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Day 1 - Thursday, 27 June 2024 @ Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

Day 2 - Friday, 28 June 2024 @ Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

Daniel Tay

Day 1 - Thursday, 27 June 2024 @ Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

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Guest of Honour- OPENING ceremony

The Right Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor

Chief Minister of Sabah

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Ir Mohamed Firouz Asnan

Senior Vice President, Malaysia Petroleum Management, Upstream Business, PETRONAS 

Keynote Address: Overview of the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

En Mohamed Firouz Asnan is currently the Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management, the Upstream Business of PETRONAS. He was appointed to this role in June 2019.


He graduated with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and holds a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow.


En Firouz joined PETRONAS in 1989 as a facilities engineer in the Exploration & Production Division. Throughout the 33 years of his career in PETRONAS, he has progressed through a series of domestic and international assignments spanning both Upstream and Downstream businesses, including stints in the corporate centre.


In his previous role as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy from July 2017 to March 2019, he was instrumental in setting up the New Energy business of PETRONAS as part of the strategy to future-proof the organisation.


Presently, Firouz sits on the boards of several PETRONAS subsidiaries including Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd. He also chairs PETRONAS’ venture capital outfit, PTV International Ventures Ltd. In addition, he serves on the board of Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA) and IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers).


Being a registered professional engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, En Firouz is passionate about understanding the actual problem first before going about solving it.

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Dr Afiza binti Idris 

Director, Energy Division, Economic Planning Unit, the Prime Minister's Department

Speaker for Paper 1: How can National Energy Policy (NEP) transform the Malaysian Energy Landscape especially in new growth areas that will benefit Industry Players?

DR. AFIZA BINTI IDRIS is currently the Director of Energy Division, Ministry of Economy

(previously EPU). Her portfolios include leading formulation of national policies on energy including the oil and gas sector, devise strategies and initiatives in the Five Year Development

Plan for the sustainable development of the energy sector, and promote development of the national oil and gas industry.


Dr. Afiza Idris began her career in the Malaysian civil service in 2000 as a Diplomatic and Administrative Officer. Upon completion of her civil service training and obtaining her Diploma

in Public Management from National Institute of Public Management, she was assigned to the Economics and International Division, Ministry of Finance. Her next assignment was at the Services Industry Section, Economic Planning Unit (EPU, JPM), where she spent almost 10 years handling issues on services industry development such as formulation of services sector blueprint, services sector liberalisation, financial and capital market, venture capital, tourism etc.


She obtained her Master’s degree in Economics at the Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2008 and completed her Ph.D. at the University Putra Malaysia in 2021. Her research specialisation was

in trade policy, innovation and export survival. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Afiza was the Deputy Director of Environment and Natural Resources Economic Division, Economic Planning

Unit (EPU), where her portfolios included assisting in formulation of policies and strategies as

well as allocation of development expenditure for the environment sector and coordinating

efforts for sustainable development goals (SDG).

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Norizah Othman

General Manager, Malaysia Projects, Shell Malaysia

Speaker for Paper 2: Opportunities & Challenges in the Upstream Business: Deep water, marginal and sour gas fields

Norizah is the General Manager - Malaysia Projects, and is accountable for managing safe, competitive and efficient delivery of all projects in the Shell Malaysia Upstream business.

She started her career in Shell after completing a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky. She has extensive experience in upstream oil and gas with coverage from front end engineering to platform start up, working on project execution and non-operated venture predominantly with Shell. Through her career, she had the opportunity to work in integrated development for projects in Malaysia, Middle East and Russia.

Norizah is also active in Shell in championing gender equality and equity and is currently the President of Shell Women Action Network (SWAN) of Shell Malaysia.

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Ts. Anwarudin Saidu Mohamed

Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer, Reservoir Link Energy Bhd

Moderator for Plenary Session 1: Energy Security & Sustainability in Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

Moderator for Technical Forum by SPE KLS, The New Horizon: A Comprehensive Outlook towards the Energy Transition

Ts Anwarudin is currently the Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer at Reservoir Link Energy Bhd spearheading the business growth in key areas in aspiration of building progressive corporation providing global solutions in upstream O&G and Energy market.

Previously he had served various Multinational and National organizations both in Service Segment and Hydrocarbon Producers. He had been an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 2004. He is currently the SPE KL section Chairman and the recipient of the 2014 Asia Pacific Region Outstanding Young Member Award, 2018 Regional Service Award, 2020 Public Service Award and 2021 Technical Award for Production Operations. He is the member of SPE Asia Pacific Regional Technical Advisory Committee. He also the current Honorary Secretary of Malaysia Oil and Gas Service Council and Founding Member/Treasurer/ Board Member of Petroleum & Energy Cooperative Berhad. In the capacity of MOGSC, he actively advocates for sustainability of OGSE ecosystem. He was very active in advocating to spur innovation and commercialization culture among OGSE players and founded a platform for various stakeholders to elevate local innovators via OGSE innovation Award.

He is a registered member of BEM and Professional Technologist and assessor registered with
MBOT. He is also board member of Trustee of PETRONAS University of Technology. He also serves 
as Industry Advisory Panellist for UiTM, UniKL, UMP, UCSI and UTP. He actively shares Industry best practices to young generation as an Adjunct Lecturer in University of Malaya and UTP. Ts Anwarudin holds (Hons) Mechanical with minor in petroleum from UTP and Msc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.

Throughout 18 years of his experience in Oil and Gas industry, he had developed various
technologies in the sector primarily in Hydrocarbon Production and Operations. He had published numerous SPE papers, articles, and journals on application of technologies in production operations and sat as publication review committee on various conferences, symposium and workshops. His career experience span across operation management, R&D, application engineering, Sales & Marketing, Corporate strategy, and Business Development.


Dato’ Anthony @ Firdauz Bin Bujang

Executive Director & Group Chief Executive Officer, PETRA Energy Bhd

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 1: Energy Security & Sustainability in Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

Dato’ Anthony @ Firdauz Bin Bujang is the Executive Director & Group Chief Executive Officer of PETRA Energy Bhd.


Dato’ Anthony has an extensive working experience in several sectors, beginning his career as an Accountant in Bank Utama Malaysia Berhad in 1983. He later served as Secretary and Adviser to Major Tender Board for Sarawak Shell Berhad, holding several key positions such as Head of General Contracts. He also served as Head of Contract, Strategy & Planning for Shell Gabon, Republic of Gabon, West Africa.


He then moved on to become the Director of Operations for TV3 before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer for NTV7. His career culminated with his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer for The NSTP (M) Berhad, one of Malaysia's leading media companies.


Dato’ Anthony also served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for Tourism Malaysia, Director of Amanah Raya REIT and Audit committee member of Amanah Raya Berhad. He also holds the esteemed position of Industry Distinguished Research Fellow by Universiti Utara Malaysia.


His dedication to excellence, strategic vision, and tireless work ethics have earned him a reputation as a respected and influential figure in his field. Dato’ Anthony is relentless in his pursuit of ensuring PETRA achieves its vision of becoming a Sustainable Energy Company upholding integrity and governance, ESG principles and Health and Safety.


Dato’ Anthony has a degree in Economics (Business Administration) from University Malaya, and later, a Higher Professional Diploma in Management from the University of Cambridge. In addition to these, he also holds an Executive MBA in International Marketing from the University of Berne, Switzerland.

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Ramanrao Abdullah

Group Chief Executive Officer - DELEUM Berhad

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 1: Energy Security & Sustainability in Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

Mr. Ramanrao bin Abdullah (Rao) is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Deleum and Executive Director on the Board since July 2021.


Mr. Rao's experience spanning more than 26 years have all been in Halliburton, across the Finance, Business Development and Operation workstreams before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Asia Pacific and subsequently Vice President of Business Development for Asia Pacific and Asian National Oil Companies for their Global Operations.


Mr. Rao’s uniquely diverse competencies in the oil and gas corporate and regulatory frameworks in Malaysia and globally, coupled with his chartered accountant training, has enabled him to contribute to the larger industry as a Council Member of the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA), adjunct lecturer of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and his recent appointment as Executive Committee Member of International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2023. He previously served on the Research Advisory of UTP and the Advisory Council for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Asia Pacific.

Meng Keong (MK) Lee

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Managing Director of East Asia, Schlumberger 

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 1: Energy Security & Sustainability in Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

Meng Keong (MK) Lee is the Managing Director in East Asia based in Kuala Lumpur, where he is responsible for the Schlumberger (SLB) business in 8 countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore & Cambodia.

MK has over 20 years of experience in various roles in SLB, prior to his current assignment, he was working in London & Dubai being responsible for driving the adoption of Digital Technologies in SLB's Integrated Performance Management projects globally and to customers in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

He has also held several senior management positions including a Global Transformation Strategy role, VP of Operations and HR Director for Asia Pacific.

MK started with SLB as a production data engineer before moving into various business development and sales management roles in Malaysia, UK, Australia and France.  He has also worked in Norway where he held a Line Management role for Scandinavia business unit.

MK earned his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 2000.

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Dr Patricia Seevam

General Manager, Transformation and Energy Transition, Shell Malaysia

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 1: Energy Security & Sustainability in Oil, Gas & Energy Industry

Patricia is the General Manager for Transformation and Energy Transition for Shell Malaysia.

She started her career in upstream with BP UK, and then moved on to take various projects and operations leadership roles in the UK, Azerbaijan, North Sea, Egypt and Angola, prior to joining Shell Sabah as Production Manager in 2021 and onwards into her current role.

