The 28th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference returns to the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of MPGC Week 2020 events. MPGC 2020 is co-hosted by The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) and nogaholding.
MPGC 2020 will provide the latest insights into the continuing uncertainty faced by the global oil markets, in the relationship between OPEC, US oil production and geopolitical landscape in the Middle East. Refining margins and efficiency metrics, quality and pricing of HSFO, VLSFO and MGO, as well as the transformation of the oil Middle East LNG and oil markets, post IMO 2020, data transparency and digitalisation will underscore discussion at MPGC 2020.
MPGC 2020 will take a deep dive into the key challenges facing the oil and gas markets in their path to overcome the volatility and move towards stability and sustainability.
Minister of Oil
Kingdom of Bahrain
Sh. Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa graduated with honors from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a B.Sc. degree. He completed his higher education in the United Kingdom with a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge and an Advanced Masters from the Imperial College of Science. He also holds an MBA from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
He joined the Ministry of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain in the year 1999 where he became Director of Government Shareholdings in 2005. During his tenure at the Ministry he worked on the privatization of key projects including the privatization of Power Plants, Seef properties IPO and Muharraq STP. He is a former Board member of The Bahrain National Gas Expansion Co., Lulu Tourism Co.
He was appointed as the Chief Executive of ‘The Oil & Gas Holding Company’ in 2011. He is currently Chairman of the ‘National Oil & Gas Authority’, ‘The Oil & Gas Holding Company’, ‘Tatweer Petroleum Company’ and is a board member of ‘Central Bank of Bahrain’.
Under the Royal Decree No. 45 for the year 2016, issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, on 3rd June 2016, Sh. Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was appointed as Minister of Oil and was re-appointed on December 4, 2018 under the Royal Decree No. 61.
Minister for Oil and Gas
Sultanate of Oman
H.E. Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy is presently the Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman.
He graduated from Imperial College, London in 1980 and he was awarded B.SC. from Tulsa University, Oklahoma, USA from 1982-1983 with a M.S. From 1986-1990 he studied at Imperial College, London, with a PH.D. Furthermore, H.E. Al Rumhy holds Awards from Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (By Emperor of Japan).
H.E. Al-Rumhy has also worked for P.D.O.- (Petroleum Development Oman) from 1980-1986 as a Petroleum Engineer. From 1990-1997 H.E. worked for Sultan Qaboos University, Oman College of Engineering as Asst. Professor. He held a number of academic positions.
Since December 1997 he became the Minister of Oil and Gas. He is the Chairman of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Board of Directors, (OQ), Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC (Oman LNG) and Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC). He is also the Chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and NTF Board of Directors (National Training Fund).
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined the East-West Center in 1979 where he led the energy program as a Director and Senior Fellow till 2013.
In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies). He was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
In 1995, he was elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, he was appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr. Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for
Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors. Dr.
Fesharaki has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council beginning in 2008 and most recently re-appointed by the US Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette in April 2020.
Chairman & Chief Executive, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain
Chairman & Chief Executive
The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)
National Oil & Gas Company (NOGA)
The Oil & Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)
The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)
The Bahrain Refinery Modernization Steering Committee
Dr. Dawood Nassif serves as Chairman & Chief Executive of The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Board Director of National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), Board Director of The Oil & Gas Holding Company (nogaholding), Chairman of the Bahrain Refinery Modernization Steering Committee and Board Director of Gulf Air. 37 years’ experience in the Oil Industry (BAPCO) in a number of locations mainly in Refining. A Chemical Engineer and fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Deputy Chief Executive, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain
Ebrahim Talib is the Deputy Chief Executive for Bapco, the national oil Company of Bahrain.
Ebrahim is a Chemical Engineer who, over a span of his 30-year career, has had the privilege of working in The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) in a number of positions that span from process engineering, operations, projects, refining operations, oil storage and export, power & utilities, process improvement, maintenance and marketing initiatives. His current responsibilities include the whole supply chain from the receipt of oil and gas, refining, storage & export, maintenance and engineering support functions, major initiatives and projects that continue to energise the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Bahrain Refinery in a world class league.
