His Excellency Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia, will deliver the inaugural address at the 12th Annual GPCA Forum , at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Held under the theme ‘The chemical industry in transformation: A new journey begins’, the 12th edition of the GPCA forum is set to attract over 2,000 delegates from 51 countries comprising global industry experts, thought leaders and senior officials from regional government entities, industry and academia, to share insights on driving strategic partnerships, diversification, investments and capitalizing on a new era of challenges in the global chemical industry.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “We are honored to have His Excellency Khalid Al-Falih deliver the inaugural address at the 12th Annual GPCA Forum at a time when the petrochemical industry in the region is at the forefront of economic transformation, job creation and growth, serving as a key enabler for Saudi Vision 2030. The immense commitment and support on the part of the Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry to driving the National Transformation Program is truly commendable and serve as a testament to their foresight and true leadership.”
He added: “This is the third time we receive His Excellency at the Annual GPCA Forum as part of an excellent line-up of speakers comprising global and regional industry leaders and senior business executives. Without a doubt, this is a testimony to the pivotal role the Arabian Gulf industry plays in the world chemical agenda, and its growing status as a global player on the international market.”
H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih is joined on the program by an impressive group of leading industry figures, who will offer their visionary perspectives on the current chemical landscape and how to achieve successful company transformation:
- Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC, and Chairman, GPCA
- Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, Clariant, and President, Cefic and ICCA
- Neil A. Chapman, President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, VP, ExxonMobil Corporation
- Bob Patel, CEO and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell
- Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi, SVP, Downstream, Saudi Aramco
- John Allert, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Director, McLaren
- Markus Steilemann, CCO, Member of the Board of Management, Covestro
- Todd D. Karran, President and CEO, Nova Chemicals
- Fernando Musa, CEO, Braskem
- Rebecca Liebert, President and CEO, Honeywell UOP
- Nahed Taher, Co-Founder, Gulf One Investment bank
- Ziad S. Al-Labban, CEO, Sadara Chemical Company
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About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 240 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over US$108 billion worth of products every year.
GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.
Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports.