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Next steps in the Responsible Care journey.

Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s global environmental, health, safety and security initiative. For almost six years, the Responsible Care Committee has helped GPCA member companies enhance their performance and reputation, discover new business opportunities, and improve the health and safety of their employees and communities and the environment as a whole.

This annual conference will enable industry leaders to learn from their peers and other experts about strategies to improve their companies’ environmental, health, safety and security performance and expand business opportunities.

With a focus on sustainability, process safety and product stewardship, chemical industry leaders are convening between 11-13 October 2015 at the GPCA inaugural Responsible Care Conference in Dubai, UAE.

Sessions at the conference will cover a range of issues, including environment, safety and chemical management; sustainability strategies in addition to sessions that focus on creating a better understanding of the role Responsible Care plays across the globe.

The program is divided in 6 sections:

  • Session 1: RC Regulatory Framework and Performance Measures
  • Session 2: Maximizing our resources – Renewable Energy
  • Session 3 : Increasing the Focus on Process Safety
  • Session 4: Addressing Chemical Management
  • Session 5: Voice of Industry Partners
  • Session 6: Maximizing our resources – Industrial Waste

In addition, GPCA is currently undertaking a strategic review of the Responsible Care program, to evaluate the extent to which it continues to deliver appropriate performance improvements, meet public expectations and provide sufficient business and reputation value for the industry.

Program Schedule
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Day 0 – October 11, 2015

14:00 – 19:00 | Registration

Sponsored by Aramco

Workshop: Introduction to GPCA Responsible Care

15:00 – 15:10 | Welcome and Introduction to GPCA RC
Alan Izzard, Senior Advisor, Borouge, Director Responsible Care & SQAS, GPCA

15:10 – 15:25 | GPCA Responsible Care Evolution and Introduction
David Sandidge, Senior Director, Responsible Care & Value Chain Outreach, American Chemistry Council

15:25 – 16:05 | GPCA Responsible Care Key Elements
Jassim Darwish, SHE Manager, GPIC
Maher M. Al-Dughaim, EHSS General Manager, Chemanol
Mohammed Adil Majid, TQM Manager, NATPET

16:05 – 16:55 | RC14001:2015 Revisions and Management System Certification
Rainer Ochsenkuehn, President & CEO, ROC One

16:55 – 17:00 | Questions & Closing Remarks
Alan Izzard, Senior Advisor, Borouge, Director Responsible Care & SQAS, GPCA

Day 1 – October 12, 2015

08:00 – 09:00 | Registration

Sponsored by Aramco

Welcome Networking

Sponsored by Sabic

09:00 – 09:10 | Welcome Note

09:10 – 09:30 | RC Chairman Perspective of Responsible Care
Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, Chairman, Former Chairman, GPCA RC Committee; Chairman IFA and President, GPIC

09:30 – 09:40 | Introduction of New RC Committee Chairman
Warren Wilder, VP Chemicals, Saudi Aramco, Incoming Chairman, GPCA Responsible Care Committee

09:40 – 10:00 | Keynote Address: GCC Regulatory Framework/ Perspective
H.E Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Bin Daina, Chief Executive, Supreme Council for Environment of Bahrain

10:00 – 10:20 | Keynote: How the very best can make their performance even better
Tom Mullarkey, Chief Executive Officer, ROSPA

10:20 – 10:40 | International Perspective and Future Responsible Care
Hans-Jurgen Korte, RCLG Chairman, ICCA Senior VP Corporate, Government and Public Affairs, Solvay SA

10:40 – 11:00 | The GCC Responsible Care Journey and Future Direction
Alan Izzard, Senior Advisor, Borouge, Director Responsible Care & SQAS, GPCA

11:00 – 11:30 | Panel Discussion

11:30 – 12:00 | Networking Break

Sponsored by Sabic

Session 2: Maximizing our Resources – Renewable Energy

12:00 – 12:20 | A Global Perspective on Renewable Energy and Options Suitable for the GCC Region
Henning Wuester, Director Knowledge, Policy and Finance, IRENA

12:20 – 12:40 | Dubai’s Plan for Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Sustainability
Taher Diab, Sr. Director – Strategy & Planning, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy / Secretary General – EEA Supreme Council of Energy

12:40 – 13:00 | Industry Chemical Perspective– Summary of GPCA Report
Mohammad Al-Shamary, Environment Health & Safety Leader, EQUATE

13:00 – 13:20 | Panel Discussion

13:20 – 14:20 | Lunch Break

Sponsored by PIC

Session 3: Increasing the Focus on Process Safety

14:20 – 14:40 | World Perspective on Process Safety Management
David Moore, President & CEO, AcuTech Consulting DMCC

14:40 – 15:00 | Understanding Equipment Root Cause Failure
Duncan Humphrey, Principal Mechanical Engineer & Head of Condition Assessment, Edif ERA

15:00 – 15:20 | Mitigating Risk through Latest Integrated Control of Work Technologies
Neil Currie, Chief Product Officer, eVision Industries B.V.

