Erik Verdeyen holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering and has spent his entire career pioneering and implementing breakthrough technologies. From 1994 to 2015, Erik worked as a management consultant in charge of digital transformation projects in large organizations.

In 2015, he joined Qpinch to bring its radical innovation to the attention of global process industry and policy makers, speaking with hundreds of corporate executives, plant and energy managers, government officials and sustainability advocates. In May 2017, he was invited to introduce Qpinch at McKinsey’s Annual Sustainability & Resource Productivity conference in Stockholm.

At MERTC 2019, Erik will be sharing valuable insights from the first customer projects in Oil & Chemicals. His goal is to enrich your view on plant debottlenecking, energy efficiency and sustainability, and the big gains-without-pains to be found in your Oil & Chemicals company by exploiting waste heat currently sent to cooling.

Raj has been with TechnipFMC for past 11 years, with a total of 15 years of experience in the industry. He has experience in FCC equipment design, technology development and troubleshooting and has contributed to a wide range of projects including: FCC revamps, grassroots designs, CFD studies and Unit Startups. Raj has a MS in Chemical Engineering from the IIT, Chicago and Bachelor’s in Chemical and Bio Engineering from REC, Jalandhar, India.

Odette has been responsible for the Global Refining and Downstream business at International E&C companies and has been involved in the leadership of Refining Technology implementation in Hydroprocessing, FCC, Solvent Deasphalting, Delayed Coker, Lubes and Sulfur Management – with special emphasis in Heavy oil Upgrading and Light Tight Oil.  Being the technical consultant and advisor to many international clients, Odette has developed and implemented innovative Refining flow schemes, configurations and pertinent solutions for profit improvement purposes.

Knowledge sharing, articulation of work process, and improvement of methodology for project development are key consulting components offered by Odette’s team as project enablers.  Odette has been awarded eight (8) technology and process patents, authored and co-authored papers to address key technical as well as market issues.

Paul has over 28 years of multinational experience in the refining and petrochemicals sector, and is currently responsible for Shell’s global technology licensing organisation.

He has held a wide variety of technical, commercial and strategic roles in Shell. Before taking up his current post, Paul was President of Shell Chemicals Arabia and Director of the Board of SADAF, a 50:50 joint venture between Shell and SABIC in Saudi Arabia. Before that, he was based in the UK as the manager of a major commercial change project. Paul has also been Shell Chemicals’ styrene monomer global general manager, ethylene sales director and propylene sales director. In addition, he has held technology and operations roles at Shell’s Pernis refinery in the Netherlands.

Paul joined Shell in 1990 after completing a master’s degree in chemistry and business economics at the Leiden University in the Netherlands. He also has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Twente.

Paul was also a mentor with the UAE-based non-profit organisation INJAZ, which connects corporate volunteers to 11–24-year-old students to help prepare and inspire them for the professional world.

F.X Chrisnanto has worked at PT Pertamina (Persero) since 1990, where he is employed as hydroprocessing specialist at the main office in Jakarta. He started his career within process refining and project development engineering. Since then he has held a number of expert roles including senior process engineer, heavy oil cracking expert and advisor within hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

He holds degrees in chemical engineering from the graduate program, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia and Pertamina’s Executive Program.

Mathias Brinch-Larsen is employed as senior catalyst specialist in the Hydrocracking Group at Haldor Topsoe’s main office in Denmark. Since 2012 he has supported refineries worldwide in catalyst selection, performance optimization, troubleshooting, pilot plant testing and technology projects within hydrotreating and hydrocracking. His field of expertise is two-stage hydrocracking. Previous positions include catalyst engineer within hydrotreating and catalyst specialist within hydrocracking.

He holds a degree in MSc Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

Vincent Frate is a Process Engineer at Poerner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. He studied Process and Chemical Engineering at the FPMs and the TUW. After 5 years working in the design of bioethanol plants, Vincent moved to Poerner’s Sales Department. Currently, he is responsible for  new business development as well as for the Biturox bitumen blowing technology owned by Poerner. Being in contact with clients worldwide, he is used to work with many different bitumen standards.

Trey Schuenemann, Vice President of Operations, has been with Refined Technologies, Inc. for 10 years. He has over 20 years of experience in the refining industry, specifically around unit operations and process optimization. Insisting on safety and performance excellence, Trey continues to share his knowledge on how to improve turnarounds with industry professionals. Previous positions Trey held before joining RTI, include SRU process manager, unit process trainer, and various hazard and emergency refinery appointments.

Louis Burns is the Global Licensing Manager for Fuels Technologies with ExxonMobil’s Catalysts and Licensing group.
Louis has 20+ years of experience in several facets of catalyst technology, from research and development, catalyst development and manufacture, business management, sales and licensing.  Louis began his career with Exxon Research and Development Laboratories as a researcher in 1995 focusing on catalyst and process development for Advanced Gas Conversion process.

Following the merger between Exxon and Mobil, Louis focused on hydroprocessing catalyst and process technology for heavy feeds including hydrocracking.  In 2007, Louis joined Albemarle Corporation as a hydroprocessing specialist and business manager in their hydroprocessing division.  Louis returned to ExxonMobil in 2012 and has held several roles in ExxonMobil’s licensing and technology group, including Catalyst Product Manager for fuels and lube catalyst technologies and Global Licensing Manager for Fuels Technologies.
Currently, Louis holds the position of Licensing Sales Manager in ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing (EMCL) global business unit within ExxonMobil.  Louis has a B.S. and M.S. from Louisiana State University


Samir Saxena is Chief Technical Advisor, Refining Technology of KBR and heads the Refining Technology division of KBR at Gurgaon, India.

Mr. Saxena has over 23 years of experience in Process Design and Technology. His experience includes developing concepts for refining processes, Process Optimization and integration, Conducting Feasibility Studies, Design of process units such as Crude Distillation, Deep Vacuum Distillation, Hydroprocessing, Solvent Deasphalting (ROSE®), Delayed Coking, Resid Hydrocrackers, Optimization of distillation processes including Dividing Wall Distillation etc..

He is responsible for supporting Technology sales and Business Development of KBR in India, APAC and China Regions.

Mr. Saxena is B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering and part time MBA from IIM Kolkata, India.

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