KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

His Excellency Dr. Ali Al-Mulla Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector, Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

His Excellency, Dr. Ali Hamed Al-Mulla is Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector at the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) representing the State of Qatar. Before joining GOIC, His Excellency Dr. Al-Mulla was the Director of the Central Administration of Health, Safety and Environment at Qatar Petroleum (QP) for 12 years. His Excellency has more than 25 years of experience in various prominent positions, notably Vice Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation from 2001 to 2004 and the Director of the Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD). His Excellency Dr. Al-Mulla has a BSc in professional Meteorology, climatology & atmospheric sciences from St. Louis University in Missouri. He was the first Qatari to major and graduate in this field in 1986. He also has a MA and a PhD from Boston University. He took part in several international conferences and has many peer-reviewed (refereed) scientific researches.

His Excellency Dr. Al-Mulla has played a key role in the establishment of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) at Texas A&M University at Qatar, serving as the chair of the MKOPSC steering committee.

Dirk Faveere, Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, ConocoPhillips

Dirk Faveere has 28 years of industry experience serving in various capacities in engineering, operations, asset management, technology development and supply chain.He joined ConocoPhillips in 2002 as a senior engineer in Perth, Australia. He served as Engineering Manager for the Australia business unit, Darwin LNG Operations Manager, and Bayu-Undan Operations Manager responsible for the offshore assets and gas export pipeline. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2011 where he was appointed to management roles in the Global Supply Chain and Global Production Excellence organizations. He relocated to Indonesia as senior vice president, Offshore Asset & Technical Excellence in 2014. In this role, he was responsible for the South Natuna Sea Block B assets as well as the business unit’s Well Operations, Projects, Operations and Engineering Excellence functions. He returned to Houston to assume his current role in 2016. Faveere earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Professor Geoffrey Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Geoff Maitland is Professor of Energy Engineering at Imperial College London.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers 2014-15.  His career has spanned academia and industry, spending 20 years in oil and gas with Schlumberger and over 20 years at Imperial, first as a young lecturer from 1974 and then from 2005 in his current post.  His research work is centred on how we can continue to use fossil fuels for most of this century without causing catastrophic climate change.  He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award in 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill.  He chaired the post-Macondo review of the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime in 2011 (‘The Maitland Report’). He is the Founding Director of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre, and is currently Director of the Shell-Imperial Digital Rocks Lab.

Dr. Scott G. Davis, President – Principal Engineer, GexCon US Inc.

Dr. Scott Davis is the President at GexCon US and specializes in the engineering analysis and testing of combustion, thermal, and fluid processes.  Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Davis is responsible for fire and explosion related activities, which include post-incident investigative work, worldwide training and experimentation, as well as performing risk assessments and safety studies for Oil & gas installations, petrochemical facilities, and various other industries. These studies include explosion risk assessment, blast and venting analyses, assessment of combustible dust explosions, toxic/flammable gas releases and dispersion, hydrogen safety, ventilation, detector placement, and carbon monoxide dispersion.  He has investigated hundreds of fire and explosions, and previously served on the technical committee for NFPA 921.  Dr. Davis is a member of GexCon’s docents group, which develops and delivers worldwide industrial seminars to owners, operators, safety engineers, and regulatory agencies, on the hazards associated with gas explosions, dust explosions and LNG.

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Executive Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Dr. M. Sam Mannan is Regents Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Before joining Texas A&M, Mannan was vice president at RMT Inc., a nationwide engineering services company. Mannan’s experience is wide ranging, covering process design of chemical plants and refineries, computer simulation of engineering problems, mathematical modeling, process safety, risk assessment, inherently safer design, critical infrastructure vulnerability assessment, aerosol modeling, and reactive and energetic materials assessments. He was co-author of Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance, published by the Center for Chemical Process Safety of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the editor of the third and fourth editions of the three-volume authoritative reference for process safety and loss prevention, Lees’ Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. Mannan has published 205 peer-reviewed journal publications, four books, seven book chapters, 200 proceedings papers, 14 major reports and 216 technical meeting presentations.