Conference Programme

14 - 16 October 2019   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
09:00 09:30

Inaugural Ceremony Palm Hall


Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi

Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Saudi Aramco

Nasser A. Abanmi

President , SABIC - KEMYA

Tor Fjaeran

President, World Petroleum Council (WPC)

June Wispelwey

CEO & Executive Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

09:30 10:30

Executive Plenary Palm Hall


Eithne Treanor

Energy Commentator, E Treanor Media


His Excellency Parviz Ogtay oglu Shahbazov

Minister of Energy, Republic of Azerbaijan (invited)

Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi

Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Saudi Aramco

Dr Matar Hamed Al Neyadi

Under Secretary, 24th World Energy Congress Organising Committee; Ministry of Energy and Industry United Arab Emirates

Yemi Adetunji

COO Downstream, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) (invited)

Dr. Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

10:30 12:00

Exhibition Inauguration Hall 1


His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain (invited)

12:30 14:00

VIP Lunch

14:00 15:00

Global Leadership Panel - The Future of Refining and Petrochemicals

With the need for cleaner gasoline and diesel fuels, new challenges arise with respect to lower sulphur contents in products (particularly of marine fuels, IMO 2020), cleaner feedstocks and residual processing. Improvements, e.g. of catalysts for HDS, FCC and alkylation could help in this respect. Also, emission reduction and co-processing of renewables are big issues. The major question is: Which innovative technologies will have an impact on the future of the refining sector?


Pedro Miras Salamanca

Chairman, CORES

Muratzhan Mussaibekov

Managing Director, JSC NC "KazMunayGas”

Suleyman M Ozmen

Sr. Consultant, Independent

Dr. Madhukar Garg

Head Refining & Petchem R&D, Reliance Industries Limited

15:00 16:00

Panel Discussion - Digital Transformation Strategies in Downstream

Not just for process control, digital technology has increasingly been utilized for a wide range of purposes including closing the generation gap between operators, RBM/RBI and simultaneous management of several facilities, with technological progress such as AI and the internet of things and big data utilization. It has become an effective tool for asset management. This roundtable discussion will consider how digital technology is currently utilized for asset integrity. What are its advantages and disadvantages? What could the ideal model of digital technology for future asset integrity look like? And what will encourage or hinder the realization of the ideal model?


Milton Costa Filho

Secretary General, IBP - Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute


Zaher Ibrahim

President - Saudi Arabia, North Gulf & East Mediterranean, Baker Hughes, Baker Hughes, a GE company

Gary Weiss

Chief Operating Officer, Aspen Technology

Keith A. Couch

Senior Director - Global Technology Sales , Honeywell UOP

16:30 17:30

Executive Panel Session - Sustainability and Petrochemicals

Petrochemical products are everywhere and are integral to modern societies. They include plastics, fertilisers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents, tyres, and many others. They are also found in many parts of the modern energy system, including solar panels, wind turbine blades, batteries, thermal insulation for buildings, and electric vehicle parts. The Future sustainability of Petrochemicals will take a close look at the consequences of the growing demand for these products, and what we can do to accelerate a clean energy transition for the petrochemical industry.


Dr. Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)


Walt Szopiak

Vice President, Chevron Energy Technology

Saad Al-Ayedh

EVP Petrochemicals, TASNEE

Seifi Ghasemi

Chairman, President and CEO, Air Products

19:00 21:00

Gala Dinner Gulf Hotel

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