GDA Conference 2023

13 - 15 February 2023   |   Exhibition World Bahrain
Under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Leading Middle East Strategic Forum for Downstream Professionals

The GDA International Downstream Conference and Exhibition is the leading Middle East strategic platform for international downstream professionals to address global 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 operators, technology providers, policymakers and academia to capitalise on investment, innovation & growth in a safe & sustainable environment.

The event will take place from 13-15 February 2023 at Exhibition World Bahrain in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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GDA 2018
Participant Type Access Type Pre-event (until 11 Feb 2023) On-site (12-15 Feb 2023)
Standard Delegate Pass Conference, exhibition, lunch, & networking areas USD 1,400 USD 1,600
Special delegate pass:
(only for GDA member companies and for participants of sponsor and exhibition companies)
Conference, exhibition, lunch, & networking areas USD 1,200 USD 1,200
Group registration:
(4 registrations and above) Please contact Asif Muhammad at
Conference, exhibition, lunch, & networking areas USD 1,200

USD 1,200

Speakers Conference, exhibition, lunch, & networking areas Complimentary


Trade Visitor Exhibition Complimentary


Exhibitor Exhibition & networking areas Complimentary


Students & Young Professionals Accreditation
(18 - 29 years old)
Youth area, conference, exhibition, and networking areas Complimentary


Media Accreditation  Conference, exhibition, and networking areas Complimentary


All fees are inclusive of 10% Bahrain VAT. 

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Abdul Rahman Yahyaei

CEO, Opal

Abdulla Omar Al Ameri

VP, Asset Development Division, ADNOC Refining

Abdulla Naji Ateya Al Messabi

Chief Executive Officer , ADNOC Refining

Ms. Afaf Zainalabedien

Acting Deputy Chief Executive - Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, BAPCO

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Wood Mackenzie

Ashraf A. Al Ghazzawi

Executive VP Strategy & Corporate Development, Saudi Aramco

Bassam Al Bokhari

CEO, Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic

Dr. Bassam Fattouh

Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


Dr. Chiraz Zidi

Director of Academic Affairs, Muscat University


Chris Sum

VP, Wood Mackenzie


Edward W Merrow

President & CEO, IPA


Fahad Alajlan

CEO, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center (KAPSARC)

Gaurav Srivastava

Executive Director, Consulting, Advisory Services, S&P Global

Guan Xiaogang

CEO, Zhejiang SUPCON Technology Co., Ltd.


Hafedh Al-Qassab

Acting Deputy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, BAPCO

Dr. Hasan Karam

VP, Plant Operations (RR) , ADNOC Refining

John E Paisie

President, Stratas Advisors A Hart Energy Co

Leon De Bruyn

Managing Director Executive, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

Mahdi Al-Adel

CEO, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Marco Villa

COO, TechnipFMC


Matthew Clingerman

Regional Engineering Manager, DuPont

Mohammed Al-Habib

Regional Energy Transition Executive Director - MENATI, Baker Hughes

Musaab Mulla

Manager S&MA, Saudi Aramco

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala

Nayef Al Otaibi

VP - Digital Transformation, Saudi Aramco

Norm Gilsdorf

Senior Consultant, Honeywell

Oleg Konovalov

Thought leader, author and TEDx speaker,

Olivier Thorel

Senior Vice President - Chemicals, Saudi Aramco


Dr. Pratap Nair

President & CEO, Ingenero Inc

Shafi Al-Ajmi

CEO, Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

Shawna Shelor

Head of Executive Development and D&I, Baker Hughes


Sultan Albigishi

SVP Projects & Technical, ADNOC Refining

Wadha Al-Khateeb

CEO, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Yahya A. Abushal

CEO, Sadara Chemical Company

Yasser Mufti

Senior Vice President - Fuels, Saudi Aramco

Abdelbasit Ayoub

Leadership Trainer and Coach, Saudi Aramco

Abdulaziz Alwani

Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Abdullah Marri

Lead Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Abdulla Al Bin Ali

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Abdulhamid Al-Omair

Director, Leadership & Engineering Accelerated Development Center (LEAD), Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic

Adil Malih

McKinsey & Co.


