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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    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. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advanceme...

Dr. Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) (2011-Present) and former Board Member, was a former A...

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. Jim Rekoske

Dr. Jim 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...

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. Kais As-Sultany

Dr. Kais As-Sultany

EVP, Technology & Innovation, TASNEE

Dr. As-Sultany has more than 38 years of worldwide experience in advanced and smart organic and inorganic materials, petrochemical and plastics conversio...

Dr. Jeffery Bricker

Dr. Jeffery Bricker

Senior Director of Research, UOP

Dr. Jeffery Bricker is the Senior Director of Research at UOP, which provides expertise and conducts research in the areas of New Materials, Catalysis, A...

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Program Schedule

  • 11:00 17:00

    Registration opens

  • 13:30 16:30

    Leaders of Tomorrow Seminar– How to...

    Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad

    Vice Rector for Applied Research,
    King Fahd University of Petroleum &...

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration and welcome networking

  • 09:00 09:10

    Welcome remarks and housekeeping re...

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    Innovation
    Architect

  • 09:10 09:40

    Welcome and plenary address

    Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

    Chairman of Research & Innovati...
    GPCA

  • 09:40 10:10

    Keynote address:

    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 Shihab-Eldin

    Director General,
    Kuwait Foundation for the Advanceme...

  • 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: Borstar® Technology tra...

    Thorsten Loehl

    VP Innovation,
    Borouge

  • 14:50 15:10

    Case Study: CAN-15 development ...

    Dr. Omer Koseoglu

    Principal Professional, Research &a...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 15:10 15:30

    Creating new business models by dev...

    Bernard van den Wouwer

    Managing Director,
    Gulf Interchem

  • 15:30 15:50

    Case study

  • 15:50 16:10

    Case study: about acetic acid techn...

    Dr. Abdullah Al-Dughaither

    Lead Scientist Performance Chemical...
    SABIC

  • 16:10 16:30

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 19:00 21:30

    Gala dinner

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration and welcome networking

  • 09:00 09:05

    Review of day one

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    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: Sustaining a Leadi...

    Dr.Massimo Covezzi

    SVP – R&D,
    LyondellBasell

  • 10:05 10:25

    Keynote Address: R&D, innovati...

    Dr. Jim Rekoske

    CTO & VP – R&D,
    Honeywell UOP

  • 10:25 11:05

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 11:05 11:30

    Networking break

  • 11:30 12:45

    Session five: Technology obsolescen...

  • 11:30 12:00

    Value chain integration together wi...

    John Metselaar

    Professor of Management Practice,
    Solvay Brussels School for Economic...

  • 12:00 12:30

    Serendipity

    Dr.Trevor J. Hutley

    Global Polymer
    Industry Consultant

  • 12:30 13:00

    Impact of sustainability, environme...

    Dr. Jeffery Bricker

    Senior Director of Research,
    UOP

  • 13:00 13:20

    Panel discussion

  • 13:20 13:30

    Closing address

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 13:30 15:00

    Networking Lunch

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