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Leadership in the new reality – Catalyzing sustainable growth in the chemical industry

We are pleased to share that a physical and in-person Special Edition of the 15th Annual GPCA Forum will be held from 10 – 11 February 2021 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Over the last decade, the Annual GPCA Forum has served as a vital platform for the chemical industry, convening business leaders to address key challenges, recommend effective solutions and share knowledgeable experiences.

Today, we are faced with a new reality – one that is characterized by transformation across economic, social, environmental, and digital considerations. However, embracing a transformation of this magnitude has never been more challenging; hence the importance of pioneering and inspirational leadership cannot be ignored.

Highlighting the importance of an agile and resilient leadership, the conference agenda at the Forum will examine strategies to drive recovery and recalibrate for sustainable growth.

“The world is going through major transformations socially and economically and this is now the time for our industry to take a moment and look at how we can transform. The Annual GPCA Forum provides the best platform for petrochemical leaders and business partners to come together and come up with our future agenda for 2020 and beyond.”

 

 

H.E. Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

CONFERENCE AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Inaugural & Keynote Addresses

Inaugural address

Transitioning to a low carbon economy to achieve a sustained economic recovery

Keynote Day 1:

To be announced

Exclusive Dialogue with the Leaders:

Shareholder value creation

Keynote Day 2:

Beyond COVID-19: Realigning global systems towards a sustainable economy

Dedicated strategic dialogues

Session 1: Strengthening the recovery through value-creation

  • Leadership at work – How has COVID altered the bigger agenda of sustainability?
  • Unlocking the value of innovation: A strategic investment to drive sustainability

Session 2: Beyond the Pandemic – The GCC perspective to creating resilient, purpose-driven and high-performing organization

Strategic Dialogue:

Sustainable Financing: Will it be the new norm in the post-pandemic era

Masterclasses

Masterclass 1:

Leveraging technology post-crisis: The compass to guide new growth

Masterclass 2:

Upskilling and re-skilling the workforce for digital transformation in the new age

Masterclass 3:

Right-sizing your CAPEX during Crisis

Masterclass 4:

From survival to revival: Rebounding stronger through supply chain resilience

Speakers

Yousef Al-Benyan Welcome address Chairman, GPCA
CEO, Sabic
Ilham Kadri Climate and energy transitions: A bigger concern in a circular world CEO
Solvay
Dominic Waughray Day 2 Keynote address Managing Director
World Economic Forum
Andrew Morlet Keynote address: The new Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of this valuable resource CEO
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Chris Jahn Keynote address: The Chemical industry post-pandemic: Leading through the crisis President and CEO
American Chemistry Council
Daniel Hanna Sustainable financing – Facilitating a shift towards a resource efficient economy Managing Director & Global Head Sustainable Finance
Standard Chartered
Rayan Fayez Bolstering Saudi Arabia’s economic development through sustainable financing Managing Director & CEO
Banque Saudi Fransi
Pang Guanglian Masterclass 1: Caught in a crossfire: Trade wars and their implications on the chemical industry Executive Board Member and Vice Secretary General
China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF)
Lyn Tattum Masterclass 1: Caught in a crossfire: Trade wars and their implications on the chemical industry Vice President – Oil, Midstream, Downstream
IHS Markit
Richard Elder Masterclass 2: Specialty chemicals – what does it takes to build a resilient position? Chief Transformation Officer
Nouryon
Ernesto Occhiello Masterclass 2: Specialty chemicals – what does it takes to build a resilient position? EVP Specialties
SABIC
Bruce Niven Masterclass 3: Venture Capital: An enabler for business recovery in the post-pandemic era Chief Investment Officer
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Markus Solibieda Masterclass 3: Venture Capital: An enabler for business recovery in the post-pandemic era Managing Director
BASF Venture Capital GmBh
Fahad Al-Shatti Masterclass 3: Venture Capital: An enabler for business recovery in the post-pandemic era Vice President
Agility Ventures
Dr. Thorsten Loehl Masterclass 3: Venture Capital: An enabler for business recovery in the post-pandemic era Vice President - Innovation
Borouge
Sanjiv Kakkar Masterclass: Plastics waste management & circularity in the GCC: Implementing
a zero-waste vision
EVP - North Africa Middle East, Turkey, Russia Ukraine and Belarus
Unilever
Sebastien Chauvin Masterclass: Plastics waste management & circularity in the GCC: Implementing
a zero-waste vision
CEO Middle-East
Veolia
Jim Seward Masterclass: Plastics waste management & circularity in the GCC: Implementing
a zero-waste vision
Senior Vice President of Research & Development
Technology and Sustainability, LyondellBasell
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun Closing remarks Secretary General
GPCA

