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CONFIRMED FOR PETRO ENVIRONMENT 2022...

Alaa A. Elyas,
Alaa A. Elyas,

Division Head, Saudi Aramco

Alaa A. Elyas, Graduated on 1991 from King Abdulaziz University with Bs in Marine Chemistry Science. Worked for 5 years with Jeddah Islamic Port Authority as Safety inspector & Director of Vessels Clearance Office. 1996 joined Saudi Aramco Marine Department and spent 13 with Oil Spill Response team, on 2009 Joint Environmental Protection Department taken supervision role of Air Quality Unit, Marine Protection Unit, and Env. Tech. Support group. Currently he is the General Supervisor of the Land and Marine Protection Division.

TECHNICAL SESSION – MARINE & COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Ayman Ghoulam
Ayman Ghoulam

CEO, National Center for Meteorology

STRATEGIC PANEL – CLIMATE CHANGE

Motaz Mashouk
Motaz Mashouk

Vice President, Engineering Services, Saudi Aramco

Motaz A. Al-Mashouk is Saudi Aramco’s vice president of Engineering Services. Prior to this position, he was the general manager, Maritime, Building and Infrastructure Project Management. Throughout his 20-year career with Project Management in Saudi Aramco, as manager and general manager, Mr. Al-Mashouk was responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of industrial projects and iconic building and infrastructure projects. Many were public-facing projects, serving the broader interests of the Kingdom, and several projects were accorded Royal inauguration. These projects included King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (iThra), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), and King Abdullah Sports City (KASC)

Motaz A. Al-Mashouk’s tenure with Saudi Aramco’s Project Management included positions as general manager of Community Infrastructure and Public Projects; general manager of Public Service Project Management; and general manager of Southern Area Project Management. He also served as the manager of Southern Area Projects Department; manager of the Project Support and Controls Department; and manager of the Project Management Office.

Prior to Project Management, he served in Saudi Aramco’s Engineering Services organization, in various professional and managerial positions.

Motaz holds a B.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree, both in Civil Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K. He also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

OPENING CEREMONY

Prof Dr Ömer AĞA
Prof Dr Ömer AĞA

Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, College of engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Ömer AĞA is a full Prof at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. Currently, his administrative job as the Vice Dean for Studies, Development, and Community Service.

Prof AĞA's research work is focused on Indoor and outdoor air quality, Air pollution control, Waste management, Advanced emerging pollutants treatment, and Nanomaterials for the circular economy.

He has been involved in more than 30 environmental consultancies and conducted over 40 international and nationally-funded research projects.

Prof AĞA has four patents and published over 75 refereed articles in highly impacted SCI-indexed journals. Awarded the distinguished research award from the college of engineering 2020.

Prof AĞA recently received HCH Prince Saud Bin Naif "Sanabil" award for his patent "EcoTree".

STRATEGIC PANEL – WASTE MANAGEMENT & VALUE PRESERVATION

Abdul Wahab  
Al Ahmari
Abdul Wahab
Al Ahmari

Chairman SSES, Veolia

Mr. Abdul Wahab Al Ahmari acquired B.Sc in Geophysics from King
Saud University, Riyadh in 1995. Shortly after graduated, he
immediately joined ARGAS Company of Saudi Arabia as Processing
Geophysicist. In 1998, possessing as vast experience in the field of
geosciences together and environment, he founded Saudi
Geophysical Consulting Company, a realization of his dream and
effort to open his own Geosciences and Environment Consulting
Company since his college years. Along with his peer of network and set of skills, Mr. Abdulwahab founded five prestigious companies involved in Geosciences and Environment Development Solutions.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Ali Saeed Al Ghamdi
Ali Saeed Al Ghamdi

CEO, National Center for Environmental Compliance

A Saudi Expert and a leader specializing in environment, sustainability, industrial safety and professional health, with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector.

His expertise covers environmental risk assessment, environmental compliance, environmental regulations, occupational health and safety, responsible care, policy and regulation, and environmental performance.

He worked as a consultant and General Manager for the Department of Legislation and Environmental Performance, and his most important contributions during that period were as a Member of the Saudi National Environmental Strategy Development Team -
Leading the technical team for the preparation and development of the Saudi environmental system project and the meteorological system project, which was drafted by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and participated in the discussions of studying those systems in the Council of Experts within the Saudi Council of Ministers.

For 18 years, he worked for the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in several positions related to environment, safety and occupational health sector, and contributed to the development and auditing of compliance with the environmental, health and safety management systems in SABIC and its subsidiaries, in line with international best practices to achieve regulatory requirements Monitoring and measuring the relevant key environmental performance indicators.

