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June Wispelwey and Mohsen Almajnouni

March 29, 2018

AIChE and the AIChE Saudi Arabia Local Section (SAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and partner on common goals that strengthen chemical engineering knowledge and support societal needs in the Middle East.

AIChE executive director June Wispelwey and Saudi Arabia Local Section chair and CEO of Research Products Development Company (RPDC) Mohsen Almajnouni signed the agreement March 27 at a ceremony in New York City that was part of the second annual Saudi–U.S. CEO Forum. The exclusive gathering created the opportunity for U.S. and Saudi government officials to meet with CEOs of major U.S. and Saudi companies from a wide range of economic sectors. Discussions focused on building and expanding partnerships, enhancing bilateral trade and investments, and advancing opportunities through Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

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The 4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition

The 4th edition of MEPEC took place at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 9-11th October. MEPEC 2017 brought together the international business community to one business hub to make the most effective use of time. Delegates were able to experience groundbreaking technology and listen to industry leaders, an environment designed for the exchange of ideas between peers. 

Keeping in line with global issues, this year's theme is “Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation & Downstream Integration”.

Four Main Topics:

Process Design & Development   I   Process Excellence  I   Sustainability  I   Downstream Integration for Value Creation

Plenary Session

Plenary Speakers His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil,
Kingdom of Bahrain
Plenary Speakers Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi Senior Vice President, Technical Services,
Saudi Aramco
Plenary Speakers Ziad Al-Labban Former, CEO,
Sadara Chemical Company
Plenary Speakers Antonio Pietri CEO,
AspenTech
Plenary Speakers Hussain A. Al Qahtani President,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Plenary Speakers Dr. Jim Rekoske Vice President & Chief Technology Officer,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speakers David Bergeron Vice President,
ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC
Plenary Speakers Ed Boufarah VP, Digital Solutions – MEA & India,
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Plenary Speakers Dr. Tobias Scheele Senior Vice President - Software,
Schneider Electric
Plenary Speakers Zak Alzein Vice President and GM, Connected Performance Services,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speakers Suleyman M Ozmen Vice President - Downstream Licensing (Retired),
Shell Global Solutions International
Plenary Speakers Guy Lewis Vice President Strategic Marketing & Planning,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speakers Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Plenary Speakers Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco

MEPEC provided a wide range of attendees, manufacturers, operating companies and applications. The conference generated new ideas and forward-thinking for new products and improvements to existing products. We met important clients with serious interests, which is a true measure of a technical conference.

Barry Perlmutter President & Managing Director, BHS Sonthofen Inc

The organizers "all committee members" were so kind, helpful and professional. Appreciated the time and the effort put by them. The technical session was very interesting and exiting to share ideas with expertise. The exhibition was organized in a professional way and gave real time appropriateness to share information and techniques. I found the workshop I attended very useful. the topics are directly applicable to our teaching and professional goals. The instructor was clear and professional. The student program was very useful and gave the students tremendous appropriates to learn and practice. In general the conference was an excellent sours of forecasting techniques and practice.

Dr. Hosni Zubeir Head of Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain

MEPEC 2017 facilitated information exchange on operational excellence between companies top process engineers allowing opportunities to be discussed, goals stated, technology demonstrated, opinions expressed and paradigms exposed.

Jim Brigman Managing Director, Ingenero Inc

During this MEPEC 2017 I have witnessed interesting presentations given by companies presenting for the first time in the Middle East which demonstrates that MEPEC focuses on bringing new ideas and new players.

Joseph Ibrahim Managing Director, Middle East, Axens

I found the 3-day conference inspiring, enlightening & stimulating. The panel discussion sessions were excellent platforms for exchange of knowledge and experience between industry leaders and younger talents.

Dr. Nasiru Tukur Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco

This year’s MEPEC conference is great, very interactive and thought-provoking conference. Every MEPEC is a little different but this time the specialty are fully technical sessions, interaction with industrialist, research scholars and university graduates. As a speaker, I was glad to share my knowledge, exchange experience and made new connections with visitors/delegates.

Nafees Ahmad Area Process Engineer, TASNEE

MEPEC 17 was a remarkable success. It was impressive with its insightful key note speeches, interactive panel discussions and very informative technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of industry aspects. MEPEC has certainly become one of the most high profile conferences in the region.

