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Speakers & Topics

Keeping the Industry Updated

The Middle East Digital Refineries Conference brings together 3 days of technical oil & gas professionals to discuss the latest technologies, processes, and innovations happening in the industry from around the world. Hear from over 30 speakers providing you with access to critical industry-leading knowledge. Speakers are selected based on a peer-review by the Middle East Digital Refineries Technical Committee.

Participate in the Technical Conference Program to get in-depth insight on the latest projects, case studies, and technologies from leading experts across over 30 technical presentations, 5 technical panel sessions, and round table discussions.

  • As a distinguished speaker at the MEDR 2023, the opportunity to network extends beyond the conference program, with exhibiting companies on the show floor with whom you can interact and meet.
  • Extend your influence as part of an exceptional Technical Programme.
  • Present your technical knowledge and experience globally to industry colleagues.
  • Raise your company’s profile at Middle East’s leading oil & gas event by having the opportunity to participate in media interviews.
  • Present your technical knowledge and experience to global industry colleagues
  • Receive early access to submit for future international events, providing extended company reach.



The Middle East Digital Refineries committee and Task Forces will manage and lead the technical part of the process and are responsible for selecting the most relevant innovations. The chosen presenters will be given the opportunity to present at either an Industry Insight or a Technology and Innovation session.

Our Key Topics

Click on the topics below to see the details of the topics that will be discussed:

Big Data & Cloud Computing

    Big data & cloud computing include data recording, storage, and processing, and now big data is used in the refinery sector for the estimation of the energy efficiency and to reduce the downtime, maintenance, and repair cost by using various models and analytics methods. it becomes necessary to have unique solutions and latest technologies discussed & showcased at ME Digital Refineries 2023 to deal with big data problem and issues faced by our sector.

Cyber Security & IoT Disruption

    Advances in process automation systems for oil refineries and petrochemical plants can also bring greater cyber security risks. These can include concerns about personnel safety, damage to expensive infrastructure, loss of production and negative impacts on company reputation. By understanding what contributes to the risk of a cyber incident, ME Digital Refineries 2023 will bring in experts and solutions for minimising safety concerns in the industry.

    In the oil and gas industry, the promise of IoT applications lies not with managing existing assets, supply chains, or customer relationships but, rather, in creating new value in information about these. An integrated deployment strategy is key for O&G companies looking to find value in IoT technology. At MEDR 2023 we will explore ways to better Transform oil and gas strategies with the Internet of Things.

Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain

    Blockchain can help transform supply chain networks in the refineries — and how blockchain can enable immutable, transparent, and auditable business transactions among participants and suppliers, distributors, and partners. An AI Refinery in not far, where human and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) combine for the best results. This applied intelligence can fuel growth and value, but the industry is still trying to determine how to get there.

Data Analytics

    Data analytics, as an emerging trend, in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry. Data analytics refers to a new technology which can be employed to handle large datasets which include six main characteristics of volume, variety, velocity, veracity, value, and complexity.

Power Of Cloud

    Petrochemical plants are as unique as they are complex. Refineries have long since discovered that dynamic simulation across units and processes in these complex environments is useful in several ways. Cloud technologies are being leveraged across industries – from retail to education and from financial services to manufacturing. However, their use in refinery plant simulation remains to be explored. At MEDR 2023, we will be discussing how can we advance using cloud.

Robotics, Bots & Automation

    MEDR 2023 will explore the adoption and scaleup of disruptive and multipurpose robotic technologies to deliver safer, cost-effective, and efficient inspection capabilities, emergency response, aerial mapping, project monitoring, security surveillance and environmental monitoring. We will showcase latest advancements in robotic equipments like UAV's with various sensors such as cameras, radiometric thermal sensors, optical gas imaging, hyperspectral, LiDAR and others.

Sensors & Agility

    Sensing technologies are critical to monitor various processes in petroleum production, from exploration, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), well drilling, well completion, pigging, fracking, and refining, to decommissioning. Different modalities, including temperature, pressure, vibration, and strain/stress, are required to sense and monitor continuously in order to guarantee integrity of oil and gas production, storage and transport infrastructure onshore and offshore. Thus, the safety and reliability of oil production can be assured.

Machine Learning

    Embedding machine learning allows them to learn from their past experiences. This means that machines at a refinery can use past data to predict future events. These predictions could include equipment maintenance or future disruptions that may occur at the plant. One of the best uses of AI is enabling computers to optimize plant operations based on historical trends. The overall automation of refineries helps plant managers minimize downtime and provide better ROI.

Other Major Topics

  • Embracing and driving digitalization in the oil and gas industry
  • Defining the digital roadmap – An emphasis on AI, blockchain and Machine Learning
  • Blockchain technology to revolutionize the oil and gas industry
  • Processes for Long-Term Prosperity: Analysing the Importance of Digitalization, Automation & Refinery Flexibility
  • How AI & Machine Learning adds new way of Automation to Oil & Gas industry
  • Applications of AI that mostly thought after in Oil & Gas Industry (Upstream and Downstream)
  • Women Framing the Future of Upstream oil and gas sector

Our Speakers @ MEDR 2023

We feature a world-renowned lineup of presenters discussing advances in refineries on the field of Big Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Power of Cloud, lOT & BOT, loT Disruption, Sensors & Agility, AI & Blockchain, Machine Learning, ROI, and the range of opportunities in engineering and global business.

Awad El-Sidiq

Artificial intelligence and Analytics Team Leader
ADNOC Distribution

Ahmed Alghamdi

Digital Transformation Specialist
Saudi Aramco

Pedro Carreiras

Senior Manager, (Digital Projects & Innovation)
ADNOC Group

Meshal Almashari

Digital Transformation Manager
Saudi Aramco

Nagaraju Reddicharla

Senior Digital Solutions Specialist
ADNOC Group

Farah K. Al Bibi

Data (TBC) Scientist, Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence
SABIC

Mansour Alahbabi

Control and Automation Section Head
Borouge

Nabil Alnuaim

Vice President of Digital Transformation
Saudi Aramco

Khalid S. Al-Ghamdi

Senior Vice President for IT & Digital Transformation
Saudi Electricity Company

Hussain Alnemer

Manager, Technology Enablement, Digital Transformation
SABIC

Mohammad Al-Nahwi

Application and Digital Transformation Manager
Sadara Chemical Company

Ahmed Al Saleh

OT/ICS Information Security Specialist
Saudi Aramco

Eugen Negutu

Chief Information and Digital Officer
BAPCO

Abdullah Rashdi

Head of Digital Strategy and Integration
Petroleum Development Oman

Samuel de Zoete

Data Science and Machine Learning Lead
Saudi Aramco

MEDR Awards

Digitalisation is acquiring foothold in the energy area with a clear focus on expanding effectiveness and decreasing expenses by utilizing progressed digital technologies. From artificial intelligence to data analytics, advanced twins and that's just the beginning, oil and gas companies to use digital technology.

The Middle East digital refinery 2023 aims to recognise the best of the best in the Oil and Gas industry in the Middle east region. The awards programme will honour companies that have risen above various challenges and remained steadfast despite a very challenging environment.

If you are one of the companies with successful strategies and initiatives in adapting to the new reality, pushes for digital transformation, and mitigates the impact of the pandemic to your business, put forward a submission for this year's awards. Nominate your most exceptional initiatives and achievements and be honored as an outstanding leader in the industry!

The Middle East digital refinery 2023 will deliver a full day of valuable content through the new pandemic shifts on innovations and technology and innovations held during the day immediately preceding the Awards Gala dinners in the evening. .

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