11:00 - 17:00

Registration opens

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13:30 - 14:00

Workshop: Industrial revolution 4.0 (IoT, Big Data etc.) and its impact on R&I

14:00 - 14:30

Growing trends of technology adoption within the chemical industry

Mehtab Gilani Associate Partner, IBM GBS (Chemical and Petroleum)
14:30 - 15:00

Regional case-study:

Dr. Flor Castillo Research Fellow, Corporate Research and Development, SABIC

how the adoption of technologies has helped the
organisation enhance the efficiency of their research

15:00 - 15:20

Coffee break

15:20 - 16:20

Open discussion-Is the chemical and petrochemical industry able to cope with the 4.0 rate of change?

17:30 - 19:30

Welcome reception

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08:00 - 08:30

Registration and welcome networking

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08:30 - 08:40

Welcome, presentation of the agenda and technical remarks

Dr. Alaa-Eldin M. Adris, Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity, The American University in Cairo
08:40 - 09:00

Welcome and opening address

Dr. Moayyed I. Al-Qurtas Chairman of Research and Innovation Committee, GPCA
09:00 - 11:00

Session one: The uncertainties of the innovation process: Hurdles to achieving business impact


Moderated by: Dr. Moayyed Al Qurtas

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote address: R&D and technology management challenges and corporate strategy

Dr. David Hounshell Roderick Professor, Emeritus, Technology and Social Change, Carnegie Mellon University

(Lessons from successes and failures of a leading chemical company)

10:00 - 10:20

Discussion and Q&A

10:20 - 10:40

Uncertainties of the innovation process: A personal experience

Dr. Volker Trautz Independent adviser and board member Evonik Industries
10:40 - 11:00

Science and technology policy as an enabler for a good innovation ecosystem

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 future capabilities:


Investing in start-ups, incubating technology and creativity

11:40 - 12:00

Innovation acceleration

Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy VP- Technology & Innovation, SABIC
12:00 - 12:20

Corporate venturing: Gaining a strategic competitive advantage in future technologies

Charles Vaslet Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
12:20 - 12:40

Investing in a work culture that promotes technological creativity and incubates future capabilities

Roland Käppner EVP, Head of Energy Storage and Hydrogen, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers GmbH


12:40 - 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

13:00 - 14:30

Networking lunch

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14:30 - 15:50

Session three: Innovation impact on the gulf petrochemical and chemical industry- case studies

14:30 - 14:50

Antifouling Additives Technology (AFATM) – An R&D answer to industrial challenges

Dr. Wei Xu Research Science Consultant and Leader Chemicals R&D Laboratory, KAUST
14:50 - 15:10

Anteo™ – a new product platform based on bimodal terpolymer technology

Dr. Thorsten Loehl VP Innovation, Borouge
15:10 - 15:20

Vehicle light weighting and improved crashworthiness – Plastic and hybrid solutions

Dr. Philippe Dumazet Director, Automotive Technology, SABIC


15:30 - 15:50

Toluene methylation for p-X Production. A case study for R&D collaboration

Dr. Elie Fayad R&D Manager, Honeywell | UOP
Dr. Sulaiman Al-Khattaf Director, Center for Refining & Petrochemicals, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
15:50 - 16:20

Panel discussion and Q&A

19:00 - 21:30

Social networking dinner

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08:00 - 08:50

Registration and welcome networking

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08:50 - 09:00

Review of day one

Dr. Alaa-Eldin M. Adris, Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity, The American University in Cairo
09:00 - 09:30

Keynote address: Technology development in the GCC – Challenges and opportunities

Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi Director, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center, KAUST
09:30 - 09:40

Panel discussion and Q&A

09:40 - 11:00

Session four: Advances in polymer process technologies and their impact

09:40 - 10:00

Innovation model and key enablers in packaging and specialty plastics

Bob Maughon VP, Research and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

Dow Chemicals

10:00 - 10:20

Borealis: Spearheading innovation in the polyolefins industry

Dr. Alfred Stern EVP, Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, Borealis
10:20 - 10:40

Catalyst Versatility in the MarTECH® process

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 innovation – A growth driver

11:30 - 11:50

The importance of innovation in a mature industry: How antioxidants make new polymer markets possibl

Dr. Niall Marshall Technical Manager, Everspring Middle East WLL

Everspring ME

11:50 - 12:10

Creating value through innovation in a dynamic polyolefin market

Herrin Hood Global Marketing Director, Plastic Additives Business, Milliken & Company
12:10 - 12:30

Design and development of robust polyolefin stabilization: Value creation and product differentiatio

Dr. Hayder Zahalka Global Sr. Technology Manager for Antioxidants, Light Stabilizers, Polymer Modifiers (reactive extrusion), and formulation development, Polyolefins and Elastomers.

Value creation and product differentiation

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

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14:30 - 17:30

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