Thashen Pillay is a Senior Consultant with Asset Performance Networks, based out of the company’s office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thashen has honed his skills in delivering change strategies, enhancing team cohesion, and inspiring stakeholder engagement by serving in leadership, operational, and training roles in culturally and geographically diverse environments.
Before joining AP-Networks, Thashen spent seven years as a Chemical Weapons Inspector and Inspection Team Leader at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international body comprised of nearly 200 member states tasked with the universal eradication of chemical weapons. Thashen led about 100 demilitarization and non-proliferation inspections in over 40 countries. He also steered sensitive negotiations with industry experts, government officials, and senior military representatives, all within a binding confidentiality agreement. In addition to his inspection-related responsibilities, Thashen designed, delivered, and facilitated measurable inspector training programs and helped develop practicable verification policies and guidelines.
In October 2013, Thashen was one of three field team leaders guiding multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams on a number of highly sensitive, time critical missions in an asymmetric threat environment in Syria, resulting in the dismantling and subsequent destruction of the declared Syrian chemical weapons program. This assignment was carried out within the framework of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013), and contributed to the eventual awarding of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW.
Prior to joining the OPCW, Thashen spent nine years in operational and leadership roles at the Sasol One Site in South Africa. His responsibilities included advising on plant site shutdowns and capital projects, and initiating threat/hazard mitigation processes. Thashen also worked to increase efficiency and reliability of plant site operations by synchronizing plant and unit commissioning/ decommissioning, establishing production plans and budgets, minimizing production losses, approving maintenance schedules, and developing efficient operating procedures, all in accordance with a proprietary operational excellence management system.
Thashen holds an MBA in Leadership from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Vaal University of Technology in South Africa.