Tuesday 3 December 2019 | Day 0

08:00 – 17:00

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 12:30

Masterclass

Masterclass

Masterclass 1:

The future of work: Rethinking the workforce model towards high-performing companies of tomorrow

Technological innovation, underpinned by the ongoing integration of global economies, has brought unprecedented transformation to jobs, businesses and markets. Demographic changes the impact of climate change and the need for greater sustainability are increasingly influential too. The skills needed in this new scenario are often in short supply where they are most needed. The question of how to face the future and seize the opportunities it offers is preoccupying individuals, companies, institutions, governments and entire societies. How should you adapt your business model to manage and cater to the workforce of the future?

This unique masterclass will tackle these key questions through an expert presentation and interactive session. The session will allow you to:

  • Review the state of the global workforce
  • Learn how high-performing companies are actively addressing talent issues and how they keep the momentum going
  • Establish a system customized to the needs and expectations of millennials
  • Anticipate the skills needed in the future so your organization is best positioned for growth, including through partnerships with academia
  • Understand how digitalization is reshaping the makeup of the workforce in the years ahead, and how technology enhances rather than threatens core competencies

Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Masterclass 2:

Economic impact study of the chemical sector in GCC countries

Oxford Economics will be presenting the results of an economic impact study of the chemical sector in GCC countries at this masterclass hosted by GPCA. This interactive masterclass will be presented against the backdrop of the region’s most recent economic and political developments, and will present a comprehensive assessment of the value the industry creates and supports, analyze the key megatrends that will shape economic growth and identify how chemical firms can best place themselves to take advantage of these shifts. Among other things, this session will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Understand the magnitude of the footprint of the chemical sector in the GCC region, and the multiplicative, socio-economic effects it triggers
  • Understand which sectors benefit the most from the chemical industry’s activities, either via supply chain channels, or via consumer spending effects
  • Gain key insight on how regional and global megatrends will affect the chemical sector in the GCC
  • Receive the general economic outlook for the six GCC countries drawing from forecast produced with Oxford Economics’ Global Economic Model, the world’s most widely used commercial macroeconomic model

Hamilton Galloway, Head of Consultancy, Americas, Oxford Economics

Scott Livermore, MD, Macro Consulting, Oxford Economics

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch and business networking

14:00 – 17:30

Knowledge Partners’ seminar

State of the global energy and chemical industries: Positioning for what comes next

2019 has seen slower growth and near-term market volatility as energy markets see supply-side uncertainty and a significant surge in new capacity. This seminar will look at key factors and signposts to look for in energy and feedstock markets, the demand for crude oil and refined products, NGL supply outlook and its impact on global markets, light vs heavy feedstocks and the impact of crude oil-to-chemicals projects as well as peak oil demand and the renewed push for refinery/petrochemical plant integration.

  • Peak oil demand scenario and implications for energy markets and chemical feedstocks
  • Petrochemical demand growth assumptions and capacity increases
  • Global supply and demand balances for major base chemical markets – update on petrochemical profit cycle
  • Megatrends in energy and chemical markets that will impact refining and chemicals during the decade of the 2020s

Kurt Barrow, VP, Global Energy Insights, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream, IHS Markit

Mark Eramo, VP, Global Business Development, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals, IHS Markit

 

The future of plastics: Trends and disruptions shaping this cornerstone of the Middle East petrochemicals industry

McKinsey & Company will be sharing a perspective on key megatrends in the petrochemicals sector, their implications and opportunities they create for Middle East players, how best to navigate these trends and effectively respond in a time of accelerating change.

