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EVENT OVERVIEW

The oil & gas industry globally has been undergoing a period of massive transformation, influenced by Covid-19, fluctuating oil prices and the push for Net Zero agenda by 2030.These factors have resulted in even greater emphasis on optimizing production and sustainable operations, accelerating the pace of digital transformation and future technology integrations across MENA’s O&G industry, especially the downstream sector.

MENA’s refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing plants have been adopting emerging technologies, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and AI-powered technologies in a bid to drive production optimization, profitability, capitalize on emerging opportunities and meet sustainability objectives of their downstream organisations.

The MENA Downstream Digital Transformation Conference, taking place on 6-7 March 2023 in Abu Dhabi, will address the challenges in the implementation and capitalization of emerging technologies and digital solutions by convening C-suite executives and heads of digital transformation, innovation, information technology, operational technology, data management and analytics, maintenance, process automation and cyber security to optimize production and cost efficiency while ensuring security of the digital infrastructure.

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Maryam Al Shaibani
Maryam Al Shaibani
Dr. Udo Huenger 
Dr. Udo Huenger 
Fayez Kharbat
Fayez Kharbat
Nofal Al Saidi
Nofal Al Saidi
Mia Buban
Mia Buban
Omar El Sinnary 
Omar El Sinnary 
Abdullah Y Dhafer
Abdullah Y Dhafer
Mathew George
Mathew George
Bart Cornelissen
Bart Cornelissen
Ahmed Al Shandudi 
Ahmed Al Shandudi 
Florian Mueller
Florian Mueller
Shakthisena Thiru
Shakthisena Thiru
Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi 
Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi 
Santhi Sekhar Choppala
Santhi Sekhar Choppala
Dr. Steve Matthews 
Dr. Steve Matthews 
Hamed Al-Abri 
Hamed Al-Abri 
Muhammad Farrukh Amin 
Muhammad Farrukh Amin 
Rajendrakumar Meghani
Rajendrakumar Meghani
Nagaraju Reddicharla
Nagaraju Reddicharla
Dr. Jassim Haji 
Dr. Jassim Haji 
Satheesh Kumar
Satheesh Kumar
Juan Pedro Bretti Mandarano 
Juan Pedro Bretti Mandarano 
Fatema AlQubaiti
Fatema AlQubaiti

