Conference speakers

Conference speakers

Paulo Nery, Senior Director, EMEA Oil, Genscape


Paulo Nery leads oil market information services for Genscape’s European group and works closely with industry participants to ensure Genscape delivers unique and valuable products. Prior to joining Genscape Paulo held European and Global leadership roles in energy information at Platts, Reuters and Dow Jones Telerate. He has created dozens of information products used by traders and analysts around the world to enhance their decision making.  

Bertrand Stoehr, Key accounts & Major Projects, Senior Manager EMEA, Keller Holding


Bertrand Stoehr is the Key Accounts and Major Projects Senior Manager of Keller EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America), a division of Keller Group plc, a company listed at the London Stock Exchange. Prior to this position, he was in charge of Business Development for the Group during 4 years. His former position was Managing Director of the Business Unit “South West Europe and North Africa” during 11 years, President of Keller Fondations Spéciales SAS (France), Director of the Board of Kellerterra in Spain and CEO of Keller Algeria after several senior positions as a technical and commercial manager in several Keller companies. Bertrand Stoehr has a university degree in Civil Engineering and has over 25 years of experience in ground improvement design and construct projects for the whole construction industry, especially for major structures including O&G storage.


Frank Gielissen, Marketing Director, Sofis

Frank Gielissen

Frank Gielissen holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of The Hague. After his studies, Frank joined Netherlocks in 2000, which changed its name into Sofis in 2016, following a merge with Smith Flow Control. Since 2000 Frank has been active in various commercial positions within the company. As a Sales Director, he has been responsible for the start-up of new regional offices and service hubs in Germany, India and the Middle East. As part of business development, Frank is also closely involved with new product developments.

Frank currently holds the position of Marketing Director. He is in constant contact with customers to get a better understanding of their specific needs. He regularly presents white papers on various subjects related to process safety at international oil and gas seminars / conferences. As he has considerable experience in improving valve operations, he advises companies on setting up systems that eliminate human error or improve operator working conditions.

Sally Martin, Vice President of HSSE for Downstream Operations, Shell

Sally Martin

Sally was born in Cork, Ireland in June 1965. She studied Electrical Engineering at University College, Cork and joined Shell in 1987 as an Instrument Engineer at Stanlow Refinery (near Liverpool).

Between 1987 and 2001, she worked in a number of Engineering and Project Management roles, and then spent two years as the refinery’s Contracting and Procurement Manager.

In 2001, Sally became Shell’s Distribution Manager for the UK and Ireland, managing a fleet of 350 trucks and ten depots. She moved to France in 2005 as General Manager of Petit-Couronne Refinery near Rouen, and from there to London in 2007 to join Shell’s Downstream Strategy and Portfolio Team.

In 2010, she became Vice President of the Commercial arm of Shell Global Solutions (Shell’s worldwide technical consultancy), and then moved into her current role as Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment for Shell’s global Downstream operations in 2013.

Sally is based in London. Business interests outside Shell include her role as Non-Executive Director of Porvair (a FTSE 350 Manufacturing Company) and a passion for promoting STEM careers among young people.

Cyril Widdershoven, Senior Advisor, Geopolitics, Verocy

Cyril Widdershoven

Cyril Widdershoven is a veteran global energy market expert and founder of Verocy. He holds several advisory positions at various international think tanks and Western energy firms. Dr. Widdershoven, with his regional expertise in Africa and the Middle East, oversees the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Across the MENA region, he has been heavily involved in the oil and gas sectors throughout his career, holding positions at Capgemini Consulting (Principal Consultant Centre of Excellence Oil and Gas International (Calgary, Canada), Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (Senior Manager, Oil & Gas), and as Senior Financial Analyst Oil & Gas Sector FDA, where he managed and advised the oil and gas department on equity and bond markets.

Dr. Widdershoven has led energy publications, including North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine (now called Petroleum Africa), the Middle East Oil Gas Newsletter and Africa Oil Newsletter at Newsbase (UK). Over the span of several decades he has lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, and the UAE, and also taken on extended projects for clients in Oman, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Dr. Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an M.A. in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Marcel Jutte, Managing Director, Hudson Cybertec

Marcel Jutte

After studying Electrical Engineering, Marcel started in the mid 80's as a System Architect for Industrial Engineering and Automation he is nowadays known as an Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS) Security veteran with strong focus on business value.
Throughout his career, he served sectors include Oil & Gas, military, water treatment, national defense, critical infrastructure and education. With over 30 years of IACS and OT domain experience, he brings experience, creativity, structure & innovation to secure organizations with the implementation of cybersecurity management. Since the early days of the cyber security standard, the IEC 62443, Marcel has been a strong advocate for this IACS Cyber Security Framework.
As Managing Director of Hudson Cybertec and Committee Member of (IEC/NEN related) Industrial Platform Cyber Security in The Netherlands, Marcel is a prominent and engaging speaker/lecturer at security conferences/events.

Alwin van Aggelen, CEO, A-RiseCase Study: How to improve tank foundations

Alwin speaker photo

Alwin is CEO and Principal Risk Management Consultant at A-RisC. He has more than 20 years of experience in Risk Management for the Oil & Gas (upstream, midstream and downstream) and Energy sector.
His specialisation is Barrier Management and integration of risk management into the day-to-day operations. He has been involved in global implementation projects with various oil majors. His responsibilities included development of corporate standards, generic Barrier/BowTie models, BowTie training and train the trainer programs and support of local implementations. Clients include international oil companies (Shell, BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Odfjell, etc.), regulators (State Supervision of Mines The Netherlands, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, Dutch Major Hazard Control) and various industry bodies.
His focus currently is on developing the concepts and tools around Dynamic Barrier Management. By connecting data sources to the Barrier model a holistic fully integrated and live risk picture of an asset is created.

Ruud Timmermans, Automation Engineer, VTTI


As a graduated chemical engineer, he spent most of his working life in process automation. After 3 years as a process engineer in a gelatin production plant, he has worked for over 15 years at DCS vendors Honeywell and Emerson, mainly focusing on batch control and storage terminal automation. First as automation lead engineer, later as consultant / project engineer.

Two years ago, he transitioned to independent storage terminal company VTTI, where he is responsible for the automation of 14 terminals. In this role, he is upgrading the internal automation standards with regard to alarm management, functional safety and cyber security.

His main target is to make process automation help operators work safely and have fun in operating their automation systems.