29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference

Diverse Perspectives: Transitioning Towards a Carbon Constrained World

Location: Bahrain

Venue: Bahrain

Starts: 16 May 2022

Ends: 17 May 2022

Type: Conference

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Conference Connection, along with hosts, the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Ministry of Oil and nogaholding have decided to re-schedule the 29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (MPGC 2022) originally timed for 24-25 January, to 16-17 May 2022. This takes into consideration current travel restrictions and physical distancing requirements, as well as the announcement that the Kingdom of Bahrain has been placed on a “Yellow Alert” until January 31st. The change in dates will allow sufficient time for the situation to normalize and for all participants to travel and re-convene safely to participate fully in the conference, hosted functions and networking activities, with further details on the venue to be announced shortly.

MPGC 2022 will be held under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil for the Kingdom of Bahrain, with the support of leading industry stakeholders, hosts, speakers and sponsors, which has been nothing short of excellent and we look forward to welcoming all attendees once again at MPGC 2022.

The iconic event will provide a convenient option for both virtual and in person attendance in Bahrain, to open participation to the MPGC community in the event of travel restrictions. Due to applicable safe distancing regulations, there will be limited capacity for both conference sessions and hosted functions. As this “in-person” capacity is expected to be taken up quickly in the run up to the event, book and secure your physical seat and enjoy the early bird rate at the same time, to avoid disappointment.

The Virtual Pass will offer participants all the best that MPGC 2022 has to offer, from the convenience of your desk if you are unable to travel and attend in person. A chance to meet with MPGC personalities and the best in the business, for the latest industry trends and insights as well as debate and discussion at the highest level, for a head-start on valuable commercial opportunities in regional hotspots.

MPGC remains the region’s longest annual oil and gas industry gathering, will once again deliver in both the in-person and virtual formats, a high-level and power packed programme that comprises Ministerial and Keynote Addresses, incisive discussion panels with industry visionaries and leaders, audience polls and networking opportunities.




To ensure that the safest possible environment is created, all attendees and stakeholders will be regularly updated at www.cconnection.org and individually upon registration, of the appropriate advisories, procedures and regulations in place by the relevant authorities in each location.

Please click here for details on our general health & safety protocols and specific protocols at the MPGC 2022.

Official Opening & Ministerial Address

His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

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.

MPGC 2022 Conference Co-Chairmen

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Chairman, FGE

  • CNF 2021 Conference Co-Chairman
  • MPGC 2022 Conference Co-Chairmen
  • LNGA 2022 Advisory Committee Chairman
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    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.

    Mr. Hafedh Al-Qassab

    Acting Dy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, Bapco, Bahrain

    MPGC 2022 Conference Co-Chairmen


    Hafedh has over 26 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 (FIChemE). 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 Al-Qassab is currently the acting Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) and also Project Director for the Bapco Modernization Program (BMP), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain. As acting DCE, which he assumed in April 2021, he reports into the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bapco, and the position is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of the Bapco Refinery, including the functions of Refining, Maintenance, and Engineering. In addition, the DCE is responsible for the Operational Excellence management system of the organization, as well as the Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning functions. The DCE ensures governance in line with corporate policies and management objectives to ensure the safe, trouble free, profitable, cost effective and efficient operation of the Bapco Refinery, in order to maximise gross margin and to ensure that strategic plans of the organization are met. He is also leading the BMP Integrated Project Management Team (IPMT) which is responsible for managing the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the major multi billion dollar expansion and upgrade of the existing Bapco Refinery. The BMP involves integrating a new ebulated bed resid hydrocracker, hydroprocessing units, crude/vacuum 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, chairs the Environment Health and Safety Committees (EHSC) for the Company and BMP, chairs the Crisis Management Team (CMT) for 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 is the author and co-author of several technical papers published in industry journals, and he has also presented and chaired sessions at various national, regional and international conferences. Hafedh sits on the advisory panels for various conference and forum organizers.

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Members include

    Dr. Jeff Brown

    President, FGE Group

  • CNF 2021 Conference Co-Chairman
  • MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member
  • LNGA 2022 Conference Co-Chairman
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    Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s research and consulting efforts globally across oil, gas and NGLs. He oversees consultants based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

    FGE has over 350 clients globally subscribing to its various retainer, consulting and commercial advisory services. In addition to specialized consulting, FGE releases over 850 reports annually, ranging from two to 300+ pages. FGE also commits to visit and brief every client at least once annually. Dr. Brown both supervises and engages directly in all of these efforts.

