Meet The Team

The Graduates

Adam Oliveria

34, Capital Project Manager, Houston, USA

Graduate Message:

I hope to see how the team can come together to persevere under the most difficult mental and physical conditions.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Engineering, planning, interface management, and execution of capital projects.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Sailing, skiing, diving, hiking and climbing.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The opportunity to get to know my fellow graduates and overcome a once in a lifetime challenge together.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Getting an injury that prevents me from finishing.

Benedikt Beisheim

31, Commercial Energy Manager, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

This challenge is unique. Everyone who is invited should give it a try. You rarely get this kind of opportunity again.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My job is to continuously improve the certified energy management system (ISO 50001:2011). This includes the reporting of relevant energy performance indicators, the organisation of regular meetings with the site management and the energy coordinators of the plants as well as the conduction of internal audits and the preparation for the recertification audits.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I play basketball in a team from my home district in Cologne. Besides that, I try out different new sports like bouldering, surfing or even golf. All of them on a very amateur level.

One special skill?
Doing squads on an exercise ball (until getting kicked out by the gym manager).

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I look forward to the impressions in the Namibian desert although I did not expect to visit the country running and cycling a few years ago. Getting to my personal limits this way will be an interesting experience and meeting the people from the graduate events on that very different way will be fun.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The climate conditions are uncommon, and the number of activities is enormous. I am a bit concerned that the stress in Namibia will be totally different from preparation in Germany.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I guess being able to pass all stages of the trip is achievement enough and my goal for the trip.

Benedikt Kannenberg

31, Health and Safety Adviser, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

Thanks to all the people, who are involved in making it happen….and LET´S ROCK!

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My job is to develop a systematic health management system at the Cologne site. It includes supporting sick employees regarding medical treatment as well as the controlling of absence rates and the generation of reports. Furthermore, it contains preventive measures like the systematic assessment of ergonomical aspects at different workplaces.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
To travel the world with my backpack and immerse myself in different cultures is what really fascinates me during my free time. Besides I love hiking, climbing and most kinds of other outdoor activities.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
A unique experience of nature, going beyond the limits and an incredible team spirit.

What are you most apprehensive about?
6 days full of effort in combination with short times to recover.
What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
To become one with nature and experience how pushing far beyond the limits can make you feel great.

Cara Lauber

24, Process Controls Engineer – C3s, Chocolate Bayou, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I provide process controls support for the C3s side of olefins operations which includes the cracking furnaces, acetylene reactors, and several compressors and distillation columns. Most of my time is spent supporting Olefins 1. My job includes day-to-day troubleshooting and maintenance, installing new controls schemes and logic, and supporting new capital projects on the unit.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I run, hike, spin, and do barre classes to keep active. When I’m sitting down, I’m usually knitting or crocheting.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I’m really looking forward to seeing the night sky in a place with nearly no light pollution.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Training in the height of the Texas summer has me hoping the nights really are as cool as they say. Otherwise, I don’t know if I can do this without air conditioning.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to develop a higher level of fitness maybe to take into doing trail ultra running events. I may have made the mistake of watching the documentary about the Barkley Marathons.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Brandberg will be my first peak outside of Colorado so I’m pretty excited about that, too.

Chris Baker

34, Process Control Engineer, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Providing support, optimisation and maintenance for the refinery’s DCS to meet HSE, reliability and commercial targets

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Hunting, Fishing and Snowboarding
What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The physical and mental challenges involved, see how far I can push myself, a good dram by the campfire each night and the camaraderie

What are you most apprehensive about?
Not sure yet… realistically the beasting my body is going to get
What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Memories from a once in a lifetime opportunity, exploring a country I’ve never visited before and if I survive the knowledge that anything is possible

Anything else you'd like to share?
I’d like to wish my colleagues well with their training

Christine Bechhold

31, Assistant Product Manager Ethylene, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

The feeling “I can do it”, to be proud of myself and the group to manage such a great challenge. Bonding experiences with the other graduates and supporters which will bring you closer together, not only in a business context but also privately.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Optimizing the C2 flows from all European sites of the INEOS Group, to have the plants supplied at minimum costs.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Tennis (team player, since I was 8), diving, skiing, cross fit, actually everything which is outside and being active! Good food is always great as well, dogs, traveling, family.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Being part of a great team and group. Exceeding its own boundaries and reach a goal together with mutual help. Enjoy the stunning landscape and the feeling in the evening when you managed to “survive” the day.

