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Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Mr. Mutlaq Al-Ajmi, Industrial Engineer from University of Miami, Florida, USA, joined KNPC in 1989 and has over 27 years of experience in Kuwait Downstream Refining Industry in areas of Leadership, Operational Excellence, Refining Technologies and Management.

He has vast experience in Refinery Operations Department and has worked as Manager Operations directing & guiding the hydrocarbon processing/manufacturing related functions in Operations Department of Shuaiba Refinery.

He is presently working in Senior Management as Deputy CEO of Shuaiba Refinery directing, planning  and coordinating the activities of KNPC as per the policies of the oil sector and the guidelines set by KPC.

Mr. Al-Azmi has conceptualized and introduced the Management Module with well‐defined domains of Management Style & Strategy, Employee Engagement, Work Environment, Asset Management & Operational Excellence.  He has also introduced significant processes & concepts for improvement of Safety & Environment in the Refineries. He has also presented many papers on Operational Excellence in International Conferences.

Mr. Hilal Al Kharusi is the Acting Executive Managing Director for Oman Oil Duqm Development Company. Till January 2016, he served as the Vice President for Emerging Businesses in Oman Oil Company (OOC) with responsibility of managing a diverse portfolio covering Energy Infrastructure, Shipping, Trading, Power, Mining and Metals. His responsibilities extend in managing the development of large scale domestic energy projects. His career spans over 25 years in the energy business started in Petroleum Development Oman in 1990 and in 2001 joined Shell International in the Netherlands as a senior professional in the Business Development Group, working on several projects in the Middle East, Russia, CIS and Africa. Mr. Al Kharusi served as Board Chairman of Oman Gas Company, Takamul Investment Company and Oman Trading International and currently serves as Chairman of the boards of Oman Tank Terminal Company, Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company and Centralized Utilities Company and as board member in the Duqm Refining & Petrochemical Industries. He joined OOC in 2005 and serves as member of the company’s Executive Committee.


Mr Al-Farhoud was appointed as CEO of PIC on 16 January 2016.

Mr Al-Farhoud joined Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) in 1986 as an auditor. He held several positions in the auditing department until 2005, when he was appointed as Manager, Internal Audit.

In 2008, Mr Al-Farhoud became Deputy Managing Director of Finance Affairs at KPC and in May 2013, he was appointed Managing Director of Planning and Finance. In addition, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board for PIC. He graduated from Kuwait University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic and Accounting.

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 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.

Mohammad Al-Mutairi, 52, holds a Chemical Engineering degree (1987) from Kuwait University, joined KNPC as an Engineer and has over 28 years of extensive 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.

As a CEO, he is responsible for managing the Kuwaiti Downstream Sector’s Domestic Refining and Gas Processing business in the State of Kuwait.

He gained vast experience in Operations Department during his tenure as Manager Operations for both Shuaiba and Mina Al-Ahmadi Refineries.

Mutairi, has been the Chairman of KPC holding company Aruba (KPI) and member of KOC (Kuwait Oil Company) and PIC (Petrochemical Industries Company) Board of Directors.

He is currently member of KNPC Board of Directors.

Mutairi is a strong believer in innovations and several innovative steps were carried out during his tenure for the improvement of profitability in refinery management.  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.


Hafedh has 20 years of experience in the downstream oil and gas business. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).  He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and also a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM) UK.

His whole career has been spent with the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, working in the Company’s refinery.  He has held various roles and responsibilities in the Company within the process engineering and operations functions, including Manager Technical Services, and since 2012 he has held the position of General Manager Refining.

As General Manager Refining, he is a member of the Executive Management team at Bapco, and is responsible for the hydrocarbon supply chain at Bapco i.e. the receipt of crude oil through pipelines, storage and processing of the crude, refinery operations, blending and storage of products, and shipment of products through Bapco’s wharf.  Technical service support and Environment, Fire, Health and Safety functions for the business also fall under his umbrella of responsibility.

Hafedh is the author and co-author of several technical papers published in industry journals, and he has also presented and chaired sessions at many national, regional and international conferences.


Dr. Redhwi is the CEO (A) of Dhahran Techno-Valley (DTV) Company and the Professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept., at KFUPM. During his professional career spanning more then twenty-five years, he has been active in research and teaching in the field of Refining, Petrochemicals & Polymer Degradation. Dr. Redhwi’s main contribution in the last ten years is in establishing and managing DTV and Science Park that includes Technology centers of Schlumberger, Yokogawa, Honeywell/UOP, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, GE, Rosen, Sipchem, Schneider, Sinopec and others. He was also involved in the developing novel refining process (HSFCC) that is recently commercialized in S-Oil Company, Korea. Dr. Redhwi has published 3 books, 5 patents and more than 150 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and chapters in book.

Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy obtained his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Completed Harvard business school Advanced Management Program (AMP).  He joined SABIC as a Technology Development Engineer in 1990. In 2006 promoted to Chemical Research General Manager then General Manger for Technology KSA and Emerging Economies. In 2013 moved to the business as General Manger Technology Management in Chemicals SBU. Currently he is leading SABIC Technology Centers globally.

Dr. Al-Sherehy has contributed to the development & commercialization of five technologies including Butene-1 and linear Alpha Olefins. He is the inventor and co-inventor of three patents and has been a Board Member of several SABIC affiliates (SABIC America and Ibn Rushed) and Board Member of TAQNIA (Owned by KSA government). Vice Chairperson of advisory board of SABIC-DICP (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics) Research Center for Advanced Chemicals Production Technology. Dr. Al-Sherehy has also served on the advisory committees of many national universities including AlFaisal, KFUPM, KSU, KACST. Member of GPCA Research & Innovation Committee. He is also an Associate Editor for the Applied Petrochemical Research at Springer-Verlag Heidelberg.