23 - 25 October 2018 | Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

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Under the Patronage His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Prime Minister,
Kingdom of Bahrain

Conference Chairmen

Conference Chairman Mr. Suleman A. Al-Bargan Vice President, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Conference Co-Chair Mr. Jasem Ali Al-Sayegh Chief Executive Officer,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Committee Chair Khalid Al Hamid Operations Manager, Ras Tanura Refinery,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Committee Co-Chair Hafedh Al-Qassab General Manager, Refining ,
Organizing Committee Chair Ibrahim Nitaifi Manager, Engineering, Jazan Refinery,
Saudi Aramco
Organizing Committee Co-Chair Shukri Al Haddad Manager, Media and Communication,
ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

About GDA International Downstream Conference & Exhibition 2018

The GDA Conference is the leading Middle East strategic platform for Downstream professionals to address 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 business, academia & technology providers to capitalize on investment, innovation & growth.

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Plenary Speaker His Excellency Bakheet Al-Rashidi Minister of Oil,
State of Kuwait
Plenary Speaker His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil,
Kingdom of Bahrain
Plenary Speaker Dr. Alexander Ritschel Head of Technology,
Plenary Speaker Dr. Andrea Lovato Chief Technology Officer,
Acwa Power
Plenary Speaker David M Johnson President & CEO,
Achates Power
Plenary Speaker David H. Witte Sr. VP & Division Head - Energy & Natural Resources,
IHS Markit Houston
Plenary Speaker Francesco Palmieri Senior Partner & MD,
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Plenary Speaker François Good Senior Vice President, Refining & Petrochemicals,
Plenary Speaker Jean Sentenac Chairman & CEO,
Plenary Speaker Norm Gilsdorf President, Honeywell High Growth Regions Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Central Asia and Customs Union,
Plenary Speaker Nooruddin Ahmed Co-­Founder,
CERTERO Business Corporation
Plenary Speaker Othman Al-Ghamdi Chief Executive Officer,
S-Oil Corporation
Plenary Speaker Steven McCoskey Vice President, Operations,
Solomon Associates
Plenary Speaker Mr. Suleman A. Al-Bargan Vice President, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation,
Saudi Aramco
Plenary Speaker Suleyman M Ozmen Sr. Consultant,
Plenary Speaker Dr. Prof. Riyad Yousuf Abdulaziz Hamzah President,
University of Bahrain
Plenary Speaker Tor Fjaeran President,
World Petroleum Council (WPC)
Plenary Speaker Dr. Sun Xiansheng Secretary General,
International Energy Forum (IEF)