What are you most apprehensive about?
That I won’t make the running. I do lots of sport but running is usually not what I enjoy most. So, I must gradually increase from 5k runs to several half marathons and 1 full one within one week.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I am super happy to be part of the IN NAM 19 team!

David Mikel

25, I&E Maintenance Engineer, Chocolate Bayou, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
-Provide technical and engineering support for unit maintenance personnel
-Assist in small project engineering, scheduling, and procurement
-Review capital project work packages to ensure they meet or exceed site requirements and expectations.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...

-Farming
-Camping
-Spending time with family

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Being able to look back on the trip and know that I accomplished something that most people wouldn’t even attempt.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Going through several consecutive days of intense physical activity and not knowing how my body will react in a different environment.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Just the knowledge that I was able to overcome a challenge that most people would see as impossible by putting forth the effort to train and prepare for it ahead of time.

Davidson Ching

29, Process Engineer Asia Pacific (APAC), Singapore

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am responsible for leading the ‘Asia Pacific Rubber Harmonisation project’ in the manufacturing sites within the Asia Pacific region, specifically Thailand and India. The project involves taking the idea from laboratory to plant scale, minimising obstruction to normal production in the process and ultimately helping to increase the profitability of the plant in accordance to the market demand. I am also involved in various exciting INEOS Styrolution growth projects within APAC, in line with its ‘Triple Shift’ growth strategy.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Badminton, Tennis, Football, Golf, Snowboarding. Mostly sports that I enjoy doing during my free time. I have been playing badminton since I was 8 years old and am fairly good at it.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Being in the desert and actually enjoying nature as it is. Most importantly being out of my comfort zone, forming new bonds with fellow graduates and pushing myself like never before.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The heat, distance and being able to recover to start the next day.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
New found perseverance and strength. To discover things about myself that I would have never thought about.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I hope to develop my passion for running as I prepare for this challenge. 

Dieu Ngo

29, Process Control Engineer, Chocolate Bayou, USA

Graduate Message:

Before this, I never thought about running a marathon or even doing it in Africa. I hope that through the challenge, I can learn something new about myself and achieve a sense of accomplishment both physically and mentally.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am currently supporting the two major projects at the site – the Debottlenecking and the new Furnaces projects. My work includes developing and modifying the process control system for the Olefins 2 and the SSHT units. My other responsibility is to provide technical support for the small/medium plant capital projects from control scope definition to execution.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I enjoy nature and outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping. I love traveling to different places, learning new cultures, and enjoy the local foods.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Exploring a different continental. I’m excited about the opportunity to camp and do stargazing in Namibia desert. Also, I’m looking forward to meet the rest of the team from other parts of the world and glad to be part of the team.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Making sure that I’m fit for the challenge. Africa climate is another thing that I’m comprehensive about.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I’d like to thank you the organizing team for making it happen and supporting us through this journey. I’m sure this will be a great and unforgettable memory for all of us.

Dimitri Verheyden

30, Production Engineer CHP & Utilities and Carbon & Energy Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Daily monitoring and technical control of the CHP and utilities. This with regard to QESH, efficiency & reliability. Operations responsible in the elaboration of projects and with the commissioning and start-up of new or modified installations. Member of the INEOS CEN, reporting CO2 emissions for Zwijndrecht site.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Football, tennis
What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The kick of completing your first marathon and the kicks that will come up by completing every day in Namibia.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The extreme heat of Namibia during the day

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
To achieve the full adventure safe and with a fulfilled feeling. The connection with the other graduates will be much closer than before.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Hope there will be more activities with the graduate group after the Namibia trip.