She holds a PhD. in CCS and MSc from Newcastle University, UK. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mech. Engineers (FIMechE) and has several publications on CCS including a book published by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Andreas Nilssen Skorpen

Project Manager, Rystad Energy

Panel Speaker for Technical Forum by SPE KLS, The New Horizon: A Comprehensive Outlook towards the Energy Transition

Andreas is one of the experts in Rystad Energy on energy transition related questions for E&P companies and have led several projects on related topics in recent time. Andreas have been working with multiple different E&P companies (both locally in SEA and global strategies) to assess the way forward on digitalization, energy transition and conventional activity in oil and gas. He has a keen interest and knowledge on the availability and stickiness of gas in power mix and how gas fired power plants may still be required in net zero scenarios for grid balancing purposes. He has worked a lot with the cost competitiveness of battery storage solutions versus dispatchable storage solutions (gas or hydrogen-based), current research shows that there is no silver bullet for grid balancing and different regional markets will have different ideal solutions.


During the SOGCE session Andreas will participate in a panel discussion on energy transition and talk about the role of gas in the transition both globally and in the SEA region. He will discuss Rystad Energy’s views on the energy trilemma describing the optimal state of the energy system. The system should be a balancing act of affordable, sustainable, and secure sources, throughout the recent years the focused have shifted along each of the verticals, e.g., in the aftermath of the Ukraine invasion energy security have been higher on the agenda than ever before in gas scarce regions such as Europe and the LNG importing regions in Asia.

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Ir Ts. Mohd Yaakob Bin Hj Jaafar

Chief Executive Officer, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd

Panel speaker for Technical Forum by SPE KLS, The New Horizon: A Comprehensive Outlook towards the Energy Transition

Ir. Ts. Mohd Yaakob Bin Hj Jaafar is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd., a power utility company that provides electricity supply and services to the state of Sabah. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) from the same institution. He is a competent Electrical Engineer registered with the Energy Commission for up to 275kV and a registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia, where he currently holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Sabah Branch of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). He is also a registered Professional Technologist with Malaysia Board of Technologist (MBOT).

Ir. Ts. Mohd Yaakob began his career with Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. in 2004 as an Electrical Engineer, Transmission Division and has since held various senior positions within the company. Throughout the 19 years of his career in SESB, he is vastly experienced in asset operations, maintenance, planning and asset development through various positions as Chief Engineer, General Manager and Senior General Manager.

As the CEO, he is responsible for the overall management of Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd., driving the company's strategic direction and ensuring its sustainable growth. He has been spearheading several initiatives aimed at enhancing the reliability and efficiency of SESB to be a trusted, sustainable and progressive power utility.

A native Sabahan from Bongawan, aside from his professional work, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and participating in outdoor activities such as golf and cycling.

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Aziz Abdul Othman

President, Malaysian Gas Association

Panel speaker for Technical Forum by SPE KLS, The New Horizon: A Comprehensive Outlook towards the Energy Transition

As President of MGA, Abdul Aziz brings over 36 years of extensive experience and knowledge across the energy sector, particular in the gas industry.

Abdul Aziz has been appointed as the International Gas Union’s Regional Coordinator for South & Southeast Asia to strengthen the region’s position in the global gas industry.

He is currently the Senior Vice President of Gas & Power, PETRONAS and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Offer of PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PGB). He is also a Non-Independent Executive Director at PGB, in addition to directorship in several other companies in PETRONAS.

He started his career in PETRONAS as an engineer at the Peninsular Gas Utilisation Project (PGU), the 2,623km gas transmission pipeline network spanning the entire Peninsular Malaysia owned and operated by PGB.

He was later promoted to head the operations of the cogeneration facilities at PGB before his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer, Vinyl Chloride Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

He then served as the Vice President, Strategy and New Ventures; PETRONAS Energy Canada Limited prior to his current appointment.

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Julian Taylor

Managing Director, International Operations, University of Strathclyde

Moderator for Plenary Session 2: Clean Energy Solutions: Opportunities in the Energy Transition

Julian Taylor is the Managing Director, International Operations, at the University of Strathclyde – a leading international technological university. He has a global role, and is based in Singapore, to connect companies seeking technology solutions through R&D and talent with leading researchers. The University of Strathclyde  has expertise in many areas across engineering, science, humanities abd business: energy and the energy transition is a key strength. Julian joined the University in 2020 after a 30 year career in economic development, most of it in senior leadership roles with Scotland’s national economic development agency, both in Scotland and in Asia.


Emry Hisham Yusoff

Head, Carbon Management, PETRONAS

Panel Speaker  for Plenary Session 2: Clean Energy Solutions: Opportunities in the Energy Transition

Emry Hisham Yusoff is the Head of Carbon Management of PETRONAS, in charge of decarbonization of PETRONAS emission. CCS is one of the key areas under his lead covering advocacy, project initiation and implementation, commercial and business development, legal matters, reporting, monitoring and communication.


Emry has been with PETRONAS for 30 years, started as a Reservoir Engineer with a Bachelor of Science from University of Oklahoma. He had covered Production, Development and Exploration at technical and management levels. He had involved in multiple oil and gas projects development including drilling and fabrication, production of oil and gas both offshore and onshore, CO2 sequestration and exploration drilling.


Prior to taking up the current position, Emry is the Country Head for PETRONAS in Mexico and Myanmar


Ahmad Fairuz Yahaya

Managing Director, EXS Synergy Sdn Bhd

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 2: Clean Energy Solutions: Opportunities in the Energy Transition

18 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, mainly in the Floaters (FSO/FPSO) sector with a mix of Engineering, Project Management and Business Development.

Current position in MOGSC: Treasurer
Previous position in MOGSC: Chairman of the Small and Medium
Enterprise (SME) Working Group
Current position in EIC: Chairman of the Regional Committee


2016:  Managing Director at EXS Synergy Sdn Bhd
2015:  Director at SBM Offshore Contractors Sdn Bhd
2014:  Business Development Manager, Asia Pacific at SBMOffshore
2013:  Engineering Project Manager at SBM Offshore
2008:  Senior Marine Engineer at SBM Offshore
2007:  Project Engineer at Proceanic Engineering ServicesPte.Ltd, Singapore
2006:  Project Management Executive at Malaysia Marine &Heavy Engineering (MMHE) Sdn Bhd, Pasir Gudang
2004:  Design Engineer, Structural and Fittings at MalaysiaShipyard & Engineering (MSE) Sdn Bhd
2003:  Research Assistant at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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Viswanath Balasubramaniyan

Project Sales Manager, Honeywell

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 2: Clean Energy Solutions: Opportunities in the Energy Transition

Viswanath (Viswa) Balasubramaniyam currently handles business development and sales activities  for Rest of Asia Pacific (Ex-China and India).  His focus is to drive improved client value creation for projects ranging from single process units to fully integrated complexes in Asia Pacific Region for Gas Processing, LNG, H2 and CCUS technologies.   Since joining UOP in 2012, Viswa has numerous domestic and international positions across a broad range of technologies in Refining, Petrochemical, Renewables and Gas Processing within engineering, project management, sales and business development roles. Prior to that, Viswa has worked for GE Energy and Praxair (now Linde) in a career spanning over 19 years.  Viswa earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from University of Madras (India) and a Masters in Business Administration in Oil & Gas Management Degree from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (India).

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Ir. Ts. Daniel Tay

CCS Technical Specialist, ABB

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 2: Clean Energy Solutions: Opportunities in the Energy Transition

  1. 10 years’ experience in the Power and O&G industries

  2. Certified Professional Engineer registered with the Malaysian Board of Engineers

  3. Certified ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).

  4. Certified Professional Technologist registered with the Malaysian Board of Technologists

Day 2- Friday, 28 June 2024 @Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

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Datuk Harun Ismail, JP

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sabah Oil & Gas Development Corporation (SOGDC)

Keynote Speaker

Employment & Appointment:
05 Sept 2022 - Current  : Sabah Oil & Gas Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SOGDC)

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

03 Oct 1983 - 05 Sept 2022 : Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd 
Since 1st June 2010 - Chief Executive Officer 

Current Directorship: EPF, SOGDC

Past Chairmanship:

April 2018 - Jan 2023 : Upper Padas Power Sdn Bhd

March 2015 - Sept 2017 & Aug 2008 - Sept 2022 : Sazma Aviation Sdn Bhd 

March 2015 - Sept 2017 : Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd 

Past Directorship:

June 2010 - April 2023 : Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd

June 2010 - April 2023 : Serudong Power Sdn Bhd

June 2010 - Sept 2022 : Tabin Wildlife Holidays

Aug 2008 - Sept 2022 : Ranhill Powertron Sdn Bhd

Dec 2008 - Sept 2022 : Petro Pipe Sabah Sdn Bhd 

May 2008 - Sept 2022 : Sepangar Chemical Industry Sdn Bhd

July 1996 - 2022 : Asian Supply Base 

Committee Member:

  • Current Deputy President, Federation of Sabah Industries

  • Former Communications & Media Committee, Malaysian Gas Association 

  • Former Management Council, Sabah Skills & Technology Centre 

  • Former Jawatankuasa Perancangan, Perlaksanaan, Pembekalan Elektrik dan Tariff Sabah

  • Former Sabah State Government Co- Chairman for Natural Gas Matters for Joint Working Committee (JWC) PETRONAS

Professional Membership:

  • Graduate Member for Board of Engineers Malaysia 

  • Companion/Graduate Member for Institution of Engineers Malaysia

Educational Background: 1983 - BE (Hons) Civil Engineering, University of Malaya


2020 - Justice of Peace (JP)

2017 - Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK)
2010 - Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP)
2009 - Ahli Setia Darjah Kinabalu (ASDK)HLI 

2003 - Ahli Darjah Kinabalu (ADK)


Ts. Syed Saggaf Syed Ahmad

President, Malaysian Oil, Gas & Energy Services Council

Speaker for Paper 3: OGSE -  The Backbone of Malaysia’s Nation Building and Its Importance in The Overall  Energy Ecosystem

Ts Syed Saggaf bin Syed Ahmad is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shapadu Oil and Gas

Division, leading and managing the Group’s interest in Oil, Gas and Energy industry for both upstream and downstream services segments including management of group’s marine assets. He is also the Executive Director for one of the Oil and Gas division’s subsidiary, Shapadu CR Asia Sdn Bhd focusing on downstream maintenance and turnaround works.


He got his early education in English College, Johor Bahru and Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar, Johor. Subsequently, he graduated from Universiti Tenaga Nasional in 2002 with Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation, he started his career as Mechanical Piping Engineer with Haven Engineering and continued his career with stints at Ramunia Fabricators Sdn Bhd in 2004 and Coral Intoil Sdn Bhd in 2008.


Syed Saggaf has been with Shapadu Group since 2010 where he started as Project Manager. In his time with Shapadu, he was promoted to Senior Project Manager, General Manager, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, before eventually becomes the Chief Executive Officer in January 2017.  He now has approximately 20 years experience in the industry, managing major contracts from key clients with an approximate worth of RM 2 billion.


He is the current President of Malaysian Oil, Gas & Energy Services Council (MOGSC) where he plays an important role in engagements with industry stakeholders and players with the objective of creating a sustainable energy ecosystem in Malaysia.


Other than these, he is also the Ambassador of UNITEN Alumni, Vice President of Alumni Sains Muar Association, Board Member of Koperasi Tenaga Petroliam Malaysia and Board Member of Study For Industrial Doctorate Program, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.



Masayu Husain

Head of Governance, Planning & Performance of Corporate Sustainability


Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 3: ESG:  How it applies to the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry and Why it matters?

Masayu began her career with PETRONAS when she joined Finance and Accounts department in PETRONAS Holding Company in 1998, over 20 years of experience in various finance functions, including Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Finance and Treasury. She has led various projects and initiatives in accounts, finance and operational excellence for Corporate, Upstream and Gas Businesses. She is a strong advocate for innovation and sustainable development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Masayu is currently is the Head of Governance, Planning & Performance of Corporate Sustainability

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Nor Asmah Mohd Noor

Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy and Research, Malaysian Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC)

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 3: ESG: How it applies to the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry and Why it matters?

Nor Asmah Mohd Noor has more than 20 years of professional experience and is primarily involved in strategic planning, programme management and reporting, internal auditing, business development and process improvement consulting and benchmarking studies.

At MPRC, she is currently leading the development of the National OGSE Sustainability Roadmap, which provides targeted pathways for OGSE companies to comply with local and international sustainability frameworks. Her other key responsibilities at MPRC include leading the analysis of OGSE companies' financial and sustainability performance leading to the rankings of the top 100 OGSE companies published in the annual OGSE100 publication.

Previously, she worked for Telekom Malaysia, KPMG Laos, PEMANDU, Digi Telecommunications and Perdana University.

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Edey Suresh

Johor State Director, United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 3: ESG: How it applies to the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry and Why it matters?

Edey Suresh is a Board Director and the Johor State Director for UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB), the official local network of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). He has over 10 years of experience as a journalist, editor and as a social entrepreneur.


He is an experienced business sustainability practitioner with achieved projects that have been recognised nationally and at regional levels. He is the Founding Director of Johor’s only newspaper called The Iskandarian and the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for the Social Hero Foundation.

Academically, he holds an executive certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

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Dr Rafiq Idris

Economist and Vice Chancellor of University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)

Moderator for Plenary Session 4: OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

An Economist, currently holding the following positions:

-  Vice Chancellor of University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)

-  Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Economics & Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

-  Associate Fellow, Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies, University of Malaya 

-  Fellow, Centre for Economic Development & Policy, UMS


-  Fellow, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya 

-  Former Director of Centre for Investment, Endowment & Wakaf, UMS

-  Former CEO, UMS Investment Holdings Sdn Bhd


Ts. Sharifah Zaida Nurlisha Syed Ibrahim

Chief Executive Officer, MMC Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 4: OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

Sharifah Zaida Nurlisha received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEng (Hons)) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Nottingham University, England.