STRATEGIC PANEL - CLIMATE CHANGE

Reem Al Halawani
Reem Al Halawani

Environmental Scientist, NCEC

Reem Al Halawani holds a Masters degree in Environmental sciences from University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors in Medical Technology. She has more than 7 years of experience working in the Environmental field professionally and voluntarily. From 2011 to 2013 Reem worked as a teaching assistant for several environmental subjects at the university of Colorado Denver and as a research assistant on topics with the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. From 2013 to 2017 Reem worked voluntarily in Waste management projects with local companies in Denver, US Composting Council.

Since 2017 Reem returned to Saudi Arabia and joined the Saudi Consultant office as an Environmental Engineer working on ESIA studies and reports. During that she worked as scientific committee leader for the first Industrial Environmental Forum (Beiey) sponsored by GAMEP, MEWA.

Currently Reem is working at the National Center for Environmental Compliance as an assistant to the CEO and the Secretariat for the NCEC Board of Directors under the Chairman the minister of Environment Eng.Abdulrahman Al Fadhli. She is also working with MEWA as a consultant with the Strategy Management with Booz Allen and Hamilton Office on the National Environmental Strategy and the Establishment of the 5 national centers and the Environmental Fund.

Reem was part of the G20 Environment Group specifically the MPL topic. Reem has attended different circular economy workshops and waste management with UNEP, Japan and European Union.

STRATEGIC PANEL - NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE : THE JOURNEY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

Abdulaziz Al-Ansari
Abdulaziz Al-Ansari

Environmental Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in Env. Engineer and engineering management as part of the Saudi Aramco Sponsorship in 2017. Over 3 years of work experience in the field of process engineering, climate change, air quality control & environmental sustainability.

TECHNICAL SESSION - ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES & CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS IN THE OIL & GAS SECTOR

Salman Al-Dossari
Salman Al-Dossari

Environmental Coordinator, Saudi Aramco

Salman F. Al-Dossari is an environmental consultant working in the Environmental Protection Department, Saudi Aramco. I am certified “Qualified Environmental Professional”. I have 26 years of experience with Saudi Aramco. I have a wide range of experience in the Oil and gas industry which covers activities related to site assessment and rehabilitation, waste management, sustainability and Circular Economy.

TECHNICAL SESSION -ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES & CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS IN THE OIL & GAS SECTOR

Mohammad Al-Elyani
Mohammad Al-Elyani

General Manager, Bee’ah

Mohammad A. Al-Elyani holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Chemical Engineering from KFUPM. He has over 25 years’ experience in chemical and petrochemical industries in the fields of manufacturing, environmental engineering, project management and occupational health and safety.

A highly motivated achiever, who quickly and easily adapts to changing situations, with proven experience in EHSS Management System (SHEMS) Development and Implementation, Industrial Waste Management, Air Emission and Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation.

He is the General Manager of National Environmental Preservation Company (BeeA’h), responsible for planning, management, and control of all operational, technical, marketing, and financial functions of the Company, in addition to ensuring compliance to corporate governance and general management best practices. He also oversees compliance with regulatory requirements, permit conditions, operating procedures, site health and safety policies and procedures.

Before joining BeeA’h, he worked for several affiliates of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) for nearly 20 years in several posts in Operations, Projects and EHSS.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Walid Al-Naeem
Walid Al-Naeem

Process & Control Systems Manager, Aramco

Walid Al-Naeem has been with ARAMCO since September 1990 and joined Process & Control Systems Department (P&CSD) as Manager in 2020. P&CSD provides Saudi Aramco operating facilities and project teams with reliable, accurate and value-added services that meet the Company’s objectives in a timely and cost effective manner.

Walid has played an integral part in the department’s vision to be recognized as a center of excellence in providing services in the field of process engineering, automation, energy efficiency, and digitalization by 2030.

Walid holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA and a Master degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.

STRATEGIC PANEL - CLIMATE CHANGE

Ziyad Al-Shiha
Ziyad Al-Shiha

CEO, SIRC Group

Engineer Ziyad Al-Shiha was appointed as the CEO of the Saudi Investment Recycling Co. (SIRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in February 2021.

Al-Shiha is also a board member and Head of the Investment, Corporate Governance and Merger Committees for the National Petrochemical Company (Petchem), a Saudi joint-stock company. He also acted as the Deputy Chair for the 2020 B20 Trade & Investment Taskforce during the KSA leadership for the event.

He was the president and CEO of the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) from 2014 to 2018 and prior to that he was an SEC board member from 2012 to 2013. He held several positions at Saudi Aramco both inside the Kingdom and overseas. He was the VP for Strategic Planning and a Board Member of Petron, one of Saudi Aramco’s international joint ventures in the Philippines. He also headed the Public Relations Department and became the first spokesperson for Saudi Aramco and the director for facilities planning department before he was appointed as the Executive Director of Power Systems.

