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Held under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)
21–23 September 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Speakers

Plenary Session: The  New Oil and Gas Journey: Agility, Innovation, and Value Creation

Moderator   Speakers        
Ali Al Jarwan   Male Male Arnaud Breuillac Claudio Descalzi Vadim Yakovlev
Ali Al Jarwan
Dragon Oil
  Nasir K. Al-Naimi
Senior Vice President
Saudi Aramco
Omar Obaid Al Nasri
ADNOC Onshore
Arnaud Breuillac
President E&P
Claudio Descalzi
Vadim Yakovlev

Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and
Deputy CEO for Upstream

Gazprom Neft PJSC

Panel Session: Transitioning to Net Zero: Governments and Corporations

Moderator   Speakers        
Hisham Zubairi   Kamel Ben-Naceur Male Gabrielle Gauthey Male  

Hisham Zubairi
Senior Advisor
National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA)

  Kamel Ben-Naceur
2022 SPE President
Nomadia Energy
Anton Gladchenko
HSE Director
Gazprom Neft PJSC
Gabrielle Gauthey
Senior VP Carbon Neutrality Business
John MacArthur
VP Carbon Group

Panel Session: Post Pandemic Business Models and Strategies

Moderator   Speakers        
Zeid M. Ghareeb   Male Maurizio Rampoldi      
Zeid M. Ghareeb
Saudi Aramco
  Mohammed Al Nakhi
Joint Venture Director
Maurizio Rampoldi
Technical Director and Deputy Managing Director
Eni Abu Dhabi

Panel Session: Accelerating the Uptake of New Technology Applications

Moderator   Speakers        
Ibrahim Al-Alawi   Samer Al Ashgar Male      
Ibrahim Al-Alawi
Deputy CEO
AlMansoori Specialized Engineering
  Samer Al Ashgar
General Manager
Characterization and Field Development Geosciences
Saudi Aramco
Alan Nelson
Chief Technology Officer

Panel Session: Funding Future Projects: Access to Capital, Risk Management


Kamel Bennaceur
Kamel Ben-Naceur
2022 SPE President
Nomadia Energy


Panel Session: Energy Mix Collaboration

Moderator   Speaker        
Fareed AlHashmi   Etienne Anglès d'Auriac        
Fareed Abdulla AlHashmi
COO, Operating Assets
Dragon Oil
  Etienne Anglès d'Auriac
VP Climate Strategy

Regional Special Sessions

New Trends in Geoscience and Exploration

Moderators     Speaker      
Qasem Al Kayoumi Lamia Rouis   Male      
Qasem Al Kayoumi
Lamia Rouis 
Dragon Oil
  Mohamed Rashid Al Zaabi
SVP Exploration and Unconventional Resources


As the demand and search for hydrocarbon resources continue, so does an ever-increasing reliance on knowledge and advanced technologies. This panel session will focus on state-of-the-art regional studies, high-quality data acquisition, to advanced technologies for interpretation, reservoir characterisation, 3D modelling, prospect maturation, and portfolio management. The panel will highlight how we can improve our understanding of petroleum systems to support the identification of high-quality prospective resources and ensure a higher rate of commercial discoveries in a challenging economic climate.

This technical panel will have industry leaders address some of these challenges and offer their experience and more, on how to tackle the above-mentioned issues as well as other challenges. The panel will allow industry professionals to discuss and challenge the presented ideas, in order to open the door to recent and new techniques that are perhaps not widely used, ranging from electromagnetics, stratigraphic modelling to artificial intelligence workflows, big data, and machine learning for exploration and geoscience.  

