Fahad Al Dawood is the Vice President of COTC in Innovation & Business Development division of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His total experience is 21 years in the Petrochemical industry. He assumed many leadership responsibilities as he was assigned for United affiliate as GM Operations and then moved to Petrokemya co as GM-Hydrocarbons Operations. He got promoted to lead SABIC Terminal Services CO., SabTank, as a President.

He has been assigned to lead the Olefins & Gases Division when got promoted as a Vice President in the Chemical SBU of SABIC. January 2017 he has given a major task of leading a joint project between SABIC and Saudi Aramco known as COTC Project; representing SABIC as a Vice President.

Through his experiences, he was a member in many board of directors for different companies as the following, ChemTank, Kemeya, Yanpet and Saudi Kayan.

He obtained his BE in Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals KSA.

Since 2017, Dr. Alois Virag is OMV’s Senior Vice President Downstream Middle East and Asia.

Dr. Virag served OMV in several key senior management functions. Carrying responsibility for OMV’s refineries, Dr. Virag decisively shaped the creation of a more integrated and standardized business model through efficiency and yield optimization and established a top quartile safety record. He was also a key architect in the design and implementation of OMV’s petrochemicals expansion strategy, middle distillate flexibility and increased residue upgrade.

Prior to assuming his new role, Dr. Virag led the group wide transformation program, strengthening OMV’s overall competitiveness, including the start of a cross-divisional operations excellence program and an overhaul of OMV’s procurement and IT.

Dr. Virag obtained his PHD from Vienna Technical University, followed by a postdoctoral position at Washington University Saint Louis.

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.


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. 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.

Abdulla is leading the Refining and Petrochemicals Unit at ADNOC’s Downstream Directorate. An industry specialist with more than 22 years of experience, he is currently responsible for ADNOC’s downstream Refining and Petrochemicals business governance for multiple operating companies including ADNOC Refining, Borouge ADP, Borouge Pte and ADNOC Fertilizers.

Based at ADNOC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, he oversees the operations and performance of assets, identifies new asset growth opportunities to drive greater operational performance as well as the planning and execution of refining and petrochemical mega projects for the operating companies. Prior to his current role, he was the Senior Vice President of the Borouge Technical Group where he was responsible to develop and sustain a long term perspective of Borouge assets, the development of new products, and to ensure the continuous assets integrity compliance.

He began his career outside ADNOC group of companies then he joined Borouge early 2000 as a Process Engineer where he subsequently took on various managerial positions including Senior Vice President of the Borouge 3 Project, the petrochemical production plant that was set up in Ruwais in 2015.

A UAE national, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the UAE University in Al Ain.

Fuad Mosa has a Bachelor degree in chemical engineering from KFUPM in Dhahran in 1995, Masters Degree in chemical engineering from KSU in Riyadh in 2006 and MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Management in Arizona, USA in 2013. He has over 19 years of experience in different fields related to the petrochemical industry starting from operations to an extensive experience in the area of research and development working in the Process development and design phases of small and large scale olefin catalyst production and chemical process. He also led various activities from lab scale and set scale-up programs for improved and new developed catalyst and processes.

In 1999, he was assigned as a leader for commercialization of the 1st olefin catalyst (Sab-Cat-1) developed at the Sabic technology center and in 2002 as a Technology Project Manager for developing, engineering, start-up of a new Sabic breakthrough technology to produce linear alpha olefin (Alpha-Sablin) which was fully commercialized in Jubail in 2008. In 2009, he was assigned to manage the department of chemical technology development at the Sabic technology center in Riyadh. In January, 2012, he was assigned as a Director for Global Technology Management under the Chemical Strategic Business Unit to steer Sabic’s technological strategy and roadmap for feedstock and intermediates production. In 2013 he was promoted to an executive level within Sabic as a General Manager for Global corporate programs and Research & Innovation Centers. In 2014, he was promoted to GM Technology KSA & Emerging Economies to lead Sabic’s technology centers and initiatives in local and non-developed countries in the world. He has contributed more than 35 patents during his years of experience and has published many papers and presents others in many international conferences.