GDA Virtual TRANSFORM 2020

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

event highlights 

22-23 February 2021  

GDA’s first virtual conference reveals unique project management learnings from the pandemic; shines a spotlight on inclusive leadership

Gulf Downstream Association’s first virtual conference ‘TRANSFORM’, held late February, brought together industry senior leaders and the community, especially from operating assets, driving the agenda for a positive 2021 and beyond. More than 1,500 attendees from 70 countries representing 680 organisations joined this knowledge-intensive two-day event. Thirty-two global speakers, including thought leaders and project management experts leading mega-projects in the oil and gas industry, have enriched the discussions focused on the future of leadership and project management in the industry.

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Day 1, Monday, 22 February 2021

The new reality of transformational leadership

Day 2, Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The new reality of Project Management 

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Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Chairman, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Bin Mubarak Bin Daina

Minister of Oil & Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain

Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Chairman, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Mohammad Al Shahrani

Secretary General, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Dr. Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani

EVP Downstream, Aramco

HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud

Minister of Energy

H.E. Bader Hamed Yousef Al-Mulla

Minister of Oil, State of Kuwait

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

H.E. Salim bin Nasser bin Said Al Aufi

Minister of Energy and Minerals, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Sultanate of Oman

Bassam Al Bokhari

CEO, EnergyTech

Abdul Rahman Yahyaei

CEO, Opal

Abdulla A Al-Omair

Sr. Strategy & Market Consultant, Aramco

Abdulla Omar Al Ameri

VP, Asset Development Division, ADNOC Refining

Abdulla Naji Ateya Al Messabi

Chief Executive Officer , ADNOC Refining

Ms. Afaf Zainalabedien

Chief Financial Officer, BAPCO

Ibrahim Al-Mugahwi

Director, Industrial Jobs Certification Department, EnergyTech

Evgeny Fedotov


Fadi Alshihabi

Partner, KPMG

Dr. Faisal M. Al-Faqeer

Sr. VP - Liquids to Chemicals, Aramco

Gaurav Srivastava

Executive Director, S&P Global

George Cui Shan

Chairman & CEO, SUPCON

Hafedh Al-Qassab

Acting Deputy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, BAPCO

Issam Srour

Senior Consultant, IPA

Dr. Hasan Karam

VP, Plant Operations (RR) , ADNOC Refining

Eiman Al Hammadi

Business Development Manager, ADNOC Refining

Juan Manuel Tovar

CEO, Tecnicas Reunidas, KSA

Leon de Bruyn

President and CEO, Lummus Technology

Mahdi Al-Adel

CEO, Aramco Ventures

Meqbel A. Al-Shammari

Manager of Hydrogen & Petrochemical Program, Aramco

Mohammed Al-Habib

Regional Energy Transition Executive Director - MENATI, Baker Hughes

Musaab Mulla

Manager S&MA, Aramco

Nayef Al Otaibi

VP - Digital Transformation, Aramco

Norm Gilsdorf

Senior Vice President, Honeywell Global High Growth Regions, Honeywell

Oleg Konovalov

Thought leader, author and TEDx speaker,

Dr. Pratap Nair

President & CEO, Ingenero Inc

Rachid Majiti

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Reem Al Ghanim

Downstream Affiliates HR Manager, Aramco

Steven Qi

Senior Vice President, Customer Success, AspenTech

Sultan Albigishi

Acting Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Refining

Tetsuo Arii

Senior Fellow, JCCP

Yahya A. Abushal

Sr. VP Upstream & Downstream Project Management, Aramco

Dr. Yasser Boghdady

Senior Oil Industry Expert, OAPEC - Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

Jamillah Al-Mutairi

Team Leader, Process Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Jon Stroup

Vice President, Solomon Insights

Abdelbasit Ayoub

Leadership Trainer and Coach, Aramco

Abdulaziz Al-Alwani

Technical Console Lead, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Abdullah Albannay

Digital Project Lead, Aramco

Abdullah Marri

Lead Process Engineer, Aramco

Abdulla Al Bin Ali

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Abdulhamid Al-Omair

Director, Leadership & Engineering Accelerated Development Center (LEAD), EnergyTech

Dr. Ahmad Al Qattan

Market Intelligence, Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

Ahmad D Hammad

Science Specialist, Aramco

Ahmed Al Jiffry

Investor Relations Manager, Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company - Luberef

Ali Hussain Ali Albaqshi

System Analyst, 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, Aramco

Bassam Alhamad

Professor, University of Bahrain

Bassam Jayed Alshammari

TL Corporate Applications, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Bassel Filfilan

Operations Engineer, Aramco

Deepak Kumar Jha

Sr Manager Process, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited

Dimitrios Orfanidis

Division Head: Downstream Investment Analysis, Aramco

Donato-Gabriele Vinciguerra

Senior Product Application Specialist , Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

Edwar Jimenez

Process Specialist Fired Heaters, BAPCO

Elodie Letourmy

Lead Technologist, Axens

Faris Alghamdi

Maintenance Planning & Engineering Supervisor (A), Aramco

Fatima Al Zaabi

Project Manager, ADNOC Refining

Frederic Le Fur

WinIt Director, Technip Energies

Gabriel Winter

Engineering Specialist, Aramco

Goutam Biswas

Technology Director, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Gustaw Szarek

Partner, McKinsey & Co.

