18TH ANNUAL GPCA FORUM

The Annual GPCA Forum, GPCA’s flagship event, has firmly established itself as the foremost gathering of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. Over the past 17 years, the forum has not only become a key feature in the global chemical industry agenda but also a vital knowledge-sharing and networking platform for regional and global industry stakeholders, establishing itself as the central hub for leaders in the chemical and petrochemical industry.

The forum is more than an event; it is an exclusive gathering that serves as a testament not only to the growth and dynamism of the sector but also to the Annual GPCA Forum’s role as a catalyst for progress.

2023 PROGRAM

Day 1: Sunday

16:00 – 16:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

16:10 – 16:20

Welcome remarks:

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

16:20 – 16:30

Ministerial address:

H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of QatarEnergy

16:30 – 16:40

Ministerial address:

H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al-Saud

Minister of Energy, Saudi Arabia

16:40 – 16:50

Incoming Host Address: 18th Annual GPCA Forum announcement

H.E. Salim bin Nasser bin Said Al Aufi

Minister of Energy and Minerals, Oman

16:50 – 17:30

Al-Rowad: GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

17:30 – 18:30

Exhibition Inauguration

18:00 – 19:30

Networking Reception

Day 2: Monday

09:00 – 10:00

Registration, welcome coffee and networking

10:00 – 10:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

10:10 – 10:20

Welcome remarks:

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mulla

MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-ChairmanGPCA

10:20 – 10:50

Keynote session: ‘2024 Macro Is All About The Landing’

As we move into 2024, the main challenge for global economy is to secure a “soft landing” following a steep rise in interest rates. Central banks appear finished with their tightening cycles and inflation appears to have peaked. Regarding activity, which should slow in response to higher rates, service demand remains strong, labor markets remain resilient, and prices therefore remain sticky. For the next few quarters, it looks like higher for longer rates, but labor markets are the key to the soft landing story. Structural challenges moving the macro needle include: the energy transition (both decarbonizing the fossil system and building out the renewal one) and rising geopolitical tensions and global fragmentation.

In this session we will cover:

  1. The relative macro performance of the big three regions: the US, China and Europe.
  2. The landing scenarios, including resilience of services spending the weakness of manufacturing.
  3. The latest on inflation dynamics, and where central bank rates are heading next.
  4. The drivers of the medium-term view including real interest rates and potential growth.
  5. Some thoughts on geopolitics, including the rise of the Global South.

Dr. Paul Gruenwald

Global Chief EconomistS&P Global Ratings

10:50 – 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:

Dr. Fernando J. Gómez

Head, Resource Systems and Resilience; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Speakers:

Karen McKee

President ExxonMobil Product SolutionsExxonMobil

Adriano Alfani

CEO, Versalis

Jean-Marc Gilson

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:30

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 – 16:35

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

Location: Main plenary

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

20:00 – 22:00

Welcome dinner

Venue: Qatar National Museum

 

Sponsored by:

Day 3: Tuesday

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome remarks by the master of ceremony

09:05 – 10:00

CEOs Fireside Chat: Chemical industry’s role in becoming the ultimate ‘hidden climate champion’

Chemicals are part of the fabric of our societies, with as much as 96 percent of everything that is produced needing chemicals. That means, when chemical products become more sustainable, there is a huge multiplier effect. Climate goals are ambitious, and so is the will of our leaders and our industry. This creates a shared responsibility and the biggest companies in chemical industry are racing towards creating solutions for everyday sustainable living.

In this fireside chat, we lead the discussion on how chemistry, materials advancement, and recycling technologies can be a recognized enabler for the circular society and involving cross-sectoral arenas to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems. How do we harness the chemical industry’s potential in fostering a sustainable world – is the big question. In this breakthrough interview, a leading CEO share their insights on:

  • Addressing the big question – Chemistry is the key to building a more sustainable future – how do we make this mission a reality?
  • How can the commitments from individual partner stakeholders encompassing the entire ecosystem be converted to gain from the biggest opportunities that are out there?
  • Un-burdening the “Green premium” – how can we build investments and pricing mechanisms that benefit our core customers, with an eye on future profitability as well?
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration in the entire feedstock cycle?
  • Looking forward to 2030, how would the role of chemical industry look like in a sustainable world. What’s the difference looking at it from a global angle vs the GCC landscape?