Digital Transformation

Moderators     Speakers      
Yahya Mahmoud Matt Regan   Female Gerhard Thonhauser    

Yahya Mahmoud

Matt Regan
formerly GEOLOG
  Sara Abdellatif Bakhti
Project Manager
Digital Projects and Innovation Division
Gerhard Thonhauser
TDE Group Limited


This session will consider the myriad forms and increasing pace with which Digital Transformation of the O&G industry is taking place, from using bespoke data-driven tools to address niche challenges through to fundamental philosophical changes at an organisational level. Technologies and methodologies from other industries are now routinely applied to the measurement and control of practically all E&P processes. Sensorisation and IoT, coupled with accessible and seamless global connectivity, enable efficiency improvements and risk reduction from passive remote monitoring towards full automation, along an individual wellbore and across entire assets. Data is no longer a luxury but an essential. Acquisition of data is no longer a value proposition but a commodity. Assimilation and processing at scale is no longer the exception but the expectation. The differentiating and game-changing manner in which that data is quality-assured, processed, analysed, and consistently delivered as predictive, actionable insight is where business transformation truly occurs.

Net Zero CO2 Emission (Energy Transition)


Moderators     Speaker      
Zeid Alghareeb Michael Gunningham   Syrie Crouch      
Zeid M. Ghareeb
Saudi Aramco
Michael Gunningham
SGS Nederland BV (Subsurface Consultancy)
  Syrie Crouch


The Net-Zero Carbon Emission is an ambition towards global warming regulation: net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing carbon dioxide emissions with the removal of carbon dioxide emissions. Countries and corporations across the globe have set targets to gradually decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, which will enable stable climatic conditions to exist. The country-targets complement the desire for achieving net-zero emissions by a certain date in the future. Therefore, the main target of net-zero is to create global climate restoration to pre-climate change durations and create a balance between greenhouse gases emitted and gases cleared from the atmosphere. Various efforts by governments and companies towards the achievement of net zero-emission include investments in solutions beyond their normal operations and the application of techniques such as carbon capture sequestration for the neutralisation of residual emissions.

Academia in a Digital Environment

Moderators     Speaker      
Dhafer Al Shehri Mohammed Badri   Steve Griffiths      
Dhafer Al Shehri
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Mohammed Badri
MAB Energy Consultancy
  Steve Griffiths
Senior VP
Research and Development
Khalifa University


The Digital Era is characterised by technologies that increase the speed and extent of knowledge turnover within society. Digital technologies have transformed almost every sector of the industry. This revolutionary leap brings unique challenges. New opportunities have emerged in technology development and producing the next generation of graduates who can provide maximum benefit to society while maintaining focus on the environment and safety.

New paradigms of teaching have been developed by universities using a combination of experts, both locally and globally. Similar approaches have been used to enhance research collaboration models. Universities have modified and developed an advanced curriculum of their programmes to align their focus with both industry trends and digital transformation. Distance learning and virtual education have helped students to stay engaged with their institutions. In this panel, we will focus on the transformation that occurred in academia and get perspective from the industry.

Innovative Implementations of Technology (Unconventional Technology)

Moderators     Speakers      
Khairul Arifin Dolah Anupam Tiwari   Male Thomas A. Blasingame Elkhan Mamedov Rahim Masoudi
Khairul Arifin Dolah  
PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd

Anupam Tiwari

  Adel Al-Subaih
Projects (UZ) Division
ADNOC Offshore 
Thomas A. Blasingame
Texas A&M University
Elkhan Mamedov
VP, Production
BP (Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey)
Rahim Masoudi
Group Technical Authority (GTA) and Custodian Reservoir Engineering


The oil and gas industry is yet to recover from an unprecedented twin shock: a global pandemic and low oil prices. Most major oil and gas companies were left with no choice but to rationalise capital investment, optimise operating costs, and re-evaluate business strategies to ensure the sustainability of the company's bottom line.

The industry needs to revisit its way of thinking, adopt new ways of doing things, and improvise technology unconventionally to increase oil and gas production while keeping operating cost at an optimum level.

This technical session will provide a platform to industry leaders and professionals to share best practices and lessons learnt where a lot of simple and creative solutions, improved methodologies, and adoption of new solutions have been implemented and planned to increase efficiency and productivity in the following areas:

  • Drilling and Well Workover
  • Production Optimisation and Technologies
  • Reservoir Development and Field Management
  • Surface/Facilities Optimisation