STRATEGIC PANEL – WASTE MANAGEMENT & VALUE PRESERVATION

Qasem AlSharari
Qasem AlSharari

Energy Expert, National Center for Environmental Compliance

Dr. Alsharari is a multidisciplinary professional who finished his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Western University in Canada. His Ph.D. research was focused on the development of Nanomaterials for Solar energy and Hydrogen production. Qasem has a Master of Environmental Sciences and BSc in Industrial Chemistry from KFUPM.

Dr. Alsharari has more than 20 years of experience, with a track record of achievements. His work experience included working for Saudi Aramco, during which he developed his Oil and Gas skills, quality management, and participated in refining upgrades projects.

In addition, He worked as a Supervisor at the Experimental Climate Change Research Center in Canada where he oversaw research projects on ultra-trace heavy metals in Artic and sub-Artic environments projects. Before his current position as Energy Expert with the National Center for Environmental Compliance, he was a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Sp3 Research Inc, where he provided strategic guidance on all technology and engineering-related decisions, including technology roadmap, to maximize the company's future growth and profitability by developing materials for alternative energy in hydrogen fuel, and lithium batteries using chemically modified graphene, and supercritical fluids.

STRATEGIC PANEL - NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE : THE JOURNEY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

Najla AlSudairy
Najla AlSudairy

Policy & Awareness Lead, Oil Sustainability Programme

Najla AlSudairy is the Policy and Awareness lead at the Oil Sustainability Program, where she works on raising awareness on the different uses of Hydrocarbon materials from both an economic and an environmental point of view, while ensuring that the shift in energy mix occurs in a manner that is efficient and sustainable for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Najla was also part of the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) Program at the Saudi Ministry of Energy, working on their Engagement strategy and efforts by addressing the foundations and principles for the establishment and localization of advanced technologies in the field of carbon dioxide emission management through the application of the CCE framework.

Prior to that, Najla was a member of the G20 Saudi Secretariat that delivered the 2020 G20 Saudi Presidency in Riyadh. Throughout the presidency year, Najla was Senior Event Manager supporting Engagement Group efforts.

Before joining the G20 Secretariat, Najla was working as a Program Officer at the Middle East Institute (MEI), one of the oldest think tanks exclusively focused on Middle East and North Africa policies and culture, in Washington, DC. At MEI, Najla was responsible for all government communication between MEI, U.S. government entities, and embassies in DC.

Najla is a graduate of Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts with a dual degree in Economics and Middle East Politics.

STRATEGIC PANEL – CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr Khaled Alabdulkader
Dr Khaled Alabdulkader

CEO, National Center for Vegetation Cover

Dr. Alabdulkader served as senior environmental advisor at Saudi Aramco from 1998 to 2019. He also worked as a university professor in the Department of Geosciences at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and a researcher in the Department of Water and Environmental Resources at the Research Institute of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals from 1985 to 1998.

He held a number of positions during his career, namely head of Saudi Aramco’s environmental conservation program in collaboration with King Fahd University and King Abdullah University. He also served as CEO of the giant Manifa oil field project. Moreover, he developed the Mangrove Eco Park and the Shaybah Reserve in the Empty Quarter. He chaired the Board of Directors and then was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Technology and Environmental Management. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Wildlife Authority and vice chairman of Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Standards Committee and supervised a large number of environmental impact assessment projects in Saudi Aramco.

Dr. Alabdulkader graduated with a Master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University, in the United States of America. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Agriculture of King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.

STRATEGIC PANEL – BIODIVERSITY & AFFORESTATION

Ahmed Ali Alghamdi
Ahmed Ali Alghamdi

Consultant, National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification

Professor of Botany at the Department of Biology / College of Science / University of Hail. Currently is working as a consultant at the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification. Worked as a consultant at the Deputy of Environment - Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture Worked as a supervisor of the Chair of Sheikh Ali Al-Jumai'ah for sustainable development in agricultural societies / University of Hail

Holds a Ph.D., Department of Biology - University of East Anglia - United Kingdom. Holds a Master's degree, Department of Biology - King Abdulaziz University – Jeddah. Holds a Bachelor's degree, Department of Biology - King Abdulaziz University – Jeddah. Has many research articles that have been published in Highley cited scientific journals and supervised several funded research projects. Has written many books and articles which have been published in Saudi newspapers and magazines.

STRATEGIC PANEL – BIODIVERSITY & AFFORESTATION

Dr Abdulaziz Aljodai
Dr Abdulaziz Aljodai

Corporate Programs Director, Technology and Innovation, SABIC

Dr. Abdulaziz ALJODAI is the Corporate Programs Director, Technology and Innovation, at SABIC. He held various technical and leadership positions in project management and R&D fields, including the role of Research Fellow, the second-highest technical position in the company. He is a key expert member of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, funded by the European Commission.

