23 - 25 October 2018 | Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

GDA Founding Companies

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Under the Patronage His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Prime Minister,
Kingdom of Bahrain

About GDA International Downstream Conference & Exhibition 2018

The GDA Conference is the leading Middle East strategic platform for Downstream professionals to address business challenges, share best practices & unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Striving towards excellence, this forum aims at engaging regional & international stakeholders across the business, academia & technology providers to capitalize on investment, innovation & growth.

This year's theme is "Towards a Competitive Downstream through Innovation, Collaboration and Technology". The event will be held on 23 - 25 October 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

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Conference Chairmen

Conference Chairman Suleman A. Al-Bargan Vice President, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Conference Co-Chair Jasem Ali Al-Sayegh Chief Executive Officer,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Committee Chair Khalid Al Hamid Operations Manager, Ras Tanura Refinery,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Co-Chair Hafedh Al-Qassab General Manager, Refining ,
BAPCO
Organizing Committee Chair Ibrahim Nitaifi Manager, Engineering, Jazan Refinery,
Saudi Aramco
Organizing Committee Co-Chair Shukri Al Haddad Manager, Media and Communication,
ADNOC

Panelists

Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Charles J. Reith Jr. Chief Executive Officer,
Solomon Associates
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Dr. Iván Martén Senior Partner and MD, Vice Chairman, Energy Practice,
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Jean-Jacques Mosconi Senior Vice President, Refining & Petrochemicals,
TOTAL
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Norm Gilsdorf President, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia,
Honeywell
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Nooruddin Ahmed Co-­Founder,
CERTERO Business Corporation
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Othman Al-Ghamdi Chief Executive Officer,
S-Oil Corporation
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Suleman A. Al-Bargan Vice President, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Suleyman M Ozmen Vice President - Downstream Licensing (Retired),
Shell Global Solutions International
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Dr. Prof. Riyad Yousuf Abdulaziz Hamzah President,
University of Bahrain
Plenary Speaker (Confirmed) Dr. Sun Xiansheng Secretary General,
International Energy Forum (IEF)

Technical Speakers

Technical Speaker Mr. Abdelghani Sinno Sr. Construction Consultant- Application Engineer ,
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Technical Speaker Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Duaij KNPC
Technical Speaker Mr. Abdullah Alraddadi Process Engineer,
SAMREF
Technical Speaker Mr. Ahmad Al-Failakawi KNPC
Technical Speaker Mr. Ahmad A. Almulaifi Manager, IT Group,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Mr. Ahmed Deyab Senior Process Engineer,
GAPTECH
Technical Speaker Mr. Ahmed Ismail Defect Elimination Engineer ,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Technical Speaker Mr. Alan Gelder VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Downstream Global Content Lead,
Wood Mackenzie
Technical Speaker Mr. Ali Mohamed Al-Mansoori Manager, Planning & Supply Chain Department,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Mr. Alok Srivastava Advanced Refining Technologies (ART)
Technical Speaker Mr. Alpesh Gurjar Process Specialist,
BAPCO
Technical Speaker Mr. Bhanu Murty Maddala Senior Process Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Bilal Abdallah Manager,
Maana
Technical Speaker Mr. Chris Egby Shell - Criterion Catalyst Co Ltd
Technical Speaker Dr. Darius Ngo PSC Sales Division Manager,
Yokogawa MEA
Technical Speaker Mr. Darren Hughes Concrete Canvas Ltd.
Technical Speaker Mr. Deepak R D Senior Hydrocracking Technical Services Consultant,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speaker Mr. Edward Griffiths Principal Process Engineer,
KBR
Technical Speaker Ms. Emilie Rousseau Sales Development Manager,
Axens
Technical Speaker Mr. Enas Al Najjar University of Bahrain
Technical Speaker Mr. Feras Alanazi Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Gerrit Polhaar Regional Director Technology Licensing & Sales - CB&I CLG Europe,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Speaker Dr. Gnana Pragasam Singaravel Catalysis Section Head,
ADNOC
Technical Speaker Gurminder Singh Director, Technology Licensing - MENA,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Speaker Ms. Hadla S. AlFedaghi Engineer Networks and Security, IT ,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Mr. Harbeyah Al-Enezi Process Engineer,
KNPC
Technical Speaker Mr. Hassan Abu Al-Saud Process Engineer / ROED Utility Unit,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Iain Mackay Petrotechnics
Technical Speaker Mr. Jonathan Tertel Honeywell UOP
Technical Speaker Mr. Jorn Veenstra Specialist Pipeline Integrity,
DNV GL – Oil & Gas
Technical Speaker Mr. Keith Brashler Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Leen Remmelzwaal Solution Architect,
j5 International
Technical Speaker Mr. Mahmoud Alkahlout Crude Complex Operation Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Mahmoud Ibrahim Process Engineer , RTR|Refinery Operation Engineering Unit,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Hejres Technical Sales & Services Supervisor,
BAPCO
Technical Speaker Mr. Mohammed Al-Subaie Reliability Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mohamed Bin Shams Assistant Professor,
University of Bahrain
Technical Speaker Mr. Mohammad Shamsuzzoha ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Mr. Nabeel Haidar KNPC
Technical Speaker Mr. Nicholas Hurley International Technical Director,
j5 International
Technical Speaker Nick Kinnis Business Development,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Speaker Mr. Nicolas Menet Consulting Solutions Sales Manager,
Axens
Technical Speaker Mr. Prabhas Mandal Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Dr. Pratap Nair President & CEO,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speaker Mr. Qais AlDoub Senior Networks and Security, IT,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Mr. Rahul Pillai KBR
Technical Speaker Mr. Raj Ghetia Acting Process Specialist,
BAPCO
Technical Speaker Mr. Rajan Jawale Chevron Lummus Global
Technical Speaker Mr. Rajesh Sivadasan Principal Hydroprocessing Technology Specialist,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Speaker Mr. Reda Rashwan Senior Process Engineer,
GAPTECH
Technical Speaker Mr. Ronald M. Venner Vice President Innovation & Knowledge Management Lummus Technology LLC,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Speaker Mr. Seheon Choi Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Siddig Seedahmed Siddig King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Mr. Soren Mikkelsen Sales Liaison Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Technical Speaker Mr. Srinivas Badithela Sr. Excellence Engineer, Corporate Support Division,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Mr. Srinivasaiah Kamandahalli Senior Process Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mr. Daniel Rodas Baker Hughes, a GE company
Technical Speaker Mr. Ujjal K. Mukherjee Vice President Technology Chevron Lummus Global,
MCDERMOTT
Technical Speaker Mr. Teymur Huseynov EY
Technical Speaker Mr. Velmurugan Venkatesan Process Specialist Hydrocracking ,
BAPCO
Technical Speaker Mr. Xander de Jong Principal Process Engineer, R&D,
Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd
Technical Speaker Mr. Yaming Jin Science Specialist - Refining Development Team ; Chairperson - Technology ( GDA Stream),
Saudi Aramco

Reasons to Participate 

About the Gulf Downstream Association

The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) was established by its founding members from Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

GDA is a non- profit organization aiming to bring Downstream players together to further develop the industry and draw benefits from knowledge sharing and best practices. 

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Co-Located Event

The LEWAS Symposium was created when a group of women decided there needed to be a forum in the GCC that provided a place to: celebrate women’s achievements, learn from well-respected women, have an opportunity to network, and improve upon knowledge.

This year, the one-day symposium will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 25 October 2018.

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