Day 1: Monday

Location: Sky View Ballroom

09:00-09:05

Opening ceremony

09:05-09:15

Welcome address

Naser Aldousari

CEO, EQUATE Group and Chairman – Plastics Committee, GPCA

09:15-09:30

Keynote address: Beyond the solo act: Composing a sustainable future together

Jacob Duer

President and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

09:30-10:30

Leadership dialogue: Writing the next chapter of the plastics economy – New vision to develop the region’s downstream sector

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Moveed Fazail

Director, Polymers, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Panelists:

Fayez Al-Sharef

CEO, Sadara

Khalid Al Dawood

MD, NATPET

Muayad Al-Faresi

MD, Equipolymers GmbH

10:30-10:45

Case study: Enabling the development of regional conversion industry – SABIC Nusaned as a model

Naif Al-Ayed

CEO, NUSANED Investment Company

10:45-11:30

Exhibition tour and networking break

11:30-12:30

The quest to sustainable innovations – Regional opportunities to a global challenge

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Dr. Ahmed A. Youssef

Sr. Manager – Global Application Technology, SABIC

Panelists:

Dr. Ir. Lada Kurelec

GM Polymers Technology and Innovation, SABIC

Wael Ismail

VP Corporate Affairs, Africa, Middle East and South Asia (AMESA), PepsiCo

Khalid Al-Garawi

Executive Director – Commercial, SIRC

Turki Bin Moammar

Managing Director – Saudi Arabia Government Relations & Public Policy Senior Director P&G Middle EastPakistan & Global Entrepreneurial Markets

12:30-12:45

Navigating circularity challenges – The crucial role of public-private dialogue in taking thought to action

Sara Jackson

Technical Director, Circular Packaging Association

12:45-14:00

Networking lunch and prayer break

Session 1: Technological advancements in Design-for-Recycling (DfR)
– The blueprint for circularity

14:00-14:15

From cradle to cradle: Designing for a circular and sustainable future

Rania Zeidan

Sustainability Manager, Packaging, Middle East, Dow

Hussein Soliman

Technical Services and Application Development Leader, Dow

14:15-14:30

The role of high-performance additives for sustainable plastics

Dr. Tim Clayfield

Head of Additives R&D, Clariant

14:30-14:45

Unleashing innovation: How machinery manufacturers are powering the shift to a circular economy?

Frank Lechner

GM, Process Technology / Research & Development, Coperion GmbH

14:45-15:15

Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderation by:

Kaunain Shahidi

Purchasing Manager (Group), AImarai

15:15-16:00

Panel discussion: Disrupting waste: Advancements in recycling technologies

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Martin Wiesweg

Executive Director, EMEA, Plastics and Polymers, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Panelists:

Dr. Marwan K. Khraisheh

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Dr. Przemek Olszynski

Senior Technology Manager, Plastics Recycling, KBR Technology

Jérôme Viricel

GM, RECAPP by Veolia

Mohammed Rustom

Head of Sustainable Solutions Middle East, Honeywell STS (Sustainable Technology Solutions)

16:00-16:05

Closing remarks from the Emcee

19:00-22:00

Gala dinner
Introducing the Mega Green Accelerator – start-ups presentations

An initiative by: PepsiCo, SABIC and AstroLabs 

Sponsored by:

sabic

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Sky View Ballroom

09:00-09:05

Welcome and recap of Day 1

09:05-09:30

Industry watch: UNEA resolution 5/14 and the INC process: Key outcomes from Ottawa

Hosted by:

Dima Al-Horani

Head of Marcom and Membership, GPCA

Keynote address:

Najla AlSudairy

Policy Head; Negotiator, Ministry of Energy, Saudi Arabia

In conversation with:

Dr. Salman Alajmi

General Director, Kuwait Sustainability Society

09:30-10:15

Fireside chat: Closing the loop on plastics for the region

Lead presenter and host:

