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Global Discipline Manager, Development Geology and Geomodeling
Repsol , USA
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ARNULFO BRICENO is Executive Direction for Technical Development and Global Discipline Manager for Development Geology & Geomodelling in REPSOL. Leading all corporate efforts to establish the reservoir characterization and 3D modelling best practices in all E&P projects. And he is also supporting the training and career progression programs of all development geologists in Repsol. He is Project Manager for the global implementation of Studio-Petrel environment, applying corporate best practices for data management, data storage and data governance. He is the leader of the collaboration project with Stanford University focused on the machine learning process and big data analytics applied to unconventional reservoirs (Eagle Ford, Duvernay & Marcellus), also continue as part of the Global QA/QC Team – Auditing and assessing worldwide reservoir characterizations projects, in all phases of exploration, appraisal and development (visualization conceptualization and design), advising top management about project risks,opportunities and value.

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professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Kuwait University , Kuwait
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M. R. Riazi received a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and is the author of 150 publications including 6 books in the areas of oil, gas, coal and biofuel characterization, production and processing. In addition, he has over 100 conference presentations and about 100 invited lectures and workshops for the petroleum industry in more than 40 countries. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Penn State as well as Visiting Professor / Scholar in the Departments of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the following universities: Illinois/Chicago, Texas/Austin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), McGill (Montreal), Waterloo, and some other universities in US, India and Middle East. He is a professor and former chairman of Chemical Engineering at Kuwait University and is the Editor-in-Chief of IJOGCT. As a result of his work, Dr. Riazi has been honored as the recipient the following awards: Diploma of Honor from United States National Petroleum Engineering Society for the Outstanding Contributions to the Petroleum Industry, KU Outstanding Research and Teaching Awards (received from former Amir of Kuwait) and was an elected Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a registered and licensed professional engineer in Ontario, Canada.

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CEO, Innovative energy executive
Mwsol Corp. , USA
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Dr Franz Meyer is an accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with demonstrated success spanning oil and geology He serves as CEO of MwSol. corp.,a startup whose mission is developing clean and innovative technologies. Dr. Meyer received his to Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from SUNY at New Paltz, and his Master’s and PhD degrees in geology from the University of Michigan where he specialized in invertebrate palaeontology under the supervision of DR. Bruce Wilkinson. Meyer is a pioneer in the interpretation and use of Gamma-ray logs and their application in carbonate deposits for sequence stratigraphy He was a regular consultant for companies such as Aramco and ADCO. His recent research activities include electromagnetic radiation to heat oil reservoirs and dolomite stratigraphy. His work has been featured in Science, SEPM, and Geo Arabia.

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Professor
University of Dundee , United Kingdom
Biography :

Raphael Heffron is Professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. He is a graduate of both Oxford (MSc) and Cambridge (MPhil & PhD). His work is international and combines a mix of energy law, policy and economics. He has published over 120 publications of different types and his research has been cited over 700 times in the last three years. Professor Heffron’s research all has a principal focus on achieving a just transition to a low-carbon economy. Raphael was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2018. His research and teaching has been recognised by the award of a Jean Monnet Professorship in Energy & Natural Resources Law (2016-2019) by the European Commission. His teaching has also been recognised in the UK by becoming a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition, Raphael is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. Raphael’s research has involved funding from UK national research councils (the ESRC and the EPSRC), the EU and currently through the European Commission Jean Monnet Professorship 2016-2019. He is a Research Associate at the national UK Energy Research Centre. He has given expert advice to the EU, UN, World Bank, and various international thinktanks. Raphael is on the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review, the Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review and is Consulting Editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England volumes on Energy Law. Raphael is also co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press Handbook for International Energy Law. Raphael is currently the Co-Chair of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association; Visiting Professor in Energy Law at the International Hellenic University (Greece); an Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge; and currently is a Visiting Professor at Paris-Dauphine University (Paris, France), Queen Mary University of London (UK); a Visiting Lecturer at the ESCP Business School (London and Paris); and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Raphael read for his PhD at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is also a trained Barrister-at-Law and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil, PhD), the University of Oxford (Christ Church) (MSc) the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA).

