Speaker – Dr. Oki Muraza

Dr. Oki Muraza ST, MSc, DR
SVP Research & Technology, PT. Pertamina

He is currently a Senior Vice President Research & Technology Innovation in Pertamina. Previously, he led numerous research projects and research group in Energy and Petrochemicals, where he secured about $ 6.2 million research grants from companies (Saudi Aramco, SABIC and KACST). He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU Eindhoven) (Advisor: Prof. Jaap C. Schouten). He obtained his MSc in Chemical Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) (Advisor: Prof. Em. Koos Jansen). He worked on selective production of propylene, heavy oil production and upgrading, methanol-to-propylene, coal-to-olefins and catalysis for circular economy. Prior to joining KFUPM as a Faculty, he worked as a Research Associate at The Petroleum Institute Abu Dhabi in a research collaboration with University of Minnesota (Prof. Michael Tsapatsis) on zeolite based catalysts/adsorbents for hydrocarbon processing. He was a Japan Petroleum Institute Research Fellow Hokkaido University (with Prof. Takao Masuda) in 2011-2012 and a visiting researcher at Åbo Akademi Finland in 2007. He worked in offshore oil and gas operation with Repsol YPF-SES (now PHE OSES) as Chemical Supervisor and Production Supervisor From 2001 until 2002. He had an internship at the Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam (SRTCA) and Shell Global Solutions International BV and at Dow Chemical in styrene-butadiene latex plant. He received JPI Research Exchange Fellowship in 2011-2012, NIOK (Dutch Institute for Catalyst Research) Award as one of the highest scores in a NIOK examination (Catalysis, An Integrated Approach in December 2004) over about 50 PhD students in catalysis fields in the Netherlands. He was awarded with Huygens Scholarship (2003-2004), The Netherlands, UNESCO SFP, TU Delft Scholarship (2002-2004) and The Dow Chemical Company Scholarship (1997-2000).