Speakers at 2018 Edition

Chief Guest

Shri R.P Gupta

IAS, Additional Secretary, Energy, NITI Aayog

Shri R. P. Gupta is an IAS Officer of 1987 Batch of Gujarat cadre. He did B. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur in Aeronautical Engineering. Apart from working in the field assignments in earlier part of his career as District Development Officer, Municipal Commissioner, District Collector etc., he mainly worked in the field of education, land record and energy at the policy making levels.
He worked in the Ministry of Coal for about two and a half years and in Energy Department in the State of Gujarat. He also worked as Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies dealing with the Public Distribution System (PDS). In this capacity, apart from fully computerizing the PDS right from Fair Price Shop to State Government level, system of biometric authentication was implemented to eliminate the leakages. In this capacity he also dealt with LPG and Kerosene distribution through PDS as cooking and lighting fuel.

Mr. Suresh Chopra

Executive Director, Projects, Indian Oil

Mr. Suresh Chopra has around 35 years of diversified experience in execution of Refining and Petrochemical Projects (both grassroots and brownfield). He joined Indian Oil in 1985 as a Project Engineer. As Executive Director (Projects), he has been closely involved in Strategy formulation and major Project implementation. He was also responsible for successful completion and safe commissioning of various process units & offsite facilities of Indian Oil’s Mega Refinery project at Paradip. Presently he is the anchor person for the ongoing BSVI Quality upgradation projects at various Indian Oil Refineries. Many innovative ideas like tailoring of procurement procedures, design specifications and tendering procedures to match the requirement of fast track projects are being adopted under his stewardship. He has taken lead role in formulation of contractor’s performance evaluation system to tackle the issue of non performing contractors.

Mr. Vinayak R Marathe

Sr. Vice President- Head- Planning, Bio-fuel Project and Operation, Reliance Industries

Currently heading the R&D Planning and Bio-fuel pilot plants project and operation. 38 Years of Experience in the area of Operation, New grass root plants commissioning, Project management, Industrial Relations and Business Transformation. Instituted and led number of high impact initiatives that improved safety, reliability, cut costs, and improved profitability. Headed the world’s largest Aromatics complex at Jamnagar for over 3 years.

Mr. M Rambabu

Executive Director – Refinery Coordination HPCL, Mumbai

Mr. M. Rambabu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, College of Engineering, Kakinada. He started his career in HPCL in 1981 at Visakh Refinery. Over a span of three and a half decades with the company, he has held various positions in Maintenance, Projects, Materials and Operations departments at Visakh Refinery, Mumbai Refinery and Corporate Office. He had been heading Maintenance and Operations Departments in Mumbai Refinery prior to taking up the present assignment. The majority of his experience has been while working in Maintenance Department and made considerable contribution towards enhancement of reliability of equipment in both the refineries. As a project head he has successfully completed the SPM project at Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Anjan Ray

Director – CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum

Dr. Ray received his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He have spanned fields as diverse as surfactants, oleochemicals, paints, adhesives, textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, energy efficiency, biofuels and renewable energy policy. Currently, he holds the position of Director – CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum and Head, Research Project Planning and Business Development Directorate (RPPBDD), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Headquarters (Additional Charge), New Delhi. Apart from his professional career in chemical technology, Dr Ray has had an active interest in media, education, heritage and environmental conservation for over 3 decades.

Mr. Arun Kumar Jain

Managing Director, Fluor India

Arun’s multi-hued experience palette comprises business, operations and risk management, talent development, project management, business development and creation of innovation capital. He has worked for a broad spectrum of clientele in the power, oil, gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, steel, food processing, mining, metals, infrastructure, manufacturing and diamond industries. Arun actively interfaces with international and industry and non-governmental advocacy bodies such as Global Compact Network India, Amcham, CII, USIBC, ICBC, IACC, Catalyst International, the Commonwealth Secretariat etc. and writes in leading trade journals.

Mr. N.K. Bansal

Director (Oil Refining & Marketing) in Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI)

Mr. Bansal is a post-graduate in Chemical Engineering, having experience of more than thirty seven years in hydrocarbon sector. He has worked in various domains of downstream petroleum industry such as Refinery Technical Services, Operations, Shipping Operations and Chartering, Execution of Crude Purchase Contracts including Technical Evaluation, Planning & Scheduling and Commercial aspects, Health/ Safety and Environment Management in Refinery and Marketing Operations, Corporate Planning & Economic Studies.

