OZPIPE XIX Speakers are listed below in alphabetical order



Mohamed Ali Jaber is the Marketing Manager – Infrastructure looking after plastic infrastructure solutions such as utility, industrial and construction pipes, steel pipe coating and geomembranes in the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Emerging Markets. He joined Borouge as an Application Marketing Manager (Oil and Gas) in 2012. Based in Abu Dhabi, he is responsible for the development and marketing of polyolefin piping solutions in Middle East and East Africa. He is also active in the standardization of plastic pipes and representing the United Arab Emirates in the ISO Technical Committee TC138. He has 15 years of experience in oil and gas upstream operations and polymers and plastics pipe applications in oil & gas and industrial sectors. His functional experience includes new product and business development, marketing, sales and business management. Prior to joining Borouge, Mohamed worked at the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), Abu Dhabi, UAE, covering numerous roles including Operations, Business Planning and a Leadership role. Mohamed holds Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA in 2003 and a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Khalifa University (formerly known as The Petroleum Institute), Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2010. Mohamed is a UAE National.


Daniel Currence holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He began his career in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corps and also has experiences as an environmental consulting engineer while working for Parsons Corporation. Dan has 20 years of direct involvement with the corrugated HDPE pipe industry, having worked as a supervising field engineer for Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. for 15 years. He joined the Plastics Pipe Institute in (PPI) 2013 where he is currently the Director of Engineering for Corrugated Plastic Pipe Association, a division of PPI. Dan actively represents the corrugated plastic pipe industry on the ASTM F17 Committee on Plastic Pipes, with the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials, on Transportation Research Board Standing Committee for Culverts & Hydraulic Structures, and is a member of NCHRP Review Panels for culvert research.


Zoran Davidovski is the Vice President for Marketing & Innovation of the Pipelife Group in charge of corporate marketing at the Vienna headquarters, RD department in Holland with 20 FTEs, the CSR responsible for Pipelife & member of the Pipelife Management Committee. Zoran has a master degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He started as an engineer in Jedinstvo, Zagreb in 1989, were he was two years and then moved on to be a consultant for process improvements in Improd Limited and after started his own consultancy company ZIN d.o.o. In 1993, he became the production manager at EATON and later the plant manager of their production facility in Zagreb. In 1998, he became the General manager of the Pipelife factory in Croatia and in 2001 took over his current position. Zoran has been working in the plastic industry for the last 20 years and represents Pipelife in Teppfa (The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association) where he is member of the Teppfa Exec committee, chairman of WG HSE, and a member of WG Civils, Utilities and Communication. He has been the chairman of the Plastic Pipes conference PPXIV, PPXVI, PPXVIII, PPXIX and will be chairman of the upcoming PPXX in Amsterdam 2020. Zoran is from Croatia. He and his wife Bojana have been together for nearly 30 years and have 3 sons and live in Hinterbrühl, Austria.


Dr Suleyman Deveci, a Lead Researcher at Borouge Innovation Centre, Abu Dhabi - UAE, holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY. He studied statistical process control of extrusion processes and gas diffusion through multilayer pipes in his MSc and PhD. Dr Deveci commenced his career with Dizayn Group in Istanbul as a research engineer in 2005 working on the optimization of plastic pipe extrusion processes, product and test method development fields. In 2012 he joined Borouge as a researcher where he supports product development, technical service, marketing center and IPR departments of the company, as well as establishing a state of the art polymer processing and testing capability and leading plastic pipe processing and testing team. Currently his research topics cover polymer structure, property and processing relationships, test method development and failure analysis in the field of polyolefin applications. He is member of several ISO working groups and technical committees, holds a number of international patents and is the author of several scientific articles.


Mr. Dongyu Fang is Asia Pacific Marketing Manager of Marketing Centre Infrastructure for Borouge Pte Ltd., working closely with many pipe producers and end users to develop advanced plastic solutions for pipe and fitting products.

Prior to joining Borouge in 2010, he worked as a Research Engineer in R&D Headquarters of Borealis Polyolefine GmbH, focusing on product development through bench scale polymerization.

Since joining Borouge, he has held Technical Service Manager and Application Marketing Manager roles.

