2019 Speakers

Day 1 - Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Zuhaida Zulkifli

Senior General Manager of Governance & Strategic Relations, Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS.

"Business Building – Opportunities and Growth Focusing on Upstream"


Zuhaida Zulkifli better known as Aida is presently the Senior General Manager of Governance & Strategic Relations for Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS.

Prior to joining PETRONAS in 2000, she was with the assurance division of KPMG KL for 3 years. She started her career in PETRONAS as an executive in PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB). In 2005, she was transferred as the Manager for Group Accounts and Policies (Group Accounts and Services Division), principally responsible for the consolidated PETRONAS Group financial reporting requirements. In this position she also played an instrumental role towards the first time adoption of FRS for PETRONAS Groupwide during Financial Year 31 March 2007. She subsequently became the Senior Manager in Group Accounts and Services Division looking after PETRONAS International Corporation Limited (PICL) Group of Companies. In 2009, she was posted to Brisbane, Australia as the Head of Finance for PETRONAS Australia Pty Ltd (PAPL) following the investment in the Gladstone LNG project. During this time, Zuhaida played a central role towards achieving FID for the project including the establishment of the Brisbane office.

Upon returning from Brisbane in 2013, she took on the role of General Manager for Business Planning and Performance Reporting, Upstream Finance in the Upstream Business of PETRONAS, before assuming her current role in 2016.

Zuhaida has previously held board membership in subsidiaries of PAPL and EP O&M Services Sdn Bhd. Currently she is a Board Member for ENERGAS Insurance (L) Limited.

Zuhaida is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) and graduated from Monash University, Melbourne in 1997. She is married with 2 children.

Umarani Muniandy

Director, Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

"Opportunities in Oil & Gas Sector in Malaysia"

M. Umarani joined the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in 1991 and her key responsibilities have been in promoting investments in the manufacturing and services sectors.  Currently she serves as Director of Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division, a division dedicated to promote and develops of oil & gas services and equipment manufacturing; and shipbuilding and ship repair (SBSR) sectors in Malaysia.

Wyomia Totu Tsai

Contract and Procurement Manager for Upstream, Shell Malaysia

"Business Opportunities for SMEs in Oil and gas Industry and related industries”

Wyomia Totu Tsai is currently the Contracting and Procurement Manager and Associate Subject Matter Expert in Hydrocarbon Information Performance Management for Sarawak Shell Berhad based in Miri. Hailing from Penampang, Sabah, she joined Shell Malaysia in 2004 as an Integrated Activity Planner and her 15 years services in the company has taken her to various roles in the company, mainly in Production - Upstream.


Wyomia holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree (Hons.) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional and enjoys crafting and travelling.

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Panel Discussion on Human Capital Development

"Transitioning into the mainstream of IR4.0"


Dato’ Paduka Ts. Udani Bin Dato’ Seri Mohamed Daud

Group Executive Chairman, MaxEnergy Group


Dato’ Udani has been in the Oil & Gas industry for over 30 years since he started as a Junior Field Engineer for Schlumberger Wireline & Testing in 1984. During his 15 years with Schlumberger, he held various field, marketing and management positions in Asia, the Middle East and the North Sea. He than spent the next 5 years heading and developing the OPI Group a Malaysian NDT specialist provider to the Oil & Gas industry. Since 2005 he has been developing and managing his own business interests.

He is a Council Member and Industry Liason for the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) in addition to being a professional Technologist under MBOT the Malaysia Board of Technologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and sits on the Advisory Committee to the Sabah Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (SOGCE).

Today he is the Executive Chairman and primary shareholder of the Max Energy Group, a Malaysian group of SME companies providing various products and services to the Oil & Gas industry focusing on specialist services and technologies for asset integrity, production improvement and offshore brown field solutions. Dato’ Udani also holds directorships in several other oil & gas service companies involved in well construction.

Dato’ Udani was conferred the DJMK royal award by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kelantan in March 2007 which carries the title Dato’ Paduka.

Tan Sri Dato' Academician (Dr.) Ts. Ahmad Zaidee Bin Laidin, FASc

President, Malaysia Board of Technologists


Panel Speaker

Education & Qualifications
-    Graduated in Electrical Engineering from Brighton College of Technology (now University of Brighton) in 1966.
-    He holds a Master of Science Degree in Technological Economies (Management & Industrial Science), University of Stirling (1974).
-    Registered Professional Technologists with the Malaysia Board of Technologists
-    Registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia

Professional Work Experience
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (1991), as well as Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) (1999) and is currently serving on the councils of both bodies. He was elected as a Senior Fellow of the Academy (2011) that entitled him to be called an “Academician”.

Contribution to National Development
-    President of Malaysia Board of Technologists
-    Senior advisor of Open University Malaysia and Meteor Learning Sdn. Bhd. (2006 – Current).
-    Board Member of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) (2004 – Current).
-    PNB Research Institute Sdn. Bhd. Research Advisory Panel which wholly owned subsidiary of PNB.
-    Board Member of SMART Tunnel. (2007 – Current).

