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Forum will be held under the theme ‘Redefine. Reshape. Reinvent. The Chemical Industry in a Post-Pandemic Reality’

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 November – The 15th edition of the Annual GPCA Forum, the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s flagship event, will take place next week on 7-9 December at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

The forum will take place under the theme ‘Redefine. Reshape. Reinvent. The Chemical Industry in a Post-Pandemic Reality’. It will convene global and regional industry leaders from over 500 companies in 50 countries to discuss the state of the chemical industry and debate what its future will look like.

This year’s edition will combine an insightful conference program, a must-see speaker line-up and an array of networking opportunities, bringing the regional and global chemical industry together under the same roof for the first time since the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in early 2020.

Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC, and Chairman, GPCA, will deliver the welcome address at the forum on day one, 8 December, followed by a keynote address from Karen McKee, President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and a Q&A session on stage.

The first session in the morning on day one, entitled ‘Strengthening the recovery through value-creation’, will feature Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and President of the Executive Committee, Solvay, Thomas Gangl, CEO, Borealis, and Nikhil Meswani, Executive Director and Board Member, Reliance Industries.

The keynote address on day two, 9 December, will be presented by Dr. Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum (WEF). His presentation will be followed by a strategic dialogue on sustainable finance as a key enabler for a purpose-driven, future industry by Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga, CEO, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) and Chuka Umunna, MD and Head of EMEA ESG, J.P. Morgan.

Other leading speakers at the forum will include:

  • Mutlaq Al-Morished, CEO, TASNEE
  • Naser Aldousari, President and CEO, EQUATE
  • Salim Huthaili, CEO – Alternative Energy, OQ

A key feature in this year’s program will be the 3rd edition of the GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) which will take place on day one, 8 December, at 10:00 to recognize H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Turki Bin Abdulaziz AI-Saud, Advisor to the Royal Court, Saudi Arabia and Former Advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, as well as H.E. Yousef Bin Omair, former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, UAE, former Group CEO, ADNOC and Chairman, Borouge.

On day zero, 7 December, GPCA will host the 15th edition of its Leaders of Tomorrow program, a student only seminar, aimed at building local human capital in the region. The program will welcome over 70 students sponsored by GPCA member companies to expand their knowledge, network and learn from experienced industry professionals.

Throughout the three-day event, four masterclass sessions will look at the opportunities to realize the potential of hydrogen; how the industry can step up the ESG game and realize value for chemical companies; the path ahead for building supply chain resilience; and opportunities to leverage technology post crisis.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented, “GPCA looks forward to welcoming esteemed global and regional industry executives to the biggest and most prominent forum in the region dedicated to the chemical and petrochemical industry. This year’s edition offers a promising and insightful conference program which will address some of the burning hot issues facing the industry now and into the future.

“As we gradually move to normality, we are excited to facilitate a dialogue and the exchange of thought-provoking industry knowledge face to face to drive progress on important global and regional issues and support the sustainable development of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf. Join us at this prestigious and must-attend forum next week for three days full of networking, insights, innovation and new business opportunities.”

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