Mr Nizar M. Al- Adsani is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
He joined Kuwait Oil Company in 1984, and held several positions before being appointed General Superintendent, Project Management. In 1999 he moved to the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation to become Manager of Planning and Investment Coordination He held this position until September of 2004, at which point he became Executive Director, Business Administration for Khafji Joint Operations. In November 2007 he was promoted to Deputy Managing Director (KJO) at the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company. In October 2009 he was named Chairman of Joint Operating Committee at KJO. From 2011-2013, Mr. Al-Adsani served as Chairman and Managing Director of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company
Mr Nizar Al-Adsani received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Mechanical Engineering) from South Dakota State University in 1984.
Mr Bakheet Al-Rashidi is the Chief Executive Officer (KPC Holdings-Aruba) and the President (Kuwait Petroleum International), since May 2013.
KPI is an international downstream subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), the state-owned entity responsible for Kuwait’s hydrocarbons interests world-wide. KPI has two refineries in the Netherlands and Italy, a supply and marketing network for retail, aviation, lubricants and speciality products, as well as research activities spread across Europe.
KPI is constructing a mega grass-root refinery project in Vietnam (NSRP) as a JV, with capacity of 200,000 barrels per day.
Mr Al-Rashidi has held several key positions during his career spanning nearly three decades, including: deputy chairman and deputy managing director for planning and local marketing of KNPC, a downstream domestic refining company; member of the board at KOC, a large upstream national oil and gas company; and chairman and managing director of M/s Kuwait Aromatics (KARO) from 2009 to 2012, a joint venture private sector petrochemicals company.
Mr Al-Rashidi is a chemical engineer by profession and an active member of several premier international bodies and technical committees on oil and gas. He was involved in 25 major projects which are being executed by KNPC, the downstream subsidiary company of KPC in Kuwait.
Mr. Mohammad Ghazi Al-Mutairi, Chemical Engineer from Kuwait University, joined KNPC in 1987 and has over 28 years of experience in Kuwait Downstream Refining Industry in areas of Leadership, Operational Excellence, Technologies and Management.
His vast experience includes working in Senior Management as Deputy Managing Director of both Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah Refineries.
Mr. Al-Mutairi as CEO-KNPC, is responsible for managing the Kuwaiti Downstream Sector’s Domestic Refining and Gas Processing business.
He has vast experience in Operations Department and has worked as Manager Operations for both Shuaiba and Mina Al-Ahmadi Refineries.
Mr. Al-Mutairi is currently member of KNPC Board of Directors. Previously, he has been the Chairman of KPC holding company Aruba (KPI) and member of KOC’s (Kuwait Oil Company) and PIC’s (Petrochemical Industries Company) Board of Directors.
During his career he has played important Leadership role in leading the Company to implement mega projects viz. CFP (Clean Fuels Project), ZOR (Al-Zour Refinery) and LNGI (LNG Import). He has also implemented many innovative profit improvement ideas to enhance performance and systems to improve overall HSE Management in KNPC.
Keisuke Sadamori was appointed Director of the Energy Markets and Security Directorate on 3 September 2012. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr. Sadamori, a Japanese national, held many senior positions at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and most recently was Deputy Director-General at the Minister’s Secretariat.
Mr. Sadamori served as the executive assistant to Prime Minister Kan in 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan, causing the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident. Before this, he worked on international energy affairs and was the representative of the Government of Japan in such fora as the IEA Governing Board in 2008 and 2009. He also served as the chief negotiator for trade and investment agreements with Asian countries in 2009 and 2010.
With over 35 years of experience, Dr Qabazard held various posts at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Philips Petroleum Company, Kuwait Oil Company, and at OPEC as the Director of their Research Division. He served at the Executive Board of the International Energy Forum and the International Monetary Fund Financial Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of several companies and was a visiting Professor at Kuwait University and Oxford University.
Dr Qabazard’s areas of expertise include Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Petroleum Production & Refining, Research and Development, Education, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, as well as organizational planning and strategy development.
Dr Qabazard holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and MS and PhD degrees from Oklahoma State University, in Chemical Engineering.
Andrew Vaughan is the Vice-President responsible for Shell’s upstream businesses in
Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Syria. In this role he is accountable for providing governance and
support for joint ventures which have been formed between Shell and host government
partners. These ventures have been formed to develop oil and gas reserves on behalf of
the host nations. Andrew is also Shell Country Chair for Abu Dhabi in which role he
represents the Royal Dutch Shell Group to the government of Abu Dhabi.
Andrew started his career in the nuclear industry designing and operating fuel
reprocessing plant. He moved to the oil and gas industry in 1981 where he worked
initially as a petroleum engineer in the UK both for Shell and an independent UK
operator. Rejoining Shell in 1992 he has held a variety of technical and general
management roles in Syria, The Netherlands, Bangladesh, Egypt, Dubai and Kazakhstan
before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2013 to take up his current role.
Christopher Napoli is Senior Research Associate at Kapsarc, a Riyadh based think tank focused on energy and the environment. His research focuses on energy productivity at the global and regional levels. Prior to joining KAPSARC, Christopher was Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Nottingham.
Christopher has published numerous papers on development, trade and environmental economics. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada, and a MA and PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK.