5th Asia Refining

20-21 Oct, 2009 - Singapore, SINGAPORE

Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Michael Ellis
Mike Ellis has worked in the downstream oil industry for over 16 years. He began his career at Shell in Australia and the US, including stints as an economics and scheduling manager and operations manager at refineries in Australia. Following Shell, Mike join McKinsey and Company's petroleum practice and has continued to focus on the downstream sector and in particular refining. He had designed and led refinery improvement programs in four different countries for international oil majors, national oil companies and Asia based public oil companies. Mike is a partner in McKinsey's Singapore office and leader of the Asia Refining Practice.

Mr. Michael Ellis, Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company Inc
Chairman’s Welcome & Remarks
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 09:00 AM
Improving Refining Operations: Be Ready for a Tough Market Environment
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 04:00 PM

Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 01:35 PM

Mr. John Russel

John Russel is based in Singapore as Vice President, Asia Pacific of PEL, which is now a division of KBC since its acquisition in 2002. KBC is the leading independent provider of technical consulting services to the refining and petrochemical sectors, and PEL is its commercial arm. Previously, since January 1997, he was Managing Director of PEL Pacific based in Thailand and responsible for the Business Development in the Asia Pacific of Petroleum Economics Limited (PEL), London-based international energy consultants. He was also an Executive Director of PEL since 1986.


He has more than 30 years' experience in the international oil and tanker industries. He began his career in the UK with Esso Petroleum and then worked for 10 years with a London Oil and Tanker Broking House before joining PEL in 1981. He has since specialised in the international markets for crude oil and petroleum products, and on energy industry developments throughout the Asia Pacific.


He has acted as chairman and speaker at many oil and tanker conferences throughout the Asia Pacific.

Mr. John Russel, VP, Asia Pacific
KBC Advanced Technology Pte Ltd
Current M&A Scene in the Refining Sector
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Bian Gangyue
Bian Gangyue is a Graduate in Petroleum University in Daqing China from 1982 to 1986. He is also a Fellow of the Petrochemical Design Institute in Daqing China from 1986 to 1999.During that time as a designer he take part in many refinery engineering project and accumulate a lot of experience of process design. He is also a design representative working on construction site. He is refinery and petrochemical Technical Consultant for PetroChina Planning & Engineering Institute from 1999 to 2009. He has been work about 3 years as a EPC superviser for Petrochina in Indonesia. He has more than twenty years of experience in the refinery and petrochemical.

Mr. Bian Gangyue, Senior Engineer
PetroChina Planning & Engineering Institute
China’s Crude Demand & Refining
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 11:15 AM

Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 01:35 PM

Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma

Dr. S.C. Sharma holds doctorate degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with specialisation in Petroleum exploration Geology. He holds 26 years experience in Petroleum Industry and has worked on project development, pricing and policy issues of oil, natural gas, power and fertiliser industry in India.

Dr. Sharma has handled variety of policy issues, besides making investment decisions for number of Energy Sector projects including exploration and development, refining and marketing and gas development projects in India. He had been involved on the issue of dismantling of Administered Price Mechanism (APM) for oil sector in India.

Dr Sharma has been associated with the structuring and development of Petronet LNG project and has been instrumental in developing commercial structure for Petronet LNG Limited including tie up of 7.5 MMTPA LNG with RasGas of Qatar for 25 years. Currently, Dr. Sharma is working as Officer on Special Duty (Petroleum) in Planning Commission, Government of India and involved in developing policies, planning and investment decisions for oil and gas sector.

Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma, Officer on Special Duty (Petroleum)
Planning Commission, Government of India
India’s Refining’ Domestic Fuels Demand & the Fuels Export Initiative
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 11:45 AM

Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 01:35 PM

Mr. Matt Hildebrandt

 Mr. Hildebrandt serves as an economist in JPMorgan's Asia Economic Research group in Singapore. He is the lead economist for Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and he covers emerging Asia economic issues more broadly as well.

Before joining JPMorgan in May 2007, Mr. Hildebrandt served as an economic and financial market analyst in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Emerging Markets Group.

Prior to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr. Hildebrandt worked in the International Affairs Department at the US Treasury and in the Economics Section of the US embassy in Jakarta. He also served as a Small Business Development Advisor in Benin, West Africa during his Peace Corps service.

Mr. Hildebrandt has a B.A. degree in Economics and History from the University of Michigan and an MA degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS).

Mr. Matt Hildebrandt, Economist
JP Morgan
Global and Emerging Asia’s Economic Outlook
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 02:10 PM

Mr. Stanley Park
Stan received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984. He started his career with DuPont in the US east coast working as the process R&D engineer. He joined Shell in 1980 and have worked in various assignments including manufacturing, R&D, and Chemical business. He was posted to Shell Chemicals as the General Manager in charge of a downstream business unit in 2000. In 2006, he came to Singapore to run a multi-billion dollar refinery project as the Venture Manager. In 2007, he was posted to PCS as the Deputy Managing Director. PCS is a 50:50 JV ethylene cracker company owned by Sumitomo led JSPC and Shell led QSPS.

Mr. Stanley Park, Deputy Managing Director
Shell Chemical LP
Global Petchem Market Outlook, Impact on Naphtha & LPG Demand
Day 1 [Tue 20, October], at 03:00 PM

Dr. Salah Eldin A. Selim

Very strong academic background, Consultancy and industrial work experience (25 years) in the areas of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology and Environmental Engineering.

Environmental Project management at SABIC, Petrochemical Affiliates (Petrokemya, Kemya, SabTank, Ibn-Arrazi(saudi Methanol co.), Ibn-sina, SADAF, Fertilizer Company (Safco-Ibn-Albaytar) in addition to Saudi Chevron and SASREF in the following areas: Environmental monitoring including Point Source Emission testing, Fugitive and Predictive Emission Monitoring (SABIC), Continuous Emission and Ambient air quality monitoring, environmental site assessment, environmental impact assessment, Ground water and Soil sampling and analysis and chemical fate computer models and Dispersion modelling.

Project management and execution at SABIC Petrochemical Affiliates and Saudi Aramco in the area of hazardous waste management and environmental laboratories management including hazardous waste identification, characterization, analysis, transportation, storage, treatment and disposal, with long field experience in the management of rotary kiln Incinerators Design, Operation and operating data management & pertinent regulations. In depth knowledge of Waste Water Management and hazardous and industrial waste landfills ( design, operation and management), chemical & physical treatment ( BeeA'h-Saudi Arabia & Fennville & Clarksville, MI-USA)

Dr. Salah Eldin A. Selim, Environmental Consultant & Section Head
Petro Rabigh
Petro Rabigh – 4R’s Approach: A Key to Corporate Sustainability (Case Study)
Day 2 [Wed 21, October], at 09:35 AM

Mr. William Byun

.William is managing director of Asia Renewables and also the Principal of the Conchubar Infrastructure Fund , a US$ 250 million fund focused on industrial-policy linked infrastructure investments in emerging markets.   William has over 20 years experience in infrastructure and investments across Asia, across sectors from upstream chemicals, electric power generation, and carbon offsets.  In the chemicals sector he has been an investor into the PA/DOP, Oxynol, and upstream aromatics sectors.  He is also a co-founder of Asia Renewables, a renewable energy firm with projects in India, China and ASEAN. 

William has served as an advisor to various Governments in Asia and been with the Ministry of Finance in Korea (as U.S. Fulbright Scholar) and with US OPIC, and has degrees from University of Chicago, University of Michigan and the University of London (LSE and SOAS). 

Mr. William Byun, Managing Director
AsiaRenewables Pte Ltd
Emission Reductions & Downstream: Practical Opportunities & Points of Caution
Day 2 [Wed 21, October], at 10:05 AM

Mr. Anand Kumar ***
Anand Kumar is the Director (R&D) of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India's highest ranked company in the list of Global Fortune 500 Companies. He is a Chemical Engineer, having over 35 years of experience in diverse areas of oil refining in India and abroad and has been involved with development and commercialization of refining technologies.
Prior to the current assignment; he was Executive Director of the Indian Oil Institute of Petroleum Management, and for one of the IndianOil Refinery.
He is also a Director on the Board of Lubrizol India Pvt Ltd, a Joint venture of IndianOil and Lubrizol, USA, and a member of the 'Oil Industry Development Board' of Government of India, besides being Director of the World Hydrogen Association, and the President of Tribology Society of India.
As Director (R&D), he is steering the research, development and commercialization activities of the Indian Oil Corporation, in the areas of Lubricants, Refining, Pipeline transportation, Alternative & Renewable fuels, petrochemicals and polymers.

Mr. Anand Kumar ***, Director (R&D) & Member of IOC Board
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd - Research & Development Center
Non-Conventional Technologies for Fuel Desulphurization
Day 2 [Wed 21, October], at 11:30 AM

Mr. Steven van Wagensveld ***

Steven van Wagensveld is Manager Technology Services, Uhde Shedden Thailand's front end delivery division.

He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Amsterdam and has 23 years experience in Process Engineering design, with a strong focus on the front end implementation of syngas manufacturing projects and the development of new technologies.

Steven is responsible for the application of Uhde Shedden's technology know how to projects in SE Asia. In addition to Uhde Shedden's traditional areas of expertise of oil & gas and oil refining, he played a key role in establishing the Melbourne office as one of the Uhde centres of competence for clean coal technologies.

In recent years Steven has been heavily involved in studies and front end delivery of coal gasification projects for the generation of transport fuels, hydrogen, power and various chemical products, and led the feasibility studies for two Australian carbon capture and sequestration programs.

Mr. Steven van Wagensveld ***, General Manager, Technology Services
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Thailand) Ltd
Economics of Upgrading Heavy Residues and Comparison of Latest Options
Day 2 [Wed 21, October], at 12:00 PM

Mr. Rasmus Breivik
Rasmus Breivik is General Manager at Haldor Topsøe responsible for licensing of hydroprocessing units worldwide. He graduated from the Technical University of Denmark in 1999. After joining Haldor Topsøe, he has held various positions and been working in a number of different areas such as design of hydroprocessing units, project execution and technology & catalyst sales. Mr. Breivik also holds various patents within the field of hydroprocessing and hydrocracking.

Mr. Rasmus Breivik, General Manager
Haldor Topsoe SDN. BHD.
Innovative Reactor Technology for Hydrotreating & Hydrocracking of Heavy Feedstocks
Day 2 [Wed 21, October], at 11:00 AM