Shaalan Al Zahrani General Manager Technical, S-Chem

We made some business partnership agreements with the show for the ME Market. Started already new connections for trading and consultancy services. We have learned a lot from the show exhibitors, hope that we give information from us for the visited company managers and staff in all stages. Even with fresh graduated University students shared our knowledges and we appreciate to everyone who visited us. Especially we are thankful for the Turkish Consulate of Turkey for visiting us and some turkish University teachers who are working in Bahrain University.

Soner Tetik Geophysical Engineer, Risk Deger

Speakers and iPoster Presenters

Technical Speakers Aban Sakheta PHD Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speakers Dr. Abdou El Ilah Hachimi Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Abdullah Al Dhafer OE Coordinator,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speakers Abhijit Igave Senior Business Consultant,
AspenTech
Technical Speakers Ahmed Aseeri Founder & CEO,
GAPTECH
Technical Speakers Anup Elias Senior Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speakers Arpit Mathur Process Engineer,
SABIC - PETROKEMYA
Technical Speakers Barry Perlmutter President & Managing Director,
BHS Sonthofen Inc
Technical Speakers Bart de Groot Principal Applications Engineer,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
Technical Speakers Batchala Rao Lead Scientist - Cracker Technology,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Chris Smith Technical Advisor,
ACWA Air Products
Technical Speakers Dr. Chun Han Gasification & IGCC Specialist ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speakers Delphine Largeteau Sales Development Manager,
Axens
Technical Speakers Devendra Patil Process Engineer,
SABIC - PETROKEMYA
Technical Speakers Dhanasekar Periyasamy Principal Consultant / Engineer,
AspenTech
Technical Speakers Dr. Emad Al Shafei Senior Lab Scientist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speakers Gurminder Singh Director, Technology Licensing - MENA,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speakers Hafiz Mudaser Masters Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speakers Harpreet Singh Principal Business Consultant,
AspenTech
Technical Speakers Dr. Jens Hansen Senior Principal Research Scientist ,
Haldor Topsoe A/S - Main
Technical Speakers Dr. Khalid Almajnouni Staff Scientist, Olefins & Aromatics ,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Khalid Al Hazmi Engineer,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Dr. Martin Turk Director, Downstream O&G Global Solutions Architect ,
Schneider Electric
Technical Speakers Matthew Clingerman Regional Engineering Manager,
DuPont Products S.A.
Technical Speakers Michael Murphy Rotating Equipment Director,
REXA Inc
Technical Speakers Misfer Ali Al-Ghamdi Operational Consultant MCE MCC Process Domain,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Dr. Mohammed Al Hazmi Director,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Muhammad Khalid Habibullah Senior Process Engineer,
Sipchem
Technical Speakers Dr. Mustafa Al Naser Senior Research & Development Engineer,
Yokogawa MEA
Technical Speakers Nafees Ahmad Area Process Engineer,
TASNEE
Technical Speakers Nayef Almogren Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speakers Petar Pribic Senior Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speakers Prashant Kumar Senior Consultant,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
Technical Speakers Dr. Pratap Nair President & CEO,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speakers Rawaf Alrawaf Technology Engineer,
Saudi Chevron Phillips CO - SCP
Technical Speakers Robert Broad Business Development Manager,
GESMEX GmbH
Technical Speakers Sachin Joshi Licensing Manager,
GTC Technology US, LLC
Technical Speakers Sagir Adamu PHD Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speakers Saher Jasvi Technical Sales Consultant,
Schneider Electric
Technical Speakers Sameer Thorat Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speakers Dr. Sami El Ferik Associate Professor,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speakers Sethuraman Balasubramaniyan Lead Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Simon Cackett Licensing Technology Manager,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speakers Subbarao Kommuri Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Soren Mikkelsen Sales Liaison Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S - Main
Technical Speakers Srikant Badgandi Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Trevor Smith Product Line Manager,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Speakers Umesh Hasyagar Lead Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speakers Vasanta Humane Senior Process Engineer Treating & Sulphur Recover,
BAPCO
Technical Speakers Vinod Ramaseshan Engineer Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speakers Yahya Ali Hamdi Maintenance Strategy Engineer,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Technical Speakers Zhonglin Zhangabu Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Abdulmajeed Al Hamdan Research Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Abdullah Nooh SABIC
iPoster Presenters Ahmed Khaja Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Ali Al Hunaidy Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Dr. Amani Bu Qammaz Professor,
KU - Kuwait University
iPoster Presenters Ameen Al-Ghamdi Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Anas Safar Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Anil Kewalramani Engineer,
TASNEE
iPoster Presenters Ayman Mehdawe Senior Account Manager,
Honeywell UOP
iPoster Presenters Bader Al Masradi Superintendent, Monomer & Chemical,
TASNEE
iPoster Presenters Bart de Groot Principal Applications Engineer,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
iPoster Presenters Delphine Largeteau Sales Development Manager,
Axens
iPoster Presenters Dr. Eid Al Mutairi Associate Professor Chemical Engineer Department,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
iPoster Presenters Gopal Juttu Research Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Hamed Yahya Process Engineer,
S-Chem
iPoster Presenters Ibrahim Al Hulail Senior Scientist,
Jubail Industrial College and University
iPoster Presenters Ismail Kinani SABIC - GAS
iPoster Presenters Jagan Rallapalli Senior Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Jim Brigman Managing Director,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenters Khalid Al Hazmi Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Khalid Al Qahtani Operations Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Khalid Zahrani Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Mahmoud Alkahlout Crude Complex Operation Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Michael Deighton WQI IOT Project Director,
SNC Lavalin
iPoster Presenters Muhammad Ilyas Engineer,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
iPoster Presenters Muzzamil Shakeel Scientist,
Halliburton
iPoster Presenters Nawaf Al Hedaithi Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
iPoster Presenters Nayef N Al Hussaini Sr. Scientist, Glycols Tech & IG,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Nihar Gulwadi Project Development Manager,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenters Nishad Abdul Senior Process Engineer,
SAMREF
iPoster Presenters Pranav Thakkar Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenters Dr. Qi Xu Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Ravi Alla Technical Development Manager,
DuPont Products S.A.
iPoster Presenters Rengamannar Parthasarathi Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenters Saifuddin Sheikh Director Business Consulting Operations,
AspenTech
iPoster Presenters Sari Alsayegh Research Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Shahid Bashir Research Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenters Swapnil Pathak Senior Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenters Tawfiq Alzainy Chemical Engineer,
University of Bahrain
iPoster Presenters Yasser Al-Goufily SABIC

