Keynote Speakers

Professor Robert Hall

Title: Borneo Tectonics: Subduction, Collision, Rotation, Extension?

Robert Hall is Professor of Geology and Director of the SE Asia Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London. He completed his PhD in 1974 on ophiolites and sutures in Turkey and later worked in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Since 1984 he has conducted field-based research in SE Asia with postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, supported by industrial consortia. These studies have been the basis for plate tectonic reconstructions of the region. His research interests include subduction and island arcs; sediments and provenance; interpretation of seismic tomography and mantle processes; and biogeographical implications of the tectonic models.

Robert is an author of more than 250 papers with over 9000 citations and an h-index of 32.


Professor Joseph Lambiase

Title: Sediment Sinks in Transgressive Successions: Examples from SE Asia

Prof. Joseph Lambiase received his A.B. in Geology from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Geology from McMaster University. After nearly 15 years as an international explorationist with Marathon Oil Company and Amerada Hess Ltd., Prof. Lambiase was appointed Brunei Shell Professor of Petroleum Geoscience and Head of the Petroleum Geoscience Department at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where he was responsible for overseeing the growth of the department into an internationally-recognised centre for post-graduate petroleum geoscience education and research.

In 2007, Prof. Lambiase established Lambiase Geoscience Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based Petroleum Geology consultancy. since 2009 he has been the Program Director of the Petroleum Geoscience Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

He has published nearly 100 scientific papers and is a Past-President of the AAPG Asia-Pacific Region.


Dr. Federica Zaccarini

Title: Platinum Group Elements and Chromite Mineralisation in Ophiolites: An Overview

Federica Zaccarini was born in Modena, Italy, on 20 February 1962. In 2014, she obtained an Italian-European habilitation as full Professor in Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, Volcanology and Ore Deposits. She is presently a Head of the E.F. Stumpfl Electron Laboratory.

Federica has received a large number of international awards including:

  • 1998 Ph.D. Student grant, Society of Economic Geology (SEG), USA
  • 2001 Johndino Nogara, Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, ITALY
  • 2004-2006 FWF Lise Meitner fellowship, University of Leoben, AUSTRIA
  • 2005 Johndino Nogara, Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, ITALY
  • 2006 Juan de la Cierva fellowship, University of Granada, SPAIN
  • 2007 Ramon y Cajal fellowship, SPAIN.

Her main research fields include characterization of opaque mineral species, particularly using optical and electron microscopes, and electron microprobe analysis, investigation and characterization of accessory minerals, analytical techniques for the noble metals and their geochemistry, mineralogy and origin of ore deposits related with mafic-ultramafic rocks, platinum-group minerals in chromitites from ophiolite, stratiform complexes and Ural-Alaskan type intrusion, and sulfides deposits and sulphide deposits in ophiolitic complexes.

Federica is an author of about 100 papers, several book chapters and more than 200 abstracts and extended abstracts. She has more 1200 citations and an h-index = 19. Her excellent work has been recognized by the international scientific community and the International Mineralogical Association has adopted a new mineral name in her honour (Zaccarinite).


Professor Giorgio Garuti

Title: Petrogenetic Evolution of Uralian-Alaskan-Type Mafic-Ultramafic Complexes

Giorgio Garuti was born in Modena, Italy, on 24 September 1945. He was Associate Professor of Ore Deposits at the University of Modena from 1982 to 2009. Giorgio is an internationally recognized expert in Petrology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy of mafic-ultramafic rocks and associated ore deposits.

His main research interests include the mineralogy and geochemistry of noble metals, especially platinum group elements and their deposits, such as magmatic sulphides and chromitites. Due to his experience, Giorgio worked intensively in several areas worldwide distributed (North-Centre-South America, Africa, Russia, Europe and Asia).

His current research includes the investigation of ore deposits related with ophiolites, with special regard to the presence of gold and uranium minerals. He was Associated Editor of the Canadian Mineralogist and presently he is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Geologica Acta and Ofioliti.

Giorgio is an author of more than 100 papers, several book chapters and more than 200 abstracts and extended abstracts. His excellent work has been recognised by the international scientific community and the International Mineralogical Association has adopted a new mineral name in his honour (Garutite). He has over 1700 citations and an h-index=25.


Professor Felix Tongkul

Title: Active Tectonics in North Borneo

He is also a Fellow of the Malaysian Academy of Sciences. Felix Tongkul holds a BSc and PhD in Geology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1983) and University of London (1987), respectively. For the past 30 years he has been doing research on the geological evolution of Sabah and Sarawak.

Since 1996 he has been involved in research related to promotion of geological and landscape heritage for geotourism in Sabah. Lately, he has been actively involved in geological hazards studies, such as earthquake, landslide and flood. He is currently the Director of the Natural Disaster Research Centre (NDRC) at Universiti Malaysia Sabah.


M Nezam B Mansor

Title: Global Climate Change & Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

M Nezam B Mansor, is the Head of Production and Storage at PETRONAS Group Research and Technology, PETRONAS RESEARCH SDN BHD. Nezam holds a Bsc. in Geology from the University of Tennessee, USA and a Certificate in Management from the University of Melbourne. He is supervising subsurface teams focusing on studies to provide solutions in managing and developing high CO2 (and other contaminants) fields. He is also a member of PETRONAS CCUS Task force, a 3-year project for PETRONAS to come up with roadmaps, master plan and guidelines for Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage to be implemented from 2017 onwards for PETRONAS & other PSCs holder operations in Malaysia.

Nezam has been with PETRONAS for more than 26 years. He started his career as a Sedimentologist in 1991, with PETRONAS Research Institute. Before his current position, he worked as a geologist in domestic and international upstream oil & gas exploration and development projects. Has spent more than 4 years as International JV Manager, for PETRONAS ventures in Timor Leste, Egypt, North Africa & Egypt. 13 years as Exploration & Development Geologist while in PETRONAS Carigali (PCSB), and 9 years as a Research Geoscientist while in PETRONAS Research and Scientific Services (PRSS).