The PetroEnvironment Steering Committee is made up of policy-makers, industry leaders and international experts.  Its role is:

  • To share knowledge and provide guidance

  • To help research and identify the topics that are of particular interest to the industry

  • To match these topics with the best possible presenters so the conference is as valuable as possible to the participants


Dr. Axel Meisen

C.M., Ph.D., P.Eng, EurIng., FCAE, FCIC, FIEI

Dr. Meisen advises boards and senior management in Canada and internationally on strategy development. A recent major initiative is Bitumen Beyond Combustion, a project focused on making non-combustion products from oilsands bitumen. Currently, he advises the Capital Regional District of British Columbia on solid waste management and the Universidad de Piura (Peru) on innovation.

Dr. Meisen held the inaugural Chair in Foresight at the Alberta Research Council, after serving as president of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and Dean of Applied Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of British Columbia (UBC). A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Dr. Meisen is a UBC Professor Emeritus and Professional Engineer. He received honorary doctorate degrees from The University of Waterloo and Universidad de Piura and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008.

Dr. Meisen holds Bachelor, Master, and doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, California Institute of Technology, and McGill University, respectively.

Alaa Aljahdali

Sr. Environmental Scientist, Western Region Environmental Unit, Jeddah

Alaa has 15 years of professional experience with Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection organization. During this time he worked as an Environmental Health Scientist and held various positions including Supervisor of the Environmental Health Unit mandated to ensure the protection of health and wellbeing or Aramco employees. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health from Strathclyde University – UK and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Glasgow University - UK. He participated in several environmental and health conferences, workshops and awareness campaigns. More recently, Alaa has been involved in technology scouting in the fields of Environmental and Public Health, and advance waste recycling applications.

Alain Marhic

Managing Director, AYM Events Ltd

Alain has 19 years experience in B2B conferences and exhibitions. He started his career in exhibition sales at the CWC Group in London where he looked after their Algeria focused oil and gas projects and their Saudi focused portfolio of energy events. (2004 to 2009)
He then broadened his scope through his own venture and had the opportunity to work on sixty prestigious and highly strategic projects such as: GCC Environment Forums 2010 to 2016, Saudi Safety and Security 2010 to 2016, KA.CARE forums on renewable energy 2011 to 2012, Saudi Downstream 2014 to 2016...
Since 2017, he has used his industry contacts and event experience to established AYM Events as a most trusted B2B event organiser now developing the PetroEnvironment event series and the ASIS Middle East Forum.

Nabil Hijazi

Director, External Relations, ETMA

Mr. Hijazi is a Principle 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.

Mousa Alharthi

Environmental Scientist, Saudi Aramco

Mousa is an environmental scientist working for Saudi Aramco, Environmental Protection for two years. He has earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2014. He pursued his post-graduate studies in the U.S. earning his first masters qualification in Environmental Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 2016. He then pursued another masters degree in Environmental Science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2018. His research and field experience is in the area of water desalination, treatment and conservation. He is working on minimizing projects’ fresh water consumption and maximizing wastewater reuse. He works on preservation and protection of natural habitats and reducing environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities on water resources.

Dr. Nawaf Isam Al Blaisi

Vice Dean for Training and Community Service, Environmental Engineering Chairman, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Dr. Nawaf Isam Blaisi holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Advanced Degree in Sustainability from Michigan Technological University, USA, a Ph.D. degree from University of Florida, USA, a Learning and Teaching in Higher Education for Faculty Members Fellowship from UK, presently holds the position of Vice Dean for Training and Community Service, Environmental Engineering Chairman, Assistant Professor, a valid membership of scientific and professional societies and organizations, acted as an academic supervisor and mentor for both undergraduate and master students and actively shouldered chairing or coordinating many committees and entities within higher education institutions and research centers.

Dr. Khaled Asfahani

Environmental Scientist, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Asfahani is an Environmental Scientist with 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).

Dr. Tarek Hamade

Director for Environment and Infrastructure Solutions at Wood, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hamade’s experience spreads over projects in environment, infrastructure (including environmental and water resources), mining, clean energy, oil, gas and chemicals as well as their project management. He has worked extensively on: construction and engineering management of complex projects (over $1 Billion USD); managing mega baseline studies covering off-shore and on-shore elements; delivering specialized studies covering: atmospheric air quality modelling, municipal and industrial waste reuse strategies and further driving the circular economy benefits, TSE reuse studies and upgrading treatment plants, flood management studies including impact of climate change, GHG inventorying, and odor assessments; leading scoping, pre-feasibility, feasibility, detailed engineering and constructability review studies for various projects; developing and implementing remediation and cleanup operations on heavily contaminated sites. He implements an integrated management approach to project execution during all design and construction phases. Within his, role he is also focused on strategy and business development, and identifying, capturing and delivering on opportunities in the Environment, Infrastructure, Clean Energy. Oil and Gas and Mining sectors in Saudi Arabia, growing the local non-hydrocarbon operations, and setting-up project teams. Dr. Hamade holds a PhD from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal Canada, and a MSc from Cornell University in New York USA.

Issam Chaaya

Vice President Petrochemicals Packaging
Napco National

24 years experience in the Plastic Flexible Packaging and Recycling Industry including the responsibility of 4 Plastic Converting Plants and a Recycling/ Compounding Plant in one of the Major Groups in this industry in our region - Napco National.

The above experience, which encompasses the Petro Chemical Plastic Industry value chain as a whole, set the stage for my promotion to Vice President of Petro Chemical Packaging and Plastic Recycling at Napco National.

In full harmony with the above career evolution, I volunteered and became an active member of the GPCA plastic Committee since 2013, as well played a large role in building the Plastic Conversion Segment of the Saudi Cluster Program. Furthermore, I have actively participated in the design of the training program for the Higher Institute for Plastic Fabrication (HIPF) to serve the upstream and downstream plastic industry.

My passion for the sector globally, and in the GCC particularly keeps increasing.

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.

Mohammad Barghouthi

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Mohammad H. Barghouthi is a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry, he was graduated in 1997 from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkiye. Right after graduation he joined the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan as a researcher and Chief chemist where he gained a lot of experience in many technical disciplines, his team helped build the first and biggest telemetric water monitoring system in Jordan. Being active and looking for new challenges, he passed to work in Palestine as a sales and application specialist in lab instrumentation. In 2015, he joined Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Saudi Arabia as a lecturer in the Environmental Engineering Department where he is still working as the head of the Laboratories.