    Jeff re-joined FGE seven years ago from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy. He was a regular featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris. During this time, he developed the IEA’s short- to mid-term oil demand forecasting framework and led research examining oil/gas interfuel substitution. Before the IEA, he was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu where his primary emphasis was LNG Markets East of Suez.

    Dr. Brown is the author of many articles in industry, economic, and policy journals and widely cited as an energy expert, including interviews with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and appearances on news channels such as CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. He delivers numerous speeches and conducts specialized briefings around the world each year.

    Mr. Dave Ernsberger

    Global Head of Content & Market Insight, S&P Global Platts, UK

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member


    Dave Ernsberger is Platts' Global Head of Commodities Pricing and Market Insight. Based in London, he is responsible for managing Platts' worldwide coverage of all commodities markets, news and analytics, from well-established markets like oil and gas through to emerging market environments like new Energy Transition commodities and recycled materials.

    Dave has served in a variety of roles at Platts, including Head of Oil Content; Editorial Director for Asia (based in Singapore), and Houston Bureau Chief. He joined Platts in 1996 as a metals reporter in London, and launched coverage of Europe’s then-deregulating gas and electricity markets in 1999. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.,

    Dave has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and politics from Warwick University, England, and a master's degree in international relations from Southampton University, England.

    Mr. Khalid Buhazza

    General Manager Marketing, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member


    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.

    Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalid Al-Khalifa

    Head of Business Development, Marketing Division, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain

    Mr. John Roper

    CEO Middle East, Uniper Global Commodities SE, UAE

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member


    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.

    Dr. Iman Nasseri

    Managing Director of Middle East, FGE Dubai

    CNF 2021 Speaker
    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member


    Dr. Iman Nasseri, as MD of Middle East, is in charge of FGE’s analysis and coverage of the Middle East. He covers both oil and gas, but is primarily focused on downstream oil. On the oil side, in addition to overseeing Middle East oil research, he works closely with the refining team and is involved with FGE’s Annual World Refining Outlook. On the gas side, Iman is mainly involved in adhoc/commercial LNG projects.

    Iman received his PhD in Economics, focusing on energy economics, from the United States in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering.

    MPGC 2022 Speakers

    Mr. Thomas Waymel

    President, Trading & Shipping, TOTSA TotalEnergies Trading SA, Switzerland

    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    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.

    Mr. Mike Muller

    President, Vitol Asia, Singapore

    FUJCON 2021 Keynote Speaker
    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    Mike Muller joined Vitol in London in 2018 and is now Head of Vitol in Asia, based in Singapore. Prior to this he 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 supply/trading coordination roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.

    Mr. Alan Haywood

    SVP, ESG Transformation, BP p.l.c., UK

    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    In April 2020, Alan Haywood assumed the role of Head of Group Strategy for BP. He led the work to define the direction and ambition of the company as it transitions through major change in the energy industry. This is part of BP’s drive to “net zero” by 2050 or sooner.

    Since April 2021, he has been Head of ESG, coordinating the communication of BP’s strategy as relates to implementation of the themes of ESG, particularly climate.

    With the exception of when he held the Treasurer role in BP, Alan’s career has centred on energy trading over more than 30 years. Most recently, prior to assuming the Strategy lead, he was CEO of the Trading business.

    Dr. Jeffrey R. Currie

    Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs International, UK

    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    Jeff is the global head of Commodities Research in the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. He is responsible for conducting research on commodity market dynamics in the context of corporate risk management programs, short and long-term commodity investment strategies and asset allocation. Jeff is also a member of the GIR Client and Business Standards Committee, the Growth Markets Executive Committee and the Macro Executive Committee.

    Previously, Jeff was the European co-head of Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research from 2010 to 2012 and based in London, where he resided since 2003. Over the years, the commodities research team has consistently been ranked number one under Jeff’s direction and in 2011 he was named the CNBC Analyst of the Year by City A.M. Jeff joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jeff taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in microeconomics and econometrics at The University of Chicago and served as the associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics. Jeff also worked as a consulting economist, specializing in energy and other microeconomic issues, at Ernst and Young, LLP and Economic Insight, Inc. In addition, he has advised numerous government agencies in the United States, European Union and Russia.
    Jeff earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago in 1996.

