Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas sector and has led a variety of regional businesses in Shell’s Downstream portfolio including Lubricants, Aviation and Marine in regions as diverse as the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. He has been involved in Shell’s Sulphur business since 2010 – initially based in the UAE and was responsible for developing a number of key Upstream Sulphur Ventures. He returned to London in 2012 and took on the role of Global VP for the Sulphur business in mid-2013. Mike is also currently the Vice Chair of The Sulphur Institute (TSI). He graduated from Bristol University with a background in Social Sciences and completed his MBA at Henley, The Management College.

Muhamad Fadhil has extensive experience in tracking and analysing petrochemical prices and market trends in the Middle East. His area of interest includes crude oil and downstream markets in the Middle East. Besides representing ICIS at major industry events, Fadhil has been a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and exhibitions around the world.

Before joining ICIS, Fadhil worked for Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia. Fadhil has also worked for Hill & Associates Risk Consulting, and the O&S Group of Companies.

Fadhil holds a masters degree in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of London.


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.

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