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Domenico Napoli is an IT engineer graduated at the University of Catania in 2007.

He has been joined the ENI group since 2012 as IT project manager after a previous experience at Accenture Consulting.

He participated at Versalis Information System Program as Operations team leader in charge of searching, designing and deploying new IT solutions to better control production data.

Currently, Domenico is the project manager of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Laboratory Systems for Petrochemical Industry in ENI.

Dr. Del Paggio is Vice President of CRI Catalyst Company, a fully owned merchant catalyst business within the Royal Dutch/Shell group of companies.  Dr. Del Paggio has 31 years of experience during which he has led the development and commercialization of new catalyst formulations for use in various petrochemical, unconventional heavy oil, gas-to-liquids and renewable hydrocarbon production processes as well as pre-commercial manufacture of high temperature palladium alloy membranes for hydrogen production and recovery.  His portfolio currently includes delivering commercial catalysts for the Shell Gas-To-Liquids process and leading the commercialization of the biomass-direct-to-hydrocarbon fuels IH2* technology invented by Gas Technology Institute.  Dr. Del Paggio received his BS Degree in Chemistry from Purdue University in 1982 and his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986 as a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow.

Afroditi Pourtoulidou graduated from Chemical Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She is a senior Engineer with more than ten years’ experience. She has started her professional career from 2007, as a Chemical Engineer at ENCOS-Hellas Engineering & Construction in Germany where her main activities has deal with Basic and Detailed Engineering Studies and the leading of small Projects. Since September of 2008 she is a member of the employee of the Hellenic Petroleum S.A. in Thessaloniki as a Process Engineer in the Technical Department.

Jock Hughson is the Principal Licensing Technology Manager, Refining and Hydroprocessing, Shell Global Solutions. Since joining Shell 29 years ago, he has worked in a range of operational and technical roles focusing primarily on hydrocracking, hydroprocessing and integrated gas (gas-to-liquids technology), including at the Geelong refinery in Australia and the Pearl project in Qatar. Jock is currently responsible for process technology design in the development of Shell technology packages. He has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Dr. Edgar Ahn studied chemical engineering at the University of Technology in Graz (Austria) and earned a doctor´s degree in 1997 for his thesis “Basics of the alkaline catalyzed transesterification of triglycerides with methanol”. He joined an Expert Management Course at the University in Graz, as well an Executive Training Programme for the European Commission in Tokyio (Japan) and an International Management Development Seminar at the Sophia University in Tokio (Japan). He started working for the company BDI – BioEnergy International AG in 1997 in the R&D department in the business of plant engineering and construction of. From 2006 – 2008 he was working in the sales department in the position of a technical sales manager and from 2008 – 2011 he held the occupation of a chief innovation manager (CIO). In July 2011 he became a member of the management board (CSO) with his main activities in marketing, R&D and innovation management.


Gary R. Brierley is currently the Senior Manager for Uniflex Commercialization in UOP’s Process Technology & Equipment group.  He provides technical expertise to the Uniflex slurry hydrocracking technology sales effort.  He also supports hydroprocessing sales for shale oil and synthetic crude projects.  He was formerly the Manager of Hydroprocessing Catalyst Sales in UOP’s Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties business unit, where he was responsible for all hydrotreating and hydrocracking catalyst reload projects in the Americas, Far East, and India.  He joined UOP in 1996.  Prior to joining UOP, he worked for Syncrude Canada Ltd. for sixteen years in both operations and project development roles.  He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Stephen Sims is the President of NGTS North America with the objective of introducing the Russian research developed Methaforming process to the international market.

Stephen’s career has been with major international oil companies in technical, operations, strategy and business development. He retired from ConocoPhillips in 2009 where in his last assignment, he led the formation of an $8 billion refining JV.

He is also an independent energy consultant recently engaged in several projects for the World Bank. He continues his role as a volunteer energy advisor at the Houston Technology Center helping startup companies that are targeting the oil industry for commercialization.

Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Houston and BS and MS in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and post graduate studies in intellectual property law.

Erik holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering. From early 1994 to 2015 he worked as a management consultant for digital transformation of large organizations, including IBM, European Commission, Carrefour Group and Port of Antwerp. In 2006 he co-founded Internet Architects, a leading strategic digital agency.

In 2015 he consulted for then-startup Qpinch and joined its management team in June 2016 as head of Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs.

He is devoted to bringing Qpinch’s solution to the attention of global process industry and policy makers.


Kari Kunnari is energy efficiency expert with 10 years of experience in process engineering, maintenance and energy performance consulting. He is experienced energy auditor, with proven track of records from performing and leading energy audits in hydrocarbon and chemical industries.  Kari is also responsible for the Neste Jacob’s energy efficiency offering portfolio and energy analysis methodology.

Angeliki A. Lemonidou, is Professor and Deputy Chair of Chemical Engineering Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Director of the Petrochemical Technology Laboratory. She got her Bachelor degree with honors in Chemistry and the PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1990 from Aristotle University. Prof. Lemonidou is collaborating faculty member of the Chemical Process Energy Resources Institute (CPERI/CERTH). She is national delegate of Greece at the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and member at large of the EFCATS Board. Professor Lemonidou’s research activities are in the area of catalysis and catalytic reaction engineering targeted to processes for light hydrocarbons selective oxidations, alternative fuels and chemicals production from natural gas and biomass as well as CO2 capturing processes. She is the author of >100 publications in peer reviewed journals and >180 in conference proceedings. Her research work has been highly appreciated by the scientific community (h-factor 39).