Jamila El Mir

Senior Advisor to the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP28

Panelists:

Othaibah Saeed Al Qaydi

Director, Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, UAE

Monir Salem Bou Ghanem

Advisor – Environment Policy and Regulations, Integrated Environment Policy and Planning, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Priya Sarma

Chairperson, Circular Packaging Association and Head of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Personal Care Category, Unilever (Middle-East, Turkey)

10:15-10:30

Keynote address: The power of associations in accelerating the green transition

Yavuz Eroğlu

President, PAGEV and Board of Directors Chair, SEM Plastik (Türkiye)

10:30-11:15

Panel discussion: Zero plastic loss: Amplifying the critical necessity for complete elimination

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Patrick Krieger

VP of Sustainability, Plastics Industry Association

Panelists:

Makhlouf Benzahia

MD, S.A. TALKE

Firas AlSaleh

Corporate Manager, SSHEQ,, Almajdouie De Rijke (MdR)

Ayoub Al Ghamdi

Development of Growth Projects, Saudi Industrial Investment Group

11:15-11:45

Networking break

11:45-12:30

Panel discussion: 2024 and beyond for the packaging industry: The priorities for resilience

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Ben Daniel

Chief Editor, Packaging MEA

Panelists:

Mauricio Dias Amador

Sales Director (MENAT), Sealed Air

Maria Talu

Packaging Sustainability Program Manager, Global Emerging Markets, Mars

Dimitra Theodoropulos

Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, talabat

Session 2: Market trends and their impacts on the plastics industry

12:30-13:00

Emerging markets: Where will the next growth opportunities come from?

Sarah Rae

VP of Olefins, Argus Media

13:00-13:30

Mega trends: Middle Eastern competitiveness in an oversupplied and disrupted world

Tin Nguyen

Head of Consulting, ICIS

13:30-13:45

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

13:45 onwards

Networking lunch and prayers

Sponsored by:

qapco
13 May 2024

Day 1: Monday

Location: Sky View Ballroom

09:00-09:05

Opening ceremony

09:05-09:15

Welcome address

Naser Aldousari

CEO, EQUATE Group and Chairman – Plastics Committee, GPCA

09:15-09:30

Keynote address: Beyond the solo act: Composing a sustainable future together

Jacob Duer

President and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

09:30-10:30

Leadership dialogue: Writing the next chapter of the plastics economy – New vision to develop the region’s downstream sector

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Moveed Fazail

Director, Polymers, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Panelists:

Fayez Al-Sharef

CEO, Sadara

Khalid Al Dawood

MD, NATPET

Muayad Al-Faresi

MD, Equipolymers GmbH

10:30-10:45

Case study: Enabling the development of regional conversion industry – SABIC Nusaned as a model

Naif Al-Ayed

CEO, NUSANED Investment Company

10:45-11:30

Exhibition tour and networking break

11:30-12:30

The quest to sustainable innovations – Regional opportunities to a global challenge

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Dr. Ahmed A. Youssef

Sr. Manager – Global Application Technology, SABIC

Panelists:

Dr. Ir. Lada Kurelec

GM Polymers Technology and Innovation, SABIC

Wael Ismail

VP Corporate Affairs, Africa, Middle East and South Asia (AMESA), PepsiCo

Khalid Al-Garawi

Executive Director – Commercial, SIRC

Turki Bin Moammar

Managing Director – Saudi Arabia Government Relations & Public Policy Senior Director P&G Middle EastPakistan & Global Entrepreneurial Markets

12:30-12:45

Navigating circularity challenges – The crucial role of public-private dialogue in taking thought to action

Sara Jackson

Technical Director, Circular Packaging Association

12:45-14:00

Networking lunch and prayer break

Session 1: Technological advancements in Design-for-Recycling (DfR)
– The blueprint for circularity

14:00-14:15

From cradle to cradle: Designing for a circular and sustainable future

Rania Zeidan

Sustainability Manager, Packaging, Middle East, Dow

Hussein Soliman

Technical Services and Application Development Leader, Dow

14:15-14:30

The role of high-performance additives for sustainable plastics

Dr. Tim Clayfield

Head of Additives R&D, Clariant

14:30-14:45

Unleashing innovation: How machinery manufacturers are powering the shift to a circular economy?