Fabian Niklas Knabenschuh

28, Project Engineer, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

I’m looking forward to sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere under a sky of stars with a bunch of great fellows celebrating that we did it!

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Engineering of process control infrastructure as well as measurements, actuators and controllers. Implementation of the engineered projects including launching and tuning.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
- Sports (running, MTB, krav maga, others …)
- Hiking and being in the woods or mountains or elsewhere in nature
- gaming (analogue as well as digital)
- listening to music and making music (guitar)

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
To share a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience in an overwhelming location while we exceed our limits together as a growing team.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Not to be prepared well enough.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
A better fitness than ever before and the confirmation, that I define my limits.

Gary Stevenson

28, Mechanical Asset Care Engineer, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Namibia 2019 has already spurred me to be much more active at home and that will only increase as the training intensifies. Once I complete the Namibia trip, I hope it encourages me to take on other “unconventional” events that I would normally consider as unachievable.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
In my role as an Asset Care Engineer, I am responsible for the mechanical integrity and availability of the unit. This involves providing technical input to deliver integrity, safety and reliability of the maintenance, plant modification and operation of the Asset. I review and authorise the repair programs resulting from inspection reports to ensure the asset plant integrity standards are delivered. This involves working closely with planning and other disciplines, ensuring jobs are prioritised based on their critical and budget constraints.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I have a 5 month year old baby at home that takes up most of my time with any free time I try to spend socialising with family and friends. I am interested in multiple sports but primarily football, both playing and as a supporter.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting the opportunity to complete a challenge that in normal life I would never get the chance to do. It’s a real once in a lifetime opportunity.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Being away from home will be tough, as will the workload I will come back to!

Georg Klapper

30, Maintenance Engineer, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Working on daily maintenance up to long-term projects for tankfarm, loading and pipelines.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Biking, kite-surfing, my young family…

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Memorable adventure, in a team beyond his personal limits.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Get injured.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Pushing (each other/myself) to our limits.

Harry Brentnall

25, Graduate Process Engineer, Runcorn, UK

Graduate Message:

I hope to actually get to the point of enjoying running, it’s always been a means to end rather than something I look forward to doing.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I provide technical support to the Sulphuric Acid Plant in Runcorn, I’m involved in investigating immediate production issues, designing and implementing minor modifications that improve plant safety, reliability and / or production capacity.
In addition I provide process engineering input into the larger, more significant projects that we are looking to implement on the plant.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Sports are a big part of my life whether that be playing or spectating. At the moment I mainly play tennis but I also like to go hiking (in the UK and further afield) and skiing when I can. Away from sports I enjoy cooking and reading.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I’m really looking forward to being in a wonderfully remote environment and doing something I wouldn’t have dreamt about taking part in with other equally focused people.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The multi-day endurance aspect of the challenge; it’s one thing to run a marathon without also cycling on the same day and then doing more of the same the next day!

Jamie McNab

24, Mechanical Engineer, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am currently working in the Integrity Team, which is responsible for keeping the site standards applicable and up to date and provide technical support to the site. I get involved in site standard updates, root cause analysis, failure investigations and provide technical support to the site Projects, Asset and TAR teams for any technical or procedural queries that require more in depth analysis or calculations.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I spend most of my spare time either playing rugby or training, as well as socialising with my family and friends.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I have never been to Namibia before and it is very unlikely that I would plan to do something like this on my own. So the experience of this kind of challenge will be very unique to me and doing it in a completely different environment such as this will be a once in a lifetime experience.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Trying to fit in the training required to reach the level of fitness to complete the challenge.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I think the sense of achievement at the end of the challenge will be amazing. As well as develop level of enjoyment out of cycling and running that I do not currently have.

