SPE logo


Panel Sessions

Session 1: HSE Management (Disaster Management/Crisis Management)

Moderator: Elie Daher, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, United Safety

The performance of an HSE management system is most routinely evaluated for its ability to deliver desired results against regular, expected variables. However, a more critical test of the capability of an HSE management programme occurs in the face of natural and man-made disasters and mass casualty incidents. How well an organisation is prepared to manage unpredictable catastrophic events can mean the difference in success or failure of the entire organisation. This panel session will cover how organisations can decide on the appropriate level of HSE disaster management planning, what form that planning should take, which elements of HSE disaster management planning should always be considered, and how organisations can develop critical operational approaches to HSE disaster management. The panel comprises representatives from the oil and gas industry and from the public health sector.



Ibrahim H. Fahmy 
Senior Marine and HSE Specialist, ZADCO

Qudsia Huda
Technical Officer, Preparedness and Risk Reduction, WHO

Steve Flynn 
Group Head of Risk Learning and HSSE, Safety and Operational Risk, BP Sunbury ICBT

Walid Abu Galala
Consultant Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine, HMC

Session 2: Business Case for Managing Health

Moderator: Israr Ahmed, Health Manager, Shell

This panel will focus on discussions around managing the health of our workforce using a ‘holistic approach’, and its impact on the overall performance. It will also focus on what is required by the industry to sustain healthy, high performing people at the workplace.

Managing health at the workplace yields benefits to the business. Firstly, there are direct benefits in terms of improved human performance resulting in better HSSE, quality, and productivity performance. Secondly, there are indirect benefits in terms of positive reputational spin-offs towards governments and stakeholders. A comprehensive holistic approach in terms of the physical, mental, and psycho-social domains at both an individual level and an organisational level makes perfect business sense.
Health is about being happy and thriving, about being the best you can be. Having sound ‘holistic health’ management in place not only translates to good numbers but also shows the business is as committed to doing the right thing, caring for its most valued ass—its people. And that is good business!



Ahmad Al-Shatti
Consultant, Occupational & Environmental Medicine Director, OHD, MoH

Frano Mika
Oversees Health Manager, Saipem

Luay Badran
Lead Medical Officer, QP

Nigel Shanks
Chief Medical Officer, RasGas

Session 3: Climate Change

Moderator: Onosteike Cordilia Elogie, Specialist (Climate Change), Qatar Petroleum

The science says our world is changing due to our industrial activities; the management of such activities poses a challenge and has given birth to new environmental regulations, technologies, and innovations as well as debates which is surrounded by politics. A thousand and one questions come to mind whenever the issue of climate change comes up especially in an energy intensive industry like ours. Most of us wonder what management options are available to us considering our type of industry, some of us already feel the impact of climate change but the key challenges facing us is how to meet ever increasing global energy demand with lower GHG emissions to attain a sustainable future that we want.

Avoiding the unmanageable (mitigation) and managing the unavoidable (adaptation) are the key management options available. However, due to the complex and unique structure of the oil and gas industry, these options are enveloped with challenges. This session takes a look at some climate risk facing the oil and gas industry, challenges of mitigating, and adapting to climate change and draw experts’ opinion on management strategies and practical solutions that have worked.



Dominique Copin    Ian_James Kaushik_Deb

Dominique Copin
Carbon Capture and Storage Coordinator, Total

Ebenezer Rajkumar Abraham
Specialist, Renewable Energy, HSE Regulations & Enforcement Directorate, Qatar Petroleum 

Ian James
Partner and Co-Owner, WKC Group

Kaushik Deb 
Advisor (Environmental), RasGas 

Session 4: Establishing Organisational Belief in HSE

Moderator: Randy Stadler, Chief Safety, Environment, and Quality Officer, QatarGas

It can be argued that establishing an excellent safety culture underlines an organisation’s commitment to great health, safety, and environmental performance. Professor Patrick Hudson, renowned expert in the field of safety science, has defined the ideal safety culture as including the following characteristics:

  • Informed: a culture in which everyone is prepared to report errors and near misses
  • Mindful: everyone thinks about what could go wrong; for themselves and their co-workers
  • Learning: lessons from incidents are acted upon quickly, effectively, and sustainably
  • Fair: a ‘just culture’ where there is an atmosphere of trust present and people feel they can report errors and near misses without being blamed
  • Respectful: where individuals, regardless of their level in the organisation, feel that if they have something to contribute they will be listened to

This panel will discuss the barriers that companies, both internationally and regionally, encounter in addressing the characteristics above, considering for example:

  • How does a company’s diverse personnel demographic, with attendant disparities in risk tolerance established through environmental factors present during an individual’s childhood, affect the founding of a consistent culture?
  • Do different styles of management, especially in relation to front line supervision, imported from the context of an individual’s society, make this task more difficult?
  • Is the introduction of more safety professionals in the workforce likely to generate the desired level of mindfulness or allow others to abdicate personal responsibility for safety on the basis that ‘that’s the safety officer’s job’?
  • Will workers from a national culture which engenders a strong respect for authority make them less likely to intervene when they observe at-risk behaviours?
  • Are incident investigations perceived as learning opportunities or merely to apportion blame?
  • Will workers from strong masculine cultures admit their errors let alone report them?



