Jack Carstensen graduated from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with an BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1985 after which he joined Haldor Topsoe A/S as a Technical Service Engineer.

In the period 1985-2016 he has held various positions in Technical Service, Catalyst Sales, Marketing, Production and Licensing. In 2017 he took up the position as Managing Director for Topsoe’s office in Kuala Lumpur. The office in Kuala Lumpur is responsible for Sales and Technical Service for the Refinery and Fertilizer Industry in South East Asia.

Chalermchai Udomranu has worked for Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited since 1997.  He has held progressively senior roles in technical services, refinery projects and operations, and is currently serving as Senior Executive Vice President, Refinery Business Unit.

Apirom Pongnoppa has over 28 years of working experience in oil refineries, gas plants and petrochemical plants in process engineering, process control and optimization. He is currently Vice President for the Technology Department of IRPC at Rayong HQ Office. He holds a BE in Chemical Engineering from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, graduating in 1990. He also holds a Thai Chemical Engineering Profession License level 2.

Yu Jiao is the Vice President of SINOPEC Economic and Development Research Institute (EDRI) with responsibility for strategy & planning at SINOPEC. A senior economist, she has more than 20 years’ experience in energy and petrochemical strategy and marketing studies.

She graduated from Renmin University of China with an MBA. In 2010, she studied Western planning theory as a visiting scholar at Stanford Research Institute Consulting Co. in the US. She has been involved in SINOPEC’s Five-Year Plans since 2000, and worked as a key organizer and writer of the “13th Five-Year Plan” of SINOPEC.

David is Director of Strategy & Development for Wood Capital Projects Business in Asia Pacific.  He has worked for Wood (legacy Foster Wheeler) for nearly 20 years of which the past 13 have been spent in Thailand.

David started his career as a Process Engineer and has held both Process and Engineering Management positions on a number of technically challenging projects for major operators within the refining & Petrochemical Industries.

David holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering (1st Class Hons) from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Responsible for Margin improvement & New Projects for Reliance’s refining & marketing business.

Joined Reliance, in 1993, to develop the Jamnagar refinery, including process optimization and project implementation. Has worked in Refinery Operations, Economics and Planning, Strategy and Long term initiatives.

Also conceptualised Jamnagar SEZ refinery (J2) and pet-coke gasification for the J3 project.

Has Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University (UDCT), with 25 years of professional experience.



Kelvin Halliwell is the General Manager for Technology Licensing & Services, overseeing the commercial licensing of Shell’s technologies as well as Technical Services offerings in Asia.

Kelvin has 31 years experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Criterion Catalyst Co. UK in 1992 as a Commercial Manager in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia (EMEAR) region, responsible for achieving catalyst sales in these regions and in 1997 was promoted to lead the EMEAR Technical Sales team.

In 2003 Kelvin moved from the UK to Singapore to become Regional Manager for South East Asia and the Middle East for Criterion Asia Pacific, and in 2006 moved to Dubai, where he took on a dual role as General Manager, Sales for CRI/Criterion and Downstream Licensing Technology Manager for Shell Global Solutions in the Middle East region. In 2013, Kelvin was appointed the Global General Manager for Midstream Technologies, and in 2014, added the General Manager, MENA Commercial Services to his portfolio.

Kelvin moved to Beijing, where he is currently based, in January 2016 and took up his current role in March 2018.

Kelvin graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 1985 from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Cheonhong Park assumed his current position as the leader of Business Development Team of Samsung Engineering in mid-2017. Mr. Park has led Corporate Strategy & Planning Group to set up SECL’s mid-long term strategy as well as ‘New management framework for Operational Excellence’ after he joined SECL in 2013.

Previous positions he held prior to his current position were principal of Arthur D. Little in 2013 and general manager of Hanwha Group in 2008. Mr. Park has expertise in business development including M&A, specialized in engineering and construction industry. Also he co-authored a book ‘Beyond 3rd Generation R&D’ in 2007.

He holds a MBA degree from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Nazri Idzlan has more than 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He started his career as a Production Surveillance Engineer in 2004. He previously held various roles in Upstream business within PETRONAS, including the Upstream Resources & Reserves Management, where he spearheaded the company’s entry into Brazil and Mexico.

Nazri holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and has recently completed his Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School. Coupled with a strong technical background, he is now expanding his experience in Downstream under Refining & Trading Business as the Head of Strategic Planning & Business Development.

Christophe has over 20 years of experience in refining catalysts, successively in Technical Services, Sales and Marketing.

This experience includes refining catalyst development, consulting and on-site training in EMEA/CIS. He was responsible for Sales for refining catalysts in the Middle East. Christophe has held Marketing positions for W.R Grace successively in EMEA, in a US team as Global Marketing Manager with a focus on new product launch and business development. His most recent position relates to the AP market, closely working with Grace’s Sales team.

He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from France and a PhD in refining catalysis with TOTAL.

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