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.

Tuesday 3 December 2019 | Day 0

Innovations in the field of chemical R&D

10:30 – 10:50

Innovative approach towards ethane and its derivatives

Dr. Mohammed Al-Hazmi, Director, Gly & Ox & F.Ch, SABIC

11:15 – 11:35

Toluene Methylation (TM) for selective production of pX

Arthur Foutsitzis, Director of R&D – Middle East, UOP Honeywell

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

11:45 – 12:05

Gamification of chemical R&D in the digital age

Dr. Amira Abou-Hamdan, VP Materials Science, Chemspeed Technologies

14:30 – 14:50

Technology transfer and commercialization of innovations and discoveries in the field of chemicals and petrochemicals

Sean P. Flanigan, Director, Technology Commercialization, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

15:00 – 15:20

Saudi Aramco’s crude to chemicals technology program

Khaled Aljohani, Process Engineer, Chemicals Growth and Technology, Project Support, Saudi Aramco

Wednesday 4 December 2019 | Day 1

Innovation strategies transforming the petrochemical industry

11:10 – 11:30

Innovation for sustainability: Celebrating industry-academia collaboration in Oman

Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of Department of Engineering, GUTech

11:45 – 12:05

Fit for purpose – Digitalization for the petrochemical industry

Miguel Fernandez, VP – Market Development Chemical Industry, Siemens

12:15 – 12:35

Leveraging AI to enhance production and optimize core processes in the downstream petrochemical industry

Jean-Paul Sacy, Regional Director, Baker Hughes

14:40 – 15:00

Digital turnaround strategies for enhanced productivity

Elie Daher, CMO, United Safety

15:15 – 15:35

Digitally transform hydrocarbon accounting and energy management enroute an agile organization

Dhanasekar Periyasamy, Solution Consultant, Aspentech

Thursday 5 December 2019 | Day 2

Building synergies through strategic partnerships

10:30 – 10:50

Accomplishing successful strategic partnerships: The SIGOMO imperative

Usman Ghani, Chairman, Conflucore

11:00 – 11:20

EJAAD: Quantum drive for R&D and innovation in Oman

Dr. Abdullah Al Abri, Director, EJAAD

3 December 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019 | Day 0

Innovations in the field of chemical R&D

10:30 – 10:50

Innovative approach towards ethane and its derivatives

Dr. Mohammed Al-Hazmi, Director, Gly & Ox & F.Ch, SABIC

11:15 – 11:35

Toluene Methylation (TM) for selective production of pX

Arthur Foutsitzis, Director of R&D – Middle East, UOP Honeywell

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

11:45 – 12:05

Gamification of chemical R&D in the digital age

Dr. Amira Abou-Hamdan, VP Materials Science, Chemspeed Technologies

14:30 – 14:50

Technology transfer and commercialization of innovations and discoveries in the field of chemicals and petrochemicals

Sean P. Flanigan, Director, Technology Commercialization, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

15:00 – 15:20

Saudi Aramco’s crude to chemicals technology program

Khaled Aljohani, Process Engineer, Chemicals Growth and Technology, Project Support, Saudi Aramco

4 December 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019 | Day 1

Innovation strategies transforming the petrochemical industry

11:10 – 11:30

Innovation for sustainability: Celebrating industry-academia collaboration in Oman

Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of Department of Engineering, GUTech

11:45 – 12:05

Fit for purpose – Digitalization for the petrochemical industry

Miguel Fernandez, VP – Market Development Chemical Industry, Siemens

12:15 – 12:35

Leveraging AI to enhance production and optimize core processes in the downstream petrochemical industry

Jean-Paul Sacy, Regional Director, Baker Hughes

14:40 – 15:00

Digital turnaround strategies for enhanced productivity

Elie Daher, CMO, United Safety

15:15 – 15:35

Digitally transform hydrocarbon accounting and energy management enroute an agile organization

Dhanasekar Periyasamy, Solution Consultant, Aspentech

5 December 2019

Thursday 5 December 2019 | Day 2

Building synergies through strategic partnerships

10:30 – 10:50

Accomplishing successful strategic partnerships: The SIGOMO imperative

Usman Ghani, Chairman, Conflucore

11:00 – 11:20

EJAAD: Quantum drive for R&D and innovation in Oman

Dr. Abdullah Al Abri, Director, EJAAD