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The forum will feature a Ministerial Address by H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of Energy Affairs, Qatar and President & CEO, QatarEnergy


Doha, Qatar, 16 August 2023 – The 17th Annual GPCA Forum, the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) flagship event, will take place for the first time in Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha on 5-7 December 2023, welcoming senior industry leaders from the region and the globe.

Held under the theme ‘Mobilizing Chemistry for Impactful Transformation’, the forum will present a special Ministerial Address by H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of Energy Affairs, Qatar and President & CEO, QatarEnergy, on Day 1, 5 December 2023. The Minister’s address will be preceded by Welcome Remarks from Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA. A dedicated Fire Side Chat will discuss ‘Balancing value creation with climate action’, while a CEO keynotes session with speakers Adriano Alfani, CEO, Versalis, and Karen McKee, President, Products Solution, ExxonMobil, will provide a view from the global chemical industry on the opportunities to scale up for the clean energy transition.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mulla, MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-Chairman, GPCA, will welcome delegates on Day 2. His remarks will be followed by an Executive Panel with Tom Crotty, Group Director, Ineos, who will discuss industry consolidation in chemicals. Three Leadership Dialogues on Day 2 and Day 3, 7 December, will explore the highly important topics of the future of trade, innovation to take advantage of tomorrow’s growth opportunities, and cyber security in the digital era.

Other esteemed speakers at the forum include:

  • Mutlaq H. Al-Morished, CEO, TASNEE
  • Gina Fyffe, CEO, Integra Petrochemicals
  • Wolfram Stichert, CEO, hte GmbH
  • Bob Maughon, EVP, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, SABIC, and Chairman, R&I Committee, GPCA
  • Ken West, President, Honeywell UOP
  • Jean Sentenac, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens


This year, the forum will return in a spectacular format, bringing a variety of new and improved features, an extended conference program and ample exhibition opportunities. For the first, time delegates will attend the inaugural Solutions Xchange – an interactive knowledge-sharing platform, providing practical solutions and insights designed to shape the chemical industry’s future.

The GPCA Symposium will return for its second edition under the theme ‘The Future of Procurement’ with dedicated sessions on the latest trends in procurement, innovative sourcing, enhancing the agility and resilience of supply chains, and opportunities for collaboration.

The 5th GPCA Legacy Awards “Al-Rowad” will also take place on Day 1, to recognize one outstanding chemical industry pioneer for their contribution to the evolution of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf. The 2nd edition of the GPCA Youth Forum will also take place from 5-7 December 2023 to offer a holistic networking experience for over 400 attendees.

Delegates will experience the GCC Petrochemicals Journey, meticulously curated for the event, as well as the Sustainability District designed to highlight the industry’s sustainable practices.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “The chemical industry in the region and globally is at the forefront of the world’s transformation towards a more sustainable, clean energy future. As such, the industry’s responsibility to innovate, collaborate and empower the youth has never been bigger if it is to meet the needs of a growing global population and a world fraught by challenges.

“I am honored to welcome delegates to the 17th Annual GPCA Forum for the first time in Doha, Qatar, where over 2,000 industry professionals will come together to discuss and debate the future of the chemical industry and its place in the modern world. This will be another must-attend edition for anyone in the field, who would like to participate in the industry’s transformation and help build a more sustainable tomorrow.”