Jordan MacDonald

24, Operations Engineer, Petroineos Refinery, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Responsible for operations support to Crude Units and Distillate Hydrotreater

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Hobbies include running and more recently cycling – generally trying to keep fit

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Being able to focus solely on physical exercise each day of the event!

What are you most apprehensive about?
Staying hydrated whilst exercising in extreme heat

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Covering every kilometre of the challenge either running or cycling

Leonie Tellman

27, Project Engineer, Cologne, Germany

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I work in a project team that is doing technical CapEx projects for all the plants at Cologne site. Actually, I am responsible for a project to improve the quality of the wastewater which is going into the river Rhine. By working in an infrastructural project, I am getting in touch with many different people who are working for different plants.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I have played in a soccer team for many years. Recently, I join my team irregularly to have enough time for my new hobbies running and cycling. Whilst recovery I like meeting friends and playing parlour games.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to completing this challenge. I can imagine it is a strong feeling like I’ve never had before – a mixture of pride and relief. Achieving such a huge goal with a team of many different people in the African desert will be a great experience.

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am apprehensive about the preparation in the winter times. At the moment it is a great feeling to go out running in the evening sun but when the days are getting darker it will be harder. Especially, because the circumstances in Namibia with its heat will be contrary. Furthermore, I hope not to get injured in advance.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope that pushing myself to the limits and getting out of my comfort zone will be a mind-changing experience for my daily life.

Lorraine Hotze

27, Mechanical Reliability Engineer, Battleground, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am the mechanical engineering resource for all the fixed equipment issues for six polyethylene units. I support day to day activities maintenance activities. I work with the operations group to make improvements. I also have begun working with the capital process around turnaround planning. In any given week, I am working on MOC’s RCFA’s and safety initiatives.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I love travelling, spending time with my family especially my nieces and nephews. I am an avid sports fan, the Houston Astros, and my college football team most of all. I enjoy water skiing every summer, and snow skiing in the winter. Also I play volleyball every chance I get.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am thrilled at the idea of being in the wild in such an untouched part of the world, especially somewhere I would never have thought to go on my own. I think summiting Brandberg as a group is going to be the highlight of the trip for me! Having already met the group of graduates, I can’t wait to spend another whole week with them, working toward the same common goal. They are fun inspiring people to be around.

What are you most apprehensive about?
I’m most concerned about the build-up and the training portion. I have never been a runner, so I hope to avoid any serious injury that might set me back. Also as the time spent training increases, balancing my work and life responsibilities will become a big part of the challenge.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to achieve a powerful sense of physical accomplishment, but what is even more important to me is an increased mental toughness and strength that will come from the training as well as the event itself. I hope both the physical and mental accomplishments will spill over into other aspects of my life, work, personal, etc.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I just want to thank the whole team that has worked to put together the in-Nam events, both in the US and around the world. Their support has already been invaluable to me.

Michael Savory

25, HDPE Process Engineer, Battleground, USA

Graduate Message:

I am looking forward to meeting everyone that will be taking part or supporting us on this journey as well as reuniting with some familiar faces from the 3-year event in London. I am ready for the memories and lifestyle changes that will be born from this experience!

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I will typically get into work early and look over the trends and reports that cover what happened with my assets (two HDPE reactors, an extrusion machine, and an ethylene recovery unit) over night or the weekend and prepare for our daily operations morning meeting. Following this, I will address any pressing issues or needs of the unit to ensure it is operating as safely and effectively as possible. If successful and all is well, I will conduct and attend various meetings throughout the day concerning projects or changes that will help improve the process in the long term. I break up the day by visiting the control room and discussing ideas and/or concerns with the operating technicians as well as other colleagues.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I am a fanatic for almost any team sport, but my favourites are definitely American football and volleyball (and rugby ever since I got the chance to play in London this year). I am also an avid traveller and try to visit another country, ideally one I have not already been to, at least once a year.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I look forward to translating my passion for team sports into a passion for training with my friends and co-workers with the ultimate goal of helping each other complete and enjoy this challenge. I also look forward to building and strengthening relationships and bonds with colleagues that are the future of INEOS, all while pushing ourselves towards a common purpose in one of the more remote, yet beautiful places on the planet!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am really only concerned with the possibility of pushing myself into a long-term injury. As long as I can avoid that, any other pain or discomfort is temporary and par for the course.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to prove to myself that I can accomplish what may seem to the greater population like an absurdly unachievable feat, and more importantly, to enjoy the entire process. So far so good!

