GPCA Research & Innovation Summit

About the Summit

The petrochemical and chemical industry in the region is a dynamic and a rapidly evolving landscape. To accommodate changing times and to remain competitive on a global level, the region must shift from being solely dependent on low cost oil and gas as its backbone and a means of profit for the industry in the Gulf region.

The industry requires a second leg to stand on to gain momentum, such as integrating technological advancements specific to the Arabian Gulf into its overall objective. The influx of technology into the industry will position the region as a world-class player and will shift global vision of the Gulf from a monetary based outlook to a development and commercialization hub for petrochemical technology.

Attending the 4th Research and Innovation Summit will bring you one step closer to learning about the current industry plans.

The Summit is divided into 3 days and the program will scrutinize the interface between technology and business management and how to weave the different vectors of R&D to reach business goals. The program also has an emphasis on supply chain and its role in the industry and will provide delegates the opportunity to learn tactics on how to achieve project targets.

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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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  • The 3rd GPCA Research & Innovation Summit | Post-Summit Report
    22.05.2016

    The post event report relays the findings of The 3rd GPCA Research & Innovation Summit and provides an overall summary of the conference highlights.   Download PDF ...

A few of our 2017 speakers

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

Chairman of Research & Innovati... 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. Joachim von Heimburg

Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

CEO, Innovation Architect

Joachim von Heimburg is one of the most experienced innovation practitioners in Europe/Middle East/Africa. He designs and implements innovation and R&...

Dr. Kais As-Sultany

Dr. Kais As-Sultany

EVP, Technology & Innovation, TASNEE

Majid Mufti

Majid Mufti

CEO, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Majid Mufti currently leads Saudi Aramco’s Corporate Venture Capital Program through its wholly owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), whi...

Constantine Demetriou

Constantine Demetriou

, Advisor to Sovereign Wealth Fund,... Oman

Constantine has set up and ran 2 technology focused SWF VC/PE’s – in the GCC and in Europe. He has invested in technology companies together with leadin...

Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt

Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt

Chief Innovation Officer, Evonik Industries AG

Since 2015, Dr. Ulrich has been the Chief Innovation Officer at Evonik Industries AG where he joined in 2001 as President BU Aerosil and Silane. In 2008,...

Dr. James Rekoske,

Dr. James Rekoske,

CTO & VP – R&D, Honeywell UOP

Jim Rekoske is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell UOP, a leading developer and licensor of technologies for the oil, gas and pe...

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Program Schedule

  • 11:00 17:00

    Registration opens

  • 13:30 16:30

    Student Seminar – How to build a ca...

    Dr. Osman M. Bakr

    Associate Professor of Materials Sc...
    King Abdullah University of Science...

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration and welcome networking

  • 09:00 09:10

    Welcome, presentation of the agenda...

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    CEO,
    Innovation Architect

  • 09:10 09:40

    Welcome and plenary address

    Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

    Chairman of Research & Innovati...
    GPCA

  • 09:40 11:00

    Session one: Keynote session

  • 09:40 10:10

    Keynote address: TBC

    Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin

    Director General,
    Kuwait Foundation for the Advanceme...

  • 10:10 10:40

    Keynote address: Bringing Technolog...

    Dr. Kais As-Sultany

    EVP, Technology & Innovation,
    TASNEE

  • 10:40 11:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A

    Dr. Adnan Shehab-Eldin

    President,
    Kuwait Scientific Advancement Insti...

  • 11:00 11:30

    Networking break

  • 11:30 13:00

    Session two: How to integrate techn...

  • 11:30 11:50

    Transforming technology into busine...

  • 11:50 12:10

    Corporate venturing: A business str...

    Majid Mufti

    CEO,
    Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

  • 12:10 12:30

    Technology venturing, knowledge tra...

    Constantine Demetriou

    , Advisor to Sovereign Wealth Fund,...
    Oman

  • 12:30 13:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 13:00 14:30

    Networking Lunch

  • 14:30 16:20

    Session three: Business success thr...

  • 14:30 14:50

    Case study 1

  • 14:50 15:10

    Case study 2

  • 15:10 15:30

    Case study 3

  • 15:30 15:50

    Case study 4

  • 15:50 16:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 19:00 21:00

    Gala dinner

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration and welcome networking

  • 09:00 09:05

    Review of day one

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    CEO,
    Innovation Architect

  • 09:05 11:05

    Session four: Keynote session

  • 09:05 09:35

    Keynote address: Integrating R&...

    Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt

    Chief Innovation Officer,
    Evonik Industries AG

  • 09:35 10:05

    Keynote Address: R&D, innovati...

    Dr. James Rekoske,

    CTO & VP – R&D,
    Honeywell UOP

  • 10:05 10:25

    Value Chain Integration together wi...

  • 10:25 10:45

    Serendipity

    Dr.Trevor J. Hutley

    Global Polymer Industry Consultant

  • 10:45 11:05

    Q&A

  • 11:05 11:30

    Networking break

  • 11:30 12:45

    Session five: Technology obsolescen...

  • 11:30 12:00

    How to defend your technology’...

    Dr.Massimo Covezzi

    SVP – R&D,
    LyondellBasell

  • 12:00 12:30

    Impact of Sustainability,Environmen...

    Dr. Jeffery Bricker

    Senior Director of Research,
    UOP

  • 12:30 12:45

    Panel discussion

  • 12:45 13:05

    Closing address

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 13:05 14:00

    Networking Lunch

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