11:00 - 17:00

Registration opens

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12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Procurement

13:30 - 13:50

Introductory presentation:


(Best practices in strategic sourcing for procurement function and link with global supply chains functions)

Timothy Williams Senior Advisor, EPC Consulting
13:50 - 14:20

Procurement transformations


(Pre requisites to embark upon a procurement transformation program and key success factors for implementation, Deep dive into enabling E-procurement)

Ahmad Domyati Senior Expertise and Improvement Specialist, Equate
Dr. Martin Kotula Senior Director, Network Value Engineering MEE and EMEA-South, SAP Ariba
14:20 - 14:50

Nurturing local content


(Best practices to nurture local content in petrochemical industry with the backdrop of national transformation strategies and link to technology advancements)

Imran Hariri Head of IKTVA Support function-Procurement and Supply Chain Management Organization, Saudi Aramco
14:50 - 15:10

Networking break

15:10 - 15:40

Group purchasing organization (GPO)


(Best practices to plan and implement GPO)

Marcos Mayo VP, A.T. Kearney
15:40 - 16:00

Panel discussion and Q&A session

16:00 - 17:00

Networking session

17:00 - 19:00

Leaders of Tomorrow: How to build a career in supply chain? (Students session)

17:00 - 19:00

How to build a career in Supply Chain (Students session)


(Potential options for SC careers in the GCC and globally)

Saleh Al Suwaiti GM Procurement, Tasnee
Mohamed Mirza Al Hendi VP, Purchasing and Expediting, Takreer
08:00 - 09:00

Registration opens and Welcome Coffee

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09:00 - 09:20

Welcome address

Mohammad Husain President and CEO, EQUATE
09:20 - 10:40

Session 1: Keynote session

09:20 - 09:40

Keynote session – Building an agile and efficient GCC chemicals supply chain


(Key challenges facing new petrochemical companies in the GCC and lessons learnt. Importance of robust supply chains in enabling start up and growth - with a focus on "agility" and "efficiency")

Ziad Al-Labban CEO, Sadara Chemical Company
09:40 - 10:00

Keynote Session – Digitizing the GCC’s logistics Industry:


(Overview of logistics industry in the GCC. Importance of technology for logistics service providers as a key enabler to increase "agility" and "efficiency" of supply chains)

Nathan Scott Regional Head of IT - MEAC, Panalpina World Transport (Dubai) DWC – LLC
10:00 - 10:20

Panel discussion and Q&A session

10:20 - 10:50

Networking break

10:50 - 12:40

Session 2: Digitization: Building new business models

10:50 - 11:10

Digital disruptions


(Current trends in technology and business models across industries, embarking upon on a digital revolution)

John Straw Senior Advisor, IBM
11:10 - 11:30

How to “digitize” your supply chain


(Key success factors to embark upon a digital transformation journey for your supply chain organization)

Manos Raptopoulos COO - South Europe, Middle East and Africa
11:30 - 11:50

Panel discussion and Q&A session

11:50 - 12:20

State of the global shipping industry and its impact on GCC chemical supply chains

Christian Juul Nyholm Managing Director, Maersk Line (UAE, Qatar, Oman and Iran)
12:20 - 12:40

Q&A session

12:40 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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14:00 - 15:20

Session 3: New supply chain technologies: Enhancing efficiency and agility

14:00 - 14:20

Big Data as the game changer for logistics in the chemical industry – How will digitalization affect future supply chains?

Ralph Muessig Senior Consultant, Camelot Management Consultants  
14:20 - 14:40

Advanced Sales and Operations Planning – A Game changer for Volvo Construction Equipment


(How to leverage big data and advanced analytics for sales and operations planning - the power of predictive analytics to increase supply chain "efficiency")

William Gu VP, Volvo SDLG Distribution, Key Accounts, and Export Sales
14:40 - 15:00

Network optimization- Increasing supply chain agility


(How to leverage big data and advanced analytics as well as other technological innovations to increase supply chain "agility" and address changing customer, volumes and destinations over time)

Richard Verity Partner, McKinsey & Company
15:00 - 15:20

Ensuring supply chain continuity in the face of a cyber attack

Abdul Majid Shaikh Services Advisor and Digital transformation consultant, IBM
15:20 - 15:40

Panel discussion and Q&A session

19:00 - 21:00

Supply Chain Excellence Awards Ceremony and gala dinner

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Samir Al-Abdrabbuh VP of Global Supply, SABIC
08:00 - 09:00

Registration opens and Welcome coffee

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09:00 - 09:20

Keynote session – Role of organization structure in driving efficiency


(Role of supply chain organization structure in driving efficiencies with a key focus on interfaces and links with other functions (e.g. procurement, IT, etc.)

Mrs. Hosnia Hashim Deputy CEO – Olefins and Aromatics, PIC and Board Chairperson, EQUATE
09:00 - 10:00

Session 4: Human technology interface in supply chain

09:20 - 09:40

Impact of GCC national transformation strategies on supply chain


(Impact of unique geographic location on global and local SC, based national transformation strategy of GCC countries )

Rachid Maalouli Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company (Dubai)
09:40 - 10:00

Panel discussion and Q&A session

10:00 - 10:30

Networking break

10:30 - 10:50

GCC talent and HC in enabling digitization of supply chains


(Opportunities and challenges for human capital needs of SC organizations in the GCC with a focus on needs to implement latest "technology")

Mareike Walter-Paschkowski Regional Manager Middle East and Africa, Logistics Executive
10:30 - 12:20

Session 5: GCC supply chains: A sustainable transformation

10:50 - 11:10

Trade facilitation agreement implementation in the GCC


(Challenges and expectations going forward based on implementation of TFA in GCC)

Charles Julien Counsel, White & Case LLP
11:10 - 11:30

GPCA’s Gulf SQAS program and dangerous goods road transport regulations taskforce updates

Alan Izzard Director, Responsible Care and Gulf SQAS, GPCA
11:30 - 12:00

Panel discussion and Q&A session

12:00 - 12:15

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun Secretary General, GPCA
12:15 - 14:30

Networking lunch

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