He is a named inventor of numerous patents at SABIC, mainly in plant-wide chemical process development, renewable energy and environmental fields. Dr. Aljodai is the technical leader of the carbon capturing and utilization project at SABIC affiliates. He also served as SABIC's counterpart leader for the blue ammonia supply chain demonstration that resulted in the shipping of 40 tons of high-grade blue ammonia from KSA to Japan in 2020. Besides these responsibilities, SABIC selected Dr. Aljodai to lead the Technology Early-career Development (TED) program that aims to accelerate talent development for early-career scientists and engineers.
Dr. Aljodai has received many prestigious awards recognizing his contributions in the fields of energy, carbon management and circular economy. Among these are the Golden Excellence and Innovation Recognition, IEEJ Recognition in Japan, OPEC Energy Recognition in Austria, and Green Technology Prize in Switzerland.

Dr Aljodai has represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in COP21 Paris, G20 Japan, Climate Week NYC and other high-level events where he presented and chaired several technical sessions. He is a US UOP engineering fellow, with a PhD in chemical engineering and a master's degree in industrial management from WV USA and London Business School, Leading Change, UK.

STRATEGIC PANEL – CLIMATE CHANGE

Meshari Alquwayzani
Meshari Alquwayzani

General Director, National Center for Waste Management

Meshari Alquwayzani is the General Director of sector development at the National Center for Waste Management, he’s responsible for strategic planning and performance measurement, business development, financial sustainability, and stakeholders management. Also, he’s oversee the development of the masterplan for waste management and national waste strategy.

Before joining the center, Meshari has held many positions and responsibilities in different sectors, including Director General of Export Eco-system at the Saudi Export Development Authority, where he managed the trade facilitation activities and export intelligence, also working on improving trade-cross boarders to increase non-oil exports.

Also, he was a regulatory advisor at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, where he was oversee the technical regulations and standards on national and international level such as; WTO, WHO, FAO.

STRATEGIC PANEL – WASTE MANAGEMENT & VALUE PRESERVATION

Khaled Alrashed
Khaled Alrashed

COO, Saudi Investment Recycling Company

Eng. Khaled Alrashed has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals. He has more than 20 years of experience in Engineering Projects. He started his career as a system Engineer at ABB Contracting. Then, he worked as a Business Unit Manager at ABB Automation Company. He moved to Saudi Electricity Company in 2005 and became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Electricity Company for Project Development. He was recently appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Saudi Investment Recycling Company (PIF Subsidiary) wholly owned by Public Investment Fund.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Dr Abdullah bin Faisal AlSebaei
Dr Abdullah bin Faisal AlSebaei

CEO, National Center for Waste Management

PhD in Civil Engineering, Major Environmental Engineering, (Solid Waste Management) from the University of Leeds - United Kingdom.

Dr. Abdullah served in several positions, most notably a full-time Consultant at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Waste Management. Dr. Abdullah also started the CEO position of the National Center for Waste Management since Rabi’ ll, 1441 H till now. Dr. Abdullah has accomplished plenty of achievements and raised competencies in the center.

STRATEGIC PANEL – WASTE MANAGEMENT & VALUE PRESERVATION

Dr. Abdulrahman Alshehri
Dr. Abdulrahman Alshehri

Executive Director of Environmental Performance, National Center for Environmental Compliance

Dr. Abdulrahman Alshehri is the Executive Director of Environmental Performance in National Center for Environmental Compliance. He oversees the development, assessment, and reporting of environmental performance for the Kingdom's heavy development sectors such as Energy, petrochemical, mining, utilities amongst others. He also oversees oversee the adherence within the Kingdom to International Environmental Conventions under the United Nation Environmental Program.

Dr. Abdulrahman Alshehri earned his higher degrees, PhD, MS, BS in Environmental Engineering from several US universities.

He has operational and executive experience in water utilities, water quality researcher, and environmental consulting. He is a published author.

STRATEGIC PANEL - NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE : THE JOURNEY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

Abdullah H. Alsuhaibany
Abdullah H. Alsuhaibany

Secretary General, Environmental Security Coordinating Council, Ministry of Interior

He holds a master's degree in science (protection of marine environments) from the University of North Wales (Banqor) in 1996. He has worked for more than 30 years in many governmental, international and in the private sector in the field of wildlife conservation and biodiversity (including, Saudi Wildlife Arthurites, PERSGA, Saudi Aramco, MEWA, and National Center for Wildlife).

He has more than 30 published research and about 45 unpublished research in the field of environmental studies, especially in ornithology, natural reserves, biodiversity in the Kingdom and the marine environment. He is a member of the boards of directors of many associations and associations specialized in wildlife and the founder of the "Volunteer Wildlife Rescue Center".