Hosted by:

Dr. Bernd Elser

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

In an interview with:

Peter Vanacker

CEO, LyondellBasell

Bruce E. Chinn

President and CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical

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?
  • M&A as a mechanism to drive strategic transformation and accelerate growth?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Richard Sleep

President, NexantECA

Panelists:

Nadia Al Hajji

CEO, PIC

Tom Crotty

Group Director, Ineos

Paul Smith

MD – Global Head of Chemicals, Citi

11:15 – 11:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

chemanol

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:

Martha Gilchrist Moore

Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Panelists:

Mutlaq H. Al-Morished

CEOTasnee

Gina Fyffe

CEO, Integra Petrochemicals

Greg Skelton

Senior Manager, Government Relations, Americas, SABIC

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

12:00 – 13:00

14:30 – 16:20

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/

14:30 – 17:05

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

Location: Main plenary

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

20:00 – 22:00

Gala dinner

Venue: Al Shaqab, Longines Arena

Sponsored by:

sabic2

Day 4: Wednesday

08:30 – 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:35

Welcome remarks by the master of ceremony

09:35 – 10:05

Fireside Chat: Industry Transformation through Clean Energy

In this breakthrough interview, a leading CEO shares his insights on:

  • What have we achieved over the past years in the transition to more sustainable energy?
  • What technological developments are needed to get to Climate Neutrality, where are we today and what needs to improve?
  • How important is governmental support in kicking off the transition and how does Linde see Producer nations shaping up?
  • What global challenges do we have in the global supply chains to ensure energy security and way are solutions?
  • What trends to we see in the financial industry supporting energy transition and what more is needed?
  • What challenges do you see in terms of public acceptance and how to deal with them?
  • How do markets react on this transformation and what forming role can regulators play?

Hosted by:

Mark Porter

Global Practice Leader, Chemicals Practice, Bain & Company

In an interview with:

Sanjiv Lamba

CEO, Linde

10:05 – 10:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

chemanol

10:45 – 11:15

Keynote session: 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.

Shah Karim

Board of Governors emeritus, YALE University; CEO, SafeRock

11:15 – 12:45

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:

Mirko Rubeis

MD & Senior Partner, BCG

Panelists:

Jean Sentenac

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens

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

12:45 – 13:00

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

3 December 2023

Day 1: Sunday

16:00 – 16:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

16:10 – 16:20

Welcome remarks:

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

16:20 – 16:30

Ministerial address:

H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of QatarEnergy

16:30 – 16:40

Ministerial address:

H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al-Saud

Minister of Energy, Saudi Arabia

16:40 – 16:50

Incoming Host Address: 18th Annual GPCA Forum announcement

H.E. Salim bin Nasser bin Said Al Aufi

Minister of Energy and Minerals, Oman

16:50 – 17:30

Al-Rowad: GPCA Legacy Awards ceremony

17:30 – 18:30

Exhibition Inauguration

18:00 – 19:30

Networking Reception

4 December 2023

Day 2: Monday

09:00 – 10:00

Registration, welcome coffee and networking

10:00 – 10:10

Curtain raiser video and welcome by master of ceremony

10:10 – 10:20

Welcome remarks:

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mulla

MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-ChairmanGPCA

10:20 – 10:50

Keynote session: ‘2024 Macro Is All About The Landing’

As we move into 2024, the main challenge for global economy is to secure a “soft landing” following a steep rise in interest rates. Central banks appear finished with their tightening cycles and inflation appears to have peaked. Regarding activity, which should slow in response to higher rates, service demand remains strong, labor markets remain resilient, and prices therefore remain sticky. For the next few quarters, it looks like higher for longer rates, but labor markets are the key to the soft landing story. Structural challenges moving the macro needle include: the energy transition (both decarbonizing the fossil system and building out the renewal one) and rising geopolitical tensions and global fragmentation.

In this session we will cover:

  1. The relative macro performance of the big three regions: the US, China and Europe.
  2. The landing scenarios, including resilience of services spending the weakness of manufacturing.
  3. The latest on inflation dynamics, and where central bank rates are heading next.
  4. The drivers of the medium-term view including real interest rates and potential growth.
  5. Some thoughts on geopolitics, including the rise of the Global South.

Dr. Paul Gruenwald

Global Chief EconomistS&P Global Ratings

10:50 – 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:

Dr. Fernando J. Gómez

Head, Resource Systems and Resilience; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Speakers:

Karen McKee

President ExxonMobil Product SolutionsExxonMobil

Adriano Alfani

CEO, Versalis

Jean-Marc Gilson

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:30

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 – 16:35

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

Location: Main plenary

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

20:00 – 22:00

Welcome dinner

Venue: Qatar National Museum

 

Sponsored by:

5 December 2023

Day 3: Tuesday

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome remarks by the master of ceremony

09:05 – 10:00

CEOs Fireside Chat: Chemical industry’s role in becoming the ultimate ‘hidden climate champion’

Chemicals are part of the fabric of our societies, with as much as 96 percent of everything that is produced needing chemicals. That means, when chemical products become more sustainable, there is a huge multiplier effect. Climate goals are ambitious, and so is the will of our leaders and our industry. This creates a shared responsibility and the biggest companies in chemical industry are racing towards creating solutions for everyday sustainable living.

