Middle East & North Africa 2017

Industrial Gas Conference

Jumeirah St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18-20 September 2017

Partnerships: A Route to Success – Partnerships are becoming an increasingly important factor for the Industrial Gas industry; as markets become global, product ranges expand and applications develop. Sourcing the right supplies, technology and human capital is paramount.

gasworld’s MENA Conference will explore key trends and opportunities in corporate partnerships, from sourcing and supply partnerships, to geographical collaborations.


Richard Boocock President - Middle East, India, Egypt & Turkey Air Products
Mike Huggon CEO Gulf Cryo
Matthieu Giard Executive Vice President Africa, Middle East and India Air Liquide
John Raquet CEO gasworld
Adnan El Osman CEO of Buzwair Holding Qatar Buzwair
Ali Aman Assistant General Manager Brothers Gas
Laila Benali Financial & Administration Director Maghreb Oxygene
John Gould Independent Consultant
Rob Cockerill Global Managing Editor gasworld
Phil Kornbluth President Kornbluth Helium Consulting
Sultan Alotaibi General Manager Jacko Gas Company
Naji Skaf Partner Heidrick & Struggles
Markus Wiesner Ph.D. Managing Partner Consulting IMENA Heidrick & Struggles
Kareem Afzal Vice President, Business Development PDC Machines
James Barr Business Analyst gasworld


  • Time: 3:00pm
Welcome Reception
  • Time: 6:00pm
Sponsors: Buzwair, MEGA
MENA Industrial Gas Conference
Registration & Welcome Refreshments
  • Time: 8:00am
John Raquet gasworld
Welcome & Introduction
  • Time: 9:00am
Seifi Ghasemi Air Products
Opening Conference Speech
  • Time: 9:15am
Sourcing/Supply Partnerships
James Barr gasworld
Praxair/Linde: Global Impact
  • Time: 9:45am
John Raquet gasworld
Share vs. Compete
  • Time: 10:00am
Chris Street Calgaz
Special Gases- Make vs. Buy
  • Time: 10:30am
  • Time: 11:00am
Coffee Break
  • Time: 11:15am
Technological/Safety Partnerships
Kareem Afzal PDC Machines
Strategic Partnerships to Advance Innovation in Small Business
  • Time: 11:45am
Mike Huggon Gulf Cryo
Improving Safety Culture and Limits
  • Time: 12:15
Rob Cockerill gasworld
  • Time: 12:45
  • Time: 1:15pm
  • Time: 1:30pm
Afternoon Exhibition Time
  • Time: 2:45pm
Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception
  • Time: 6:30pm
Gala Dinner
  • Time: 7:30pm
MENA Industrial Gas Conference
Morning Refreshments
  • Time: 8:30am
Welcome Day 2
  • Time: 9:00am
Geographical Collaboration
Phil Kornbluth Kornbluth Helium Consulting
Qatar: Helium Supply Update
  • Time: 9:15am
Laila Benali Maghreb Oxygene
Morocco & North Africa
  • Time: 9:45am
Matthieu Giard Air Liquide
GCC+- Geographic Partnerships and Development
  • Time: 10:15am
  • Time: 10:45am
Coffee Break
  • Time: 11:00am
Other Essential Partnerships
Accelerating Performance
  • Time: 11:30am
John Raquet gasworld
M&A Activity - Correct Route to Success
  • Time: 12:10
John Gould Independent Consultant
Cross-border Logistics
  • Time: 12:40
  • Time: 1:10pm
  • Time: 1:25pm
Afternoon Exhibition Time
  • Time: 2:30pm
Conference Close
  • Time: 4:00pm


Running alongside the conference is a dedicated exhibition area where companies can showcase their products and services. Use the booth plan to see those exhibiting or to choose your exhibition space.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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