09 - 11 October I Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

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June Wispelwey and Mohsen Almajnouni

March 29, 2018

AIChE and the AIChE Saudi Arabia Local Section (SAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and partner on common goals that strengthen chemical engineering knowledge and support societal needs in the Middle East.

AIChE executive director June Wispelwey and Saudi Arabia Local Section chair and CEO of Research Products Development Company (RPDC) Mohsen Almajnouni signed the agreement March 27 at a ceremony in New York City that was part of the second annual Saudi–U.S. CEO Forum. The exclusive gathering created the opportunity for U.S. and Saudi government officials to meet with CEOs of major U.S. and Saudi companies from a wide range of economic sectors. Discussions focused on building and expanding partnerships, enhancing bilateral trade and investments, and advancing opportunities through Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

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The 4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition

The 4th edition of MEPEC took place at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 9-11th October. MEPEC 2017 brought together the international business community to one business hub to make the most effective use of time. Delegates were able to experience groundbreaking technology and listen to industry leaders, an environment designed for the exchange of ideas between peers. 

Keeping in line with global issues, this year's theme is “Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation & Downstream Integration”.

Four Main Topics:

Process Design & Development   I   Process Excellence  I   Sustainability  I   Downstream Integration for Value Creation

Plenary Session

Plenary Speaker His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil,
Kingdom of Bahrain
Plenary Speaker Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi Senior Vice President, Technical Services,
Saudi Aramco
Plenary Speaker Ziad Al-Labban Former, CEO,
Sadara Chemical Company
Plenary Speaker Antonio Pietri CEO,
AspenTech
Plenary Speaker Hussain A. Al Qahtani President,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Plenary Speaker Dr. Jim Rekoske Vice President & Chief Technology Officer,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speaker David Bergeron Vice President,
ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC
Plenary Speaker Ed Boufarah VP, Digital Solutions – MEA & India,
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Plenary Speaker Dr. Tobias Scheele Senior Vice President - Software,
Schneider Electric
Plenary Speaker Zak Alzein Vice President and GM, Connected Performance Services,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speaker Suleyman M Ozmen Vice President - Downstream Licensing (Retired),
Shell Global Solutions International
Plenary Speaker Guy Lewis Vice President Strategic Marketing & Planning,
Honeywell UOP
Plenary Speaker Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Plenary Speaker Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco

MEPEC provided a wide range of attendees, manufacturers, operating companies and applications. The conference generated new ideas and forward-thinking for new products and improvements to existing products. We met important clients with serious interests, which is a true measure of a technical conference.

Barry Perlmutter President & Managing Director, BHS Sonthofen Inc

The organizers "all committee members" were so kind, helpful and professional. Appreciated the time and the effort put by them. The technical session was very interesting and exiting to share ideas with expertise. The exhibition was organized in a professional way and gave real time appropriateness to share information and techniques. I found the workshop I attended very useful. the topics are directly applicable to our teaching and professional goals. The instructor was clear and professional. The student program was very useful and gave the students tremendous appropriates to learn and practice. In general the conference was an excellent sours of forecasting techniques and practice.

Dr. Hosni Zubeir Head of Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain

MEPEC 2017 facilitated information exchange on operational excellence between companies top process engineers allowing opportunities to be discussed, goals stated, technology demonstrated, opinions expressed and paradigms exposed.

Jim Brigman Managing Director, Ingenero Inc

During this MEPEC 2017 I have witnessed interesting presentations given by companies presenting for the first time in the Middle East which demonstrates that MEPEC focuses on bringing new ideas and new players.

Joseph Ibrahim Managing Director, Middle East, Axens

I found the 3-day conference inspiring, enlightening & stimulating. The panel discussion sessions were excellent platforms for exchange of knowledge and experience between industry leaders and younger talents.

Dr. Nasiru Tukur Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco

This year’s MEPEC conference is great, very interactive and thought-provoking conference. Every MEPEC is a little different but this time the specialty are fully technical sessions, interaction with industrialist, research scholars and university graduates. As a speaker, I was glad to share my knowledge, exchange experience and made new connections with visitors/delegates.

Nafees Ahmad Area Process Engineer, TASNEE

MEPEC 17 was a remarkable success. It was impressive with its insightful key note speeches, interactive panel discussions and very informative technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of industry aspects. MEPEC has certainly become one of the most high profile conferences in the region.

