28th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference

The Middle East Oil and Gas Markets: Vision 2020 and Beyond

Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

Venue: Kingdom of Bahrain (Check The Map)

Starts: 30 Mar 2020

Ends: 31 Mar 2020

Type: Conference

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Under the Patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain


About MPGC

The iconic MPGC series will return to Bahrain from 30 – 31 March 2020, and will be hosted by National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), nogaholding and The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). Year 2020 will mark the 6th occasion that MPGC is being held in Bahrain and under the Patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain.

MPGC remains the region’s longest annual oil and gas industry gathering, a trusted brand and a hallmark of excellence in thought leadership.

The 28th annual event will see a convergence of the global oil market’s leading NOCs, IOCs, Traders, Refiners, Petrochemicals, Oil Storage, Financial Institutions and Technology companies, in a confluence of dialogue, debate and business interactions at the highest level.

The conference will address the continuing uncertainty faced by the global oil markets, in the relationship between OPEC, US oil production and geopolitical fears in the Middle East. Refining margins, quality and pricing of HSFO, VLSFO and MGO in the wake of IMO 2020 implementation issues, and changes in global LNG market with Middle East countries looking for a large portfolio of both LNG imports and trade, will underscore discussion at MPGC 2020.
MPGC 2020 will take a deep dive into the challenges facing the oil and gas markets, in their path to manage the volatility and move towards stability.

Official Opening & Ministerial Address

His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Minister of Oil
Kingdom of Bahrain

MPGC 2020 Conference Co-Chairmen

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Chairman, FGE

Condensate & Naphtha Forum 2019 Speaker
LNG Supplies for Asian Markets 2020 Advisory Committee Chairman
Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference 2020 Conference Co-Chairman

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.

Dr. Fesharaki 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. Joined the East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 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)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

In 1995, 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. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and re-appointed by Secretary Moniz in April 2016. 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. Dawood Nassif

Chairman Board of Directors, Bapco & Chief Executive, nogaholding, Bahrain

Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference 2020 Conference Co-Chairman

Chairman - Bapco Board of Directors
The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)

Board Director
National Oil & Gas Company (NOGA)

Board Director
The Oil & Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)

Chief Executive
The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)

Board Director
Gulf Air

Chairman
The Bahrain Refinery Modernization Steering Committee

Dr. Dawood Nassif serves as Chairman 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.

MPGC 2020 International Advisory Committee Members include

Eng. Ebrahim Talib

Deputy Chief Executive, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Bahrain

MPGC 2020 International Advisory Committee

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”.

Mr. Hashem Al Refaei

Advisor, Marketing Supply & Trading, Marketing, Supply & Trading Directorate, ADNOC, UAE

MPGC 2020 International Advisory Committee

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.

Mr. John Roper

CEO Middle East, Uniper Global Commodities SE, UAE

MPGC 2020 International Advisory Committee

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. Dave Ernsberger

Global Head of Commodities Pricing
S&P Global Platts, UK

MPGC 2020 International Advisory Committee

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.

Early Confirmed Speakers

Mr. Alan Haywood

Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Supply & Trading, BP plc., London, UK

MPGC 2020 Speaker

In January 2017 Alan Haywood was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BP’s global energy trading business. He serves on a number of Group company boards.

Global energy trading is the commercial face of BP, working in close collaboration with the Group’s Upstream and Downstream businesses, enhancing BP’s value through the application of distinctive supply, trading, risk management and information technology skills – underpinned by a world-class control infrastructure.

Alan joined BP in London in 1988 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Trading business in Europe and the US over more than 25 years. He has also worked in Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust in 1992-1997, trading oil and precious metal financial derivatives. After being Head of the Group CFO’s Executive Office in 2005-7, Alan became Head of Supply and Trading for BP’s European Oil business, managing trading and supply for Oil as well as global currency trading and interest rate management.

Mr. Thomas Waymel

President, Trading & Shipping, TOTSA Total Oil Trading, S.A., Switzerland

MPGC 2020 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

Director
Vitol Group, UK

MPGC 2020 Speaker

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.

