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

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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

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

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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