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Day 1 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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Guest of Honour- OPENING ceremony

Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji bin Haji Noor

Chief Minister of Sabah

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Mr Azman Nasir

Regional Director - Asia Pacific, Energy Industries Council (EIC)

 Speaker for Paper 2: "Challenges & Opportunities - Energy Transition in Malaysia"

 Moderator for Panel Discussion on "Energy Transition"

Azman is responsible for all activities relating to the EIC Kuala Lumpur office. He joined EIC in 2014 to establish the KL Office from scratch. Prior to 2014, EIC APAC was located in Singapore for 14 years. Azman has been instrumental in growing EIC APAC from a relatively unknown organisation outside of Singapore to a recognised body representing UK’s energy supply chain within the Asia Pacific region. Azman has relatively good network with most of the energy players in the region including the UK’s Department of International Trade equivalents, international oil and gas companies, national oil and gas companies, power developers and operators, international manufacturers and consultants operating within the region.


Prior to joining The EIC, Azman was the Chief Executive of a Malaysian oil and gas company, one of the major fabricators for PETRONAS and a regional shipbuilder.

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En Abdul Aziz bin Othman

Vice President and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS Gas Berhad

Speaker for Paper 3:  “Malaysia Gas Challenges, Opportunities and How Industry players can collaborate to position Sabah as one of the key gas hubs”

Date of Appointment

1 January 2021


Academic/Professional Qualifications

  1. Senior Executive Programme, London Business School

  2. INSEAD Programme, INSEAD Business School

  3. Bachelor Science Mechanical Engineering, University George Washington, United States of America


Present Appointments

  1. Vice President, Gas and Power, Gas and New Energy Business

  2. Member, Gas & New Energy Executive Leadership Team, PETRONAS

  3. Board Members, various companies in PETRONAS


Past Experience

  1. Vice President, Strategy and New Ventures, PETRONAS Energy Canada Limited

  2. Head, Strategic Planning and Ventures, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

  3. Chief Executive Officer, Vinyl Chloride Malaysia Sdn Bhd

  4. General Manager, Centralised Utilities Facilities (CUF), PETRONAS Gas Berhad

  5. Engineer, Peninsular Gas Utilisation Project (PGU)


Yang Bhg Prof. Dato' Ir. Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud, FASc

Professor of Chemical Engineering at Department of Chemical & Process Engineering,

Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Keynote Speaker for Paper 4:  “Hydrogen as the future clean and sustainable fuel, Technology, Challenge and its future"

Prof. Dato ’Ir. Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud FASc is the UKM-Petronas Chair Professor of Sustainable Hydrogen Energy at the Fuel Cell Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (December 2019- 2021), Founding Director of the Fuel Cell Institute, UKM (2007-2013) Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, UKM (1996-2021) and Principal Research Fellow at the Fuel Cell Institute, UKM (2007-2021).


He was born on 27 December 1955 in Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang. He went to school at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Conolly Ipoh (1962-1964), Sekolah Kebangsaan Taiping (1965-1967), Sekolah Dato 'Abdul Razak (1968-1973), Leederville Technical College (1974), University of Monash, Victoria, Australia (1975-1978) and University of Cambridge UK (1979-1984). He obtained the BEng degree (First Class Hon.) From the University of Monash in 1978 and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 1984, in chemical engineering.


He is the Founding President of the Malaysian Association of Hydrogen Energy (MAHE) (2018-2020). President of the Academy of Islamic Science Malaysia (ASASI). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) since 2012.


He is the recipient of the Merdeka Award 2016 for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, Malaysia’s top award for Malaysian scientists, on 23 September 2016 for research in fuel cells and hydrogen energy.


He is one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and Highly Cited Researcher in engineering in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Clarivate Analytics. His main research areas are green hydrogen energy, fuel cells and sustainable industrial drying.


He published 399 articles in international journals, 400 articles in proceedings of international conferences and 235 articles in proceedings of national conferences. Total citations WOS 9,806 H-index 52; SCOPUS 10,907, H-index 54; Google 16,465, H-index 66.

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Encik Adzmir Abdul Rahman

Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Head, Business Development

Sabah Energy Corporation (SEC)

Speaker for Paper 5 on: " Future of LNG, Liquified Natural Gas in Sabah"

Speaker for Panel Discussion on "What Resources it takes to have highly capable Human Capital Development?"

Adzmir Abd. Rahman joined Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC) in 2003 as a Planning Engineer.  He assumed to the position of Assistant Manager of Gas Planning and Marketing in 2004.  In 2009, he was assigned to a new responsibility as Technical Services Manager and was responsible for the development of Malaysia’s 1st Virtual Pipeline System (Compressed Natural Gas) in KKIP Sabah.  He was then promoted as Divisional Head for Business Development and Gas Trading in 2013 and was a key member for the development of 1st LNG Facilities outside Bintulu located in KKIP.  He was appointed to his current position in 2019.

He began his career in 1998 when he joined Sawit Kinabalu Berhad as Assist Mill Manager. Later in 2000, joined an independent power producer (IPP) as Operation Engineer.

