The Annual GPCA Forum has become the most anticipated industry gathering in the region, bringing together global and regional industry leaders in one central meeting place. Another milestone was achieved in the last edition: the inaugural GPCA Solutions Xchange held on 4-5  December 2023. This knowledge-sharing platform was attended by industry professionals and stakeholders who convened to address some of the most pressing challenges, facilitate the exploration of practical solutions, exchange insights, and unlock new possibilities that will shape the industry’s future.

2023 PROGRAM

Day 1: Monday

Location: Exhibition area

14:00 – 14:20

Decarbonizing the Oil and Gas sector in Middle East

James Thomas

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

14:20 – 14:40

Paving the way to Climate Neutral: How can chemical companies achieve their targets?

Oliver Gawad

Director, Industrial Strategy and Sustainability, dss+

14:40 – 15:00

Shaping a new era and creating a livable planet with hydrogen

Dr. Malcolm Cook

SVP, Chemicals & Process Technologies -Middle East & TurkeyThyssenKrupp

15:00 – 15:20

Roadmap to a low carbon future: How can the chemical industry be carbon neutral by 2050?

Chuck Venezia

SVP, Chemicals Markets, Houston, Argus

15:20 – 15:50

Formulating a strategy for growth in an oversupplied world

Martin Wiesweg

Executive Director Plastics EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Matthew Thoelke

Executive Director Olefins EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

15:50 – 16:10

Decarbonization of Steam Crackers (SCOREKleanSM )

Paul Langston

Director, Olefins Technology, KBR

16:10 – 16:30

Supply Chain Resilience and Control Towers

Peter Guarraia

Partner and Head of Global Performance Improvement Practice, Bain & Company

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Exhibition area

12:00 – 12:20

Mobilizing local feedstocks to decarbonise fuels and chemicals: A case study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Dr. David Watson

Head of New Process Technology, Catalyst Technologies, Johnson Matthey (JM)

12:20 – 12:40

Decarbonization in Chemicals: Reduce Product & Corporate Carbon Footprint efficiently

Fida Khalil

Senior Vice President – Digital Industries, Siemens W.L.L.

12:40 – 13:00

Intellectual Property: Fueling Innovative Solutions for Petrochemicals Industries

Prof. Aboubakr M. Abdullah

Research Excellence Manager, Qatar University

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 14:50

Impactful sustainable transformation for BASF and our customers

Dr. Sascha Vukojevic

Regional Sales Management, Chemical Catalysts, EMEA, BASF

14:50 – 15:10

Sustainability in the petrochemical industry – the realities of chemical recycling

  • Plastics circularity – mechanical and chemical recycling

Egor Dementev

Senior Analyst, Plastics RecyclingICIS

15:10 – 15:20

Networking break

15:20 – 15:40

Challenges and Successes of mechanical and chemical recycling – From a producer’s lens

Dr. Matthieu Adam-Berret

Business Analyst & Recycling Projects, TotalEnergies

15:40 – 16:00

Challenges and Successes of mechanical and chemical recycling – A recycler’s perspective

Surendra Patawari

Founder & Chairman, Gemini Corporation NV, Belgium

16:00 – 16:20

Harnessing Technology for Enhanced Workplace Safety: A Dive into Automated Heat Stress Monitoring

Layth Hamad

Senior IoT Systems Engineer, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, Qatar
Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)

4 December 2023

Day 1: Monday

Location: Exhibition area

14:00 – 14:20

Decarbonizing the Oil and Gas sector in Middle East

James Thomas

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

14:20 – 14:40

Paving the way to Climate Neutral: How can chemical companies achieve their targets?

Oliver Gawad

Director, Industrial Strategy and Sustainability, dss+

14:40 – 15:00

Shaping a new era and creating a livable planet with hydrogen

Dr. Malcolm Cook

SVP, Chemicals & Process Technologies -Middle East & TurkeyThyssenKrupp

15:00 – 15:20

Roadmap to a low carbon future: How can the chemical industry be carbon neutral by 2050?

Chuck Venezia

SVP, Chemicals Markets, Houston, Argus

15:20 – 15:50

Formulating a strategy for growth in an oversupplied world

Martin Wiesweg

Executive Director Plastics EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Matthew Thoelke

Executive Director Olefins EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

15:50 – 16:10

Decarbonization of Steam Crackers (SCOREKleanSM )

Paul Langston

Director, Olefins Technology, KBR

16:10 – 16:30

Supply Chain Resilience and Control Towers

Peter Guarraia

Partner and Head of Global Performance Improvement Practice, Bain & Company

5 December 2023

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Exhibition area

12:00 – 12:20

Mobilizing local feedstocks to decarbonise fuels and chemicals: A case study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Dr. David Watson

Head of New Process Technology, Catalyst Technologies, Johnson Matthey (JM)

12:20 – 12:40

Decarbonization in Chemicals: Reduce Product & Corporate Carbon Footprint efficiently

Fida Khalil

Senior Vice President – Digital Industries, Siemens W.L.L.

12:40 – 13:00

Intellectual Property: Fueling Innovative Solutions for Petrochemicals Industries

Prof. Aboubakr M. Abdullah

Research Excellence Manager, Qatar University

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 14:50

Impactful sustainable transformation for BASF and our customers

Dr. Sascha Vukojevic

Regional Sales Management, Chemical Catalysts, EMEA, BASF

14:50 – 15:10

Sustainability in the petrochemical industry – the realities of chemical recycling

  • Plastics circularity – mechanical and chemical recycling

Egor Dementev

Senior Analyst, Plastics RecyclingICIS

15:10 – 15:20

Networking break

15:20 – 15:40

Challenges and Successes of mechanical and chemical recycling – From a producer’s lens

Dr. Matthieu Adam-Berret

Business Analyst & Recycling Projects, TotalEnergies

15:40 – 16:00

Challenges and Successes of mechanical and chemical recycling – A recycler’s perspective

Surendra Patawari

Founder & Chairman, Gemini Corporation NV, Belgium

16:00 – 16:20

Harnessing Technology for Enhanced Workplace Safety: A Dive into Automated Heat Stress Monitoring

Layth Hamad

Senior IoT Systems Engineer, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, Qatar
Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)

2023 SPEAKERS

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

Head of New Process Technology, Catalyst Technologies, Johnson Matthey (JM)

Director, Olefins Technology, KBR

Director, Industrial Strategy and Sustainability, dss+

SVP, Chemicals & Process Technologies -Middle East & Turkey, ThyssenKrupp

SVP, Chemicals Markets, Houston, Argus

Executive Director Plastics EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Executive Director Olefins EMEA, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Partner and Head of Global Performance Improvement Practice, Bain & Company

Senior Vice President – Digital Industries, Siemens W.L.L.

Research Excellence Manager, Qatar University

Regional Sales Management, Chemical Catalysts, EMEA, BASF

Senior Analyst, Plastics Recycling, ICIS

Business Analyst & Recycling Projects, TotalEnergies

Founder & Chairman, Gemini Corporation NV, Belgium

Senior IoT Systems Engineer, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)

2023 SPONSORS