She started her career as an Instrument Engineer at Sime Engineering Sdn Bhd in 1990 before
moving to the discipline of Project Management with MMC Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd in 1995.  Her experience includes Project Engineering to Project Management of various types of Oil & Gas contracts as well as serving other positions in the company - HOD Project Management and GM Project Management Services, before holding her current position as Chief Executive Officer of MMC 
Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd.


In her 32 years in the oil & gas industry, she has been involved in projects ranging from Conceptual, FEED, Detailed Design, Fabrication/Construction, Hook-up and Commissioning, EPCC and EPCIC projects locally in Malaysia as well as internationally.


She has served actively on the Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC) for over 10 years served as an elected Executive Committee for the 2010/2012 term, Vice President for 2 terms, 2012/2014 and 2014/2016 and as President for 3 terms, 2016/2018, 2018/2020 and 2020/2022. She is now the Advisor of MOGSC for the 2022-2024 term.


In 2019, she was appointed by the Malaysian Oil & Gas Engineering Council (MOGEC) as one of their Executive Councils for 2019/2021 and was elected Vice President for the 2021/2023 term.


She was also nominated in 2017, by Amazons Watch Magazine/Center for Economic Development and Leadership (CELD) as one of the Top 50 Women Energy Leaders in Developing Economies (Asia/Africa).

In year 2022, she was appointed as the Cluster Head (Engineering & Energy) at the Center for Women Advancement and Leadership (CWAL), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) for the year


In the same year, she was also appointed as the Chairman of the Women Technologist Chapter for the year 2022/2024, under the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) which is responsible for enhancing the dignity and prominence of Technologists and Technicians among women in Malaysia.

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Benjamin Nair

Managing Director, KASI (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 4: OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

Mr. Nair has more than 18 years of experience in the oil and 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 represents KASI (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd 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 maritime modelling and simulation.

He also contributes commercial and technical expertise to Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd, and is directly involved with Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and Petroleum business units. Between 2008 and 2017, Mr. Nair successfully positioned Eastport as a player for LNG and petroleum transfers in the region.

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.

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Jesselton Jason James

Managing Director, Secov Engineering Sdn Bhd

Vice President (1) , Sabah Oil & Gas Services Council

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 4: OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

Jesselton Jason James is the co-founder and shareholder of SECOV and has been with the Group since2019. He was appointed to the SECOV Board since 2019 and is currently the Managing Director, SecovEngineering Sdn Bhd, a local company servicing the Oil and Gas Sector. Secov is also one of the first Sabahan oil and gas service company providing expert and specialized task especially in the area of Instrumentation and Control System such as PLC, DCS and SCADA. In addition to that, He also hold the title Corporate Advisor to Hub Vantage Sdn Bhd, an affiliate company that is a specialist for Electrical, Motor and Generator to the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and General Industry in Sabah.


He undergo his tertiary education in Diploma of Nautical Studies in Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) and holds a Certificate of Competency for Watchkeeping Officer of 500 GT and more from the Malaysia Maritime Department (JLM) . He then undergo his post graduate studies and completed his executive Master in Business Administration from Cybernetics International College of Technology.


He had almost 10 years of experience in sailing, port operations, transfer operations and maritime  management. He began his career in 2011 as a Deck Cadet with EMAS MARINE (Singapore) Pte Ltd. He then worked with Belait Shipping (Brunei) Ltd, Standford Marine (Dubai) LLC, Maersk Drilling Ltd, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd from 2013 to 2018 where he had hold various technical position on those company prior to founding SECOV. In 2022, He was appointed as one of the Technical Advisor for Sabah Oil and Gas Development Corporation (SOGDC). Subsequently he was appointed by Sabah Oil and Gas Service Council (SOGSC) as the Vice President (I). He is instrumental to assist in the effort of the state government aspiration through SMJ Sdn Bhd-SOGSC Engagement. He is passionate to ensure the up-scaling and enhancement of capabilities for local Sabah OGSE Players.

In addition to his corporate works, he is actively involved in various NGO group. He is one of the committee members and Liaison Officer for Sabah West Coast Division of Pertubuhan Pelaut Sabah(Seafarers Association Of Sabah (SEAS). SEAS serves as a platform to voice out to the needs and welfare for the seafarers from Sabah.. In Addition to that, He is currently the Secretary for Kelab Belia Progresif Sabah (KBPS) which is a youth empowerment club focusing in Youth Upskilling for young people around Kota Kinabalu and Penampang


Gesiri Gambung 

Chief Executive OfficerEternity Mode Sdn Bhd

Panel Speaker for Plenary Session 4: OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

Mr. Gesiri Gambung is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Eternity Mode Sdn Bhd (ETERNITY), a local Sabahan based company licensed with PETRONAS, CIDB Grade G7, PUKONSA Class A & SPAN.

