09:00 - 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch and business networking

14:00 - 18:00

Seminar led by GPCA knowledge partners:


Collaborating and growing in a fast-transforming global landscape
Facilitated by
John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

The Outlook for Energy and Key Petrochemicals in 2018
Alan Gelder, VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets
Alex Lidback, VP Chemicals, Fibres and Polymers

The threat to free trade and its impact on chemicals

John Richardson, Senior Consultant
David Hughes, Associate

Consolidation as a route to transformation
Mirko Rubeis, Partner and Managing Director,The Boston Consulting Group
Dr. Udo Jung, Senior Partner and Managing Director

One Belt-One Road: Can the GCC benefit from China’s plans to build a new Silk Road?

Paul Harnick, Partner, Global Head of Chemicals and Performance Technologies
Norbert Meyring, Chemical Sector Head, China and Asia-Pacific

19:30 - 22:30

Welcome dinner

Sponsored by
08:00 - 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

09:00 - 09:30

Opening session and welcome address

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 and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
09:50 - 10:10

Keynote address

Hariolf Kottmann CEO, Clariant and President, Cefic and ICCA
10:10 - 10:40

Panel discussion and questions

10:40 - 11:10

Morning refreshments

Sponsored by
11:10 - 11:30

Growth, responsibilities and sustainable chemical industry solutions

Neil A. Chapman President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, VP, ExxonMobil Corporation
11:30 - 11:50

Looking beyond cycles to long term investment decisions

Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel CEO and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell
11:50 - 12:10

Company transformation to meet today’s megatrends

Dr. Markus Steilemann Chief Commercial Officer, Member of the Board of Management, 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 exhibition

14:30 - 17:00

Seminar: Transforming risk to reward: avoiding catastrophic incidents and improving reliability


This seminar is a must-attend session for executive leaders whose business is exposed to operational risks through manufacturing processes. It will highlight the importance of risk control, and offer first steps, practical case studies and valuable takeaways to make rapid, dramatic and sustainable improvement in performance.

Session one: The importance of risk control.
This session will highlight why risk control is so critical for your business; including the potentially devastating impacts on your workforce, reputation, reliability, and bottom line. Given its importance, why is it that companies so frequently fall into the trap of believing their risks are under control only to have a catastrophic incident? Common blind spots and cultural shortcomings will be explored as well as emerging systematic risks.

Facilitated by:
Sven Royall, Managing Director, Pilko & Associates

Mosaed Al-Ohali, EVP, Corporate Finance, SABIC
Dr. Detlef Kratz, SVP,Corporate Technology and Operational Excellence, BASF
George Pilko, Chairman, Pilko & Associates

Session two: Best practices in risk control.
What companies can do proactively. This session will address the importance of dynamic risk control that covers both the "soft" side – leadership, culture and organizational capability - and the "hard" side - operational processes and maintenance practices. Practical pointers will be shared to allow you to assess your organization's "Risk IQ" and help you ensure that your critical operational risks are under control.


Matthew J. Aguiar, SVP, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Yasser Alabbasi, Plants Operation Manager, GPIC
Sultan Al Bigishi, SVP, Ruwais Refinery West, Takreer

19:30 - 22:30

Gala dinner

Sponsored by
08:00 - 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

09:00 - 09:10

Opening address

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote address

John Allert Chief Marketing Officer, Board Director, McLaren Technology Group
09:40 - 10:00

Independent yet part of a global family: Focused leadership supporting global aspirations

Todd D. Karran President and CEO, Nova Chemicals
10:00 - 10:20

Transformation through international expansion to meet challenging market conditions

Fernando Musa CEO, Braskem
10:20 - 10:40

The connected plant: Improvements and efficiencies through digitization

Rebecca Liebert President and CEO, Honeywell UOP
10:40 - 11:00

Panel discussion and questions

11:00 - 11:30

Morning refreshments

11:30 - 11:50

Transformation in the GCC chemical industry

Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi SVP, Downstream, Saudi Aramco
11:50 - 12:10

Economic diversification, downstream development and developing talent in the GCC.

Dave Witte Division Head, Energy and Chemicals, IHS Markit
12:10 - 12:30

Financial solutions for a lasting foundation

Dr. Nahed Taher Co-Founder, Gulf One Investment bank
12:30 - 12:50

Panel discussion and questions

12:50 - 13:00

Conference overview

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch and business networking

14:30 - 16:30

Seminar: Leading the way to intelligent projects

Joerg Theis Group VP, Global Head of Service, Oil Gas and Chemicals ABB

Led by:
Projects in the chemical industry are so complex that they routinely result in cost and time overruns. Via our intelligent projects approach, which brings to the fore collaborative operations for chemicals, it combines intelligent engineering, intelligent applications and intelligent infrastructure and services that can help to reduce schedule, minimize costs and curtail risk.

14:30 - 14:40

Welcome and introduction

Colin Ward SVP, Global Head of Chemicals and Refining, ABB
Christian Cravedi SVP and Head of Oil Gas and Chemicals, India Middle East and Africa, ABB
14:40 - 15:10

Industry case study: Optimizing the chemical value chain in practice

Dr. Frithjof Netzer Chief Digital Officer, BASF
15:10 - 15:50

Session one: Intelligent projects, a four angled approach

Dan Overly VP and Global Head of Product Management, Oil Gas and Chemicals, ABB

Intelligent engineering, intelligent applications, intelligent infrastructure and intelligent services

15:50 - 16:30

Session two: Digitalization offers new options – digital solutions for old problems

Havard Devold Group VP, ABB AS

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)
Cyber Security in the chemical industry
ABB Ability: addressing digital needs for the chemical industry

16:30 - 16:30

Summary and conclusions

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