Plenary Speakers

 
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Alison Andrew

 


Chief Executive, Transpower

Alison joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica plc. She has also been a Director for Genesis Energy. Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper. Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University. Alison's presentation at Chemeca 2018 will involve comparing and contrasting electricity systems of New Zealand and Australia.

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Dr Michelle Dickinson

 


Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
Nanogirl Labs

Dr Michelle Dickinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at The University of Auckland. She is better known as "Nanogirl", an enthusiastic communicator on matters about science and engineering on radio, television, podcasts, YouTube, and in live stage shows. She obtained her PhD from Rutgers University (USA) and her MEng from Manchester University (UK) in Biomedical Materials Engineering. At Chemeca 2018 she will speak about her philosophy and activities in communicating about science and engineering to potential students and the wider community.

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Professor Jimmy Yun, University of New South Wales

Jimmy Yun, FTSE, is a Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), School of Chemical Engineering; and also, a professor with the Hebei Science and Technology University. After a stint of early careers in research development and industries in Japan, USA, Australia and Singapore, Jimmy founded Nanomaterials Technology Pty Ltd, Singapore and was the Founder and CEO between 2000 and 2012, providing specialized R&D services to some the most influential global pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals companies. These pharmaceutical companies include GSK, Schering Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk and Huabei Pharmaceutical Company etc., and specialty chemicals companies include BASF, 3M, Evoniks, Nitto Denko and Sinopec. The development areas, with more than 30 patents, covered advanced drug delivery system, particle system design, advanced environmental coating and catalyst, and polymer nano-composite etc. Currently, he is actively engaged in multiple environmental projects with the pharmaceutical industry in China. Jimmy will be speaking on the environmental challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry in China at Chemeca 2018.

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Ken Rivers
President, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Ken is the President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
He chairs the UK’s Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) Strategic Forum, which is the joint industry/regulator group tasked with raising standards and improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation.

Ken’s extensive international career included being CEO of Refining NZ  and responsibility for Shell’s UK refining and petrochemical operations. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association and chaired the joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion. He was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.  More recently, he chaired the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force”, which considered ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review. He is an Honorary Fellow of North Tec – Tai Tokerau Wananga for his services to the wider community. Ken will discuss the global perspective on chemical engineering to the Australasian community at Chemeca 2018.

Keynote Speakers

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Adrian Dickison
Technical Director - Chemical Engineering, Beca

A Fellow of IChemE, Adrian Dickison has 30 years’ experience in a wide range of process industries. Adrian has worked in New Zealand, USA, UK and France in fields including process development, industrial refrigeration and mining and metals. Adrian’s current work includes new process development, ammonia refrigeration safety and simulation and modelling. He has worked on many of New Zealand’s industrial sites and is enjoying training a new generation of chemical engineers at Beca to apply systems thinking to today’s engineering challenges. Adrian takes an active interest in chemical engineering education and currently chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Auckland’s Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. Adrian will be discussing refrigeration and process safety at Chemeca 2018.

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Kerry Williamson
Maintenance Engineering & Project Delivery Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services

Kerry leads the Maintenance Engineering and Project Delivery team for Shell New Zealand, based in New Plymouth, Taranaki.  He is on the Country Leadership Team and is responsible for the technical integrity, growth projects and operational support for the Māui and Pohokura natural gas fields, delivering a portfolio of works to support business objectives in operating 60% of New Zealand’s natural gas needs.  
Kerry has a degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from The University of Auckland. He has been with the Royal Dutch Shell group for 21 years, with engineering and technical leadership roles in major US Production assets, Shell’s Upstream New Business Development, and supporting major developments in the Shell Project and Technology portfolio. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2013, Kerry was leading the Detail Design Contractor for the production trains on Shell’s first Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) Asset Prelude.
Kerry is a Chartered Engineer and Member of IChemE. He takes an avid interest in Process Engineering development, has participated in local IChemE Energy Discussion panels, and was awarded the Young Energy Executive of the Year in the 2015 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.
Kerry will be discussing the role of Chemical and Process Engineering in Asset Technical and Operating Integrity in light of evolving regulatory framework.

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Richard Owen
Chairman, ExxonMobil Australia

Richard J Owen was born in Sydney, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
He joined Esso Australia in 1983 and began work at the Longford Plants.  Following a number of engineering, operational and management assignments in Sale, Sydney and Melbourne, Mr Owen moved to New Orleans, USA and was appointed as Operations Manager in 2001.
Mr. Owen transferred to Houston before being appointed as Joint Interest Manager for Alaska in 2004 based in Anchorage.  In 2006, Mr Owen transferred to Hannover, Germany where he was named Deputy Production Manager for ExxonMobil Production Germany.
In 2011, Mr. Owen was appointed to the position of President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Affiliates in Indonesia based in Jakarta.  Mr Owen returned to Melbourne in 2013 when he was named Chairman of the ExxonMobil group of companies in Australia.
Mr. Owen is President of the board of the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) and a Director of the Australian Petroleum and Exploration Association (APPEA).  Mr. Owen is a Fellow of and of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and Engineers Australia, and a member of the Business Council of Australia. Richard will present on Energy Policy at Chemeca 2018.

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Stephen Drew

 


Consultant, SRD Consulting

Stephen has over 30 years of practical chemical engineering experience in the renewable energy sector. He has a track-record for pioneering new businesses in process heat and thermal storage integration, industrial energy efficiency, in the technology transfer of electro-technologies and in the use of aggregated loads to provide fast response products in smart grids.

Stephen participates on the ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) advisory panel and on the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Energy Centre. Stephen will discuss sustainability at Chemeca 2018.