Day 1: Tuesday

08:30 – 15:00

Registration, welcome coffee and networking

09:00 – 09:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome remarks

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

09:20 – 09:30

Ministerial address

H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

Minister of Energy Affairs, Qatar and President & CEO, QatarEnergy

09:30 – 10:00

Al-Rowad: GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

10:00 – 11:00

Exhibition inauguration and networking break

11:00 – 12:30

CEO keynotes session: A view from the global chemical industry: Scaling up for clean energy transition

There is a growing global consensus that steep GHG emissions reductions are urgently needed.  These reductions must occur in all sectors of the economy.  Fortunately, dramatic reductions in the cost of renewables, can and will lead to large reductions in GHG emissions. However, these reductions do not go far enough to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C by 2030. Parallel to investment in energy efficiency and CO2 capture and storage, the chemical industry is pursuing economically viable routes for energy transition, including: a shift to a circular economy, a partial switch to renewable feedstock such as biomass, renewable hydrogen and CO2, the improvement of energy efficiency in the production process, and the deployment of CCS/CCU in the production process.

The  industry is at the heart of a sweeping transformation. A massive scaling up of investment is also essential in emerging and developing economies if rising demand for energy services is to be met sustainably and climate targets are to be reached. Given the urgency – and the size – of the issue, acceleration of the energy transition is also essential for long-term energy security, price stability and national resilience. Despite some progress, the energy transition is far from being on track, and radical action is needed to change its current trajectory. Through this session, our speakers will share their approach to energy transition and address the following:

  • How can we accelerate progress to ensure that we can meet ambitious targets for 2050
  • An energy transition strategy is a value creation strategy: How can we zero in on the opportunities the energy transition presents
  • Enabling the transition: It requires emerging technologies and a new culture, one that lets you more easily identify—and more quickly seize—new business opportunities.
  • Barriers that stand in the way of rapidly building the physical infrastructure that the energy transition requires
  • The need of the hour – activate collaboration amongst the ecosystem of stakeholders

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Speakers:

Ulrich Weihe

Senior Partner, Co-head of Chemical Practice, McKinsey

Karen McKee

President ExxonMobil Product Solutions, ExxonMobil

Adriano Alfani

CEO, Versalis

Jean-Marc Gilson

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Solutions XChange:

The chemical industry has come a long way since its origins in the 19th century. It has seen many changes in technology, operations, and business models over the years. The pace of change is only increasing! Through these sessions, we bring to you an interactive knowledge sharing platform that will focus on solutions to some of the common challenges we face.

 

Location: Exhibition area

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/solutions-xchange/

14:00 – 16:15

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

 

Location: Main plenary

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/gpca-symposium/

19:30 – 22:00

Welcome dinner

Sponsored by:

Day 2: Wednesday

08:30 – 15:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome address

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mulla

MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-Chairman, GPCA

09:15 – 10:00

The hidden climate champion – Harnessing the chemical industry’s potential in fostering a sustainable world

 

The industry is facing several challenges and the transition towards a circular economy and achieving climate neutrality are two areas of great importance. The chemical industry can act as a key enabler for the decarbonization of many other industries.  It presents significant potential towards a low-carbon society in creating innovations with partners throughout the value chains of other sectors.

Found across a vast range of modern products, chemicals are part of the fabric of our societies. As much as 96 percent of everything that is produced needs chemicals, which means that, when chemical products become more sustainable, there is a huge multiplier effect. Through this session, chemistry is a recognized enabler for the circular society and is involved in cross-sectoral arenas to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems. Our speaker will touch upon the following:

  • The current state of play
  • Role of technology in enabling a low-carbon society
  • Enabling the Hydrogen Economy and the prospective role of renewables in the Chemical Industry
  • What steps are your company or the industry taking to achieve this?
  • What are the main barriers and the enablers for the green energy transition?
  • Looking forward, how can we anticipate the chemical industry to evolve?

