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The conference will be held under the theme ‘Getting Ready for the Future: Supply Chain 4.0’ from 15-17 April 2019 in Dubai, UAE

The 11th edition of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Supply Chain Conference will take place between 15-17 April 2019 at InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai, UAE, under the theme ‘Getting Ready for the Future: Supply Chain 4.0.’

The three-day event will address how technological breakthroughs such as, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and the Internet of Things, collectively known as SC 4.0, are revolutionizing supply chains making them more agile and resilient.

The conference will begin on 16 April with Ahmed Al-Shamsi, SVP, Regional MEAE, Borouge, and Chairman, Supply Chain Committee, GPCA, delivering the welcome address. It will continue with keynote sessions entitled ‘What does the SC of the future look like in the GCC’ and ‘Strategies for SC 4.0 adoption.’

As part of the engaging conference program, case studies and Q&A sessions, industry thought leaders, government officials, supply chain executives, academia and technology experts will provide their insight into key industry topics such as ‘Enhancing Procurement 4.0’, ‘Improved productivity through a connected supply chain’, ‘Meeting the needs for a new supply chain in the GCC’ and many more.

Confirmed speakers include Yaser Al Shahrani, Logistics Services Senior Manager, Sadara; Shirin Kamshad, Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist, EQUATE, as well as logistics and technology industry leaders – Omar Saleh, Head, Manufacturing and Resources, Microsoft MEA; Richard Morgan, Regional MD, West Central Asia, Maersk; Mehtab Gilani, Associate Partner, Chemical and Petroleum, IBM Global Business Services; Bernd Schreiber, Partner, Arthur D. Little; and Adam Lalani, Group Head of IT, Tristar.

A workshop on day zero will focus on ‘Sustainability in Supply Chains’ comprising a series of thought-provoking sessions that will explore ‘Enabling a low carbon future for GCC supply chains’, ‘Investing in a sustainable SC: Realizing the economic benefits’ and a case study presented by Abhishek Shah, Co-Founder and Group CEO, RSA Global, on ‘Enhanced ROI from green investments.’

GPCA will host the 3rd edition of Supply Chain Excellence Awards on the evening of 16 April 2019 when winners will be announced at a special award ceremony across the following categories: Innovation, Sustainability, Excellence in Gulf SQAS, and a dedicated student award, Ibtikar – Rising Star in Supply Chain.

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