saudi Aramco in 1997, where he served in different technical and leadership roles including representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in OPEC R&D Officials Meetings in 2009 and 2011 in Quito and Vienna respectively and acting as the head of the Carbon Management Working Group, led by the Kingdom at the time. Ali holds a Ph.D. Degree in Physical Chemistry from Rice University (2006), USA, and has several refereed, conference, papers and patents. He was, also, a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) in 2010 and led the establishment of research collaboration in the area of supercritical water upgrading of crude oil and its fractions between Saudi Aramco and MIT.