 

Teaser presentation and moderation by:
Speakers:

Dr.Bernd Elser

Senior MD, Global Lead for Chemicals and Global Lead for Natural Resources, Accenture

Peter Vanacker

CEO, LyondellBasell

Sanjiv Lamba

CEO, Linde

10:00 – 11:15

Executive panel: Industry consolidation in chemicals – Evolving during uncertain times

The chemicals market worldwide is already grappling with myriad challenges. Some are fundamental, most notably the moral and regulatory push towards more sustainable practices. Others are more immediate – plummeting demand, disrupted supply chains, falling stock prices, and a changing competitive order. The chemical industry began to consolidate in the 1990s, affecting developed countries. Chemical industry consolidation is likely to develop with the commodity chemicals, agro-chemicals, and construction chemicals industries leading the way. About 20% of industry revenue has changed ownership due to M&A activity over the last decade. Sustainability, technology, and large-scale consolidation are all becoming increasingly important factors in determining how acquisitions are made. Trade restrictions, evolving political climates, and regulatory requirements all play a role in determining how chemical mergers and acquisitions progress.

 

Speakers will address the M&A landscape and discuss:

  • What are the key value drivers for buyers?
  • Cross-regional transactions and their notable advantages
  • The growing influence of ESG considerations in M&A decisions
  • How influential are carve-outs in driving chemicals M&A activity?
  • How can chemical companies engage in successful and value-creating transactions?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelists:

Anton Ticktin

MD Chemicals, Piper Sandler

Tom Crotty

Group Director, Ineos

Nadia Al Hajji

CEO, PIC and Vice-Chair, Plastics Committee, GPCA

Paul Smith

MD – Global Head of Chemicals, Citi

11:15 – 11:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

11:45 – 13:00

Leadership dialogue 1: Future of trade and investments – An engine or impediment for sustainability?

Trade and cross-border investment are crucial drivers of economic growth and development, yet, support for international economic cooperation falters, and existing rules and institutions are strained. There is also a vital need for countries to intensify environmental and climate action. As such, conversations are shifting towards aligning trade and investment with the Sustainable Development Goals. It is incumbent on trade policy-makers to show they can take action on important environmental goals. We will bring together a trusted network of partners and experts from around the world, with a special focus on

  • In uncertain times, how can chemical trade continue to support the development agenda and investment facilitation, while addressing the world’s sustainability imperatives?
  • What role can the chemical industry play in helping to modernize the WTO?
  • How can trade governance be reimagined and redefined to create sustainable, resilient and equitable companies, economies and societies?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelist:

Martha Gilchrist Moore

Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Mutlaq H. Al-Morished

CEO, Tasnee

Gina Fyffe

CEO, Integra Petrochemicals

Greg Skelton

Senior Manager, Government Relations – Americas, SABIC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Solutions XChange:

The chemical industry has come a long way since its origins in the 19th century. It has seen many changes in technology, operations, and business models over the years. The pace of change is only increasing! Through these sessions, we bring to you an interactive knowledge sharing platform that will focus on solutions to some of the common challenges we face.

 

Location: Exhibition area

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/solutions-xchange/

14:00 – 16:15

GPCA Procurement Symposium – Facilitated by Kearney

 

Location: Main plenary

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/gpca-symposium/

19:30 – 22:00

Gala dinner

Sponsored by:

Day 3: Thursday

08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome remarks

09:05 – 09:45

Keynote session: Building upward momentum – A 2023 global macroeconomic outlook

Moving into the end of 2022, the global economy was struggling with slowing growth in several major economies around the world. The path forward this year marked the start of the shift from scaled, global, and efficient production to sustainable, resilient, and increasingly regional production pathways.  Chemical industry executives had to find the balance between navigating these immediate challenges and positioning for longer-term growth with technological innovation, evolving customer preferences, and supply chain resilience. Through this session, let us look at the macroeconomic indicators of the global economy heading into the coming year: volatile energy prices, higher costs, and fracturing of trading patterns amid geopolitical tensions.

  1. Global inflation – Given the global nature of the industry, weaknesses in key markets will have a sizable impact,
  2. The interlocking challenges facing the world: the war in Ukraine, high food and fuel prices
  3. The true cost of a low carbon future and the transition to renewable energy
  4. Emerging ESG innovations and the future of sustainable finance
  5. Is Asia poised to drive economic growth

Paul Gruenwald

Global Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings

09:45 – 11:00

Leadership dialogue 2: Enabling material transformation through innovation

Chemicals and materials are ubiquitous in a modern-day lifestyle. Today’s chemical industry has the unique ability to transform natural resources into formulated products and materials that provide better solutions, differentiation and innovation to both customers and consumers.

