SOGCE Speakers, Moderators & Master of Ceremony

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Day 1 - Thursday, 8 June 2023 @ Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

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Guest of Honour- OPENING ceremony

The Right Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji bin Noor

Chief Minister of Sabah

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Dr Helena Varkkey

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

Paper 3: 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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Adzmir Abdul Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Sabah Energy Corporation (SEC)

Speaker for Paper 4 on: Sabah Gas Master Plan

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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Dr Wei-nee Chen

Executive Vice President | Head of Carbon Market, Bursa Malaysia

Speaker for Paper 10: Voluntary Carbon Market Exchange

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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Ramanrao Abdullah

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

Mr Ramanrao bin Abdullah was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Deleum on 1 July 2021 and appointed as Director to the Board on 8 July 2021.


He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from University of Malaya and a Master in Business Administration from University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).


Mr Ramanrao has built a career in the oil and gas industry spanning more than 26 years, all of which have been with Halliburton. His various roles in the company included those in the Finance, Business Development and Operation workstreams before assuming the position of Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Asia Pacific in 2014. Following this, he was appointed to a newly created role as Vice President of Business Development for Asia Pacific and Asian National Oil Companies for their Global Operations in 2018.


Prior to his career in the energy sector, he was a practicing accountant in an audit firm in Bath, England for six years.


A leading figure in the industry, Mr Ramanrao previously served on the Research Advisory Council (RAC) of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and continues his association with the university as an adjunct lecturer since 2019. He previously also served as a member of the Advisory Council for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Asia Pacific.

Mr Ramanrao’s extensive experience in both the corporate and regulatory framework of the oil and gas industry, not just in Malaysia and regionally but also globally, as well as his training as a chartered accountant, has equipped him with a comprehensive range of diverse competencies relevant to this sector.

Day 2- Friday, 9 June 2023 @Sipadan Hall 1, Level 4

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Datuk Thomas Logijin

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industrial Development, Sabah

Keynote Address

Mr Thomas Logijin is 55 years old.  Married with 3 children.  He graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Selangor with Bachelor of Antropolgy and Sociology (Second Upper Class Honours) in 1992.

He served as Principal Assistant at the State Civil Service Department for 12 years before being appointed as Tambunan Assistant District Officer in 2005.  Mr Thomas was appointed as Tongod District Officer in 2011 and in 2014 as Tambunan District Officer.

He held the post of Deputy Director (Macro) at the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) in 2018 before being transferred on promotion as Deputy Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Industrial Development.

On December 2020, Mr Thomas was appointed as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industrial Development until now.

He was recently appointed as member to sit in the Main Committee for Joint coordination Committee (JCC)  between the Sabah State Government and PETRONAS and also as Co-Chairman in the Sub-Committee 4: Oil & Gas Services and Equipment Industry.

Mr Thomas was selected by the Sabah State Public Services Department to attend overseas courses such as :

  • "Global Institute For Leadership Development (GILD), California, USA (15/09/2019 - 19/09/2019)

  • "RSOG Senior Leadership Programme (SLP): A Quest For Governance In Asia at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (20/08/2016 - 26/08/2016)

  • 'Realising A Society in Harmony With Nature In Japan', Japan (06/09/2015 - 12/09/2015)

  • 'Executive Development Programme For Malaysian Government Officials' at Centrel Officials Training Institute, republic of Korea (13/05/2003 - 29/03/2003)



James Chan

Vice President – OGSE Development, Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation 

James Chan is the Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), a
government agency that was established in 2011 to advance Malaysia’s Oil and Gas,
Services and Equipment (OGSE) industry.

Before his current position, James was attached to InvestKL as Senior Manager – Investor
Relations from 2013 to 2015. In this role, he was instrumental in crafting initiatives to
attract MNCs and other international companies to set up their regional operations in Kuala
Lumpur. Prior to this position, James worked at UK Trade & Investment (now renamed UK’s
Department for International Trade) at the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur for 17
years as the Senior Trade Manager promoting UK products and services to Malaysia,
focussing on the aerospace and oil & gas sectors.

An economist by training, James has a great deal of experience in investment promotion
and trade facilitation.


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Dr Rafiq Idris

Economist, Senior Lecturer

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Moderator : Plenary session 4 on OGSE Positioning & Securing New Opportunities amidst Energy Transition

An Economist, currently holding the following positions:

-  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

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The Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Manjun


Minister of Local Government and Housing/Minister of Finance II, Chairman SMJ Sdn Bhd

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Ts. Faiz Latip

Founder & CEO of Semarak Training,

Master of Ceremony and Moderator 

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).

Group Chief Executive Officer