UAE members group


The role of the committee is to promote IChemE and support the members throughout the UAE. This is achieved through a series of technical events and mentoring sessions to support existing members, schools liaison activities to encourage the chemical engineers of the future into the profession, and social events to promote networking and a sense of fun.

Committee members

Roger BrooksImmediate Past Chair: Roger Brooks

Roger has a diverse background in engineering and project management with special expertise in control and automation within the oil & gas, refining and petrochemical industries. Much of this experience has been acquired working on projects in the Middle East with mixed nationality teams. He has been supporting IChemE activities and IChemE members in the Middle East since 2012. Roger has recently left the UAE and has had to step down as Chairman of the UAE Member Group. Roger played an important role in setting up the group and ongoing activities supported by the committee. We are currently seeking a volunteer to take on the role of Chairman. All enquiries in relation to this matter can be communicated to the International membership development manager, Lisa McDonald who will keep the committee informed of all enquiries. 

Please read Roger's letter to members upon stepping down from the post of Chairman for UAE Member Group.


Steve HickmanSteve Hickman

Steve has 31 years’ experience in oil and gas with BP. He started his career at the research centre in Sunbury-on-Thames working on heat transfer, distillation and gas/oil separation research objectives. He then progressed through various process engineering roles in the UK before moving to BP’s upstream segment working as a Senior process engineer on a variety of new BP Projects and operational troubleshooting across the world.

During this time he also managed BP’s Offshore LNG technology development programme.

In 2002 Steve moved with BP to the Middle East and spent five years as a BP secondee within ADMA-OPCO in Abu Dhabi as Senior process engineer. He then moved with BP to Oman to take up the role of Discipline engineering manager on the Khazzan/Makaram EWT Project.

In 2013 Steve returned to ADMA as a BP secondee taking up the position of Process Engineering Team Leader within the Discipline Engineering Division.

Halah ZedanHalah Zedan

Halah has 7 years of experience in the oil and gas industry focusing on process engineering design, operation and project management. She graduated from the American University of Sharjah and started as a junior process engineer at Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA OPCO) in Nov 2007. She worked on a range of projects from conceptual to detailed design.

She has handled several performance and troubleshooting tests including debottlenecking of offshore gas dehydration trains and onshore process separation facilities. She played a major role in establishing ADMA OPCO Process Engineering Community website, newsletter and workshops.

Halah also facilitates the IChemE accreditation of ADMA OPCO competence assurance management system (CAMS) framework for process engineering and assists UAE graduates’ membership with IChemE.

Hisham Saadawi Hisham Saadawi

Hisham has 35 years’ industry experience in the design, construction, start-up, operation and project management of oil and gas processing facilities.

Hisham has extensive experience in process safety and is a TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer.

He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2010 / 2011), SPE Course Instructor and is a recipient of the 2011 SPE Regional Award for Projects, Facilities & Construction.

He is also an Instructor of IChemE course 'Fundamental of Process Safety Management'.

Katherine Bruce Katherine Bruce

Katherine is a recent Chemical Engineering master’s graduate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She started her career in 2014 based in Abu Dhabi as a pre-commissioning and commissioning engineer. Her current role involves the creation of operating manuals for the world’s first FLNG. As part of the UAE committee, Katherine supports the whynotchemeng campaign. In particular, she hopes to encourage more young women to consider an engineering education.


Simon Turner

Simon is Technical Director – Safety & Risk, Middle East, at Arcadis Gulf Oil & Gas Limited. He recently moved, within Arcadis Group, to Abu Dhabi. Simon has 32 years experience, mostly in HSE and process design. During his former 23 years with Foster Wheeler, he significantly contributed to IChemE activities, including Elected Member of IChemE Council, 1998 - 2001. Chaired Subject Groups Forum 2001-2003. Chaired the IChemE Safety and Loss Prevention Subject Group 1997 to 2000 and ran it as Secretary 1991-1995. He also Chaired Thames Valley Centre 2003-2006.

Mike Simm

Mike has been working as, or with, chemical engineers for over thirty years. He started his career working in South African gold mines designing hydrometallurgical process plant to extract gold from ore. He then spent a couple of years on copper smelting technology in Zambia. Returning to the UK, Mike ran a process engineering team at a large synthetic polymer manufacturing facility in Fawley. In 1995 Mike moved to Foster Wheeler in Reading and spent fifteen years as a process engineer, managing a process team in FWs Thailand office and then finally as an operations director back in Reading. In 2011 Mike moved to Penspen as Director of their global Engineering and Project Management business. Mike has been running the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions for Penspen since early 2015.

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