Annual GPCA Forum

Executing Transformation and Investing in Growth

Building on the 2017 theme of the imperative for transformation in the chemical industry, the 2018 program will examine strategies, case studies and the steps companies can take to enhance their transformational journey. At the same time, the industry needs to invest and prepare for global growth and the challenges of a changing business environment.
Future core capabilities will include digitization, cyber security, redefining refinery integration, relocating to emerging markets and embracing the move to a circular economy. These issues and many more will be at the heart of the 13th Annual GPCA Forum.     
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“The status quo is simply not an option. What is needed is transformation through strategic actions that will enhance competitiveness in a sustainable way”
Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC, and Chairman, GPCA

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The Annual GPCA Forum is undoubtedly the most important chemical industry forum in our region.

H.E. Khalid Al-Falih
Minister of Energy Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Ara...

The 12th Annual GPCA Forum continues to provide an excellent environment to debate and discuss the main issues facing our industry and solutions for the future.

Dr. Hariolf Kottmann
CEO, Clariant and President, CEFIC and ICCA

News

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  • 13th Annual GPCA Forum returns to Dubai with new speaker line-up
    02.08.2018

    The forum will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 26–28 November 2018   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01.08.2018 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association...

  • Regional Chemical Industry Must Embrace Change as an Opportunity, Say Speakers at 12th Annual GPCA F
    26.11.2017

    Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources  delivers inaugural address, urges industry-wide transformation and value creation   Dubai, United Arab ...

  • Arabian Gulf chemical industry pioneers recognized at inaugural GPCA Legacy Award “Al Rowad”
    26.11.2017

    Regional pioneers bestowed posthumous honors for extraordinary contributions to  petrochemicals industry   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 November 2017 – The Gulf Petroc...

A few of our speakers

H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

Minister of Oil, Bahrain

SH. Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa graduated with honors from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a B.Sc. degree. He comple...

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...

Amin Nasser

Amin Nasser

President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

Amin H. Nasser is President and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Saudi Aramco. He is also a member of Saudi Aramco’s Board of Directors. Nas...

Jim Fitterling

Jim Fitterling

CEO, Dow Chemical Company

Mark Lashier

Mark Lashier

President and CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical Comp...

Mark Lashier is President and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, a global petrochemical joint venture with a top-quartile safety record and 2016 r...

Daniele Ferrari

Daniele Ferrari

CEO, Versalis

Daniele Ferrari is Chief Executive Officer of Versalis and Chairman of Matrìca, a joint venture with Novamont focusing on renewable chemistry, positions ...

Murat Sönmez

Murat Sönmez

Managing Director, Head of Cen... World Economic Forum

Murat Sönmez was a member of the founding team in 1997 at TIBCO Software, a real- time predictive data analytics software company based in Palo Alto, Cal...

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemic... Mubadala

Investment Company, responsible for a portfolio of international assets spanning the global oil and gas value chain and valued in excess of $40 billion. ...

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13th Annual GPCA Forum

26 – 28 November 2018, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

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Program schedule

  • 09:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:30 11:00

    Masterclass 1-A: Digitization ...

  • 09:30 11:00

    Masterclass 1-B: Women in the ...

  • 11:30 13:00

    Masterclass 2-A: Cyber securit...

  • 11:30 13:00

    Masterclass 2-B: The global ch...

  • 12:30 14:00

    Lunch and business networking

    Sponsored by

  • 14:00 17:30

    Knowledge partners’ seminar

  • 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. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

    Minister of Oil,
    Bahrain

  • 09:50 10:10

    Keynote address

    Amin Nasser

    President and CEO,
    Saudi Aramco

  • 10:10 10:40

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 10:40 11:10

    Morning refreshments

  • 11:10 11:30

    Transformation through merger ...

    Jim Fitterling

    CEO,
    Dow Chemical Company

  • 11:30 11:50

    Transformational investment an...

    Mark Lashier

    President and CEO,
    Chevron Phillips Chemical Comp...

  • 11:50 12:10

    Transformation and commitment ...

    Daniele Ferrari

    CEO,
    Versalis

  • 12:10 12:30

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 12:30 14:30

    Lunch and business networking

    Sponsored by

  • 14:00 17:00

    Seminar: The circular economy

  • 14:30 17:30

    Business networking and exhibi...

  • 19:30 22:30

    Gala dinner

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 15:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:10

    Opening and introductory remar...

  • 09:10 09:35

    The Fourth Industrial Revoluti...

    Murat Sönmez

    Managing Director, Head of Cen...
    World Economic Forum

  • 09:35 10:00

    The Fourth Industrial Revoluti...

    Fernando Gómez

    Head of Chemistry and Advanced...
    World Economic Forum

  • 10:00 10:15

    Recognition ceremony for outgo...

  • 10:15 10:45

    Morning refreshments

  • 10:45 11:05

    Petrochemical investment as a ...

    Musabbeh Al Kaabi

    CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemic...
    Mubadala

  • 11:05 11:25

    Divest to survive

    Mutlaq Al-Morished

    CEO,
    TASNEE

  • 11:25 11:45

    Transforming the Gulf: Advanci...

    Steven Demetriou

    Chairman and CEO,
    Jacobs Engineering

  • 11:45 12:15

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 12:15 12:30

    Closing address for conference...

  • 12:30 14:00

    Lunch and business networking

  • 14:00 15:00

    Business networking and exhibi...

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