Leaders of Tomorrow program is an initiative that was launched by GPCA in 2016, with the support of our members. The program aims at building the local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under advocacy, one of the three pillars of GPCA, which aims to highlight STEM education and continue to bridge the gap between academia and the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) is considered as the first official collective step where industry stakeholders collaborate in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skills set.

The initiative consists of a year-round program where GPCA member companies sponsor students from all over the GCC to attend the GPCA yearly conferences. The upcoming program will be held alongside of the 13th GPCA Plastics Conference held at the Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai, UAE.


Nadia Al Hajji

Chief Executive Officer, PIC

Lada Kurelec

General Manager Polymer Technology and Innovation, SABIC

Khalfan Al Muhairi

SVP Regional MEAE, Borouge

Alaa Al Lawati

Sustainability Business Development Manager, OQ

Dr. Bhaskar Patham

Sr. Manager, Predictive Eng. & Design, SABIC

Dr. Salah Al-Kahtani

Sr. Business Manager, Automotive, SABIC

Arjun Nagendra

VP  Global Operations, Caresoft

Prabhakaran Dhandapani

Senior Manager – CAE, Caresoft

‟I was very proud to have seen the active engagement of the youth in this conference and their learning of the industrial part of their education, which is extremely important because our future depends on the younger people who will take over the running of our businesses in the future.”

H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas, Oman
14th edition of GPCA Leaders of Tomorrow program during the 14th Annual GPCA Forum

Past edition highlights

19th GPCA Leaders of Tomorrow Program overview


Day 1: 13 May 2024

An exclusive student seminar with knowledge packed
presentations and interactive sessions and facilitated by industry experts that will provide insight into the Chemical Industry, as well as, potential career prospects and important skill sets needed to succeed. Also, a site visit to a relevant area of practice giving the students the practical exposure and opportunity to experience innovation, technology development & deployment, sustainability and beyond.


Day 2: 14 May 2024

The students will have the opportunity to engage in simulation activities and industry-oriented workshop preparing them for their entry into the workforce. Additionally, the students will have access to the full proceedings of the 13ᵗʰ GPCA Plastics Conference.

Why sponsor?

The objective of the LoT program is to provide the future generation with opportunities to learn more about industry trends and give an overview of how to build and grow their career through self-development. This program also supports member companies with the local talent acquisition process.

Sponsorship benefits:

Acknowledgment on social media and during the event closing remarks.

Profiling through logo placement during the event.

Mention in the event PR material

Gain access to future talents and be part of shaping their skillset

Sponsorship packages:

*All packages exclude flight bookings, airport transfers and 5% VAT

Rate: $1,500/student

With accommodation:


  • Two-night stay at the Address Sky View Hotel.
  • Includes breakfast and access to all conference proceedings, luncheons and gala dinner.
  • Includes transportation to and from

Rate: $800/student

Excluding accommodation:


  • Includes access to all conference proceedings, luncheons and gala dinner.
  • Includes transportation to and from the conference venue and site visit.

To know more about the program, please contact Aastha Govil at:

Email: aastha@gpca.org.ae | Tel.: +971 4 451 0666 ext. 104