Mr. Y B Ramakrishna

Chairman – Working Group on Biofuels, MoPNG

Mr. Ramakrishna is Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) with specialization in Nuclear Engineering from Mysore University. He is currently also the Chairman of task force on Methanol/DME production from Bio mass/MSW/ other than coal – NITI Aayog and Bio mass Study Steering committee, TIFAC/DST, MoS&T and member and advisor of various committees of biofuel and scientific agencies like MNRE, IEA, Indo US &Technology forum . He is Bio fuel consultant, Indian Oil. In past, Dr. Ramakrishna has been Chairman and advisory member of various committees like Bio Energy for Rural India, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, Committees on Energy, Forest and Agriculture set up by Government of Karnataka and more.

Mr. Venkatesh Pai

Head - Margin Optimisation of the Refinery and Marketing Business, Reliance Industries

Venkatesh Pai is Head Margin Optimisation of the Refinery and Marketing Business at Reliance Industries. In his current role he leads a team responsible for crude valuation, product optimisation strategies & risk mitigation thereof. He joined Reliance Industries in 1998 and has been actively involved in the start-up and growth of its Refinery Business. His 23 years’ experience in the Downstream Oil industry covers Refinery Economics, Supply Chain Management, Investment Strategy, and Margin Risk Management & Trading. Venkatesh has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from NIT Karnataka and a Master’s in Energy Management from C.T. Bauer College of Business, Houston.

Dr. Partha P Maitra

President – Strategy & Initiatives, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Dr. Maitra is responsible for business strategy + long term initiatives for Reliance’s refining + aromatics business. Dr. Maitra started his career at Fluor, Houston, specializing in energy conservation at 2 ExxonMobil refineries, and in product quality upgrades at 2 BP refineries, in the US. Upon return to India he developed the Mangalore refinery and petrochemicals project, from its inception. He Joined Reliance, in 1994, to develop the Jamnagar refinery, including process optimization and project implementation. set up the planning, and scheduling group for Jamnagar.

Mrs. Vartika Shukla

Executive Director (Technical), Engineers India Limited

Mrs Vartika Shukla is an Executive Director (Technical) with Engineers India Limited leading the R&D Centre and Energy Studies. Mrs Shukla graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1988. She has more than 28 years of extensive experience in Oil & Gas Sector. Ms Shukla has been actively involved in the industry connection with issues and technological challenges of the oil and gas industry. She is a co-inventor of 12 patents along with the team which are with EIL. She is the first recipient of the Petrofed “Woman Executive of the Year in the Oil & Gas Industry” in 2006-07 and the “Scope Award for Outstanding Women Manager in PSEs” for 2013-14.

Dr. Sangita M. Kasture

DBT-MST, Govt. of India

Dr. Sangita is working as Scientist in Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. She has been serving the Department since 2010 and currently driving the Energy Bioscience Program, one of key areas of the Department. Her role is to promote Research and Development in Energy Bioscience through various schemes. The major focus has been on technology development for cost effective 2nd Generation Biofuels and cutting edge research.

Mr. Nandakumar V

Chief General Manager (Petchem and R&D), MRPL

Mr. Nandakumar V is Bachelor of Technology in Chemical engineering from Govt. Engg College, Thrissur, Calicut University and Post Graduate Certificate Program in Management, T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal. He has 24 years of experience in oil refining and the first batch of engineers and worked through the organization at various capacities in production, process, and project departments. He was involved in the basic process design of the ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd( OMPL) a subsidiary of MRPL. He has worked as project manager handling four process-unit projects- PFCCU, HGU, SRU and ETP projects of MRPL’s Phase-3 expansion project. Also worked as the team leader form process engineering for latest BS VI fuel quality implementation project and the refinery expansion studies. Presently he is engaged in planning the configuration of the refinery expansion with petrochemicals, evaluation of various petrochemicals processes. Setting up and developing R&D facilities at MRPL including collaboration programs is another focus area.

Dr. S. K. PURI

Chief General Manager ( Bio-Energy), Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Dr. S. K. PURI is Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Panjab University Chandigarh. He joined IOC, R&D Centre in 1987 and has 31 years of rich and varied experience in Research & Development with a special interest in synthesis and development of Fuel & Lube additives, development of bio-fuels for their use in transport and aviation sector, marker systems to control menace of adulteration of prime fuels, CO2 management, 2nd & 3rd Generation Biofuel technologies, biotechnological interventions in petroleum industries like bioremediation, bio-methanation , bio-catalytic transformations etc. Dr. S. K. Puri has to his credit, more than twenty US/IN patents. He has also published over 60 research papers in professional journals.