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President, petroleum Engineering
Emertec Research and Development Ltd , Canada
Biography :

Professor Rafiq Islam, Ph.D. is the President of Emertec Research and Development Ltd. and an adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, where he was Canada’s first Killam Chair in petroleum engineering during 2000-2005. He has written nearly 800 publications, including dozens of books and numerous keynote speeches. He is the executive editor of the Journal of Nature Science and Sustainable Technology and the Journal of Characterization and Development of Novel Materials. He serves on the board of Journal of Sustainable Energy Engineering (JSEE) and several other journals and corporations. He is known as the most published engineer in the world. He has coined several terms, such as ‘green petroleum’ and ‘sustainable petroleum development’, and economics of intangibles’. His latest work titled: The Science of Climate Change (Wiley) is due to be published in December 2018. His ground-breaking approach in research, training and education is summarized in his book: Reconstituting the Curriculum (Wiley-Scrivener, 2013). His work has created a paradigm shift in a wide range of applications, spanning through various disciplines. His most notable contribution is in the area’s sustainability, environmental integrity, greening of pharmaceutical engineering, and knowledge modeling, on which topic he has written dozens of books and over 700 papers. His latest work is captured in his books: Unconventional Gas Reservoirs (Elsevier, 2014); Greening of Pharmaceutical Engineering (vol. 1, 2, & 3) (Wiley, 2015-2017); Advanced Reservoir Simulation (2nd edition) (Wiley, 2016); Zero Waste Engineering (2nd edition), (Wiley, 2016); Peak Oil (2016); Hydrocarbons in Basement Formations (Wiley, 2018); Drilling Engineering Problems and Solutions: A Field Guide for Engineers and Students (Wiley, 2018); Economics of Sustainable Energy (Wiley, 2018); and The Science of Climate Change (Wiley). In the 30+ years of his professional career, Professor Islam has held faculty positions with seven different universities and supervised over 150 research students and postdoctoral fellows. He received 30 million dollars in research funding from various government and industrial entities. His research spun off a number of technology transfer projects that led to the development of three companies. One of them now has become one of the most innovative oil spill remediation technology development companies. During 2000 through 2005, Dr. Islam held the Killam Research Chair in Oil and Gas, which was the only Petroleum Engineering Research Chair in Canada. Prior to this, Prof. Islam was the first NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) professor of engineering at the University of Regina, where he was the program leader of petroleum engineering. He was instrumental in establishing the Petroleum Technology Research Center (PTRC) and the Greenhouse Gas Technology Center (GTC) in Regina. In recognition of his research and teaching excellence, he has received a number of international awards, including Einstein Gold Medal of Honor, and Crown and Eagle Gold Medal for both of which Prof. Islam is the first recipient in Canada. He taught virtually all petroleum engineering courses, ranging from drilling engineering to reservoir engineering and improved oil recovery. He gave numerous invited speeches and some dozen workshops and short courses in many countries.

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Associate professor in China University of Petroleum
East China University , China
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CEO at EC Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd (eCNHC)
EC Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd (eCNHC) , Cyprus
Biography :

Dr Charles Ellinas is over 35 years experience in the oil & gas sector in senior management positions. Currently CEO of e-CNHC (E-C Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd), providing management and advisory services in the oil & gas and energy sectors in Cyprus and the region. A lot needs to be done and the aim of the company is to contribute to the successful development of these sectors for the future of Cyprus. Prior to this, as CEO of KRETYK, he was responsible for implementing the Cyprus government’s strategy for the development of its hydrocarbons sector. Until 2012 I was a Director of Mott MacDonald for 25 years and the Managing Director of Mott MacDonald’s Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals business worldwide. He is also Features Editor, Natural Gas World, and Senior Associate, Atlantic Council.

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Head of Petroleum Technology engineering, Petroleum Engineering
American Univerisity of Sharjah , United Arab Emirates
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Dr. Hussain has more than 30 years of experience in Oil & Gas industry in Europe and the Middle East. He also has experience in Research, training; learning consultancy & management. Hussain developed, published & taught more than 21 training manuals related to oil & gas industries in oil well drilling technology; oil production technology, water injection; gas lift and injection; enhanced oil recovery techniques, Health & Safety, Energy saving, etc. Dr. Hussain provided tutorials support for a wide range of open & distance learning, designed and taught to various Oil & Gas Industries. He developed and taught many short training courses. Dr. Hussain published and presented more that 26 technical papers and public lectures related Petroleum industry Renewable energy,Health & Safety, etc.

