GPCA Research & Innovation Summit

About the summit

The 5th GPCA Research and Innovation Summit will be held under the theme ‘Capitalizing on innovation: A growth imperative’. The program will address the theme from both process and the environmental angles – directing the ideation towards business impact and maintaining a vibrant and sustainable lifecycle throughout the journey from idea to commercial production and market. Broad fields of chemicals and petrochemicals will be covered on the first day of the summit with sessions emphasizing: i) hurdles to cycle completion and to achieving business impact ii) macroeconomic boundaries’ effects on innovation strategy and iii) typical case studies demonstrating how innovation impacted growth and differentiation of the Arabian Gulf petrochemicals and chemicals industry.

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A summit that’s been hitting and achieving its target of providing “value”.

Ernesto Occhiello
Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation, SABIC

A conference designed for the region to gain competitive advantage for the future.

Fouad Musa
General Manager, SABIC

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  • GCC chemical companies open their doors to outside innovation, finds GPCA survey
    01.03.2016

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; March, 2016: GCC chemical producers are increasingly opening their doors to innovative insights and ideas from research institutions, academia, custome...

  • Foster Open Innovation to retain competitiveness, advises GPCA
    22.02.2016

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  • Culture of innovation must be all-pervasive
    11.02.2016

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A few of our speakers

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

Chairman of Research and Innovation... GPCA

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas is the Chairman of GPCA Research & Innovation Committee and he is a director of the boards of Saudi Vitrified Clay Pipe Comp...

Dr. David Hounshell

Dr. David Hounshell

Roderick Professor, Emeritus, Techn... Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. David Hounshell is Roderick Professor, Emeritus, of Technology and Social Change at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), where...

Dr. Thorsten Loehl

Dr. Thorsten Loehl

VP Innovation, Borouge

Thorsten Loehl is Borouge’s Vice President Innovation based in Abu Dhabi since May 2016. He is responsible for leading the Research and Development activ...

Dr. Alfred Stern

Dr. Alfred Stern

EVP, Polyolefins and Innovation &a... Borealis

Dr. Alfred Stern was appointed Borealis EVP Polyolefins in July 2012. Dr. Stern joined Borealis as SVP Innovation and Technology in 2008, coming from E....

Bob Maughon

Bob Maughon

VP, Research and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

Bob Maughon is the R&D VP for Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons at The Dow Chemical Company. Prior to this role, he was the Senior...

Dr. Volker Trautz

Dr. Volker Trautz

Independent adviser and board membe... Evonik Industries

In the last 15 years Volker Trautz was involved with the leaders of the most important petrochemical companies on a global level with focus on Asia Pacif...

Dr. Abdullah Al Mahruki

Dr. Abdullah Al Mahruki

CEO, Industrial Innovation Centre, Oman

Dr. Abdullah earned his double measure BSc with Honors in the soil and crop sciences from the University of North Wales, United Kingdom in 1997 and Compl...

Charles Vaslet

Charles Vaslet

Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures

Charles Vaslet is a Partner with Emerald Technology Ventures with more than 13 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining Emerald, Charles...

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Program schedule

  • 11:00 17:00

    Registration opens

    Sponsored by

  • 13:30 14:00

    Workshop: Industrial revolution 4.0...

  • 14:00 14:30

    Growing trends of technology adopti...

    Mehtab Gilani

    Associate Partner,
    IBM GBS (Chemical and Petroleum)

  • 14:30 15:00

    Regional case-study:

    Dr. Flor Castillo

    Research Fellow, Corporate Research...
    SABIC

  • 15:00 15:20

    Coffee break

  • 15:20 16:20

    Open discussion-Is the chemical and...

  • 17:30 19:30

    Welcome reception

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 08:30

    Registration and welcome networking

    Sponsored by

  • 08:30 08:40

    Welcome, presentation of the agenda...

