The 15th Annual GPCA Forum will take place December 7-9 in Dubai


Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice President and CEO of SABIC and President of GPCA, will deliver the welcome speech on the first day of the forum, December 8, followed by an opening speech by Karen McKee, President of GPCA. ‘ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and a question-and-answer session. sitting on stage.

The first morning session of day one, titled ‘Strengthening the recovery through value creation’, will feature Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Solvay, Thomas Gangl, CEO, Borealis, and Nikhil Meswani, Director Director and member of the board of directors, Reliance Industries.

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

Other prominent 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 component of this year’s program will be the 3e edition of the GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) which will take place on the first day, December 8, at 10:00 am to reward HRH Prince Faisal Bin Turki Bin Abdulaziz AI-Saud, Counselor of the Royal Court, Saudi Arabia and former advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, as well as HE Yousef Bin Omair, former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the United Arab Emirates, former CEO of ADNOC Group and Chairman of Borouge.

On day zero, December 7, GPCA will host the 15e edition of its Leaders of Tomorrow program, a seminar reserved for students, aimed at developing 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 examine the opportunities to realize the potential of hydrogen; how the industry can step up the ESG game and create value for chemical companies; the way forward to strengthen supply chain resilience; and the opportunities to take advantage of post-crisis technology.

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General of GPCA, commented: “The GPCA looks forward to welcoming renowned leaders from global and regional industry to the region’s largest and most important forum dedicated to chemical and petrochemical industry. This year’s edition features a promising and insightful speaking program that will address some of the burning issues facing the industry today and into the future.

“As we move gradually towards normality, we are delighted to facilitate a stimulating face-to-face dialogue and industry knowledge exchange to advance important global and regional issues and support the sustainable development of the chemical industry in the Persian Gulf. Join us at this prestigious and must-see forum next week for three days full of networking, ideas, innovation and new business opportunities.

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About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was formed in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Persian Gulf. Today, the association expresses the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, representing more than 95 percent of chemical production in the GCC. The industry is the region’s second largest manufacturing sector, producing more than $ 108 billion in products each year.

GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Persian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue and become leading influencers to shape the future of the global petrochemical industry.

Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation and Responsible Care – and annually organizes six world-class events . The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports.

For more information visit

Dima Horani
Phone. : +971 4 451 0666 ext. 109

Slavka Atanasova
Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association
P.O. Box 123055,
United Arab Emirates
Phone. : +44 7561 525126

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