Shaalan Al Zahrani General Manager Technical, S-Chem

We made some business partnership agreements with the show for the ME Market. Started already new connections for trading and consultancy services. We have learned a lot from the show exhibitors, hope that we give information from us for the visited company managers and staff in all stages. Even with fresh graduated University students shared our knowledges and we appreciate to everyone who visited us. Especially we are thankful for the Turkish Consulate of Turkey for visiting us and some turkish University teachers who are working in Bahrain University.

Soner Tetik Geophysical Engineer, Risk Deger

Speakers and iPoster Presenters

Technical Speaker Aban Sakheta PHD Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Dr. Abdou El Ilah Hachimi Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Abdullah Al Dhafer OE Coordinator,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Abhijit Igave Senior Business Consultant,
AspenTech
Technical Speaker Ahmed Aseeri Founder & CEO,
GAPTECH
Technical Speaker Anup Elias Senior Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speaker Arpit Mathur Process Engineer,
SABIC - PETROKEMYA
Technical Speaker Barry Perlmutter President & Managing Director,
BHS Sonthofen Inc
Technical Speaker Bart de Groot Principal Applications Engineer,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
Technical Speaker Batchala Rao Lead Scientist - Cracker Technology,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Chris Smith Technical Advisor,
ACWA Air Products
Technical Speaker Dr. Chun Han Gasification & IGCC Specialist ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Delphine Largeteau Sales Development Manager,
Axens
Technical Speaker Devendra Patil Process Engineer,
SABIC - PETROKEMYA
Technical Speaker Dhanasekar Periyasamy Principal Consultant / Engineer,
AspenTech
Technical Speaker Dr. Emad Al Shafei Senior Lab Scientist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Gurminder Singh Director, Technology Licensing - MENA,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speaker Hafiz Mudaser Masters Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Harpreet Singh Principal Business Consultant,
AspenTech
Technical Speaker Dr. Jens Hansen Senior Principal Research Scientist ,
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Technical Speaker Dr. Khalid Almajnouni Staff Scientist, Olefins & Aromatics ,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Khalid Al Hazmi Engineer,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Dr. Martin Turk Director, Downstream O&G Global Solutions Architect ,
Schneider Electric
Technical Speaker Matthew Clingerman Regional Engineering Manager,
DuPont Products S.A.
Technical Speaker Michael Murphy Rotating Equipment Director,
REXA Inc
Technical Speaker Misfer Ali Al-Ghamdi Operational Consultant MCE MCC Process Domain,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Dr. Mohammed Al Hazmi Director,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Muhammad Khalid Habibullah Senior Process Engineer,
Sipchem
Technical Speaker Dr. Mustafa Al Naser Senior Research & Development Engineer,
Yokogawa MEA
Technical Speaker Nafees Ahmad Area Process Engineer,
TASNEE
Technical Speaker Nayef Almogren Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speaker Petar Pribic Senior Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Speaker Prashant Kumar Senior Consultant,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
Technical Speaker Dr. Pratap Nair President & CEO,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speaker Rawaf Alrawaf Technology Engineer,
Saudi Chevron Phillips CO - SCP
Technical Speaker Robert Broad Business Development Manager,
GESMEX GmbH
Technical Speaker Sachin Joshi Licensing Manager,
GTC Technology US, LLC
Technical Speaker Sagir Adamu PHD Scholar,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Saher Jasvi Technical Sales Consultant,
Schneider Electric
Technical Speaker Sameer Thorat Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speaker Dr. Sami El Ferik Associate Professor,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Sethuraman Balasubramaniyan Lead Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Simon Cackett Senior Licensing Technology Manager MENA,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speaker Subbarao Kommuri Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Soren Mikkelsen Sales Liaison Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Technical Speaker Srikant Badgandi Senior Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Trevor Smith Product Line Manager,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Speaker Umesh Hasyagar Lead Scientist,
SABIC
Technical Speaker Vasanta Humane Senior Process Engineer Treating & Sulphur Recover,
BAPCO
Technical Speaker Vinod Ramaseshan Engineer Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Yahya Ali Hamdi Maintenance Strategy Engineer,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Technical Speaker Zhonglin Zhangabu Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Abdulmajeed Al Hamdan Research Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Abdullah Nooh SABIC
iPoster Presenter Ahmed Khaja Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Ali Al Hunaidy Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Dr. Amani Bu Qammaz Professor,
KU - Kuwait University
iPoster Presenter Ameen Al-Ghamdi Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Anas Safar Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Anil Kewalramani Engineer,
TASNEE
iPoster Presenter Ayman Mehdawe Senior Account Manager,
Honeywell UOP
iPoster Presenter Bader Al Masradi Superintendent, Monomer & Chemical,
TASNEE
iPoster Presenter Bart de Groot Principal Applications Engineer,
PSE - Process Systems Enterprise Limited
iPoster Presenter Delphine Largeteau Sales Development Manager,
Axens
iPoster Presenter Dr. Eid Al Mutairi Associate Professor Chemical Engineer Department,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
iPoster Presenter Gopal Juttu Research Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Hamed Yahya Process Engineer,
S-Chem
iPoster Presenter Ibrahim Al Hulail Senior Scientist,
Jubail Industrial College and University
iPoster Presenter Ismail Kinani SABIC - GAS
iPoster Presenter Jagan Rallapalli Senior Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Jim Brigman Managing Director,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenter Khalid Al Hazmi Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Khalid Al Qahtani Operations Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Khalid Zahrani Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Mahmoud Alkahlout Operation Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Michael Deighton WQI IOT Project Director,
SNC Lavalin
iPoster Presenter Muhammad Ilyas Engineer,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
iPoster Presenter Muzzamil Shakeel Scientist,
Halliburton
iPoster Presenter Nawaf Al Hedaithi Process Engineer,
Sadara Chemical Company
iPoster Presenter Nayef N Al Hussaini Sr. Scientist, Glycols Tech & IG,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Nihar Gulwadi Project Development Manager,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenter Nishad Abdul Senior Process Engineer,
SAMREF
iPoster Presenter Pranav Thakkar Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenter Dr. Qi Xu Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Ravi Alla Technical Development Manager,
DuPont Products S.A.
iPoster Presenter Rengamannar Parthasarathi Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
iPoster Presenter Saifuddin Sheikh Director Business Consulting Operations,
AspenTech
iPoster Presenter Sari Alsayegh Research Engineer,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Shahid Bashir Research Scientist,
SABIC
iPoster Presenter Swapnil Pathak Senior Manager - Process Technology,
Ingenero Inc
iPoster Presenter Tawfiq Alzainy Chemical Engineer,
University of Bahrain
iPoster Presenter Yasser Al-Goufily SABIC