STRATEGIC PANEL – BIODIVERSITY & AFFORESTATION

Dr Ismal Anil
Dr Ismal Anil

Associate Professor, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, College of engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Dr Anil is holding a PhD degree on Environmental Engineering Department from Gebze Technical University in Turkey and has currently been a faculty member at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University since 2015.

Dr Anil’s research work focuses on indoor and outdoor air quality, monitoring and measurement of atmospheric heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants, air pollution control, noise pollution control, and environmental modeling, and he conducted over 30 international and nationally funded research projects.

Dr Anil has three patents namely “Apparatus for wind energy production and air purification”, “Crosslinked polyvinyl matrix for water treatment”, and “Pozzolan polymer composite for soil amendment”, and published over 30 refereed articles in highly impacted SCI-indexed journals.

Dr Ismail Anil recently received HCH Prince Saud Bin Naif "Sanabil" award for his patent "EcoTree".

TECHNICAL SESSION - AIR, EMISSIONS & MANAGEMENT

Dr Khaled Asfahani
Dr Khaled Asfahani

CEO, General Organization for the Conservation of Coral reefs & Turtles in the Red Sea.

Dr. Asfahani is CEO, General Organization for the Conservation of Coral reefs & Turtles in the Red Sea. Previously he was Head of Marine Environment Protection within the Environmental Protection Department of Saudi Aramco. Previous joining Saudi Aramco, he worked as an executive intern with Miami-Dade County under Office of Sustainability (OOS) for one year. He has been exposed to marine environment for over 17 years. Khaled earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine physics from King AbdulAziz University (KAAU) and a master degree in coastal zone management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Recently, he obtained a PhD degree in biophysical Oceanography from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

STRATEGIC PANEL – BIODIVERSITY & AFFORESTATION

Imran Aslam
Imran Aslam

CIO, Al Qaryan Group

Imran Aslam is Chief Information Officer at Al Qaryan Group, the leading waste and recycling management company having footprint across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and globally. Imran joined Al Qaryan Group in February 2021 and is responsible for developing digital solutions to fulfill the waste and recycling demands of customers and industry. Imran is focused to innovate on how different stakeholders in waste and recycling value chain can be onboarded through digital ways for better collaboration, visibility, competitiveness, and regularizations.

Previously, Imran has delivered innovative solutions for different industry verticals i.e. FMCG, EC&O, Oil and Gas, Telecom, Healthcare in Government and multinational companies. Imran is well known in the community for his business innovations.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Harish Badrinarayanan
Harish Badrinarayanan

EPD, Saudi Aramco

Harish is a Senior Environment Scientist at Saudi Aramco where he focuses on implementing industry best practices to achieve emission reductions, energy efficiency technologies, sustainability practices for environmental protection and economic savings, air emissions inventory management including criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs). Harish also assures compliance with government environmental regulations by implementing standards, improving monitoring and supporting projects and facility operations with regards to air emissions compliance.

Prior to joining Aramco, Harish worked in the United States for over twenty (20) years in consulting, corporate and plant environments across multiple industries including Electric Utility, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Polymer Intermediates.

TECHNICAL SESSION - AIR, EMISSIONS & MANAGEMENT

Dr Saidur Chowdhury
Dr Saidur Chowdhury

Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Department at Prince
Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Dr. Saidur R. Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Department at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. He completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University (UW) in Canada. His doctoral dissertation investigated the performance of different iron oxide nanoparticles and recycled waste products (e.g. Ni smelter slag) for contaminated water and site treatment. Dr Chowdhury is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the province of Ontario in Canada. He has over two years of Postdoctoral experience at both Western and the Simpson Environmental Corporation in Burlington, Ontario as well as University of Saskatchewan and Syncrude Canada LTD. He also worked as an Environmental Research Manager at Toronto Inspection Ltd. in Canada.

Dr Chowdhury has involved in designing remediation methods for contaminated site in Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ontario, Canada. He is registered with the Ministry of Environment and climate change to act as a Qualified Person (QP) for Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and treatment under Ontario Regulation 153/04. His research interests are in the general areas of environmental and geo-environmental engineering; application of nanomaterials for environmental treatment; recycling waste product for water treatment; development of reactive media for water or wastewater treatment and resource recovery.

YOUTH SESSION - CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROJECTS & OPPORTUNITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

Dr Bashir Dabbousi
Dr Bashir Dabbousi

Director of Technology Strategy & Planning, Saudi Aramco

Bashir is Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco. He was Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research & Development Center. Bashir has received 22 US patents and co-authored many publications in refereed journals including one that has been cited 4500 times. He was a member of the Global Future Councils on Advanced Materials and Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum. Bashir is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award (King Prize) honoring inventors and the gifted; a member of the Steering Committee for the Kingdom’s Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) National Program; and a Board member of Research Products Development Company. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He received a B.S. in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Oxford University Said Business School.