Nele Beelaert

26, Production Engineer, INEOS Phenol Antwerp, Belgium

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
As a production engineer my main focus is process follow-up, solving process issues and taking part in several projects and work-groups.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I really enjoy travelling. I also like to go out for dinner or go dancing with friends and when I have the opportunity to go on an adventure, I’m always in!

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Enjoying the Namibian culture and wildlife, the group spirit and the satisfied feeling afterwards.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The huge difference between the Namibian and Belgian climate will be a challenge. Also keeping myself spared from injuries while training.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Stepping out of my comfort zone and keep including exercise in my daily schedule.

Nicolas Monino

27, Optimisation and Planning Engineer, Lavéra, France

Graduate Message:

Go further! Don’t think that this is your maximum. In your professional and personal life, you have to be ambitious.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Leader of pools product like Jet/Gas Oil or Fuel Oil/Bitumen, I’m in charge of production planning, daily plant optimisation, blending tanks and dispatching product (pipes, vessels, trains). I work every day with trading teams and site optimiser in order to find the best pool strategy depending on market prices and operations constraints. My role is to link different department like labs, harbour, operational teams and trading teams in order to find the best optimisation for the pool product.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I practise CrossFit and I love it ! Trail running and Cycling as well.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
To start and finish together like a team and help each other to achieve the schedule.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Hot temperatures. I use to practise sports with hot temperature in South of France but not as hot as a desert in Namibia !

Robert Raven

25, Marketing Manager Cereclor, Runcorn, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Managing Supply/ demand balance, pricing policy and long term strategy

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Triathlons, skiing and watching sport on the TV 

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Seeing a new part of the world and pushing myself to the limit.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The heat and getting injured.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
A greater fitness and good habits that will last a lifetime.

Saleem Ackbar

28, Mechanical Reliability Engineer, Battleground, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Support the site by implementing reliability initiatives, providing technical mechanical assistance to maintenance, lead projects through the FEL stages, and participate in process safety.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I am into strength training with healthy eating regiments, learning a foreign language, and travelling.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The challenge itself. Being able to say I have accomplished a feat most people may never get a chance to do.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Getting any injuries and being unable to continue the challenge.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I want to be able to complete the entire challenge and prove that I can push my body beyond its limit.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I hope to build a relationship with my co-workers from around the world. I value friendships and hope to stay in touch once this challenge is complete.

Sander Marchal

26, Energy and Performance Coordinator, Lavéra, France

Graduate Message:

I hope to prove to myself that with team work and by putting your mind to a physical challenge, there are very few limits to what you can achieve.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am working as the energy and performance coordinator for O&P South based in Lavéra. In my day to day job, I am responsible for the procurement of Gas, Power and CO2 licences for the O&P South assets. In addition, I monitor and support the optimization of utility production and distribution on the Lavéra Chemical site.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Hobbies include Scuba diving, running, hiking and the occasional game of squash/tennis. I love to travel - especially the more adventurous back-packing type - and meeting people from all around the world. That being said I am also a big fan of lazy Sunday afternoons with good food, a triple Belgian beer, football on TV and some close friends.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting to know this group of graduates, seeing a different continent and enjoying the outdoors!

What are you most apprehensive about?
Managing training intensity and avoiding injuries, keeping energy levels high during the Namibia trip.

Anything else you'd like to share?
A big thank you already to the organization team for putting in so much time and effort in the preparation and actual event. Looking forward to it!

