GPCA Annual Forum

About the Conference

The 3rd GPCA Research and Innovation conference will focus on how global leaders work towards achieving and maintaining competitiveness. Delegates will gain insight into what their organizations are doing to increase global competitiveness amongst international players and how to overcome the setbacks they face along the way.

Investing in increasing global competitiveness is a long term journey and the conference will highlight the following key topics:

- Creating the context: regional and global competitiveness
- Other dimensions of global competitiveness
- How to make R&D, strategy and innovation work together to achieve global competitiveness

The conference will give a unique opportunity for petrochemical and chemical producers to meet leading research scholars, academic scientists and national government representatives to exchange and share experiences and strengthen collaborative relationships. The conference will also provide a premier platform to discuss the role of research and innovation in providing new solutions for global mega trends, the most recent chemical industry innovations, trends and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of chemical industry R&I.

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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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  • GPCA R&I Summit Key Note Speaker interview: Peter Spitz, Senior Adviser, A.D Little and Foun...
    03.01.2016

    Mr. Spitz: when did you first come in contact with Arabian Gulf producers who were interested in building a petrochemical industry? I was invited to speak at the 1978 OPEC meeti...

  • Understanding the interaction of technology and business is critical for innovation, say chemica...
    15.12.2015

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; March xx, 2015: With the majority of GCC’s petrochemical companies adopting a strategy for innovation management, top executives from regional and inte...

A Few Of Our 2015 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&...

Peter Spitz

Peter Spitz

Senior Adviser, A.D Little and ... Chem Systems

Author of books entitled Petrochemicals – The Rise of an Industry (John Wiley & Sons, 1988) and The Chemical Industry at the Millennium (Chemical Her...

Dr. Medhat Tannous

Dr. Medhat Tannous

Sr. Director for Regional R&D, UOP

Is currently Sr. Director for Regional R&D. He is responsible for strategic development and direction of UOP regional R&D programs, including: pr...

Dr. Alexa A. Dembek

Dr. Alexa A. Dembek

Director, Central Research and Deve... DuPont

Alexa Dembek leads DuPont Central Research and Development to enable growth and sustainable competitive advantage through science-based innovation. She i...

Jasper Roos

Jasper Roos

Former Chief Inspiration Officer, ABN AMRO Bank

Jaspar is a renowned authority in the field of innovation and partner at XLFamily (www.xlfamily.com). Jaspar has been the Chief Inspiration Officer for A...

Awadh Al-Maker

Awadh Al-Maker

EVP Technology & Innovation, SABIC

Before his present assignment, Mr. Al-Maker assigned as Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and before that, he held several positions in SABIC and i...

Dr. Alexander Dick

Dr. Alexander Dick

European Patent and Trademark Attor... Herzog Fiesser & Partner LPP

Dr. Dick studied human biology at the Philipps University in Marburg graduating with a Diploma from the Max-Planck-Institute for Physiological and Clinic...

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29th February - 2nd March 2016, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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Program Schedule

  • 11:00 11:30

    Registration Opens

  • 12:00 13:00

    Lunch

  • 13:00 13:10

    Welcome and Workshop Program Overvi...

    Zayd Alathari

    Director & Senior Intellectual ...
    SABIC

  • 13:10 13:30

    Basics of IP

    Zayd Alathari

    Director & Senior Intellectual ...
    SABIC

  • 13:30 15:00

    Invention, patents and patenting pr...

    Zayd Alathari

    Director & Senior Intellectual ...
    SABIC

  • 15:00 15:20

    Networking Break

  • 15:20 17:00

    IP portfolio and Risk Management

  • 17:00 19:00

    Welcome Reception

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration & Welcome Network...

  • 09:05 09:30

    Welcome and Plenary Address

    Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

    Chairman of Research & Innovati...
    GPCA

  • 09:30 11:15

    Session One: The strategic Role of ...

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    CEO,
    Innovation Architect

  • 09:30 10:15

    Keynote Address: Technology Develop...

    Peter Spitz

    Senior Adviser, A.D Little and ...
    Chem Systems

  • 10:15 10:55

    Keynote Address: From Discovery to ...

    Dr. Tom M. Connelly

    CEO, ACS |
    Former EVP and Chief Innovation Off...

  • 10:55 11:15

    Q&A

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    CEO,
    Innovation Architect

  • 11:15 11:45

    Networking Break

  • 11:45 13:30

    Session Two: Investing in Increasin...

    Dr. Michael Pell

    Vice President Innovation,
    Borouge

  • 11:45 12:15

    Innovation: A Long Term Perspective

    Michael Kolk

    Partner, Technology &Innovation...
    Arthur D. Little

  • 12:15 12:45

    A European Perspective on Innovatio...

    Dr Gernot Klotz

    President, K4I
    & Former Executive Director, CE...

  • 12:45 13:15

    Global R&D Funding – the Past,...

    Dr Trevor J. Hutley

    Global Polymer Industry Consultant,
    Arrabon Technologies Limited

  • 13:15 13:30

    Q&A

    Dr. Michael Pell

    Vice President Innovation,
    Borouge

  • 13:30 14:30

    Lunch

  • 14:30 16:30

    Session Three: How Do Global Leader...

    Dr. Medhat Tannous

    Sr. Director for Regional R&D,
    UOP

  • 14:30 15:00

    The Eight Essentials of Innovation

    Stefan Fürnsinn

    Partner,
    McKinsey

  • 15:00 15:30

    Creating Global Competitiveness thr...

    Dr. Alexa A. Dembek

    Director, Central Research and Deve...
    DuPont

  • 15:30 16:00

    Covestro: A Bright Future for an In...

    Dr. Markus Steilemann

    CTO,
    Covestro

  • 16:00 16:30

    Q&A

    Dr. Medhat Tannous

    Sr. Director for Regional R&D,
    UOP

  • 19:30 22:00

    Gala Dinner

    Jasper Roos

    Former Chief Inspiration Officer,
    ABN AMRO Bank

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration & Welcome Network...

  • 09:00 09:15

    Review of Day One

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    CEO,
    Innovation Architect

  • 09:15 09:50

    Session Four: How to Make R&D ...

    Dr. Mabrouk Ouederni

    Head of Research & Development,
    QAPCO

  • 09:15 09:50

    Keynote Address: Innovation that Ma...

    Awadh Al-Maker

    EVP Technology & Innovation,
    SABIC

  • 09:50 10:25

    Managing Innovation through the Bus...

    Patrick Rooney

    Manager, Chemicals Strategy & D...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 10:25 10:50

    Q&A

    Dr. Mabrouk Ouederni

    Head of Research & Development,
    QAPCO

  • 10:50 11:30

    Networking Break

  • 11:30 13:30

    Session Five: Other Dimensions of G...

    Dr. Saeed Al-Zahrani

    Executive Director, SABIC Center fo...
    King Saud University

  • 11:30 12:00

    Academia-Industry Interface and Col...

    Suliman Al-Khattaf

    Director, Center for Refining &...
    King Fahd University of Petroleum &...

  • 12:00 12:30

    Process Technology Development: Sup...

    Kareemuddin Shaik

    Saudi Aramco Research and Developme...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 12:30 13:00

    IP as an Strategic Asset

    Dr. Alexander Dick

    European Patent and Trademark Attor...
    Herzog Fiesser & Partner LPP

  • 13:00 13:30

    R&D from a Banking Perspective...

    Sriharsha Pappu

    Head of Chemicals Equity Research, ...
    HSBC

  • 13:30 13:50

    Q&A

    Dr. Saeed Al-Zahrani

    Executive Director, SABIC Center fo...
    King Saud University

  • 13:50 14:00

    Closing Address

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 14:00 15:30

    Lunch

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