Program

The 9th GPCA Fertilizer Convention will be held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Fuad Bin Jaafar Bin Mohammed Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman

 

Key topics:

08:00 - 17:00

Registration

09:00 - 12:00

Workshop: Customer Value Management (CVM)

Thomas Heinrich Senior Consultant, Energy and Chemicals Advisory, Nexant
Dr. Dimitrios Dimitriou Managing Consultant, Nexant’s Energy and Chemicals Advisory
Phil Allen CEO and Value Creator, Customer Value Management GmbH in partnership with Nexant
 

• Creating stronger market positions and improved profitability with CVM
• Value-based marketing and sales strategies for fertilizers

12:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:20

Technical session: Operational efficiency

14:00 - 14:20

Realization of large scale green ammonia plants

Tobias Birwe Head of Sales, Ammonia and Urea Division, thyssenkrupp
14:20 - 14:40

Innovations in Stamicarbon granulation: From conventional fluid bed to multi-functional design

Branislav Manic Process Engineer, Stamicarbon
14:40 - 15:00

Complex integration to increase efficiencies and decrease environmental footprints

Davide Carrara Senior Process Engineer, Syngas Process Department, Casale SA
15:00 - 15:20

Open discussion

15:20 - 15:40

Networking break

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15:40 - 17:00

Technical session: Environmental sustainability

15:40 - 16:00

Environmentally responsible use of biocides in cooling water systems

Harry Polman Managing Director, Biofouling Solutions Division, H20 Biofouling Solutions B.V
16:00 - 16:20

Reshaping the future of ammonia

Tim lyng Sønderby Licensing Manager in the Middle East, Haldor Topsoe
16:20 - 16:40

DeNOx implementation and experience in QAFCO

Sultan Darwish Head of Urea 5 and 6, QAFCO
16:40 - 17:00

Open discussion

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

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09:00 - 09:10

Opening remarks

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

Welcome address

H.E. Eng. Salim Al-Aufi Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman
09:20 - 11:10

Session 1: Global trends and challenges

09:20 - 09:40

Keynote address: Industry landscape

Rakesh Kapur Joint Managing Director, IFFCO and President, IFA
09:40 - 10:00

Keynote address: Food security

John Baffes Senior Economist, World Bank (Development Prospects Group)
10:00 - 10:10

Recognition ceremony and exhibition inauguration by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

10:10 - 10:30

Networking break

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10:30 - 10:50

M&A activity within the agri-nutrients industry

José Alberich Partner-Middle East, A.T. Kearney
10:50 - 11:10

Panel discussion and Q&A session

11:10 - 12:30

Session 2: Innovations and trends

11:10 - 11:30

Sustainable agricultural solutions for the region using non-traditional water supplies, crops, and soil amendments

Dr. Henda Mahmoudi Plant Physiologist, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)
11:30 - 11:50

Estidamah Center experience

Dr. Khalid Hussain Al-Assaf Director, Estidamah Center, SABIC
11:50 - 12:10

Plant science research at KAUST for improving crop performance in marginal environments

Mark Tester Professor of Plant Science, KAUST
12:10 - 12:30

Panel discussion and Q&A session

12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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14:00 - 15:40

Session 3: The fertilizers value chain

14:00 - 14:20

A farmer’s perspective – Challenges and expectations

Hamdan Salem Al-Wahaibi Director of Soil and Water Research Center, Directorate General of Agriculture & Livestock Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
14:20 - 14:40

Marketing and agronomics

Thibault Martinsegur Senior Manager, Corporate Value Associates (CVA)
14:40 - 15:00

Logistics and distribution

Flaviano Moreira Manager, Advanced Logistics Group
15:00 - 15:20

Import and wholesale

Mike Manning General Manager Innovation and Strategy, Ravensdown
15:20 - 15:40

Panel discussion and Q&A session

19:00 - 21:00

Gala dinner

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08:00 - 10:00

Registration and welcome coffee

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09:00 - 09:20

Keynote address: IFA2030 strategy & market outlook (2018-2022)

Charlotte Hebebrand Director General, IFA
09:20 - 10:40

Session 4: Trends in major importing regions

09:20 - 09:40

India

Dr. P. S. Gahlaut Managing Director, Indian Potash Limited (IPL)
09:40 - 10:00

Africa

Mike Nash Editor and Editorial Manager, Argus
10:00 - 10:20

Latin America

Mario Barbosa Independent Consultant, MB Consultoria
10:20 - 10:40

Panel discussion and Q&A session

10:40 - 11:10

Networking break

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11:10 - 12:30

Session 5: Trends in major producing regions

11:10 - 11:30

USA

Thomas Heinrich Senior Consultant, Energy and Chemicals Advisory, Nexant
11:30 - 11:50

Middle East

Dr. Evgenia Apostolopoulou Marketing Executive - Fertilizers, Muntajat
11:50 - 12:10

Black Sea

Maria Bezzubova Co-founder and COO, Anagro
12:10 - 12:30

Panel discussion and Q&A session

12:30 - 12:45

Closing remarks

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

Networking lunch

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