GPCA Annual Forum

“The chemical industry in transformation:
A new journey begins”

Recent years have seen challenging conditions for the global and GCC chemical industry, with companies having to keep pace with a fast changing world to ensure future success. Global megatrends and a shifting geopolitical, economic and energy landscape are coinciding with ground breaking technological advances which have the potential to fundamentally change how we live in the future.
Transformation will be key to survival and success, in the GCC and the wider industry. As this time offers exciting opportunities for chemical companies as well as challenges, strategies to begin and continue the transformational journey will be at the heart of the 2017 Annual GPCA program.      
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CEO and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell

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A few of our speakers

H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih

H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih

Minister of Energy, Industry a... Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Khalid A. Al‐Falih is Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian...

Hariolf Kottmann

Hariolf Kottmann

CEO, Clariant and President, Cefic and ICCA

Hariolf Kottmann launched his industry career in the Central Research department at the former Hoechst AG in Frankfurt in 1985. Several years in Research...

John Allert

John Allert

Chief Marketing Officer, Board... McLaren Technology Group

John Allert is the Chief Marketing Officer and a Board Director of McLaren Technology Group - the iconic British Formula One racing team and supercar man...

Yousef Al-Benyan

Yousef Al-Benyan

Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan is Vice Chairman and CEO of SABIC, the world’s fourth largest diversified chemicals company. Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Ara...

Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi

Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi

SVP, Downstream, Saudi Aramco

Abdulaziz is currently in charge of Saudi Aramco Downstream Business, this global business covers sales and marketing, refining, chemicals, distributions...

Neil A. Chapman

Neil A. Chapman

President, ExxonMobil Chemical... VP, ExxonMobil Corporation

Neil A. Chapman is President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas. Before his appointment January 1, 2015, he was SVP of the company’s glo...

Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel

Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel

CEO and Chairman, Management B... LyondellBasell

Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is CEO and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in th...

David H. Witte

David H. Witte

SVP, IHS Markit and General Ma... Midstream, Downstream and Chem...

Based in Houston, Texas, Dave is SVP and Division Head, responsible for the overall commercial and operating aspects of IHS Markit’s Energy and Natural R...

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12th Annual GPCA Forum

27 - 29 November 2017, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

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Program schedule

  • 08:00 08:30

    Registration: Leaders of Tomor...

  • 08:30 12:00

    Leading the transformation era...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

    Sponsored by

  • 12:00 14:00

    Lunch and business networking

  • 14:00 18:15

    Seminar led by GPCA knowledge ...

  • 19:30 22:30

    Welcome dinner

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:30

    Opening session and welcome ad...

    Yousef Al-Benyan

    Vice Chairman and CEO,
    SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

  • 09:30 09:50

    Inaugural address

    H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih

    Minister of Energy, Industry a...
    Saudi Arabia

  • 09:50 10:10

    Keynote address

    Hariolf Kottmann

    CEO, Clariant and
    President, Cefic and ICCA

  • 10:10 10:30

    Panel discussion and questions

    Hariolf Kottmann

    CEO, Clariant and
    President, Cefic and ICCA

  • 10:30 11:10

    Morning refreshments

    Sponsored by

  • 11:10 11:30

    Growth, responsibilities and s...

    Neil A. Chapman

    President, ExxonMobil Chemical...
    VP, ExxonMobil Corporation

  • 11:30 11:50

    Looking beyond cycles to long ...

    Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel

    CEO and Chairman, Management B...
    LyondellBasell

  • 11:50 12:10

    Company transformation to meet...

    Dr. Markus Steilemann

    Chief Commercial Officer, Memb...
    Covestro

  • 12:10 12:30

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 12:30 14:30

    Lunch and business networking

    Sponsored by

  • 14:30 17:30

    Business networking and exhibi...

  • 14:30 17:00

    Seminar: Transforming risk to ...

  • 17:30 19:00

    GPCA Legacy Award – Al Rowad...

  • 19:30 22:30

    Gala dinner

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:10

    Welcome and opening session

  • 09:10 09:40

    Keynote address: The energy to...

    John Allert

    Chief Marketing Officer, Board...
    McLaren Technology Group

  • 09:40 10:00

    Independent yet part of a glob...

    Todd D. Karran

    President and CEO,
    Nova Chemicals

  • 10:00 10:20

    Transformation through interna...

    Fernando Musa

    CEO,
    Braskem

  • 10:20 10:40

    The connected plant: Improveme...

    Rebecca Liebert

    President and CEO,
    Honeywell UOP

  • 10:40 10:55

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 10:55 11:15

    Morning refreshments

  • 11:15 11:35

    Transformation in the GCC chem...

    Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi

    SVP, Downstream,
    Saudi Aramco

  • 11:35 11:55

    Changing global chemical marke...

    David H. Witte

    SVP, IHS Markit and General Ma...
    Midstream, Downstream and Chem...

  • 11:55 12:15

    Financial solutions for a last...

    Dr. Nahed Taher

    President, National Standards ...
    Founder Gulf One Investment Ba...

  • 12:15 12:35

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 12:35 12:45

    12th Annual GPCA Forum Overvie...

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 12:45 13:00

    Inspiring tomorrow: brand and ...

  • 13:00 14:30

    Lunch and business networking

    Sponsored by

  • 14:30 16:30

    Seminar: What is the future of...

    Joerg Theis

    Group VP, Global Head of Servi...
    ABB

  • 14:30 14:40

    Welcome and introduction

    Christian Cravedi

    SVP and Head of Oil Gas and Ch...
    ABB

  • 14:40 15:10

    Industry case study: Optimizin...

    Dr. Frithjof Netzer

    Chief Digital Officer,
    BASF

  • 15:10 15:40

    Session one: Intelligent proje...

    Dan Overly

    VP and Global Head of Product ...
    ABB

  • 15:40 16:10

    Session two: Digitalization of...

    Havard Devold

    Group VP,
    ABB AS

  • 16:10 16:30

    Panel discussion and seminar c...

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