Conference Agenda Day 2


8:40 am - 8:50 am

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks 
Asian Downstream Summit & ARTC, World Refining Association


Chairman: Andrew Saunders-Tack, Director, Asia Pacific Operations, Becht, New Zealand

8:50 am - 9:00 am

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Powering Circularity through Axens Advanced Recycling Technologies

Cécile Plain, Technology Group Manager, Axens, France

Ana Isabel Paco, Regional Marketing Manager, Axens, France

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Coffee Break & TechTalks

10:30 am - 11:10 am

Opening Roundtable: Hydrogen and LNG: A “Carbon-Lite” Step Forward for the Energy Transition?

  • Opportunities and challenges in decarbonising energy systems in Asian gas markets 
  • Maximising the use of natural gases in a refinery complex 
  • Natural Gas, LNG, and their role in the global energy transition 
  • How can we decarbonise the production process?

Tessa Teng, Executive Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association of Singapore (HFCAS), Singapore

Mathieu Geze, VP, Asia, HDF Energy, Indonesia

Anshuman Prasad, Vice President/General Manager, Pressure Management - Asia Pacific,, Emerson, Singapore

11:50 am - 12:10 pm

Redefining Refining’s Role in the Energy Transition by Putting the Sustainability Agenda at the Forefront


Nick Dingemans, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Singapore

John Zadkovich, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Singapore

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Networking Lunch & TechTalks

Asian Downstream Summit (ADS)

Asian Refining Technology Conference (ARTC)

Technical Stream 5
Reskilling and Upskilling (Industry 5.0)

Technical Stream 3
Energy Efficiency
(Track 1)

Technical Stream 4
The Hydrogen Economy
(Track 2)

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

How Green Are Green Hydrogen Alternatives?

Dr Peter Green, Deputy Laboratory Director (Science and Technology), Chief Research Officer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), United States

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Asset Management for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

Chiu Gha Uai, Technical Services Manager, Aspen Aerogels, Malaysia

Leaders Roundtable: Translating Net-Zero Promises Into Action

  • Taking a holistic approach to emissions reduction, while taking into account the value chain, supply chain and end-use of products 
  • Technical and engineering challenges associated with reducing emissions  
  • Role of emerging technologies such as CCUS, hydrogen production, and advanced biofuels  
  • Importance of transparency and reporting in tracking progress toward net-zero goals 

(Moderator) Dr. Pratap Nair, President & CEO, Ingenero, India

*Note: This session end at 2:10 pm.

Dr. Pratap Nair, Founder, President & CEO, Ingenero, India

Mohd Zaid Zolkiffly, Head Technology Program (Renewable Energy), Green Energy Technology Solution, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Dr. Abhiruchi Gadgil, Program Manager, Engie Labs Singapore, Singapore

Stefan Brandt, Market Development Director, Energy Transition, FCC, W.R. Grace, Germany

Ron Beck, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Aspentech, United States

Eni-CLG Alliance and the Future of Residue Processing

Goutam Biswas, Technology Director, Chevron Lummus Global

Xinrui Song, Licensing Commercial Manager (APAC), Eni

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Is your electrical distribution ready for the digital age?

Gunnar Zank, Global Product Line Manager – Digital Switch Gear, ABB Stotz-Kontakt GmbH, , Germany



2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Delving Into Singapore’s Cyber-Resilience in Refining and Petrochemicals: Where Are We So Far?

Christopher Anthony, Director, Critical Information Infrastructure Division , Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)

Technical Stream 6

Technical Stream 5
CCUS Technologies & Processes
(Track 1)

Technical Stream 6
Plastics Recycling
(Track 2)

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

C3+ Recovery Optimisation to High Value LPG Product via Online Predictive Modelling

Marina Binti Mosir, TP Staff (Fractionation), PETRONAS

Muhammad Farahan bin Mohammed Jabarullah, Staff (Fractionation), Malaysian Refining Company Sdn Bhd., PETRONAS

Revolutionising Plastic Pellet Quality Assurance

Rungtip Lertmunkong, QA PP and CPD Section Manager, Thai Polyethylene Co., Ltd. (TPE), Thailand

Sophon Kaitpradab, LLDPE Production Department Manager, Thai Polyethylene Co., Ltd. (TPE), Thailand

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Cyber Panel Discussion: Effective Strategies in Uncovering and Managing Cybersecurity Threats

  • Current state of cybersecurity and threats 
  • Potential impact of a cyberattack on operations and safety 
  • Potential role of emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, and blockchain in enhancing cybersecurity defences and threat detection 
  • Developing and maintaining a culture of security and resilience among the workforce

(Moderator) Bob Gill, General Manager (Southeast Asia), ARC, Singapore

Note: This session end at 3:50 pm.

Bob Gill, General Manager (Southeast Asia), ARC, Singapore

Dr Amir Abdul Samad, Head Cyber and Chief Information Security Officer, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Prof. Lim Kok Hwa, A/Prof. and Director, Professional Officer Division, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Eddy Gunawan, Senior Analyst IT Security, Pertamina (Persero)

Leaders Roundtable: Navigating the Plastics Recycling Industry, From an ASEAN Standpoint

  • Supply realities in the plastics and chemical recycling space 
  • Addressing growing niches within the plastics recycling sector 
  • The public perception of plastics recycling – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Note: This session end at 3:50 pm.

Justin Wood, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Singapore

Kenneth Lim, Refinery Director & General Manager, Neste, Singapore

Dr. Han Zhang, Global Sustainability Director, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Dow Chemical, Singapore

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm

Networking Coffee Break & TechTalks

Technical Stream 7
Tomorrow’s Refineries Today

Technical Stream 7
Clean & Green: Next Steps for the Refining Industry

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Merging Plant Operational Tacit Knowledge Into an Advanced Analytics Predictive Monitoring Tool for Enhancing Refinery Performance

Azura Othman, Principal (Hydrotreating & Reforming), PETRONAS, Malaysia

Azman bin Milai, Staff (Treating), Malaysian Refining Company Sdn Bhd, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Supercharging Carbon Emissions Management and Decision Support, a European Refinery Case

Ron Beck, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Aspentech, United States

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm

Closing Keynote Roundtable: The Road Ahead for Refining & Petrochemicals: How Will Business Models Adapt and Change to Accommodate Sustainability Goals?

  • Examining the feasibility of current and future industry solutions 
  • Successfully integrating sustainability into long-term business strategies: How organisations can balance sustainability with ROI 
  • Alternative fuels as an essential part of the low-carbon future 
  • Can oil and gas companies play a part in solving climate change in their own way? 
  • The untapped potential of IIoT in oil & gas 
  • Leveraging digital transformation for maximised asset management 

(Moderator) Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Professor & Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Professor & Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Purandar Chakravarty, Head – Innovation, Nayara Energy, India

Dr. Anthony Watanabe, Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures, Thailand

Kapil Sahni, Chief Transformation Officer, Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm

6:00 pm -


*All timing is in Singapore time.