KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ahmad Helal Al-Mohannadi, COO – Operations for Qatargas.

Mr Al-Mohannadi is acting as the COO – Operations for Qatargas since December 2014. He was Deputy COO – Operations for Qatargas from September to December 2014.

Mr Al-Mohannadi has built over 14 years of experience with RasGas Company Limited in Operations, Engineering and Business Support services fulfilling the following roles:

  • Aug 2011 to 2014 - Operation Technical Engineering Manager
  • Aug 2009 to 2011 - Operation Business Manager
  • Nov 2007 to Aug 2009 - Process Surveillance Engineering Manager
  • March 2006 to Nov 2007 - Head of Operations Train 1/2/He
  • April 2004 to March 2006 - Field/Start-up Engineer for AGR/SRU/AGI Train ¾
  • May 2000 to April 2004 - Process Engineer

Mr Al-Mohannadi earned a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Qatar University in 1999.

Michael D. Hatfield, vice president, HSE for ConocoPhillips.

Hatfield joined the company in 1989 as an engineer in Oklahoma City. He has progressed through various technical, operations and management roles in the U.S., Norway, Indonesia and Australia.

In 2003, he was assigned as manager of Offshore Operations in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2007 he was transferred to Darwin, Australia as the Darwin area manager.

Hatfield was named manager, Strategy and Portfolio Management in Houston, Texas in 2010 and assumed additional responsibilities in 2011 as upstream transition team lead for the ConocoPhillips – Phillips 66 spin transition. In 2013, he was named vice president, Rockies business unit. In March 2015 he was named vice president for the ConocoPhillips Optimization for Sustainable Transformation (COST) Project Team.  He assumed his current role in late 2015.

Hatfield earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Paul Amyotte, P.Eng., Professor of Chemical Engineering and C.D. Howe Chair in Process Safety, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Dr. Amyotte has an extensive record of authorship in the field of process safety, with three books, three book chapters and over 300 papers published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at national and international conferences. His practice in the areas of dust explosion risk reduction and inherently safer design has included the provision of expert reviews and testimony on behalf of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the US Chemical Safety Board.

He is a recipient of the Cybulski Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences for significant and sustained contributions to the field of dust explosion research, and the Trevor Kletz Merit Award from the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University for significant contributions to the advancement of process safety concepts and technologies.

Dr. Amyotte is a past-president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the current editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.

Dr. Simon Waldram, Director, Waldram Consultants Ltd., London. Visiting Research Fellow, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Dr. Simon Waldram joined ICI Agricultural Division as a Student Apprentice in 1964 and in that capacity trained as a chemical engineer at Loughborough University where he obtained a first class honours degree and was awarded the prize for the top graduating student. He then obtained a Masters degree  in the USA at Illinois Institute of Technology and a later a PhD at University College London.  He was a faculty member in the chemical engineering department at University College London for 21 years before being appointed Technical Director, and then also Director for Business Development, at Hazard Evaluation Laboratory, later renamed HEL, where he remained for 15 years. He then moved to Texas A&M University at University City, Qatar where he was professor of Chemical Engineering and later acting program chair. His first action after retiring from full time work at the end of 2010 was to return to the UK by car. He now works as a part time consultant predominantly in the areas of process safety, education and training, concentrating on accident investigation, acting as an expert witness, and risk assessment associated with exothermic reactions and flammability. He also spends 6 weeks each year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre in the Chemical Engineering department at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Khalifa Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Qatargas Safety & Risk Manager.

Khalifa Al-Sulaiti is the Safety and Risk Manager at Qatargas Operating Company Limited. In his current role, he is responsible for Process and Behavioral Safety across all Qatargas’ assets.  Qatargas operates the world’s largest LNG producing facility, Laffan Refinery and Ras Laffan Terminal Operations. He has more than 15 years of Environmental and Safety management experience particularly in Environmental Management, LNG Operations and Facility Expansion Projects. 

Mr. Al-Sulaiti was an integral part of Qatar’s COP18/CMP8 Presidency Technical Team for Climate Change and represented the State of Qatar at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany.

Mr. Al-Sulaiti holds an MBA degree from Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Egypt and a Bachelor of Science degree from Qatar University.

Trish Kerin, CEng FIChemE, Professional Process Safety Engineer, Director of IChemE Safety Center.


Trish Kerin is a chartered engineer, a registered professional process safety engineer and fellow of IChemE. She holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on advisory committee roles with the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA), WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to Safe Work Australia.

Trish currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She holds a diploma of OHS is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust).

Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.