  • Global feedstock shifts (unconventionals, crude-to-chemicals) and their impact on long term competitiveness and trade-flows in the plastics value chain
  • Impact of the ongoing transition to a more circular economy and recycling on plastic demand along the value chain
  • The opportunities for growing the use of plastics beyond the current application window, especially in industries with low adoption e.g. construction

Theo Jan Simons, Global Petrochemicals Practice Group Leader, McKinsey & Company

19:00 – 22:30

Welcome dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
exxon

Wednesday 4 December 2019 | Day 1

08:00 – 17:00

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome address

Conference session

09:15 – 09:35

Inaugural address

Conference session

09:35 – 09:55

Keynote address: Capturing opportunity – Global megatrends and the future of petrochemicals

  • Insights on the U.S. feedstock advantage
  • Considerations for regional investment
  • How the plastic waste debate is transforming public perception

Conference session

09:55 – 10:20

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

10:20 – 11:00

Inauguration of exhibition and morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

Session: Partnering to deliver value

11:00 – 11:20

Meeting future change through strategic partnership

Conference session

11:20 – 11:40

From shareholder value to system value: A collaborative model for generating sustainable growth

  • How BASF collaborates with partners and stakeholders for a future-oriented approach to business steering and reporting
  • How this new initiative will be established, developed, and introduced
  • Dissecting the shortcomings of established management concepts to tackle current and future challenges
  • A new perspective for making investment decisions and optimizing system value

Conference session

11:40 – 12:00

Capturing growth and maximizing value through partnerships across value chain

  • Learnings from setting up, building and operating industrial terminals with partners in the oil and gas and chemicals sectors
  • Developing digital technology to deliver better, safe and cost-effective operations and service
  • Explore how growth, sustainability and digitalization can reinforce each other
  • Partnership models that enable diverse organizations to work together to govern complex processes

Conference session

12:00 – 12:15

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

12:15 – 13:00

GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch, business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

Seminar: Chemical value parks: Key enablers for value creation

16:00 – 17:30

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
rcjy

19:00 – 22:30

Gala dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC

Thursday 5 December 2019 | Day 2

08.00 – 15:30

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome and recap of day one

Conference session

09:05 – 09:25

Keynote address 1: Winning in Asia

Conference session

09:25 – 09:45

Keynote address 2

Conference session

09:45 – 10:05

Panel discussion and Q&A

Conference session

10:05 – 10:15

Recognition of past members of the GPCA Board of Directors

Conference session

Session: Building critical mass in the Arabian Gulf chemical industry

10:15 – 10:35

In the spotlight: Oman Oil and Orpic Group’s journey towards an integrated energy company

  • Managing the people side of the transformational journey
  • How to design a business that’s optimal for today’s environment, prepared for tomorrow’s potential disruption and set for international markets
  • The biggest inherent challenges and how can they best be tackled
  • Managing integration so disruptions are minimized, and potential is maximized
  • The impact of increasing integration and the related value chain reconfigurations

Conference session

10:35 – 10:55

Merger of equals: Capturing the full potential of the Sipchem merger

  • CEO’s agenda 2020
  • Equity story and shareholder value creation
  • Plans for further acquisitions and JV
  • Integration roadmap and critical phases
  • What does this merger mean to the petrochemical sector in Saudi Arabia?

Conference session

10:55 – 11:15

Ma’aden 2030: Prospects, private and public partnerships for growth

  • Prospects for further growth in Saudi Arabia
  • Ambitions for international growth following recent acquisitions in Africa
  • The role that existing and new partnerships will play in the next phase of growth
  • How Vision 2030 impacts the company’s growth strategy

Conference session

11:15 – 11:35

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

11:35 – 11:55

Morning refreshments and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
rcjy

Session: Creating synergies through innovative partnerships

11:55 – 12:15

Growth and value creation through strategic portfolio development and M&A

  • Managing key risks and challenges so value is continuously generated
  • Defined growth engines and developing them by organic growth and M&A
  • Proven approaches to capture the full value creation potential of M&As
  • Using digital innovation to optimize processes and benefit customers

Conference session

12:15 – 12:35

Project Amiral: Building a successful model of industry partnership

  • Where is the project as of today?
  • Evolving the Saudi Aramco-Total buyer-seller relationship to a fully aligned partnership
  • Investor business models and approaches to partnership
  • Governance structures and supporting frameworks that encourage integration
  • Project financing approaches and options

Conference session

12:35 – 12:55

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

12:55 – 13:10

Closing remarks

Conference session

13:10 – 15:00

Lunch, business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC
3 December 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019 | Day 0

08:00 – 17:00

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 12:30

Masterclass

Masterclass

Masterclass 1:

The future of work: Rethinking the workforce model towards high-performing companies of tomorrow

Technological innovation, underpinned by the ongoing integration of global economies, has brought unprecedented transformation to jobs, businesses and markets. Demographic changes the impact of climate change and the need for greater sustainability are increasingly influential too. The skills needed in this new scenario are often in short supply where they are most needed. The question of how to face the future and seize the opportunities it offers is preoccupying individuals, companies, institutions, governments and entire societies. How should you adapt your business model to manage and cater to the workforce of the future?