Dr. Ahmad Al Qattan

Market Intelligence, Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

Ahmed Al Jiffry

Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company (Luberef)

Ali Hussain Ali Albaqshi

Analyst - Systems Technology Applications, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Ali Mostafa Ali Al-Shatti

Engineer - Research & Technology, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Altaf Faisal Fadhel Al-Snafi

Senior Construction Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Amitkumar Khadayata

Senior Engineer - Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Amr Elsayed

Corrosion Engineer, Saudi Aramco


Bassam Alhamad

Former Director of the Quality Assurance & Accreditation Center, University of Bahrain

Bassam Jayed Alshammari

TL Corporate Applications, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Bassel Filfilan

Operations Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Deepak Kumar Jha

Sr. Manager – Technical, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited

Dimitrios Orfanidis

Division Head: Downstream Investment Analysis, Saudi Aramco

Donato-Gabriele Vinciguerra

Senior Product Application Specialist , Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

Edwar Jimenez

Process Specialist – Fired Heaters Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Elodie Letourmy

Gasoline Lead Technologist, Axens

Esther Kray

Business Development, HTE GmbH


Faris Alghamdi

Maintenance Planning & Engineering Supervisor (A), Saudi Aramco

Francois Haynes

VP Sales Digital Services, Technip Energies

Gabriel Winter

Engineering Specialist, Saudi Aramco

Goutam Biswas

Technology Director, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Hamad Saeed Al Naqbi

Team Leader - Inspection (I), ADNOC Refining

Husain Aldailami

Senior Reliability Engineer, BAPCO

Hussain Fardan

Senior Process Control Engineer, BAPCO

Ibrahim Al-Abbas

Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Jay Parekh

Hydrocracking Subject Matter Expert, ART Hydroprocessing

Jim Burkhard

Vice President, IHS Markit

Jitendra Chellani

Process Consultant, KBC (A Yokogawa Company)

Johnny Stewart

Principal Analyst EMEARC, Wood Mackenzie

Khalid Ghazal

Technical Process Engineering (Sulfur & Amine Specialist), Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Kholood Alabdullatif

Downstream Development Academy, Saudi Aramco

Lulwa Alzayani

Associate Senior Process Engineer, Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Mabyn Thomas

Product Application Manager (Refinery Process) MENA, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

Manaf Aljasser

Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Manojkumar Mantry

Measurement Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Mohammed Zain

Sr. Operation Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Nadeen Omar Awwad

Engineer - Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Dr. Nasiru Tukur

Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco

Nicoletta Panariti

Head of Licensing, ENI

Nooruddin Ahmed

Co-­Founder, CERTERO Business Corporation

Dr. Othman Taha

Engineering Specialist, Saudi Aramco

Prashanth Markonda Koteswara

Senior Engineer - Inspection, ADNOC Refining

Raad Bassam Mulla

Yanbu Laboratory Unit, Supervisor (A), Saudi Aramco


Rakesh Budithi

Senior Process Engineer, Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Rakan Battat

Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Ricky Stewart

Advisor, Solomon Insights

Roddy Herbert

Koru International Ltd


Dr. Ronald Jacobs

Principal, SITUATE LLC

Saeed Al-Ghamdi

Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)


Saeed S. AlAlloush

Engineering Specialist, Process & Control Systems Department, Saudi Aramco

Sayeed Mohammed

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Scott Hale

Director of Analytics, KES Global - OnPoint

Shahreyar Khan

Engineering Specialist - Process & Control Systems Department, Saudi Aramco

Thomas DiGiacomo

CEO, Cabinda Refinery

Dr. Walter Militello

Senior Manager, Nalco Water An Ecolab Co.

