GPCA Annual Forum

What is the Annual GPCA Forum?

Over the past decade, the Annual Forum - GPCA’s flagship event - has not only become a key feature in the global chemical industry agenda, but also a crucial knowledge sharing and networking platform for regional and global stakeholders. In 2015, over 2,000 members of the international chemical community gathered together in Dubai to celebrate the achievements and growth of the petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region and 10 years of the Annual Forum, which throughout the years have become a key feature in the global chemical industry agenda. We confidently expect an even bigger audience in 2016 and the strongest and most business critical program in its history.

This is the must-attend event in the chemical industry in November. Ensure you are there to take advantage of the visionary perspectives and industry networking provided by the Annual GPCA Forum.

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“From a simple idea to one of the largest events for the global chemical industry”

Mutlaq Al-Morished
Chief Executive Officer of TASNEE

“The GPCA Forum is the premier petrochemical event globally”

Neil Chapman
President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company

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A Few Of Our 2016 Speakers

H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber

H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber

Minister of State and CEO of ADNOC

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is a Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and member of the federal cabinet. As minister, he is responsible for h...

Amin H. Nasser

Amin H. Nasser

President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

Amin H. Nasser is president and chief executive officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). He is also a member of Saudi Aramco’s Board of ...

Jim Fitterling

Jim Fitterling

President and Chief Operating ... The Dow Chemical Company

Jim Fitterling is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global material science company with 2015 annual sales of nearly $...

Yousef Al-Benyan

Yousef Al-Benyan

Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC Chairman, GPCA

Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SABIC, the world’s fourth largest diversified chemicals company. Headquartered ...

Dr Rudolf Staudigl

Dr Rudolf Staudigl

President and CEO, Wacker Chemie

After an initial career in academia as Assistant Professor of inorganic chemistry at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich , Dr Staudigl joined Wacker Sil...

Matthias Zachert

Matthias Zachert

CEO, Lanxess

Matthias Zachert was born in Bonn, Germany in 1967. After completing a commercial apprenticeship at Mercedes-Benz AG, he studied business administration ...

Tom Crotty

Tom Crotty

Director, INEOS

Tom is a Group Director of INEOS, a $57 billion private petrochemical company with responsibility for Corporate Affairs and Communications and the develo...

Shaikha Al Bahar

Shaikha Al Bahar

Deputy Group CEO, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)

Mrs. Shaikha K. Al Bahar is the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Kuwait Group (NBK), the largest financial institution in Kuwait ...

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11th Annual GPCA Forum

27 - 29 November 2016, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

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Program Schedule

  • 09:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

  • 12:30 14:00

    Lunch and business networking

  • 14:00 18:15

    Seminar: ‘Understanding toda...

  • 14:00 15:00

    Session 1: Energy and carbon e...

  • 15:00 16:00

    Session 2: Strategies for succ...

  • 16:00 16:15

    Networking break

  • 16:15 17:15

    Session 3: Digitalization of t...

  • 17:15 18:15

    Session 4: Long term survival ...

  • 19:30 22:30

    Welcome dinner

  • 08:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

  • 09:00 09:30

    Opening session and welcome ad...

    Yousef Al-Benyan

    Vice Chairman and CEO,
    SABIC Chairman, GPCA

  • 09:30 09:50

    Plenary address

    H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber

    Minister of State and CEO of
    ADNOC

  • 09:50 10:10

    Keynote session

    Amin H. Nasser

    President and CEO,
    Saudi Aramco

  • 10:10 10:30

    Keynote presentation

    Jim Fitterling

    President and Chief Operating ...
    The Dow Chemical Company

  • 10:30 10:50

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 10:50 11:00

    Presentation to retiring GPCA ...

  • 11:00 11:30

    Morning refreshments

  • 11:30 11:50

    Changing, adapting and renewin...

    Dr Rudolf Staudigl

    President and CEO,
    Wacker Chemie

  • 11:50 12:10

    LANXESS-Innovation, market-foc...

    Matthias Zachert

    CEO,
    Lanxess

  • 12:10 12:30

    China’s developing chemical ...

  • 12:30 12:50

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 12:50 14:30

    Lunch and business networking

  • 14:00 18:00

    Day One seminar: ‘Turnaround...

  • 14:30 17:30

    Business networking and exhibi...

  • 14:30 14:40

    Introduction

  • 14:40 15:00

    Case study: TASNEE

    Mutlaq H. Al-Morished

    CEO,
    TASNEE

  • 15:00 15:20

    Case study: International comp...

  • 15:20 16:00

    Case study: Strategic initiati...

    Jarmo Suominen

    CEO
    NESTE JACOBS

  • 16:00 16:20

    Panel Discussion and Questions

  • 16:20 16:40

    Refreshments

  • 16:40 17:00

    Case Study: ORPIC

    Musab Al-Mahrouqi

    CEO
    ORPIC

  • 17:00 17:20

    Case study: International comp...

  • 17:20 17:40

    Panel Discussion and Questions

  • 19:30 22:30

    Gala dinner

  • 08:00 17:00

    Registration, welcome refreshm...

  • 09:00 09:10

    Welcome and introduction

  • 09:10 10:00

    Plenary address: Solar Impulse...

    Andre Borschberg

    Chairman & Aviator,
    Solar Impulse Project

  • 10:00 10:20

    A fully integrated company in ...

    Graham van’t Hoff

    Executive Vice President,
    Shell Chemicals Ltd

  • 10:20 10:40

    Opportunities in the changing ...

    Tom Crotty

    Director,
    INEOS

  • 10:40 11:00

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 11:00 11:30

    Morning refreshments

  • 11:30 11:50

    Economies of scale, and the co...

    Eelco Hoekstra

    Chairman Executive Board and C...
    Royal Vopak

  • 11:50 12:10

    Tackling the barriers to devel...

    Huda Al-Ghoson

    Executive Director, Human Reso...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 12:10 12:30

    The role of the banking indust...

    Shaikha Al Bahar

    Deputy Group CEO,
    National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)

  • 12:30 12:50

    Financial and investment strat...

    Arkadi Nachimowski

    Managing Director, Head of Che...
    J.P. Morgan

  • 12:50 13:10

    Panel discussion and questions

  • 13:10 13:30

    Conference sessions closing ad...

  • 13:30 14:30

    Lunch and business networking

  • 14:30 17:00

    Business networking and exhibi...

  • 14:30 17:00

    Day Two seminar

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