Suhas has 18 years of experience in the refining and petrochemicals sector.

Suhas has done Masters in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. He has studied Management at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Over his 18 years in refining and petrochemicals sector, he has worked in different divisions such as Operations, Technical Services, R&D, Projects and corporate planning.

Suhas joined Reliance Industries in 2000, and is currently working as Asst. Vice President in the Strategy and Initiatives group.

John is a Process Control & Optimisation Engineer in the Process Control group at the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery.

He is primarily responsible for maintaining and developing APC applications for the RCCU, HF Alkylation and Gas Separation Units.  He is also responsible for daily support of the RCCU and distillation complex RTOs.  Control projects implemented at the DCS level include work on the Amine Regeneration Units, Sulphur Recovery Units and Trade Waste.

John’s career has spanned the Dairy, Mineral Processing and Oil & Gas sectors.  His expertise lie in the application of modelling for process optimisation, process design and operator training along with deployment of APC solutions.

John holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Canterbury.



Khoon Tee Tan leads McKinsey’s refining and petrochemicals work in Asia, and McKinsey Implementation practice in Southeast Asia. Over the past decade, he has served several leading downstream petroleum companies throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States on topics of strategy, organization, and capability building. Prior to joining McKinsey, Khoon Tee was a Shell Malaysia Scholar.


Ashwin Balasubramanian leads McKinsey’s downstream Oil & Gas work in Asia. Over the years, he has served multiple downstream and refining clients in Asia on strategy, operations transformations, and emerging topics, including digital and advanced analytics. Prior to McKinsey, Ashwin worked in Shell Downstream for close to 10 years.


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.

John Mathai leads Refinitiv’s engagements on enterprise and big data initiatives with key energy companies in Asia Pacific.

Before that, he held multiple roles in Bloomberg, from helping start its India operations to managing sales in the sub-continent and then as a Market specialist for the energy and commodities sector in Asia Pacific. Until 2017, he was an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence focused on transport and logistics industry in the region, following which, he went on to set-up a fintech start-up.

John has a Masters in economics and started his career as an analyst covering industry and foreign trade at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy

Merrick White is a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. His practice centres on global oil, gas, LNG, refining and petrochemical project development. Merrick is also a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 27 years’ wide-ranging experience in the legal, commercial, business development and engineering aspects of the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries, with over 20 years in Asia (7 years in Jakarta) successfully developing major infrastructure projects and 6 years working in engineering and commercial roles with British Gas Exploration and Production.

Merrick has been recommended annually as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global since 2012 for projects work and from 2008 for oil and gas and is ranked in Band 1. He was also recognized by Chambers Global and by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2018 for his work across the oil and gas industry.

He has nearly three decades of experience advising on farm-out arrangements, LNG sale and purchase agreements and project development.

Ron Beck is Director of Industry Marketing for Oil and Gas at AspenTech, globally and across all of AspenTech’s software technologies.  During ten years at the company, he has held a range of product and industry marketing roles. He has over 30 years’ experience in providing technology solutions and as a change agent in the process industries and 15 years’ experience in chemical engineering technology commercialization.

Beck has authored papers on key industry topics and presented at several public industry events. Beck has a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in New Jersey.

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 six (6) technology and process patents, authored and co-authored papers to address key technical as well as market issues.

Steve Eshelman is Regional General Manager for UOP’s Asia Pacific Region. In this role, he oversees all of UOP’s businesses, Process Technology & Equipment (PTE), Catalyst Adsorbents & Specialties (CAS), and Gas Processing and Hydrogen (GPH) for Asia outside of China. Steve began his career with UOP in 1978 and has held positions in research and development, engineering, technical services, sales and now general management. Steve holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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