14 - 16 September 2021   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

Hafedh Al-Qassab

General Manager, Refining , BAPCO

The inaugural GDA Conference and Exhibition has been a great success, as we have been able to meet with a large number of key contractors and vendors. The technical programme was very strong, which was reflective of good attendance in all sessions, and the discussion topics were relevant to today’s business. The high level panelists were also an added attraction. The co-located LEWAS event provided even more opportunity for knowledge sharing and diversity understanding, and of particular success was the GDA Youth Programme which was developed by BChemE and the next generation of leaders, who were able to put together a great series of events, talks and supporting activities. Well done to all organizers and sponsors, making this the event to be at in the region

Nathan Ergonul

Vice President, Marketing – Refining Technologies, W.R. Grace & Co

GDAs inaugural Conference and Exhibition was a huge success. It has filled a huge gap across the Downstream Sector of the Middle East. Creating a platform to bring together all the key stake holders and fostering a great collaborative environment, from the organization to the event and beyond. My congratulations to everyone contributed.

Kumail Alqatari

Saudi Aramco

The Gulf Downstream Association 2018 International Conference and Exhibition was very well organized. The conference gathered multi-disciplinary expertise across the Arabian Gulf’s neighbor countries. It focused on knowledge sharing as well as benchmarking. All in all, it has been a great collaboration opportunity between different organizations and an honor for me to have been participating in a such event.

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.

Abrar Hakeem

Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

I found the GDA conference a great networking platform. It enabled me to interact with different technology providers and help understand how they tackle global downstream challenges. I came across interesting technical presentations & discussion topics, which makes it a complete package for a good conference to attend.

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!

Raj Jhajharia

Technical Manager, Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)

I was overwhelmed with the visitors' queries about GDA and willingness to join the GDA membership. One company CEO even asked why their logo was not on the GDA Media wall.

Suleyman M Ozmen

Sr. Consultant, Independent

GDA conference was one of the best I ever attended. The diversity of topics and sessions from technology to human capital made it a great success. This is the first conference in ME were top management were present all 3 days. Great exhibition venue where networking was incredible.

Alok Srivastava

Technical Services Manager, Advanced Refining Technologies (ART)

It was great opportunity to meet so many personnel from my customers at one place, had great exchange of ideas. It was also nice to meet other technology providers to know more about them.

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.

Darren Hughes

International Business Development Manager, Concrete Canvas Ltd.

The GDA Conference & Exhibition was the perfect addition to our annual event calendar, allowing us to both meet with current clients and introduce our technology materials to new potential clients.

Jim Brigman

Managing Director, Ingenero Inc

The GDA conference has become the premier general downstream industry conference for the GCC for sharing insights on vendor technology, safety improvements, and approaches to maximize plant performance.

Waddah Al-Zaabi

Sales Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

The GDA conference was a significant step in the right direction for the region. It signals that as a region, we are ready to reach the next level of collaboration and innovation. A strong showing from the region’s top players, as well as their global partners, generated the right momentum and energy to not only make this conference a success, but mark it as a milestone in the Downstream history of the region.

It was an honor to participate, we have met all our objectives and then some. A lot of our major decisions in the near future will be based off of meetings that took place during the conference and key messages we have heard during the three-day event.

Raad Mulla

Process Engineer, Aramco Engineering Services

In my humble opinion, GDA has successfully planted the seed to be the hub of Downstream knowledge sharing in the Middle East. It will be grease that will lubricate the innovation machine in the downstream industry in the region. I truly enjoyed taking part in it and learning from SMEs about different subjects affecting the downstream business. For me, it was the most enjoyable three days I’ve had this year.

Joseph Ibrahim

Managing Director, Middle East, Axens

During the GDA 2018 version I have witnessed interesting presentations given by companies and organizations presenting for the first time in the Middle East which demonstrates that GDA focuses on bringing new ideas and new players.

Liesbeth Jansen

Industry Liaison Officer , Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

The GDA conference brought together the experts from the Gulf region and other parts of the world to discuss the future of oil and the future of fuels. This was a timely event in an ever faster changing world. In the coming decades, all eyes will be even more on the Middle East in securing the fuel products for transportation and other applications but keeping mind that the global climate change will require change in our business, as well. The time was right to discuss these topics with all the experts. The conference with interesting presentations and posters was well attended and supported by a lively exhibition that gave ample opportunity to interact with the colleagues from around the world. The Poken system provided a good tool to gather information from the conference and the exhibitors and to shake hands with fellow GDA participants.

Mike Whitling


It was refreshingly pleasing to see such a high percentage of operating company representation, good discussions were held with a wide variety of personnel during the event. The event was well organised and the Exhibition area was well designed to encourage delegates to freely move around the many stands. The ‘Poken’ USB Touchpoint system was a useful tool and many visitors to our Wood. stand used the touchpoint to request information.

Abdelghani Sinno

Sr. Construction Consultant- Application Engineer , Bentley Systems, Incorporated

The conference was terrific. The technical sessions were very insightful. A great event for networking.

Abdulrahman Algwaiz

Saudi Aramco

I just returned from the GDA conference in Bahrain and want to take a moment to thank the organizers for making it such a worthwhile experience. I have nothing but to praise all who coordinated & attended the conference. The speakers & exhibitioners were well prepared, and the sessions were well attended. The workshops were relevant and very helpful. Everyone felt that GDA organizers did a superb job organizing the panel discussion & sessions and selecting thought-provoking topics. Congratulations on both a successful and a memorable conference.

