Eugenio has a master degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy and from 1991 to 1997 worked for ExxonMobil (Esso Augusta Refinery) as senior process engineer for Reforming, Hydro-treating and FCC Units.

Eugenio joined Engelhard in 1997 as FCC Senior Technical Manager then progressively moved in several positions within the sale organization. After the 2006 Engelhard acquisition from BASF, he became BASF Refining Catalysts Technical and Sales Manager for Central and South Europe.

Since 2011, Eugenio is Johnson Matthey Business Manager, responsible for technical service and sales activities for the Oil & Gas Business Unit of the Johnson Matthey Process Technology Division.


Claus-Peter Hälsig has over 35 years of industrial experience in various aspects of hydrocarbon processing in the refining and petrochemical industries, covering catalysis, new process developments, clean fuels and heavy fuel oil upgrading up to bio-fuels, energy efficiency and sustainability / renewable aspects as well as alternative energy resources incl. gasification and syngas conversion. He is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in his position as Vice President for Process Engineering & Technology is responsible for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region as well as Russia. Before joining Fluor in Irvine, California in 1993, Mr. Hälsig worked for British Petroleum in Sunbury (UK) in various functions from 1986, leading a refinery support team, which provided worldwide technical and scientific support to BP’s refineries. From 1980 to 1986 Mr. Hälsig worked in the R&D Center of BP in Germany and was responsible for the technical service to the BP’s German refineries, as well as for the development, scale up, and commercialization of new refinery processes. One of Mr. Hälsig main areas of interest has become the topic of ‘energy & material efficiency’ in the widest sense in design and operation, the application of Best Available Technologies and Techniques and to facilitate the necessary closer cooperation in the age of digitalization (“Industry 4.0”) between all parties required to enhance the chance of improvements early in prospect development.

Since joining Shell in 1986 Simon Cackett has enjoyed a diverse career living in the UK, The Netherlands and Singapore. He has spent more than 15 years in hydrocracking responsible for design of new and revamped units, providing technical support and catalyst technology. His current position is Licensing Technology Manager engaging with a variety of customers interested in using Shell’s technology to improve the performance of their existing refinery process units and in licensing of new units. Prior to that Simon worked in Shell Downstream Strategy and was responsible for working with Shell’s European Manufacturing sites to improve their competitive position.

Bobby is the Sr. Marketing Manager at the GE Gasification. GE slurry-fed gasification technology is known for its outstanding reliability, availability and versatile application. At the moment, GE Gasification has more than 100 licensed plants of versatile applications in the world, operating flawlessly and creating values for our licensees. Bobby joined GE in Jan, 2011, as a Leader for the Coal-chemical Vertical for GGO. With footprints in NW region of China, he spent most of his time identifying the trend and development of coal-chemical industry in China, and developing cross business, One-GE Coal-chemical solutions. In March, 2012, he joined Gasification business, focusing on product positioning, marketing communication and new initiatives. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from National Taipei University, and an MBA from University of Maryland.

Dr. Gregory Funk is a Senior Product Line Manager at UOP LLC and is responsible for Light Olefin Technologies. Prior to his current assignment, Greg spent his first 22 years at UOP in R&D where he held a variety of roles, serving most recently as the Sr. Director of Strategy and Alliances. Greg obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and his MBA from Northwestern University. He is the co-author of 22 U.S. patents.



Mr. Evers is founder and Managing Partner of Gulf Intelligence. Sean has spent his career building ground-breaking media enterprises, starting with the award winning Punchbag Productions across Britain and Ireland, securing top award at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival. In the mid-1990s Sean Evers was appointed Cairo correspondent for The Financial Times. In 1997 he was recruited by Bloomberg to open up the Middle East commencing in the UAE, and over the following decade he built-out the U.S. media company’s regional network of bureaus from Cairo to Tehran, culminating in 2008 in Dubai being designated as the firm’s fourth global hub. Sean is regularly quoted and broadcasted in the media for his views on energy and finance, and continues to write thought leadership pieces on energy trends. He attained a BA in Politics & Economics from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1988, and went on to secure his LLB law degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He tweets @sean_evers

Alberto De Amicis graduated in Chemical engineering in 1985 at the University of Padua, after covering various positions in process and sales departments in Snamprogetti he joined Pirelli Group in 1997 as Director of Operations for the renewable energies and environmental business sector. He joined Eurotecnica Contractor & Engineers S.p.A. In 2006 as Sales Director and became Managing Director in 2009. Eurotecnica is part of Proman Group of Companies a multinational conglomerate engaged in the production of methanol, fertilizers and melamine.