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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Emad A. Muhaisen

Division Head, Jazan Economic City Development Department, Saudi Aramco

Rayyan S. Tayeb

Domestic Refining & NGLF, Saudi Aramco

Ebrahim Talib

Former Deputy Chief Executive, BAPCO

Mr. Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Chairman, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Adolfo Allegro

Vice President, MiraCAD Technologies

Akira Kondo

Senior Vice President, Project Sponsor, JGC Corporation Oil & Gas

Alberto Piroso

CEO - TIDAREC, Technip Bahrain

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Co-Founder, Strategy Implementation Institute

Badr Burshaid

President, Project Management Institute KSA-Chapter

Khalid Yousif Hadi

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

Oleg Konovalov

Thought leader, author and TEDx speaker,

Robin Speculand

Strategy and Digital Implementation Specialist, Strategy Implementation Institute

Dr. Stephen P. Mulva

Director, Construction Industry Institute

Dr. H.J. James Choo

Chief Technical Officer, Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

Yahya A. Abushal

General Manager - Jazan Refinery Complex , Saudi Aramco

Douglas Weidner

Chairman, Knowledge Management Institute

Eric M. Wei

Sr. Refining and Petrochemicals Consultant, Saudi Aramco

Dr. James O'Connor

Professor, C.T. Wells Professorship in Project Management - Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Maha Mohammad Ibrahim

Director, Human Capital Department; Acting Director, Strategy & The Future Department; Chief Officer of Happiness & Well-being, FEWA

Michio Ikeda

Former Executive Vice President, ENEOS Corporation

Nadia Bader Al-Hajji

Deputy CEO - Projects & Business Development, Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC)

Nada Abandah

Transformation and Strategy Consultant, Dubai Health Authority

Robin M. Mikaelsson

President, AWP University

Haifa Ali Al- Youha

Team Leader - Talent Management and Leadership Development, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)

Hafedh Al-Qassab

Acting Deputy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, BAPCO

Ki Kuganesan

Executive Coach EMBA Dubai & EMBA Global, London Business School

Mohammed Hammad

Operations, Executive Director, Jacobs Zate

Reem Al Ghanim

Head of HR, SATORP

Dr. Richard Charlesworth

Executive Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Dr. Saadi Adra

Founder and CEO, Advisors

Wael H. Aljasem

Team Leader - Mega Projects, Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC)

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View the full list of the GDA Technical Committee

Leadership and People Development

Project Management


Mr. Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Chairman, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)


Rayyan S. Tayeb

Domestic Refining & NGLF, Saudi Aramco

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