Conference speakers

Ahmad N. Mokhtar, Managing Director of Integas Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd

Ahmad N. Mokhtar, 56, is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. He started his career as a process engineer in petroleum refinery with ESSO Malaysia Berhad. Later, he was directly involved in two major business start-ups; a natural gas utility company and a chemical storage company. In 2003, he joined Lloyd's Register as the Country Manager for Malaysia. In 2007, he took up the position of International Project Manager with Vitol Tank Terminal International (VTTI), where he was in charge of overseeing storage tank projects at Fujairah Refinery Co. Ltd., UAE. Further, in 2011, he was assigned to carry out business development for VTTI Asia Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), covering Asia Pacific region. He was also involved in a number of terminals due diligence works, worldwide. He left the VTTI Group in January 2015, to carry out consultancy and business development works on oil & gas logistics, in particular for hydrocarbon storage terminals, under Integas Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd.


Chandrasekaran PVN, Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) Specialist

PVN Chandrasekaran is Master Degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University & in Training and Development from Griffith University, Australia. Chandrasekaran has Over 20 years experience in Quality & HSE leadership role in the geographic reach of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Brunei, Malaysia & Singapore in upstream, midstream and downstream (oil & gas) at onshore & offshore and Manufacturing.

Chandrasekaran is a Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower Approved Workplace Safety and Health Auditor, Registered Workplace Safety & Health Officer, Registered Environmental Control Officer, Lead Auditor in Quality Management System and Occupational Safety Management System.         

Joe Willis, Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Joe Willis

Joe Willis is currently a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Mackenzie’s Refining and Oil Products Markets research team. He relocated from Europe in January 2017 to be based in Singapore. Joe primarily conducts research on the short-term product markets and is the Global Product Manager for the Product Markets Service Short Term.

Joe joined Wood Mackenzie in London during 2010, initially focusing on European demand before transitioning as a lead analyst in Sub Saharan Africa long-term product markets and asset analysis, which feature in Wood Mackenzie’s Product Market Service and Refinery Evaluation Model.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Joe spent a year in Credit Risk analysis for the HSBC Group, responsible for the assessment of unsecured banking policy rules, working with underwriting to minimise the effect of high-risk applicants.

Joe holds an upper second class BA in Economics and Law from the University of Portsmouth (UK).

Malcolm Connolly, Founder and technical director, Cyberhawk Innovations

Malcolm Connolly, founder and technical director at Cyberhawk, has over 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in the field of inspection. Combined with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering, he has a broad perspective on both the access and process issues faced in the oil and gas sector and gives a unique insight into where drones can be deployed to best advantage. He has led some of the world’s most technically challenging drone inspection projects, including world firsts in the FPSO and tank industries.

Mr H.P.S. Ahuja CEO& MD, Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves
HPS Ahuja

Mr HPS Ahuja, CEO &MD of ISPRL is a Mechanical Engineer from Bombay University  and a seasoned Offshore Engineer . He started his career with largest E&P company of India, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited. He has over three decades of rich experience in the various aspects of the Oil Industry.

He was instrumental in steering the implementation of ERP project of SAP across the entire organization pan India, which was the largest implementation by SAP in the APAC region. He was the founder member of the team that implemented this project in a time bound manner.

He has been with Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd. (ISPRL) since 2008. Earlier, as Dy. CEO of ISPRL, he has been involved in implementation of the Phase-I of the strategic storage program of Govt. of India, entailing storage of crude oil in underground unlined rock caverns. Underground storages is quite a niche field in the oil industry. 

He is also a member of the Hydrocarbon committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries.

Mukesh Parikh, Executive Director (Ports & Shipping) SmartHead Consulting

Mr. Mukesh Parikh was a speaker at Tank Storage Asia 2017 at Singapore. He spoke on “Tank  Storage Terminals in India – Threats, Risks and Opportunities”. He is associated with Global Maritime Industry for over 35 years with hands on Industry experience. A post graduate in Management with marketing and finance, he also attended one year program “Professional Shipping” at Norwegian Shipping Academy, Oslo.

During his career of 18 years in Commercial Shipping, he worked for global ship owners and ship agents in all areas of shipping. He worked with The Adani Group in Senior Management position for 10 years from the inception stage of Mundra Port in India and made a major contribution to set up Business Development and Marketing team as well as establish Standard Operating Procedures for the entire spectrum of Operations in the port. He was head of Liquid Cargo Business Vertical at Mundra Port for three years. 

Since July 2014, Mr. Mukesh Parikh has taken up advisory and consultancy role for The Maritime Industry. As Senior Consultant for Ports and Marine with SmartHead Consulting, his project assignments cover hinterland mapping with competition analysis, Volume and revenue forecast for life of the project and financial modelling, investment optimization in line with market potential. Current mandates include development and implementation of Integrated Management System (IMS), Business Excellence and Standard Operating Procedures for a number of Tank Storage Terminals and Port operators in Africa, Arabian Gulf and India. Mr. Mukesh Parikh is also a Course Director for a number of Executive workshops conducted by The Global Ports Forum, Singapore.             

Sam Mathew, Managing Director, Genesis Consultants FZC
Sam Mathew

Mr. Sam Mathew is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer having more than 40 years’ experience in the Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Industry. He has been actively involved in the engineering, construction and consultancy business. Currently he is an Independent Consultant providing expert advisory services. 

Prior to his current role; Sam has been a Director of the Oil, Gas & Petrochemical business unit of Mott MacDonald, UK and worked there for 25 years. Sam’s role was to manage the oil & gas downstream global business; in particular, the bulk storage, transportation and distribution projects.  Sam had a global remit and has managed business in MENA and SEA regions, including UAE, Oman, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Morocco, etc.

Sujith Panikkar, Director of Consulting in Functional Safety and Security for Safety Instrumented Systems, HIMA Asia Pacific
Sujith Panikkar

Sujith Panikkar has a Master’s Degree in Safety, Health and Environment Technology from National University of Singapore, Bachelors in Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Kerala, India and is a Certified Functional Safety Expert from TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD and CFSE Board, USA.

He has over 27 years of experience in the field of Industrial Automation Systems & products for Oil & Gas, Petroleum Refining, and LNG, downstream petrochemicals industry projects including Distributed Control Systems, Foundation Fieldbus and Safety Instrumented Systems (for ESD / BMS / F&G applications) and Intrinsically Safe hazardous area interfaces.

He has delivered talks at industry seminars and events including:

• APCChe 2012, Singapore – Process Safety Seminar: “Safety Instrumented Systems- A critical Barrier”

• 11th TÜV Rheinland International Symposium: Functional Safety in Industrial Applications May 13 - 14, 2014 in Cologne, Germany: “Preventing Spurious Trips in the Chemical Process Plant: The Role of Functional Safety Management”

• Singapore ICSS Cyber Security Summit 2016: Near-Miss Incidents Analysis In the Chemical

• Process Plant– A Cyber Security Perspective

• IChemE HAZARDS 2016 conference, Singapore – Proof Testing of Safety Instrumented Functions.

• Singapore Safety Case Symposium 2018: SIS Safety Lifecycle Management in the context of Singapore Safety Case Regime

• 2018 Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cyber Security Conference, Singapore: Integrating Cybersecurity and Functional Safety

Currently he is a Senior Consultant and Director in Functional Safety and Security for Safety Instrumented Systems at HIMA Asia Pacific.

Zhang Weiliang, CEO, Avetics Global
Zhang Weiliang

Zhang Weiliang founded Avetics Global while doing his engineering degree at NUS. Mr Zhang started the company in 2011, almost immediately winning the Nanyang Technopreneurship ideas.inc Business Challenge after founding the company. From then on, Mr Zhang has overseen the development of Avetics into a full spectrum engineering and services company that does aerial inspection, artistic photography, mapping and modelling, hardware engineering, training of drone operator, development of drone data management software, distributorship of drone products, and operational/safety consultancy. 

The track record and safety profile of Avetics has been recognized by major institutions, resulting in Avetics being a trusted vendor for commercial drone services in sensitive installations, to the point where the safety procedures of Avetics has been recognized by Exxon Mobil Global Aviation. Furthermore, Avetics has been recognized by the Singapore Government as a notable player in the industry by being one of three companies awarded the Ministry of Transport Master Contract for the provision of drone services to public agencies. 

Mr Zhangs understanding of the engineering and technical capabilities behind drone technology has resulted in him receiving multiple awards as well as being a speaker at numerous conferences relevant to unmanned aerial systems and drones. Mr Zhang has successfully grown Avetics into the industry leader for drones in Singapore, resulting in Avetics being covered in local as well as international media for its achievements and the benefits drones can bring to industry.