15:20 – 15:40 | Ensuring Operability of Safety instrumented Protective Systems
Paul Borggreve, Leader Strategic Industry Group – Chemical, Endress & Hauser

15:40 – 16:00 | What is Next for Process Safety in the Chemical Industry
Marco Pagnini, Regional Operational Risk Management Leader, DuPont

16:00 – 16:20 | Panel Discussion

16:20 – 16:30 | Day One Summary & Closing

19:00 – 21:00 | RC Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Keynote Speech: Mohammed Qahtani, Security System Analyst, World Champion of Public Speaking 2015
Sponsored by Borouge

Day 2 – October 13

08:00 – 09:00 | Registration

Sponsored by Aramco

Welcome Break

Sponsored by NATPET

09:00 – 09:10 | Summary of Day One & Day Two Overview

Session 4: Addressing Chemical Management throughout the Lifecycle

09:10 – 09:30 | Implementing the ICCA Global Product Strategy
Dr Vera Boehm, Lead Chemical Policy and Health Team and Global GPS Manager, BASF

09:30 – 09:50 | Government Perspective of Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
Sulaiman Al Zaben, Director General, Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste, PME, KSA

09:50– 10:10 | Maximizing Benefits of Product Stewardship
Kevin Kerik, Responsible Care Manager, Methanex Global Corporate Headquarters, Vancouver, Canada

10:10 – 10:30 | Chemical Management – The Future of End of Life
Dr Saeed Al –Alawi, Director, Polymer Chemical Consultancy

10:30 – 10:50 | Panel Discussion

10:50 – 11:10 | Networking Break

Sponsored by NATPET

Session 5: Voice of Industry Partners

11:10 – 11:30 | The EHS Professional – Fit for the Future?
Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive, NEBOSH

11:30 – 11:50 | Emerging Technologies – How they could enhance Responsible Care
Prof Richard Clegg, Managing Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

11:50 – 12:10 | Building and Maintaining with Inherent Safety
Rainer Kemper, Vice President Conceptual Design, Petrochemical Plants | Section PCD, Linde AG

12:10 – 12:30 | Panel Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch Break

Sponsored by GPIC

Session 6: Maximizing our Resources – Industrial Waste

13:30 – 13:50 | Global Reduction of Material Losses
John Wood, EHSS Director, SABIC (America Region)

13:50 – 14:10 | Industrial Waste – A Government Perspective
Mushawah A. Al Mushawah, General Director of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health, KSA

14:10 – 14:30 | Industry Findings – Summary of GPCA Report
Ahmad Homssi, Environmental Manager, QChem

14:30 – 14:50 | RC Commitment to Sustainability
Darin Rovere, President, Sustainability Excellence

14:50 – 15:10 | Panel Discussion

15:10 – 15:35 | Closing Address

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA

Speaker Lineup
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Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery

Former Chairman, GPCA RC Committee; Chairman IFA and President, GPIC

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery has served as the President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (B.S.C.) since 1st January 2011. Dr. Jawahery serves as a Board Member of National Safety Council (NSC) in USA, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA) & Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development of International Fertilizer Association (IFA). He…

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His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Bin Daina

Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) of Bahrain

E. Dr. Bin Daina is currently serving as the Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE). Prior to his appointment, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of the SCE. At this post, he is mandated to cover a number of national environmental issues including air quality, climate change, environmental impact assessment, pollution control,…

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Tom Mullarkey

Chief Executive Officer, ROSPA

Tom started his career in the British Army and served in Germany, Canada and India as well as operational tours in Northern Ireland and in Rwanda, where he co-ordinated the humanitarian response in 1994-5. Following a City appointment with SBC Warburg, Tom was appointed general manager of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, a major project over…

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Warren W. Wilder

Vice President, Chemicals, Aramco

Mr. Warren Wilder joined Saudi Aramco in 2013 and was appointed Vice President of Saudi Aramco’s Chemicals business on April 17, 2014. In that capacity, he leads the company’s strategically critical chemicals businesses, including its world-scale joint‐ventures, Sadara and Petro‐Rabigh. Mr. Wilder represents Saudi Aramco as a member of Sadara’s Board of Directors as well…

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Teresa Budworth

Chief Executive National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), UK

Teresa Budworth is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and a Chartered Director. During a 30 year career in health and safety, she has specialised in consultancy; Her work on competence, education and training culminated in her appointment as Chief Executive of NEBOSH in 2006….

