Technical Committee

Meet the inspiring committee that will help shape our event

ARC Digital Transformation Council

Paul Steinitz

Director, Strategic Services, ARC Advisory Group

Paul has over 35 years of experience in the automation industry, including positions in application engineering, sales, and product management. Prior to ARC, Paul has been directly involved in the application of process control systems in the oil & gas, petrochemical, chemical, power (nuclear and fossil), and other industries.

Advanced Process Control & Optimization

N Kulkarni

Team Leader – Instrumentation & Control, ADNOC Offshore

Mr. N V Kulkarni is currently working as a Team Leader in ADNOC OFFSHORE. He has more than 33 years of experience, out of which 25 years in Abu Dhabi. He has been working for almost all the ADNOC Group of Companies on upstream end. He is instrumental in introducing several new technologies in the ADNOC Group and possesses volume of Lessons learnt across Instrumentation, Control and Telecommunication field. He is always keen to share the knowledge and develop the youngsters for the forthcoming challenges.

Application Integration

Reni Ninan

OT Automation Team Leader, GM - General Management, ADNOC Distribution

Worked as Control & Automation engineer for last twenty years, with Oil &Gas, Fertilizer and steel industries with experience ranging from PLC/DCS/SCADA installation, through to commissioning and further maintaining the systems
Currently OT Automation team lead for ADNOC Distribution depots/plant/ terminals across UAE, experienced on Terminal Automation and Management systems, F&G and ESD systems, Loading (Marine/Non-Marine) Automation, Fire fighting and Extinguishant systems, Tank Gauging and inventory systems and also overfill prevention systems (Tanks/Trucks).
Currently working a new set of Cybersecurity systems installed, and also working to make other locations Cyber Safe.
Interests include wireless HART, Fieldbus Protocols, and SIS design aspects

Artificial Intelligence

Abhay Dabak

Senior System Engineer, ADNOC LNG

Abhay Dabak is an engineer with over 28 years of experience in field of process control and optimization. Over the years he has worked in different roles that includes Engineering, Commissioning and Maintenance of control systems.
Started professional career with Honeywell and was Operations Manager - responsible for operations of Advanced Solutions business in India before joining ADNOC-LNG
At present, he is leading System Engineering section at ADNOC-LNG, which is responsible for identification and execution of new optimization, control and system improvement opportunities.

Automation Standards and Regulations

A. Valasubramanian

Senior Instrument and Control Engineer, ADNOC Gas Processing

Valasubramanian is a B Tech Instrumentation Engineering graduate from Madras Institute of Technology and obtained MBA degree from Strathclyde University, Abu Dhabi Campus. He has 25+ years’ experience in the Oil & Gas Industry in different roles and expertise in Process Safety activities, Control and Safety systems, Turbo machinery controls, Metering packages, Analyzer systems and field instrumentation from Concept to Commissioning and trouble shooting. He is a Certified SHELL SIFPro facilitator for conducting SIL.
He is passionate about industrial measurement sensors & technologies and was evaluating and introducing new technologies for improved Plant safety & Efficiency in a sustainable manner.
He is working as a Senior Instrument & Control Engineer in Engineering & Technical Services Division, ADNOC Gas Processing.

Automation System Obsolescence and Life Cycle Management

A. Valasubramanian

Senior Instrument and Control Engineer, ADNOC Gas Processing

Valasubramanian is a B Tech Instrumentation Engineering graduate from Madras Institute of Technology and obtained MBA degree from Strathclyde University, Abu Dhabi Campus. He has 25+ years’ experience in the Oil & Gas Industry in different roles and expertise in Process Safety activities, Control and Safety systems, Turbo machinery controls, Metering packages, Analyzer systems and field instrumentation from Concept to Commissioning and trouble shooting. He is a Certified SHELL SIFPro facilitator for conducting SIL.
He is passionate about industrial measurement sensors & technologies and was evaluating and introducing new technologies for improved Plant safety & Efficiency in a sustainable manner.
He is working as a Senior Instrument & Control Engineer in Engineering & Technical Services Division, ADNOC Gas Processing.

Blockchain

Abhay Dabak

Senior System Engineer, ADNOC LNG

Abhay Dabak is an engineer with over 28 years of experience in field of process control and optimization. Over the years he has worked in different roles that includes Engineering, Commissioning and Maintenance of control systems.
Started professional career with Honeywell and was Operations Manager - responsible for operations of Advanced Solutions business in India before joining ADNOC-LNG
At present, he is leading System Engineering section at ADNOC-LNG, which is responsible for identification and execution of new optimization, control and system improvement opportunities.

Data Analytics

Hon. Burgert Pretorius

TES/ Operations, ADNOC Sour Gas

Barry Pretorius is an electrical and control systems engineer , residing in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates), with his wife.

He works in the oil & gas sector. for ADNOC Sour Gas and has multi discipline abilities in Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation Systems..

He has two adult daughters and a grandchild residing in South Africa, and he has strong filial ties with his extended family.

He grew up in Post Elizabeth where he completed his formal education/studies. Bachelor Technology – Electrical Engineering HC.

During his career, he was a director of a control systems company and owner of a closed corporation based in SA. He later contracted himself out and worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East.

IIOT “Industrial Internet Of Things”

Hon. Burgert Pretorius

TES/ Operations, ADNOC Sour Gas

Barry Pretorius is an electrical and control systems engineer , residing in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates), with his wife.

He works in the oil & gas sector. for ADNOC Sour Gas and has multi discipline abilities in Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation Systems..

He has two adult daughters and a grandchild residing in South Africa, and he has strong filial ties with his extended family.

He grew up in Post Elizabeth where he completed his formal education/studies. Bachelor Technology – Electrical Engineering HC.

During his career, he was a director of a control systems company and owner of a closed corporation based in SA. He later contracted himself out and worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East.

Networking and Wireless

Reni Ninan

OT Automation Team Leader, GM - General Management, ADNOC Distribution

Worked as Control & Automation engineer for last twenty years, with Oil &Gas, Fertilizer and steel industries with experience ranging from PLC/DCS/SCADA installation, through to commissioning and further maintaining the systems
Currently OT Automation team lead for ADNOC Distribution depots/plant/ terminals across UAE, experienced on Terminal Automation and Management systems, F&G and ESD systems, Loading (Marine/Non-Marine) Automation, Fire fighting and Extinguishant systems, Tank Gauging and inventory systems and also overfill prevention systems (Tanks/Trucks).
Currently working a new set of Cybersecurity systems installed, and also working to make other locations Cyber Safe.
Interests include wireless HART, Fieldbus Protocols, and SIS design aspects