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Sami Safran


Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO)

Sami Safran, CEO of Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO), holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining MEPCO in 2004; he held the positions of: Technical Manager, Consultant, and Project Manager, in different paper mills in the region. He played a critical role in the expansion and development of operations. Sami was named as a CSR Ambassador by the King Khalid Foundation for his strategic view and contribution to enhancing sustainability practices, including the environmental awareness campaign through AL NABTA foundation. He is among the 100 best Arab CEOs in 2017 as named by the Arab Best Awards.

Sami is a veteran papermaker and water treatment expert; packing more than two decades of experience. He is a visionary who combines sharp strategic skills and well-ordered project management abilities. Along the 15 years he spent in MEPCO; the Company achieved 700% sales growth, increased market share to exceed 20% of the Saudi market, and expanded its export footprint to cover more than 50 countries. These targets were accomplished without losing sight of enhancing sustainability metrics at all levels.

Sami is the Vice Chairman for the Higher Institute for Paper and Industrial Technologies (HIPIT); a training institute that educates young Saudi professionals in the paper technology. He aims to develop tomorrow’s leaders by enabling Saudi’s youth to start a career in the paper industry. Through the establishment of HIPIT, he steered the company’s vision to align with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision for talent localisation.


Executive Panel: Strategic vision for the containerboard industry

Day 1

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • Assessing current capacity and plans for capacity additions
  • Sustainability- how producers and converters are innovating in light of environmental concerns
  • How are domestic producers dealing with an excess of international waste paper imports
  • What is driving demand for corrugated packaging?