    Dr. Alaa-Eldin M. Adris,

    Associate Provost for Research, Inn...
    The American University in Cairo

  • 08:40 09:00

    Welcome and opening address

    Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

    Chairman of Research and Innovation...
    GPCA

  • 09:00 11:00

    Session one: The uncertainties of t...

  • 09:00 10:00

    Keynote address: R&D and techn...

    Dr. David Hounshell

    Roderick Professor, Emeritus, Techn...
    Carnegie Mellon University

  • 10:00 10:20

    Discussion and Q&A

  • 10:20 10:40

    Uncertainties of the innovation pro...

    Dr. Volker Trautz

    Independent adviser and board membe...
    Evonik Industries

  • 10:40 11:00

    Science and technology policy as an...

    Dr. Abdullah Al Mahruki

    CEO,
    Industrial Innovation Centre, Oman

  • 11:00 11:15

    Discussion and Q&A

  • 11:15 11:40

    Networking break

  • 11:40 12:40

    Session two: Opportunities for futu...

  • 11:40 12:00

    Innovation acceleration

    Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy

    VP- Technology & Innovation,
    SABIC

  • 12:00 12:20

    Corporate venturing: Gaining a stra...

    Charles Vaslet

    Partner,
    Emerald Technology Ventures

  • 12:20 12:40

    Investing in a work culture that pr...

    Roland Käppner

    EVP, Head of Energy Storage and Hyd...
    thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineer...

  • 12:40 13:00

    Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • 13:00 14:30

    Networking lunch

    Sponsored by

  • 14:30 15:50

    Session three: Innovation impact on...

  • 14:30 14:50

    Antifouling Additives Technology (A...

    Dr. Wei Xu

    Research Science Consultant and Lea...
    KAUST

  • 14:50 15:10

    Anteo™ – a new product platform bas...

    Dr. Thorsten Loehl

    VP Innovation,
    Borouge

  • 15:10 15:20

    Vehicle light weighting and improve...

    Dr. Philippe Dumazet

    Director, Automotive Technology,
    SABIC

  • 15:30 15:50

    Toluene methylation for p-X Product...

    Dr. Elie Fayad

    R&D Manager,
    Honeywell | UOP

  • 15:50 16:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 19:00 21:30

    Social networking dinner

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 08:50

    Registration and welcome networking

    Sponsored by

  • 08:50 09:00

    Review of day one

    Dr. Alaa-Eldin M. Adris,

    Associate Provost for Research, Inn...
    The American University in Cairo

  • 09:00 09:30

    Keynote address: Technology develop...

    Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi

    Director, Advanced Membranes and P...
    KAUST

  • 09:30 09:40

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 09:40 11:00

    Session four: Advances in polymer p...

  • 09:40 10:00

    Innovation model and key enablers i...

    Bob Maughon

    VP, Research and Development,
    The Dow Chemical Company

  • 10:00 10:20

    Borealis: Spearheading innovation i...

    Dr. Alfred Stern

    EVP, Polyolefins and Innovation &a...
    Borealis

  • 10:20 10:40

    Catalyst Versatility in the MarTECH...

    Dr. Mark L. Hlavinka

    Licensing Manager,
    Chevron Phillips

  • 10:40 11:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 11:00 11:30

    Networking break

  • 11:30 12:45

    Session five: Polymer downstream in...

  • 11:30 11:50

    The importance of innovation in a m...

    Dr. Niall Marshall

    Technical Manager,
    Everspring Middle East WLL

  • 11:50 12:10

    Creating value through innovation i...

    Herrin Hood

    Global Marketing Director, Plastic ...
    Milliken & Company

  • 12:10 12:30

    Design and development of robust po...

    Dr. Hayder Zahalka

    Global Sr. Technology Manager for A...
    (reactive extrusion), and formulati...

  • 12:30 12:45

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 12:45 13:00

    Closing remarks for R&I Summit

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 13:00 14:30

    Networking lunch

    Sponsored by

  • 14:30 17:30

    Leaders of Tomorrow seminar (Exclus...

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