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Nizar Al-Adsani

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.

H.E. Bakheet Al-Rashidi


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.

Jamal Abdulaziz Jaafar

Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Oil Company in January 2016; previously held the position of Deputy CEO (Planning & Commercial) responsible for operational & strategic planning, budget control, purchasing & material management, and contract administration. He has over 30 years’ experience in the oil industry (Upstream), after graduation from Kuwait University as a chemical engineer. He spent 10 years working in Al Khafji Joint Operation representing Kuwait Gulf Oil Company.



Mohammed Ghazi Al-Mutairi

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.

Dr Khalid Kisswani

Dr Kisswani earned his PhD from University of Connecticut, USA in 2009. Before joining Gulf University of Science & Technology in Kuwait in 2009, Dr Kisswani has held academic appointments in the US as a Visiting Assistant Professor at both Quinnipiac University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr Kisswani’s recent research about oil and energy economics was published in several prestigious refereed journals, such as the Journal of Energy Economics, Applied Economics, Economic Change and Restructuring, Bulletin of Economic Research, Journal of Economics and Finance, and Journal of Economic Research.

Nour Al Shamali

Dr Ralph Palliam

Dr Ralph Palliam has a combination of academic and business leadership in Africa and in the Gulf.  He earned his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and his masters and honors degrees from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  In 1998 he was the recipient of the Sasol Award for the best graduate student at University of Pretoria. Upon receiving a Senate Research Travel Grant he researched strategic issues in purchasing, materials and logistics management at the Arizona State University’s Center for Advanced Purchasing and Logistics Management.  His professional work is rooted in an interdisciplinary context, both in style and substance allowing him to meld the toolsets and paradigms from disparate fields into an integrated framework for understanding the world of business and the world of students.    He held the position of Associate Professor of Finance and currently is in the Department of Business Management at the American University of Kuwait.


Dr. Abdulsamee Bahbahani

H.E. Anas Al-Saleh

H.E. Mr. Anas Al-Saleh is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Oil.  He is the chair of the board of directors of the Kuwait Investment Authority since 2014. He is also the former Minister of Commerce and Industry as well as the former Minister of State for Housing Affairs. Mr. Al-Saleh has an extensive experience in the financial sector. He was the chair of the Board of Kuwait Clearing Company before being appointed Minster. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Al-Saleh was a member of the Kuwait Stock Exchange Committee for three years. In addition to that, he served on the boards of many financial and investment companies. He graduated from the Portland State University, Oregon – USA with a degree in Finance in 1997.

Jamie Ingram

Jamie Ingram is the Gulf Editor at Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) where he is responsible for producing content on energy and political developments in the region. He has previously worked as a MENA analyst at IHS and as a Researcher at RUSI Qatar. 

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