The 29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (MPGC) will be Conference Connection’s first Hybrid event on 24 – 25 January 2022, held under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil for the Kingdom of Bahrain, jointly hosted by The Bahrain Petroleum Company, Ministry of Oil and nogaholding.
After the change to its annual timing due to the pandemic, MPGC 2022 will return to its original first quarter scheduling and its place in the global oil industry’s annual calendar. The 2022 event will feature hybrid conference elements to allow those near and far to participate in the MPGC experience, either in person in Bahrain or virtually* for those around the world for whom travel and quarantine restrictions restrict in person attendance.
The MPGC community will be able to meet in person once again in the Kingdom of Bahrain, for discussions, debate and networking at the highest level. Those who are unable to join in person, will be able to tune in with one single platform to listen to the discussions and engage with the community virtually.
As the global oil markets deal with the challenges of energy transition and the transformed business landscape. MPGC 2022 discussion will centre around the theme “Diverse Perspectives: Transitioning Towards a Carbon Constrained World”. The conference sessions include the following:-
MPGC 2022 in hybrid environment remains the region’s longest annual oil and gas industry gathering, will once again deliver 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.
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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.
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.
Acting Dy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, Bapco, Bahrain
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.
President, FGE Group
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.
Global Head of Content & Market Insight, S&P Global Platts, UK
Dave Ernsberger is Platts' Global Head of Commodities Pricing and Market Insight. Based in London since 2010, he is responsible for managing Platts' worldwide coverage of all commodities markets, news and analytics.
Dave has served in a variety of roles at Platts, including Head of Oil Content, where he managed Platts’ global coverage of oil markets, news and analytics between 2010 and 2016. Before that, Dave was Senior Editorial Director for Asia, managing Platts' editorial and analytical groups in Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and China from 2004 until 2009.
Dave joined Platts in 1996 as a metals reporter, and, in 1999, Dave took on responsibility for Platts' new European power start-up ventures as editor-in-chief, launching coverage of the deregulating electricity and natural gas markets in the European Union. He relocated to Houston in 2001 as bureau chief, before moving to Singapore in November 2003.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director of Middle East, FGE Dubai
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.
Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Supply Planning, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
President, Trading & Shipping, TOTSA TotalEnergies Trading SA, 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.
President, Vitol Asia, Singapore
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.
SVP, ESG Transformation, BP p.l.c., UK
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.
Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs International, UK
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.
Head of LNG Origination & Market Development, Shell LNG Marketing & Trading, UK
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.
Acting Senior Vice President (Commercial), ADNOC LNG, UAE
• 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
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.
Vice President LNG Trading, TotalEnergies Gas & Power Limited, Switzerland
Patrick Dugas, Vice President LNG Trading in TOTAL Gas & Power Limited (TGP), is based in Geneva and is currently managing the worldwide Trading LNG Portfolio of TOTAL with the offices of Geneva, Singapore and Houston.
This covers different aspects of the LNG portfolio management, including but not limited to the spot physical trading, the financial trading, the optimisation of the flows of the portfolio long term contracts (Supply and Purchase Agreements) and the Risk Management of the price exposure.
He is also working in coordination with the LNG Shipping division, LNG Operations and the Business Development of the global LNG activities of TOTAL.
He has been involved in LNG industry for more than 15 years with past experience in power, emission & natural gas trading.
He also previously run the West African Trading desk of TOTAL Trading SA in Geneva dealing with refined products as LPG, kerosene, gasoline, gasoil, fuel and bitumen.
He has over 20 years of global experience in the energy industry with a particular focus on Risk Management.
Regional Manager, BP Trading and Shipping, Middle East, UAE
Matthew Potter heads bp’s Trading and Shipping office in Dubai and is also responsible for its regional LNG origination activity. He has worked for bp since 2003 in a range of commercial roles in the UK, Singapore and in the UAE.
Executive Vice President & CMO, Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd., Korea
Over 30 years of experiences as company veteran, Jae Hoon Choi, a Executive Vice President since 2020, and the Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Engineering since 2014, is responsible for company’s sales, marketing and proposal of hydrocarbon businesses in all regions covering Middle East, Asia, Americas, Europe, CIS and Africa.
Previously he served as a Vice President of Marketing from 2010 to 2014, and as a Team Leader of MENA Marketing from 2004 to 2010. In that role, he led strategic marketing planning, contract management, sales and business development of hydrocarbon businesses in the MENA region.
Prior to that, based on his experience as a Lead Engineer., he worked on various projects as a Project Engineering Manager and Proposal Manager.
After joining Samsung Engineering in 1988, he held various leadership roles in process control engineering and process automation for several projects.
CEO, Tecnicas Reunidas, Saudi Arabia
Chief Operating Officer, Technip Energies, Italy
Marco Villa is graduated in Economics with honors at Rome University in July
1987. He spent almost its carrier in the TechnipFMC Group in Finance with
working experience in Finmeccanica and Telecom Italia Group.
• In 2003 Chief Financial Officer Technip Italy.
• Since 2007 Chief Financial Officer Region B*
• In September 2010, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Technip Region B and Technip in Italy Chief Executive Officer.
• In January 2014 he was named President Region B*.
• In February 2016 became part of Technip’s Executive Committee upon becoming President Region EMIA**.
• In March 2020, following the creation of Technip Energies GBU (including Onshore/Offshore, Genesis, Loading Systems and Cybernetix), he became President Operations Technip Energies.
*At the time, Technip Region B was composed of Italy, Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, CIS,
**Europe, Middle-East, India, Africa and Latin America
Vice President, Strategy and Communication, Cheniere Marketing Ltd, UK
Dr. Andrew Walker is the Vice President for LNG Strategy and Communication for Cheniere.
He is located in London and is responsible for the LNG Strategy and Market Outlook of Cheniere, reporting into the Chief Commercial Officer.
Until October 2015 he was Vice President for Global LNG - and prior to that Head of LNG Strategy - at BG Group where he worked for over 20 years before joining Cheniere.
During his career in LNG he has been located in Singapore, Egypt, the USA and UK and has worked on numerous LNG projects including Atlantic LNG in Trinidad and Tobago, Egyptian LNG, and Dragon LNG in the UK.
Dr. Walker has a Doctorate in Geology from Imperial College, University of London.
Director, Oil Market Development, Intercontinental Exchange, UK
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.
Head of Emissions Trading, Vitol, UK
Director of Long-Term Oil Service & Head of Oil Demand, FGE London
Cuneyt is responsible for overseeing all the company’s oil demand forecasts, both short and long term, which underpins the Group’s retainer services and ad-hoc projects. In this role, he is called upon to make presentations to clients outlining potential market and industry developments and discuss the strategic implications, under scenario and brainstorming exercises.
Cuneyt works closely with FGE’s other offices, being responsible for co-ordinating the input into the Group’s mid-long term market forecasting and is required to present and discuss these perspectives with FGE clients around the world. He regularly contributes to FGE’s reports and has been heavily involved in FGE’s Annual Long Term Oil Market report covering the period through 2040, which represents the Group’s core analytical building block for its perspectives on future developments in oil demand, supply and prices.
Prior to joining FGE, Cuneyt was with JBC Energy in Vienna. As an Oil Market Analyst, he did analysis and forecast of oil demand on country-by-country, product-by-product and sector-by-sector basis. Later as Head of Modelling, he led the team responsible for the development of JBC Energy’s Supply-Demand-Price model. This provided the basis for all the company’s forward-looking analysis and required regular interaction with clients and responding to the changing industry requirements and market developments. Cuneyt has an M.Sc. in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2005).
President, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA
Ara Barsamian is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC (RAIL). A fuels blending automation consulting firm, Refinery Automation Institute specializes in the profitable growth, development, and implementation of blending operations and technology.
Previously, he served as a group head of Exxon Research and Engineering Company where he designed, implemented, started up, and commissioned over 20 blending and oil movement systems across the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.
In 1985, he formed 3X Corporation, which was later acquired by ABB, building on his 40+ years of experience in over 60 blending automation and optimization projects.
Ara is a fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, life-time member of International Society for Automation, member of ASTM working group on using spectrometers for certifying in-line gasoline blends, and a member of IBIA’s Future Fuels working group.
He graduated from the City University of New York with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
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