28 February 2024: Wednesday


Welcome coffee, registration and networking


Opening video and welcome by Emcee


Welcome remarks

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh

CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA


Research presentation: The big picture: 2024 energy transition outlook

Energy transition is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting sustainable economic growth, especially as the global population is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, heightening the urgency to address climate change. This session focuses on the development of hydrogen and battery infrastructure, renewable energy sources, LNG fuels, coal phaseout, and carbon storage markets, highlighting their combined role in making global energy transition a reality.

Claude Mourey

Head of Hydrogen & Low carbon fuels – EMEA, Wood Mackenzie


Keynote address: Investing where future matters – Engines of transformation

Dr. Manar Al Moneef

Chief Investment Officer, Neom


Leadership dialogue: Powering the clean energy coalition – A global outlook on the future of hydrogen

Hydrogen plays a crucial role in achieving net zero emissions by 2050, especially in sectors like heavy industry and long-distance transport where reducing emissions is challenging. This session covers the current global hydrogen economy, including latest trends, technological advancements, and the policy and investment landscape influencing hydrogen’s growth and integration with other renewable energy sources.


Florian Merz

Director – UAE Industries (Energy Transition/ Hydrogen), Mubadala  and Head of Business Development – Europe, Masdar


Dr. Cetin Nazikkol

CEO Regional Platform Asia Pacific Africa and Member of the Executive Board Decarbon Technologies, thyssenkrupp

Uwe Zwiefelhofer

MD & Head of MENA Region, Linde Engineering

Manuel Kuehn

Global VP for Hydrogen Sales, SIEMENS Energy


Coffee and networking break


Panel discussion: The hydrogen economy for GCC: Shaping the industry’s future

This session examines hydrogen’s dynamic role in the GCC chemical and petrochemical sector, focusing on its use as both a feedstock and fuel source. Discussions will delve into market trends, policy and technology innovations, hydrogen utilization in industrial processes, and the development of infrastructure for production, storage, and transportation. Additionally, the economic implications, cost-effectiveness, market competitiveness, and regional policies and regulations shaping hydrogen’s adoption will be explored, underscoring its potential in securing a more sustainable and competitive energy future for the GCC.


Matteo Mazzoni

Director of Energy Analytics, ICIS


Phil Boustead

Director – Hydrogen/Green Gas Engineering, ACWA Power

Rami Shabaneh

Research Fellow, KAPSARC


Closing keynote: Generating a cleaner future with hydrogen

This session focuses on overcoming the scaling challenges for hydrogen use, discussing solutions like addressing regulatory barriers, harmonizing standards, mitigating investment risks for early adopters, boosting commercial demand for clean hydrogen, educating on electrolysis factories, and developing strategies to accelerate the market introduction of next-generation electrolysers for large-scale production.

Dr. Samir J. Serhan

Chief Operating OfficerAir Products


Closing remarks:

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA


Lunch and prayer break