Technical Speakers

Technical Speaker Abdelghani Sinno Sr. Construction Consultant- Application Engineer ,
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Technical Speaker Abdulaziz Al-Duaij IT Manager,
Technical Speaker Abdullah Alraddadi Process Engineer,
Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)
Technical Speaker Abdulrahman Algwaiz Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Ahmad Al-Failakawi Manager, Manufacturing Optimization Group ,
Technical Speaker Ahmad A. Almulaifi Manager, IT Group,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Ahmed Al Kubaish Maintenance Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Ahmed Ismail Defect Elimination Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)
Technical Speaker Alan Gelder VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Downstream Global Content Lead,
Wood Mackenzie
Technical Speaker Albara A. Al-Harbi Operation Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Ali Mohamed Al-Mansoori Manager, Planning & Supply Chain Department,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Alok Srivastava Technical Services Manager ,
Advanced Refining Technologies (ART)
Technical Speaker Bilal Abdallah Manager,
Technical Speaker Cassandra Schoessow Sr. Technical Professional Leader - Process,
KBR Technology
Technical Speaker Daniel Jeyasankar Process Engineer ,
Technical Speaker Daniel Rodas Director, Solution Architect,
Baker Hughes
Technical Speaker Darren Hughes International Business Development Manager,
Concrete Canvas Ltd.
Technical Speaker Deepak R D Senior Hydrocracking Technical Services Consultant,
Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Technical Speaker Edward Griffiths Technology Manager,
KBR Technology
Technical Speaker Emilie Rousseau Sales Development Manager,
Technical Speaker Fadi Mhaini Director, Technology Licensing ,
Technical Speaker Feras Alanazi Engineering Supervisor,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Gary Brierley Project Development Manager ,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Speaker Dr. Gnana Pragasam Singaravel Catalysis Section Head,
ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Technical Speaker Gurminder Singh Director, Technology Licensing - MENA,
Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Technical Speaker Hadla S. AlFedaghi Engineer Networks and Security, IT ,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Hannan Bader Mohammad Alqanai Sr. Eng. Environment,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Harbeyah Al-Enezi Process Engineer,
Technical Speaker Hassan Abu Al-Saud Process Engineer / ROED Utility Unit,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Hussain Mohammad Hussain Al-Mutairi Eng.-B,Process,
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)
Technical Speaker Iain Mackay COO,
Technical Speaker Jorn Veenstra Specialist Pipeline Integrity,
Technical Speaker Keshav Nagarhalli Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company SAOC (ORPIC)
Technical Speaker Mahmoud Alkahlout Crude Complex Operation Engineer ,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mahmoud Ibrahim Process Engineer , RTR|Refinery Operation Engineering Unit,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Mohamed Ahmed Hejres Technical Sales & Services Supervisor,
Technical Speaker Mohammed Nabeel Network Security Solution Consultant,
Yokogawa MEA
Technical Speaker Dr. Mohamed Bin Shams Associate Professor,
University of Bahrain
Technical Speaker Dr. Mohammad Shamsuzzoha Senior Engineer, Process (Simulation),
ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Nabeel Haidar Team Leader, IT Enterprise Applications,
Technical Speaker Dr. Nicholas Hurley International Technical Director,
j5 International
Technical Speaker Nick Kinnis Business Development,
Technical Speaker Nicolas Menet Consulting Solutions Sales Manager,
Technical Speaker Prabhas Mandal Engineering Specialist,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Dr. Pratap Nair President & CEO,
Ingenero Inc
Technical Speaker Qais AlDoub Senior Networks and Security, IT,
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Technical Speaker Raj Ghetia Acting Process Specialist,
Technical Speaker Rajan Jawale Product Line Manager,
Chevron Lummus Global
Technical Speaker Rajesh Sivadasan Principal Hydroprocessing Technology Specialist,
Honeywell UOP
Technical Speaker Reda Rashwan Senior Process Engineer,
Gulf Advanced Process Technologies Co. (GAPTECH)
Technical Speaker Saptarshi Bhowmick PSS Department Manager,
Yokogawa MEA
Technical Speaker Seheon Choi Advanced Process Control (APC) Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Siddig Seedahmed Siddig King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Technical Speaker Simon Cackett Licensing Technology Manager,
Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Technical Speaker Soren Mikkelsen Sales Liaison Officer,
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Technical Speaker Srinivas Badithela Sr. Excellence Engineer, Corporate Support Division,
ADNOC Refining
Technical Speaker Srinivasaiah Kamandahalli Senior Process Engineer,
Saudi Aramco
Technical Speaker Talal Al Rawahi Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company SAOC (ORPIC)
Technical Speaker Velmurugan Venkatesan Process Specialist Hydrocracking ,
Technical Speaker Wasemia Abdullah F Alshammari Process Engineer,
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)
Technical Speaker Xander de Jong Principal Process Engineer, R&D,
Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd
Technical Speaker Yaming Jin Science Specialist - Refining Development Team ; Chairperson - Technology ( GDA Stream),
Saudi Aramco

Conference Program

Ministers, global industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers led the discussion on the role of innovation, collaboration, & technology in the future of the oil & gas industry.

iPosters Program

A simple, dynamic, and interactive process for authors and visitors to interact and transfer knowledge.

GDA TechXperience Workshop

Welcome to the workshop of the future for applied technology in Robotics and 3D printing.

YouChemE - Catalysing the Youth

A program dedicated for the young professionals and students at the GDA Conference.

About the Gulf Downstream Association

The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) was established by its founding members from Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

GDA is a non- profit organization aiming to bring Downstream players together to further develop the industry and draw benefits from knowledge sharing and best practices. 

Watch the GDA Corporate Video

Co-Located Event

The LEWAS Symposium was created when a group of women decided there needed to be a forum in the GCC that provided a place to: celebrate women’s achievements, learn from well-respected women, have an opportunity to network, and improve upon knowledge.

This year, the one-day symposium took place at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 25 October 2018.

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