Contribution to Technical Development of the Country
-    He is a practicing electrical engineer and Chairman of ERINCO Sdn. Bhd., an Environmental Engineering Consultancy (2001 – now)
-    Independent Director on the Board of YLI Holdings Bhd (2009 – now), a company that produces ductile iron pipes and fittings for waterworks and sewerage industries.
-    Member of the Board of Engineers by the Minister of Works (1996 – 2000).
-    Member of the Appeal Board of the Board of Engineers from 2011.
-    Academically, Zaidee was awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University by University of Stirling (1996), the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology by Oxford Brookes University (1996), and the Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Manchester Metropolitan University (1999) as well as Honorary Professor of Napier University, United Kingdom (1999). He was honoured with the Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering given by His Majesty the Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (2010). He also was honoured with the Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering given by TYT governor Melaka Chancellor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.

Prithipal Singh

General Manager, Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd

Panel Speaker 

Prithipal is the General Manager of Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd, based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Starting as a graduate Petroleum Engineer in 2002 working on the Sabah Inboard oilfields, his 17 years career in Shell has taken him to various roles and places in the Company including overseas assignments in The Netherlands and China. A strong believer in skill pool development through on the job training, Prithipal sees the need for the industry and policy makers to work together to create an eco-system where aspiring local Sabahans are given opportunities to develop career in the oil and gas sector.

Prithipal completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nebraska and has an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University, China & INSEAD, France.

Dr. Mohamed Ackiel Mohamed

Vice President, Special Projects, Serba Dinamik Group Berhad

Panel Speaker 

As the Vice President of Special Projects (Training & Education) for Serba Dinamik Group Bhd, Dr. Mohamed Ackiel has been leading the company’s initiative in Mixed Reality & Smart Plant Maintenance Solutions since 2017. He is well-versed in the field of Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Big Data, as he was one of the key taskforce members in Malaysia TVET IR 4.0 Taskforce for both UniKL and Polytech institutes in Malaysia. He has participated in numerous conferences and seminars as a key note speaker as well as presenter on topics related to Industrial Revolution 4.0 as well as Engineering related Topics. A qualified welding inspector with CSWIP 3.0 and 3.1 qualifications, he is also the Chairman of the working group for welding inspection bodies at Standards Malaysia. He is also currently the deputy chairman in the welding Committee and a Council member in IMM as well a member of the commission IX and XIII in the international institute of welding (IIW).With a combined industrial and academia experience of over 15 years, he is currently pursuing the development and implementation of a one stop SMART digital solution for plant Turnaround and Shutdowns.

Suresh Sinnappu

Country Leader Malaysia, Baker Hughes GE

Panel Speaker


Suresh’s career in the industry spans over 18 years, including 5 years as Wireline Field Engineer with stints in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Shale Gas in Texas Land and Mumbai Offshore. The remainder 12 years were focused on Regional Customer Management roles based in Kuala Lumpur & Jakarta. He is currently the Country Lead for BHGE in Malaysia.

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Afternoon Session

"Increasing Sabah's participation in oilfield services related industries"

Ts. Mohd Azmi Mohd Noor

Head HSSE, Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn bhd, KPOC

Session Chairperson

Azmi is the Head of HSSE for Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company, KPOC. KPOC is a jointly operated company between Petronas, Shell and ConocoPhilip, and operates the Kebabangan field cluster off the coast of Western Sabah. He has 35 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry, 26 of which are with Shell and 7 years with Petronas. He is the President of the Institute of Materials Malaysia and Fellow member. IMM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of materials and materials related technology. He has broad experience in the Oil & Gas ranging from Design, Operations and Technology management. His past achievement included leading the world’s biggest brown field project on asset integrity and process safety for Petronas called Technical Integrity and Process Safety, the TIPS program, and leading the Asia Pacific Region on Maintenance Integrity for Shell. Also lead technology application research in Production Optimisation for the Shell Group.

Azmi has a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Electronics & Control Engineering from Sunderland.

He is also an Associate Fellow Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK.

Bacho Pilong

Vice President, Malaysia Assets, Upstream, PETRONAS

Bacho hails from Tawau Malaysia and earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, USA He then furthered his learning through the Advanced Management Program of INSEAD in Singapore and Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Bacho, who is currently the Vice President of Malaysia Assets, joined PETRONAS back in 1992 as a Process Engineer based in Kota Kinabalu He has since progressed in the organization in various technical and leadership positions including overseas postings in Vietnam, Sudan and South Sudan His current portfolio involves managing operations of Upstream assets throughout Malaysia as well as the Malaysia Thailand Joint Development area.

Previously, from January 2017 to May 2019 was the Vice President of International Assets of which its portfolio consists of 15 countries throughout various regions Prior to that, from April 2013 to December 2016 he headed the Production Operations Management department, in Malaysia Petroleum Management MPM).

