Qatar petrochemicals

16 October 2008

The six key players leading the development of Qatar’s petrochemicals industry are: Prince Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifah al-Attiyah, Yousef al-Mulla, Mohammad al-Sherawi, Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi, Khalifa Abdullah al-Suwaidi and Abdullah Hussain Salatt.

Prince Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifah al-Attiyah

Position: Second Deputy Prime Minister; Energy & Industry Minister

Biography: Prince Abullah bin Hamad bin Khalifah al-Attiyah was born in 1952 in Qatar and began his career in 1972 at the Finance & Petroleum Ministry, before moving on to become the head of international and public relations at the ministry from 1973. In 1976, he was awarded a degree in history from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. In 1986, Al-Attiyah became director of the Office of the Finance & Petroleum Minister, before becoming Acting Finance & Petroleum Minister in 1989. In 1992, he became Energy & Industry Minister, a role that from 1999 he combined with the post of Electricity Minister. In September 2003, Al-Attiyah was appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar. Beyond these roles, Al-Attiyah was appointed vice-chairman of Qatar Telecom (Qtel) in 1987, a position he held until 1995.

Contact Tel: (+974) 484 6444

Yousef al-Mulla

Position: General manager, Qatar Petrochemical Company

Biography: Yousef al-Mulla joined Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) in 1998 as head of the electrical engineering division, following the completion of a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in the US. He received his Master’s degree in business administration in 1997, and a doctorate in engineering in 2007, from the UK’s Leicester University. He swiftly rose through the ranks to become acting vice-chairman and general manager of Qapco in 2002. Al-Mulla works closely with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to ensure the company’s strategy mirrors the wider ambitions of the state’s energy sector. He is overseeing a major expansion of Qapco’s cracker capacity and will manage a major polyethylene project that is due for completion in 2010. Al-Mulla also sits on the board of Qatofin, a joint venture of Qapco, Total Petrochemicals and minor shareholder QP.

Contact Tel: (+974) 424 2444

Mohammad al-Sherawi

Position: Chief co-ordinator, Industries Qatar

Biography: Qatar-born Mohammad al-Sherawi graduated with a Master’s degree in management and financial analysis from the UK’s University of Kent in 1987. He joined Qatar Petroleum (QP) in 1982, where his progress was rapid, culminating in his appointment as finance manager of QP Offshore in 1990. When onshore and offshore operations were merged in 1992, his responsibilities increased and he became finance manager of oil and gas operations. Following the establishment of the Energy & Industry Ministry, Al-Sherawi became manager of financial accounting, a position he held up until he was appointed finance director in 1996. After the creation of Industries Qatar in 2003, Al-Sherawi was appointed chief co-ordinator, overseeing communications between Industries’ Qatar’s four group companies. Al-Sherawi is also chairman of QP’s tenders committee.

Contact Tel: (+974) 430 8681

Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi

Position: Managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), RasGas

Biography: Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi is a former general manager of Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco). He joined RasGas as managing director and CEO in April 2007, and has been a board member of Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company since 1993. In 2005, he became general manager of Qatofin. In addition to his role as Qapco general manager, from 2005 he assumed the responsibilities of general manager of Qatofin, a joint venture partnership set up to build a $3.2bn petrochemicals plant in Qatar. Al-Mohannadi has spent more than 25 years working in companies such as National Oil Distribution Company, Qapco and managing expansion projects for Qatar Vinyl Company, Qapco Ethylene expansion project and Ras Laffan Olefin project. He is also an active board member of several high-profile Qatari companies, such as Qatar Petroleum.

Contact Tel: (+974) 473 8000

Khalifa Abdullah al-Suwaidi

Position: Managing director, Qatar Fertiliser Company

Biography: Khalifa Abdullah al-Suwaidi was born in Qatar in 1958 and joined Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco) in March 1985, after graduating as a chemical engineer from the US’ Arizona State University in 1984. After four years’ service, Al-Suwaidi was promoted to plant engineer and, two years later, was appointed head of section on Qafco’s ammonia 1 plant. In 1992, he was appointed deputy production manager and in 1996, he was appointed co-ordination manager. In September 1997, Al-Suwaidi was appointed production manager and in the same year, he was elevated to managing director, a position he has held since. Al-Suwaidi is chairman of the board of directors of Gulf Formaldehyde Company, vice-chairman of the board of directors at Qatar Metal Coating Company, and vice-president of the International Fertilisers Association.

Contact Tel: (+974) 422 8888

Abdullah Hussain Salatt

Position: Senior adviser, Office of the Energy & Industry Minister

Biography: Abdullah Hussain Salatt holds a degree in geology from Lamar State University in the US. He joined the petroleum affairs department of the Finance & Petroleum Ministry as a geologist. Salatt progressed his career at the ministry until he was appointed director of the Petroleum Affairs Department. In 1989, he became undersecretary at the Communications & Transportation Ministry, a position he held until late 1996, after which he was appointed to his present post of senior adviser to the Energy & Industry Minister. Salatt has sat on the board of directors at Qatar Petroleum since his appointment in 1997, and also chairs the board at Qatar Fertiliser Company, where he has been involved in the negotiations for, and overseen the development of, one of the largest fertiliser plants in the world. Salatt also sits on the board of directors at Industries Qatar.

Contact Tel: (+974) 484 6444

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