Katherine Andrea Lemos, Ph.D.

CHAIRPERSON AND CEO for U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Katherine A. Lemos, Ph.D., a life-long safety professional, was nominated in June 2019 by President Donald Trump to serve two concurrent, five-year term appointments at the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), as Chairperson and Board Member. The Senate confirmed these appointments in March 2020, and she began her post in April 2020.

The CSB is an independent, non-regulatory federal agency mandated to investigate accidental chemical releases at fixed facilities with significant impact to the safety of on-site workers, members of the community, and the environment. The CSB conducts analysis to determine the probable cause and contributing factors, and issues safety recommendations to prevent the likelihood and consequence of future events. The Chairperson is the CEO of the Board and exercises the executive and administrative functions of the Board.

Dr. Lemos is committed to the mission of the CSB, to drive chemical safety change. As an expert in accident investigation, human decision-making, and safety management systems, Dr. Lemos is known for her innovative and strategic approaches leveraging advances in analytics and autonomy. She has a documented record of turning new technologies into solutions trusted by operators, overseers, and the public they serve.

Prior to her confirmation, Dr. Lemos served as a Director for Northrop Grumman Corporation›s Aerospace Sector, driving performance improvements across the product life cycle and value stream. Previous to this, Dr. Lemos served as a federal career servant. She was a technical leader and program manager in Aircraft Certification and Aviation Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She also worked for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Senior Human Performance Investigator in Aviation Safety, as well as as Special Assistant to Vice Chairman of the Board, which provided exposure to investigations across all modes and safety board operations.

In academia, Dr. Lemos focused her research on decision-making in aviation and medical domains, studying the influence of information and technology on beliefs and behaviors to more reliably yield safe outcomes during risky and uncertain conditions. She conducted applied research to balance the strengths of technology and humans for optimal performance. Dr. Lemos earned a B.B.A. from Belmont University, a M.S. from California Lutheran University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and has served as a professor teaching and mentoring.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lemos has focused on improving safety and efficiency at the level of the individual and the organization. She has contributed individually as a researcher, professor, and technical expert, and also contributed as a leader in managing programs and initiatives, bringing strategic consensus and order to efforts that result in tangible safety and efficiency outcomes.

Trond-Erik Johansen

 Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for ConocoPhillips

Trond-Erik Johansen is vice president, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for ConocoPhillips. In this capacity, he oversees the teams responsible for HSE worldwide. He also leads the company’s global response to COVID-19.

Johansen is a petroleum engineer with 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career, he has served in various engineering, development, operations and management positions across the company.

He previously served as the company’s regional president, Europe & North Africa, president, Alaska and regional president, Asia Pacific. Prior to these assignments, he was business unit president for Indonesia and managing director for Norway. He has lived and worked in Norway, Scotland, New Orleans, Houston, Indonesia, Singapore and Alaska.

Johansen has a Master of Science in petroleum engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim (NTH), and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

He has served on the management committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) since 2015. Previously, he has been as a board member on the Alaska chapter of the Nature Conservancy (2010-2015), a board member of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (2007-2008) and on the board of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (2005-2007). He also served as a sergeant in the Norwegian army before he entered university.

Fahad Mohammed Al-Khater 

Chief Offshore, Terminals & Refining Officer of Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas)

Fahad Mohammed Al-Khater is the Chief Offshore, Terminals & Refining Officer of Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas).

With over 22 years of extensive experience in the LNG industry, Fahad has successfully led various challenging responsibilities in Operations, Projects, and Strategic Planning roles. Following the integration of Qatargas and RasGas on 1 January 2018, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer – South, a position he held until 31 December 2019.

Prior to the merger, Fahad was the Chief Operations Officer of RasGas and a key member of the RasGas Executive Leadership Team since 2015, besides playing a pivotal role in the RasGas Operations Leadership Team since 2006. Fahad has also held senior managerial positions in Operations, including Asset Manager for Trains 3/4/5 and AGI, Operations Business Manager, Operations Projects Engineering Manager and Manufacturing Manager.

Fahad has been appointed as Board Member of Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) on 1 May 2018. Prior to this, he was a Board Member of Qatar Fertiliser Company QSCC (QAFCO) from 15 June 2015 till 30 April 2018. 
Fahad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from HEC Paris.

Dr. Sidney Dekker

Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands.  

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands. Sidney has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents and won worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work in human factors and safety. He coined the term ‘Safety Differently’ in 2012, which has since turned into a global movement for change. It encourages organizations to declutter their bureaucracy and provide people freedom-in-a-frame to make things go well—and to offer compassion, restoration and learning when they don’t.

An avid piano player and pilot, he has been flying the Boeing 737 for an airline on the side.

Sidney is bestselling author of, most recently: Foundations of Safety Science; The Safety Anarchist; The End of Heaven; Just Culture; Safety Differently; The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’; Second Victim; Drift into Failure; Patient Safety;Compliance Capitalism and Do Safety Differently.

He has co-directed the documentaries ‘Safety Differently,’ 2017; ‘Just Culture,’ 2018, ’The Complexity of Failure,’ 2018, and ‘Doing Safety Differently,’ 2019. Stanford has ranked Sidney among the world’s top 2% most influential scientists: his work has up to 16000 citations and an h-index of 55. More at sidneydekker.com