Mohammad Husain took over as EQUATE President & CEO in April 2012.
With over 30 years of extensive professional service, Husain held various leading posts, administrative and technical, at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) and finally at Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) as Deputy Chairman & Deputy Managing Director for Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery. In addition, he served on EQUATE Board of Directors from 2004-2012.
Having held several leadership positions and board memberships, Husain's overall competencies and areas of expertise include exploration, development and production of oil and gas, petrochemical and downstream activities, as well as corporate planning and strategy development.
Husain is also a Board member of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) since early 2012.
Mohammad holds a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the US-based University of Tulsa.
Håvard is Chief Digital Officer for Oil, Gas & Chemical industries Business Unit, with revenues of 2 bn USD. He is part of the BU Management team and will develop and drive the BU’s digital business plan (solution roadmap, financial targets. Areas of interest include technology and execution models for large Multidiscipline projects, Electrical-Instrument-Control-Telecom and Mechanical Integration, Process Electrification, Subsea, Power to/from shore, Digital Oilfield, Smart Wells and Asset Management/Condition Based Maintenance. Håvard is also country technology manager (CTM) for ABB Norway which is the main technology center for ABB in Oil and Gas, with responsibility for technology development across all business units. The CTM function has a focus on emerging and disruptive new technologies and cross unit opportunities, as well as cooperation with universities, research institutes and governmental functions. Håvard is 59 years, and has worked for ABB since 1982 in positions ranging from software development, project management, sales and technology management. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway and the ABB Business Development program at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Håvard authored and continues to update the “Oil and Gas Production Handbook”, has published a large number of papers, and holds several patents with ABB.
Claus-Peter Hälsig holds the position of Vice President Process & Technology for Fluor in Europe, Russia/CIS, Middle East and Africa and is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of hydrocarbon processing in the refining and petrochemical industries, covering catalysis, new process developments, clean fuels and heavy fuel oil upgrading up to bio-fuels, energy efficiency and sustainability / renewable aspects as well as alternative energy resources. His most recent area of interest is the impact of Industry 4.0 / Digitalization on enhancing operation and reducing life cycle costs.
Before he joined Fluor in 1993 he worked for nearly 15 years with BP in the UK and Germany, where he started his career in the R&D organization, providing technical service to the refineries and refining-petrochemical complexes worldwide.
Mr Hälsig holds a Dr.-Ing. degree of the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Stewart is a Vice President of Research at Wood Mackenzie with a specific focus on the Middle East
Since joining Wood Mackenzie in 1996, Stewart has advised a wide range of clients on entry and business strategies, fiscal terms, competitor intelligence, asset benchmarking, M&A, global supply outlook and project finance due diligence. In 2017, he appeared before a UK parliamentary select committee, providing expert opinion on the Middle East’s oil and gas sector. He has been quoted extensively in the financial press.
Stewart has 27 years oil industry experience in a variety of technical and commercial functions. Before joining Wood Mackenzie Stewart was a senior geophysicist with GETECH. Stewart started his career as a field engineer, spending two years exploring for oil and gas in Nigeria and Libya.
Stewart graduated from Leeds University with a BEng (Honours) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and holds an MSc in Exploration Geophysics, also from Leeds.
Redha KelkouliProduction Group Vice President Northern Middle EastSchlumberger
Production Group Vice President Northern Middle East
Redha Kelkouli is the Reservoir Production Group Vice President for Schlumberger Northern Middle East Region (NME), located in Kuwait City, he assumes the role since Jun 2017.
Prior to his current role, Redha held various Operational and Management positions across the globe with Schlumberger; lately he was the Operations System Manager in charge of the corporate Transformation program for North Africa.
He started his career with Schlumberger in 2001 as a Field Engineer based the United Kingdom and has worked since then in his home country, Algeria, and internationally in Pakistan, Indonesia, France, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in various operational and managerial roles including Human Resources, Technical, Sales and Operations for various product lines.
Redha holds an Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Science & Technology University in Algiers. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) with several authored E&P technical papers.
In his current capacity Redha is acts as well as the Northern Middle East “Gender Balance” Ambassador for Schlumberger, where he chairs a an executive management committee in charge of promoting and facilitating the corporate strategies related to diversity.
Mohammad Al-Sharhan is EQUATE’s Global HR Leader. Throughout a professional career of over 15 years, Al-Sharhan held a number of technical and administrative roles at Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) and EQUATE.
As the head of Global HR, Al-Sharhan leads and directs HR policies, processes and strategies to support business performance in Kuwait, UAE, North America, Europe, and Asia. His responsibilities cover all HR related functions, such as organizational effectiveness, systems, talent and performance management, as well as learning and development.
Mohammad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from California State University – Fullerton, as well as an MBA from Maastricht School of Management with distinction.