Among Bacho’s significant achievements includes the establishment of the Cost Reduction Alliance (CORAL) 2.0 that focused on cost optimization in Malaysia as well as his enrollment in the Academia Industry Talent Exchange Programme under the Ministry of Higher Education with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Mohd Tarmizi Munir

Chief Executive Officer, Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd

Tarmizi is the CEO of Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC), a joint operating company between PCSB, Shell and ConocoPhillips since November 2015.

He has more than 25 year experiences in oil & gas. He began his career with NAKANO construction in 1989 and MMHE Offshore Engineering & Fabrication in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
He joined Petronas Carigali in 1993, an upstream subsidiary of PETRONAS, as an operations engineer. He held several technical and management positions include offshore installation manager (OIM), asset manager & country manager and senior general manager operations, PETRONAS.

He was appointed as Head of PETRONAS Group HSE in 2010, and then as the Head of Upstream HSE from 2012 to 2015.

A native of Muar, Johor, Tarmizi received his Civil Engineering Degree from Syracuse University, New York.

Benjamin Nair

Director, KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Success Story - Experiences of developing technology base company in Sabah

Mr. Nair has more than 15 years of experience in the oil & gas and maritime sectors where he worked for major energy companies in various technical and commercial roles, which include trading and shipping businesses in global energy markets.

He is a member of the EASTPORT MARINE group of companies directly involved with LNG and Petroleum business units. Between 2008 and 2017, Mr. Nair successfully positioned EASTPORT MARINE as a player for LNG and petroleum transfers. He is also a member of KASI who are specialists in the execution of port and terminal projects including dry bulk, crude oil petroleum, LNG, containers, marinas, breakwaters, approach channels with an emphasis on validation of port design, risk management and maritime modelling and simulation.

Prior to KASI, Mr. Nair was part of the Olefins Trading & Shipping desk for INEOS who are a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. INEOS comprises 17 businesses each with a major chemical company heritage. Its production network spans 64 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries throughout the world making it the world’s third largest chemical company with sales today around US$47 billion. His role encompassed technical and commercial management of loading/unloading, transhipping and terminal operations of petro-chemical supply chains throughout Europe covering logistics of gas carriers, tankers, gas barges, and rail tank cars.

Mr. Nair holds an honours degree in Maritime Business and Management and is a member of The Nautical Institute, UK as well as the Royal Institute of Navigation, UK. He has also successfully completed a Naval Architecture course with Lloyds Maritime Academy, UK.

Haravinth Thiruthonder

Technology Custodian, NGL Tech Sdn Bhd

"Multifunctional Production Unit (MPU) for Mature Fields"

A Masters graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, Haravinth is equipped with eight (8) years of industrial experience in process engineering and project management leading a team of multi-discipline engineers in successfully managing the completion of Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) of topside packages including the Crude Stabilization Unit (CSU) and Condensate Recovery System (CRS) for PETRONAS and Vestigo Petroleum among others.  

His experience in process engineering ranges from technology development, process simulation and optimization, P&ID design, sizing calculations, cost benefit analysis, HAZOP participation, site visits and offshore commissioning. He is the technical authority and custodian for the proprietary Sep-iSYS systems which includes the separation system, processing systems and low pressure systems which are all jointly developed and owned by PETRONAS and NGLTech.  

Ray Howarth

Engineering Director, Hexagon PPM

"Shaping the Future of Safe and Sustainable Asset through Technologies and Good Governance"

Ray is the Asia Pacific Engineering Director with over 35 years’ experience in the area of Plant Design and Operations & Maintenance. He has comprehensive experience in understanding the requirements of both Engineering Companies and Owner Operators; and advising on the solutions most suited to those Companies. Ray has been stationed over the years in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and is currently living in Jakarta. He has been involved in several notable projects such as Hong Kong Airport, Shell Nanhai, BP SECCO, and Petronas during the design, handover and operations & maintenance phases.

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Day 2 - Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mohd. Mazlan Mokhtar

Deputy Director, Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

"Championing Sabah Oil & Gas Companies"

Mr. Mazlan Mokhtar joined Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) as Assistant Director in January 2003 and attached to the Electronics Industry Division in MIDA Kuala Lumpur. Previously he worked with several companies and one of the companies is the subsidiary company of Telekom Malaysia, the biggest telecommunication company in Malaysia. In September 2007, he was posted to MIDA New York as Deputy Director. He engaged with multinational companies, associations and chambers of commerce in promoting Malaysia.


After completing his service in New York, he attached to the R&D and Design Division as Senior Assistant Director for 1 year. Currently, he attached to the Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division. The role of the division is to promote and develop oil & gas industry especially in the services activities in the upstream, midstream and downstream.


The division also responsible in promoting tank terminal, manufacturing of machinery and equipment for oil & gas and engineering supporting industry and ship building and ship repair. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Engineering (Instrumentation) from University Technology MARA.