Keynote Presenters

Richard Mortimer


– VP Engineering – GPO  – 

Richard is currently VP Engineering for the Global Project Organisation (GPO) of BP. He leads a globally distributed team of approximately 400 discipline engineers and engineering managers who are deployed onto BP’s Upstream major projects. Annual capital expenditure on these projects is approximately $6 billion. In addition, Richard is VP for Global Facilities Hardware - the centralised organisation within GPO which develops and maintains our technical specifications for procurement of standardised equipment and holds the relationships with our key Global Agreement partners. Richard is the BP executive sponsor for the Engineering Services Global Agreements and the key GPO Global Agreement Vendors. He is currently the Lead for the IOGP JIP-33 Scale-Up Project intent on harmonising and minimising operator requirements to create industry standard engineering, quality and data specifications for equipment procurement. He is also the Chairman of the IOGP Standards Committee. Richard has 30 years experience with BP projects in both Upstream and Downstream. He has led engineering and technical teams in conceptual design, FEED studies, detailed engineering, commissioning and plant technical support. He has an excellent delivery track record spanning involvement on major projects in Asia, UK, USA and Africa. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Before moving into engineering management he performed the role of Lead Process Engineer in Projects for over 10 years. He lives in London with his wife and 3 children.

Roel van Doren


– President Europe –

Roel Van Doren is the Executive Sponsor for Emerson Global Users Exchange. The Executive Sponsor’s role is to provide guidance and support to the User-led Emerson Exchange organisation. Roel has over 20 years of experience with Emerson and has held a variety of positions at Emerson including Engineering, Operations and Sales Management in various countries in Europe, as well as in North America. Roel is currently the President for Emerson Automation Solutions Europe, based in the European Head Quarters in Baar, Switzerland.


His educational background includes a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Vidya Ramnath


– President Middle East & Africa –

Vidya Ramnath is responsible for the Emerson Automation Solutions organisation serving the Middle East and Africa. Vidya has been a significant contributor for Emerson over the past 24 years. She started her career in Rosemount operations and spent several years in Rosemount, Flow and Plantweb Solutions & Services business units where she held various positions of increasing responsibilities and functions. Vidya led a Global Pervasive Sensing Center of Excellence in Singapore, which showcased engineering solutions to help industrial plants operate more efficiently, reliably and safely. Most recently, Vidya was Vice President, Emerson Automation Solutions Asia Pacific, heading up Rosemount Measurement & Analytical based in Singapore, she and her team were responsible for the strong growth of Emerson’s wireless business in Asia Pacific. Vidya successfully engineered a larger and more cohesive presence for the Instrumentation business units across the Asia Pacific region. She formed and led the Project Management Engineering Teams in Singapore, India and China and led the development of Asia Pacific Application Specialist Teams.


Vidya holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Sciences in Industrial Engineering. She is passionate about mentoring young Leaders and is a MEA.