He is also the Chairman of Bapco Environment, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Executive Strategic Planning Council. Ebrahim is also a member
of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Lube Base Oil Company and the Gulf Downstream Association. He believes passionately in the old adage that “it is only
people and not hardware that make or break companies”.
Advisor, Marketing Supply & Trading, Marketing, Supply & Trading Directorate, ADNOC, UAE
Hashem Al Refaei is Advisor of Marketing Supply & Trading Directorate in ADNOC with over 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Al Refaei has previously held a number of roles within ADNOC, including: Manager of the Marketing Strategy & Performance Unit, Manager of the Marketing Research & Business Support Division; Supply Manager of the Refined Products Division; Supply Head of the Crude Oil Sales Division; and, Supply Head of the Supply & Logistics Division. Mr. Al Refaei holds the position of board observer for a number of ADNOC operating companies, and is a member of the ADNOC tender board committee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Alexandria University, Egypt.
CEO Middle East, Uniper Global Commodities SE, UAE
John Roper is an Oil and Gas Executive with 33 years’ experience in the energy industry with a strong management and technical background. He has spent the last 25 years in Regional Company Management and Business Development where has held a number of senior positions in the International Upstream, LNG and Trading businesses. John is currently the CEO Middle East for Uniper Global Commodities SE where he is responsible for supporting the development of Uniper’s commodities Portfolio in the Middle East. He provides a focus for Uniper’s corporate activities in the region. He has lived in Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Qatar and the UAE.
John has also served as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committees of a private Oil and Gas company in the UK and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of other offshore companies in the Middle East, North Africa and the Caspian.
John continues to manage the Petroleum Club of Dubai in the role of Chairman. The Club encourages the networking of senior Energy Executives throughout the Arabian Gulf and internationally through affiliations with other Business and Petroleum Clubs.
Global Head of Commodities Pricing
S&P Global Platts, UK
Dave Ernsberger is Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content for S&P Global Platts. Based in London, Dave took on overall responsibility for Platts pricing across oil, freight, generating fuels and petrochemicals in November 2016, and is a member of the Platts Executive Committee. Dave has been with Platts for more than 20 years, and in that time has worked in London, Singapore and Houston, variously as head of oil content, editorial director for Asia, and in a variety of roles covering metals, natural gas and electricity markets.
President, Trading & Shipping, TOTSA Total Oil Trading, S.A., Switzerland
Thomas Waymel, born in 1968, is a graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnic and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Petrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) engineering schools and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He joined Total’s Refining business in Paris in 1993.
In 1995, he became a crude oil trader in Geneva, subsequently moving to Houston in the same capacity in 2002.
In 2003, he was appointed General Manager, Americas Coordination, a position based in Houston.
In 2006, he was named General Manager, West Africa Coordination, a position based in Geneva.
In 2007, he moved to Total Refining & Marketing in Paris as Manager, Resource, Market & Contract Balances.
He was appointed Vice President, Crude Oil Trading in 2011, a position based in Geneva.
Since December 2014, Thomas Waymel is President of Total Trading & Shipping Diviison. He is also a member of Total Management Committee.
Head of Trading, Vitol Asia, Singapore
Mike Muller joined Vitol in London this July as Director, Oil Business Development. Prior to this Mike spent 29 years at Shell where he was a member of the Global Trading & Supply Leadership team from 1999. In his last 5 years at Shell Mike led their global Crude Trading and Supply business. In the 1990s Mike was Trading and Supply Manager for Shell Australia and subsequent to this he spent six years in various business development and Trading roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.
President Onshore-Offshore, EMIA, TechnipFMC, Italy
Marco Villa is graduated in Economics with honors at Rome University in July 1987. He started his career at Technip in Italy as Export & Project Finance Engineer then taking over all the positions in the Finance Department, finally becoming Department Manager.
From 1990 to 1991, he worked in Finmeccanica, the Italian governmental holding in the transportation and aviation field, as financial planner. From 2001 till 2003, he joined Telespazio, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group, the first Italian telecommunication company, as Finance & Risk Management Division Manager.
