Program

The changing market dynamics in the fertilizer industry are creating new business opportunities as producers emerge from a period of sluggish growth, low product prices and increased competition abroad. Opportunities are running high for the GCC region, which due to its close proximity to key export routes, access to abundant feedstock and established position as one of the world’s top fertilizer exporters, is well placed to establish a foothold in new markets, while growing its global reach.

Set to take place under the theme ‘New beginnings: Return to growth’, the Convention will offer exclusive insight into the likely impact of new market changes on fertilizer trade and highlight the key drivers behind future growth. It will further delve into topics such as how to create a stable business environment, reinvent global distribution channels, link business and innovation and utilize the latest technological advancements in the region and globally to improve profitability and realize future growth.

The 8th GPCA Fertilizer Convention will be held under the patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

 

Key topics:

09:00 - 17:00

Leaders of Tomorrow: Students seminar

12:00 - 17:00

Registrations open

08:00 - 08:50

Registration opens

 

Welcome coffee

08:50 - 09:00

Introduction and Curtain Raiser

09:00 - 09:10

Opening address

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery President, GPIC and Chairman, GPCA Fertilizer Committee
09:10 - 09:20

Inaugural address

H.E. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain
09:20 - 10:40

Session 1: Energy and feedstock – is the market stabilizing?

09:20 - 09:40

Key note address: Threats and opportunities in the Phosphates market

Khalid Al-Mudaifer President and CEO, Ma’aden
09:40 - 10:00

The GCC fertilizer industry’s landscape – growth dimension and challenges

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun Secretary General, GPCA
10:00 - 10:20

Strategic natural gas markets – fertilize as a monetization strategy

Dr. Kang Wu Program Director - Senior Research Fellow Markets and Industrial Development, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
10:20 - 10:40

Panel discussion and Q&A

10:40 - 11:10

Networking break

11:10 - 12:30

Session 2: Global and regional mega trends

11:10 - 11:30

Impact of global protectionism on fertilizers trade

Dr. Dimitrios Dimitriou Managing Consultant, Nexant’s Energy and Chemicals Advisory
11:30 - 11:50

How to look at fertilizer distribution in main markets for GCC producers?

Alexandre Benedetti Manager, Corporate Value Associates
11:50 - 12:10

Sustainability in Agri-Nutrients: Linking business and innovation

Prof. Peer Ederer Director, HUGIN Center at Zeppelin University
12:10 - 12:30

Estidamah Center: Fostering national agricultural sustainability

Dr. Khalid Al-Assaf Director, Estidamah Center, SABIC
12:30 - 12:50

Panel discussion and Q&A

12:50 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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14:00 - 15:20

Session 3: Specialty fertilizers – Diversification options for the GCC

14:00 - 14:20

Micronutrients enriched urea

Robert Smulders VP, Maire Tecnimont Innovation Center, Stamicarbon
14:20 - 14:40

NPK compound fertilizer – Diverse applications

Dr. Mounir Halim VP, Business Development, Argus Media
14:40 - 15:00

Sulfur enhanced urea – produced in Uhde Fertilizer Technology (UFT) fluid bed granulation plants

Dr. Matthias Potthoff Managing Director- Fertiliser Technology, thyssenkrupp
15:00 - 15:20

Panel discussion and Q&A

15:20 - 15:50

Networking break

15:50 - 17:10

Session 4: Protecting the environment and resolving technical challenges

15:50 - 16:10

KBR Technologies for enhancing plant capacity and improving reliability

Vikram Singh Senior Technology Advisor - Process, KBR Technology
16:10 - 16:30

CO2 removal process optimization

Shomit Haldar Business Development Manager - Middle East, Dow Oil, Gas and Mining
16:30 - 16:50

Panel discussion and Q&A

19:00 - 21:00

Gala dinner

Sponsored by
08:00 - 09:00

Registrations open

 

Welcome coffee

09:00 - 09:20

Keynote address: Global market overview

Charlotte Hebebrand Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)
09:20 - 10:40

Session 1: Major demand markets – Who is driving growth?

09:20 - 09:40

Africa market overview

Oliver Hatfield Director Fertilizer Research Team, Integer Research Ltd
09:40 - 10:00

India market overview

Satish Chander Director General, the Fertiliser Association of India
10:00 - 10:20

Brazil and Latin America market overview

Doug Hoadley Head of Nitrogen Analysis, CRU Group
10:20 - 10:40

Panel discussion and Q&A

10:40 - 11:10

Networking break

11:10 - 12:30

Session 2: Major supply markets – Is competition increasing?

11:10 - 11:30

Russia – Market overview

Natalia Kargaeva Head of International Affairs Department, NIIK (R&D Institute of Urea)
11:30 - 11:50

North America market overview

Ryan Monis Senior Consultant, IHS Markit
11:50 - 12:10

China market overview

Peter Huang CEO, China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC) Consulting
12:10 - 12:30

Panel discussion and Q&A

12:30 - 12:45

Closing remarks

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun Secretary General, GPCA
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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