Mr. Vasudeo Joshi

Vice President and Business Unit Head for Advance Biofuels & Chemicals Division, PRAJ Industries Limited

Mr. Vasudeo Joshi has over 29 years of experience in the field of Biofuels, Dairy & Food Processing Industry. He has Multidiscipline experience in the Business Development, Proposals & Cost estimations, Engineering and Execution of Biofuel Projects in Domestic and Overseas markets. He is a Team member of majority of the 1st successful milestone achievements of PRAJ in last2 decades. He was leading the PRAJ team in successful demonstration of PRAJ’s 2ndGeneration Biomass to Ethanol Technology at its Integrated Demonstration Plant. Currently he leading the Business Unit – Advance Biofuels & Chemicals for Commercialization of PRAJ’s 2nd Generation “Smart Bio refinery”

Mr. Debashish Bera

Associate Director, Oil and Gas Industry Practice, PwC India

Debasish is an Associate Director in the Oil and Gas industry practice of PwC India. He has over 15 years of consulting, across the oil & gas and chemicals domain especially in refinery and petrochemical industries. He joined PwC Oil & Gas consulting practice in 2013 & his current focus at PwC is to develop operational consulting competency for the refinery, petrochemicals and fertilizers sectors.

Mr. Gaurav Gupta

Manager- Chemicals, Oil & Gas Practice, PwC India

Gaurav is a manager in the in the oil & gas vertical in Advisory practice at PwC India He has around 10 years of experience in consulting and strategic research in the Chemical & Petrochemical sector. He has worked on a variety and strategy and research engagements for chemical companies in India, the United States, Middle East and South East Asia. Prior to PwC, he has worked with Evalueserve and Jubilant Life sciences Ltd.

Mr. Shibaditya Sen

Director Business Development, Praxair India

Praxair Inc. is responsible for its Hydrogen, Syngas and CO on-site business in India and South East Asia. Praxair Inc. is one of the leading Industrial Gas and Technology Companies in the world. Praxair has presence in over 50 countries globally with more than 26,000 employees, and has been a member of Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last 13 years. Praxair has been rated as the most innovative company by Forbes, and has over 4,000 active patents. Praxair is primarily in the business of industrial gases (hydrogen, syngas, oxygen, nitrogen, argon, CO2, specialty gases, and rare gases), and have several application technologies in the hydrocarbon domain.

Dr. Sanjukta Subudhi

Senior Fellow, Microbial Biotechnology Area Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology Division, TERI

Dr. Sanjukta Subudhi obtained PhD in molecular microbiology in 2001 from University of Delhi and completed her postdoctoral research (2001-‘03) in algal biotechnology from National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Agency for Science and Technology Development, Thailand. Dr. Subudhi worked as a faculty scientist (2004-‘08) at PDTI, King Mongkut’s University of Tech. Thonburi, Thailand. In 2008, she joined TERI, her major research achievements include development of pilot scale microbial process for bio-hydrogen production from organic waste (from sugarcane industry) and agro residue biomass.

Mr. Sanjeev Sharma

Head , BD, Marketing and Sales IDE Technologies

Sanjeev has over 25 years of total professional experience in the field of Desalination, Water and Waste water Management including Environmental Engineering, Engineering Products and Projects. His articles and works have been published by most reputed Indian publications like EA Water, India Water Review, India Water Digest, Construction Today and some of the world’s most prestigious names including Water and Waste water, Asia & Global Water Intelligence. For his Notable contribution to India Water and Desalination field, he was awarded the “Water Icon 2014” Award in India by India Water Digest.

Mr. Mayur Patil

Associate Director, Industry and Customized Research, CRISIL Research

Mayur Patil joined CRISIL in 2005 and over last 13 years has worked across industry research and customised Research business. Mayur Patil has worked on assignments in the energy sector among other verticals. He has lead assignments for estimating demand/market size, formulating business plans, evaluating financial feasibility of projects, etc. in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Mayur holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai and an MMS in Finance from University of Mumbai.

Mr. Mathew George

General Manager-Petrochemical Marketing, Indian Oil

Mr. Mathew George is currently working as General Manager (Petrochemical Marketing), IndianOil, Mumbai, heading the Western Zone of India for Petrochemicals for Indian Oil. Mr. George has held various key assignments in Indian Oil, having worked in the Aviation, Technical Services, Lubricants and Petrochemicals departments at various locations. He was a founding member of IndianOil’s subsidiary, Lanka IOC, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he set up and headed the Lubricants Group. In the field of Petrochemicals, Mathew has handled Polymers, PX, PTA, Benzene, LAB, Glycols and Butadiene Business. A well-known supply chain and ERP/CRM expert and analyst, Mathew also has core experience in Ship Chartering for Chemicals and Petroleum.