Returning to Technip Italy in 2003, he was appointed Chief Finance Office. Since 2007, he has been appointed Technip Italy Board Member; he was also a Member of the Region B* Management Committee led by Technip in Italy. In September 2010, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Technip Region B and in October 2010 Chief Executive office of Technip in Italy. In January 2014, he was named President Region B*. Marco became part of Technip’s Executive Committee in February 2016 upon becoming President Region EMIA**.
From February 2017 with the merger between Technip and FMC Technologies, Marco became President Onshore-Offshore EMIA for TechnipFMC.
*At the time, Technip Region B was composed of Italy, Greece, Eastern Europe/Russia/CIS, South America and Middle East and in charge of the Onshore-Offshore activities in Canada.
**Europe, Middle-East, India, Africa.
VP - International Business Development, Chevron, Houston
Dipak Kothari is the General Manager for Business Development based in Houston. He directs the company's upstream and downstream business
development activities and builds relationships with key government officials, NOCs, investment banks, and potential partners internationally.
Kothari’s career in Chevron spans 38 years during which he has held numerous commercial and management positions in various locations in the US. Starting out as a Chemical Engineer, Kothari has worked in Corporate Strategic Planning, Chevron North America Exploration and Planning (E&P), Deep Water E&P, Texaco Alternate Energy and Texaco E & P.
Kothari holds a Masters’ degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1979. He received his bachelor’s degree in
Chemical Engineering from Bombay University in 1978.
Deputy CEO, Technicas Reunidas, Spain
Miguel Paradinas, with 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Técnicas Reunidas (TR), one of the world’s leading
Engineering, Procurement and Construction services companies. He was elected to the role of Deputy CEO in 2007.
Since joining the company in 1991, Paradinas has held numerous positions in both operations and sales, prior to assuming his current position, Paradinas served as TR
Commercial Director, appointed in 1998. He is also Chairman of Iberespacio, CEO of TR Malaysia, Member of the Board of the companies: Empresarios Agrupados, Eurocontrol, Heymo and Master Ingeniería and Trustee of the AGE Foundation.
Paradinas holds a bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering with a Master in Power Generation and he is member of the Advisory Board of the Mining and Power Engineering University of Madrid.
President, Gas Supply & Trading, Chevron Corporation, USA
General Manager Marketing, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain
Khalid is responsible for oversight of all of Bapco’s local and international marketing activities, including developing business plans to meet corporate objectives and ensuring that they are implemented effectively. He is the management sponsor of Marketing’s Strategic Commercialization Program which will enable the company to become trading capable.
Khalid has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil industry in Bahrain, in various roles from process optimization engineer through management of the refinery crude and feedstock plans to meet market demand, identifying and pursuing new business investments, and managing customer interfaces and sales logistics.
He received a Silver Excellence Award for successful leadership of the 3-year Supply Chain Planning project following the merger of Bapco and the Bahrain National Oil Company (Banoco) in 1999. Khalid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering awarded with High Honors from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.
General Manager, East of Suez and Director of Eastern LNG, Shell Trading, Singapore
Mehdi holds Masters in Economics and Business Administration from Paris and Oxford University. He started his career with KPMG in the first half of the nineties where he got acquainted with the rigour of economic analysis and the art of interpreting accounts. He then joined Shell in London at the turn of the century and focused on Gas and LNG business development in Levant before moving to Egypt to grow Shell’s CNG and LDC footprint.
In 2004 he was appointed as the Shell shareholder representative in Oman LNG out of the Dubai office and in 2008 was appointed as the general manager of LNG Supply and Trading business for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
In December 2010, Mehdi was appointed GM LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in October 2016, Mehdi moved to Singapore as the GM for the East of Suez region.
Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, USA
Ed Morse built the Commodities Research team at Citi, which he has headed since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.
He was in management at Phillips Petroleum Co., a co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group. He also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets.
The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is Chair of the New York Energy Forum, a member of the Advisory
Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University as well as of the Advisory Council of the Transregional Institute at Princeton University, and a member of the Advisory
Board of the Arabia Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.
