Invited speakers

Stewart Behie

Leadership 4.0: The Changing Dynamics of Management in the Smart Industry Digital Era

Dr. Stewart W. Behie, P.Eng., Associate Director, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Professor of Practice, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

40+ years of experience in Process Safety, safety management systems and operations in NA and the ME

Manager of Safety and Process Risk and Manager of Asset Integrity / HES Training and Development, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation

HES and Risk Manager for Onshore and Offshore Operations, Dolphin Energy Ltd. (Qatar)

Team Lead, Technical Safety & Risk Management, HSE Unit, Zakum Development Co., Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Risk Management Specialist / Senior Safety Engineer in the Total Loss Management Group for Petro Canada, East Coast Operations, St. John’s, Newfoundland working on the Terra Nova FPSO development

Developed Business Continuity Management plans for several companies to enhance return to normal operations

Conducted several workshops on the impact on and recovery from coronavirus pandemic on essential operations

Registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of Alberta and Newfoundland, Canada

Published numerous papers and articles on process safety management, risk-based decision management, and managing risk in operational settings and non-routine operations such as shutdowns

Delivered workshops on creating excellence in safety performance and in safety culture maturation

Led formal Root Cause Analyses, incident investigations in major LOPC incidents in the oil and gas industry in several jurisdiction

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada


Nikos Markatos

Modern computational oracles in environmental and industrial safety and risk analysis

Professor Emeritus, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Visiting Professor Texas A&M University. Chemical engineering educator, researcher, administrator (Head of Department, University Rector). Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineering (FIChE) .

Diploma in Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. M.A. in Business Administration at the Athens School of Economics. Diploma Imperial College, University of London, PhD in Engineering, Imperial College, University of London. Research fellow at Imperial College London, CFD Unit. Technical Manager CHAM Ltd., London. Reader at University of Greenwich, London. Co-founder and co- Director of Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Process Analysis, University of Greenwich, London. Professor of National Technical University of Athens. Director Computational Fluid Dynamics Unit. Head of Chemical Engineering Department, and Rector of National Technical University of Athens. Senior Visitor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge and Bye-Fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 2002–2003. Visiting Professor University of Surrey, 2000–2010. Visiting Professor University of Texas A&M at Qatar, 2016–2020.

Consultant NASA Langley Research Center, National Maritime Institute, Combustion Engineering Boeing, British Leyland, others. Co-editor Journal Applied Mathematical Modeling. Author 4 books, over 500 scientific papers in field, over 320 presentations at International Conferences. Over 10500 citations, h-factor 52, i10-index 160.

Recipient Certificate of Recognition Inventions Council NASA, 1980, for “the development of creative technology with serious impact on aerospace science and implications for society”. Awarded a Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa from the Institute of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Implemented major engineering projects with emphasis on Industrial Accidents, Energy, Safety and Environmental Engineering fields and Application Research and Testing for Emergency Management Intelligent Systems.


Manfred Müller

The human operator – a safety threat?

University Lecturer on Risk Management. Training Captain on Airbus A330/340/350 ret., former General Manager Flight Safety Research of the Lufthansa Group.

Manfred Mueller worked as a pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines for more than 41 years. He received an accident investigator training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in addition to his pilot training in Bremen and Phoenix, Az. In the year 2002 he was appointed Head of Flight Safety. Since 2010 until his retirement in 2020 he was General Manager Flight Safety Research for the Lufthansa Group.

An important focus of his research work was a quantitative determination and evaluation of flight safety risks. This interdisciplinary research project was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology.

Since 1995 Manfred Mueller expanded his risk management work to additional topics. As a few examples: The medical field, mechanical engineering, chemical industry, automotive engineering and mining. He conducts seminars and workshops to transfer aviation safety concepts to other industries.

Since more than two decades Manfred Mueller teaches at the University of Bremen and the Technical University of Munich. From 2014 on he supported the European Commission in organizing projects to improve flight safety within the EU. In 2019 Manfred Mueller was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for diverse commitments in the field of risk management.

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