Ali M. Al-Somali

Chief Technologist of Oil Upgrading R&D Division
Saudi Aramco

Ali M. Al-Somali is the Chief Technologist of Oil Upgrading R&D Division of Saudi Aramco Research & Development Center since 2011, where he oversees a research portfolio spanning development & deployment of refining catalysts, molecular modeling and non-conventional upgrading of low value streams for refining, chemicals production, and power generation applications. After a short employment with SABIC, Ali joined Saudi Aramco in 1997, where he served in different technical and leadership roles including representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in OPEC R&D Officials Meetings in 2009 and 2011 in Quito and Vienna respectively and acting as the head of the Carbon Management Working Group, led by the Kingdom at the time. Ali holds a Ph.D. Degree in Physical Chemistry from Rice University (2006), USA, and has several refereed, conference, papers and patents. He was, also, a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) in 2010 and led the establishment of research collaboration in the area of supercritical water upgrading of crude oil and its fractions between Saudi Aramco and MIT.

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