Tom Huizinga

Business Development Manager

Avantium Chemicals


  • Business Consultant for Avantium since 2012. Tom has been instrumental in growing the Refinery Catalyst Testing business for Avantium. He is an highly respected industry expert with an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in oil refining. Tom is also the CEO at his own consultancy firm, Huizinga Enterprises, serving refinery clients worldwide.
  • Tom has over 30 years of experience primarily in Global Oil Refining, Manufacturing, Technology, Operations and overall global management roles. Tom was Shell’s expert on Hydrocracking Developments (units design, operational advice, catalysts selection, etc.) managing R&D hydrocracking catalysts development programs.
  • Worked for Shell at multiple locations in Netherlands, Germany and Malaysia: Global Discipline Leader – Hydrocarbon Management responsible for the master planning for all Shell refineries and Shell Global Solutions 3 party clients conducting several margin improvement studies. Regional Manager AP Shell Global Solutions Consultancy group (Operation and Asset-, Energy-, Change- and Hydrocarbon Management. Technology Manager roles at Shell Pernis Rotterdam and Shell Rhineland Refinery in Koln.
  • Tom holds a PhD in Catalysis Chemistry from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology also in the in the Netherlands.

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