After finalizing his academic education with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin followed by an International Master of Business Administration at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Mr. Rings spent four years in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry at Schering AG. He held several positions in the financial and technical area and assisted the Board of Directors.

Mr. Rings joint A.T. Kearney 24 years ago and since then he has been a member of the Process Industry Group. His focus has been mainly on Chemicals and Oil & Gas and he has supported a broad range of clients in these industries globally. At the beginning of 2000 he became partner and has held a series of leadership roles in A.T. Kearney. Mr. Rings is now leading A.T. Kearney’s Middle Eastern Process Industry Team and is one of the senior partners contributing to the chemical segment globally. In addition, since 2014 Mr. Rings is serving on the Board of Directors of A.T. Kearney.

His major areas of consulting expertise include long-term strategy development and top line transformation, M&A, pre- and post-merger integration, operations and performance transformation as well as more recently digital transformation in the Chemical and Oil & Gas industry.

Ramón is the General Manager of CEPSA for Middle East. CEPSA is an integrated Spanish company, 100% owned by MUBADALA. CEPSA started its refining activity in Spain in 1929, and since then it has spread its activity worldwide, covering all the oil & gas value chain.

Ramón has been working in the Oil & Gas business since 1987. After working for an asphalt refinery in Spain, he started his career in CEPSA implementing and developing the finance and internal control systems in the petrol stations network and LPG distribution activities.  He has a wide experience in upstream and downstream activities as he has been the CFO for the E&P and Petrochemical businesses of CEPSA.

He has university degrees in Law, Economics and a master degree in Tax.

Yahya Mahmoud is the Chemicals & Petroleum Leader and Industrial Products with IBM Global Markets for Middle East, Africa and Turkey focusing primarily on supporting strategic clients realize value through digitization, transformation, consulting and technology investments. Yahya held several roles with leading firms such as IBM, Accenture, and Oracle.

Yahya’s experience has focused significantly on the regional National Oil Companies, Energy conglomerates and Natural Resources organizations in the Middle East. Yahya translates the regional business priorities and key challenges. With strong focus on Industry 4.0, Digitization, Digital Transformation, Industrial IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Change Management and Stakeholder Management, he has led key strategic programs across the region. Yahya leverages his global exposure with IOCs and Supermajors to drive value realization for clients.

Yahya is passionate about Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation with specific focus economic modeling, value engineering, data science, Industrial IoT and AI applications in the industry.

Andrew Carne-Ross is Vice President Business Development for CB&I, a position which he has held since 2010, having joined the Company in 2007.

Mr. Carne-Ross is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years experience in the oil and gas and manufacturing industries.
His experience includes project management and discipline engineering roles in refining, fertilizers, chemicals, gas processing and LNG projects following which he has spent over 16 years in Business Development roles.  Currently he leads a business development team based in seven international locations to secure new business in upstream and downstream sectors.

Mohamed Ali Al Haddadi currently holds the position of Corporate Excellence Department Manager in Corporate Support Division in ADNOC Refining. His responsibilities include managing the corporate level initiatives and best practices implementation and monitoring for business improvement and operational excellence. Over the past 16 years of his service with the company, Mohamed has held variety of posts ranging from Mechanical Engineer, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Senior Reliability Engineer to Head of the Mechanical Maintenance, in both Ruwais Refinery and Abu Dhabi Refinery.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Mechanical Engineering from United Arab Emirates University, and additionally holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Abu Dhabi University, with emphasis on Strategic Planning and Marketing. He is also a certified ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Member in the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM), UK.

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.

Philippe Peccard was born 1970 in region Paris, France.

Professional Experience

Since 2003 – Linde Group in Abu Dhabi, Munich, Shanghai
Since 2017 – President Linde Engineering & Linde Investments Middle-East/North Africa
2010- Vice-President Project Development Europe/Middle-East/Africa
2005 – Head Business Development Greater China
2003 – Business Development for Linde investments in syngas plants
1993-2002 – Air Liquide in Paris
1999 – Project Manager, projects in Benelux
1994 – Process Manager
1992-1993 – Shell U.K., Research & Development


  • Master’s Degree, Engineering Physics/Applied Physics, Nancy in France
  • Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Chemical Engineering, Nancy in France