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Dr. Hans-Jürgen Korte

Senior Manager, Solvay’s Corporate Government & Public Affairs department.

Dr. Korte has studied Chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster Germany. After having finalized his PhD in 1981 he has spent 2 years as a Post Doctorate Fellow at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and at the Max Planck Institute Stuttgart, Germany. He joined Deutsche Solvay Werke in 1984 and has…

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Alan Izzard

Senior Adviser, Borouge / GPCA Director Responsible Care / SQAS

Alan Izzard joined Borouge February 2009, and is the Senior Advisor CEO Office for Corporate HSE Function which provides Health, Safety and Environment support and sustainability for both Borouge’s Production Company and Borouge’s Marketing Company. Based in the Abu Dhabi Corporate Office, Mr. Izzard is responsible for spearheading Borouge’s continuous efforts for the improvement of…

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Henning Wuester

Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre - IRENA

Henning Wuester oversees the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including: efforts to produce up-to-date and authoritative renewable energy data and information; analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policies and finance; and advice and support to countries, tailoring policy and investment analysis to renewables deployment in the field. Prior to joining IRENA,…

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Taher Diab

Sr. Director - Strategy & Planning; Dubai Supreme Council of Energy UAE

Mr. Diab is the Strategy & Planning Director at Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Secretary General of Emirates Energy Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of New Orleans (1989), graduate of Hazardous Waste Institute at University of Louisville (1992) and an IRCA Quality Lead…

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Mohammad Al-Shamary

Environment Health & Safety Leader, EQUATE

A member of GPCA Responsible Care Committee and Chairman of Renewable Energy Sub-Committee of GPCA, Mohammad Al-Shamary is presently leading EHS&S Department as Responsible Care Leader at EQUATE Petrochemical Company. With an operational experience of over 22 years, Mohammad, a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Kuwait University, had contributed significantly in various capacities for the…

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David Moore

President & CEO, AcuTech Consulting DMCC

David Moore is the President and CEO of the AcuTech Consulting Group, a process safety, security and emergency management consulting firm based in Vienna, Virginia, USA. Mr. Moore is an expert on chemical and energy process safety and security management. He is actively involved in consulting and training assignments to industrial facilities and Governments worldwide….

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Duncan Humphrey

Condition Assessment Lead – Integrity Group

Duncan has over 15 years’ experience working on the condition assessment, failure analysis and remaining life evaluation, principally for the power, refining and petrochemical industries. Since joining Edif ERA as a mechanical engineer in 1998 he has undertaken many calculational analyses including fitness for service assessment of static and rotating components, probabilistic assessment of heater…

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Neil Currie

Chief Product Officer at eVision Industry Software

Neil Currie is Chief Product Officer at eVision Industry Software, the globally leading Operational Safety Software company. Neil has a software engineering background, primarily focusing the past 15 years on software design and software interaction. As product manager Neil has been involved in product design for numerous safety and operational software systems, widely used within…

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Paul Borggreve

Head of Division Business Development & Sales Support & Leader of the global E+H Strategic Industry Group - Chemical

Member of the management team at Endress+Hauser, Maulburg, Germany – manufacturer of Level, Pressure and Inventory Management Solutions.   Current roles:  Head of division Business Development & Sales Support Leader of the global E+H Strategic Industry Group – Chemical Primary focus: Compliance of the complete E+H offering to the Global Chemical industry requirements. Global business…

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Rainer Ochsenkuehn

President, ROC One

Rainer Ochsenkuehn is the President and Founder of ROC One Management Consultants. He is a recognized expert in developing and implementing management system solutions for sustainability-related challenges, and has presented and published numerous papers on management system implementation and integration, ISO 14001 certification, Responsible Care© and sustainability strategies. Rainer’s diverse background includes experience applying management…

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Marco Pagnini

Regional Operational Risk Management Leader, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Marco Pagnini is the Operational Risk Management Leader within DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Middle East. He has 12 years of experience in helping international oil&gas and petrochemical clients in managing key risks along the asset lifecycle through sound operational risk management practices, as well as establishing ERM capabilities to manage overall risk portfolio.

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Kevin Kerik

Responsible Care Manager, Methanex

With over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry, 23 of those at Union Carbide/Dow Chemical. Kevin leads the RC management systems at Methanex Corporation based in Vancouver, Canada as the Manager of Responsible Care (RC), which includes personal safety, process safety, and product stewardship programs. He brings unique insights into RC management through his experience…

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Dr Vera Boehm

Lead Chemical Policy and Health Team and Global GPS Manager, BASF

Before joining BASF, Vera Boehm worked as scientist at the German Cancer Research Center. In 2012, she joined BASF as Advisor for Chemical Regulations and today, as Global GPS manager, is lead of BASF’s chemical policy and health team and is actively driving the Global Product Strategy internationally.