Mr. Arup Ganguly

Director - Business Development & Sales, KBR Technology.

Mr. Ganguly is responsible for managing business and sales for Process Technology, Proprietary Equipment and Automation Technologies for Fertilizer, Refining and Petrochemicals in India region including Bangladesh and Shri Lanka.Mr. Ganguly has over 32 years of experience covering business development, project management, design and operations, HS&E management, etc. He did BE (Mechanical) from Delhi College of Engineering in 1985 and MBA in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. He has done PMP certification from Project Management Institute in 2007. Mr. Ganguly has received various awards during previous jobs and has presented papers at various international conferences. His hobbies include classical vocal music, theatre and painting.

Mr. Alok Saxena

Managing Director, GTC Process Technology

Dr. Alok Saxena Chemical Engineer with Doctorate from IIT, Delhi and Post-Doctorate from University of Oldenburg, Germany. He has 38 years of experience covering assignments as: Deputy Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, Chief R&D Manager-BPCL, General Manager, Process Licensing for Axens in India, Professor at UPES and presently Managing Director GTC Technology, India.Significantly contributed in the development of refining technologies and commercialization through close R&D and process design interaction, modeling and simulation, scale-up from lab scale concepts to commercial design. He has 55 publications in journals / encyclopedia and conferences and 3 patents. Dr. Saxena is a recipient of CSIR Young Scientist Award and Technology award in engineering sciences and CSIR Technology Award.

Mr. Hitesh Jain

Manager, Strategy and Business Development, UL India

A Thought Leader in Emerging technologies & StartUps & an astute professional with proven success. With over 15 years chronicle of success in driving benchmarks, helping clients accelerate social & business outcomes both local as well as global. Hitesh graduated as Electrical & Electronics Engineer & Executive Management Major in Business Strategy & Analysis from Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta. Presently, he is leading business initiatives at UL. Member of over 16 technical committees & public policy, both domestic and international. Hitesh efforts are focused to build trust in complex supply chain & public safety.

Mr. Shabareesh Nair

Sr. Manager, Sales & Marketing, Tubacex Group

Shabareesh Nair have a total work experience of 11 years out of which last 8 years have been exclusively with Stainless Steel industry. He has expert hands on experience in corrosion analysis, material failure analysis , material selection/suggestions in stainless steels within Fertilizer , Oil & Gas, Refinery, Petrochemicals and other chemical industries. Also responsible for preparing technical articles / mailers for customers and for leading magazines. Actively involved in new application, material and business development. He has actively participated in national and international corrosion seminars such as NACE, FAI, Chemtech and other technical events and presented more than 5 technical papers.


Department manager for Process Technology & HSE group, Fluor India

Srini has more than 25 years of experience in the process industry. Since joining Fluor 2006, Srini was part of Process technology group and worked as area lead / lead on several projects ( Shell Gabaran ubie Integrated Oil and Gas project, Marathon DHOUP, LDK Polysilicon, Mangalore Petcoke Gasification project, Jindal CTL project etc) . He got international exposure while working in Camberley and Greenville office on the projects. Srini received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University. Master of Technology in Industrial Engineering & Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Dr. Kochu Baby Manjooran

Senior Manager-Environment, BPCL

Dr. Manjooran has more than 30 years of experience in BPCL Kochi Refinery at various levels dealing with environmental and allied functions. He took his post graduation from Kerala University and PhD from Cochin University of Science & Technology. He also holds an M.S Degree in Quality Management from Birla Institute of Science & Technolgy, Pilani and an LL.B degree from Mahatma Gandhi University. He has published several research papers in International academic journals of repute. He has authored ten books on different aspects like Sustainable Engineering, Petroleum Chemistry, Engineering Chemistry etc. He is a Certified Lead Auditor of ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and a Six Sigma Green Belt holder. He is also a certified assessor of National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

Mr. Shankar Vaidyanathan

Senior Fellow and Subject Matter Expert for Refining and Hydroprocessing, Fluor India

Shankar Vaidyanathan is a Fluor Senior Fellow and Subject Matter Expert for Refining and Hydroprocessing. He has twenty eight years of Process Design and Engineering experience. He provides Process Technical Advice for global Downstream Refining, Clean Fuels, Oil to Chemicals, and Bottoms Upgrading Projects. His focus areas are Refining and integration with Aromatics and Petrochemicals. Before joining Fluor, Mr. Vaidyanathan worked for Chevron Lummus Global and Lummus Technology Division at Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he was trained in licensed technology portfolios of hydrocracking and hydrotreating.

  • When

    19-20 July 2018
    Starting 9:00am
  • Where

    Hotel Shangri-La
    New Delhi