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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.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Rumhi

H.E. Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy is presently the Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman.


He graduated from Imperial College, London from 1980 and he was awarded B.SC. in Tulsa University, Oklahoma, USA from 1982-1983 with a M.S.   From 1986-1990 he studied at Imperial College, London, with a PH.D. Furthermore, H.E. Al Rumhy holds Awards from Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (By Emperor of Japan).


H.E. Al-Rumhy has also worked for P.D.O.- (Petroleum Development Oman) from 1980-1986 as a Petroleum Engineer.  From 1990-1997 H.E. worked for Sultan Qaboos University, Oman College of Engineering as Ass. Professor.  He is holding a number of academic positions.


Since December 1997 he became the Minister of Oil and Gas.  He is also Chairman of Oman Oil Company, Chairman of PDO Board of Directors, Chairman of Oman LNG and Chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA).  Also Chairman of NTF Board of Directors (National Training Fund).

Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Sh. Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa graduated with honors from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a B.Sc. degree in Electronics.  He completed his higher education in the United Kingdom with a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge and an Advanced Masters from the Imperial College of Science.  He also holds an MBA from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

He joined the Ministry of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain in the year 1999 where he became Director of Government Shareholdings in 2005.  During his tenure at the Ministry he worked on the privatization of key projects including the privatization of Power Plants, Seef  properties IPO and Muharraq STP.  He is a former Board member of The Bahrain National Gas Expansion Co., Lulu Tourism Co.

He was appointed as the Chief Executive of The Oil & Gas Holding Company in 2011.  He is currently a Board Member of the ‘National Oil & Gas Authority’ and the ‘Central Bank of Bahrain’.  He is also the Chairman of ‘The Bahrain Petroleum Co.’

Under the Royal Decree No. 45 for the year 2016, issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, on 3rd June 2016, Sh. Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was appointed as the Minister of Oil.


H.E. Mohammad Barkindo

His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as Secretary General of OPEC on 1 August 2016.

Over the years he also worked in several key roles at OPEC.  In 1986, he was appointed to Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC, and from 1993 to 2008, served as Nigeria’s National Representative on the Organization’s Economic Commission Board.  In 2006, he was Acting OPEC Secretary General, and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Board of Governors from 2009 to 2010.

From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).  Previous to that, he served as Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas.  Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr Rilwanu Lukman KBE.

Mr. Barkindo has also been leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991.  He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties – COP13 (Bali, Indonesia), COP14 (Poznan, Poland) and COP15 (Copenhagen, Denmark), where he chaired the opening session.

Since his assumption of office as Secretary General, he remains a leading voice in the long standing quest for more OPEC and non-OPEC cooperation for stable oil markets on a sustainable basis. 


Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani was appointed Senior Vice President – Upstream in January 2016. His responsibilities include exploration,  petroleum engineering, drilling, oil and gas operations, unconventional resources and upstream research and development. 

Al Qahtani has held several management positions since joining Saudi Aramco, including chief petroleum engineer, and vice president – Petroleum Engineering & Development. He is Chairman of the Saudi Aramco Refinery Company (SASREF) and the Dharan Techno Valley Company (DTVC) Advisory Committee. He is also a board member of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, serves on boards and committees for several universities, and has been a board member of numerous other organizations.

Al Qahtani holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering. 

Khalid M. Abuleif

Khalid Abuleif has over 25 years’ experience on sustainability, climate change policy and carbon management.

Currently, he is a senior advisor to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources on Sustainability and Climate Policy.  He is the lead negotiator for the climate change agreements and the Kingdom’s focal point to the Secretariat for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).


He was the Co-Chair of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee and the Chairman of the Facilitative Branch on 2012/2013. He served in this branch since its inception in December 2005.  


Khalid led the Kingdom’s delegation to World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) and the Special Session (CTE-SS) on the Doha agenda negotiations from 2005 to 2010.


He is leading the Kingdom’s team in the Technical Group Committee for the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) since 2005 and the coordinator of policy and CDM for Saudi Aramco carbon management program to year 2012.


Khalid Abuleif is a University of Houston graduate with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering; and M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering.

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.



Abby Badwi

Abdel F. (Abby) Badwi is the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Energy.

Mr. Badwi is the Executive Chairman of GrowMax Resources Corp. He is a petroleum industry executive with more than 40 years’ upstream experience in implementing exploration, development and acquisition projects in Canada and internationally. He previously served as President and Chief Executive of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. from 2008 to 2013 and Vice Chairman until 2016.  He also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rally Energy Corp from 2005 to 2007, as well as President of Corundum Energy Ltd from 2003 to 2005. He has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Sami Iskander

Sami Iskander was appointed Executive Vice President for Shell’s Upstream Joint Ventures business in February 2016.
In this role based in The Hague, Sami is accountable for business performance in 8 upstream countries (Abu Dhabi, Brunei, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Oman) in which joint venture assets represent the core of the business value for Shell.
Sami has extensive global oil and gas expertise. From 2008 and prior to joining Shell in 2016, Sami worked in BG Group where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer since November 2013. In this role, he was responsible for BG Group’s global Upstream operations in addition to being responsible for BG Technical, which incorporated developments, operations, capital projects, well engineering, HSSE, climate change, IT, contracts and procurement, and technology.
Prior to BG Group, Sami held many key leadership roles with Schlumberger, undertaking assignments in Latin America, the USA, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He is also an independent board member of Pacific Drilling S.A.

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