European Commission and others to speak at the HSE Med 2014 Summit in Italy

January 13, 2014 | Health, Safety & Environment, People on the move

HSE Med Summit

The HSE Med 2014 Summit, takes place on 21-22nd January 2014 in Florence, Italy

London –  The HSE Med 2014 Summit, taking place on 21-22nd January 2014 in Florence, Italy, will specifically analyse the Health, Safety and Environmental issues in Mediterranean countries including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

International Research Networks (IRN),  the organisers of the event said the event is the only HSE event that focuses on the specific challenges around the Mediterranean Sea providing the perfect platform to network with regulators and HSE experts as well as major companies and top contractors from the oil and gas industry within Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

Until very recently, the Mediterranean Sea had been scarcely explored but recent discoveries of huge oil and gas reserves suggest that the region is about to become the “new Persian Gulf” in terms of oil and gas assets and reserves.

The recent bonanza led more and more oil and gas companies to initiative business in the region. For the first time in the Mediterranean Sea, risk management key topic will be thoroughly discussed, along with the EU and MENA regulatory environment. They will allow to better understand the growing HSE challenges such as loss of lives and how to avoid environmental hazards.

Under the guidance of a strong advisory committee composed by Governmental officials, senior level executives from IOCs and NOCs in the countries mentioned along with experienced academics, the HSE Med 2014 Summit will address questions, upcoming projects, latest strategies and regulations in regards to a challenging – but vital – HSE management in the oil and gas industry in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Summit happening in two weeks at the Starhotels Michelangelo in Florence, Italy will answer the crucial questions of effective corporate risk culture, oil spill scenario, legislation, compliance, crisis response and many more.

Nogtec can authoritatively confirm the list of key speakers at the summit to include:

  • Commissioner Maria Damanaki, European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Minister Nicos Kouyialis, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Cyprus
  • Assem Abou Ibrahim, President and Head of QHSE Department, Petroleum Administration, Lebanon
  • Walid Nasr, Strategic Planning Unit. Petroleum Administration, Lebanon
  • Hon Dr Godfrey Farrugia, Minister for Health, Malta
  • Matthew Heppleston, European Commission for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit: Health, Safety and Hygiene at Work
  • Jean-Philippe Berillon, Senior Vice President Security and Safety, GDF Suez, France
  • M. Tahar Cherif Zerarka, President of Hydrocarbon Regulatory Authority (ARH), Algeria
  • Malek Kallel, HSE Lead Engineer, SEREPT, Tunisia
  • Bilal Salloum, HSE Lead, Shell, Lebanon
  • Prof. Toula Onoufriou, Professor of Infrastructure Reliability, University of Technology and Advisor to the President of Cyprus
  • Abdullnasser Ganidi, Management Committee HSEQ Advisor NOC Libya, Mellitah Oil & Gas, Libya
  • Dr Tiago Alves, Member of the Steering and Management Committees for the NEREIDs Project and Research Lecturer, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University
  • Gamal Jallah, Senior EH&S Advisor E&P, Suncor Energy, Libya
  • Matthieu Wemaëre, Associate Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and Internal Relations (IDDRI), France
  • Hichem Allouche, Security and Environment Manager, STEG, Tunisia
  • Nabila Zayati, Project Manager Middle East & North Africa, ANSA (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata Soc. Coop.), Italy
  • Eleni Kokinou, Task Leader and Member of the Steering and Management Committees for the NEREIDs Project and Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources & Environment, Technological Educational Institute of Crete
  • Hamish Reid, Director and Consultant, HSE Risk Solutions

In order to participate at this Summit, email the organisers – IRN at or visit the website at  to download the booking form and for more details.