GDA International Downstream Conference & Exhibition 2020

14 - 16 February 2023   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
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14-16 Feb 2023  |  Gulf Hotel and Convention Centre, Kingdom of Bahrain

Due to concerns over the recent further outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consideration of the health and safety of participants, the GDA Board has decided to postpone the event from 31st May – 2nd June 2022 to 14th - 16th February 2023. 

Throughout the pandemic, GDA has remained committed to ultimately delivering a high value downstream in person-event for the largest possible audience. Our founding members are determined to wait for the right conditions to deliver a truly successful gathering up to your expectations. 

As we navigate this period, the GDA Secretariat along with the GDA Technical Committees will continue its work to ensure that we build a relevant and comprehensive program that brings together downstream professionals to address global business challenges, share best practices and unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

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GDA 2023 Committee

Ebrahim Talib

Former Deputy Chief Executive, BAPCO

Saad H. Binmatlig

Manager Business Development and Optimization Department, SATORP

Aqeel Almuharraqi

Superintendent FCCU & Utilities, Technical Services, BAPCO

Ali Mohamed A.Karim Alansari

Manager - Oil Processing Department , BAPCO

Abdullatif Salih Alhameli

Western Region Joint Venture Portfolio Manager , Saudi Aramco

Dr. Anissa Sedjerari

R&D Portfolio Manager, KAUST Catalysis Center

Dr. Basim Abussaud

Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

Dhanasekar Periyasamy

Principal Solution Consultant, Aspen Technology

Dr. Dawoud Bahzad

Division Director - Science & Technology (S&T), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Emad A. Muhaisen

Division Head, Jazan Economic City Development Department, Saudi Aramco

Fadi Mhaini

Managing Director, Lummus Technology MENA and Director, Technology Licensing, Lummus Technology

Ghaleyah Rashed Naser Alazmi

Eng,Sr.Process, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf

Assistant Professor and PCAP Program Coordinator, University of Bahrain

Jad Abou Charbine

Technical Services Manager, Axens

Jad Dib

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Mohamed Naser Alnoaimi

Business Strategy Leader - Corporate Strategy Department, BAPCO

Mohammed Benchekchou

Director Strategic Accounts - Middle East & North Africa, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Mohammed Farsi

Division Head of Operations, Saudi Aramco

Nihar Gulwadi

AGM-Project Development, Ingenero Inc

Omar Al Hamed

Manager- Refining Operations, ADNOC Refining

Dr. Ranjit Kulkarni

Director - Middle East Sales, Honeywell UOP

Raj Jhajharia

Technical Manager and Acting Marketing Manager, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Ravivenkatesh Narayanaswamy

Vice President , IHS Markit

Dr. Samir Elkareish

Director - Technical Affairs Department, OAPEC - Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

Waddah Al-Zaabi

Sales Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

Abdulsalam AlSaif

Manager - Ras Tanura Refinery Operations Department, Saudi Aramco

Ahmed Abdulla Al Haddad

Promotion & Conferences Specialist, National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA)

Ahlam Mohammed

Acting Manager Corporate Communications, BAPCO

Bader Shammri

Unit Head, Ras Tanura Operations Engineering Division, Saudi Aramco

Amal Al Aamer

Communications Manager, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

Fai Aldossary

Unit Head, Ras Tanura Refinery Engineering Support Div., Saudi Aramco

Fatemah Al Sori

Senior External Communication, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Fatema Husain

Senior Process Engineer - Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Khuloud Saad Al Mutairi

Manager, Corporate Communication Dept., Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Mohammad Al Shahrani

Affiliates Manufacturing Excellence Manager and Acting Secretary General - GDA, Saudi Aramco

Reem Ebrahim

Event Consultant, nogaholding

Tariq Saleh

Senior Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Wail Gahwagy

Refining Planning & Performance Management Division, Saudi Aramco

Yousef S. Alghamdi

Maintenance Division Head, Ras Tanura Refinery Maintenance Department, Saudi Aramco

Ali Hassan Bucheeri

Field Service Engineer, Honeywell

Ali Mohamed Isa

Field Service Engineer, Honeywell UOP

S. Abdulla Al Meshal

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Aseel Ahmad Al-Hardan

Planning Engineer, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)

Abdulaziz Baqer Khajah

Process Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Fatema Husain

Senior Process Engineer - Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Khaled Abdulla Salem Alketbi

Quality Control & Lab Chemist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) LNG

Khalid Ahmad Mohyeddeen

Distillation & Heavy Ends Upgrading, Aramco Engineering Services

Khalid Nadhem Hashem

Process Engineer, BAPCO

Maram Mohamed Ali Ashoor

Environmental Specialist , Supreme Council for Environment

Marda Jassim BuAli

Planning Engineer, BAPCO

Moosa Jaffer Al Lawati

Analyst, Protiviti Member Firm

Raad Mulla

Process Engineer, Aramco Engineering Services

Taqi Abdulla

Senior Process Engineer, BAPCO

Waddah Al-Zaabi

Sales Manager, ART Hydroprocessing


The Gulf Downstream Association's Conference and Exhibition will address global business challenges to unlock opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Choose one or more from the below topics to submit your abstract.


The three-day event saw over 2,500 professionals gather from more than 20 countries to 121 expert speakers that covered Innovation and Technology, Improvements, Digitisation, Integration, and Energy.

Read more          Download the 2018 post event report

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Downstream Global Content Lead, Wood Mackenzie

I thoroughly enjoyed this inaugural event. Given this was the first one, it was very impressive to see both the wide range and high caliber of the exhibitors and participate in very active and engaging technical sessions.

Khaled Adbellatif

Technology Advisor, Daily Thermetrics

It was very organized and beneficial for downstream professionals to meet and engage with each other.

Dr. Pratap Nair

President & CEO, Ingenero Inc

A well-managed show, overall. Good material and audience. The quality of this meeting has been steadily improving over the years. Catering requires special mention this time - quality was good. Kudos to the organizers!

Xander de Jong

Principal Process Engineer, R&D, Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

A professional conference for downstream professionals.

Dr. Nicholas Hurley

International Technical Director, j5 International

This is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding conferences I have ever been to.


The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) was established by its Founding Companies 
Saudi AramcoKuwait Petroleum International (KPI)Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). GDA is a pioneering, non-profit association and “point of reference” for all downstream players including industry professionals, corporate executives and legislators seeking to foster excellence and drive advancement through mutually beneficial engagement and industry collaboration.

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