DISTINGUISHED LECTURERS 2017-09-20T13:30:57+00:00

DISTINGUISHED LECTURERS

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Larry W. Lake is a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he holds the Sharon and Shahid Ullah Chair. He holds B.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. Dr. Lake is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four textbooks and the editor of three bound volumes. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the AIME, the Degoyer Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineers since 1997. He won the SPE/DOE IOR Pioneer Award in 2000.

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Dr. David DiCarlo is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in Physics from Cornell University, and has worked as an Acting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and as a Physical Scientist with the Agricultural Research Service. His research focusses on applying advanced experimental techniques to understanding fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs. In particular, this research touches on three-phase flow (water, oil, and gas), surfactant imbibition, compositional displacements, flow stability, and the effect of nanoparticles on multi-phase flow in porous media. He is the author of over 80 refereed publications, and 20 conference proceedings papers.

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Dr. Shahin Kord, assistant professor at Petroleum University of Technology, Iran. Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Montan University of Leoben (MUL) from January 2014, graduated at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Shiraz University in 2012 working on asphaltene precipitation during EOR methods. He received his master degree in 2000 from Shiraz University and his Bachelor in 1998 from PUT. From 2010 he has been working as the Head of EOR group in NIOC and also working as Adjunct Professor in PUT and Azad Universities. He also has 11 years of industrial work experience as Senior Reservoir Engineer in NISOC. He has supervised many Master Thesis and published more than 50 scientific papers and reports about petroleum and chemical engineering mostly with Reservoir Engineering scope. His research interests are Enhanced Oil Recovery, Heavy Oil, Asphaltene, and Fractured Reservoirs. Now, He is involved in teaching of Reservoir Engineering Courses in Montan University of Leoben as well as researches on Wettability Alteration and Reservoir Fluid Characteristics.

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Dr. Abouzar Mirzaei Paiaman received his Ph.D. degree of Petroleum Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2014. He got his M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in Petroleum Engineering in 2010, and B.Sc. from Petroleum University of Technology in Petroleum Engineering in 2008. Dr. Mirzaei Paiaman has been in industry since 2009 and is currently Senior Petroleum Engineer working with National Iranian South Oil Company. He is a periodically invited senior lecturer at universities, as well.

Dr. Mirzaei Paiaman’s research interests are experimental research in both pore- and core-scale physics of multiphase fluid flow in porous media (in particular applications of interest are CO2 sequestration in aquifers and petroleum reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery and formation damage), experimental and analytical research in petrophysical characterization of porous media and SCAL studies.

He has published in Transport in Porous Media, Fuel, Energy & Fuels, Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, Energy Technology, Journal of Petroleum Exploration & Production Technology, Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media, Journal of Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources, Scientia Iranica, Petroleum Science & Technology, Energy Sources and SPE events.

Dr. Mirzaei Paiaman is experienced in teaching and mentoring students. As an invited senior lecturer at Islamic Azad University he has been teaching graduate-level courses of Enhanced Oil Recovery, Fractured Reservoirs Engineering, Advanced Production Engineering, Advanced Drilling Engineering, and Fundamental of Production and Drilling Engineering. Up to now, he has supervised more than 20 graduate students.

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Kristian Mogensen is currently an independent EOR consultant with about 20 years of industry experience. Kristian started his career with Maersk Oil in the North Sea and then spent 8 years in Qatar. After 16 years with Maersk, he worked two years with Eni in Milan as an EOR Advisor, predominantly on miscible gas injection.

Kristian holds MSc and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and is an associate editor for the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering.

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The business career of Gordana Sekulić is focused on the field of economics of oil and gas economy. Presently, she is a Manager of Development and Planning Department at JANAF Plc. Her business activities and responsibilities, among others, include: economic analyses related to oil transportation as well as storage of crude oil and petroleum products; participation in preparation and management of feasibility studies; coordination of teams for preparation of JANAF’s strategies and development plans and teams for crude oil transport prices.

She was employed in INA – Oil Industry Plc. on the activities of the company development plans, projects and analyses of upstream and downstream business. Her professional career was enriched by her work in the state institutions (Croatian Ministry of the Economy and Republic Institute of Social Planning), thus contributing to the creation of energy strategies, plans and politics.

Gordana Sekulić was the member of the Working Groups for the EU negotiations: Chapter 15 – Energy and Chapter 21 – Trans-European networks and the member of Working Group for Trade and Transit of the Energy Charter Secretariat as the representative of the Croatian Ministry of the Economy. She was also the member of the Managing Board of the Pan European Oil Pipeline Project. Presently, she is a member of the Regional Oil Group at the European Commission, whose main task is the preparation of proposals of the EU projects of common interests related to oil pipelines and monitoring their implementation.

She holds PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. She published numerous professional papers and attended various energy forums, holding the presentations on the JANAF company and Croatian energy sector.