This unique masterclass will tackle these key questions through an expert presentation and interactive session. The session will allow you to:

  • Review the state of the global workforce
  • Learn how high-performing companies are actively addressing talent issues and how they keep the momentum going
  • Establish a system customized to the needs and expectations of millennials
  • Anticipate the skills needed in the future so your organization is best positioned for growth, including through partnerships with academia
  • Understand how digitalization is reshaping the makeup of the workforce in the years ahead, and how technology enhances rather than threatens core competencies

Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Masterclass 2:

Economic impact study of the chemical sector in GCC countries

Oxford Economics will be presenting the results of an economic impact study of the chemical sector in GCC countries at this masterclass hosted by GPCA. This interactive masterclass will be presented against the backdrop of the region’s most recent economic and political developments, and will present a comprehensive assessment of the value the industry creates and supports, analyze the key megatrends that will shape economic growth and identify how chemical firms can best place themselves to take advantage of these shifts. Among other things, this session will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Understand the magnitude of the footprint of the chemical sector in the GCC region, and the multiplicative, socio-economic effects it triggers
  • Understand which sectors benefit the most from the chemical industry’s activities, either via supply chain channels, or via consumer spending effects
  • Gain key insight on how regional and global megatrends will affect the chemical sector in the GCC
  • Receive the general economic outlook for the six GCC countries drawing from forecast produced with Oxford Economics’ Global Economic Model, the world’s most widely used commercial macroeconomic model

Hamilton Galloway, Head of Consultancy, Americas, Oxford Economics

Scott Livermore, MD, Macro Consulting, Oxford Economics

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch and business networking

14:00 – 17:30

Knowledge Partners’ seminar

State of the global energy and chemical industries: Positioning for what comes next

2019 has seen slower growth and near-term market volatility as energy markets see supply-side uncertainty and a significant surge in new capacity. This seminar will look at key factors and signposts to look for in energy and feedstock markets, the demand for crude oil and refined products, NGL supply outlook and its impact on global markets, light vs heavy feedstocks and the impact of crude oil-to-chemicals projects as well as peak oil demand and the renewed push for refinery/petrochemical plant integration.

  • Peak oil demand scenario and implications for energy markets and chemical feedstocks
  • Petrochemical demand growth assumptions and capacity increases
  • Global supply and demand balances for major base chemical markets – update on petrochemical profit cycle
  • Megatrends in energy and chemical markets that will impact refining and chemicals during the decade of the 2020s

Kurt Barrow, VP, Global Energy Insights, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream, IHS Markit

Mark Eramo, VP, Global Business Development, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals, IHS Markit

 

The future of plastics: Trends and disruptions shaping this cornerstone of the Middle East petrochemicals industry

McKinsey & Company will be sharing a perspective on key megatrends in the petrochemicals sector, their implications and opportunities they create for Middle East players, how best to navigate these trends and effectively respond in a time of accelerating change.