Industry Initiatives

Post Event Report

2268 Unique Participants

128 Expert Speakers

436 Students & Young Professionals

449 Represented Companies

21 Represented Countries

8000 Sq.m of Exhibition Space

Co-Located Events

Organized by AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, CCPS-MEPSC is the Middle East conference for stakeholders in the process industries who recognize the business value of process safety and have committed to process safety as a strategic priority and core value in all of their operations. Focusing on operational excellence through effectively managing risk and reliability, this event aims to define, through collective industry experience, the engineering practices and leadership traits that drive industry to a zero harm culture.

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The first Middle East Specialty Chemicals event took place at the Bahrain International Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center. The regional forum was attended by Petrochemical Suppliers, Converters, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and potential investors who showcased, networked, and shared knowledge and experiences across the whole value chain.

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About the Awards

The awards program is dedicated to recognizing professional excellence in women from the Oil & Gas Industry.

About the Symposium

Symposium framework was designed to give participants a chance to experience different styles of learning and choose from different topics. 

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Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee Chairman His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil,
Kingdom of Bahrain
Advisory Committee Co-Chair June Wispelwey Executive Director,
AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Advisory Committee Member Abdulrahman A Al Saif President Projects & Services,
Sipchem
Advisory Committee Member Ahmed A. Al-Ghamdi Manager, Process and Control Systems Department,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Member Amin Sultan Chief Operations Officer,
Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) BSC
Advisory Committee Member Awadh Al Maker Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation,
SABIC
Advisory Committee Member Besim Şişman President & CEO,
Turkish Petroleum TP
Advisory Committee Member Craig Smith CEO,
Dhahran Techno-Valley Company (DTVC)
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Dafer Al-Jalahma Acting Chief Executive,
nogaholding
Advisory Committee Member Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Advisory Committee Member Gasem Saleh Al Shaikh CEO,
PCMC
Advisory Committee Member Hideki Matsubayashi President & CEO,
Yokogawa MEA
Advisory Committee Member Hussain A. Al Qahtani President,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Advisory Committee Member Jean Sentenac Chairman & CEO,
Axens
Advisory Committee Member Dr. József Tóth President,
WPC - World Petroleum Council
Advisory Committee Member Luc Chantepy Regional Sales Vice President (MENA),
AspenTech
Advisory Committee Member Mishaal Ashemimry MISHAAL AEROSPACE
Advisory Committee Member Mohammad Al Naghash President & CEO,
SAMREF
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Peter Bartlett Chief Executive Officer,
BAPCO
Advisory Committee Member Rebecca Liebert President & CEO,
Honeywell UOP
Advisory Committee Member Reem Al Ghanim HR Leader,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Member Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco
Advisory Committee Member Said M Bajodah Executive President,
SCP & JCP S Chem
Advisory Committee Member Shakeel Kadri Executive Director,
CCPS
Advisory Committee Member Salahadinn Dardeer President & CEO,
LUBEREF- Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company
Advisory Committee Member Suleyman M Ozmen Vice President - Downstream Licensing (Retired),
Shell Global Solutions International
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Tobias Scheele Senior Vice President - Software,
Schneider Electric
Advisory Committee Member Ziad Al-Labban Former, CEO,
Sadara Chemical Company

