MEED List: Qatar Nakilat

22 January 2010

The six key figures in the development of Nakilat, the Qatar Gas Transport Company are: Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Muhammad Ghannam, Ali al-Hammadi, Stephen May, Faisal Mohammed al-Suwaidi

Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah

Position: Chairman, Nakilat. Qatar’s deputy premier and Energy & Industry Minister

Biography: As Qatar’s deputy prime minister, energy minister and chairman of Nakilat, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah has played a leading role in developing the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production strategy. Al-Attiyah graduated with a degree in history from Alexandria University in Egypt. He began his public service career in 1972 at Qatar’s Finance & Petroleum Ministry, rising to become Finance & Petroleum Minister in 1989. In 1992, he was appointed Energy & Industry Minister, and in 2003, he assumed the additional responsibilities of second deputy prime minister, before being promoted to deputy prime minister in April 2007. Over the years, Al-Attiyah has also held a variety of other roles, including director of Gulf Helicopters Corporation in 1975. From 1987 until 1995 he was deputy chairman of telecommunications firm Qtel.

Contact: (+974) 484 6444

Muhammad Ghannam

Position: Managing director, Nakilat

Biography: Muhammad Ghannam began his career at the US’ Mobil Oil Corporation, working in the oil giant’s finance department at its Dallas-based exploration and -production headquarters and later in Jakarta for Mobil Oil Indonesia. He subsequently moved to Ras Laffan in Qatar to assume the role of chief operating officer for finance with -Qatargas. When Nakilat was launched in 2004, Ghannam was appointed managing director. In this role, he has steered the -company from its early incarnation as an investment house through flotation of half its shares in 2006 to create one of the world’s largest ship-owning companies, with a fleet of 54 vessels. In mid-2009, he raised the final $1bn required to finance Nakilat’s 45 new LNG carriers. Ghannam originally studied accountancy in the US, qualifying as a -certified public accountant in New York in 1975.

Contact: (+974) 499 8111

Ali al-Hammadi

Position: Chief executive officer (CEO), Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company (Tasweeq)

Biography: Ali al-Hammadi was appointed CEO of Tasweeq in 2007, the year the company was established following a restructuring of Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) marketing units. Tasweeq is responsible for marketing exports of Qatar’s regulated hydrocarbons products including liquefied petroleum gas, condensate and sulphur. Prior to 2007, Al-Hammadi worked as director of marketing at QP and had headed the commercial and shipping division at Qatargas. Al-Hammadi holds a bachelor of science degree in maritime studies from the UK’s Liverpool John Moores University, and has a marine engineering certificate from Sharjah’s Arab Maritime Academy in the UAE. He is chairman of the South Hook LNG terminal, a regasification port at Milford Haven in Wales, which opened in 2009 to receive shipments of gas from Qatar.

Contact: (+974) 497 6111

Stephen May

Position: Director of facilities development, -Nakilat. Vice-chairman of Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-Kom)

Biography: Stephen May joined Nakilat in 2005 as director of facilities development to push shipbuilding, repair and maintenance services at Ras Laffan. He is also vice-chairman of N-Kom, which will operate the new ship repair yard. May began his career at 18 with the UK’s Swan Hunter Shipbuilding as a student apprentice, supporting his training with courses in mechanical engineering, business administration and systems control at Newcastle Poly-technic. In 1972, he joined ship repair and conversion company A&P Appledore International, where he managed the engineering needs of international shipyard projects. He then moved to Canada’s MIL Group, where he was appointed president of a division producing offshore structures, and in 1995 joined Montreal-based precision die-casting systems maker Techmire as CEO.

Contact: (+974) 499 8111

Faisal Mohammed al-Suwaidi

Position: Vice-chairman, Nakilat. Vice-chairman and CEO, Qatargas

Biography: Faisal al-Suwaidi joined QP in 1972 as a trainee clerk, and was sponsored by the company to study business management overseas. He gained a diploma in business management from the UK’s -Merton Technical College in 1978. Returning to Qatar, he rose through the ranks at QP, becoming administration manager in 1989. In 1992, he was appointed managing director of Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), before joining Qatargas five years later as CEO and vice-chairman. During his time at the helm of Qatargas, Al-Suwaidi has played a critical role in expanding Qatar’s LNG production capacity. In addition to his positions at Qatargas and Nakilat, he holds a number of directorships including seats on the boards of QP, Qafco and Ras -Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company -(RasGas). He is also vice-chairman of Ras -Laffan refinery.

Contact: (+974) 473 6000

Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi

Position: Managing director and CEO, RasGas

Biography: Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi joined RasGas as managing director and CEO in 2007, although he has been a board member since 1993. Educated in the US, Al—Mohannadi gained a bachelor’s degree in applied engineering science from Portland State University before going on to -accumulate more than 20 years’ experience in Qatar’s energy sector. Prior to joining -RasGas, Al‑Mohannadi was general manager of QP and of Qatofin, the -company formed in 2001 to produce -polyethylene resin at Mesaieed. Al-Mohannadi holds board -positions on nine separate high—profile Qatari bodies, including the board of trustees of Qatar -University, which he joined in January 2009. RasGas is one of the two companies -developing LNG exports out of Qatar’s vast North Field, and it charters one new Q-Max and 21 conventional vessels from Nakilat.

Contact: (+974) 473 8000

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