STRATEGIC PANEL – CLIMATE CHANGE

Pratyush Datta
Pratyush Datta

Regional Business Manager, The Sniffers

Pratyush holds the position of Regional Business Manager in the GCC region of The Sniffers. His primary focus is to assist companies in taking a holistic, practical and well-structured outlook towards climate change by ensuring that they achieve a lower carbon footprint from energy & emissions.

His efforts have resulted in helping companies define a viable energy/emission management program and achieve year-on-year reductions.

Some of his key accounts in the GCC region include ADNOC, Aramco, OQ, and Equate.

TECHNICAL SESSION - AIR, EMISSIONS & MANAGEMENT

Manel Gastón Elias
Manel Gastón Elias

Technical Marketing Expert, Solvair

Manel Gastón Elias (Barcelona, Spain) holds a degree in Chemical Engineering by the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS-URL). His professional career started at SOLVAY Chemicals in 2011 in Germany as a trainee in Energy Optimization of an allyl chloride an epichlorhydrin plant.

A 6-year experience in the production of Soda Ash and Sodium Bicarbonate followed, dedicated to process optimization, long-term energy projects and the design and start-up of a brand new plant of SOLVAir® sodium bicarbonate based sorbent.

In 2018 he took the role of Technical Marketing Expert in Flue Gas Treatment for desulphuration at Bruxelles (Belgium) at the headquarters of SOLVAY Chemicals. Since then, he has been active in developing and promoting the flue gas treatment with SOLVAir® Solution on different markets such as biomass combustion, sludge incineration, non-ferrous metallurgy, coal power plants and oil and gas refining.

TECHNICAL SESSION - AIR, EMISSIONS & MANAGEMENT

Marwan Frem
Marwan Frem

President, Napco National Packaging Division

Marwan Frem is the President of Napco National Packaging Division.
He is responsible for the Strategy setting, Operational performance and Business development
of Napco National’s paper, composites and plastic packaging division in the GCC, with a
diverse portfolio of commodity and specialty products serving several sectors such as Food
and Beverage, Building and Construction, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Personal and
Household, Pharmaceutical and Medical , Agriculture and Horticulture, Logistics,
Manufacturing and others.
Experienced executive with a demonstrated history in the packaging and container industry.
Skilled in Strategy Modelling, Organization Building and Development, Business Planning and
Operation management; Frem played a major role in the company’s transformation into a
customer centric and operation excellence focused organization, delivering innovative and
sustainable products and services.
Enabling as a result a higher level of performance across its value chain, boosting revenues
and delivering growth in the local as well as the international markets.
Since he joined the packaging division in 2006, Frem has held several leadership positions in
sales, marketing, supply chain and operations until promoted to his current role in June 2017.
Frem graduated from the American University of Beirut – Lebanon with a degree in Electrical
Engineering, a CMA certification from the Institute of Management Accountants – USA and an
Executive MBA from London Business School.

TECHNICAL PANEL - PLASTICS & PLASTICS RECYCLING

Pascal Grante
Pascal Grante

CEO, Near & Middle East, Veolia

Following the merger of SUEZ with Veolia in March 2022, Pascal Grante has been appointed CEO of Veolia Near and Middle East, supervising all activities across the GCC, Levant and Turkey for the global champion of ecological transformation. He brings to the role 38 years of experience among leading organizations in the fields of water and waste management, utilities and O&M in the Middle East, South East Asia and France.

Prior to his current role, Pascal occupied the position of CEO of SUEZ Arabia, the Saudi entity of SUEZ. Additionally, he acted as Head of Business Development Middle East & Central Asia and an Executive Committee Member of SUEZ in the region.

Pascal is currently a Board Member of SUEZ SAUDI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (ex-EDCO), the hazardous waste management company in Saudi Arabia, and SUEZ Middle East Recycling, the waste management company in the United Arab Emirates.

Pascal’s portfolio of achievements in his career includes leading the construction of the first sanitary landfill project in Malaysia in 1996 (10,000,000 m3), as well as the construction of the first O&M joint venture to manage water services in Jubail and Yanbu in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

STRATEGIC PANEL – ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, WASTE MANAGEMENT & VALUE PRESERVATION

Tarek Hamade
Tarek Hamade

Director of Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Wood

Dr Tarek Hamade is the Director of Environment and Infrastructure Solutions division at Wood in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and supports operations in the wider Middle East. His work experience covers North America and the Middle East, and spreads over projects in environment and infrastructure (including environmental and water resources), oil and gas, mining, and clean energy as well as their project management.

