The PetroEnvironment Technical 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


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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Abdul Wahab Al Ahmari

Chairman, EDCO SUEZ

Mr Abdul Wahab acquired B.Sc in Geophysics from King Saud University, Riyadh in 1995. After he graduated he immediately joined ARGAS company, Saudi Arabia, as Processing Geophysicist till the year 1998. He has vast experience in the field of geosciences together with environment and in that time he started Saudi Geophysical Consulting Company. He was so keen to open his own Geosciences and Environmental Consulting Company, he started his efforts even before he graduated from University. Today Mr Abdul Wahab is the founder of 3 successful companies, involved in Geosciences and Environment Development solutions, which is Saudi Geophysical Consulting Office (SGCO), EDCO-SUEZ Arabia Environmental Services (EDCO) and Geophysical Equipment Factory Ltd. (GEFL).

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Dr. Nawaf Isam Al Blaisi

Technical Affairs Department General Manager, National Center for Waste Management

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, previously held 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mohammed M. Rayes

Civil and Environmental Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Mohammed M. Rayes is a civil and environmental engineer who works at Saudi Aramco. He has completed his Bachelor degree at Merrimack College, USA. Mohammed has been working over 3 years in the building and construction sector, which mainly focuses on sustainability and innovation. His work is intended to close the loop in the circular economy by working in deploying several sustainable technologies and ideas, such as; Asphalt Rubber, Concrete Rubblization, Recycled Plastic Asphalt, and Green Concrete. He has dedicated his work into spreading awareness regarding environmental concerns and spent significant time in volunteer work, to raise public awareness in the sustainable building and construction field.

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Hamed Al-Ghamdi

Environmental Scientist, Saudi Aramco

Hamed is a Professional Environmental Scientist currently working in Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection. He graduated from King Abdulaziz University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences with an emphasis in Marine Geology. Hamed is focused on oceanography, instrumentation, field studies, database programming, GIS within Saudi Aramco including marine environmental studies in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea in support of Saudi Aramco’s environmental monitoring and protection programs, prepare and deploy oceanographic and related oceanographic instrumentation. Hamed is Certified as a lead auditor of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) (ISO 14001) and Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). Hamed is interested in real-time coastal and offshore environmental integrated solutions, oceanography and machine learning knowledge and skills to be used to serve Saudi Aramco and the Kingdom.

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Mahmood H Daghastani

Environmental Coordinator

Mahmood H Daghastani's 27-year career with the company has seen him work at company locations across the Kingdom from upstream oil and gas, Engineering to Downstream refining and HC distribution. He holds a B.A., in Marine Science from King Abdulaziz University. His work in the environmental field supported him to recognize waste management circular economy opportunities where recently he was involved in piloting Recycled Plastics and Rubber in Asphalt Pavement.

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Dr Ömer AĞA

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

Dr Ömer AĞA received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Middle East technical University, Turkey. Prof AĞA joined the Department of Environmental Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), KSA since 2009.
His work is focused on Indoor and outdoor Air quality, Air pollution control, Waste management, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Soil pollution and remediation. He has been involved in more 30 environmental consultancies and conducted over 25 international and national funded research projects.
Prof Dr AĞA has published to date over 50 refereed articles in highly indexed journals (SCOPUS / Web od Sciences) , 1 chapter in refereed international level books and 4 national level books. He continues to serve as peer reviewer for several international journals (including, Environment international, Soil, Air and water Pollution, Atmospheric research, Environmental Engineering Sciences, etc…).
Prof AĞA contributed to the establishment and development of environmental engineering programs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He has academic, managemental and leadership skills, as he served as the head of environmental engineering department as well as vice dean for quality and strategic planning, permanent committee of curriculum development, and permanent committee of research at IAU. He also lead and supervised the ABET accreditation and safety committees at the college of engineering, IAU.
Prof Dr AĞA has granted various research awards related to air, water and soil pollution management. He recently received HCH Prince Saud Bin Naif "Sanabil" award for his patent "EcoTree".

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Dr. Tahir Husain

Professor at Memorial University

Dr. Tahir Husain has a PhD degree in civil engineering from University of British Columbia, Canada and currently Professor at Memorial University in Canada with more than 40 years international experience in water resources and environmental disciplines. He was a visiting scientist at Harvard School of Public Health in 1995; Director of Continuing Engineering Education (2002-2005); Chair of Civil Engineering (2005-2007); Director, Executive MBA in Petroleum (2010-2011); and Associate Dean of Research (2014-2017) at Memorial University. His research interests are in the waste management, energy storage, risk assessment, environmental modeling, and technology development. He wrote a book on Kuwaiti Oil Fires and has contributed on about 400 research publications and more than 80 research projects worldwide. Dr. Husain worked with the Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia for 16 years (1979-95).

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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.

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Faisal Aljar

Air Quality Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Faisal is a Professional Environmental Engineer (PE) currently working in Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a certificate in Engineering Management from Lockheed Martin. Faisal is focused on air quality and climate change issues within Saudi Aramco including greenhouse gasses, sulfur recovery, and environmental technologies. Faisal had assignments with Saudi Aramco’s R&DC Carbon Management division as a research engineer, and as a process engineer in Fadhili Gas Plant during the commissioning phase. Faisal is interested in deploying new environmental technologies and is currently building his capabilities in machine learning.

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Carlos E. Acero

Civil Materials Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Mr. Acero has over 20 years of experience in the area of Portland cement and Asphalt concrete pavement materials. His interests include evaluation and implementation of innovative pavement materials, development of material specifications, material performance evaluation, quality control / assurance programs, testing protocols, pavement constructability and asset condition assessments. During his tenure as a Civil Material Engineer in Saudi Aramco he has participated in the implementation of Sulfur Extended Asphalt, Fiber Reinforced Polymers for building and construction and Asphalt Rubber (rubberized asphalts). Prior to joining Aramco in 2014, Mr. Acero held various engineering positions for an international engineering consulting firm; from his base office in California, he participated on projects in the US, Mexico and the west of Africa. Mr. Acero holds a Professional Engineering Registration in California and with the Saudi Council of Engineers; and has been member of professional organizations including: ACI, ASCE and the Technical Advisory Committee of the California Asphalt Pavement Association.

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Hassan M. Alzain

CIEH Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Saudi Aramco Environmental Health Unit

Hassan Alzain is an experienced Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in the UK with BSc in Environmental Health from Liverpool John Moores University. Hassan’s experience with Environmental Protection Organization spans comprehensively across the Environmental Health Spectrum; building capacity and fostering innovation to tackle emerging health and wellbeing challenges. Hassan participated in international and national environmental and health conferences, workshops and awareness campaigns. In addition, Hassan was elected by Saudi Aramco Management to assure the responsibilities of being a Corporate Youth Advisor of Saudi Aramco’s Young Leaders Advisory Board with direct reporting line to Saudi Aramco’s President and CEO. Most recently, Hassan was appointed to assume project management responsibilities of Saudi Aramco’s Contractor Wellbeing Program, as well as Technology Co-Champion for Environmental Protection to leverage Saudi Aramco’s Technology and Digital Transformation Strategy in scouting and deploying advanced technologies in the fields of Environmental and Health Protection.