Currently, he also serves as director at SEC Gas Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of SEC that owned and operate LNG facilities in KKIP.  He holds a Certificate of Competency in natural gas distribution by the Energy Commission and a DOSH certificate steam and ICE Engineer.

Adzmir Abd. Rahman was a Sabah State government scholar and graduated from the University of Portsmouth, England in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and holds a Master Degree in Business Administration.

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Vice President - New Energy Ventures, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad

Dr Wei-nee Chen

Speaker for Panel Discussion on "Energy Transition"

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 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 and administered by the Malaysian Government. Prior to coming back to Malaysia, she worked in New Zealand for 10 years in various industries. Today, Dr Wei-nee is known for her deep passion for renewable energy and energy transition. On 16th September 2020, she joined Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd, 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. Dr Wei-nee currently serves as a member of Industry Advisory Panel to the Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA), and the PhD External Advisory Committee of Sunway University.

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Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS Energy &  Gas Trading

En M Khairuddin bin Ab Khalik

Speaker for Panel Discussion on "Energy Transition"

Khairuddin has been with PETRONAS for over 28 years.  He currently heads PETRONAS Energy & Gas Trading Sdn Bhd (PEGT), responsible to trade LNG and piped-gas to the Malaysian domestic market.  Among his role is to collaborate and build partnerships with national and regional level government agencies, NGOs/Market/Industry players, to be the advocate  and influence policies to increase gas usage at competitive market pricing to protect and grow PETRONAS leading position as a global gas player.

Prior to that, Khairuddin was the Head of Value Optimisation in PETRONAS LNG Marketing and Trading and he has vast experience in areas of operations, sales & marketing, commercial & business development, joint venture management, commercial optimisation at various PETRONAS subsidiaries including PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad, PICL (Egypt) Corporation Ltd, PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd and Gladstone LNG Pty Ltd, Australia.

Khairuddin has also been attached to corporate functions in Gas business sector and involved in various cross functional projects including Corporate Strategy Studies' Integrated Transition Progam and Digital Projects including AlphaLNG and AlphaGas.

Day 2- Friday, 10 June 2022

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Tuan Haji Kadir bin Haji Abdullah @OKK Haji Damsal

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

Speaker for Paper 2: The role of industrial park in stimulating investment and its role in overcoming the ‘resource curse’ .

Speaker for Panel Discussion on "What Resources it takes to have highly capable Human Capital Development?"

Haji Abdul Kadir Abdullah @ Haji Damsal is an Advocate & Solicitor in Sabah.  He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from the University of London.  He earned the title, Barrister-at-Law from the King's Inn of the Republic of Ireland.  He also holds Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the National University of Singapore.

He was appointed First Class Magistrate in 1985 in Sandakan.  He has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of three GLCs of three different industries namely, Timber, Rice and Oil & Gas.

He is currently the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of State GLC, Sabah Oil & Gas Development Corporation (SOGDC), whose Chairman is the Chief Minister of Sabah.

Haji Abdul Kadir Abdullah is a Sabahan, born in Sandakan and is 62 years old.

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Professor Ir Dr Rosalam H J. Sarbatly (ADK)

- Former Chairman, the Advisory Committee for Minister of Education and Innovation, Government of Sabah.

- Professor of Chemical and Sustainable Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Moderator for Panel Discussion  on "What Resources it takes to have highly capable Human Capital Development?"

  • He won the Sustainable Award 2021 by Institutional of Chemical Engineer (IChemE) Malaysia and was selected as the finalist of the IChemE’s Global Sustainability Award in 2021.

  • In 2020, he was awarded the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia 2020 by the Academy Sains Malaysia for his expertise in driving "Nanofiber, Membranes and the Environment"

  • Chairperson, The Advisory Committee For The Minister Of Education And Innovation, Government Of Sabah (2019 – 2020).

  • Registered Professional Engineer With Practicing Certificate (Pepc Bem No.C116696).

  • Dean & Senate Mambers From 2007-2016.

  • 23 Years Working Experiences As An Academician (1997 Joining Ums).

  • 4 Years Industrial Experience (Mill Engineer) At Lahad Datu And Kinabatangan, Sabah

  • Textbook Authored (2020): Membrane Technology For Water And Wastewater Treatment In Rural Regions, (2020) Igi Global, Pennsylvania, United States,

  • Authored Book (2020), Teknologi Kejuruteraan Dan Inovasi Pertanian Pintar Desa, Penerbit Ums. *Book Edited “Advances In Biofuels”. Springer.

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam

Guest of Honour- closing ceremony

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Industrial Development of Sabah


  • MD-UKM 1984

  • Master of Tropical Health, Queensland University Brisbane Australia 1991

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine, Health and Safety, Edith Cowan University 1998

  • [2013 –  2018] Ministry of Local Government and Housing  Sabah Assistant Minister

  • [2006 – 2013] Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Chairman of The Sabah Parks Board of Trustees

  • [1994 – Now] Owner and operator of Private Medical Clinic

  • [1988 – 1994] Sabah Foundation Deputy Manager of Health and Paramedic Services, Sabah Foundation

  • [1983- 1988] Medical Officer with Ministry Of Health Malaysia with postings at Queen Elizabeth and Duches Of Kent Hospital