Dr. Mohamed Bin Shams

Associate Professor, University of Bahrain

A compact source of inspiration, packed with so much knowledge, great speakers, exhibitors, and opportunities for youth and professionals. As a technical speaker and a team member of the energetic 'YouChemE' program, it was great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience between industry leaders and younger talents. I will definitely engaged again!

Khalid Al Hamid

Operations Manager, Ras Tanura Refinery, Saudi Aramco

The GDA Conference excellent Techincal Program was a result of the diverse background and full engagement of all Technical Committee members. The reviews as well as coordination with the speakers yielded an outstanding program that was commended by conference attendees.

Rajan Jawale

Product Line Manager, Chevron Lummus Global

It was well organized event which was an excellent opportunity for the refiners and the service providers to get together. I was very happy to note the interest the Gulf Area refiners showed in Chevron Lummus Global and Advanced Refining Technology’s offerings. As one of the speakers at the event, I was very impressed with the arrangements made for the presentations and the professionalism displayed by the staff during the event.

Ms. Anne-Marie Walters

Bentley Systems, Incorporated

As a first-time attendee to the GDA conference, I found the event interesting and educational regards the business drivers for the refining industry across the gulf region. The impressive range of speakers shared their in-depth knowledge of the global business challenges facing the region’s refiners and this in turn attracted a wide range of attendees. I was also impressed with the specific programs focused on women and young people, demonstrating GDA’s social leadership in the region.

Darren Hughes

International Business Development Manager, Concrete Canvas Ltd.

The GDA event was a real success for Concrete Canvas and our local partners in the Gulf Region. We made many good contacts who visited our exhibition stand and we were pleased to be a part of the technical conference, which had excellent content throughout.

Srinivas Badithela

Sr. Excellence Engineer, Corporate Support Division, ADNOC Refining

GDA was a very well organized International conference and Exhibition which witnessed participation from large no of Operating Companies, Technology Providers, Service Organizations from GCC Region and around the Globe.

It has provided an opportunity to interact, discuss some of the key topics of relevance to the Downstream Industry.
Overall, an Excellent Conference.

Ahmed Al Kubaish

Maintenance Engineer, Saudi Aramco

It was great experience and one of its kind, where I have seen excellent technologies and best practices and built excellent network with critical industry leading organizations.

Ahmad A. Almulaifi

Manager, IT Group, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)

GDA ConfEx 2018 was great opportunity for GCC Downstream companies as well international vendors to meet and discuss new trends and technologies in addition to exchanging experiences.

Yaming Jin

Science Specialist - Refining Development Team ; Chairperson - Technology ( GDA Stream), Saudi Aramco

I participated in the 2018 GDA International Conference and Exhibition both as a member of the Technical Committee and as a technical presenter. Here are two comments I would like to make for the event:

1. The organizer was able to bring together a team of industrial leaders to share their visions of refining and petrochemicals industries, which are once again at a transformational time. As a R&D researcher, I do feel reassured of the focus areas that Refining R&D can bring value and positive impact to the industries.

2. The quality of presentations is second to none. In my opinion, each technical presentation was so carefully selected and finely prepared to reflect the state of the art of the industries in the gulf region and beyond thanks to the tremendous work behind the scene by the presenters, reviewers, and organizers.

Nileshkumar Patel

Senior Process Engineer , Sadara Chemical Company

GDA conference experience was value added experience for me. Excellent event management team from registration to closing ceremony well planned & organized program. I enjoyed a very useful & quality technical presentation and iposter session & it will help me lot for improvement and optimization of process units. This conference add lot of value for downstream technical professionals to optimize processes and future business strategies like shared best practice, Innovation of new technologies, Future downstream industry and energy trend. Also GDA provided good networking platform to interact with global technology professionals & vendors.

Prabhas K Mandal

Business Development | Downstream Capital Portfolio Planning Dept, Saudi Aramco

GDA Conference-2018 was a well-organized event for the regional Downstream industries and Vendors. It gave a global flavor with the presence of world’s leading licensing & engineering companies. While technical presentation provided the operational experiences and recent developments, Panel discussion on the other hand set the stage for future Downstream business.

As a Speaker of the conference, I felt personal touch from the organizer. It was really a great experience for me.

Fahad AlRuhayem

Project Engineer, Sadara Chemical Company

It was enjoyable and fruitful experience... I had the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people from around the world and had the exposure of the new cutting-edge technologies in the market.

Roddy Macmillan Herbert

Koru International Ltd

GDA 18 was a well organised event with relevant quality speakers, exhibitors, forums and workshops. With major disruption happening to the industry attending this event was not only necessary to keep well informed and current, but also an excellent opportunity to network and connect with like-minded peers and organisations.

Mr. Bukhari Asim

Ingress Partners

I would like to thank the GDA team, the exhibitors and the companies involved in making the conference a big success. The conference was handled very professionally and we look forward to participating again.

Sanjay Gupta

Sr. Energy Coordinator, Saudi Aramco

GDA conference was a delightful learning experience and precious opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing, and most importantly seeing so many professionals from the industry passionate about what they do on an every-day basis. The conference was well themed and panel discussions were efficiently timed to discuss and giving insights to deal with inevitable challenges that comes from the rapidly changing and extremely volatile downstream industry. Attending GDA conference and being a part of it was one of the pioneering and lifetime experience.

Mr. Wael Al Sawalha

Forum Energy Technologies

This exhibition was a good opportunity to introduce the company to potential end-users and to understand their concerns and requirements.

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