Yaser Fallatah

Operations Specialist, Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)



• Advanced Process Manager
• Area Manager
• Business Development Manager
• Chemical Engineer
• Communications Engineer
• Compliance Engineer
• Consultant
• Costing and Planning Engineer
• Design Process Engineer
• Instrumentation Manager
• Energy Engineer
• EP Manager
• Facilities Planning Engineer
• Field Service Engineer
• Fire Officer
• Gas Process Engineer
• Inspection Engineer
• Instrument and Control Engineer
• Instrument Design Engineer
• IT Specialist
• Lead Engineer
• Lead Scientist

• Maintenance Engineer
• Modelling and Planning Specialist
• NGL Manager
• Oil Producing Engineer
• Operational Excellence Manager
• Planning Manager
• Plant Engineer
• Process Applications Manager
• Process Control Manager
• Production Engineer
• Process Manager
• Project Manager
• Quality Manager
• Refinery Engineer/Manager
• Reliability Engineer
• Research Engineer
• Risk Assessment Engineer
• Safety and Environment Manager
• Sales and Marketing Manager
• Specialty Products Manager
• Technical Catalysts Manager
• Technical Services Manager

• Technology Manager
• Technology Sales Manager
Operations and HR professionals
• Country and Division Manager/Head
• District Manager/Supervisor
• Marketing Manager
• HR, Training or Team Leader/Manager
• Internal Auditor

C-Level Executives
• Board Member
• President
• Vice President
• Chief Executive Officer
• Executive Director
• Managing Director
• General Manager
• Chief Engineer
• Ministers and Government


Host Sponsors

ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Host Sponsors


Host Sponsors

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Host Sponsors

Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

Host Sponsors


Host Sponsors

Saudi Aramco

Platinum Sponsors

Arabian Fal

Platinum Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Petro Rabigh

Platinum Sponsors

S-Oil Corporation

Platinum Sponsors

Sadara Chemical Company

Platinum Sponsors

Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company (Luberef)

Platinum Sponsors

Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)

Platinum Sponsors

Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refinery Co. (YASREF)

Gold Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Al-Yamama Company for Trading and Contracting

Gold Sponsors

Honeywell UOP

Gold Sponsors

S&P Global

Gold Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Gold Sponsors

Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Gold Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Yokogawa Middle East & Africa B.S.C.(c)

Silver Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Baker Hughes

Silver Sponsors

Nalco Water An Ecolab Co.

Silver Sponsors

W.R. Grace & Co

Silver Sponsors

Zhejiang SUPCON Technology Co., Ltd.


Shape consumer perception
Position your organisation as a supporter of the downstream industry

Build brand visibility
Boost your brand presence in front of key downstream vendors, technology providers, operators, policy makers, and academia

Focus on your target market
Demonstrate your organisation as an industry expert and channel your solutions to a highly relevant and niche sector

Enhance business consumer and VIP relationships
Develop deeper, meaningful connections with your target market

Dr. Oleg Banner


Dr. Oleg Konovalov - Thinkers50 Radar, Global Gurus 30 in Leadership, #1 Global Leading Coach, Thinkers360 Top 10 Global Thought Leaders, MG100

Date & Venue
February 16, 2023 | 09:00 am - 02:00 pm | Wyndham Grand Manama Hotel, Bahrain Bay, Kingdom of Bahrain

Limited to 100 Seats Only
The greatness of your success is defined by the greatness of your vision. Vision is pragmatic and functional, otherwise it is a dream or illusion only. Companies with a strong and compelling vision show 25-30 times higher market value than companies with just a great product. At the same time, vision is the leaders’ single most powerful tool and is the Meta Competence of the 21st century.

We will discuss and do practical tasks:
- What is a vision?
- How to create a strong and compelling vision?
- How does vision enhance capitalization?

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YouChemE is a co-located event dedicated for young professionals and students at the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) Conference held from 13th to 15th February 2023. The three days program provides the youth with a unique opportunity to be inspired by successful professionals, network with companies and be prepared for the workplace. The program will feature ten hours content, including workshops, panel discussions, competitions, and mentoring sessions. It will feature distinguished speakers, including senior executives and international speaker.

The YouChemE exhibition area will feature an AI section, a resume checking station and a professional photoshoot station. Moreover, a high-school engagement program called FUEL- Future Leaders, will take place in the conference. Site visits to industrial companies will also be arranged allowing the students to learn more about the processes and operations.

YouChemE is organized by young professionals from the industry, from Bapco, Saudi Aramco, KIPIC, KNPC, GPIC, Honeywell, eMushrif and the Bahrain Chemical Engineers (BChemE) team.

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GDA International Downstream Conference and Exhibition 2023

13-15 February 2023
Exhibition World Bahrain

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