Dawoud Bahzad has been assigned as Division Director - Science & Technology, for Petroleum Research Center, at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Catalysis from University of Wales, Swansea, since 1996. His previous experience was focused on catalyst preparation, deactivation, characterization, and obtaining testing of different catalyst systems using different type of feedstocks. His majority was focused on Hydrotreating process (ARDS) and hydrocracking process (HC), which involves testing commercialized catalyst systems in the pilot plant units using actual feedstocks similar to the one used in the refinery. In addition responsible for all research projects that are related to either Upstream or downstream fields which improve the relation of the center with clients.
His present work is focused in different areas based on PRC strategic goal. Involved in securing founds through joint work with local and international institutes, petroleum companies and universities in the area of upstream and downstream.
Involved in preparation center strategy with particular regard to longer-term perspectives 2030, and update the strategic every 5 year in particular finalized 6th, 7th and 8th strategic plans for PRC center. Participate in reviewing and preparing KNPC, KOC and KPC strategy for 2040.
In charge of initiations and execution of all contractual projects between PRC and clients specific all K-companies and institutes as well as universities.
Coordinate with Center of Strategic Alliances for collaboration with regional and international organization such as; GCC (universities and institutes), JCCP, Taiwan-ACS, Korea, China University (CUP), RIPED, VTT, and India institute CSIR & IOC, University of Missouri, CONACYT-IMP Mexican Delegation.
Assists center towards goal of achieving financial self-sufficiency through greater generation of client-funded and commercially valued research engagements and management of the center’s innovation strategies including development and exploitation of Intellectual Property (IP).
Provides advice and counsel to the center management team on quality standards and ensures that scientific research outputs, procedures and publications meet specified organization’s quality standards.
Bahzad has several publications and technical reports in the related fields.
Mahfouz Ibrahim Nader recently join HOT Engineering and Construction Co. KSCC as their HR and Admin Manager. He has been in the oil and gas field for 20 years. Starting in Qatar Gas back in 1995, then moved to Qatar Petroleum until 2015.
Talent development: preparing skills to the future
Energising the workforce to embrace new technologies and a dynamic oil and gas industry
What impact does the digital transformation have on the workforce?
Fostering entrepreneurial spirit and high competitiveness among the young – how can we assist the young in realising their ambitions?
Rethinking performance management in the Middle East
Application of HR strategy and operating model in the industry
Partner MENA Government and Public Sector Tax Leader
Ernst & Young
Alok is a partner with EY’s Middle East practice, based in Kuwait. He has lived and worked in Kuwait for over 24 years and has detailed knowledge of business and taxes in the country. Alok is the Middle East Region Government and Public Sector Tax Leader for EY and this capacity, works very closely with the Government in advising on Tax policies and reforms, including the Ministry of Finance (VAT regime in Kuwait and Corporate tax) and the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA). Alok has extensive experience in advising entry-level strategies for foreign multinationals (including companies in the field of Oil & Gas) wishing to do business in Kuwait.
Waleed Al-Awadhi is the Executive Director of the Supervision Sector at the Central Bank of Kuwait.
Prior to his career at the Central Bank of Kuwait, Mr. Al Awadhi has served in various capacities in Kuwaiti banks for over 20 years.
Mr. Al-Awadhi sits on the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Credit Bank. He serves on inter-ministerial committees representing the Central Bank of Kuwait while simultaneously serving on CBK executive management committees. Furthermore, he represents Kuwait at the GCC Supervision Committee and the IFSB Technical Committee. Mr. Al Awadhi has previously served on the Board of Boubyan Takaful.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Mohammad Yousef YaqoubAssistant Director General for Business DevelopmentKuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)
Mohammad Yousef Yaqoub
Assistant Director General for Business Development
Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)
Assign as Assistant Director General for Business Development at Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA ) since March 2015. with more then 18 years of local, regional and international experience in business development.
Main areas of responsibly in developing KDIPA Strategy, Country Promotion and Business Zones of Kuwait.
Also participated in many international Business Forums on the business development, Direct Investment, value proposition and investment climate.
Mr. Yaqoub has started at Mobile Telecommunication Company as a business planner and move in the Marketing division in many roles along with the development of MTC to MTC-Vodafone in kuwait and the region to Zain Group of Telecom in ME & Africa.
Mr. Yaqoub shown leadership skills in managing many projects and initiatives across different functions, establishing teams and create a positive organization culture.
Mr. Majed Essa Al Ajeel was with Burgan Bank since 1998 till 2004 as a Board Member and, had been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Burgan Bank in 2007 then, Chairman of Burgan Bank in 2010 till date. And, currently holds the position of the Chairman at Kuwait Banking Association. In addition, Mr. Majed is a Board Member of:
the Institute of Banking Studies,
Burgan Bank - Turkey,
FIM Bank, Malta
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Regional investments: Risks and returns
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