Sophie Jacobs

26, PP3 Unit Engineer, Chocolate Bayou, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My job role focuses on day-to-day engineering support and short-term projects for the manufacturing units. I support capital project being implemented at the unit, and ensure the unit is producing on spec product. Troubleshoot issues with operations and support their needs to ensure that we are doing things safely and upholding the 20 principles.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Traveling, hiking, swimming, fishing, hanging out with my dog pack, cooking, trying new sushi restaurants

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
• Achieving goals I never thought I would physically be able to complete. Before beginning the training regimen, I was a strong swimmer but did not run at all. I have never considered running as a hobby, or run for fun and disliked it.
• Being part of a team who has all put in the hard work and trained together, being supported by my co-workers and peers and working as a team to push each other.
• Experiencing Namibian landscapes
• Pushing myself to complete each day’s challenge

What are you most apprehensive about?
• Disappointment of not meeting the goals I set forth before each day’s challenge
• Getting injured during event, rather it be from ligament/joint issues, chaffing issues, staying hydrated
• Meals irritating/ contributing to gastrointestinal issues

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
• Developing new lifelong fitness ability
• Head start into training for an Iron Man- Mallorca
• Overcoming the vast number of mental blocks/challenges it takes to complete the training and event
• Making friends who also are involved in triathlons, running, and enjoy the challenge of competing in group events
• Being able to participate in fitness challenges with other like-minded people, and having the company support the endeavours

Sophie Stanton

25, INEOS Oil & Gas Senior Business Analyst, Anchor House, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My role involves consolidating the financial reporting across multiple Oil & Gas businesses, while also working on various projects such as cost reviews and running long-term forecasting models. I’ve also recently joined the INEOS Shale business as their Financial Controller.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I play Tag Rugby several times a week.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Doing something completely outside of my comfort zone which I never thought I’d be capable of.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Injuries! I’m currently undergoing physio on my knees so I’m just hoping they manage to survive Namibia!

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
An amazing sense of accomplishment when I realise how far I was able to push myself for this challenge!

Steff Van Den Bulck

27, Process Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium

Graduate Message:

I am very excited to take part in this unique experience. I would like to thank everybody who made it possible that I can spend hours and hours of training during the next months.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
In my day-to-day job, I support the production engineers from the different units on site, while also working on improvement projects. A third pillar of my job consists of maintaining the safety documentation and performing safety studies for the different units

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I love travelling and seeing different parts of the world. I also enjoy planning those trips in the weeks before. On these trips, hiking in nature combines
with some cultural visits and a little bit of adventurous activities. For sports, I play football with two local teams.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Living my own versions of the amazing stories, I have heard from the IN NAM 17 and 18 people.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Spending all this time in training for this challenge just to get an injury right before the main event. During the event, the heat of Namibia is also something to keep in mind.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
This event will be a life changing experience and probably a once in a lifetime experience for most of us. I am sure that I will get to know my own body during the training and with this intense training comes a better physical condition, which I would like to maintain.

Mickaël Riviere

27, Process Engineer, Lavéra,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Troubleshooting on demand, plant optimisation and development projects

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Board games, sport (martial arts, racket sports)

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Cohesion between graduates
• What are you most apprehensive about?
Being well trained in order to appreciate the trip and avoid injuries

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Developing myself and access higher physical performances

Theodore Kretschmer

34, Mechanical Reliability Team Leader, Battleground, USA

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My job consists of guiding the efforts of the BMC mechanical engineers to ensure that the site is supported in all mechanical aspects. We perform RCFAs, develop KPIs, and monitor and refine the site’s PdM programs while helping to troubleshoot day to day issues occurring around the plant.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
The short list is: Music, hockey, basketball, fishing, hunting, shooting, and most recently mountain biking!

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The adventure and comradery!

What are you most apprehensive about?
The accelerated training schedule, especially the early November marathon in Lanzarote

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
An elevated sense of self confidence from achieving such a monumental goal.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I’m just excited to have such an amazing once in a life time opportunity.