Industry Initiatives

Post Event Report

2268 Unique Participants

128 Expert Speakers

436 Students & Young Professionals

449 Represented Companies

21 Represented Countries

8000 Sq.m of Exhibition Space

Co-Located Events

Organized by AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, CCPS-MEPSC is the Middle East conference for stakeholders in the process industries who recognize the business value of process safety and have committed to process safety as a strategic priority and core value in all of their operations. Focusing on operational excellence through effectively managing risk and reliability, this event aims to define, through collective industry experience, the engineering practices and leadership traits that drive industry to a zero harm culture.

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The first Middle East Specialty Chemicals event took place at the Bahrain International Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center. The regional forum was attended by Petrochemical Suppliers, Converters, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and potential investors who showcased, networked, and shared knowledge and experiences across the whole value chain.

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About the Awards

The awards program is dedicated to recognizing professional excellence in women from the Oil & Gas Industry.

About the Symposium

Symposium framework was designed to give participants a chance to experience different styles of learning and choose from different topics. 

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Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee Chairman His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil,
Kingdom of Bahrain
Advisory Committee Co-Chair June Wispelwey Executive Director,
AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Advisory Committee Members Abdulrahman A Al Saif President Projects & Services,
Sipchem
Advisory Committee Members Ahmed A. Al-Ghamdi Manager, Process and Control Systems Department,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Members Amin Sultan Chief Operations Officer,
Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) BSC
Advisory Committee Members Awadh Al Maker Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation,
SABIC
Advisory Committee Members Besim Şişman President & CEO,
Turkish Petroleum TP
Advisory Committee Members Craig Smith CEO,
Dhahran Techno-Valley Company (DTVC)
Advisory Committee Members Dr. Dafer Al-Jalahma Acting Chief Executive,
nogaholding
Advisory Committee Members Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Advisory Committee Members Gasem Saleh Al Shaikh CEO,
PCMC
Advisory Committee Members Hideki Matsubayashi President & CEO,
Yokogawa MEA
Advisory Committee Members Hussain A. Al Qahtani President,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Advisory Committee Members Jean Sentenac Chairman & CEO,
Axens
Advisory Committee Members Dr. József Tóth President,
WPC - World Petroleum Council
Advisory Committee Members Luc Chantepy Regional Sales Vice President (MENA),
AspenTech
Advisory Committee Members Mishaal Ashemimry MISHAAL AEROSPACE
Advisory Committee Members Mohammad Al Naghash President & CEO,
YASREF - Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refinery Co.
Advisory Committee Members Dr. Peter Bartlett Chief Executive Officer,
BAPCO
Advisory Committee Members Rebecca Liebert President & CEO,
Honeywell UOP
Advisory Committee Members Reem Al Ghanim HR Leader,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Members Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Members Said M Bajodah Executive President,
SCP & JCP S Chem
Advisory Committee Members Shakeel Kadri Executive Director,
CCPS
Advisory Committee Members Salahadinn Dardeer President & CEO,
Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company- LUBEREF
Advisory Committee Members Suleyman M Ozmen Vice President - Downstream Licensing (Retired),
Shell Global Solutions International
Advisory Committee Members Dr. Tobias Scheele Senior Vice President - Software,
Schneider Electric
Advisory Committee Members Ziad Al-Labban Former, CEO,
Sadara Chemical Company