He is also the Project Director for a series of high-value projects in KSA; managing mega baseline studies covering off-shore and on-shore elements; delivering specialized studies covering: ESIA studies, atmospheric air quality modelling, municipal and industrial waste reuse strategies, TSE reuse studies and upgrading treatment plants, flood management studies including impact of climate change, GHG inventorying, and odor assessments. He has also worked extensively on construction and engineering management of multi billion dollars complex projects.

Moreover, his works covered developing and implementing complex remediation designs and cleanup operations on heavily contaminated sites. He implements an integrated management approach to project execution during all design and construction phases.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Manuel Hidalgo
Manuel Hidalgo

Team Leader, Parsons

Mr. Hidalgo is a chartered MSc in Chemistry and MSc in Environmental Management and Control with over 30 years of vast international experience in the environmental and energy sectors, particularly in water treatment, waste management and energy generation.

He has 15 years of experience in consultancy, due diligence, engineering, and O&M of industrial (hazardous and non-hazardous) and municipal wastes management including collection, transport, treatment, disposal, and recovery/reuse/recycling. This includes technical expertise and operations experience in waste management facilities.

Mr. Hidalgo has also experience in developing strategies for minimizing and recycling wastes, storing hazardous materials, evaluate waste recycling, treatment, and disposal projects and technologies as well as new permanent waste management facilities in compliance with international best practices, environmental standards and regulations.

His experience also encompasses the implementation of environmental regulations and standards related to waste management, ensuring its control, monitoring, and continuous enforcement, as well as develop and maintain policies, procedures and programs in compliance with company’s environmental and sustainability policies.

Holding nine years of experience in KSA and twenty years in the MENA region, he has a thorough and holistic knowledge of the KSA waste management sector, having worked with government organizations, private companies, and regulatory authorities. He is currently involved in the environmental compliance of industrial facilities according to the regulations and standards related to waste management, ensuring its control, monitoring, and continuous enforcement.

Mr. Hidalgo is currently employed by Parsons, serving as Waste Management Team Leader in the Environmental Protection and Control Department of the Royal Commission of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Formerly, he served as Technical & Business Advisor at the National Environmental Preservation Company (BeeA'h) in Jubail Industrial City. Previously, he was the Engineering Department Manager at Veolia Middle East. Finally, he served as a Manager and Senior Specialist for Business Development at MARAFIQ.
He possesses ample experience in managing diversified international teams, as well as coaching, mentoring, and training people to instill and transfer know-how, leadership, management, commercial and technical attitudes and skills.

Mr. Hidalgo is a regular speaker at water, waste, environment, and energy-related conferences, workshops, seminars, and forums for different public & private organizations.

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Nabil Hijazi
Nabil Hijazi

Director, ETMA

Mr. Hijazi is a Principal Consultant with focus on Circular Economy. He has more than 30 years of experience, significantly with Saudi Aramco, in consulting, project management and business development in the environmental and energy sectors. Nabil has worked with the Alturki environmental consulting firm, AES International Consultants in the capacity of Business Development Director. He has a Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and has attended Executive MBA Programs at McGill University.

YOUTH SESSION - CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROJECTS & OPPORTUNITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

Pr Ibrahim Hoteit
Pr Ibrahim Hoteit

Director Saudi Aramco Marine Environment Research Center, KAUST

Ibrahim Hoteit is a professor in the Earth Sciences and Engineering program and affiliated with the Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences program at KAUST. He is currently leading the Virtual Red Sea Initiative, a joint initiative with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, MIT and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and serving as the director of the Saudi Aramco Marine Environment Research Center at KAUST.

Dr. Hoteit's research interests focus on the modeling of oceanic and atmospheric systems on supercomputers and the analysis of their circulation and variability, with specific interest in data assimilation and uncertainty quantification for large-scale systems. Dr. Hoteit co-authored more than 300 papers and was awarded the prestigious Kuwait Prize in Basic sciences. He is currently serving as associate editor of Plos One, Computational Geosciences, Mathematics of Climate and Weather Forecasting, and Atmospheric Science Letters. He is a member of the American and European Geophysical Unions, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and an elected member of the UNESCO Center of Pure and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Hoteit earned his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in applied mathematics from the University of Joseph Fourier, France.

TECHNICAL SESSION – MARINE & COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Dr Forbes McDougall
Dr Forbes McDougall

Senior Environmental Consultant, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Forbes McDougall is a sustainability professional with 20+ years’ experience in environmental engineering, circular economy, municipal waste management and life cycle thinking. He recently joined Saudi Aramco as their Global Leader for plastic recycling and waste management and has both strategic and technical responsibility for all Aramco waste generated globally.

He is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University in the UK.