Dr. Fang received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada and holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Zhejiang University in China.


Dr Steven Folkman is a registered Structural Engineer, a member of AWWA and a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction committee. Dr. Folkman is the director of Utah State University’s Buried Structures Laboratory. Dr. Folkman is a coauthor of the widely used text Buried Pipe Design published by McGraw-Hill.


Dr Frank is Division Manager of Polymers for Structural Applications at the highly regarded Polymer Competence Centre Leoben, in Austria. His areas of expertise include mechanical, thermomechanical, structural and optical material testing, failure analysis and lifetime prediction of polymer pipes. Dr Frank’s doctoral thesis was titled “Fracture Mechanics Based Lifetime Assessment and Long-Term Failure Behaviour of Polyethylene Pressure Pipes”, he’s a regular presenter at Plastic Pipes Conferences and the author of more than 40 publications related to polyethylene pipe.


Amanda Hawkins is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. During her studies, she focused on material science research both in and out of the classroom. Amanda has worked as the engineering manager for a pipeline repair company specialising in carbon fibre/epoxy composite repair systems, where she participated in a variety of materials research programs that benefitted the pipeline repair industry.

Amanda is currently employed by McElroy Manufacturing as a test engineer exploring the full capabilities of polyethylene pipe fusion equipment and researching new fusion methods.


Jim Johnston is the Chief Innovation Officer at McElroy Manufacturing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Tulsa and has been with McElroy for 25 years where he is responsible for Standards, Industry Relations, Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Digital Business Strategies and New Business Development.

Jim is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ASTM International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Gas Association (AGA), American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and many others.


John Kurdziel is the Chief Engineer for Advanced Drainage Systems. Mr. Kurdziel is a licensed professional engineer, a member of a number of ISO, ASTM, AASHTO and ASCE specification and standards committees and has chaired the development of over 25 specifications and has over 50 published reports and papers on pipe performance.


Mohana Murali Adhyatmabhattar is Director-Technical at Projac Land and Marine Murali has been the Director Technical at Projac Land and Marine since inception the company in 2018 and Murali is responsible for managing the technical support and business development activities.

Before establishing Projac Murali has been the Application Development Manager-Infrastructure at Borouge’s Sales & Marketing Company since joining the company in 2008. In this capacity, Murali was responsible for managing the technical support provided throughout the company’s Polyolefin pipe markets.

For the past 20 years Murali is also involved in developing the market for polyolefin pipes in the industrial and O&G sectors.

Murali holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Production Engineering from Amravati University, India, awarded in 1992.


Dr Michael Pluimer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN and is the owner of Crossroads Engineering Services. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 2016 and also has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2002) from the University of Minnesota. His PhD research was on the performance of corrugated HDPE pipes manufactured with post- consumer recycled content in commuter railroad applications. Dr. Pluimer developed and validated a new service life model for pipes in these applications relative to both the fatigue- and creep-related slow crack growth failure mechanisms using a new test method which was published as ASTM F3181. The primary focus of his current research is on the development of more sustainable and resilient structures for underground infrastructure, and his work on the incorporation of recycled materials into corrugated HDPE pipes for highway drainage ap- plications was recently published in NCHRP Research Report 870.


Peter Sejersen is the technical manager of TEPPFA responsible for the many projects the association is running together with member companies and external specialists.

Peter has a long carrier in the plastic pipe business, the later years working for Wavin as overall responsible for the 8 manufacturing sites in Scandinavia, including QA, HSE and standardization. Next to the duties in Wavin Peter has been active in the – at times very intensive - public and political discussion around the environmental issues of PVC.

In a number of years Peter was chairman of the PVC recycling initiative in Denmark and for this effort he was in 2012 awarded by the Industry Federation.

Peter is a Danish citizen and holds a master degree in engineering.


Mr Zhang Tianjun graduated from Beijing University of Science & Technology in 1992 and got bachelor’s degree. In 1994 he joined Everbright Sinsing Ductile Iron Pipe Company Limited which is now wholly owned by Saint Gobain. In 1995 he became the chief technical supervisor. In 2000 he joined Harbin Starway Pipping Technology Co., Ltd and is now working as deputy managing director of the company.