Board of directors

Board of directors


Mohammed Al Ghurair - Non-executive Chairman

  • Date of birth: 24 February 1952
  • Appointed to the Board: 25 April 2007
  • Appointed as Chairman: 26 September 2008
  • Education: B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Skills and experience: Business management
  • Other appointments: Mr Al Ghurair is a Director at the Saudi International Petrochemical Company and a Director of National Cement Company. Mr Al Ghurair is a nominee of the majority shareholder, Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC) L.L.C.
  • Committee membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee

Dr Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa - Chief Executive Officer

  • Date of birth: 2 July 1957
  • Appointed to the Board: 26 September 2008
  • Education: PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University
  • Skills and experience: Management and technical experience gained during his time at Saudi Aramco, where he managed a wide range of E&P departments.
  • Other appointments: Dr Al Khalifa is a founder member of the industry’s Humanitarian Support Alliance NGO (IHSAN-H2O). He was the 2007 President of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
  • Committee membership: None

Ahmad Sharaf - Non-executive Director

  • Date of birth: 16 October 1966
  • Appointed to the Board: 25 April 2007
  • Education: B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
  • Skills and experience: Specialist knowledge with expertise in evaluating and critiquing new business venture opportunities in the oil and gas sector. Mr Sharaf has worked in the international upstream oil and gas industry for over 20 years, including with ConocoPhillips from 1990 – 2005 as well as for Dubai Holding in various leadership positions in the energy, health care and real
    estate sectors.
  • Other appointments: Mr Sharaf is the Chief Executive Officer of Dutco Energy, a division of the Dutco Group, dedicated to positioning and expanding the Group’s global interests in the oil and gas sector. Mr Sharaf is Chairman of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) and also chairs both the DME’s Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. Mr Sharaf is an active Member of Duke University Fuqua Business School’s Board of Visitors. He is a Director of the Board of Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC) L.L.C. and serves as a Member of ENOC’s Audit Committee and Chairman of its Investment Committee. Mr Sharaf is a nominee of the majority shareholder, Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC) L.L.C.
  • Committee membership: Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Ahmad Al Muhairbi - Non-executive Director

  • Date of birth: 7 September 1959
  • Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2007
  • Education: B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas, Austin.
  • Skills and experience: Operational aspects (field development and drilling programmes in particular) of the upstream oil and gas business. Mr Al Muhairbi has been involved in petroleum field development and production since 1988 for ADNOC, ARCO Dubai Inc. and previously Margham Dubai Establishment and then with Dubai Supply Authority.
  • Other appointments: In December 2012, Mr Al Muhairbi was appointed the Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. He also serves as a Director on the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity & Water Sector for the Emirate of Dubai. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco), a 100% subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
  • Committee membership: Member of the Nominations Committee and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Saeed Al Mazrooei - Non-executive Director

  • Date of birth: 24 December 1960
  • Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2007
  • Education: M.Sc. in Gas Engineering and Management from Salford University, UK.
  • Skills and experience: Development and production of gas assets. Mr Al Mazrooei joined Arco International in 1985 to work on various aspects of their gas business and then he played a central role in the development of the Dolphin Project, to transport gas from Qatar to the UAE for power generation purposes.
  • Other appointments: Mr Al Mazrooei is President and CEO of Emirates Aluminium and a Board Member of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).
  • Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Thor Haugnaess - Non-executive Director

  • Date of birth: 25 May 1958
  • Appointed to the Board: 20 February 2012
  • Education: M.Sc. in Petroleum Technology from the University of Trondheim (NTNU), Norway.
  • Skills and experience: Over 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, predominantly in the oilfield services with the Schlumberger group of companies in a variety of management roles. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Haugnaess was the President for the Norwegian drilling contractor, Ocean Rig ASA, which was listedon the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • Other appointments: Mr Haugnaess is Vice Chairman of Visuray Plc and alternate Non-executive Director at XCounter AB.
  • Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

Justin Crowley - Non-executive Director

  • Date of birth: 10 October 1972
  • Appointed to the Board: 9 September 2013
  • Education: B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economicsand Political Science, UK.
  • Skills and experience: Mr Crowley had an extensive audit career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and with two UK-based mid-tier auditing firms as a Director prior to joining BDO International. His working experience covers external audit services; internal audit, risk management, corporate governance, compliance audit; as well as forensic audit and corporate advisory.
  • Other appointments: Mr Crowley is an Audit and Assurance Partner at BDO International specialising in regulated industries, the oil and gas sector and other manufacturing and industrial sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • Committee membership: Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
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