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Ana Todosijevic graduated as Engineer of Chemistry and Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Monchengladbach and joined Wintershall in 2013. As Head of the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Program, Ana manages the worldwide EOR activities of Wintershall. In her previous position, Ana managed the technical EOR cooperation with partners, including the biopolymer Schizophyllan field application. The decade before Ana worked for major companies in the chemical industry with special focus on Oilfield / EOR products in several positions such as Senior Business Development Manager, Marketing Manager and Sales Manager

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Dorothee Arns, Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe, The European Chemicals Industry Council (Cefic)

Dorothee Arns is Executive Director of industry association Petrochemicals Europe, formerly APPE, and leads industry body Cefic’s Petrochemicals programme. In her first Cefic assignment, in 2006-11, Dorothee headed the European Solvents Industry Group. She previously held senior management positions in BASF´s chemicals business, including marketing, sales and eBusiness, having joined the company in 1995. Dorothee has masters’ degrees in applied languages and linguistics, and business administration.

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Dr. Arash Dahi Taleghani is associate professor in the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University and also an independent consultant. He earned a M.S. in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has about 10 years combined experience in applied engineering, research and in academia and is a resisted professional engineer in Texas.

Dr. Dahi Taleghani is the associate editor of ASME journal of Energy Resources and Technology and active review for technical journal of society of petroleum engineering and various geomechanics journals. Dr. Dahi Taleghani has numerous publications, presentations, research studies, a book chapter, and has filed for two provisional patent applications in the field of hydraulic fracturing. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty from the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE).

He is currently conducting research in reservoir geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, wellbore integrity, rock mechanics and poroelasticity and is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in well-logging, petroleum rock mechanics, numerical methods, hydraulic fracturing and well completion techniques. He has studied the effect of fracture diagenesis on its seismic signature and its applications in reservoir characterization and has built models for 3D reservoir compaction analysis and correlating these results with the results obtained from the sonic logs in the field. He has also conducted research on modeling fracture propagation with application in hydraulic fracturing and constructing new models for hydraulic fracture growth in presence of pre-existing natural fractures.

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Krešo Kurt Butula is a Technology Principal at Schlumberger with the current position of Reservoir Management Advisor to the Schlumberger President for Russia and Central Asia. In this role, he is responsible for the assessments and integration process for complex projects and defining the company business model and technological solutions, including new directions in Schlumberger R&D centers in Russia. Before his current role, he was the Business Development Manager for the evolving unconventional resources market.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Petroleum Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and is based in Moscow, Russia for the last 13 years, with more than 25 years of worldwide extensive onshore and offshore exposure and experience in multiple oilfield service domains. Krešo Kurt has published a series of SPE and Russian technical papers pertaining to the Russian oil and gas industry, received the Schlumberger Well Services Research and Development Input Award and holds several patents related to hydraulic fracturing stimulation.

Krešo Kurt is a long year member of SPE and the Society of Core Analysts. He is for many years actively involved in the Moscow SPE Section as the Program Director and has served as the chairman or a member of various SPE conference committees. He is fluent speaker of Russian, English, German, Italian and Croatian.

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Dragan Grgic is an associate professor at ENSG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) of the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. He holds BSc degree in Earth Sciences from the University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France), MSc degree in Mechanics, Geophysics and Environment from University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) and PhD. degree in Civil Engineering-Hydro-systems-Geotechnics from University of Lorraine (Nancy, France). He is working at the GeoRessources Laboratory of the University of Lorraine for his research. Dr. Grgic has developed different research field in relation with Thermo-Hydro- Mechanical-Bio- Chemical (THMBC) coupled behaviours in porous rocks by combining multi-scale experimental characterizations and constitutive and numerical modelling. His research was applied to different underground works such as mines, gas storage reservoirs, petroleum reservoirs and nuclear waste repository. He is author and co-author of 30 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Helmer Horlings holds a Master of Science from Wageningen Agricultural University and a Master of Technological Design from the University of Eindhoven. He started his career as a process engineer at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands working on the optimization of a biomass gasification project. He then joined Gasunie holding various commercial, financial, advisory and management positions. During this period he was seconded to the International Energy Agency in Paris where he was co-author of the first Natural Gas Market Review and he worked two years for Gasunie in Moscow. In 2014 Helmer joined TAQA Energy as commercial manager for gas storages during the go-live phase of the Bergermeer gas storage, one of the largest seasonal gas storages in Europe. Helmer returned to Gasunie in 2017 as a project director focusing on international business development.

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Goran Frančić, B. Sc. Petrol. Eng. (born on Feb 8, 1965) was appointed on March 1, 2017 on the position of Managing Director of LNG Croatia LLC, with main duties to speed up LNG project and to implement floating solution as a first phase of Migration concept of development of LNG Terminal. Tasks includes redesign of the project, preparation of tenders for purchasing FSRU vessel and building jetty with ancillary installation, closing financing and performing Open Season to reach Final Investment Decision, after which FSRU LNG Terminal will be build and in operation during heating season 2019/20120.

From October 1, 2013 till March 2017 he was on the position of the President of BoD and CEO of MET Croatia Energy Trade Ltd., subsidiarity of MET Holding AG, Swiss based energy trading and supply company, active in CEE region.