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professor
The British University of Egypt , Egypt
Biography :

Dr.Tharwat is currently Ass. Professor of petroleum engineering at British University in Egypt and FUE in petroleum engineering department Tharwat holds BSc. In Petroleum Engineering, MSc. Petroleum Engineering and Ph.D. in Reservoir Engineering from Heriot-Watt University (UK) Dr.Tharwat has more than 22 years in oil industry in technical and managerial positions worked for Schlumberger more than 15 years and 4 years with BP and 2 years with Baker Hughes worldwide in the Gulf and North Africa in Well logging, Petrophysics, and Reservoir Simulation. Dr.Tharwat is an author and co-author for many published papers covering many aspects in Petrophysics and Reservoir engineering. He is a member of SPE, AAPG, and SPWLA .also he supervises more than 20 researches in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He contributes in petrophysical book by 2 chapter’s titles (Applied techniques to integrated oil and gas reservoir characterization) will be published by Elsevier Oct 2018 In addition; He worked as an Advisor of the Energy Committee in Egyptian Parliament.

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petroleum Engineering
Consulting Services USA , USA
Biography :

Dr. James G. Speight has doctorate degrees in Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Petroleum Engineering and is the author of more than 80 books in petroleum science, petroleum engineering, biosciences, and environmental sciences as well as books relating to ethics and ethical issues. Dr. Speight has more than fifty years of experience in areas associated with (i) the properties, recovery, and refining of reservoir fluids, conventional petroleum, heavy oil, and tar sand bitumen, (ii) the properties and refining of natural gas, gaseous fuels, (iii) the production and properties of petrochemicals, (iv) the properties and refining of biomass, biofuels, biogas, and the generation of bioenergy, (v) reactor and catalyst technology, and (vi) the environmental and toxicological effects of fuels. His work has also focused on safety issues, environmental effects, remediation, reactors associated with the production and use of fuels and biofuels as well as ethics in science and engineering and in universities. In 1996, Dr. Speight was elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences and awarded the Gold Medal of Honor that same year for outstanding contributions to the field of petroleum sciences. In 2001, he received the Scientists without Borders Medal of Honor of the Russian Academy of Sciences and was also awarded the Einstein Medal for outstanding contributions and service in the field of Geological Sciences. In 2005, the Academy awarded Dr. Speight the Gold Medal - Scientists without Frontiers, Russian Academy of Sciences, in recognition of Continuous Encouragement of Scientists to Work Together Across International Borders. In 2007 Dr. Speight received the Methanex Distinguished Professor award at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in recognition of excellence in research. In 2018 he was awarded the American Excellence Award for Excellence in Client Solutions. United States Institute of Trade and Commerce. Washington, DC.

Research Interest :

petroleum science, petroleum engineering, biosciences, and environmental sciences

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Head of Communication Affairs with Science & Research Centers, Research & Technology Dept
National Iranian Gas Company , Iran
Biography :

CURRICULUM VITAE Hedayat Omidvar Graduated in Industrial Engineering (MSc) in 2002. He has been working since 1992 as Natural Gas consumption expert in Corporate Planning Dept., National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), responsible for treatment, transmission, storage and distribution of natural gas. At present, he is Head of Communication Affairs with Science & Research Centers, Research & Technology Dept. Member of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) since 1992 Member of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) since 1994 Member of Iran Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIIE) since 2001 Member of Programme Committee A (PGC A) “Sustainable Development” of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2003-2006 Member of Marketing and Communication Committee (PGC E) of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2006-2012 Member of Gas Advocacy Task Force (TF2) of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2012-2015 Secretary of Utilization Committee of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2015-2018 Member of Marketing and Communication committee of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2015-2018 Member of Executive Committee of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2015-2018 Chair of Energy Policy Task Force (TF3) of the International Gas Union (IGU) 2018-2021 Member of Group of Experts on Gas of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) from 2016 Letter of Commendation As the Exemplary Research Expert Received From the Deputy Petroleum Minister & Managing Director of NIGC 2008 Letter of Commendation Received From the Deputy Petroleum Minister & Managing Director of NIGC 2011 Letter of Commendation Received From the Deputy Petroleum Minister & Managing Director of NIGC 2013

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Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) , Iraq
Biography :

