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 an MA and a Ph.D. 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.

Todd ConklinHuman & Organization Performance Consulting

Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture.  Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin spent most of this time working with Human Performance and Reliability programs.  It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.  Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico.  Conklin has authored several best selling books, including these two: Pre-Accident Investigations, and The 5 Principles of Human Performance. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this:  “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.”  Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that Human Performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.

Steve Jarvis, Jarvis Bagshaw Ltd

Dr. Steve Jarvis is a leading independent consultant in human performance and safety within the aviation industry. He performs cutting-edge safety research for the aviation industry internationally and has designed and implemented processes for large organizations that have resulted directly in vast error reductions. He is often called to investigate serious accidents where human errors have not been understood. He has supported accident investigation bodies, airlines, helicopter operators and Civil Aviation Authorities as far and wide as the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. He authored the UK Civil-Aviation-Authority’s flight crew human-factors handbook (popular all across the globe), as is a visiting academic at a number of Universities.

Stephanie Payne, Professor, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University

Dr. Stephanie C. Payne is a Professor of Psychology and Faculty Fellow of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Her program of research on workplace and laboratory safety focuses on the measurement of safety climate, antecedents and consequences of climate, and moderators of these relationships. Dr. Payne’s safety research has been published in various safety and psychology journals including Journal of Safety Research and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Her safety research has been funded by various agencies including the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium. She has collaborated with multiple chemical and oil and gas companies including INVISTA, Formosa, Sasol, TOTAL, QAFAC, and SABIC.

Fadwa Eljack, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Qatar University

Dr. Fadwa Eljack is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar. Fadwa obtained her bachelor (1999) and PhD (2007) degrees from Auburn University, USA. She has served as the Director of the Gas Processing Center (GPC) at Qatar University from 2008 – 2010.

Her research areas of expertise focuses in the area of Process System Engineering (PSE) that includes process design and multi-objective optimization, sustainable management of gas processing facilities through the development of integrated designs, flare reduction, and safety in process design.. She has over 60 refereed papers, two book chapters and co-edited three books. She has led a number of research projects in collaboration with academic institutions and Qatari Industry, with over $4 million in funding.

Aleksander Pachole, Founder and Co- Owner, Atest-Gaz sp.j, Poland

Aleksander Pachole is the founder and one of the co-owners of Atest-Gaz. He is leading product architect and designer for Gas Detection Systems at the company. He graduated in 1991 as an electronics engineer from the Silesian Technical University, Gliwice, Poland and, in 2005,  post-graduated in ”Safety of Industrial Processes” from the University of Lodz, Poland.

Besides company management, manufacture, and development issues, he is responsible for the provision of consultancy to numerous customers in the field of Gas Detection Systems.  Aleksander Pachole has particular competence and professional interest in explosion protection (European ATEX Directive) and in the construction and functional safety of gas detection systems. He also represents Poland in the CEN / Cenelec standardization bodies workgroups  active in these fields, in particular in the EN 50402 Gas Detection Systems standard, which is a sector standard of IEC 61508.

Simon Waldram, Waldram Consultants, UK

Simon Waldram studied Chemical Engineering in the UK and the USA and was awarded his PhD from University College London, the oldest and largest College of the University of London. He was a student apprentice for 4 years with ICI Agricultural Division working on fertilizer production. For 22 years he then followed an academic career at University College London specializing in system dynamics and chemical reaction engineering. Afterwards he joined Hazard Evaluation Laboratory (later to become HEL Ltd.) where for 15 years he worked as Technical Director and later as Director for Business Development. He was responsible for all HEL’s consulting and laboratory testing facilities in the area of process safety as well as overseeing projects associated with equipment manufacture, delivery and installation. He joined Texas A&M University at Qatar as Senior Professor in 2007 and later became Interim Chair of the Chemical Engineering Program. He returned to the UK in 2011 where he was Director of his own consultancy company until 2018.