Event Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unsettling change in the global marketplace with price fluctuations and a sharp drop in demand for several key industries especially oil and gas. To limit the effect of this crisis, many companies have adopted some quick, short-term steps to cut their costs and remain afloat. However, the uncertainty of how this pandemic’s impact will unfold or how long it will last, has created a necessity to reconsider strategies and implement efficient long-term measures to align with the new norm, mitigate the risk, and ensure continuity.

Digitalisation and adoption of emerging technologies have proved, for many industries, to be an efficient strategy in navigating the pandemic and oil and gas sector is no exemption, as disruptive technologies can enable efficient and effective operation for the industry and transform the way it operates during the covid-19 crisis and beyond. Technologies, such as advanced computing and data analytics, drones, IIoT, AI, VR, digital twin, and robotics, enable effective remote working and help with overcoming the challenge of reduced onsite workers, ensure uninterrupted plant operations, and improve productivity. They also play a key role in cost reduction especially for maintenance and engineering.

This DigiConference will look at key disruptive technologies and how the oil and gas industry can capitalise on their benefits to navigate the pandemic and emerge stronger once it is over. It will bring together oil and gas industry CIOs, digital transformation, cyber security executives and technology experts and consultants to discuss latest technology developments and challenges faced and share knowledge and lessons learnt to advance the industry’s digitalisation, resilience and explore means to achieve sustainability in the new norm and beyond.

Event in Numbers




Decision makers from oil and gas companies




Media Partners

Meet the Advisory Committee


Dr. Fawaz Al-Khudhairy
Head of Information Protection,
Saudi Aramco

Wael Almadhoun
Technology Specialist,

Amro Suleiman
Digital Lead,

Meet the Speakers

Eugen Negutu
Chief Information Officer,
Bahrain Petroleum Company - BAPCO

Abdallah Ayoub
Automation Section Head,

Abdallah Hantoush
Sr. Manager, Technical Manufacturing Digitalization, Corporate Digitalization Program,

Bruno Gama
Vice President - Solution Architects EMEA,

Amro Suleiman
Digital Lead,

Dr. Fawaz Al-Khudhairy
Digital Communications Lead Consultant - Information Protection Department,
Saudi Aramco

Fayez Kharbat
Board Member, MESA & Digital Strategy and Growth Consultant,
Saudi Aramco

Hassan Al Hajji
Co-Founder & Director,
Automation & Digital Transformation

James Lang
Vice President ME Operations,

Jean-Paul Sacy
Regional Director,

Mohammed AlGhazal
Digital Transformation Consultant

Shumon Zaman
Former-Vice President, Technology, Optimisation and Digital,

Sulaiman Al Hadhrami
Head of New Technology Implementation,
Petroleum Development Oman - PDO

Why Get Involved?

Get in front of your target market

Get access to the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming automation and digital transformation projects in the region’s oil and gas industry.

Gain project insights

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current and future technology investments and learn about the region’s oil and gas industry’s emerging technologies strategies and spot opportunities.

Generate strong leads

Learn which projects are going forward and influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects.

Raise your brand awareness

: Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project owners overcome the impact of this global pandemic.

Who will attend DigiConnect Emerging Technologies
for Oil and Gas?

Regional oil and gas senior executives and technology experts from different companies in the Middle East & Africa region such as:

Conference Format

Conference Program

Time Conference Program
10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome remarks from organiser
  • Asmae Hamidi, Portfolio Director, Great Minds Event Management
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
  • Hassan Al Hajji, Co-Founder & Director, Automation & Digital Transformation
10:15 PANEL SESSION 1: Market overview – Oil and Gas digital transformation in the fourth industrial revolution age
  • Overview of the oil and gas industry’s digitalization journey in the IR4.0 era
  • Exploring the region’s recent and future digitalization projects
  • Looking at Covid-19 pandemic impact on the digitalization of the industry and how it has changed its course
  • Collaboration amongst technology developers and oil and gas experts in accelerating the industry’s transformatio
  • Role of efficient digital transformation strategies to increase plant optimisation and unlock the industry’s potential

  • Eugen Negutu, Chief Information Officer, Bahrain Petroleum Company - BAPCO
  • Bruno Gama, Vice President - Solution Architects EMEA, Aucerna
  • Sulaiman Al Hadhrami, Head of New Technology Implementation, Petroleum Development Oman - PDO
11:00 Session reserved for Sponsor
11:15 This session will highlight key emerging technologies that cater to the oil and gas sector. The session consists of four (10 to 15 min) back-to-back technology case study presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on successful application of a variety of innovative intelligent digital solutions.
  • Industry insight 1: How digitalisation is impacting value-based decision making
    • James Lang, Vice President ME Operations, Aucerna
  • Industry insight 2 – Session reserved for GDI
  • Industry insight 3
11:50 PANEL SESSION 2: Capitalising on key intelligent technologies to enhance operation and productivity, and gain a competitive advantage
  • Utilising latest Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Advanced Data Analytics technologies to predict equipment failure, prevent production interruptions, and reduce cost
  • Drones, automation, and robotics: Efficient remote surveillance and monitoring of assets and enhanced safety
  • Maximizing the natural resource value, plant output, and assets lifetime to increase your profitability
  • Implementing predictive analytics to generate accurate insights on complex operations and enable fast and informed decision making

  • Amro Suleiman, Digital Lead, Shell
  • Abdallah Ayoub, Automation Section Head, GASCO
  • Fayez Kharbat, Digital Strategy and Growth, Saudi Aramco
  • Jean-Paul Sacy, Regional Director, BakerHughesC3.ai
12:30 PANEL SESSION 3: Intelligent technologies to unlock the digital field potential and improve operations efficiency and visibility
  • Implementing IIoT platforms for an advanced connectivity, integration and real time data collection from multiple sites
  • Role of efficient integration strategy in enabling digital fields and effective interface between your mobility devices and intelligent systems
  • Upgrading to advanced control systems to tap into the potential of smart fields
  • The promise of 5G: Enabling high-capacity and fast-speed data transfers
  • Digital Twins, VR and AR: exploring practical utilization for O&G industry

  • Dr. Fawaz Al-Khudhairy, Digital Communications Lead Consultant - Information Protection Departmen, Saudi Aramco
  • Mohammed AlGhazal, Digital Transformation Consultant
  • Shumon Zaman, Former-Vice President, Technology, Optimisation and Digital, Lamprell
  • Abdallah Hantoush, Sr. Manager, Technical Manufacturing Digitalization, Corporate Digitalization Program, SABIC
13:15 Closing remarks by Chairman and end of DigiConference

Sponsorship Opportunities


We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available. A member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your business objectives.For more information email partnerships@gmevents.ae or call +971 (0) 4 568 7800


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Solution Provider 200 USD + 5% Tax 210 USD


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