In the past 15 years, his work branched out into the field of applied as well as theoretical engineering. Additionally, he has established a research track in the area of modeling and simulation dealing with extremely complex problems in the oil and gas and Civil Engineering fields. Receiving excellent research certificates at UALR and the University of Houston. His consider research contribution extraordinary given the short time that he has been in the petroleum engineering field. he has successfully completed PhD requirements at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department-University of Houston-Houston-Texas in fall 2014. His thesis was titled “Characterization and Modeling of Polymer-Treated and Nano-Particle Modified Sulfate Contaminated Soils, Drilling Muds, and Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids under Groundwater”. He joined the Civil Engineering and Environmental department at the University of Houston in August 2010 as a PhD student. As part of his PhD Dissertation, he had researched in the areas of petroleum engineering, materials engineering and geotechnical engineering. He is cutting edge research were in the areas of development of smart cement for oil well application related to preventing the disaster that we had in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. he had also developed smart drilling muds for application in the petroleum and geotechnical fields and integrated the advances in the areas of nanotechnology, polymer technology and material technology to modify the smart cement, drilling muds and expansive clays. Part of his research in the area of geotechnical engineering was on controlling the expansion in clays using polymers. Expansive clays are causing major infrastructural damages in many parts of the U.S. including Houston, Dallas and Denver. The polymer treatment method developed by him will be very effective in controlling the expansion in clays. His research was focused on the experimental studies and mathematical modeling of the performance of the smart cement, smart drilling mud and polymer treated expansive clay. he has developed several mathematical models to predict the behaviour of smart cement, smart drilling mud and polymer treated expansive clays. He has also developed models to predict the curing, rheological properties and piezoresistive behaviour of smart cement. He has also developed a new model to predict the rheological behaviour of drilling muds. The refereed journal publications are in Petroleum Science and Engineering, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering and ASTM Testing and Evaluation. His research work was also presented at the Offshore Technology Conferences in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 where there were about 100,000 attendees from around the world. His research work was also presented at the American Association of Drilling Engineers, Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology and Texas Hurricane Center of Innovative Technology Conferences. Receiving an outstanding Teaching Assistant certificate in the Department of Civil engineering at the University of Houston, Houston-TX. He has provided the outstanding researcher in his endeavour and plays a crucial role in applied research in civil and petroleum engineering fields to help save lots of money and increase public safety. His expertise in experimental research and mathematical modelling, when combined with teaching ability, makes him a very unique person in the Civil Engineering field in the U.S.

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Centre for Research in Enhanced Oil Recovery, Petroleum Engineering
The Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS , Malaysia
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Scientist, Chemical Engineering
university of wyoming , USA
Biography :

Qinghua Lai is a research scientist at University of Wyoming, USA. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and MS in Physical Chemistry from the Xiamen University. He has authored 15 journal publications.

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Senior Lecturer, Petroleum Engineering
The Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS , Malaysia
Biography :

Ali Samer Muhsan is a Senior Lecturer and cluster leader at the Petroleum Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia. He received his PhD in 2014 from the Mechanical Engineering Department (Advanced Materials), UTP and MSc in Materials Engineering (Nanotechnology) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. Before he joined the Petroleum Engineering Department, UTP, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for 1.5 year (2014-2015) in the Center of Innovative Nanostructures & Nanodevices (COINN, Malaysia) and his research was mainly focusing on the use of nanotechnology in Oil & Gas exploration and production such as the role of graphene oxide as an additive for fluid-loss-control. His recent research work concerns on studying the effect of resin-based hybrid nanocomposites coated proppant for improved compression strength and fines migration control in hydraulic fracturing as well as the impact of nanocarbon additives based nanofluid as a preflush coating for improved scale inhibitor adsorption onto formation rock. As a result, he has secured 4 national research grants with cumulative amount of about 140,000.0 USD and authored 38 Scopus and ISI indexed journal publications and granted 2 patents. His research has been recognized by 14 awards (5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal with 6 best paper/presenter awards) received from different national and international conferences and exhibitions

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Professor, Chemical & Petroleum
United Arab Emirates University , United Arab Emirates
Biography :

Professor A.Y. Zekri received his B.Sc., M.S., and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California. He has spent more than two decades in the petroleum industry. He worked as a consultant to the management committees of Waha Oil Co., and Agip Oil Company. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 90 papers on new developments and technical issues in the areas of improved oil recovery, flow through porous media, and environmental aspects of petroleum production, petroleum contracts, and Enhanced Oil Recovery. He has edited and refereed technical papers in widely respected journals. He has completed a number of research projects in the area of IOR/EOR to UAE and International Petroleum Industries. He served as a Director of Petroleum Science and Engineering Program at UAEU 2006-2010.He is currently working as Coordinator of Oil and Gas Technologies, Emirates Center for Energy and Environment Research and Professor of petroleum engineering at the United Arab Emirates University.

