Professor John G. Kaldi

Chair of Geosequestration

Australian School of Petroleum

The University of Adelaide, Australia

John Kaldi is the Chief Scientist for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), and Professor and Chair of Geosequestration at University of Adelaide. John’s career includes being the inaugural Head of the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) and earlier, Director of the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (NCPGG) at University of Adelaide.

He received a PhD in Geology from Cambridge University, England and prior to academia, John spent 18 years worked for the Saskatchewan Geological Survey in Regina, Canada; Shell Canada in Calgary; ARCO Oil and Gas Co. in Plano, Texas; ARCO, Indonesia, in Jakarta and VICO in Jakarta.  He has received Distinguished Service, Honorary member and Special Commendation awards from AAPG and has recently served as AAPG’s International Vice-President. John has been an SPE, AAPG, IPA and PESA Distinguished Lecturer. He is an accomplished short course instructor, providing training to industry, government and professional societies on Carbon Capture & Storage, Reservoir and Seal Evaluation, and Capillary Pressure Principles.  He has been the author and presenter of over 150 journal articles and technical conference papers.


Dr. Zahidah Md Zain

Principal Scientist for Group Research & Technology

 Project Delivery & Technology Division, PETRONAS

Zahidah Md Zain is the Principal Scientist for Group Research & Technology, Project Delivery & Technology Division, PETRONAS, and holding a position of Head of Unconventional Technology. She is responsible in spearheading the Technology Development Program for Unconventional Resources focusing on fracking optimisation and sweet spot mapping for Shale Gas to support business in Unconventional Resources.

She received a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in the area of Hydrate Monitoring and Early Warning System. During 27 years working with Petronas, she had been involved in initiating and leading the team in several R&D areas which includes Advanced Gas EOR and WAG pilot design, Microbial EOR Pilot trial, Gas Hydrate Early Warning System for Deepwater and Experimental design of CO2 Storage. She has been an author and presenter for more than 50 related publications.