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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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Speakers

Dr. Udo Huenger 
Dr. Udo Huenger 
Fayez Kharbat
Fayez Kharbat
<strong>Nofal Al Saidi</strong>
Nofal Al Saidi
Jad Dib 
Jad Dib 
Omar AlJunaibi 
Omar AlJunaibi 
Omar El Sinnary 
Omar El Sinnary 
Mathew George
Mathew George
Bart Cornelissen
Bart Cornelissen
Ahmed Al Shandudi 
Ahmed Al Shandudi 
Faisal Saad Al-Mutairi 
Faisal Saad Al-Mutairi 
Florian Mueller
Florian Mueller
Shakthisena Thiru
Shakthisena Thiru
Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi 
Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi 
Harish Somayajula 
Harish Somayajula 
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 
Mohamed Alzaabi
Mohamed Alzaabi
Juan Pedro Bretti Mandarano 
Juan Pedro Bretti Mandarano 
Fatema AlQubaiti
Fatema AlQubaiti

Why You CANNOT MISS the Conference?

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
09:15 Keynote address: Downstream 4.0: Driving the sustainability and innovation agenda for MENA’s O&G industry
  • Leveraging on Industry 4.0 and IIoT to achieve the O&G industry’s sustainability goals
  • Driving the decarbonization agenda: Powering the climate initiative by effectively addressing the emissions challenge
  • Sustainable innovations for a sustainable future
09:30 C-suite Panel discussion: Industry 4.0: Transforming MENA’s O&G downstream sector
  • Leveraging Industry 4.0 and IIoT: Enabling agile functions in dynamic business environment
  • Capitalizing on emerging opportunities and forging future roadmap for the organisation
  • Driving profitability and strategic business objectives via insights-driven decision-making, optimizing production and achieving sustainable operations through digital and AI-powered solutions
Speakers
  • Udo Huenger, Vice President – Middle East, BASF, U.A.E.
  • Fayez Kharbat, Digital Investment & Growth, Senior Consultant, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Jad Dib, Partner, McKinsey & Co., U.A.E.
10:15 Presentation: Achieving long-term production optimization and maximizing profitability via leveraging on future technologies
  • Driving profitability, performance & cost efficiency while mitigating risks through real-time data aggregation, analytics & insights-driven business decision-making
  • Powering the organizational vision and business strategy
  • Circumventing high risk scenarios through real-time data analytics, running simulations and optimizing outcomes; Using innovative technologies to successfully navigate the threat posed by the pandemic
10:40 Networking coffee break
11:15  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
  • Leveraging full potential of data virtualisation to maximize advanced analytics in modern data architectures; 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
Panelists
  • Ahmed Al Shandudi, Lead, Information Management, OQ, Oman
  • Florian Mueller, Partner, Head of EMEA Advanced Analytics Practice, Bain & Company, Germany
12:00 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
Panelists
  • Dr. Jassim Haji, President, AI Society, Bahrain
  • Faisal Saad Al-Mutairi, Manager, Business Relations Development, Home of Innovation, SABIC, Saudi Arabia
  • Bart Cornelissen, Partner- Strategy, Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader – Middle East, Monitor Deloitte, U.A.E.
  • Nagaraju Reddicharla, Senior Digital Solutions Specialist, ADNOC, U.A.E.
12:45 Presentation: Energy transition and transformation of oil companies into energy companies – An outlook
Speaker
  • Mathew George, General Manager, Petrochemicals, Indian Oil Corporation, India
13:10 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 of equipment, running machine learning analytics and incorporating digital twin models, and scheduling overhaul programs
Speaker
  • Omar El Sinnary, Manager – Engineering Services (Inspection & Corrosion), ADNOC Gas Processing, U.A.E.
  • Omar AlJunaibi, Manager, Digitization, Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd (Borouge), U.A.E.
  • Dr. Steve Matthews, Integrity Consultancy Manager, Petrofac Asset Solutions, U.A.E.
  • Shakhtisena Thiru, Project & Engineering Manager, Downstream Assets, OQ, Oman
13:55 Close of conference day one
14:05 Networking lunch
DAY 2
08:00 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:05 Panel discussion: Driving successful digital transformation and strategic outcomes via effectively deploying cloud solutions
  • Enabling optimal data management and analytics for faster and informed decision-making; Addressing challenges from massive data storage from constant data capturing by smart devices
  • Fostering end-to-end digitization and IIoT integration of the downstream organisations via providing scalable cloud solutions
  • Utilizing hybrid cloud to increase operational agility and achieve successful organization-wide digital transformation
Speakers
  • Ahmed Al 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
09:50 Panel Discussion: Improving security of digital assets in IR 4.0 era of cyberattacks
  • Strengthening security of the digital assets by utilizing advanced cyber tracking and protection solutions using AI and ML; Improving asset visibility, reliability and security while decreasing operational and maintenance cost
  • Securing your remote operations; Enabling immediate detection, failure notification and minimization of attacks through real-time monitoring and protection systems
  • Shielding your industrial control system (ICS) with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS)
Panelist
  • Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi, Director, Digital Transformation & Cybersecurity, Government of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
10:35 Fire-side Chat: Capitalizing on emerging business opportunities amidst the energy transition via innovative technology and digital solutions
Interviewee
  • Fayez Kharbat, Digital Investment & Growth, Senior Consultant, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
11:00 Networking coffee break
11:30 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
  • Harish Somayajula, Energy Manager, Borouge, U.A.E.
11:55 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
12:20 Panel discussion: Optimizing downstream supply chain: Capitalizing on IIoT and AI-powered technology solutions for addressing challenges and mitigating costs
  • Utilizing IIoT-powered data-driven analytics and AI for predicting and overcoming supply chain choke
  • Driving rapid implementation of technology solutions for fast results and cost savings
  • Driving efficiency and massive cost savings via AI integration across operations
  • Enabling optimal asset maintenance to reduce downtime while ensuring safe operations
Panelists
  • Mohamed Alzaabi, Manager, Supply Chain Technology Manager, Borouge, U.A.E.
13:05 Closing remarks by the conference chairman
13:15 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.

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 
Dennis Huet
Head of VIP Relations
+971 56 505 7299
dennis@gmevents.ae

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Floor Plan

Refining
Petrochemicals and Chemicals
Manufacturing

Venue

Abu Dhabi, UAE
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