Research Interest :

Enhanced Oil Recovery,Environmental Problems Associated with Oil and Gas Production,Fluid Flow in Porous Media

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Professor, petroleum Engineering
Curtin University , Australia
Biography :

Professor Reza Rezaee of Curtin’s Department of Petroleum Engineering has a PhD degree in Reservoir Characterization. He has over 26 years’ experience in academia being responsible for both teaching and research. During his career, he has been engaged in several research projects supported by major oil and gas companies and these commissions, together with his supervisory work at various universities, have involved a wide range of achievements. During his research career, he has led several major research projects funded by various oil and gas companies such as WAPET, WMC, MESA, Santos, NIOC, PEDEC, Devon Energy, DMP, Buru, Woodside, Carnarvon, Norwest and Anlec. He has received a total of more than $2.2M funds through his collaborative research projects. He has supervised over 70 M.Sc. and PhD students during his university career to date. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and is the author of 4 books on petroleum geology, logging and log interpretation and gas shale reservoirs. His research has been mostly on integrated solutions for reservoir characterization, formation evaluation and petrophysics. Currently, he is focused on unconventional gas including gas shale and tight gas sand studies. As a founder of “Unconventional Gas Research Group” of Australia, he has established a unique and highly sophisticated research lab at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University. This lab was established to conduct research on petrophysical evaluation of tight gas sands and shale gas formations. He is the winner of the Australian gas innovation award for his innovation on tight gas sand treatment for gas production enhancement.

Research Interest :

Formation evaluation, Petrophysics, Reservoir characterization, Shale gas evaluation, Well logging

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Assistant Professor, petroleum Engineering
United Arab Emirates University , United Arab Emirates
Biography :

Gamal Alusta received his B.Sc. degree from Tripoli University-Libya, and his MPhil, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University-UK. He worked for Repsol (Akakus) oil operations in Libya as a Senior Reservoir Engineer 1997 to 2008, working in both drilling and workover Departments. He also worked as a Petroleum Engineer at Woodside Energy North Africa in Libya, for six months in 2008. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Master of Petroleum Engineering at United Arab Emirates University, UAE. He has edited and refereed technical papers in widely respected journals. He has completed a number of research projects in the area of integrating reservoir simulation using Eclipse 100 and economic modelling using Spotfire risk analysis software to assist with decision making between EOR and infill well drilling and formation damage, drilling mud evaluation to International Petroleum Industries. He is a member of SPE and SPE university student chapter faculty advisor.

Research Interest :

Integrating reservoir simulation using Eclipse 100 and economic modelling using Spotfire risk analysis software to assist with decision making between EOR projects and infill well drilling to extend field life and linking dynamic simulation with economic evaluation,Formation damage, Drilling mud evaluation, well test interpretation in order to estimate the skin.

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Founder of Dr. Kraus & Partners, Economic
Dr. Kraus & Partners , Germany
Biography :

Georg Kraus started his academic career in 1994, becoming a lecturer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology where he taught a change management course. In 1995, together with Reinhold Westermann, he published a project management textbook named Project Management System that has been reprinted 5 times. In 2004, together with Christel Becker-Kolle and Thomas Fischer, he co-authored a handbook on change management. So, he taught at IAE Aix-en-Provence (since 2004), the Clausthal University of Technology (since 2005) and the St. Galler Business School (since 2007). In 2015, he was appointed professor at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Clausthal University of Technology. While working at IAE Aix-en-Provence he initiated the European Change Forum (held annually since 2012). He supports low-income entrepreneurs and students through the Kiva micro-loans website and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Heinrich Pesch Foundation. Notable work: Project Management with System: Organization, Methods, Control (1995), Handbook Change-Management

Research Interest :

Handbook Change-Management

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