Chemical customers are driving and shaping demand, as they increasingly seek more sustainable and/or circular products. Chemical producers can play a crucial role in effectively tackling climate change and for chemical producers to operate in an evolving global geopolitical landscape, there will be a strong need to make fundamental changes. Chemical companies will likely have to plan for numerous challenges, ranging from global inflation to oil price volatility. Thus, causing a strategic shift in the products it manufactures. The industry will need to fundamentally change the way it pursues innovation in order to take advantage of tomorrow’s growth opportunities. Through this session let’s explore trends that will influence the direction of the industry:

  • Are current approaches to innovation sufficient for the objectives of tomorrow? What are the policies that will deliver this while protecting consumers?
  • How are feedstock prices, energy demand, supply chain, and end-market demand, affecting the appetite for strategic buyers?
  • How can innovation play a key role in material transformation to ensure sustained growth?
  • How are digital technologies empowering materials innovation to expedite low-cost formulations?
  • From lab to market: Is it possible to utilize existing assets to scale-up new materials’ production?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelists:

Mirko Rubeis

MD & Senior Partner, BCG

Dr. Wolfram Stichert

CEO, hte GmbH

Bob Maughon

EVP, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, SABIC, and Chairman, R&I Committee, GPCA

Bryan Glover

Chief Growth Officer, Honeywell PMT

Jean Sentenac

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens

11:00 – 11:30

Networking break

Sponsored by:

11:30 – 12:00

Closing Keynote – Transforming the Industry: The role of AI in Chemistry

The petrochemical industry has long been a cornerstone of the global economy, supplying the raw materials for countless products that we rely on every day. From plastics and fertilizers to pharmaceuticals and textiles, the reach of petrochemicals is vast and varied. However, as the world continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity, there is a growing need for the industry to evolve and embrace more sustainable and efficient practices. One of the most promising avenues for achieving this transformation is through the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into the field of chemistry.AI has the potential to not only streamline existing processes but also to unlock new avenues for innovation and discovery. Through this session we will look at how the adoption of AI in the petrochemical industry will be essential in ensuring a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Karim Shah

Founder & CEO, SafeRock

12:00 – 12:15

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

12:15 – 14:00

Lunch

5 December 2023

Day 1: Tuesday

08:30 – 15:00

Registration, welcome coffee and networking

09:00 – 09:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome remarks

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

09:20 – 09:30

Ministerial address

H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

Minister of Energy Affairs, Qatar and President & CEO, QatarEnergy

09:30 – 10:00

Al-Rowad: GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

10:00 – 11:00

Exhibition inauguration and networking break

11:00 – 12:30

CEO keynotes session: A view from the global chemical industry: Scaling up for clean energy transition

There is a growing global consensus that steep GHG emissions reductions are urgently needed.  These reductions must occur in all sectors of the economy.  Fortunately, dramatic reductions in the cost of renewables, can and will lead to large reductions in GHG emissions. However, these reductions do not go far enough to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C by 2030. Parallel to investment in energy efficiency and CO2 capture and storage, the chemical industry is pursuing economically viable routes for energy transition, including: a shift to a circular economy, a partial switch to renewable feedstock such as biomass, renewable hydrogen and CO2, the improvement of energy efficiency in the production process, and the deployment of CCS/CCU in the production process.

The  industry is at the heart of a sweeping transformation. A massive scaling up of investment is also essential in emerging and developing economies if rising demand for energy services is to be met sustainably and climate targets are to be reached. Given the urgency – and the size – of the issue, acceleration of the energy transition is also essential for long-term energy security, price stability and national resilience. Despite some progress, the energy transition is far from being on track, and radical action is needed to change its current trajectory. Through this session, our speakers will share their approach to energy transition and address the following:

  • How can we accelerate progress to ensure that we can meet ambitious targets for 2050
  • An energy transition strategy is a value creation strategy: How can we zero in on the opportunities the energy transition presents
  • Enabling the transition: It requires emerging technologies and a new culture, one that lets you more easily identify—and more quickly seize—new business opportunities.
  • Barriers that stand in the way of rapidly building the physical infrastructure that the energy transition requires
  • The need of the hour – activate collaboration amongst the ecosystem of stakeholders

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Speakers:

Ulrich Weihe

Senior Partner, Co-head of Chemical Practice, McKinsey

Karen McKee

President ExxonMobil Product Solutions, ExxonMobil

Adriano Alfani

CEO, Versalis

Jean-Marc Gilson

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Solutions XChange:

The chemical industry has come a long way since its origins in the 19th century. It has seen many changes in technology, operations, and business models over the years. The pace of change is only increasing! Through these sessions, we bring to you an interactive knowledge sharing platform that will focus on solutions to some of the common challenges we face.

