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


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

Conference Chairman & Co-Chair

Conference Chairman Suleman A. Al-Bargan Executive Director, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Conference Co-Chair Jasem Ali Al-Sayegh Chief Executive Officer,
ADNOC Refining

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".

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Steering Committee

Steering Committee Chairman Suleman A. Al-Bargan Executive Director, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Steering Committee Member Ahmed Al Qattan Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd
Steering Committee Member Aman A. Ahmad Vice President, Business Development - EMEA,
Steering Committee Member Andy Gosse President, Catalysts and Technology Licensing,
Steering Committee Member Audah Al Ahmadi Secretary General,
GDA - Gulf Downstream Association
Steering Committee Member Dr. Dafer Al-Jalahma Acting Chief Executive,
Steering Committee Member Daniel M. McCarthy Executive Vice President & Group President - CB&I Saudi Arabia,
Steering Committee Member Fadhel Alansari General Manager Manufacturing,
Steering Committee Member Fahad Al-Daihani Deputy CEO - MAA Refinery,
Steering Committee Member Faihan Al Faihani Director of Petroleum Policies & Statistics,
Steering Committee Member Gasem Saleh Al Shaikh CEO,
Steering Committee Member Dr. Halim Redhwi Vice President,
Dhahran Techno-Valley Company (DTVC)
Steering Committee Member Hashem S Hashem CEO,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Steering Committee Member Hussain A. Al Qahtani President,
SASREF - Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company
Steering Committee Member Jean Sentenac Chairman & CEO,
Steering Committee Member Jim Collins President - Strategy & Development,
Steering Committee Member John Derbyshire President Technology - KBR Technology,
Steering Committee Member Metab Al-Shammari General Manager - Petrochemicals,
Steering Committee Member Mohammad Al Naghash President & CEO,
Steering Committee Member Mokhtar Fawaz Vice President, Turbo Machinery Solutions (MENAT),
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Steering Committee Member Pierce Riemer Director General,
WPC - World Petroleum Council
Steering Committee Member Rebecca Liebert President & CEO,
Honeywell UOP
Steering Committee Member Suleyman M Ozmen Downstream Licensing Vice President,
Shell Global Solutions International

Technical Committee

Technical Committee Chair Khalid Al Hamid Operations Manager, Ras Tanura Refinery,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Co-Chair Hafedh Al-Qassab General Manager, Refining ,
Technical Committee Member Abdallah A Husain Group Leader, PM-P&SCM OE Support,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Dr. Anissa Sedjerari Research Scientist,
KAUST Catalysis Center
Technical Committee Member Dr. Basim Abussaud Assistant Professor,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Committee Member Gautham Krishnaiah Vice President, Refining,
Technical Committee Member Gurminder Singh Director, Technology Licensing - MENA,
Shell Global Solutions International
Technical Committee Member Dr. Hayat Yusuf Assistant Professor,
University of Bahrain
Technical Committee Member Jim Brigman Managing Director,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Committee Member Joseph Ibrahim Technical Services Manager,
Technical Committee Member Khalifa Al Qallaf Joint Venture Management Manager,
Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd
Technical Committee Member Maureen Stephenson Head Professional Development Learning & Development Dept,
Technical Committee Member Mazen Hendawi Sr. Regional Sales Account Manager - Process Technology & Equipment ,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Committee Member Mohamed Al Haddadi Manager, Corporate Excellence Department,
Technical Committee Member Mohammed Benchekchou Regional Manager MENA,
Shell - Criterion Catalyst Co Ltd
Technical Committee Member Mubarak Al-Mutairi Manager, Technical Services - MAB Refinery,
Technical Committee Member Nader A. Milibari Division Head, Refinery Maintenance Reliability & Technical Support ; Chairperson - Plant Reliability & Integrity,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Nathan Ergonul Business Director ,
Advanced Refining Tech
Technical Committee Member Raj Jhajharia Technical Manager,
GDA - Gulf Downstream Association
Technical Committee Member Saifuddin Sheikh Director Business Consulting Operations,
Technical Committee Member Sandeep Goel Director Business Development ME,
Technical Committee Member Shaalan Al Zahrani General Manager Technical,
Technical Committee Member Wael Al-Jasem Team Leader, Project Management ; Chairperson - Project Management ,
Technical Committee Member Yaming Jin Science Specialist - Refining Development Team ; Chairperson - Technology ( GDA Stream),
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Member Dr. Zainab Redha Assistant Professor,
University of Bahrain

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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