MPGC will return after a gap of 14 months and be held on January 24-25 2022. The 29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference will be held under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil for the Kingdom of Bahrain, jointly hosted by The Bahrain Petroleum Company, National Oil and Gas Authority 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. After a successful virtual edition for the 28th Annual 2020, the MPGC community will be able to meet in person once again in 2022, for discussions, debate and networking at the highest level.
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.”
MPGC 2022 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.
Official Opening & Ministerial Address
His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed 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. Dawood Nassif
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.
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki
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.
MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Members include
Mr. Hafedh Al-Qassab
Acting Deputy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of 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.
Dr. Jeff Brown
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.
Mr. John Roper
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.
Mr. Khalid Buhazza
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.
Mr. Dave Ernsberger
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.
Dr. Iman Nasseri
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.
MPGC 2020 Attendance
MPGC 2020 Testimonials
"Thank you for the interesting insights! It was an informative discussion and I also learned a lot. Thanks to John Roper for the expert moderating and many thanks to Conference Connection for an superbly-organised panel, and conference generally…which is particularly impressive given the current format."
- Managing Editor, APAC LNG, S&P Global Platts
"The conference is going great, thank Conference Connection for your efforts and assistance throughout."
- On Development Assignment, Operational Planning and Economics Department | International Marketing, Bapco
"Those last dregs of MPGC were quite engaging… especially the section on Data. The sessions with Traders and the Analysts were outstanding."
- Director, JTD Energy
"The conference is very important and strategic to many companies in this region."
- Customer Success Manager MEA, Kpler
"It was an absolute pleasure and honour to be part of MPGC and I wish to congratulate Conference Connection and the team for a job very well done."
- Deputy Chief Executive, Bapco
"The conference was excellent well planned."
- Advisor, Ministry of Energy, UAE
Thanks Conference Connection! I’m honoured to be given such an accolade! We really enjoyed the event and felt it delivered important value for us, as always. Well done to the entire team for pulling off such a terrific event under the most extraordinary of circumstances.""
- Global Head of Commodities Pricing & Market Insight, S&P Global Platt
"Congrats to you all for a successful event!"
- Office of the Chairman and Chief Executive, Bapco
"Thank you Conference Connection for all of your efforts and to each member of the team in organizing and pulling off what was, for me, one of the most interesting and informative event. We in AMIS look forward to see the success in year 2021 with hopefully face-to-face participation as people will still be the centre of our business."
- Director, ADNOC Marketing International (S) Pte Ltd
"It's a first time for me with MPGC. I was turned in from the opening session until the last session. Very good speakers offering different perspectives from various stakeholders! In all, very good virtual conference!"
- Senior Vice President, Miyabi Industries Pte Ltd
"Thank you once more for the invitation and an excellent conference; as usual MPGC has managed to capture the latest “trends & mind set” of the industry and attract relevant panellists and speakers. Congratulations with this very successful 2020 Millesimal."
- Executive Vice President, Marketing, Supply and Trading, ADNOC
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