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Conference Agenda

First Day6th March, 2023
Second Day7th March, 2023
DAY 1
08:00 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:00 Opening remarks by Great Minds Group
09:05 Welcome address and opening remarks by conference chairman
09:10 C-suite Panel discussion: Industry 4.0 – transforming MENA’s O&G downstream sector
  • Leveraging on Industry 4.0 to successfully navigate the energy transition, capitalise on emerging opportunities and forge future roadmap for the organisation
  • Meeting the Net Zero agenda with innovative digital solutions
  • Driving profitability and strategic growth objectives through digital and AI-powered solutions
Moderator:
  • Mia Buban, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte & Touche, U.A.E.
Panelists:
  • Maryam Al Shaibani, Vice President Information and Digital Solutions, OQ, Oman
  • Udo Huenger, Vice President, Market Area Middle East, BASF, U.A.E.
  • Fayez Kharbat, Head of Digital Business Venturing, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
09:50 Panel Discussion: Data is the new oil – Optimizing downstream processes and performance through data integration, advanced analytics and improved data governance strategy
  • Data as the cornerstone of driving business growth and capitalizing on emerging opportunities amidst the changing energy environment
  • Promoting data centralization and sharing across departments for better decision-making
  • Implementing the right data governance strategy to effectively capture, extract and clean collected data
  • Capturing value and strategic insights from data via AI-powered data analytics and predictive modeling solutions
  • Exploring how refineries can adapt predictive analytics capabilities and reliability strategies around predictive maintenance
Moderator
  • Dr. Steve Matthews, Integrity Consultancy Manager, Petrofac Asset Solutions, U.A.E.
Panelists
  • Ahmed Shandudi, Manager, Information Management & Digital, OQ, Oman
  • Enrst Van Dujin, Leader, Data & Analytics across Oil & Gas, Utilities and Natural Resources EMEA, Bain & Company, Netherlands
  • Mathew George, General Manager, Petrochemicals, Indian Oil Corporation, India
10:30 Presentation: Energy transition and transformation of oil companies into energy companies – An outlook Speaker
  • Mathew George, General Manager, Petrochemicals, Indian Oil Corporation, India
10:50 Networking coffee break
11:30 Panel Discussion: Maintaining cost leadership, operational excellence and sustainability via application of industrial artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics
  • Integration of AI: Continuous monitoring and real-time data analysis for providing valuable and timely insights to capitalize on time sensitive and situation specific opportunities
  • Driving profitability through cost optimization and meeting operational targets at complex downstream facilities
  • Leading global energy delivery with reduced carbon intensity: Optimizing eco-friendly operations and reducing environmental impact of Industry 4.0 technologies
Moderator
  • Dr. Steve Matthews, Integrity Consultancy Manager, Petrofac Asset Solutions, U.A.E.
Panelists
  • Nofal Al Saidi, Vice President – Business Improvement, OQ, Oman
  • Abdulla Al Dhafer, Division Head – Operational Excellence, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Bart Cornelissen, Partner- Strategy, Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader – Middle East, Monitor Deloitte, U.A.E.
12:15 Case study: The real challenge of digitalization is not technology – BAPCO’s digital transformation journey
  • Find out how BAPCO’s digital factory forged a digital culture
  • Developing talents for a digital future and addressing the need for a culture shift for successful digital transformation
  • Developing data champions to derive meaningful insights to improve efficiency and reduce cost
Speaker
  • Muhammad Farrukh Amin, Team Lead – Data & Analytics, BAPCO, Bahrain
12:35 Fire-side chat: Digital upskilling: Developing the downstream workforce
  • Developing the right talent formula to meet the business requirements through extensive training for skills adoption and change management
  • Upskilling the workforce for ensuring strong uptake of technology powered downstream operations to maximize digital capabilities
  • Identifying best models for fostering digital culture; Driving effective change management for successful transition to new operational models and processes
  • Creating attractive opportunities for the right talent to join the downstream sector
Moderator
  • Hamed Al-Abri, Senior New Technology Advisor, Petroleum Development Oman, Oman
Panelists
  • Fayez Kharbat, Digital Investment & Growth, Senior Consultant, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Fatema Alqubaiti, Associate Data Scientist, BAPCO, Bahrain
13:00 Chairman closing remarks and end of conference day one
13:20– 14:20 Workshop: Driving supply chain optimisation in MENA’s downstream organisations
The Oil and Gas industry is a complex and ever-changing environment. Production and operations are typically high-cost, high-risk and capital-intensive. It is an industry that depends on an extensive supply chain with a focus shifting from reducing up-front costs to achieving total cost management and leveraging supplier innovation.

Studies show that automation, robotics, and the development of remote operating capabilities will transform how Oil and Gas companies operate and leveraging IoT to connect end-to-end operations could generate approximately $220 billion of value for the industry.

