GPCA Research & Innovation Summit

About the Summit

The GPCA Research and Innovation (R&I) Summit is the region’s leading platform for knowledge sharing, networking and engaging with key stakeholders from the region and the world. Now in its 4th edition, the Summit was launched in 2014 in Dubai, and continues to grow and expand every year. In 2016 the event brought together 156 attendees from 15 different countries, including 17 prominent speakers and 30 academics.

On Day 1 of the Summit, experts will examine the role of technology integration in business management, from transforming technology into an effective business solution, to employing corporate venturing as a key business strategy, and a means to transfer knowledge and fuel innovation. Day 2 will provide a more holistic view on the challenges related to successfully integrating R&D, innovation and technology management, as well as the importance of managing your value chain strategically.

Delegates will have the exclusive opportunity to draw lessons from real-life case studies, thought-provoking presentations and the inspirational stories of failure and success by world-class speakers all of whom will convene in the Bahraini Amwaj Islands on 7-9 March 2017. A special dedicated session on Day 0 will offer senior students an unmatched perspective on starting a career in R&I which goes beyond traditional industry-related research and into the exciting world of invention and innovation.

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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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A few of our 2017 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. 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, he was a forme...

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 and 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...

  • 13:30 13:40

    Opening Address:

    Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas

    Chairman of Research and Innovation...
    GPCA

  • 13:40 14:10

    Keynote Address:

    Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad

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

  • 14:10 14:30

    Keynote Address:

    Dr. Ammar Al Nahwi

    Manager, Saudi Aramco R&D Cente...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 14:30 14:50

    Keynote Address:

    Dr. Osman M. Bakr

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

  • 14:50 15:00

    Break

  • 15:00 16:30

    Group activity

    Abdulrahman Almunayes

    Innovation Program Leader,
    EQUATE

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration

  • 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 and Innovation...
    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 and Innovation,
    TASNEE

  • 10:40 11:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 11:00 11:30

    Networking break

  • 11:30 13:00

    Session two: How to integrate techn...

  • 11:30 11:50

    Topic (TBC)

    Bader Abdulaziz Kanoo

    Managing director,
    Houston Technology Center – Middle ...

  • 11:50 12:10

    Transforming technology into busine...

    Dr. Ralph Kleinschmidt

    Head of Technology & Innovation...
    thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

  • 12:10 12:30

    Corporate venturing: A business str...

    Majid Mufti

    CEO,
    Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

  • 12:30 12:50

    Technology venturing, knowledge tra...

    Constantine Demetriou

    Advisor to Sovereign Wealth Fund,
    Oman

  • 12:50 13:10

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 13:10 14:30

    Networking lunch

    Sponsored by

  • 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 and ...

    Dr Suheil Abdo

    Senior Fellow,
    Honeywell UOP

  • 15:10 15:30

    Creating new business models by dev...

    Bernard van den Wouwer

    Managing Director,
    Gulf Interchem

  • 15:30 15:50

    Case study: about acetic acid techn...

    Dr. Abdullah Al-Dughaither

    Lead Scientist Performance Chemical...
    SABIC

  • 15:50 16:10

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 19:00 21:30

    Gala dinner

    Adel Abdullah Ali

    Group CEO,
    Air Arabia

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration and welcome coffee

    Sponsored by

  • 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

    Sponsored by

  • 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

    New Sustainable Polymer – CO2 Based...

    Dr. Musaed M. Al-Thubaiti

    Head of Technology and Process Deve...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 12:30 13:00

    Impact of sustainability, environme...

    Dr. Jeffery Bricker

    Senior Director of Research,
    UOP

  • 13:00 13:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 13:20 13:30

    Closing address

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,
    GPCA

  • 13:30 15:00

    Networking lunch

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