 

Location: Exhibition area

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/solutions-xchange/

14:00 – 16:15

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

 

Location: Main plenary

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/gpca-symposium/

19:30 – 22:00

Welcome dinner

Sponsored by:

6 December 2023

Day 2: Wednesday

08:30 – 15:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome address

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mulla

MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-Chairman, GPCA

09:15 – 10:00

The hidden climate champion – Harnessing the chemical industry’s potential in fostering a sustainable world

 

The industry is facing several challenges and the transition towards a circular economy and achieving climate neutrality are two areas of great importance. The chemical industry can act as a key enabler for the decarbonization of many other industries.  It presents significant potential towards a low-carbon society in creating innovations with partners throughout the value chains of other sectors.

Found across a vast range of modern products, chemicals are part of the fabric of our societies. As much as 96 percent of everything that is produced needs chemicals, which means that, when chemical products become more sustainable, there is a huge multiplier effect. Through this session, chemistry is a recognized enabler for the circular society and is involved in cross-sectoral arenas to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems. Our speaker will touch upon the following:

  • The current state of play
  • Role of technology in enabling a low-carbon society
  • Enabling the Hydrogen Economy and the prospective role of renewables in the Chemical Industry
  • What steps are your company or the industry taking to achieve this?
  • What are the main barriers and the enablers for the green energy transition?
  • Looking forward, how can we anticipate the chemical industry to evolve?

 

Teaser presentation and moderation by:
Speakers:

Dr.Bernd Elser

Senior MD, Global Lead for Chemicals and Global Lead for Natural Resources, Accenture

Peter Vanacker

CEO, LyondellBasell

Sanjiv Lamba

CEO, Linde

10:00 – 11:15

Executive panel: Industry consolidation in chemicals – Evolving during uncertain times

The chemicals market worldwide is already grappling with myriad challenges. Some are fundamental, most notably the moral and regulatory push towards more sustainable practices. Others are more immediate – plummeting demand, disrupted supply chains, falling stock prices, and a changing competitive order. The chemical industry began to consolidate in the 1990s, affecting developed countries. Chemical industry consolidation is likely to develop with the commodity chemicals, agro-chemicals, and construction chemicals industries leading the way. About 20% of industry revenue has changed ownership due to M&A activity over the last decade. Sustainability, technology, and large-scale consolidation are all becoming increasingly important factors in determining how acquisitions are made. Trade restrictions, evolving political climates, and regulatory requirements all play a role in determining how chemical mergers and acquisitions progress.

 

Speakers will address the M&A landscape and discuss:

  • What are the key value drivers for buyers?
  • Cross-regional transactions and their notable advantages
  • The growing influence of ESG considerations in M&A decisions
  • How influential are carve-outs in driving chemicals M&A activity?
  • How can chemical companies engage in successful and value-creating transactions?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelists:

Anton Ticktin

MD Chemicals, Piper Sandler

Tom Crotty

Group Director, Ineos

Nadia Al Hajji

CEO, PIC and Vice-Chair, Plastics Committee, GPCA

Paul Smith

MD – Global Head of Chemicals, Citi

11:15 – 11:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

11:45 – 13:00

Leadership dialogue 1: Future of trade and investments – An engine or impediment for sustainability?

Trade and cross-border investment are crucial drivers of economic growth and development, yet, support for international economic cooperation falters, and existing rules and institutions are strained. There is also a vital need for countries to intensify environmental and climate action. As such, conversations are shifting towards aligning trade and investment with the Sustainable Development Goals. It is incumbent on trade policy-makers to show they can take action on important environmental goals. We will bring together a trusted network of partners and experts from around the world, with a special focus on

  • In uncertain times, how can chemical trade continue to support the development agenda and investment facilitation, while addressing the world’s sustainability imperatives?
  • What role can the chemical industry play in helping to modernize the WTO?
  • How can trade governance be reimagined and redefined to create sustainable, resilient and equitable companies, economies and societies?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelist:

Martha Gilchrist Moore

Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Mutlaq H. Al-Morished

CEO, Tasnee

Gina Fyffe

CEO, Integra Petrochemicals

Greg Skelton

Senior Manager, Government Relations – Americas, SABIC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Solutions XChange:

The chemical industry has come a long way since its origins in the 19th century. It has seen many changes in technology, operations, and business models over the years. The pace of change is only increasing! Through these sessions, we bring to you an interactive knowledge sharing platform that will focus on solutions to some of the common challenges we face.