Mr. Waleed Khaled Al-Bader

Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kuwait

MPGC 2020 Speaker

  • An Executive with over 30 years of operations, planning and international commercial oil marketing experience working for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering.
  • Worked in International Marketing sector in Supply Operations and Planning Departments then transferred as Manager Capital Projects Administration in Corporate Planning sector within KPC and was responsible for the Capital Investments and Studies in the oil sector.
  • Appointed as Deputy Managing Director Marketing Operations in July 2013, and was responsible of Planning, Supply Operations, Marine and Value Chain Optimization.
  • Appointed as Deputy Managing Director Marketing Middle Distillates, Fuel Oil & Special Products in March 2016 and was responsible for Sales Middle Distillates, Fuel Oil, Special Products and Bunkers. Also, responsible of London, Singapore and Pakistan Regional offices to ensure that they add value to the development of beneficial relationships and profitable contracts.
  • Appointed as Deputy Managing Director Marketing Crude Oil & Petroleum Products in April 2017 and responsible of four Sales departments (Crude Oil, Naphtha/LPG/MOGAS, Middle Distillates, Fuel Oil and Special Products & Bunkers). Also, responsible of all KPC Regional Offices in London, Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, India and Pakistan to ensure that they add value to the development of beneficial relationships and profitable contracts.
  • Appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Olefins & Aromatic) at Petrochemical Industries Company in October 2017.
  • Appointed as Managing Director International Marketing at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation in January 2018.
  • Appointed as Chief Executive officer at Kuwait National Petroleum Company in February 2019.

Board Member at:

  • Appointed as Board member at Al-Sour Company from October 2012 to March 2016.
  • Appointed as Board member at Kuwait Oil Company from January 2016 to October 2017.
  • Appointed as Chairman of Equate Petrochemical Company in October 2017 to March 2019.
  • Appointed as Board member at Kuwait National Petroleum Company from February 2019 till date.

Mr. Marco Villa

President Onshore-Offshore, EMIA, Technip FMC, Italy

MPGC 2020 Speaker

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.

Mr. Philippe Khoury

Executive Vice President, Trading & Sales, ADNOC, UAE

MPGC 2020 Speaker

  • Philippe Khoury is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in trading, refining and marketing. Currently Executive Vice President, Trading & Sales at ADNOC, one of the world’s leading energy companies, Philippe is responsible for establishing and running ADNOC’s global trading function.
  • Philippe has a distinguished track-record of maximizing value across the oil and gas value chain. Prior to joining ADNOC in April 2018, he worked for HSBC in the roles of Global Head of Strategic Energy Solutions, and subsequently Vice-Chairman Oil & Gas and Vice Chairman HSBC Bank Middle East.
  • From 2000 to 2011, Philippe served as President and CEO of Atlantic Trading & Marketing Inc., TOTAL SA’s Trading and Shipping affiliate for the Americas. Previous to this, Philippe was Vice-President ELF Trading SA for Africa, LATAM & the Caribbean (1997 – 2000), and held a number of trading and refining roles in Russia and Switzerland (1982 – 1997).
  • Philippe holds a Master’s degree in Economics, Finance & Marketing, multiple degrees in Risk Management, and has completed a range of Senior Executive and Finance Management Programs.

Mr. JaeHoon Choi

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd, Korea

Mr. B. Anand

Chief Executive Officer, Nayara Energy Ltd, India

MPGC 2020 Speaker

B. Anand is the Chief Executive Officer of Nayara Energy Limited, a new-age downstream company of international scale. The company was acquired by international investors, Rosneft and an investment consortium comprising of Trafigura and UCP Investment Group.

Anand is a dynamic leader with over 30 years of experience leading high growth businesses, joint ventures and strategic partnerships across consumer, supplier, finance and technology value chain.

Before leading Nayara Energy, Anand was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Trafigura India, the Indian arm of the global commodity trading and logistics powerhouse. Previously he has served in various leadership positions with Vedanta Plc., HSBC, Citibank, Motorola India and Future Group. He is an Independent non-executive Chairman of Just Dial.

A highly respected voice, Anand is a frequent speaker at global forums. He is deeply and passionately involved in advancement of health & sanitation and gender diversity agenda.

A Bachelor of Commerce from Nagpur University, Anand is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Currie

Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs International, London, UK

MPGC 2020 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.

Dr. Edward L. Morse

Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, New York, USA

MPGC 2020 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.

Dr. Paul Horsnell

Head of Commodities Research, Standard Chartered, London, UK

MPGC 2020 Speaker

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.

Mr. Patrick Dugas

Vice President LNG Trading, Gas Division, Total Gas & Power Limited, Geneva, Switzerland

MPGC 2020 Speaker

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.

Mr. AbdulAziz Al Attar

Team Leader Market Research, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Kuwait

Dr. Jeff Brown

President, FGE, Singapore

Condensate & Naphtha Forum 2019 Speaker
LNG Supplies for Asian Markets 2020 Speaker
Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference 2020 Speaker

Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams. He is based at our Asian headquarters in Singapore, working closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

In 2013, Jeff rejoined FGE 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. Aside from his previous management roles with FGE, Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he was co-author of the highly regarded monthly Oil Market Report. 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.

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