    Mr. Mehdi Chennoufi

    Head of LNG Origination & Market Development, Shell LNG Marketing & Trading, UK

    LNGA 2022 Speaker
    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    Mehdi Chennoufi is the Head of LNG Origination & Market Development based in London. He is responsible for developing Shell’s global LNG term portfolio.

    He started his career with KPMG in the early 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, based out of the Dubai office and in 2008 he moved to the LNG Supply and Trading business looking after Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

    In 2010, Mehdi was appointed General Manager LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in 2016 he moved to Singapore to lead the East of Suez portfolio. In 2021, Mehdi moved to London to lead the global LNG Origination and Market Development team.

    Mehdi holds a Masters in Economics and a Master in Business Administration from ISG in Paris and the University of Oxford. Besides being an avid sailor, he is passionate about biodiversity conservation and founded Wanakaset.org.

    Mr. Rashid Al Mazrouei

    Senior Vice President (Commercial), ADNOC LNG, UAE

    MPGC 2022 Speaker
    LNGA 2022 Speaker


    • Acting SVP Commercial looking after ADNOC LNG’s Marketing and Procurement Activities.
    • Started his career with ADNOC LNG Marketing in 2000 carrying out several roles in research, sales and headed the Tokyo Office from 2010.
    • Posted back to ADNOC LNG Headquarters in 2017 as LNG Marketing Manager; looking after marketing, sales and business development of its LNG Production.
    • In 2019 was appointed Vice President Strategy, in charge of leading the organizational strategy towards a new business model after the expiry of ADNOC LNG’s legacy contract.
    • From 2008 – 2010 was an LNG Trader with Shell, responsible for developing and maintaining counterparty relationships with regional LNG players.
    • Holds a degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the American University in Dubai

    Dr. Edward Morse

    Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, USA

    MPGC 2022 Speaker


    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.

    MPGC 2022 Highlights

    + Virtual Attendance

    The MPGC 2022 Virtual Pass will offer you all the best that MPGC 2022 has to offer from the convenience of your desk if you are unable to travel and attend in person. A chance to meet with MPGC personalities and the best in the business, for the latest industry trends and insights as well as debate and discussion at the highest level, for a head-start on valuable commercial opportunities in regional hotspots.

    Early Bird Virtual Rate is available for a limited time. Register now, before February 7, to avoid disappointment.

    MPGC 2022 virtual sessions will be held LIVE alongside in-person sessions in Bahrain. The sessions run over two days on 16-17 May, commencing at 9:00am and ending at 5:00pm Bahrain time (GMT+3). Screen/Networking breaks will coincide with the in-person coffee/tea breaks on the agenda.

    The dedicated, and mobile friendly networking platform will enable virtual and in-person attendees to connect face to face with all MPGC VIPs, sponsors, speakers, delegates, exhibitors and media partners within virtual meeting rooms.

    + Hosted Functions on 16 May 2022

    • Conference Luncheon, hosted by  
    • Morning & Afternoon Breaks, hosted by 
    • MPGC 2022 Gala Dinner, hosted by  

    + Sponsorship

    Take this opportunity to meet new and established players from the MPGC Community in one place and at one time! Maximise your brand and be part of MPGC 2022 with these available sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

    • Connect your brand to a premium audience and global brands in the oil and gas markets.
    • Benefit from the combination of people, profile and platform to maximise your reach and visibility.
    • Position your brand for maximum visibility in high traffic and networking zones.
    • Global market outreach via multiple channels on social and digital media, price information services and global events distribution.

    Contact the MPGC 2022 Secretariat for a sponsorship kit and details and to confirm your sponsorship and exhibition at Tel: +65 6338 0064 or Email: info@mpgc.cc

    + Hospitality Suites

    Many annual meetings between buyers and sellers, principals and agents, new and potential partners are held annually during MPGC. Hospitality Suites at the MPGC 2022 venue at preferential rates or Virtual Hospitality Suites are available for booking.

    The hospitality suites can be booked through the organisers on a priority basis for companies registered for MPGC 2022

    Contact MPGC 2022 Secretariat for details on the Hospitality Suites at Tel: +65 6338 0064 or Email: info@mpgc.cc

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