He was the Head of Circular Economy at Veolia UK from 2014 until 2019. This central coordinating role was created in 2014 and brought together Veolia’s capability in Strategy, Innovation, Technology, Materials, Water and Energy and worked closely with key business development functions to identify and develop new Circular Economy opportunities for all commercial, industrial and municipal customers.

Prior to joining Veolia, Forbes was the Global Waste Strategy owner for Procter & Gamble, responsible for the management of the waste from 150 sites in over 40 countries. Between 2007 and 2014 he was responsible for increasing diversion from landfill from 56% to 92% globally, delivering more than 70 zero waste to landfill sites and around $20 million in savings and revenue per year from reuse and recycling programs. Before this, he developed a Life Cycle Inventory computer model for Integrated Waste Management systems and has compiled case studies on the potential environmental and economic advantages of using life cycle tools to optimise these integrated waste management systems. He also wrote the 2nd Edition of the book “Integrated Waste Management: A Life Cycle Inventory” (Pub. 2001). This 2nd edition provided a user-friendly computer model (IWM-2) for waste managers. IWM-2 was designed to be an "entry level" LCI model for solid waste, appropriate to anyone starting to apply life cycle thinking to solid waste systems. The book was written for policy-makers in local, national and international government, and for waste managers and professionals in industries concerned with solid waste management. The book has been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

TECHNICAL PANEL - PLASTICS & PLASTICS RECYCLING

Georges Mendakis
Georges Mendakis

CEO, CLS Industrial Purification LLC

Born in 1961 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Georges graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc. in Biochemical Engineering.

Returning to Brazil, Georges joined Shell Chemical’s agrochemical business where he remained until his first exposure to alumina processing in 1986 when he took a project engineer position building an alumina plant for a Greek – Russian consortium.

For the next 28 years Georges worked in the catalyst/absorbents field.

From 1988 to 1995 Technical Sales Manager ICI Katalco (Billingham, UK – now called Johnson Matthey) for Europe, Africa and Middle East focusing on collecting plant data and monitoring/optimizing performance of catalyst trains in ethylene, hydrogen and ammonia plants.

From 1995 to 2004 Business Development Manager Eurecat US Inc.. Focusing on hydrotreating, hydroprocessing and isomerization/reforming in oil refineries.

In early 2004 Georges left Eurecat and formed his own absorbents company – CLS Industrial Purification LLC.

TECHNICAL SESSION - ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES & CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS IN THE OIL & GAS SECTOR

Dr Mazen Khaled Nazal
Dr Mazen Khaled Nazal

Associate Professor, CEMS

Dr. Mazen Nazal is an Associate Professor (Research Scientist II) in the Center for Environment & Marine Studies (CEMS), Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Nazal got his Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry in 2016 from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He received his MSc. and BSc. degrees in Chemistry from The University of Jordan, Jordan in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Nazal has more than 10 years’ experience in analytical related research and teaching at research laboratories, industries and universities.

Dr. Nazal joined the Research Institute at KFUPM in 2016. As a Research Scientist II, and the chemistry group leader his research interests are focused on the development of efficient and selective materials and methods for removal of pollutants (e.g. organic sulfur compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenolic compounds, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, heavy metals, etc.) from aqueous matrices for water treatment. In addition, employing these materials for extraction and enrichment of analytes of interest in environmental samples prior to their instrumental analysis. Additionally, he is interested in studying and monitoring the water, soil and sediment quality.

Dr. Nazal is member of a number of professional societies. He has published more than 40 research papers in refereed ISI journals and 9 patents registered in the US patent office. He attended and participated in many international conferences. He has participated in writing of many technical reports and research proposals.

TECHNICAL SESSION – MARINE & COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Robbie Pond
Robbie Pond

Head of Oil & Gas (Middle East), Aggreko

Robbie Pond leads the oil and gas sector in the Middle East for Aggreko. Aggreko are a UK headquartered business with over 6,000 employees based in over 190 locations across 80 locations and annual revenues of $2bn. Aggreko has offices and operations in all GCC countries including 3 bases in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

Robbie has been in the oil and gas industry for almost 15 years and has spent almost 9 of them in the Middle East based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and latterly Saudi Arabia where he has been based since 2017. Robbie began his oilfield career with James Fisher and Sons PLC in the Fisher Offshore Company supporting subsea clients and projects with marine deck equipment and subsea tooling. Robbie then moved to international drilling service company TWMA where he worked between 2012 and 2020. During his time in TWMA he held a number of senior management positions including General Manager of their Abu Dhabi business and Regional Director of their Saudi Arabian business before becoming Managing Partner of MES Arabia. Robbie joined Aggreko in August 2021.

Lastly Robbie Pond holds an advisory role as a Global Scot, part of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Development International body, supporting Scottish businesses expand internationally.

TECHNICAL SESSION - ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES & CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS IN THE OIL & GAS SECTOR