Dr. Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, Research Scientist at KAUST CATALYSIS CENTER (KCC) was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from the Laboratory for Aggregate, Interface and Materials for Energy (AIME) at University of Science and Technology of Montpellier (France), followed by postdoc positions at CALTECH (Pasadena, USA) and Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon, France).
With her academic and research experience in the field of Materials Science, she is strongly focused on the design of novel multifunctional oxide materials, their advanced solid state spectroscopic characterizations and applications in heterogeneous catalysis for Oil & Gas industry such as, but not limited to hydrocarbon conversion, CO2 conversion and N2 activation. Her rigorous approach in exploring emerging techniques and their applications in materials science molded her professional identity and made her grow towards multidisciplinary heterogeneous catalysis.
Throughout her scientific career, she always found important to maintain a good balance between fundamental and applied research beyond complementing each other, both are essential to her along with the educational component of research. Over the last years, she played key roles in several academic and industrial collaborations within KCC, KAUST and with international institutions including EPFL-Lausanne and UC-Davis, CALTECH… Her research achievements are partly reflected by many papers published in high impact factor journals, such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition and Chemical Science (…).
Since 2015, she has been engaged as a representative of KAUST/KCC in the organization of industrial conferences, MEPEC (Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition) and the Middle East Fine & Specialty Chemicals (Me-SPEC). She is involved in organizing all women forums with Aramco and promote female scientists’ involvement in not just KAUST but also in the Middle-East (LEWAS, GROW…). The main objective has been to empower Women in Oil & Gas Industry, one of the main challenges of the Saudi Vision 2030 program.

I’m the Senior VP for the Technology experts of TOTAL Group with a specific focus on Industrial Standards simplification/ harmonization, technology specialists development and technology innovation.

My background is process and manufacturing engineer. I have done all my career within TOTAL. I started in polymers then moved to Base Chemicals then Refining. Secondments in Scotland and Belgium.

Since the 1st of June, I’m the Chairman of the TOTAL Research & Development Steering Committee as the TOTAL R&D Senior VP left the Company for a position in the new French government team.

Gregory M Lilburne is the Manager, Technical Services with Bapco, Bahrain. He has 35 years of experience, mainly in technical support for petroleum refining. Dr. Lilburne holds BE and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a Fellow of the  Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer (UK).

El-Mekki El-Malki is a Licensing Advisor for Catalysts and Licensing within Exxon Mobil Corporation, and is currently located in Houston, Texas.

El-Mekki Joined ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research in Clinton, New Jersey in 2000.  Since then he has worked on several R&D programs for refining and Chemicals including leadership role in developing catalyst technologies for low sulfur diesel and mogas, and other environmental catalytic technologies.

In 2007, he moved to ExxonMobil Research & Engineering’s Technology Sales and Licensing in Fairfax, Virginia where he held various positions including new Business Development Manager, Catalyst Product Manager, Licensing Director for Middle East Region and Global Fuel Licensing Manager.

El-Mekki holds a Master degree of Petroleum Science from IFP School (France) and a PhD in Chemistry and Catalysis from Pierre and Marie Curie University (France).

Dr. Al-Khodairi attained a PhD in Materials Science (Polymers) from Brunel University, UK in 1996, before joining Sabic in the same year. Dr. Al-Khodairi has strong experience and vast knowledge in the petrochemical and chemical industry particularly in the area of technology and innovation that covers strategy, research, acquisition, contracts and licensing management, and led SABIC Polymers R&D activities in global research and application development centers. Dr. Al-Khodairi also led and help the company to build global polymers research facilities in KSA, Europe and Asia as well as the design and implementation of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in SABIC and managing the Sabic plymers research portfolio.

Dr. Al-Khodairi is the Chair and member of many scientific committees and was a member of GPCA plastic committee, and is also the co-inventor of several patent inventions, author and coauthor of technical papers in reputable journals and contributed one chapter in Fatigue of Composites Handbook.

Mr. Oswaldo Tapia Joined the OPEC Secretariat in October 2009 as the Head of the Energy Studies Department and since July 2016 until to-date, he has been the officer in charge of the Research Division.

He received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the State University of Cuenca-Ecuador, and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, Boston-Massachusetts. He performed various technical jobs, both in the downstream and upstream positions throughout his career at the Ministry of Non Renewable Natural Resources, National Directorate of Hydrocarbons and the Ecuadorian NOC Petroecuador. Within these Institutions, he held managerial positions in different areas such as International Marketing, Upstream Contracts Administration and Domestic Marketing. He also performed as Deputy Minister and Ministerial Advisor in two different periods.

Salik Tauqir is a chemical Engineer from Texas A&M University. Salik serves as a Technical Sales Engineer for ZymeFlow Decon and provides technical assistance in Middle East and Africa refineries and petrochemical plants. Salik works with plant operations to help plan, coordinate, and implement project procedures for ZymeFlow applications during turnarounds or emergency outages.  Salik has been part of both the operational and sales teams allowing him to understand the needs of the operators and know all aspects of ZymeFlow procedures and best practices.

Gildas Rolland started his career in 1998 at IFP Energies nouvelles as a Process Engineer in the R&D department. In 1999 he joined the Process Design department of our North American office in Princeton and in 2001 moved back to Axens head-office where he served successively as Start-up and Tech Service advisor, Technologist and later Deputy Product Line Manager in Olefins Technologies including R&D activities related to technology and catalyst improvement.

Gildas was appointed to his current position of Technology Group Manager in 2013.

Gildas Rolland is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lille (E.C.Lille) and holds a Master’s Degree in Refining and Petrochemicals from the IFP School.

David Marion is now Vice President Manufacturing in SATORP (JV Saudi Aramco and Total located at Jubail industrial area in Saudi Arabia). Career of 23 years in Total group, mainly in refining, David started as Process control engineer for about 3 years followed by a position as operation Superintendant for about 4 years in Normandy Refinery (France). After 1 year in USA – Houston tx, was appointed as Project manager to implement SAP in 12 European refineries. Next position was Maintenance manager at Feyzin refining and petrochemicals (France), followed by a business position in Donges refinery (France). In 2009 as general manager of SARA refinery (JV Total, Ruby, Exxon) in Martinique French Caribbean island. Back to Normandy refinery as GM for about 3 years. Moved to Saudi Arabia July 2015.