This workshop discusses:
  • Why cost containment is not just limited to procurement, and how CIO’s CTOs and CPOs can leverage source-to-pay solutions to maximise cost and efficiency.
  • The role of AI, Machine Learning and predictive analytics in gaining a competitive advantage.
  • Leveraging technology to stay one step ahead of risk in uncertain times.
13:45 – 14:45 Workshop: Driving supply chain optimisation in MENA’s downstream organisations Workshop Leader
  • Francesco Colavita, Global Vice President PreSales Consulting, Jaggaer
  • Mohamed Marrakchi, Presales Consultant, Jaggaer
DAY 2
08:00 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:00 Welcome address by the conference chairman
09:05 Panel discussion: Driving successful digital transformation and strategic outcomes, and role of cloud solutions in effective deployment
  • Best practices in achieving successful end-to- end digital transformation
  • Innovations and technologies powering digital transformation of the O&G downstream sector
  • Optimizing data management and analytics, and operational agility by utilizing hybrid cloud
  • Driving the energy transition and powering the NetZero agenda through digital transformation
Moderator:
  • Mathew George, General Manager, Petrochemicals, Indian Oil Corporation, India
Panelists:
  • Ahmed Shandudi, Lead, Information Management, OQ, Oman
  • Juan Pedro Bretti Mandarano, Engineer, Data Science and Energy Advisor, Repsol, Spain
  • Hamed Al-Abri, Senior New Technology Advisor, Petroleum Development Oman, Oman
  • Muhammad Farrukh Amin, Team Lead – Data & Analytics, BAPCO, Bahrain
09:45 Presentation: Optimizing energy management at O&G downstream facilities
  • Driving efficient energy management for cost optimization and improving profit margins for downstream organisations
  • Optimizing resource usage and reducing the cost of producing electricity
  • A look at emerging technologies and energy optimization tools enabling optimal operation of the energy systems
  • Integrating smart energy management systems for reducing and complying with stringent emissions standards as well as effective waste management
Speaker
  • Satheesh Kumar, Senior Engineer, Borouge, U.A.E.
10:05 Panel discussion: Optimizing plant management and critical equipment uptime via IoT-powered predictive maintenance
  • Drawing on the capabilities of IoT, sensors and cognitive AI among other technologies to monitor dynamic refinery conditions and unplanned events in real time to improve uptime and subsequently profitability
  • Deploying asset monitoring and predictive analytics platform for maximizing asset efficiency and integrity across downstream operations
  • Achieving sophisticated insights into equipment health through continuous online monitoring, machine learning analytics, digital twin models, and scheduling overhaul programs
Moderator
  • Enrst Van Dujin, Leader, Data & Analytics across Oil & Gas, Utilities and Natural Resources EMEA, Bain & Company, Netherlands
Panelists
  • Omar El Sinnary, Manager – Engineering Services (Inspection & Corrosion), ADNOC Gas Processing, U.A.E.
  • Dr. Steve Matthews, Integrity Consultancy Manager, Petrofac Asset Solutions, U.A.E.
  • Shakhtisena Thiru, Project & Engineering Manager, Downstream Assets, OQ, Oman
10:45 Networking coffee break
11:20 Panel discussion: Process automation as a key enabler of operational excellence
  • Driving operational excellence, performance optimisation and cost mitigation by leveraging on the capabilities of next generation advanced process control
  • Technologies and innovations in process automation
  • Utilizing AI & ML-based APC for maximizing productivity and achieving operational safety
Moderator
  • Shakhtisena Thiru, Project & Engineering Manager, Downstream Assets, OQ, Oman
Panelists
  • Abdulla Al Dhafer, Division Head – Operational Excellence, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Rajendra Hasmukhlal Meghani, Section Leader, Process Automation, ADNOC Refining, U.A.E.
  • Santhi Sekhar Choppala, Snr. Advisor – Operations, Dolphin Energy, U.A.E.
12:00 Capitalizing on IIoT and AI-powered technology solutions for downstream supply chain optimisation Speaker:
  • Francesco Colavita, Global Vice President PreSales Consulting, Jaggaer
12:25 Closing remarks by the conference chairman
12:35 Close of conference and networking luncheon

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

C-suite Executives, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Directors, Managers, and Heads of Departments from:

Industries

WHY GET INVOLVED?

Get in front of
your target market

Get access to key decision makers from the downstream sector in the region and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.

Increase your
competitiveness

Understand the challenges faced by the region's key NOCs and downstream companies to identify how you can help them overcome them with customised solutions.

Generate strong
leads

Gain insight into the future needs for digital solutions in the downstream companies, influence decision makers, and possibly be shortlisted for upcoming projects.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Platinum Partner
Silver Sponsor

Who Should Sponsor?

Service/solution providers of:

INDUSTRIES

Sponsorship OPPORTUNITIES

We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available. A member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your business objectives.

For more information email partnerships@gmevents.ae or call +971 (0) 4 568 7800
FOR SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
Serah Ben
Conference Director
+971 52 793 3292
serah@gmevents.ae
FOR SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES
Ben Thomas
Head of Sales
+971 52 969 7209 bencily.thomas@gmevents.ae
TO ATTEND 
Adrian Namakula
Marketing Manager
+971 55 7374952 adrian@gmpublicrealtions.ae

MEDIA PARTNERS

Floor Plan

Refining
Petrochemicals and Chemicals
Manufacturing

Venue

Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Online event registrations are now closed.
You may purchase your ticket at the event registration counter on the 1st day of the event. Please refer to the agenda for timings.

Standard delegate fee (O&G and Energy companies) – $2799 + 5% Tax = $2938.95
Standard delegate fee (Technology & Solution Providers) - $3599 + 5% Tax = $3778.95