GDA International Downstream Conference & Exhibition 2020

31 May - 02 June 2022   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Host Sponsor


31 May - 2 June 2022  l  Gulf Hotel and Convention Centre, Kingdom of Bahrain

After due consideration and taking into account the ongoing uncertainties that will likely prevent many of our international speakers and delegates to travel as early as September 2021, the GDA board has decided to reschedule the GDA International Downstream Conference & Exhibition to 31 May - 2 June 2022.

Meanwhile and following the resounding success of the first GDA Transform virtual event held last February with over 1,500 attendees from 70 countries representing 680 organisations, the GDA Secretariat will immediately start planning the second GDA Transform virtual conference to be held end of 2021.

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GDA 2021 Committee

Ebrahim Talib

Former Deputy Chief Executive, BAPCO

Saad H. Binmatlig

Manager Business Development and Optimization Department, SATORP

Aqeel Almuharraqi

Superintendent FCCU & Utilities, Technical Services, BAPCO

Ali A.Karim

Manager, Operations, North Process, BAPCO

Abdullatif Salih Alhameli

Western Region Joint Venture Portfolio Manager , Saudi Aramco

Dr. Anissa Sedjerari

Industry and Research Liaison Officer, Innovation & Economic Development Department, KAUST Catalysis Center

Dr. Basim Abussaud

Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

Dhanasekar Periyasamy

Principal Solution Consultant, Aspen Technology

Dr. Dawoud Bahzad

Division Director - Science & Technology (S&T), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Emad A. Muhaisen

Division Head, Jazan Economic City Development Department, Saudi Aramco

Fadi Mhaini

Managing Director, Lummus Technology MENA and Director, Technology Licensing, Chevron Lummus Global

Ghaleyah Rashed Naser Alazmi

Eng,Sr.Process, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf

Assistant Professor and PCAP Program Coordinator, University of Bahrain

Jad Abou Charbine

Technical Services Manager, Axens

Mohamed Naser Alnoaimi

Strategic Planning & Economics Marketing Division, BAPCO

Mohammed Benchekchou

Director Strategic Accounts - Middle East & North Africa, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Mohammed Farsi

Division Head of Operations, Saudi Aramco

Nihar Gulwadi

Senior Manager -Project Development Manager, Ingenero Inc

Omar Al Hamed

Manager- Refining Operations, ADNOC Refining

Dr. Ranjit Kulkarni

Director - Middle East Sales, Honeywell UOP

Raj Jhajharia

Technical Manager, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Ravivenkatesh Narayanaswamy

Vice President , IHS Markit

Dr. Samir Elkareish

Director - Technical Affairs Department, OAPEC - Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

Waddah Al-Zaabi

Sales Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

Abdulsalam AlSaif

Manager - Ras Tanura Refinery Maintenance Department, Saudi Aramco

Abdulmalik Turki

Jazan Refinery Operation Department, Saudi Aramco

Ahmed Abdulla Al Haddad

Promotion & Conferences Specialist, National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA)

Ali Dawood Jaghbir

Corporate Services, BAPCO

Amal Al Aamer

Marketing & Communication , Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Fatemah Al Sori

Senior External Communication, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Fatema Husain

Senior Process Engineer - Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Hatem Alhamrani

Engineer , Saudi Aramco

Khalid Yousif Hadi

Acting Secretary General - GDA, Deputy General Manager - Engineering, BAPCO

Khalid A. Al-Sanie

Head of Planning & Commercial Support , Saudi Aramco

Khuloud Saad Al Mutairi

Manager, Corporate Communication Dept., Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Mitchie Mapili

Events Specialist, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Nawaf Al-Ghanem

Manager, Public Relations, BAPCO

Reem Ebrahim

Superintendent Corporate Events - PR Department, BAPCO

Tariq Saleh

Senior Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Wail Gahwagy

Refining Planning & Performance Management Division, Saudi Aramco

Ali Hassan Bucheeri

Field Service Engineer, Honeywell

Ali Mohamed Isa

Field Service Engineer, Honeywell UOP

S. Abdulla Al Meshal

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Aseel Ahmad Al-Hardan

Planning Engineer, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)

Abdulaziz Baqer Khajah

Process Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Fatema Husain

Senior Process Engineer - Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Khaled Abdulla Salem Alketbi

Quality Control & Lab Chemist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) LNG

Khalid Ahmad Mohyeddeen

Distillation & Heavy Ends Upgrading, Aramco Engineering Services

Khalid Nadhem Hashem

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Maram Mohamed Ali Ashoor

Environmental Specialist , Supreme Council for Environment

Marda Jassim BuAli

Planning Engineer, BAPCO

Moosa Jaffer Al Lawati

Analyst, Protiviti Member Firm

Raad Mulla

Process Engineer, Aramco Engineering Services

Taqi Abdulla

Senior Process Engineer, BAPCO

Waddah Al-Zaabi

Sales Manager, ART Hydroprocessing


The Gulf Downstream Association's Conference and Exhibition will address global business challenges to unlock opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Choose one or more from the below topics to submit your abstract.


The three-day event saw over 2,500 professionals gather from more than 20 countries to 121 expert speakers that covered Innovation and Technology, Improvements, Digitisation, Integration, and Energy.

Read more          Download the 2018 post event report

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Downstream Global Content Lead, Wood Mackenzie

I thoroughly enjoyed this inaugural event. Given this was the first one, it was very impressive to see both the wide range and high caliber of the exhibitors and participate in very active and engaging technical sessions.

Khaled Adbellatif

Technology Advisor, Daily Thermetrics

It was very organized and beneficial for downstream professionals to meet and engage with each other.

Dr. Pratap Nair

President & CEO, Ingenero Inc

A well-managed show, overall. Good material and audience. The quality of this meeting has been steadily improving over the years. Catering requires special mention this time - quality was good. Kudos to the organizers!

Xander de Jong

Principal Process Engineer, R&D, Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

A professional conference for downstream professionals.

Dr. Nicholas Hurley

International Technical Director, j5 International

This is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding conferences I have ever been to.


The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) was established by its Founding Companies 
Saudi AramcoKuwait Petroleum International (KPI)Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). GDA is a pioneering, non-profit association and “point of reference” for all downstream players including industry professionals, corporate executives and legislators seeking to foster excellence and drive advancement through mutually beneficial engagement and industry collaboration.

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