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Fred Baars is a Senior Process Director with Fluor’s Energy and Chemicals business line located in Fluor’s Hoofddorp, the Netherlands office. Fred has over 35 years experience in refinery operations, refinery processes, and executing and managing refinery projects in all phases of execution including both revamps and grass roots projects. Lately he has been involved in the feasibility study of a major new integrated oil and gas processing, petrochemical complex. In 2005 Fred was appointed a Fluor Fellow.

Mr. Mathew George is currently working as Chief Manager (Petrochemical Exports), heading the Export Function of Indian Oil’s Petrochemicals Business. Mathew joined IndianOil in 1986 with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala, Trivandrum. He later went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Brand Management from UK’s Ashridge Business School, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire. Mathew has also attended the Executive Development Program of the Kellogg School of Management, North Western University, Illinois, USA and the Certificate Course of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. Mathew is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India (FIE) and a Member of the Aeronautical Society of India (MAeSI).

Mr. George has held various key assignments in Indian Oil, having worked in the Aviation, Technical Services, Lubricants and Petrochemicals departments at various locations. He was a founding member of IndianOil’s subsidiary, Lanka IOC, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he set up and headed the Lubricants Group. Moving back to India in 2004 as part of the Core Team involved in setting up IndianOil’s fledgling Petrochemicals Business, he was instrumental in long-term cooperation agreements with Procter & Gamble and Unilever which took IndianOil’s Propel Brand Petrochemicals onto an international platform.

Mathew was the founding member of IndianOil’s Petrochemical Exports Group taking it from a humble one man team in 2005 to a Group with a presence in 70 countries on every inhabited continent in the world and earning over a Billion dollars in foreign exchange for India. For three years in between, from 2007 to 2010, Mathew headed the Polymer Sales Group, institutionalizing the newly commissioned, $ 2 Billion, Polymer Business. During this period he spearheaded the Core Team involved in development and implementation of the award winning, Customer Facing, CRM, Portal and Dealer Management platform for the Polymers Business of IOCL besides conceptualizing the Supply Chain, Business Processes and Risk Management systems for this large business. Mr. Mathew George was instrumental in setting up IndianOil’s business relationship with Pakistan, where he conceptualized an innovative supply chain using a combination of road and rail to move Polymers from IndianOil’s Panipat Refinery to Lahore, Pakistan in the face of tremendous obstacles. The Pakistan Business model of IndianOil remains a success story and is now a tried and tested example earning significant revenues and profits.

Mr. Mathew George is on various Governmental Advisory Boards/Sub-Committees of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ministry of External Affairs – Pakistan Desk, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Surface Transport, Directorate General of Shipping, Directorate-General of Foreign Trade, Central Board of Excise and Customs and Bureau of Indian Standards where he contributes in Policy Formulation, Specifications and Standard Operating Procedures.

Mathew is a regular speaker at international and national conferences on the subject of Petroleum, Natural Gas, Petrochemicals, International Trade, Information Technology and Shipping & Logistics. He has presented 40 papers in International Conferences and around 45 in domestic conferences. For the last three years he has been a key-note speaker at Microsoft’s prestigious, annual, “Convergence” event in USA speaking on the subject of Customer Relationship Management using IT. He is also a regular visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehra Dun, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Indian School of Petroleum and Energy, New Delhi and Indian School of Business, Mohali.

Mr. George is fluent in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi besides having working knowledge of Spanish and Telugu. He has visited 47 countries and resided in various parts of India, Sri Lanka, UK, USA and the Philippines during the course of his life. A keen amateur pianist and private pilot, he is also a skilled debater.

Education/Experience:  Olivier Larlus received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Mulhouse University (France) in 2004. After some post-doctoral positions at the Munich University (Germany) focused on the synthesis of zeolite materials, he started as scientist at Süd-Chemie in 2008.

Current Position: Since the takeover of SÜD-CHEMIE by CLARIANT in 2011, he leads a group of 3 persons at the R&D center of Clariant and is in charge of the development of new zeolite materials and some catalysts for the manufacture of para-xylene.

Steve is an FCC Technologist for the refining group of Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology. He has 20 years of experience in engineering and licensing with responsibilities including project development, process design and troubleshooting for refining processes, primarily FCC and Delayed Coking. Steve holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Dorothee Arns, a German national, completed her university studies in Saarbruecken (Germany), Dublin (Ireland) and Granada (Spain) with two Master degrees: one in Applied Languages & Linguistics and the other one in Business Administration with special focus on Marketing, International Management and private law. Her professional career in the chemical industry started in 1995 when she joined the marketing & sales trainee programme of BASF in Ludwigshafen. In the course of the years she held senior management positions in various areas of BASF´s petrochemicals business, notably in marketing, sales, eBusiness and controlling. 1 July 2013 she was appointed Executive Director of Cefic’s Petrochemicals and Plastic Additives Programme as well as Secretary General of Petrochemicals Europe, the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe, formally APPE. It is not her first time in Brussels: in her first assignment to Cefic from 2006 to 2011 she headed the solvents’ cluster as Director General of ESIG, the European Solvents Industry Group.