Abigail Bralee Elie Daher Petrus Van Rensburg

Anthony Pryde, EMQI Technical Manager, ExxonMobil Research Qatar 

Abigail Bralee 
Construction/Commissioning HSE Interface Leader, Shell

Elie Daher
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, United Safety

Petrus Van Rensburg
HSE Manager, ORYX GTL 

Wells Grogan      

Wells Grogan
Vice President HSE,
Maersk Oil


Session 5: Sustainability Reporting Within Middle East

Moderator: Mahesh Patel, Assistant Manager, Business Strategies, Qatar Petroleum

Sustainability can be characterised as the potential for long-term preservation of society, well-being, culture, living standards, etc. which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. This panel will focus on organisational reporting that gives information about economic, environmental, social and governance performance in the Middle East. There will be an overview of the recent sustainability reporting effort, led by QP with the support of the venture partners and operators, in Qatar. The report reveals a significant increase in sustainability reporting over the last two years, both in terms of the number of reports submitted and quality of reporting. QP has been actively compiling information, noting trends, positive progress and gaps to consider. Some generalisations regarding the main aspects covered in the Middle East sustainability reports will be discussed and the potential topics include governance (i.e. business ethics, standards, conduct), safety and health in the workplace, environmental performance, considerations for global initiatives (i.e. climate change), industrial development, community engagement, and investment.



Darin Rovere Graham Johnson Patrick Linke Yousef Al-Jaber

Darin Rovere
President, Sustainability Excellence

Graham Johnson
Environment Protection Team Leader, ADMA-OPCO

Patrick Linke, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar 

Yousef Al-Jaber
Head of Institutional Relations & CSR 
Total E&P Qatar 


Session 6: Best Practices in Water Management

Moderator: Emmanuel Garland, Senior HSE Adviser, Total

Oil and gas cannot be produced without using and producing water. But needs and constraints of each installation are unique. Quantities needed or produced vary significantly, and in almost all cases the water needed is different from the water that fields produce. In such context, what do best practices in water management mean?

The panel will aim at providing the latest information on how operators address that issue, especially in countries where water is scarce. Among the issues expected to be addressed are: (1) best practices regarding the use of water—how can we minimise the quantity of water needed to produce; (2) best practices regarding use of chemicals during production to minimise the impact of the produced water (PW) discharges on the environment; (3) best practices for the treatment of water in order to maximise re-use and recycling; (4) monitoring and reporting of water use and discharge; (5) impact of PW discharge on the environment; (5) is there a global approach which would lead to make the right decisions?



Simon Judd

Ender Ergun
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer, Turkish Petroleum Corporation 

Mohamad Al-Sulaiti
Water Reuse Program Lead, ExxonMobil

Randa Al Nabulsi
Water Management Team Leader, Petroleum Development Oman

Simon Judd, Maersk Oil Professorial Chair in Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Maersk Oil & Qatar University

Session 7: Process Safety Approach in the Middle East (Including Safety Cases and Asset Integrity)

Moderator: Brett Doherty, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Group Manager, RasGas

As a region, the Middle East has sometimes lagged more mature jurisdictions in regulating the oil and gas industry. In the 25 years since the Piper Alpha incident, the subsequent introduction of the Safety Case regime in the UK, and the parallel development of the Process Safety Management (PSM) approach in North America, both regulatory frameworks are being considered for adoption in Middle Eastern countries.

This panel will address the following:

  • What approach appears to be taking ascendency around the globe today?
  • Has adopting either of these approaches reduced the number of major incidents annually in the relevant jurisdictions?
  • In the absence of regulation, what ‘self-regulatory’ approach is recommended for individual companies to mitigate their process safety risk?
  • The emerging role of leading and lagging process safety metrics in allowing a company to determine process safety health, and demonstration of such health to a regulator as part of its reporting requirements.
  • Is a united process safety regulatory approach in the Middle East (or at least the Gulf) favoured by (i) state regulators, and (ii) companies? How would this be implemented?



Darrell Dowd Hasan Husni Abunada Luc Vechot

Andrew Cowie
Head of Production, Maersk Oil

Darrell Dowd 
Vice President, Risk Management Eastern
Hemisphere, United Safety

Hasan Husni Abunada, Process & Technical HSE Manager, Shell Qatar

Luc N Vechot
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar 

Saif Al-Rawahi

Saif Al-Rawahi 
Technical Safety Engineer, Petroleum Development Oman