ADNOC announces panel of energy R&D experts for ADRAC 2015
18/05/2015 10:43 am EDT

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has confirmed a panel of experts to lead the research and development (R&D) discussions during the 4th ADRAC Conference & Exhibition, held May 24th – 26th at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

“At the fourth ADRAC, we are pleased to welcome the foremost minds on energy R&D to discuss and collaborate with the goal of identifying new solutions for the region’s oil and gas challenges. The discussions promise to be a platform to share best practices and develop joint R&D initiatives,” said Yasser Al Mazroui, Deputy Director E&P, ADNOC and Chairman, ADRAC 2015.

Featured Speakers & Participants Include:
• Yasser Saeed Al Mazrouei, Deputy Director E&P, ADNOC and Chairman, ADRAC 2015
• Mohamed Butti Al-Qubaisi, Director of Exploration & Production, ADNOC
• Dr. Wafik Beydoun, R&D Division Manager, ADNOC
• Rowan Gibson, Global Thought Leader on Business Innovation
• Dr. Mario Ruscev, CTO, Baker Hughes
• William Coates, Senior Vice President Technology & Marketing, Schlumberger
• Dr. Stuart Clayton, VP Hydrocarbon Recovery Technologies, Shell
• Mike Phillips, Head of Simulation Systems, McLaren Applied Technologies
• Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, President, The Petroleum institute, UAE
• Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President, Khalifa University, UAE
• Dr. Marc Durandeau, SVP, Petroleum Institute
• Dr. Michael Bittar, Senior Director of Technology, Halliburton
• Bob Stembridge, Senior Patents Analyst, Intellectual Property, Thomson Reuters
• Dr. Aydin Babakhani, Director of Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory, Rice University
• Dr. Khaled Nabil Salama, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

As part of the ADRAC program, a Chief Technology Officers (CTO) summit will be held on May 25th to introduce a debate “How Can Innovation from Other Industries Play a Key Role in Enhancing Performance in the Energy Sector?” As the technological challenges of the industry are mounting, crossover technologies from other sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and even medicine are making their way into the oil and gas sector, providing new solutions and applications that in turn help drive efficiencies, boost productivity and optimize performance.

There are more than 60 challenges that ADRAC aims to address by creating a unique platform where work-in-progress research and new ideas can find their way to future deployment or trial in real-field applications. For more information about the ADRAC program, please visit

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