21. Nizar Mohammed Al-Adsani, Deputy Chairman and CEO, KPC
Climbing up one place in the 2017 ‘Power 50’, Nizar Mohammed Al-Adsani, deputy chairman and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), is in the 21st rank in the list. Al- Adsani joined Kuwait Oil Company in 1984, and held several positions before being appointed general superintendent for project management. In 1999, he moved to KPC to become manager of planning and investment. He held this position until September 2004, when he became executive director for business administration for Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) at Kuwait Gulf Oil Company.
Three years later, Al-Adsani was promoted to the role of deputy managing director, and in October 2009 he became chairman of the joint operating committee at KJO. Before joining Kuwait’s state-owned oil company, he served as chairman and managing director of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company.
22. Mohammad Ghazi Al-Mutairi, CEO, KNPC
Mohammad Ghazi Al-Mutairi, CEO, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), improves his ranking in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ by one place. Joining KNPC in 1987, Al-Mutairi boasts 29 years’ experience, holding key leadership positions in Kuwait’s vibrant downstream sector. He acquired first-hand expertise during the early days of the region’s industrial development, working as deputy managing director of KNPC’s two main refineries – Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah.
Now as CEO of KNPC, Al-Mutairi is responsible for managing Kuwait’s entire refining and gas processing operations. He is currently member of the KNPC board. He has played an important role in shaping Kuwait’s downstream sector, leading the implementation of some of the region’s most complex energy projects like Clean Fuels Project, the massive Al-Zour Refinery and LNG import facility.
23. Marziyeh Shahdaei, Managing Director, National Petrochemical Company
Making her debut to the ‘Power 50’, Marziyeh Shahdaei, managing director, National Petrochemical Company, is in the 23rd place in this year’s list. Marziyeh is also Iran’s deputy minister of petroleum. Iran’s National Petrochemical Company (NPC) has signed a deal in August 2017 with Air Liquide of France for obtaining methane-to-propane process licence. The deal also involves basic engineering of a 500,000 tons methane-to-propane plant. The deal was signed in a ceremony that was attended by Marziyeh and senior Air Liquide executives.
Iranian petrochemical exporters generated over $3.5bn in revenues for the country over the course of the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on 21 March 2017. The companies exported nearly seven million metric tonnes of petrochemical products during the period.
24. Bakheet Al-Rashidi, President and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum International
Retaining his position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’, Bakheet Al-Rashidi occupies the 24th rank in the list. Al-Rashidi, president and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8), 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, member of the board at Kuwait Oil Company, and chairman and managing director of Kuwait Aromatics.
A chemical engineer by profession and an active member of several premier international bodies and technical committees on oil and gas, Al-Rashidi was involved in 25 major projects which were executed by KNPC. Set up as an international downstream subsidiary of the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Q8 is constructing a mega grassroots refinery in Vietnam as a joint venture, with a daily capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil.
25. Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic
Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO, Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), retained his ranking in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. As the CEO of Orpic, one of the most vibrant businesses in the downstream sector across the region, Al Jahdhami comes from a mechanical engineering background with an experience spanning across 20 years, beginning from 1997. Prior to his current position in Orpic, Al Jahdhami was the CEO of Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP), mainly responsible for sustainably providing adequate and reliable power and desalinated water supply to the Sultanate of Oman.
Joining Orpic in January 2017, Al Jahdhami leads the company with an ambitious growth plan for the next five years, which will increase its asset base by over $9bn and its product portfolio with over four million tonnes/year of fuels and plastics. Orpic owns and operates two oil refineries and an integrated petrochemical complex – polypropylene and aromatics, with annual revenue exceeding $10bn.
Al Jahdhami holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nottingham University (UK), and started his career in PDO in 1997. He performed a range of operational, technical and commercial roles in PDO’s production business. From 2005 to 2007, Al Jahdhami worked for the Ministry of National Economy, as project manager of the Sur Independent Water Project (IWP). He then joined Electricity Holding Company (EHC) where he initially led the restructuring of the Salalah electricity business, and subsequently became EHC’s director of privatisation and restructuring.