  • Global feedstock shifts (unconventionals, crude-to-chemicals) and their impact on long term competitiveness and trade-flows in the plastics value chain
  • Impact of the ongoing transition to a more circular economy and recycling on plastic demand along the value chain
  • The opportunities for growing the use of plastics beyond the current application window, especially in industries with low adoption e.g. construction

Theo Jan Simons, Global Petrochemicals Practice Group Leader, McKinsey & Company

19:00 – 22:30

Welcome dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
exxon
4 December 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019 | Day 1

08:00 – 17:00

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome address

Conference session

09:15 – 09:35

Inaugural address

Conference session

09:35 – 09:55

Keynote address: Capturing opportunity – Global megatrends and the future of petrochemicals

  • Insights on the U.S. feedstock advantage
  • Considerations for regional investment
  • How the plastic waste debate is transforming public perception

Conference session

09:55 – 10:20

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

10:20 – 11:00

Inauguration of exhibition and morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

Session: Partnering to deliver value

11:00 – 11:20

Meeting future change through strategic partnership

Conference session

11:20 – 11:40

From shareholder value to system value: A collaborative model for generating sustainable growth

  • How BASF collaborates with partners and stakeholders for a future-oriented approach to business steering and reporting
  • How this new initiative will be established, developed, and introduced
  • Dissecting the shortcomings of established management concepts to tackle current and future challenges
  • A new perspective for making investment decisions and optimizing system value

Conference session

11:40 – 12:00

Capturing growth and maximizing value through partnerships across value chain

  • Learnings from setting up, building and operating industrial terminals with partners in the oil and gas and chemicals sectors
  • Developing digital technology to deliver better, safe and cost-effective operations and service
  • Explore how growth, sustainability and digitalization can reinforce each other
  • Partnership models that enable diverse organizations to work together to govern complex processes

Conference session

12:00 – 12:15

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

12:15 – 13:00

GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch, business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

Seminar: Chemical value parks: Key enablers for value creation

16:00 – 17:30

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
rcjy

19:00 – 22:30

Gala dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC
5 December 2019

Thursday 5 December 2019 | Day 2

08.00 – 15:30

Registration and exhibition

Welcome refreshments

Sponsored by:
Sipchem
rcjy

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome and recap of day one

Conference session

09:05 – 09:25

Keynote address 1: Winning in Asia

Conference session

09:25 – 09:45

Keynote address 2

Conference session

09:45 – 10:05

Panel discussion and Q&A

Conference session

10:05 – 10:15

Recognition of past members of the GPCA Board of Directors

Conference session

Session: Building critical mass in the Arabian Gulf chemical industry

10:15 – 10:35

In the spotlight: Oman Oil and Orpic Group’s journey towards an integrated energy company

  • Managing the people side of the transformational journey
  • How to design a business that’s optimal for today’s environment, prepared for tomorrow’s potential disruption and set for international markets
  • The biggest inherent challenges and how can they best be tackled
  • Managing integration so disruptions are minimized, and potential is maximized
  • The impact of increasing integration and the related value chain reconfigurations

Conference session

10:35 – 10:55

Merger of equals: Capturing the full potential of the Sipchem merger

  • CEO’s agenda 2020
  • Equity story and shareholder value creation
  • Plans for further acquisitions and JV
  • Integration roadmap and critical phases
  • What does this merger mean to the petrochemical sector in Saudi Arabia?

Conference session

10:55 – 11:15

Ma’aden 2030: Prospects, private and public partnerships for growth

  • Prospects for further growth in Saudi Arabia
  • Ambitions for international growth following recent acquisitions in Africa
  • The role that existing and new partnerships will play in the next phase of growth
  • How Vision 2030 impacts the company’s growth strategy

Conference session

11:15 – 11:35

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

11:35 – 11:55

Morning refreshments and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
rcjy

Session: Creating synergies through innovative partnerships

11:55 – 12:15

Growth and value creation through strategic portfolio development and M&A

  • Managing key risks and challenges so value is continuously generated
  • Defined growth engines and developing them by organic growth and M&A
  • Proven approaches to capture the full value creation potential of M&As
  • Using digital innovation to optimize processes and benefit customers

Conference session

12:15 – 12:35

Project Amiral: Building a successful model of industry partnership

  • Where is the project as of today?
  • Evolving the Saudi Aramco-Total buyer-seller relationship to a fully aligned partnership
  • Investor business models and approaches to partnership
  • Governance structures and supporting frameworks that encourage integration
  • Project financing approaches and options

Conference session

12:35 – 12:55

Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel

12:55 – 13:10

Closing remarks

Conference session

13:10 – 15:00

Lunch, business networking and exhibition

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC