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Innovating for growth: Ensuring an efficient, sustainable future

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is delighted to invite you to attend the 6th Annual GPCA Fertilizer Convention, which will be held once again in Dubai, UAE, 14 to 16 September 2015.

The 6th GPCA Fertilizer Convention program has been developed specifically to help the global fertilizer industry embrace innovation to ensure efficient and sustainable production of fertilizers in order to contribute to global food security and an environmentally sustainable future. The comprehensive program will enable delegates to address challenges and explore growth opportunities amidst rapidly changing global and regional market conditions.

The intensive two-day program will feature market analysis, thought leadership and project case studies, including:

  • High level speakers from leading companies around the world
  • More than 10 hours dedicated networking time across the 2-day event


Plus, an afternoon Technical Program, which will focus on:

Technical innovations improving the sustainability and efficiency of the fertilizer industry

The Commercial and Technical programs are available now.

Speaker Lineup
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Khalifa Al Sowaidi

CEO, QAFCO and Chairman, GPCA Fertilizer Committee

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Amit, Roy
Dr Amit Roy

President, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC)

Amit Roy has been president and CEO of IFDC since 1992. Under his leadership, IFDC programs have helped create sustainable agricultural productivity in more than 100 nations. Dr Roy was instrumental in organizing the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit to address the continent’s soil fertility issues. To develop next-generation fertilizers, he established the Virtual Fertilizer Research…

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John Derbyshire
John Derbyshire

President, KBR Technology and Consulting

John Derbyshire joined KBR in 2008. Mr Derbyshire’s 37 years of experience have focused on managing companies involved in engineering design, technology licensing, project execution and customer services. Previously at KBR, he served as President, KBR Technology and was responsible for KBR’s global technology licensing business, delivering technology, proprietary equipment, engineering and consulting services to…

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Patrick, Heffer
Patrick Heffer

Director, Agriculture Service, International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)

Patrick Heffer joined the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) in Paris in 2002, where he is Senior Director of the Agriculture Service. In this capacity, he coordinates IFA’s global activities relating to fertilizer consumption. In addition, at the regional level, he also leads IFA’s Africa Program. Before joining IFA, Mr Heffer spent 15 years with…

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Dr Asseta Diallo

Program Officer, Agribusiness (Fertilizer Supply & Policy) , AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Asséta Diallo is an economist, holding a PhD from Ouagadougou University (Burkina Faso). She has experience working in the fertilizer sector having worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on harmonization of regulations by West African states. She then joined the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) working on fertilizer supply and…

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Alistair, Wallace
Alistair Wallace

Senior Consultant & Nitrogen Team Leader, CRU

Alistair Wallace has spent the last ten years analysing global fertilizer markets and manages CRU’s nitrogen analysis team. Since joining CRU, he has taken responsibility for managing CRU’s Ammonia and Urea Market Outlooks, the group’s nitrogen cost work and gas price forecasting, and the production of multi-client products covering the nitrates and ammonium sulphate markets….

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Dr Dimitrios Dimitriou

Senior Consultant, Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant

Dimitrios Dimitriou is a Senior Consultant in Nexant’s Energy & Chemicals Advisory in London. He has managed numerous single- and Multi-client feasibility, due diligence, market, pricing and technology studies as well as Lenders Market and Technical Consultant projects for the petrochemical and fertilizer sectors. He is currently the Program Manager for the Ammonia and Urea…

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Hussain Almusawa
Hussain Abdulla Al Musawa

Technical Services Department Manager, Fertil-2, Plant Operations, FERTIL

Hussain Al Musawa studied Chemical Engineering and graduated in 2004. Mr Al Musawa also has a B.C in Engineering Management. He worked as Operation Supervisor in Urea Plant after he graduated from the university, then transferred to projects division and worked in two main projects in FERTIL as Senior Process Engineer from year 2006 till…

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Barbara, Cucchiella
Barbara Cucchiella

Process Engineer Urea Technology, Stamicarbon

Barbara Cucchiella received her Bachelor Degree in Environmental Engineering cum laude in 2005 and her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering cum laude in 2008, both from the University of L’Aquila. From 2006 to 2007 she was involved as a Research/Chemical Engineer in a Research Project at University of L’Aquila. From 2008 to 2013 she worked…

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Federico Maffietti
Federico Maffietti

Urea Process Engineer, Casale SA

Federico Maffietti graduated in Chemical Engineering from Milan Polytechnic in 2007. In March 2008 he joined CASALE as Process Engineer in the Research & Technology Department first and then moved into the Urea Process Department.

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Bray, David James
David James Bray

Product Manager Shift Catalysts, Haldor Tops

David James Bray spent 4 years of working with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in their Material Science and Industrial Physics division until he started as a Technical Service Engineer in the Catalyst Division at Haldor Topsoe in 2008. After two years in this position, he was appointed Catalyst Specialist, specializing in ammonia…

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Thomas, Dahlke
Thomas Dahlke

Technology Manager, BUSS ChemTech AG

Thomas Dahlke holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Karlsruhe and Studies of Chemical Engineering, Dipl. Ing. University of Karlsruhe. His career includes three years with ORICA Australia in the field of Ion exchange resin production and application and eight years with Buss ChemTech in the field of Fluorine (Engineering, commissioning).

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Srinivasan, Ramabhadran
Srinivasan Ramabhadran

Global Practice Leader, Process Safety and Operational Risk Management, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Srinivasan Ramabhadran is based in Singapore and has more than 29 years of international experience that includes managing operations and management consulting. His consulting experience covers a broad range of industries such as oil & gas, chemical/petrochemical, mining and metal processing and manufacturing. Mr Ramabhadran has led cross-functional/crossregional teams that facilitate the sustainable transformation of…

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Smit, Harry
Harry Smit

Associate Director Farm Inputs and Farming, Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory

Harry Smit is a long-tenured senior analyst with Rabobank’s FAR Division, supporting the bank’s mission by providing sector and company views, as well as knowledge, expertise and insight about global Food & Agribusiness (“F&A”) market trends. Mr Smit’s expertise encapsulates all major niches within Farm Inputs, including fertilizer, seeds, agro chemicals, agricultural machinery and animal…

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Rahm, Michael
Dr Michael Rahm

Vice President Market and Strategic Analysis, The Mosaic Company

Mike Rahm joined Mosaic when it was formed in October 2004 through the combination of IMC Global and the Crop Nutrition business of Cargill. Prior to joining Mosaic, Mr Rahm served as a Market Analyst for Cargill Crop Nutrition for 19 years. Before joining Cargill, he taught Economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota….

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Zhang, Weifeng
Dr. Weifeng Zhang

Professor, China Agricultural University

Dr Zhang got his PhD thesis in China Agricultural University in 2007 and now is associated professor in China Agriculture University. He is interested in fertilizer management policies in perspective of recourse, economy, environment and agriculture sustainable development. He has completed research on China Phosphate competitiveness, fertilizer storage, fertilizer transportation, fertilizer subsidy, fertilizer export, fertilizer…

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Kapur, Rakesh
Rakesh Kapur

JT Managing Director, IFFCO

Rakesh Kapur is Joint Managing Director of IFFCO, the largest fertilizer Cooperative in the world with a turnover of USD 4.5 Billion (2012- 13). Mr Kapur also holds the additional responsibility of Managing Director at IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd. (IKSL), a Joint Venture Company of IFFCO, Bharti Airtel Ltd and Star Global, which is engaged…

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Maxim, Seregin
Maxim Seregin

Regional Director for RU and CIS, EuroChem

Maxim Seregin joined EuroChem in 2005 as Regional Director for Russia and CIS. EuroChem has a leading position on the Russian market with 25% market share. The overall sales in Russia and CIS are over 2.5 million tonnes while over 50% of that are sold directly to farmers through EuroChem proprietary distribution network.

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Sheena Patel

Senior Consultant, CRU

Sheena Patel is the Business Manager for Fertilizers and is responsible for managing CRU’s Strategy and Valuation projects covering the nitrogen, phosphate, sulphur and potash markets. Over the last three years, Sheena has worked closely with fertilizer majors, juniors and members of the financial community, looking to invest in new projects in the phosphate and…

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Gandhi, Mahesh
Mahesh Ghandi

Senior Process Manager, KBR

Mahesh Gandhi (MG) graduated in 1976 with B. Eng. from The M.S. University of Baroda, India and with M.S. in Chemical Engineering (1982) from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He started his career as a Process Engineer with KBR in Houston, Texas. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Most of…

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