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, Aramco

Ibrahim Althaali

Process Engineer , Aramco

Jad Dib

Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Jay Parekh

Hydrocracking Subject Matter Expert, ART Hydroprocessing

Jitendra Chellani

Senior Consultant, KBC (A Yokogawa Company)

Johnny Stewart

Principal Analyst EMEARC, Wood Mackenzie

Khaled S Usaimi

Engineer I, Aramco

Khalid Al Abdulwahid

Director, Maintenance & Operations Training Center, EnergyTech

Kholood Alabdullatif

Instructional Designer, 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, Aramco

Manojkumar Mantry

Measurement Engineer, Aramco

Mikhail Khvastunkov

Engineering Specialist - Downstream Process Engineering Division , Aramco

Mohammed AlZain

Sr. Operation Engineer, Aramco

Mohammed Al-Zuabi

President & CEO, MARAFIQ

Mohamed Janahi

Account Manager, Topsoe

Nadeen Omar Awwad

Engineer - Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Dr. Nasiru M. Tukur

Engineering Consultant, P&CSD, Aramco

Nooruddin Ahmed

Managing Partner, CERTERO Business Corporation

Dr. Othman Taha

Engineering Consultant, Aramco

Dr. Paolo Guida

Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Prashanth Markonda Koteswara

Senior Engineer - Inspection, ADNOC Refining

Raad Bassam Mulla

Yanbu Laboratory Unit, Supervisor (A), Aramco

Raffaele Fronteddu

Licensing Commercial Manager, ENI

Rakesh Budithi

Senior Process Engineer, BAPCO

Rakan Albattat

Engineer IV, Aramco

Ricky Stewart

Advisor, Solomon Insights

Dr. Ronald Jacobs

Principal, SITUATE LLC

Saeed Al-Ghamdi

Maintenance Strategies Manager, Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)

Saeed S. AlAlloush

Engineering Consultant, Aramco

Sayeed Mohammed

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Scott Hale

Director of Analytics, KES Global - OnPoint

Shahid Raza

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

Shahreyar Khan

Engineering Specialist - Process & Control Systems Department, Aramco

Shardul Shindadkar

Asst Mgr - Sales and Marketing, Ingenero Inc

Dr. Walter Militello

Senior Manager Strategic Projects, Nalco Water an Ecolab Company

Yaser Fallatah

Manager of Planning and Business Development, Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)

Ahmad Albasri

Sr. Engineer, Reliability, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)

Andreas de Vries

Downstream Finance, Strategy & Planning, Aramco

Anood Taher

Senior Specialist, Process Engineering (Process Simulation), R&D, ADNOC Refining

Anthony Wood

VP Consulting, S&P Global

Aqeel Almuharraqi

Superintendent FCCU & Utilities, Technical Services, BAPCO

Dana Bukhammas

HR Manager, BAPCO

Fadi Mhaini

Vice President & Managing Director, MENA, Lummus Technology

Ghaith Aljazzar

Regional Director of Business Development, Fluor Corporation

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Harbeyah Al-Enezi

Process Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf

Assistant Professor and PCAP Program Coordinator, University of Bahrain

Keith A. Couch

Senior Director Business Development, Honeywell UOP

Maha AlHarbi

Downstream Digital and Technology Coordinator, Aramco

Majeed Dhaif

Manager Refinery Operations Planning, BAPCO

Mohamed Alhashmi

Team Leader, Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Mohamed Al Noaimi

Business Strategy Leader, BAPCO

Nada Kamel Alsaleh

Senior Engineer, Process Safety Management, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Nadim Haddad

Partner, Oliver Wyman Group

Naif Aldandeni

Senior Director, Baker Hughes

Nasser Al Shammari

Operational Excellence Sr.Engineer, SATORP

Nathan Ergonul

Managing Director, ART Hydroprocessing

Nihar Gulwadi

Regional Head - MENA, Ingenero Inc

Oussama Ould Zmirli

Manager, Solution Consulting, AspenTech

Raj Jhajharia

Technical and Marketing Manager, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Rayyan S. Tayeb

HR Business Partner Global Manufacturing, Aramco

Dr. Saadi Adra

Founder and CEO, Advisors

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Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Chairman, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

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