Opening Address and Keynote Speakers

Opening Address: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Mohammad Faqira (Saudi Aramco)

Mr. Faqira joined Saudi Aramco in 1987 as exploration Geologist. His 31-year career with Saudi Aramco included working on exploration projects and assuming positions of increasing responsibilities in the exploration organization. He is assuming the role of manager of the Eastern Area Exploration Department since 2013. 

Under his leadership, the company discovered numerous oil and gas fields. His expertise is in exploring the Paleozoic Geology of the Arabian Plate.  He has written and presented several papers in conferences and workshops including papers on the Permo-Triassic Khuff hydrocarbon system and the Impact of the Hercynian Orogeny on hydrocarbon exploration.

He is a member of AAPG, EAGE, SEG and DGS. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Geology from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia and a Master degree in Geology from Colorado School of Mines, USA


Keynote Speakers:

Jean Jacques Biteau (Total, EAGE President)

Graduated in 1977 from ENSG, i.e Nancy Geology School. Since 1977, he has worked in a large variety of positions for Algerian Government and then for Total (appointed in 1979) in headquarters and affiliates: Netherlands, Angola, France.

His last active position was Vice President Coordination & Portfolio Management.  He started for Total a phase of preretirement period in 2015.

He is currently Professor at ENSG School, IFP School and also teaches in Total internal classes covering “Pressures, Seals and Traps”.

He will retire in April 2019 and continue to serve as Teacher.


Christopher Wibberley (Total) 

Mr. Wibberley is a senior geologist and technical advisor at Total E&P, specializing in structural geology, hydrodynamics and seals. After studying geology at Oxford (B.A. degree with Hons, 1991) and Leeds (Ph.D. in basement tectonics, 1995), he held research positions at Montpellier, Kyoto and Cambridge (CASP). He obtained his senior research habilitation as a university lecturer in Nice – Sophia Antipolis before moving to Total in 2007.





Pierre Van Laer (ADNOC)

Presently working in ADNOC Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resource Department as basin-modeling specialist.

Previously, he worked for ADCO (2010) as basin-modelling specialist and Saudi Aramco (2002) as team leader in resources assessment and basin-modeling for both conventional and unconventional plays. 

He developed basin-modeling software, provided service works and technology transfer for both for Shell (1998) and ENI (1991) as a senior R&D professional.

He holds Ph.D. in carbonate sedimentology, University of Liege, Belgium (1989) and worked shortly at IGN, Brussels in remote sensing and followed evening courses in computer sciences at the University of Brussels.