In 2010, Al Jahdhami became the general manager for policy and strategy of the Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW). In 2012, he started to lead Oman Power & Water Procurement (OPWP), first as its chief operating officer and since 2013 as its CEO. He has served as a board member in a number of electricity companies, and is currently board member of GCC Interconnection Authority and INJAZ Oman, Orpic Logistics Company LLC (chairman), and Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA).
26. Nasser D Al-Mahasher, President and CEO, Petro Rabigh
Retaining his rank in the 2017 ‘Power 50’, Nasser D Al-Mahasher president and CEO, Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh), is in its 26th position. Al-Mahasher joined Petro Rabigh on 1 September 2016 with over 25 years’ experience in the refining and petrochemicals business.
Al-Mahasher joined Saudi Aramco in 1990 and has worked in a number of areas, including refining technologies, operations, project management, marketing and international refining. In 2005, he was made Saudi Aramco’s global refining coordinator, and in 2008 became head of Saudi Petroleum Ltd in Tokyo, Japan. In 2012, he was appointed president and CEO of S-Oil in South Korea, while in 2015 Al-Mahasher was made adjunct professor of chemical and biological engineering by Seoul National University in South Korea.
27. Abdallah H Subaiyyal, President and CEO, YASREF
Making his debut to the ‘Power 50’, Abdallah H Subaiyyal, president and CEO, Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF), is placed in the 27th position in this year’s list. With vast experience of almost 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Subaiyyal was appointed in the current position in January 2017.
Subaiyyal received his BS degree in chemical engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia, in June 1982, after which he joined Petromin as a process engineer at Rabigh refinery, where he continued for 18 years. In 2001, he was assigned to represent Saudi Aramco to the development of Fujian project in China for 13 years. Subaiyyal was chosen by the Chinese government to be rewarded with China Friendship Award in 2009. He was the first Arab receiving this Award.
28. Hussain A Al-Qahtani, President, SASREF
Hussain A Al-Qahtani, president, Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF), makes his first appearance in the ‘Power 50’ list with the 28th rank. Al-Qahtani was appointed in the current position in November 2016. Before this, he was the director of domestic joint ventures management department at Saudi Aramco.
Located in the heart of Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, SASREF is one of the largest petroleum refining companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell, two of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world, SASREF today maintains a workforce of around 1,000 employees and processes over 305,000 barrels of oil per day. While part of an industry that has traditionally taken a measured approach when it comes to information technology, SASREF is one of the few to have embarked on a digital transformation journey.
29. Fawwaz Nawwab, President and CEO, SATORP
Making his first-time entry to the ‘Power 50’, Fawwaz Nawwab, president and CEO, Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), occupies the 29th rank. A joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Total in Jubail, SATORP will support Saudi Aramco’s efforts to expand the value chain and achieve maximum value from the Kingdom’s resources.
Inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in November 2016, the project can process 400,000 barrels of heavy Arabian crude daily into low-sulphur gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, which comply with the standards in the US, Europe and Japan, apart from producing more than one million tonnes of paraxylene, benzene, sulphur and pure petroleum coke that fuels cement plants and electric power stations. In October 2017, Intertek has certified SATORP with ISO 14001:2015.
30. Jamal Malaikah, President and COO, NATPET
Jamal Malaikah, president and COO, National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET), is at the 30th position in this year’s ‘Power 50’. Malaikah has been appointed to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) board of directors replacing Ahmed Saeed Ghaleb Al Muhairi, CEO, ChemaWEyaat. Malaikah was elected during GPCA’s Annual General Assembly meeting on 13 March 2017.
Malaikah’s previous experience includes the roles of vice president for marketing and sales, NATPET; managing director, Copak, Egypt; senior general manager, Saudi Carton Company; and Xenel Industries, where he worked on the development of several projects, including petrochemicals. In addition to GPCA, Malaikah sits on the board of directors of Al Ahli Takaful Company, NATPET Schulman, and Petrochemical Manufacturers Committee in Saudi Arabia.