41. Saleh Bahamdan, CEO, Sahara Petrochemicals Company
Saleh Bahamdan, CEO, Sahara Petrochemicals Company (Sahara), is placed at the 41st rank in this year’s ‘Power 50’. Sahara was established as one of the founding pillars of Saudi Arabia’s chemical and petrochemical industry. As the CEO of this flourishing venture, Bahamdan has been repeatedly recognised for his enormous contributions to the development of the country’s downstream sector, leading Sahara into new markets.
Bahamdan was appointed to the top position at Sahara in mid-2015. Having served as the company’s executive president for over six years and as president of Al Waha Petrochemicals since its inception in 2006, Bahamdan was the most obvious choice for the role. He was also vice president for technical affairs and planning at Sahara between 2005 and 2006, prior to which he served as director of engineering and project management at SABIC.
42. Abdullah Mogbil Al Garawi, President and CEO, Advanced Petrochemical Company
Abdullah Mogbil Al Garawi, president and CEO, Advanced Petrochemical Company, occupies the 42nd position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Al Garawi also presides over the board as the company’s vice chairman and director. He was instrumental in leading the firm into key markets in Asia, including South Korea, where it set up a joint venture plant capable of producing over 600,000 metric tonnes of propylene per year. Advanced Petrochemical Company owns 30% of this joint venture, which started operations in 2016, through its foreign investment arm Advanced Global, while the remaining, majority stake is controlled by SK Gas of South Korea. Prior to taking the top position at the company in October 2010, Al Garawi served as the deputy director of manufacturing at SABIC’s Jubail operations.
43. Hendrik Schonfelder, president, Evonik Middle East and Africa
Making his debut to the ‘Power 50’, Hendrik Schonfelder, president, Evonik Middle East and Africa, is placed in the 43rd position in this year’s list. Evonik has recently appointed Hendrik Schonfelder as its president for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. This follows the merger of the former regions – Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa – into one regional platform.
After obtaining his doctorate in chemical engineering from Technical University Hamburg, Schonfelder began his professional career with BASF in 1995. He occupied various roles, covering R&D, investment projects, regional sales and global business management for the polyolefins business of BASF and its succession companies. In 2013, Schonfelder joined Evonik in Germany.
44. Kamal Mohammed Fatayerji, CEO, NAMA Chemicals
Kamal Mohammed Fatayerji, CEO, NAMA Chemicals, occupies the 44th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Fatayerji holds 27 years’ combined experience in project management, marketing and sales, working for a global engineering firm. Of these, he spent 20 years on petrochemical projects and hydrocarbon downstream joint ventures.
Nama Chemicals is a joint stock, Tadawul-listed company, established in Saudi Arabia in 1992, with the objective of developing and establishing industrial projects in the petrochemical sector. NAMA Chemicals’ affiliates include Arabian Industrial Fibers Company (Ibn-Rushd), Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (Yansab) and National Chemical Industries Corporation (NACIC) of Bahrain. He earned his master’s degree in construction engineering and programme management from the University of California, Berkeley, US.
45. Huda Al-Ghoson Huda Al-Ghoson, Executive Director, Yasref
Huda Al-Ghoson, executive director, employee relations and training, Yasref, and executive director, human resources, Saudi Aramco, holds the 45th rank in this year’s ‘Power 50’. Huda is the first woman in Saudi Aramco’s history to be appointed to a permanent executive role. As the head of human resources, she is responsible for more than 66,000 employees from 80 different nationalities.
Huda joined the company in 1981 and moved up the ranks to become executive director in 2012. With gender diversification seen as crucial for the future of the region’s industry and the great potential of harnessing female talent being increasingly recognised, Saudi Aramco has made great strides in training and encouraging more female engineers to get involved in what is considered a male dominated sector.
46. Reem Al Anbari, Chief Financial Officer, Borouge
Reem Al Anbari, chief financial officer, Borouge, occupies the 46th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Reem holds her current role at Borouge since October 2014, the first woman to occupy this position across the ADNOC Group of companies. She is responsible for defining Borouge’s financial strategy and managing the finance functions at Borouge’s production operations in Abu Dhabi and sales and marketing in Singapore. Reem joined Borouge in June 2010 as accounting manager for the Middle East and Africa, and was quickly promoted to the role of vice president of group accounting, responsible for the corporate financial controlling of Borouge. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), conferred in San Diego, California. She is also affiliated with the American Academy of Financial Management as Master Financial Controller.
47. Ali Vezvaei, executive president, Bilfinger Middle East
Making his debut to the ‘Power 50’, Ali Vezvaei, executive president, Bilfinger Middle East, is placed in the 47th position in this year’s list. Bilfinger recently appointed Ali Vezvaei as executive president for the Middle East operations. He oversees the group's engineering and operating companies in the region, focusing on oil and gas, and petrochemical sectors, energy utilities and water, as well as biopharma industries.
Vezvaei joined Bilfinger, bringing his extensive management experience in the Middle East. Earlier, as president and CEO for the Middle East and North Africa at Linde Engineering, he was responsible for business and projects in the region. Before that, at Siemens Energy Oil & Gas, Vezvaei led projects and activities across the MENA region. From March 2017 until his appointment as executive president, Vezvaei served as the global vice president of Bilfinger’s engineering and technologies division, based in Germany.
48. Gina Fyffe, CEO, Integra Petrochemicals
Making her debut to the ‘Power 50’, Gina Fyffe, CEO, Integra Petrochemicals, holds the 48th position in the list. Having spent her early years in what was then Exxon Petrochemicals, Gina has guided Integra Petrochemicals from its early beginnings almost 30 years ago in to one of the most recognised trading brands in the petrochemical industry. The company has also branched into shipping with a fleet of 16 chemical tankers, with storage for liquid chemicals in the pipeline.
Gina sits on the EPCA (the European Petrochemical Association) diversity council, and is in her second term in the GPCA international trade committee. Recently, her nomination for the ‘Oil & Gas Women of the Year’ category was acknowledged as the ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2017 Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards.
49. Adel Nejad Salim, CEO, PGPIC
Improving his ranking by one place, Adel Nejad Salim, CEO, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), Iran, is at the 49th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Salim is an expert in the development, operation and management of oil, gas and petrochemical industries, with more than 39 years of experience. His experience consists of both operational and managerial positions.
Salim’s operational experience includes Abadan Petrochemical Company, Razi Petrochemical Company, Tabriz Refinery Company and Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company (BIPC). His managerial experience in production plants comprises being the CEO of BIPC, Amir Kabir Petrochemical Company and Tabriz Oil Refinery Company. He also served as the managing director of National Petrochemical Company. Salim holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
50. Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Member, Supervisory Board, Borealis
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, member, supervisory board, Borealis, makes his first appearance in the ‘Power 50’ list with the 50th rank. Borealis appointed Al Kaabi as a member of the supervisory board of the company in May 2017. Before this appointment, he was appointed CEO, petroleum and petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company. Previously, Al Kaabi was CEO of Mubadala Petroleum, and prior to that he had a 16-year career with ADNOC, leading the exploration division. Al Kaabi is also a board member of Dolphin Energy; Compania Espanola de Petroleos SA (Cepsa), an upstream oil and gas company headquartered in Spain; Cosmo Energy Holdings, an integrated oil and gas company with upstream and downstream operations based in Japan; and NOVO Chemicals, a North American producer of plastics and chemicals.