GPCA Leaders of Tomorrow

The Leaders of Tomorrow program is an initiative launched by GPCA and with the support of our members, it aims at building the local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under one of the three pillars of the association which is advocacy by promoting STEM and bridging the gap between academia and the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow 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 university students from around the GCC to attend the GPCA yearly conferences (you can find all our conferences listed below, click on the image to visit the website for more details).

Each conference will cater to the participating students by encompassing an element of the initiative in the form of a seminar, workshop, roundtable and site visit.  The main goals of these activities are to provide the students opportunities to learn more about industry trends and will give an overview of the skill set that are required to face new challenges.  It will also support member companies with the local talent acquisition process.

Each edition will provide a certain focus on key topics/theme and will highlight the attractiveness of a career in the chemical industry and the opportunities for the future. It will give the students a foundation in what factors drive the chemical industry, its future direction and how it can help meet economic and societal challenges. In addition to that, the program offers significant networking opportunities.


13th edition Leaders of Tomorrow Program

This upcoming edition is taking place on 24 – 26 September, alongside the 10th GPCA Fertilizer Convention,  in which, an exclusive student program has been arranged for the participants of the LOT program on Day 0 (i.e. 24 September) and consists of presentations from industry experts on the Fertilizer and an interactive session where they will be presented with a challenge or case study and will present their solutions in groups.

In addition to attending the Fertilizer Convention’s morning sessions on Day 1 (i.e. 25 September) a site visit has been arranged to OMIFCO, which will give students exposure and ensure they gain hands on experience.

Day 2 (i.e. 26 September) students will have full access to the Convention, in which they will learn all about the latest industry trends, listen to interesting discussions and the opportunity to network with industry leaders attending the event.

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

14 – 16 October 2019

2017 GCC chemical industry employment overview

Local talent percentage

GCC nationals

Source: GPCA questionnaire, 2018

Local talent percentage per country

  • %

Source: GPCA questionnaire, 2018

Multiplier effect

  • Directly employed
  • Indirectly employed

Source: National statistical authorities, GPCA estimates, 2018

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