Strategy & Marketing
UOP Honeywell, USA
Carrie Eppelheimer serves as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Honeywell’s UOP, a global leader in the supply of process technology, catalysts, engineered systems, and technical and engineering services to the refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing and hydrogen industries. UOP has been creating world-class innovative solutions for its customers for over 100 years. Before joining Honeywell’s UOP, Carrie served as Director of Corporate Strategy Development at Dow, developing enterprise projects and working with the Executive Leadership Council on Digital Transformation and post DowDuPont corporate strategy. She joined Dow in 2008 as the Global Refining Marketing Manager for Dow Oil & Gas, and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the Hydrocarbons and Feedstocks, Water and Process Solutions, and Microbial Control businesses. Prior to joining Dow, Carrie worked as a business manager for Trane. She joined Trane in 2000 where she held various leadership roles in strategy and business development.
Carrie holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathmatics from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Vice President, Crude Supply & Trading, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Austria
Mr Andreas Schwingshackl is the current the Senior Vice President of Crude Supply & Trading from OMV Refining & Marketing Gmb in Austria.
He is an entrepreneurial-minded international senior executive, with a broad cultural background and experience, strong international network, with consistent successes in growing and improving the profitability, performance and the value of the company.
He is an experienced leader and specialist at identifying and capturing business opportunities with a strong financial background, able to be cool under pressure and dedicated to delivering promised objectives for the company.
Head of Commodities Research, Standard Chartered, UK
Paul Horsnell is the Head of Commodities Research at Standard Chartered in London. Dr Horsnell joined Standard Chartered in 2013 and was previously Head of Commodities Research at Barclays, and Head of Energy Research at JPMorgan. Prior to becoming a financial analyst, he was Praelector in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford University and Assistant Director for Research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He is the author of Oil Markets and Prices (with Robert Mabro) and Oil in Asia (both Oxford University Press), and a former Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Doctorate in Economics, both from Oxford University.
MPGC 2020 and MPGC Week events will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
MPGC 2020 Sessions will take place in the Al Bahrain Ballroom on the Lobby Level, with coffee breaks, exhibition, and the networking lounge located in one section of the ballroom. The Al Manama Ballroom will be used for Lunch and Official Receptions.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Host Hotels for Hospitality Suites:
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Contact us for more information and hotel bookings at:
Tel: +65 6338-0064
Fax: +65 6338-4090
Many annual meetings between buyers and sellers, principals and agents, new and potential partners are held annually during MPGC. Hospitality Suites are available for booking at the MPGC 2020 venues – Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and Wyndham Grand Manama. Please contact MPGC 2020 Secretariat for more information and to book at preferential rates. Availability is on first-come-first served basis.
The MPGC 2020 exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to market your latest products and services to your potential target audience, giving high visibility and brand recognition for your businesses. Each exhibition booth will provide a unique business development platform, offering direct access to buyers and decision makers from businesses globally.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s Al Bahrain Ballroom will be the venue for the MPGC exhibition and networking lounge, located in high traffic zone with coffee breaks, lounge and charging stations, with convenient access to the conference sessions.
An interactive MPGC Mobile App is available to all registered delegates, with the latest information on the conference agenda, networking functions and the opportunity to network with participants, set up meetings and download presentations.
MPGC Week 2020 will bring together other optional events other optional events, with the 28th Annual MPGC as the anchor for the week, executive briefings on crude oil and LNG, as well as technical courses on refining economics, international oil trading and a gasoline trading dialogue, all running back to back in one location in one week, for optimal learning and networking opportunities.
MPGC Week 2020 Events, 15 – 19 November 2020:
All events are optional, individually priced and bookable separately. Visit www.cconnection.org/mpgc-week-2020 for updates.
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On this occasion I would like to share my congratulations and best wishes to the organizer and hosts of MPGC Week and I look forward to participating again in the future
The fact that this is the 25th anniversary of MPGC speaks volumes about its success and I know, without a doubt, that it will continue to be the most important Oil & Gas event for all ME countries
MPGC has been an inspirational meeting for many Oil & Gas Industry leaders over the years. It allowed many of us to meet, have open discussions and exchange views freely. It is hard to believe that it has been a 25 year journey which seems to have flown by! Congratulations on your achievements and looking forward to the next 25 years!
MPGC continues to provide valuable market analysis and business trends to the conference audience and its participants. Congratulations to the organizers on MPGC 25 years anniversary and wish you more success in the future
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