About the Virtual 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference

The global pandemic has come across as a blow exposing the vulnerabilities and risks lurking in chemical supply chains. While it has presented several challenges, it has accelerated a rapid move to a digital world, opening up new opportunities for innovation and growth, all aimed at increasing supply chain resiliency and transparency. There have been calls for change in the recent past, but this presents the perfect opportunity to thrive in a new reality, where we reconfigure supply chains, manage disruptions and improve visibility by enhancing digital capabilities.

Against this backdrop, GPCA is proud to host its first ever virtual edition of Supply Chain Conference. Now in its 12th Edition, the 2021 cycle of the virtual event will be held under the theme of Powering a resilient, responsive and agile supply chain and it is scheduled for 26-27 May, 2021. The agenda will focus on building a supply chain that is resilient, responsive and agile to drive efficiency and profitability. The dialogues at the event will highlight learnings from the pandemic, reflect on the current tactical steps taken by leaders to thrive in the future and present myriad of opportunities for supply chain transition and growth in a post-pandemic world. The event will follow a unique format blended with thought-provoking keynotes, fireside chats, impactful case studies, digital seminars, interactive masterclasses and engaging panel discussions.

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Event overview


The GPCA Supply Chain Conference has established itself as the premier gathering focused on effective supply chain management within the chemical industry’s value chain across the Arabian Gulf. Now in its 12th edition, the 2021 cycle of the virtual event will be held under the theme, ‘Powering a resilient, responsive and agile supply chain’. The event will focus on digital supply chain transformation and actionable strategies to build a supply chain that is resilient, responsive and agile, to drive efficiency and profitability.
With more real-world examples from leaders and partners in the value chain, this conference will take you beyond theories and highlight live demonstrations, case studies and strategies for a sustainable recovery.


The digital networking functionality at the Virtual Supply Chain Conference will allow attendees to network with peers and industry professionals – all at the click of a button.
Attendees can join discussion tables, attend meeting with meeting room partners (by invitation) and conduct face-to-face meetings online. Delegates can also schedule meetings for later dates, or send text communications via the portal.


11:00 – 11:10

Welcome note and Curtain raiser

11:10 – 11:25

Keynote address: Preparing the GCC chemical supply chains for a transformed world

Hamad Abdulrahman Alterkait, Chairman, PIC

11:25 – 11:35

Q&A session

11:35 - 12:10

Inaugural panel: Riding through the crisis – What does the future hold for chemical supply chains in GCC?

12:10 – 12:20

Q&A session

12:20 – 12:40

In conversation with – What does the future of logistics hold?

12:40 – 12:50

Q&A session

12:50 – 13:10

Networking break

13:10 – 13:40

Accelerating resilience by building a diversified supply chain system

13:40 – 13:50

Panel discussion and Q&A

13:50 – 14:50

Masterclass: How are sustainable supply chains aiding in post-pandemic recovery?

14:50 – 15:30

Networking break

11:00 – 14:00

Supply Chain Digital Seminars

We are progressing into a new era of digitalization where relationships between suppliers, producers, distributors, shippers and LSPs are getting streamlined. The trend towards digitalization is only likely to accelerate due to the pandemic and its aftereffects.

SC Digital Seminars are the newest feature at the 12th Supply Chain Conference. The digital seminars would introduce us to live demonstrations, fueled with latest trends and supported by case-studies of promising technologies which are set to revolutionize supply chains in the future.

(Format: 40 minutes live simulation cases on each technology)

11:00 – 11:30

Digital Process Mining and Digital Twins – A game changer for SC

11:30 – 12:00

Smart Control tower – Delivering real-time insight
Arun Samuga, CTO, Elemica

12:00 – 12:10

Networking Break

12:10 – 12:40

IIoT – Revolutionizing supply chain intelligence with data
Mehtab Gilani, Associate Partner -Chemical & Petroleum, IBM

12:40 – 13:10

Blockchain – Transforming supply chain networks
Daniel Wilson, Director Strategy & Operations, GTD Solution Inc., and the TradeLens platform

13:10 – 13:50

Q&A session

Why attend?


Shorter, crisper and an impactful agenda

The Conference agenda has been specially crafted to give you a flavor of diverse formats through keynote sessions, Fireside chats, masterclasses, live demonstrations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions


E-meet, chat and share experiences

Build real and lasting connections with leading CSCOs and supply chain executives from the region and around the globe, through the enhanced digital networking feature


Stay ahead of the curve by embracing the digital world

The newest feature to the program – Supply Chain Digital Seminars will showcase promising technologies such as blockchain, AI, ML, Digital twins, Robotic automation and many others. Learn how these technologies are going to the transform your existing processes and breathe new life to supply chains

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