19 May 2022

4.00 PM          Registration & welcome coffee

4.30 PM          Technological seminar

The Energy Transition: challenges for the chemical industry

by Frans Stokman, Executive Director CEFIC

On 1 May, Frans Stokman took up the position of Executive Director of Petrochemicals Europe, an industry sector of Cefic. Frans has extensive experience in the global oil, gas and petrochemical industry. He worked for over 25 years for Shell, from which he resigned before joining Cefic as a fully employed director

Throughout his career, he has held a broad range of senior management positions including Global Marketing & Sales Manager (Process Oils, Base Oils & Waxes) in London and The Hague, Director of Shell Lubricants Supply Co., Business Manager of the Gas To Liquids contracts on the JV between Shell Global Lubricants and Qatar Petroleum (QP) etc. He has global experience in the fields of chemicals, lubricants, base oils, GTL, gas, (F)LNG and has worked in all regions around the globe besides the EU notably the US, Middle-East and Far-East and lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Frans is particularly experienced in helping companies or businesses manage change, transition or overcome a crisis. He was appointed Shell Policy & Commercial Manager Earthquake Damages when the Dutch province of Groningen was hit by earthquakes due to gas production. He coordinated and executed the payment of damage claims. He developed and established policies and protocols and acted regularly as the company's spokesperson in the media. These activities have been handed over to the Dutch State.

6.30 PM          Cocktail and reception

9.30 PM           Walking dinner and harbour cruise in the Port of Antwerp