In this fireside chat, we lead the discussion on how chemistry, materials advancement, and recycling technologies can be a recognized enabler for the circular society and involving cross-sectoral arenas to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems. How do we harness the chemical industry’s potential in fostering a sustainable world – is the big question. In this breakthrough interview, a leading CEO share their insights on:

  • Addressing the big question – Chemistry is the key to building a more sustainable future – how do we make this mission a reality?
  • How can the commitments from individual partner stakeholders encompassing the entire ecosystem be converted to gain from the biggest opportunities that are out there?
  • Un-burdening the “Green premium” – how can we build investments and pricing mechanisms that benefit our core customers, with an eye on future profitability as well?
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration in the entire feedstock cycle?
  • Looking forward to 2030, how would the role of chemical industry look like in a sustainable world. What’s the difference looking at it from a global angle vs the GCC landscape?

Hosted by:

Dr. Bernd Elser

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

In an interview with:

Peter Vanacker

CEO, LyondellBasell

Bruce E. Chinn

President and CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical

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?
  • M&A as a mechanism to drive strategic transformation and accelerate growth?

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Richard Sleep

President, NexantECA

Panelists:

Nadia Al Hajji

CEO, PIC

Tom Crotty

Group Director, Ineos

Paul Smith

MD – Global Head of Chemicals, Citi

11:15 – 11:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

chemanol

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:

Martha Gilchrist Moore

Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Panelists:

Mutlaq H. Al-Morished

CEOTasnee

Gina Fyffe

CEO, Integra Petrochemicals

Greg Skelton

Senior Manager, Government Relations, Americas, SABIC

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

12:00 – 13:00

14:30 – 16:20

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/

14:30 – 17:05

GPCA Procurement Symposium– Facilitated by Kearney

Location: Main plenary

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

20:00 – 22:00

Gala dinner

Venue: Al Shaqab, Longines Arena

Sponsored by:

sabic2
6 December 2023

Day 4: Wednesday

08:30 – 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:35

Welcome remarks by the master of ceremony

09:35 – 10:05

Fireside Chat: Industry Transformation through Clean Energy

In this breakthrough interview, a leading CEO shares his insights on:

  • What have we achieved over the past years in the transition to more sustainable energy?
  • What technological developments are needed to get to Climate Neutrality, where are we today and what needs to improve?
  • How important is governmental support in kicking off the transition and how does Linde see Producer nations shaping up?
  • What global challenges do we have in the global supply chains to ensure energy security and way are solutions?
  • What trends to we see in the financial industry supporting energy transition and what more is needed?
  • What challenges do you see in terms of public acceptance and how to deal with them?
  • How do markets react on this transformation and what forming role can regulators play?

Hosted by:

Mark Porter

Global Practice Leader, Chemicals Practice, Bain & Company

In an interview with:

Sanjiv Lamba

CEO, Linde

10:05 – 10:45

Networking break

Sponsored by:

chemanol

10:45 – 11:15

Keynote session: 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.

Shah Karim

Board of Governors emeritus, YALE University; CEO, SafeRock

11:15 – 12:45

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:

Mirko Rubeis

MD & Senior Partner, BCG

Panelists:

Jean Sentenac

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens

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

12:45 – 13:00

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

2023 SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

MINISTERS:

Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of QatarEnergy

Minister of Energy, Saudi Arabia

Minister of Energy and Minerals, Oman

SPEAKERS:

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA

MD & CEO, QAPCO and Vice-Chairman, GPCA

Global Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings

President ExxonMobil Product Solutions, ExxonMobil

CEO, Versalis

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals

CEO, LyondellBasell

President and CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Group Director, Ineos

MD – Global Head of Chemicals, Citi

CEO, Integra Petrochemicals

Senior Manager, Government Relations, Americas, SABIC

CEO, Linde

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

Board of Governors emeritus, YALE University; CEO, SafeRock

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Axens

CEO, hte GmbH

Chief Growth Officer, Honeywell PMT

Secretary General, GPCA

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Head, Resource Systems and Resilience; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

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

President, NexantECA

Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Global Practice Leader, Chemicals Practice, Bain & Company

MD & Senior Partner, BCG