Mr. Michael Bjorn is Vice President, Middle East & Asia at Borealis AG and since 2014 heads the Borealis representative office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

He serves as a Director on the Board of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge ADP) and Borouge PTE Ltd, Singapore.

Mr. Bjorn spent 5 years at Borouge PTE Ltd in Singapore, first heading a business unit before then to running a company-wide business transformation project. Prior to this he held a number of senior sales and marketing positions at Borealis across Europe.

Mr. Bjorn holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.


Reem Al Anbari is the Chief Financial Officer at Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. Ltd. (Borouge) since October 2014. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Administrative Science in Accounting from the University of United Arab Emirates and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

With over 20 years of experience, she is the first woman to occupy the CFO position across ADNOC Group of companies. She was awarded “Woman of the Year in the 2016 Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining and Petrochemicals Awards and received a finalist position in the 2016 ADIPEC Awards for Woman of the Year.

She is an active speaker-panelist in annual Women’s forums including ADIPEC’s Women in the Industry and Women in Leadership Conferences, Arab Leadership and Business Summit and ADNOC’s Emirati Women’s Day Forum.

She is responsible for setting up strategic direction and driving financial performance, defining Borouge’s financial strategy, managing finance functions including Group Control, Business Control and Accounting (Middle East, Africa, Asia South and China), Cash and Insurance Management, Credit, Tax and Business Process Support covering two organizations-Borouge production in Abu Dhabi and sales and marketing in Singapore. She oversees investment processes and evaluations and supports business leaders with financial analysis and advice.

Thorsten Loehl is Borouge’s Vice President Innovation based in Abu Dhabi since May 2016. He is responsible for leading the Research & Development activities at Borouge Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi and Application Centre in Shanghai.

Thorsten brings with him a vast international experience in R&D and marketing management with extensive background in specialty and base chemicals including polyolefin and customer goods industry. He is also experienced in the development of new business strategies, deriving innovation strategies and subsequent building and adaptation of existing R&D or marketing units to generate growth.

Prior to joining Borouge, Thorsten was the Executive Vice President Research & Innovation at Swarovski in Austria since 2012 where he was responsible for research, development, engineering and new ventures for Swarovski Professional, supporting all other Business Units as sole research & development centre for the Global Swarovski Group. Before that, Thorsten worked as the Head of Marketing, BU Film & Fibre at Borealis AG from 2010-2012. From 2009 to 2011, he took up the position of head of Innovation & Technology Base Chemicals at Borealis Polyolefine GmbH.

Thorsten started his career in 1995 as Laboratory Leader Corp. R&D at Henkel Germany till 1998. From 1998 to 2009 he acquired various managerial positions including Project Leader Biotechnology at Henkel Americas (1998-1999), Project Leader Henkel Kindai Research Centre Japan, and Group Leader R&D Organic Products at Henkel Germany (1999-2000). In 2000, he moved to Cognis, Henkel’s chemical division later acquired by BASF, in Germany as Group Leader “Formulation 2.

Technology” (2000-2001), Director R&D North Europe (2001-2002), Global Director Corporate R&D Chemistry & Formulation Technology (2003-2004), and Global Director Care Chemicals R&D Chemical Products (2004-2009).

Thorsten holds a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Münster, Germany, in 1995, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Magna cum laude, from the same university in 1996, Executive MBA Studies from NIMBAS Universiteit, Graduate School of Management, Utrecht (NL) & University of Bradford (UK) in 2006, and Executive Leadership Studies from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010. Thorsten is a German national.

Borouge is a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions. A

Dr. Elkareish, has joined OAPEC in 2005.

– He has a total of thirty one (31) years in the Petroleum and energy field including petroleum refining, petrochemicals and natural gas.

– He also has an extensive experience in quality control, alternative fuels and petroleum  transportation pipelines.

Dr. Elkareish  started his career at the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation  (EGPC)  in 1985, where he had held several positions and grew to the position of the Assistant Vice chairman for Operations Department.


         Ph.D.  “Corrosion in Petroleum Industry”,1998 Cairo University  – Egypt

         M.Sc in  Lub. Oil additives,1991 Cairo University   – Egypt.

         Deploma in TQM & ISO 9000 American University in Cairo, 2003.

         Bachelor of Science, in Geology& Chemistry (1984).