 

Location: Exhibition area

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/solutions-xchange/

14:00 – 16:15

GPCA Procurement Symposium – Facilitated by Kearney

 

Location: Main plenary

Click here for more info, https://www.gpcaforum.com/gpca-symposium/

19:30 – 22:00

Gala dinner

Sponsored by:

7 December 2023

Day 3: Thursday

08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome remarks

09:05 – 09:45

Keynote session: Building upward momentum – A 2023 global macroeconomic outlook

Moving into the end of 2022, the global economy was struggling with slowing growth in several major economies around the world. The path forward this year marked the start of the shift from scaled, global, and efficient production to sustainable, resilient, and increasingly regional production pathways.  Chemical industry executives had to find the balance between navigating these immediate challenges and positioning for longer-term growth with technological innovation, evolving customer preferences, and supply chain resilience. Through this session, let us look at the macroeconomic indicators of the global economy heading into the coming year: volatile energy prices, higher costs, and fracturing of trading patterns amid geopolitical tensions.

  1. Global inflation – Given the global nature of the industry, weaknesses in key markets will have a sizable impact,
  2. The interlocking challenges facing the world: the war in Ukraine, high food and fuel prices
  3. The true cost of a low carbon future and the transition to renewable energy
  4. Emerging ESG innovations and the future of sustainable finance
  5. Is Asia poised to drive economic growth

Paul Gruenwald

Global Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings

09:45 – 11:00

Leadership dialogue 2: Enabling material transformation through innovation

Chemicals and materials are ubiquitous in a modern-day lifestyle. Today’s chemical industry has the unique ability to transform natural resources into formulated products and materials that provide better solutions, differentiation and innovation to both customers and consumers.

Chemical customers are driving and shaping demand, as they increasingly seek more sustainable and/or circular products. Chemical producers can play a crucial role in effectively tackling climate change and for chemical producers to operate in an evolving global geopolitical landscape, there will be a strong need to make fundamental changes. Chemical companies will likely have to plan for numerous challenges, ranging from global inflation to oil price volatility. Thus, causing a strategic shift in the products it manufactures. The industry will need to fundamentally change the way it pursues innovation in order to take advantage of tomorrow’s growth opportunities. Through this session let’s explore trends that will influence the direction of the industry:

  • Are current approaches to innovation sufficient for the objectives of tomorrow? What are the policies that will deliver this while protecting consumers?
  • How are feedstock prices, energy demand, supply chain, and end-market demand, affecting the appetite for strategic buyers?
  • How can innovation play a key role in material transformation to ensure sustained growth?
  • How are digital technologies empowering materials innovation to expedite low-cost formulations?
  • From lab to market: Is it possible to utilize existing assets to scale-up new materials’ production?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Panelists:

Mirko Rubeis

MD & Senior Partner, BCG

Dr. Wolfram Stichert

CEO, hte GmbH

Bob Maughon

EVP, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, SABIC, and Chairman, R&I Committee, GPCA

Bryan Glover

Chief Growth Officer, Honeywell PMT

Jean Sentenac

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens

11:00 – 11:30

Networking break

Sponsored by:

11:30 – 12:00

Closing Keynote – Transforming the Industry: The role of AI in Chemistry

The petrochemical industry has long been a cornerstone of the global economy, supplying the raw materials for countless products that we rely on every day. From plastics and fertilizers to pharmaceuticals and textiles, the reach of petrochemicals is vast and varied. However, as the world continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity, there is a growing need for the industry to evolve and embrace more sustainable and efficient practices. One of the most promising avenues for achieving this transformation is through the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into the field of chemistry.AI has the potential to not only streamline existing processes but also to unlock new avenues for innovation and discovery. Through this session we will look at how the adoption of AI in the petrochemical industry will be essential in ensuring a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Karim Shah

Founder & CEO, SafeRock

12:00 – 12:15

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

12:15 – 14:00

Lunch