The 9th Annual GPCA Forum

Since its first meeting in 2006 The Annual GPCA Forum has become the flagship petrochemical gathering in the Middle East. It’s attendance has grown steadily year on year along with its reputation in the global chemical industry. In 2013 around 1,900 international industry executives from all parts of the value chain gathered in Dubai for the 8th Annual GPCA Forum.
We expect the 9th Annual GPCA Forum to be even more successful in facilitating debate and discussion on the future direction of the industry, in addition to offering extensive opportunities to make important business contacts and extend your network.
This will be 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 9th Annual GPCA Forum.

Why Attend:

  •      Gain a vision of the future direction of petrochemicals from industry figureheads
  •      Hear company leaders give their view on the role of innovation in successful growth strategies
  •      Learn how innovation is leading the drive towards sustainability
  •      Meet more than 1,900 petrochemical executives from all industry sector.
  •      Be part of the flagship event and meeting place in the Middle East


Program Schedule
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Pre-conference – 23rd November

09:00 – 19:00 | Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by SIPCHEM and PIC

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch and business networking

Sponsored by Sadara

14:00 – 17:45 | Seminar: Winning Strategies in the Age of Shifting Global Dynamics

Conducted by IHS


19:30 – 22:30 | Welcome Dinner

Sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical

Day One – 24th November

09:00 – 09:15 | Welcome Address

Eng. Mohammed Al-Mady, Chairman, GPCA and Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC 

09:15 – 09:40 | Plenary Address

HE Dr. Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry, Qatar

09:40 – 10:05 | Co-keynote address

Khalid Al-Falih, CEO, SAUDI ARAMCO

10:05 – 10:30 | Co-keynote address

Andrew Liveris, Chairman, President & CEO, DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

10:30 – 11:00 | Panel Discussion and Questions

11:00 – 11:30 | Morning Refreshments

Sponsored by Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Session 1

11:30 – 11:50 | Securing future talent development: The partnership between industry and academia

Jean-Lou Chameau, President, KAUST

11:50 – 12:10 | Facing today’s challenges through innovation and sustainable solutions


12:10 – 12:30 | The evolution and growth of Reliance: Full integration along the materials and energy value chain

Nikhil Meswani, Executive Director, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES

12:30 – 12:50 | Successful partnerships for downstream development

Philippe Sauque, Executive Committee Member, Total.

12:50 – 13:15 | Panel Discussion and Questions


13:15 – 14:45 | Lunch and Business Networking

Sponsored by Saudi Aramco

14:45 – 17:30 | Business Networking and Exhibition

Day One Seminar

15:00 – 17:45 | partnering with China: New opportunities

Conducted by CPCIF

19:30 – 22:30 | Gala Dinner

Sponsored by Borouge

Day Two – 25th November

09:00 – 09:10 | Welcome Address

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA

09:10 – 09:35 | Keynote Address

Leading with innovation: Sustainable solutions to address global challenges

Dr Thomas M. Connelly, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer, DUPONT  

Session 2

09:35 – 09:55 | Sustainable Growth v. 2030


09:55 – 10:15 | Chemical building blocks: Strategies for future growth in bulk petrochemicals

Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President, SHELL CHEMICALS LTD

10:15 – 10:35 | Creating chemistry for a sustainable future

Wayne T. Smith, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE

10:35 – 11:00 | Panel Discussion and Questions


11:00 – 11:30 | Morning Refreshments

Sponsored by Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Session 3

11:30 – 11:50 | The key role of supply chain efficiency for future success

Steven Holland, CEO, BRENNTAG AG

11:50 – 12:10 | Futureproof Strategies: Petrochemicals in tomorrow’s world

Johan C. Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board, A.T. Kearney

12:10 – 12:30 | Investment strategies to support growth in the chemical industry

Hugo Heath, Head of Corporate Sector Group,  HSBC

12:30 – 12:50 | Panel Discussion and Questions

12:50 – 13:00 | Closing Address

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA

13:00 – 14:30 | Lunch and Business Networking

Sponsored by S-Chem

Speaker Lineup
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HE Dr Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada

Ministry of Energy & Industry, Qatar

H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada has been appointed as Minister of Energy & Industry on 18th January 2011, and the Chairman of QP.  Prior to this, he was the Minister of State for Energy & Industry Affairs since April 2007. Earlier, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada was the Managing Director of RasGas Company Limited…

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Khalid Al Falih

President & CEO, Saudi Aramco

Khalid A. Al-Falih is President and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), a position he has held since January 2009. He has served as Executive Vice President for Operations overseeing the company’s core operations and previously served as Senior Vice President of Gas Operations and Industrial Relations. Mr. Al-Falih was named to…

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Andrew Liveris

Chairman, President & CEO, Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global technology company focused on developing innovative solutions at the intersections of the physical, materials, polymer and biological sciences with 2013 annual sales of more than $57 billion. A 38-year veteran of Dow and recognized global business leader, Liveris sits…

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Philippe Sauquet

Executive Committee Member

Philippe Sauquet, President, Refining & Chemicals Executive Committee Member Philippe Sauquet began his career in 1981 as a civil engineer at the French Ministry of Infrastructure. He subsequently worked at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He joined chemical company Orkem in 1988 as Vice President, Strategy before being appointed Senior Vice President,…

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Johan C. Aurik

Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board

Johan C. Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board Johan Aurik is A.T. Kearney’s managing partner and chairman of the board, a position he assumed in January, 2013. Johan has been a partner with A.T. Kearney since 1997, and has more than 25 years of consulting experience with the firm in the consumer and…

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Jean-Lou Chameau

President, KAUST

Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau took office as President of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia on July 1, 2013. Dr. Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology – Caltech – in the United States, which he led for seven years prior to joining KAUST. After receiving his engineering…

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Steve Holland

Chief Executive Officer Brenntag AG

Steve Holland, Chief Executive Officer, has a distinguished career of more than 30 years in chemical manufacturing and distribution. Steve began his career in chemicals, graduating as an industrial chemist in the field of water treatment and surface coatings. He quickly moved through the chemical industry in a number of general management roles for both…

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Nikhil Meswani

Executive Director, Reliance Industries Ltd

Mr. Nikhil R. Meswani, a Chemical Engineer, is a Board Member of Reliance Industries Ltd as an Executive Director since 1988. The Group’s activities span over exploration & production of Oil & Gas, Refining and Marketing, Petrochemicals, Textiles and Retail. His primary responsibility is for Petrochemicals Division. Mr. Meswani has contributed substantially in making Reliance…

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Peter L. Cella

Presendent & CEO Chevron Phillips Cemical Company LP

Peter L. (Pete) Cella is president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical.  Before his election to president and CEO, Cella served as senior vice president of petrochemicals for BASF Corporation. His prior experience also includes serving as CEO of Ineos Nitriles, part of the Ineos Group, a position to which he was named…

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Patrick Thomas

CEO, Bayer MaterialScience

Since January 1, 2007, Patrick W. Thomas has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer MaterialScience AG. Patrick W. Thomas was born on September 30, 1957 in Portsmouth, U.K. He graduated from Oxford University with an engineering degree in 1979. The same year he began his career with British chemicals company Imperial Chemical…

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Hugo Heath

Global Sector Head, HSBC

Hugo Heath runs the Corporate Sector Group within HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets  division.   The  Group comprises HSBC’s coverage globally of large corporate  clients  across  twelve  sectors (including Auto, Consumer, TMT, Real  Estate etc).  He is also Head of the Chemicals team (another one of the sectors within Corporate Sector Group), which is one of…

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Graham van’t Hoff

Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals Ltd

Graham joined Shell in 1984 after obtaining a degree in Chemistry from Oxford. His first role was in London as a Customer Services Assistant, followed by time as a polypropylene sales representative in the UK. Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Product Manager for Shell’s Higher Olefins and Detergents business, initially in the UK…

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Wayne T Smith

Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE

Wayne T. Smith is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. He assumed this position in April 2012. He is currently responsible for the divisions Intermediates, Monomers, Petrochemicals and Process Research & Chemical Engineering. Prior to this, since 2010, Smith was President of BASF’s Polyurethanes division, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, Smith started his career…

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