ETERNITY has been actively servicing Oil & Gas industry mainly with PETRONAS for the last 10 years majoring in Civil & Structural Services, Mechanical & Electrical Services,  Building Maintenance, Onshore Fabrication Works & PPE Supplier. With a decade proven track record in oil & gas sector, ETERNITY has diversified their scope of services on top of their core business by adding new services in the field of well intervention & completion, topside offshore maintenance services, pipeline inspection, drilling fluids and technology solution provider.

Mr. Gesiri undergo his tertiary education in Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai and also attended the SME CEO Development programme in Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to enhance his leadership skills in business administration.


He began his career in oil & gas in the year 2006 with Ribuan Gaya Sdn Bhd as a Project Engineer before promoted to Project Manager and Technical & Commercial Director. He then decided to establish his own oil and gas company, Eternity Mode Sdn Bhd in year 2013 and to date has almost 17 years experience in the industry.

In addition to his corporate works, he is also actively involved in various NGO group and currently hold a position as the President of Sabah Karate Shito-Ryu Association (SHITOKAI Sabah)

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Ts. Amir Hisham Albakri

Head of Business Development, Innoveam Sdn Bhd

Moderator for Papers 4 & 5

Ts. Amir Hisham Albakri or in short, AHA has been practising in the Oil & Gas industry close to 2 decades. Since then, he has worked in various companies – from large multinational corporations to start-up companies. During this journey he has amassed very useful experience of distinct management styles, diverse set of colleagues, different cultures and various clienteles. A specialist in Sales & Marketing, Business Development and Tendering & Commercial he has covered not only the Malaysian market but the South East Asia (SEA) intimately as well with some exposure to the Middle East and Africa markets. 

A former Shell Malaysia scholarship holder, he graduated from a UK university and worked in the UK for 3 years before returning to Malaysia in 2005. He also had a brief working stint in Indonesia (2014-2018).

Aside to his corporate life, he is also active in other activities. His involvements include:

    Executive Committee Member, Malaysian Oil & Gas and Energy Services Council (MOGSC)
    Chairperson, Community Outreach of Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) KL Section
    Industrial Advisor Panel, Faculty of Science & Technology, University Malaysia Pahang
    Committee Member, Young Professional of Institute of Material Malaysia (IMM)

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Dr Wei-nee Chen

Executive VP| Head, Carbon Market, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Speaker for Paper 4: Bursa Carbon Exchange: Accelerating a Net Zero Future

Dr. Wei-nee Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She was formerly the Chief Strategic Officer of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) of Malaysia from October 2011 until September 2020. From September 2020 to August 2022, she joined Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, Malaysia's first publicly listed independent oil & gas exploration and production company, to pursue her passion in energy transition under the capacity of the Vice-President of New Energy Ventures. Prior to SEDA, from December 2005 to mid-2011, Dr. Wei-nee served in the capacity of a Technical Advisor in the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic (MBIPV) Project; a project by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and administered by the Malaysian Government. In her earlier career days, she worked in New Zealand for 10 years in various industries within the IT sector. Today, Dr Wei-nee is known for her deep passion for climate change and energy transition.


In August 2022, she became the Executive VP and Head of Carbon Market of Bursa Malaysia Berhad to implement the Bursa Carbon Exchange (BCX), which is the country’s first exchange for a voluntary carbon market.

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Dr Helena Varkkey

Associate Professor, Environmental Politics, Department of International and Strategic Studies, Universiti Malaya.

Speaker for Paper 5: Opportunities for Methane Reduction in the O&G Sector in support of Malaysia's Climate Goals

Dr Helena Varkkey is an Associate Professor of Environmental Politics at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Universiti Malaya. Her areas of expertise include transboundary haze governance in Southeast Asia, global palm oil politics and the politics and governance of climate change. Her monograph on “The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Politics” was published by Routledge in 2016. Her latest book is a collection of essays on the politics of haze and the environment in Southeast Asia called “The Forests for the Palms” published by ISEAS Singapore in 2021. Dr Helena has almost two decades of experience in qualitative research, including conducting fieldwork and interviews among various government and non-government stakeholders, and has built up extensive research networks in countries across ASEAN. She has edited and produced reports for the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, UNICEF, and the ASEAN Secretariat. She is currently the lead researcher for an Environmental Defense Fund research project on "COP26 Global Climate Pledges: Promoting Transparency, Public Engagement and Progress on Methane Emissions in Malaysia"

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Markus Klein

Senior Manager Business Development  - Actuators, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR)

Speaker for Paper 6 : Power to Gas Concept/Solutions for Optimized H2-Electrolysis

25+ years working in the electrical power business for Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR), the Germany based world market leader for on-load tap changers (OLTCs) used in power transformers; after staring his career at the headquarter in Germany he served as Sales Director and General Manager in Malaysia, Brazil and China; presently he drives Business Development in China, APAC and LATAM, especially for new applications such as Green H2; he holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering (high voltage)