Technical Committee Members

Technical Committee Chairman Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Technical Committee Co-Chair Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Members Dr. Abdullah Alqahtani Senior Manager Cracker Technology KSA,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Abdullah Al-Shuraim Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Members Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi Sustainability Manager,
Sipchem
Technical Committee Members Dr. Ahmad Hamad Senior Sales Operations Manager, MENAT,
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Technical Committee Members Dr. Anissa Sedjerari Research Center Liaison Officer, Innovation & Economic Development Department,
KAUST Catalysis Center
Technical Committee Members Dr. Ayuba Adesina Lead Engineer,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Basel Khatib Lead RS Specialist,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Committee Members Dr. El-Mekki El-Malki Licensing Advisor, MEA Lead of Refining and Chemicals Licensing,
Exxonmobil Research & Engineering Co
Technical Committee Members Dr. Ghada Salama Instructional Associate Professor,
Texas A & M University
Technical Committee Members Dr. Hatem Belfadhel Director, Global Technology Programming,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Dr. Hicham El Hajj Tech Prof Leader – Technology,
Halliburton
Technical Committee Members Dr. Hiren Shethna Engineering Consultant,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Members Dr. Jesper Nerlov Group Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S - Main
Technical Committee Members Jim Brigman Managing Director,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Committee Members Joseph Ibrahim Managing Director, Middle East,
Axens
Technical Committee Members Dr. Khawla A Al Shayji Asst. Professor Chemical Engineering Department,
KU - Kuwait University
Technical Committee Members Luc Geerts Sr Consulting Solutions Director,
Schneider Electric
Technical Committee Members Dr. Majeda Khraisheh Professor & Head of Department, Chemical Engineering,
QU - Qatar University
Technical Committee Members Misfer Ali Al-Ghamdi Operational Consultant MCE MCC Process Domain,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Mohammed Al Habib Sub Region Director (Saudi and Bahrain),
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Technical Committee Members Dr. Mohammed S. Ba-Shammakh Chairman, Chemical Engineer Department,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Committee Members Mohammed Benchekchou Director Strategic Accounts - Middle East & India,
Shell - Criterion Catalyst Co Ltd
Technical Committee Members Mohannad Al-Haidri Manager of Polymer Processing,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Dr. Nasiru Tukur Engineering Consultant,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Members Dr. Nasser Al-Harbi Technology Affairs Senior Manager,
SABIC
Technical Committee Members Saad Alghamdi Process Engineering Sr. Manager,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Committee Members Shaalan Al Zahrani General Manager Technical,
S-Chem
Technical Committee Members Saifuddin Sheikh Director Business Consulting Operations,
AspenTech
Technical Committee Members Sandeep Goel Director Business Development ME,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Committee Members Taib Abang Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Members Thomas DiGiacomo Refining & EHS Consultant,
Saudi Aramco

The Innovation & Commercialization Zone (ICZ) 

Startups, new ventures and scale-ups had the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their creative solutions, working prototypes and Minimal Viable Product (MVP) at the Middle East’s largest audience of Process Engineers.

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LEWA - Leadership Excellence for Women Awards

This edition, LEWA celebrated women who demonstrated innovation, leadership and talent, in both academic and business sectors of the industry. The awards were judged by industry experts chosen from amongst partners and committee members of MEPEC.

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AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition®

The second AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition® took place and saw teams of  undergraduate students develop and construct a car powered by a chemical or biochemical energy source, safely transport a specified weight over a given distance and then stop. The winner of this exciting competition for 2017 was KFUPM.

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ChemME - “Engaging, Innovating and Motivating the Youth”...

The initiative featured a comprehensive program of activities, attracting a large number of students and early career professionals from the MENA region. Students and young professionals were able to meet with industry leaders and share ideas amongst their peers. The program was developed and implemented by our expert Youth Committee.

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