“In a time when the global chemical industry needs points of reference, GPCA represents a landmark all year round; the rendezvous for producers and professionals from around the world to take the industry’s temperature and share constructive views."

Daniele Ferrari, CEO Versalis

"I have attended the GPCA Annual Forum over many years and watched it grow in size and in its importance to the global petrochemical industry.   The quality of the debate gets better each year and Dr Al Sadoun and his team should be congratulated for their highly professional organisation of one of the key events in the annual industry calendar."

Tom Crotty, Director, INEOS
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

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

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

12:10 - 12:40

Panel discussion and questions

12:40 - 14:30

Lunch and business networking

Sponsored by
14:00 - 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 1: 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.

Session 2: 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.
Facilitated by Pilko & Associates     

14:30 - 17:30

Business networking and exhibition

19:30 - 22:30

Gala dinner

Sponsored by
08:00 - 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

09:00 - 09:20

Opening address

09:20 - 09:40

Keynote address

09:40 - 10:00

Independent yet part of a global family: the advantages of integration and global scale in the value

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

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

Ziad S. Al-Labban CEO, Sadara Chemical Company
11:50 - 12:10

Financial solutions for a lasting foundation

Nahed Taher Co-Founder, Gulf One Investment bank
12:10 - 12:30

Enabling transformation in the GCC chemical industry

12:30 - 12:50

Panel discussion and questions

12:50 - 13:00

Conference sessions closing address

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch and business networking

14:00 - 16:30

Seminar: Leading the way to intelligent projects


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.

14:00 - 14:15

Welcome speech

14:15 - 15:00

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

15:00 - 15:45

Second session: Digitalization offers new options – digital solutions for old problems


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

15:45 - 16:15

Panel discussion and/or Q & A


Optimizing the chemicals value chain in practice – Case Study

16:15 - 16:30

Summary and conclusions

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12th Annual GPCA Forum

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

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