​Bassam A. Al-Bokhari joined Petro Rabigh in December 2012 with over 25 years of experience in the refining and petrochemicals industry. A Bachelor of Science and Mas-ter of Business Ad​ministration, Al-Bokhari began his career at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura refinery as a Systems Engineer in 1989, before going on to head the Planning and Training Division to manage the Operating Plan, Accountability and Strategic Business Plan. ​He went on to hold positions such as Organization and Strategy Manager with RTIP-Manufacturing in Houston and Human Capital Development Department Manager at Sadara. In addition to his position as Vice President of Industrial Relations, Al-Bokhari is also Secretary of the Nomination, Renumeration Compensation Committee of the Petro Rabigh Board of Directors.​​

Omar Al-Hamed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering & MBA from Abu Dhabi School of Management. He has 18 years of vast experiences in Refinery Process Industries. He worked as Vice President, Technical Division for TAKREER Ruwais Refinery West since 2016. He is responsible for identifying and resolving existing and anticipated operational problems, analysis trends, track performance, and provide appropriate recommendation to Operations. He leads the Division with his excellent skill of interpretation of business plan requirements to ensure optimal process assurance and quality according to operating standards. Additionally, during his career with Takreer worked as Technical Service Department Manager ,Process Assurance Quality Department Manager, Interface Projects Department Manager and Projects Coordinator.

Dr. Mikael Berthod has more than 13 years’ experience in both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and has been involved in both pilot plant and industrial projects in the oil refining area. He obtained his Ph.D. from the university Claude Bernard (Lyon, France) followed by a post doctoral position in Montreal university. In 2006 he started in IFP as senior research engineer and supervised national and international research projects leading a team of laboratory chemist, Ph.D. and post doctoral fellow. He has published over 17 scientific publications and 13 patents. He is currently the Vice President of the Research Centre of Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer). Leading a team of more than 50 scientists he is developing the research centre to sustain Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s vision to reach excellence in the field of refining technology, process and product development.

Ahmed Omar Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Limited (Borouge), a leading manufacturer of polyolefins based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, since May 2016. Mr Ahmed has spent his entire career with the ADNOC Group of Companies and therefore has extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry, having held senior positions in General Management, Refining Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Planning and Technical, Business Support and Marketing Management (Sales & Marketing of Refined Products, LPG, LNG & Crude Oil, Transportation & Shipping).

As a Member of the Borouge Pte Ltd Board of Directors, and previously as a Chairman of Borouge’s Marketing Projects Steering Group (MPSG), he has been actively contributing to the expansion and success of Borouge since 2008. Being a Board Member, he acquired a wealth of understanding of the polyolefin manufacturing operations as well as the supply chain, compounding and international marketing and sales operations.

Nadia is a chemical engineer with 25 years experience in the downstream industry.

Nadia started her career as a Process engineer at  KNPC Mina Abdulla Refinery (MAB) in 1992, where she grew to the position of Chief Process Engineer. She was the  Team Leader in charge of the process design & environmental aspects of two mega oil sector projects in Kuwait: the new refinery at Al-Zour and the Clean Fuels project – the project targeting upgrade of the existing KNPC refineries, in addition to Onshore Processing Facilities project for an offshore gas field.  She has also occupied the post of Technical Services Manager of both Shuaiba refinery and Mina Abdulla Refinery.  During her career, she has made considerable contributions to KNPC and to KNPC’s mega  projects and is played a lead role in the refinery readiness for the Clean Fuels Project. She also headed the catalyst committee for KNPC refineries, besides many new initiatives to improve refinery performance to meet the long term goals.

Nadia currently heads the Optimisation & Planning department for Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company KIPIC overseeing the new grassroots refinery at Al-Zour and associated  petrochemicals  facilities, as well as LNG import facilities.

David Marion is now Vice President Manufacturing in SATORP (JV Saudi Aramco and Total located at Jubail industrial area in Saudi Arabia).

Career of 23 years in Total group, mainly in refining, David started as Process control engineer for about 3 years followed by a position as Operation Superintendant for about 4 years in Normandy Refinery (France). After 1 year in USA – Houston TX, was appointed as Project manager to implement SAP in 12 European refineries. His next position was Maintenance manager at Feyzin refining and petrochemicals (France), followed by a business position in Donges refinery (France). In 2009, he was general manager of SARA refinery (JV Total, Ruby, Exxon) in Martinique French Caribbean island. He was then back to Normandy refinery as GM for about 3 years and then moved to Saudi Arabia in July 2015.