After left Plinacro, through period of May 2012 till October 2013, he was included in several EU financed projects as Project Coordinator and Project Manager (LNG Project, Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline project, South Interconnection Croatia – BiH). Until April 2012 he was Director of Development Division of Plinacro Ltd., Croatian TSO and parallel with that, from 2010 he was President of Board of LNG Croatia LLC., company in charge of development LNG solution in Croatia.

He started his career as an engineer technologist in 1992 in the Gas Transmission Division of INA Plc, the national oil and gas company (Plinacro’s predecessor) where he obtained several roles and positions.

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Andreja Ana Lopac is a Leading Expert in LNG Croatia LLC, company responsible for the development of LNG import terminal Project on the Island of Krk. Andreja graduated at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and from 2011 she is PhD student in Technical Sciences, field of LNG technology. She is autor or coauthor of more than 20 professional and scientific papers. Working as a Leading Expert in LNG Croatia she is involved in a development of LNG terminal Krk. She is ambassador of UNICEF on the project “Every child needs a family” which promotes foster family care. Also she is mother of one child.

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Marcel Kramer holds a Master’s Degree in Private and Corporate Law. He works as an independent consultant and advisor to several companies and institutions on energy and infrastructure issues, projects and policies.
In October 2015 he was appointed President of the Energy Delta Institute (EDI) . The main focus of EDI is executive education for those who work in the field of energy.
Marcel Kramer is a frequent public speaker on energy-related topics and lectures in several executive education programs associated with universities in Western Europe, Russia and other countries. He is a longstanding member of the Council of the International Gas Union (IGU) where he acts as Regional Coordinator for Russia, the Black Sea region and the Caspian.
During his professional career he worked in the Department of Oil & Coal at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, in the Secretary General’s Office at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, he led the Oil Industry Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris, worked as Director of Crude Oil Supply and Trading in Petro-Canada, worked at several senior management positions in Norway, Bangkok, Singapore and Caracas. In 2003, Mr. Kramer joined the gas infrastructure and transport company Gasunie in The Netherlands and he was appointed Chairman and CEO in 2005. He was CEO of the South Stream offshore pipeline project JV company in Zug, Switzerland and later in Amsterdam from September 2010 till July 2013. Following that assignment he acted for two years as Senior Counsel to the Management of Gazprom.

In August 2010, Marcel Kramer was awarded the title of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in recognition of his services to the Kingdom.

Marcel Kramer was the President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) from 2005 to 2009 and of the Royal Dutch Gas Association (KVGN) from 2009 to 2012. For six years, until May 2015 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Royal Boskalis Westminster, a global dredging , towage and offshore heavy lift company, listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

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Rocío Prieto is the Gas Director in the Spanish Regulator, CNMC, where she has been working in several positions dealing, for many years, with European regulation. Also she is responsible of the hydrocarbons market and biofuels certification.

She chairs the CEER LNG Task Force and the South Gas Regional Initiative of ACER.

Rocío is a Mining Engineer (Energy) from Oviedo University (Spain). She also holds a MBA from IESE (University of Navarra).

She worked, among other energy companies, in the Operation Department of Enagas, Spain’s main gas TSO.

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Luis Girón holds Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oviedo (Spain, 2004). He also holds an ENSSPICAM University Degree – Engineering & Project Management issued by Ecole Central Marseille (France, 2005) and MSc in Oil Refinning, Gas & Marketing issued by ISE (Instituto Superior de la Energía) ─academic institution under the ruling of the REPSOL Foundation (Madrid, 2007).Has works at Enagás since 2007, developing several roles and tasks as a Project, Construction and Site engineer in a large variety of regasification terminal expansions and new LNG receiving, storage and process infrastructures.

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Miguel Angel Castro Perez holds BSc in Industrial Engineering and MBA in finance. His entire career has been developed in natural gas sector. He started working on small scale business in 2012, in the EDP Group, promoting new uses of natural gas as a fuel in transportation sector.

He has been working for Enagás Group since Feb-13, where he has been involved in the promotion of natural gas as a fuel, as well as the development new LNG logistic alternatives and the adaptation of Enagás’ infrastructures.
He has participated in the elaboration of the CORE LNGas hive project, being the Technical Leader of this project till January-17 (www.corelngashive.eu).

Since January-17, he is Managing Director and cofounder of a new business line in the Scale Gas within the Enagás Group, focused on the LNG small scale solutions.

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Prof. dr. sc. Neven Duić is a full professor at the University of Zagreb, with main areas of interests being energy policy and planning, energy economics, sustainable development policy and resource planning, climate change mitigation, combustion engineering and modelling. He has published over 130 research papers in journals (of which 92 in journals referred in SCI) and gave more than 50 invited and keynote lectures. He has organised several of the series of conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems and was a member of organising, scientific and programming committees of more than 20 research conferences.

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Gerben started working with Gasunie in 2009, starting in the strategy department as a market analyst. After that he has worked on business development projects in gas pipeline grids and CO2 transport. In 2014 Gerben joined Gate terminal in Rotterdam as an account manager. There he was responsible for the commercial and operational aspects of the expansion project with a third jetty. After completion of this project Gerben returned to Gasunie in a project management role for LNG projects.

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