EXHIBITION

The Special Edition – 15th Annual GPCA Forum will feature a 2-day exhibition and 35+ exhibiting companies.

Why exhibit?

EXHIBITION FLOORPLAN

Legacy Awards Legacy Awards The second edition of the GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) will focus on recognizing industry pioneers who demonstrated transformational leadership contributing to the growth and success of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. After careful consideration and rigorous selection process, the honoree will be announced and distinguished as an Arabian Gulf Chemical Pioneer and presented with a trophy at a special award ceremony during the 14th Annual GPCA Forum on 4 December 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

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LoT Leaders of Tomorrow The Leaders of Tomorrow program is an initiative launched by GPCA and with the support of our members, it aims at building the local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under one of the three pillars of the association which is advocacy by promoting STEM and bridging the gap between academia and the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow is considered as the first official collective step where industry stakeholders collaborate in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skills set.

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Innovation Zone Innovation Zone The chemical industry is embracing innovation to usher a new era of growth. In order to stay ahead of the competition chemical companies are rewriting their business models, adopting digitization and diversifying their product portfolios. At the 14th Annual GPCA Forum, we’re proud to introduce a dedicated ‘Innovation Zone’, an inspiring and interactive space for organizations to showcase their latest and innovative solutions and applications that are contributing or have the potential to contribute to the future success of the industry. Learn more Sustainability Zone Sustainability Zone The chemical industry is committed towards contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Governments and businesses have realized the importance of sustainability and are pushing it to encourage the chemical industry to attain a promising, sustainable future. Steadfast in its resolve to support the industry in these endeavours, GPCA is proud to bring back its sustainability initiative on a larger, more enhanced scale this year at the 14th Annual GPCA Forum.

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INSIGHT EXPRESS ARCHIVES

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The untapped potential of the Sino-Saudi cooperation in the petrochemical industry

The petrochemical industry is one of the most robust sectors of hydrocarbon demand and is expected to lead it over the next decades. However, several unforeseen challenges, including COVID-19, have heightened global uncertainties and stalled growth in the region. With this backdrop, China and Saudi Arabia remain committed to explore the untapped potential of the Sino-Saudi collaboration in the petrochemical Industry.

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Top 10 digital innovations to disrupt the chemical industry

The Digitalization of the Chemical Industry, 2020

As with all other industries, digital technologies are being rapidly implemented in the global chemical industry. Leading chemical manufacturers globally are closely monitoring process improvements by leveraging digital technologies within their operations. Advances in data processing, network connectivity, sensor technology, and user interface are expected to increase productivity across the chemical value chain.

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Innovation in a period of disruption

Market disruptions, especially those like the COVID-19 pandemic, present a significant challenge for all industries, including chemicals. When companies face it, they turn to a survival mode instead of looking for innovation and actively shaping their future.

How can companies confront disruption in an unconventional way, push themselves outside of their comfort zones and change their position with long term impact?

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Global circular economy – how achievable is this in a pandemic and low crude oil environment?

Following the wave of outrage at the plastic pollution crisis aimed at parties from governments to the plastics industry, recycling has come to the fore as holding a significant role in creating a circular economy, assisting with improved waste management of plastics.

The rise of regulation and industries, namely FMCGs, commitment to sustainability goals saw a rise in recycling activity and this was set to grow in 2020.