Technical Committee Members

Technical Committee Chairman Fuad Mosa GM, Local Content, Innovation & Business Development,
SABIC
Technical Committee Co-Chair Saeed Al-Alloush Work Director, Chemicals, Facilities Planning Department ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Dr. Abdullah Alqahtani Senior Manager Cracker Technology KSA,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Abdullah Al-Shuraim Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi Sustainability Manager,
Sipchem
Technical Committee Member Dr. Ahmad Hamad Senior Sales Operations Manager, MENAT,
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Technical Committee Member Dr. Anissa Sedjerari Research Center Liaison Officer, Innovation & Economic Development Department,
KAUST Catalysis Center
Technical Committee Member Dr. Ayuba Adesina Lead Engineer,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Basel Khatib Lead RS Specialist,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Committee Member Dr. El-Mekki El-Malki Licensing Advisor, MEA Lead of Refining and Chemicals Licensing,
Exxonmobil Research & Engineering Co
Technical Committee Member Dr. Ghada Salama Instructional Associate Professor,
Texas A & M University
Technical Committee Member Dr. Hatem Belfadhel Director, Global Technology Programming,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Dr. Hicham El Hajj Tech Prof Leader – Technology,
Halliburton
Technical Committee Member Dr. Hiren Shethna Engineering Consultant,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Dr. Jesper Nerlov Group Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Technical Committee Member Jim Brigman Managing Director,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Committee Member Joseph Ibrahim Managing Director, Middle East,
Axens
Technical Committee Member Dr. Khawla A Al Shayji Asst. Professor Chemical Engineering Department,
KU - Kuwait University
Technical Committee Member Luc Geerts Sr Consulting Solutions Director,
Schneider Electric
Technical Committee Member Dr. Majeda Khraisheh Professor & Head of Department, Chemical Engineering,
QU - Qatar University
Technical Committee Member Misfer Ali Al-Ghamdi Operational Consultant MCE MCC Process Domain,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Mohammed Al Habib Sub Region Director (Saudi and Bahrain),
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Technical Committee Member Dr. Mohammed S. Ba-Shammakh Chairman, Chemical Engineer Department,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Committee Member Mohammed Benchekchou Regional Manager MENA,
Shell - Criterion Catalyst Co Ltd
Technical Committee Member Mohannad Al-Haidri Manager of Polymer Processing,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Dr. Nasiru Tukur Engineering Consultant,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Dr. Nasser Al-Harbi Technology Affairs Senior Manager,
SABIC
Technical Committee Member Saad Alghamdi Process Engineering Sr. Manager,
Sadara Chemical Company
Technical Committee Member Shaalan Al Zahrani General Manager Technical,
S-Chem
Technical Committee Member Saifuddin Sheikh Director Business Consulting Operations,
AspenTech
Technical Committee Member Sandeep Goel Director Business Development ME,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Committee Member Taib Abang Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Thomas DiGiacomo Refining & EHS Consultant,
Saudi Aramco

The Innovation & Commercialization Zone (ICZ) 

Startups, new ventures and scale-ups had the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their creative solutions, working prototypes and Minimal Viable Product (MVP) at the Middle East’s largest audience of Process Engineers.

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LEWA - Leadership Excellence for Women Awards

This edition, LEWA celebrated women who demonstrated innovation, leadership and talent, in both academic and business sectors of the industry. The awards were judged by industry experts chosen from amongst partners and committee members of MEPEC.

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AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition®

The second AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition® took place and saw teams of  undergraduate students develop and construct a car powered by a chemical or biochemical energy source, safely transport a specified weight over a given distance and then stop. The winner of this exciting competition for 2017 was KFUPM.

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ChemME - “Engaging, Innovating and Motivating the Youth”...

The initiative featured a comprehensive program of activities, attracting a large number of students and early career professionals from the MENA region. Students and young professionals were able to meet with industry leaders and share ideas amongst their peers. The program was developed and implemented by our expert Youth Committee.

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