Frank Lechner

GM, Process Technology / Research & Development, Coperion GmbH

14:45-15:15

Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderation by:

Kaunain Shahidi

Purchasing Manager (Group), AImarai

15:15-16:00

Panel discussion: Disrupting waste: Advancements in recycling technologies

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Martin Wiesweg

Executive Director, EMEA, Plastics and Polymers, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Panelists:

Dr. Marwan K. Khraisheh

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Dr. Przemek Olszynski

Senior Technology Manager, Plastics Recycling, KBR Technology

Jérôme Viricel

GM, RECAPP by Veolia

Mohammed Rustom

Head of Sustainable Solutions Middle East, Honeywell STS (Sustainable Technology Solutions)

16:00-16:05

Closing remarks from the Emcee

19:00-22:00

Gala dinner
Introducing the Mega Green Accelerator – start-ups presentations

An initiative by: PepsiCo, SABIC and AstroLabs 

Sponsored by:

sabic
14 May 2024

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Sky View Ballroom

09:00-09:05

Welcome and recap of Day 1

09:05-09:30

Industry watch: UNEA resolution 5/14 and the INC process: Key outcomes from Ottawa

Hosted by:

Dima Al-Horani

Head of Marcom and Membership, GPCA

Keynote address:

Najla AlSudairy

Policy Head; Negotiator, Ministry of Energy, Saudi Arabia

In conversation with:

Dr. Salman Alajmi

General Director, Kuwait Sustainability Society

09:30-10:15

Fireside chat: Closing the loop on plastics for the region

Lead presenter and host:

Jamila El Mir

Senior Advisor to the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP28

Panelists:

Othaibah Saeed Al Qaydi

Director, Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, UAE

Monir Salem Bou Ghanem

Advisor – Environment Policy and Regulations, Integrated Environment Policy and Planning, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Priya Sarma

Chairperson, Circular Packaging Association and Head of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Personal Care Category, Unilever (Middle-East, Turkey)

10:15-10:30

Keynote address: The power of associations in accelerating the green transition

Yavuz Eroğlu

President, PAGEV and Board of Directors Chair, SEM Plastik (Türkiye)

10:30-11:15

Panel discussion: Zero plastic loss: Amplifying the critical necessity for complete elimination

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Patrick Krieger

VP of Sustainability, Plastics Industry Association

Panelists:

Makhlouf Benzahia

MD, S.A. TALKE

Firas AlSaleh

Corporate Manager, SSHEQ,, Almajdouie De Rijke (MdR)

Ayoub Al Ghamdi

Development of Growth Projects, Saudi Industrial Investment Group

11:15-11:45

Networking break

11:45-12:30

Panel discussion: 2024 and beyond for the packaging industry: The priorities for resilience

Teaser presentation and moderation by:

Ben Daniel

Chief Editor, Packaging MEA

Panelists:

Mauricio Dias Amador

Sales Director (MENAT), Sealed Air

Maria Talu

Packaging Sustainability Program Manager, Global Emerging Markets, Mars

Dimitra Theodoropulos

Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, talabat

Session 2: Market trends and their impacts on the plastics industry

12:30-13:00

Emerging markets: Where will the next growth opportunities come from?

Sarah Rae

VP of Olefins, Argus Media

13:00-13:30

Mega trends: Middle Eastern competitiveness in an oversupplied and disrupted world

Tin Nguyen

Head of Consulting, ICIS

13:30-13:45

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

Secretary General, GPCA

13:45 onwards

Networking lunch and prayers

Sponsored by:

qapco