GPCA Supply Chain Conference

About the Conference

Held under the theme ‘Agile and Efficient GCC Supply Chains - The Role of Technology’, the 9th GPCA Supply Chain conference will offer delegates an exclusive opportunity to explore the benefits of supply chain digitization in a complex and changing marketplace environment. Attendees will hear from global industry experts about how leading supply chain organizations have leveraged innovative technologies to improve the agility and efficiency of their supply chain operations. Experts will also shed light on the core capabilities required to embark upon a digital transformation journey. Several other ‘top of the mind’ topics to be discussed during the Conference include the impact of trade agreements on the region, top market trends to watch in 2017, the importance of organizational and human capital development, and the role of safety in supply chain operations.

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In its 7th year, the conference has become a global meeting place with a rich agenda, each agenda item is a conference by itself.

Saleh Al-Shabnan
Vice Chairman, GPCA Supply Chain Committee

An educational conference with in depth concepts on the logistics and supply chain fields.

François Lemieux
Rail Project Manager, Sadara Chemical Company


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A Few of Our 2017 Speakers

Mohammad Husain

Mohammad Husain

President and CEO, EQUATE

Mohammad Husain has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of EQUATE Petrochemical Company since April 2012. Prior to joining EQUATE, he was ho...

Saleh Al Suwaiti

Saleh Al Suwaiti

GM Procurement, Tasnee

Saleh Homoud Al Suwaiti boasts extensive industry experience working in the procurement and supply chain domain that spans more than 25 years. At the star...

Alan Izzard

Alan Izzard

Director, Responsible Care and... GPCA

Alan Izzard holds the position of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association’s (GPCA) Director of Responsible Care and Gulf Sustainability and Qualit...

Timothy Williams

Timothy Williams

Senior Advisor, EPC Consulting

He is a Senior Advisor with over 20 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain, leading successful transformation in Global Telecom Operators. ...

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The 9th GPCA Supply Chain Conference

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Program Schedule

  • 11:00 17:00

    Registration opens

    Sponsored by

  • 12:30 13:30

    Networking lunch

  • 13:30 16:00

    Workshop: Procurement

  • 13:30 13:50

    Introductory presentation:

    Timothy Williams

    Senior Advisor,
    EPC Consulting

  • 13:50 14:20

    Procurement transformations

    Dr. Martin Kotula

    Senior Director, Network Value...
    SAP Ariba

  • 14:20 14:50

    Nurturing local content

    Imran Hariri

    Head of IKTVA Support function...
    Saudi Aramco

  • 14:50 15:10

    Networking break

  • 15:10 15:40

    Group purchasing organization ...

    Marcos Mayo

    A.T. Kearney ...

  • 15:40 16:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 16:00 17:00

    Networking session

  • 17:00 19:00

    Leaders of Tomorrow: How to bu...

  • 17:00 19:00

    How to build a career in Suppl...

    Mohamed Mirza Al Hendi

    VP, Purchasing and Expediting,...

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration opens and Welcome...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:20

    Welcome address

    Mohammad Husain

    President and CEO,

  • 09:20 10:40

    Session 1: Keynote session

  • 09:20 09:40

    Keynote session – Buildi...

    Ziad Al-Labban

    Sadara Chemical Company

  • 09:40 10:00

    Keynote Session – Digiti...

    Nathan Scott

    Regional Head of IT - MEAC,
    Panalpina World Transport (Dub...

  • 10:00 10:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 10:20 10:50

    Networking break

  • 10:50 12:40

    Session 2: Digitization: Build...

  • 10:50 11:10

    Digital disruptions

    John Straw

    Senior Advisor,

  • 11:10 11:30

    How to “digitize” ...

    Manos Raptopoulos

    COO - South Europe,
    Middle East and Africa

  • 11:30 11:50

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 11:50 12:20

    State of the global shipping i...

    Christian Juul Nyholm

    Managing Director,
    Maersk Line (UAE, Qatar, Oman ...

  • 12:20 12:40

    Q&A session

  • 12:40 14:00

    Networking lunch

    Sponsored by

  • 14:00 15:20

    Session 3: New supply chain te...

  • 14:00 14:20

    Big Data as the game changer f...

    Ralph Muessig

    Senior Consultant,
    Camelot Management Consultants...

  • 14:20 14:40

    Advanced Sales and Operations ...

    William Gu

    Volvo SDLG Distribution, Key A...

  • 14:40 15:00

    Network optimization- Increasi...

    Richard Verity

    McKinsey & Company

  • 15:00 15:20

    Ensuring supply chain continui...

    Abdul Majid Shaikh

    Services Advisor and Digital t...

  • 15:20 15:40

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 19:00 21:00

    Supply Chain Excellence Awards...

    Samir Al-Abdrabbuh

    VP of Global Supply,

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration opens and Welcome...

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:20

    Keynote session – Role o...

    Mrs. Hosnia Hashim

    Deputy CEO – Olefins and Aro...

  • 09:00 10:00

    Session 4: Human technology in...

  • 09:20 09:40

    Impact of GCC national transfo...

    Rachid Maalouli

    Associate Partner,
    McKinsey & Company (Dubai)

  • 09:40 10:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 10:00 10:30

    Networking break

  • 10:30 10:50

    GCC talent and HC in enabling ...

    Mareike Walter-Paschkowski

    Regional Manager Middle East a...
    Logistics Executive

  • 10:30 12:20

    Session 5: GCC supply chains: ...

  • 10:50 11:10

    Trade facilitation agreement i...

    Charles Julien

    White & Case LLP

  • 11:10 11:30

    GPCA’s Gulf SQAS program and...

    Alan Izzard

    Director, Responsible Care and...

  • 11:30 12:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 12:00 12:15

    Closing remarks

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

    Secretary General,

  • 12:15 14:30

    Networking lunch

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