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Maher Al Dughaim

GM-EHSS, Methanol Chemicals Company (Chemanol)

Through over 22 Years of experience of EHSS, he has worked with Saudi Electricity Company “SEC” as Safety Engineer, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation “SABIC” as Corporate Safety Head, and Chemanol as EHSS General Manager. He has been extensively involved in Integrated Management System Developments, Global Audits, Accident investigation and Risk Assessment. Maher holds BS in…

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Dr. Saeed Al-Alawi

Director, Polymer Chemical Consultancy

Ph.D. graduated from Strathclyde University in Glasgow 1981 in Polymer Analytical Chemistry. He joint University of Bahrain in 1982, and promoted to Associated professor later. He is the founder and chairman of Bahrain Chemical Society, (1991-2002). Since 1991 he joined UNEP office in Bahrain for organising Cleaner production courses and orkshop followed by implementation of…

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David Sandidge

Senior Director, Responsible Care & Value Chain Outreach, American Chemistry Council

David Sandidge is a Senior Director, Responsible Care and Value Chain Outreach, at the American Chemistry Council. ACC is the leading trade association for the Business of Chemistry in the United States and is headquartered in Washington, DC. David’s responsibilities at ACC include supporting Member Companies in their Responsible Care implementation efforts and working with…

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Professor Richard Clegg

MD Lloyd’s Register Foundation

30 years nuclear background in industry, government and academia in the civil and defence sectors Currently MD Lloyd’s Register Foundation; shareholder of the LR Group and one of largest charitable foundations in UK in terms of revenue, focussed on engineering science, research   and education Previous roles included: -Global Nuclear Director Lloyd’s Register -MD UK National…

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Jassim Darwsh

SHE Manager, GPIC

 Born in 7thAugust 1964. Jassim is a Mechanical Engineer with B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville-Florida) class of 1989 and M.Sc. degree in Project Management (Oil & Gas) from University of Liverpool – UK. He established his work career in 11th August 1990 with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC)….

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Mushawah A. Al Mushawah

General Director of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health, KSA

Mr Mushawah  is currently the director of Environmental Health in the Saudi ministry of health. Mr Mushawah had a master degree in food science and human nutrition with a sub-specialty in food  safety and health impact of pollution on food. He had an extensive technical and executive experience in the ministry of health and other…

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Rainer Kemper

Vice President Conceptual Design, Petrochemical Plants | Section PCD, Linde AG

Rainer Kemper is Vice President Conceptual Design Petrochemical Plants at Linde AG, Linde Engineering in Munich, Germany. He is since 26 years with Linde and before heading the section Conceptual Design he has led departments in the field of process and systems engineering for several years. In the past he has led as lead process…

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Mohammed Adil Majid


Adil Majid joined National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET), June 2008 as TQM Manager for the Plant Yanbu and head office Jeddah. Function which provides establishing, Implementation, maintaining and continually improve the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment, laboratory, Responsible care management system including sustainability for both NATPET’s Production and down streams. Based in the Jeddah –…

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John Wood

Director of Environmental, Health, Safety & Security (EHSS) in the Americas Region for (SABIC),

John Wood is Director of Environmental, Health, Safety & Security (EHSS) in the Americas Region for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), which ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies.   Prior to his current role, John was the Global EHSS Director for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics Business, a business unit of SABIC, founded in September 2007 with…

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Ahmad Homssi

Environmental Manager, QChem

Ahmad Homssi is Q-Chem Environmental Manager and is been with Q-Chem since 2001, a year before the initial startup. Ahmad is an Environmental Engineer with over 18 years of experience working in the gas, petroleum and petrochemical industrial sector. Mr. Homssi is a member of a number of local and regional environmental organizations. In addition,…

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Mohammed Qahtani

Security System Analyst, World Champion of Public Speaking 2015

Mohammed is a security software analyst. He is also passionate about public speaking. Joined toastmasters in 2009 and recently won the highest award as the world champion of public speaking. He loves inspiring people and having his message reach larger audiences. He believes that words when said in the right way can make a big…

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Darin Rovere

President, Sustainability Excellence

He works extensively on sustainability strategy, management and reporting, and has worked with many petrochemical and chemical companies in the Middle East, India and Canada. Sustainability Excellence worked with the first sustainability reporters in the region using international guidelines such as the GRI. Nearly half of all organizations adopting public sustainability reporting in the Arab…

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