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Speakers at the 4th Argus Middle East Crude Conference

HE Salim Al Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil & Gas, Sultanate of Oman (MoG), Oman

Alejandro Barbajosa

Alejandro Barbajosa, Vice President Crude & LPG - Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Argus

Alejandro Barbajosa joined the Argus London headquarters in April 2007 where he specialised in OPEC, IEA and Atlantic basin crude markets before taking his current business development
responsibilities in Singapore in 2011 with a focus on Asian crude. Alejandro completed a Masters in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics, before returning to
his native Mexico to join PMI, the international trading unit of state oil company Pemex.

Dr Sun Xiansheng,
Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF) 

Dr Sun Xiansheng took up post as IEF Secretary General on 1 August 2016.

Prior to his election Dr Sun was the President of China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute (ETRI) where he lead a team of over 370 staff members. Reporting to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision making, including energy security strategies, “3E” (Energy, Environment, Economy) program development, low-carbon energy mix optimization, “three steps” of Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy cooperation. Dr Sun was deeply involved in the Chinese energy five-year planning process and many other major policies. Dr Sun also served as chief editor of ETRI’s “Oil & Gas Industry Development Report” and the first “China Energy Data & Statistics” reports.

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, Dr Sun has accumulated practical industry experience in oil & gas production, trading and pipeline construction. In previous roles he has served as Director of the Legal & Contract Department of CNPC International Cooperation Bureau, Vice President of CNODC (China National Exploration and Development Company), Chairman of JOC and President of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company CNPC and also President of PetroDar company (during which the company found and developed Phalouge Oilfield, one of the largest oilfields in South Sudan). As Chairman of Saining Corporation CNPC, Dr Sun was in charge of CNPC petroleum trading in London. Dr Sun also served as Chairman of the CNPC subsidiary companies in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, and as Chairman and Chief Negotiator of China Kazakhstan Oil Pipeline Co. Moreover, as a representative of the Chinese government, Dr Sun participated in the dialogue with OPEC and worked as chief coordinator in setting and revising production sharing contracts both for crude oil and unconventional gas for CNPC, and participated in three bidding rounds for CNPC onshore blocks.  

Dr Sun holds an LLM and Ph.D from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK.

Zahid Muzaffar, 
Advisor to the Minister of Petroleum & Chairman, Oil & Gas Development Co. (OGDCL), Pakistan

Mr. Zahid Muzaffar has over 40 years of diversified experience in the energy sector, in both upstream and downstream oil and gas operations, including transportation of gas via terrestrial pipelines as well as LNG.  Mr. Muzaffar has developed successful working relationships with business professionals and government officials internationally, particularly in the Far East, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.  Mr. Muzaffar has served on the board of directors of London and Scottish Marine Oil plc in Pakistan and many other international E&P and refining companies. He headed the acquisition of the largest oil refining company in the Mediterranean, (RA’s LANUF Refinery Libya) and was appointed on the board of LIBYAN EMIRATES oil Refinery Company (LERCO).  He was associated with a consortium of Spanish and Turkish oil and gas companies for a cross-country gas pipeline and LNG terminal in Turkey.

Mr. Muzaffar holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan and has attended various management courses at the College of Petroleum Studies and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, U.K., the Edwin H. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, U.S.A., WENTWORTH Consultants, HUDDERSFIELD UK and IMD Switzerland.

David Li,
Assistant Vice President, Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, China


Captain Nasrollah Sardashti,
Commercial Director, National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC)

Capt. Nasrollah Sardashti was born in Tonkabon, Iran and joined NITC in 1977. Since then, he has sailed on Irano British and NITC tankers until 1995. In the early 90s, Capt Nasrollah also obtained class1 master mariner certificate from the Glasgow nautical college. In 1991, he took command on the NITC tankers with his vast experience and expertise in the domain. In 1995, he also spearheaded the crude department in the head office. After serving as the manager of chartering department from 2000, he is now the commercial director of NITC.

Ann Rapheal

Ann Rapheal,
Head - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited 

Ann Rapheal is a post graduate in Marketing Management with over 15 years experience - mainly in Petroleum Industry. She leads the crude oil purchase and optimization function for the Essar Oil Limited refinery in India. Essar is India’s second largest private sector oil refinery with a capacity of 405 KBPSD. Essar Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate with investments in the sectors of steel, energy, infrastructure and services. With operations in more than 25 countries, Essar employs over 60,000 people and has aggregate revenues of around $35 billion.

Amal Alawami, Upstream Oil Industry Analyst, Energy Studies

Ms. Alawami joined OPEC in June 2010. She is the Upstream Oil Industry Analyst with the Energy Studies department. Her main responsibility is to carry out studies and analysis on medium- to long-term oil supply capacities of both, OPEC and non-OPEC countries. She assesses the impacts of supply main determinants such as reserves, investment trends costs and technology advances. Amal is a main author of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook.

She graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA and earned her Master's Degree in Business Administration from Hull University, UK.  Before joining OPEC, she worked for 30 years with Saudi Aramco and held various key technical positions in reservoir management and reservoir simulation.

Amal's involvement in the professional societies such as the SPE and EAGE is long standing. She was a board member of the Dhahran SPE local chapter for many years. She joined EAGE as a Technical Program Officer 2009-2014 and still an active volunteer with both.

Reza Dargahi, Senior Process Engineer of corporate planning management
, National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC)

Reza Dargahi graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology (AIT), Iran and has obtained a M.Sc. degree in Energy Engineering from Manchester (UMIST) & Khajeh Nasir Toosi University. He also holds a CertHE in Oil Mini MBA from Petroleum University of Technology, Iran.

He has been employed with National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) since 1997. He has 19 years of experience in petroleum downstream industry specially in refining and oil products distribution sections. Reza Dargahi started his career at Tehran Oil Refining Company as a process engineer in 1997.  In 2002, he was appointed senior expert for the refineries planning activities at the Corporate Planning Management of NIORDC. During 2011 until 2014; he was Head of Production Coordination & Control Section. Currently, he is Senior Process Engineer at NIORDC.

He has extensive experience with the Iranian refineries planning, performance control, and process technology selection and also planning of oil products consumption, export and import. Finally, he has also been involved in many upgrading projects of existing Iranian refineries and several grassroots refineries construction.

Jaap van Dalen, Sr. Business Manager, Oil & Refineries
, Port of Rotterdam

Jaap van Dalen studied Business Economics with a major in Commercial Management at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After his graduation, he joined KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) where he held various marketing positions.

Mr. Van Dalen joined Port of Rotterdam (PoR) in 1996 and was engaged in various commercial positions for 10 years. In 2006 he joined Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) as Commercial Manager. SIPC is a 50/50 JV between the Government of Oman and the Port of Rotterdam. SIPC is the Port Authority and landlord of the Port of Sohar, a rapidly expanding industrial port in Oman. He returned to Rotterdam in 2009 to become Senior Business Manager in PoR’s Industry and Bulk Cargo department. His main focus is on commercial relations and developments in the oil and refining sector. Mr Van Dalen is involved with various international industry and port projects as well.

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