Abdul Halim Jantan 

Fellowship of The Malaysian Insurance Institute, Certified Risk Practitioner, Sterling Group

Speaker for Paper 7: ESG & Insurance : Through the Looking Glass

A Malaysian citizen aged 66 and sits on various private company boards and two public listed company boards as follows :-


1. Theta Edge Bhd


Senior Independent Director

a. Chairman of Nomination & Remuneration Committee

b. Member of Audit Committee


2. Jentayu Sustainables Bhd (previously known as Ipmuda Bhd)


Independent Director

a. Chairman of Audit Committee

b. Chairman of Board Risks Committee

c. Member of Nomination & Remuneration Committee


As a 44years veteran in the practice of Risk Management and Risk Transfer, the art and science of developing an insurance solution has always been a passionate and enjoyable part of his life. 


Prior to embarking in his enterprising journey being the Founder of Sterling Group of companies, he spent 14 years at American Malaysian Insurance Berhad (AMI), being the CEO in his last position. 


Through the years, he has successfully established Sterling as the Premium Independent Power Plant (IPP) Broker in the insurance and reinsurance market and he is focussed in expanding its portfolio into specialised industry like Space, Aviation, Marine Hull and Employee Benefits continuously, by leveraging on technological advancement in Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Modelling. 


Since then, he has evolved into becoming an entrepreneur with other business interest taking a third of his time, whilst he remained centrally focused in Engineering Services, Insurance Advisory and Risk Management Services. It has given him 'across the board' hands-on experience and the leading-edge to craft his transactional and consultancy enterprise, to forge ahead of the curve. 


Today, the Sterling Group comprises of the following subsidiaries ;

Sterling Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd
Sterling Risks Solution Sdn Bhd
Sterling I-Tech Sdn Bhd
Sterling Automation Sdn Bhd
Sterling HCR Sdn Bhd
TÜV-NORD Engineering Services Sdn Bhd
NeuPower Ventures Sdn Bhd
Wing Cycle Sdn Bhd

To provide a sustainable ecosystem and intellectual capital to deliver high-end comprehensive total solution with a competitive cost structure to selected and targeted industries. 


As a pastime indulgence, he thoroughly enjoys endurance sport, hence a triathlete at heart, with swimming and cycling being his biggest passion. Truly his day is not complete without doing one or the other, six days a week. Somewhere in between, playing and walking nine holes in the golf course takes precedence occasionally. 


He hopes to pass down to future generations the same love for ‘business enterprise’, that he passionately inherited from his revered predecessors.

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Dato' Paduka Ts. Udani bin Dato' Seri Mohamed Daud

Group Executive Chairman, MaxEnergy Group

Moderator: Conversation with Special Guest

Dato’ Udani has been in the Oil & Gas industry close to 40 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 professional Technologist under MBOT the Malaysia Board of
Technologists and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) in
addition to being a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and sits
on the Advisory Committee to the Sabah Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition

Today he is the Executive Chairman and primary shareholder of the MaxEnergy
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 is also Advisor to the Bayam Group and 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.

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The Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Manjun

Minister of Finance / Chairman SMJ Sdn Bhd

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Ts. Faiz Latip

Founder & CEO of Semarak Training,

Master of Ceremony and Moderator for Plenary Session 3: ESG: How it applies to the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry and Why it matters?

Ts. Faiz Latip is the Founder & CEO of Semarak Training, pioneer of Malaysia’s integrated
professional training provider to Energy industry. The organisation is a PETRONAS licensed

company and HRD Corp registered training provider which presently provides over 150 in-
demand coursesin the key areas of Oil & Gas, Energy Transition, Metering & Allocation, Digital

Transformation, Risk Management and Business.

He was elected and currently serving as the Chairman of Competency & Training Working
Group (CTWG) of The Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC) for term 2021/2022. In 2018, he represented MOGSC to launch OGLearn - The Malaysia's 1st Oil & Gas Training Portal to improve the training search process and empower Malaysian training businesses.

Faiz is a former Wireline Services Field Engineer with Baker Hughes and he has completed the
intensive 6-month engineering training in Dubai, U.A.E. He acquired field experience in
PETRONAS's Exploration & Production project at Sabah's offshore.

Graduated with Bachelor Degree of Petroleum Engineering from Universiti Teknologi
Malaysia (UTM), he has also served as the President of Society of Petroleum Engineers UTM
Student Chapter and led it to win the global recognition and award by Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE) International; 2013 Outstanding Student Chapter (only 7 recipients in the
world) and 2013 Gold Standard Award.

He is a HRD Corp certified trainer, a registered Professional Technologist (Ts.) with Malaysia
Board of Technologist (MBOT) and a member of Energy Institute (EI), Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE) and Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC).

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