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The strate­gic con­fer­ence will kick off with a high level min­is­te­rial panel fea­tur­ing HE Dr. Mo­hammed bin Ha­mad Al Rumhy, Min­is­ter of Oil & Gas of the Sul­tanate of Oman and HE Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Khal­ifa Al Khal­ifa, Min­is­ter of Oil of the King­dom of Bahrain.

Mod­er­ated by CNBC’s Busi­ness An­chor Hadley Gam­ble, the ses­sion will dis­cuss means of ac­cel­er­at­ing progress through the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of re­sources and the heavy oil sec­tor’s role as an en­gine for job creation, tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, and dis­rup­tions.

Other no­table ses­sions on day one in­clude “Re­think­ing the En­ergy Op­er­a­tion Model” which will be led by Dr. Bakheet Al Katheeri, CEO of Mubadala Pe­tro­leum, Luca Bertelli, Chief Ex­plo­ration Of­fi­cer of ENI, Steve Kelly, Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Man­ager of Oc­ci­den­tal of Oman, Steven Moss, CEO of GlassPoint So­lar, and Am­ran Marhubi, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor at Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman. Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Re­fin­ing & Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer of ENI and Niaz Mustafa, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent – Com­mer­cial of Heurtey Petrochem (Ax­ens) will share their ex­per­tise in un­lock­ing re­fin­ing po­ten­tial and value chain per­for­mance to meet the ris­ing de­mand of high­value re­fined prod­ucts.

Day two prom­ises to be equally en­gag­ing and thought pro­vok­ing. Busi­ness trans­for­ma­tion strate­gies and sus­tain­able re­sults will be tack­led by Ad­nan Al Lawati, Vice Pres­i­dent- Op­er­a­tions of Oc­ci­den­tal of Oman, Mar­wan Char, Vice Pres­i­dent Projects at GlassPoint So­lar, and Prakash Par­dasani, De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Mid­dle East at Mott Mac­Don­ald.

The crit­i­cal role of re­search and de­vel­op­ment will be high­lighted dur­ing a four-way ex­pert panel fea­tur­ing Mike Crab­tree, Vice Pres­i­dent En­ergy at Saskatchewan Re­search Coun­cil, Dr. S.K. Mazum­dar, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (Re­fin­ing Tech­nol­ogy) at In­dian Oil R&D, Dr. SM Farouq Ali, Pro­fes­sor of Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neer­ing at Univer­sity of Hous­ton, and KC Ye­ung, Chair­man at Part­ners En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Corp. Holis­tic field as­set value and cap­i­tal in­vest­ment pro­gramme will be pre­sented by John Harley, Hy­dro­car­bons Re­gional Di­rec­tor EMEA at Wor­leyPar­sons Ad­visian, whereas Mustafa An­sari, Se­nior Econ­o­mist at APICORP, will share his views on the im­pact of global de­ci­sions on the heavy oil sec­tor.

Clos­ing the two-day strate­gic con­fer­ence on a high note are Car­men Castillo Hinds, EOR Tech­nol­ogy Chief at Ecopetrol, Is­mail Mostafa, Reser­voir En­gi­neer­ing Man­ager and Se­nior RE Ad­vi­sor/Dis­ci­pline Lead for Mid­dle East – MENAT Re­gion at Baker Hughes. Speak­ing to­gether, they will ad­dress re­cov­ery strate­gies from the global glut as well as low oil prices, and ways to build a re­silient and in­vestor-friendly oil and gas sec­tor.

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