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Board of Directors

Executive Chairman

Dr Manssour Aboukhamseen is the Executive Chairman of the Board, and is also a member of the Nomination Committee.

Dr Aboukhamseen is a successful business entrepreneur, leader and founder of several successful business enterprises in Kuwait. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Kuwait Oil Company (‘KOC’), Zahra Group Holding and Kuwait Energy.

He has a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of California at Berkeley.

Chief Executive Officer

Sara Akbar is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board.

She is a renowned professional and personality in the oil and gas industry, both in Kuwait and internationally. She has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having worked in several challenging positions in Kuwait Oil Company (‘KOC’) and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (‘KUFPEC’).

Sara Akbar has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Kuwait University.

Independent Non-executive Director

Ms Rachel English  is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Kuwait Energy, and is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

She has 30 years international experience in blue-chip energy companies, including BG Group and Shell, with responsibilities spanning finance, strategy, business development and mergers and acquisitions. Rachel is currently also a Non-Executive Director of African Barrick Gold plc, Deputy-Chair of Adam Smith International, and Founder of Helios Social Enterprise.

She has an MA from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Independent Non-executive Director

Mohammad Ahmad Husain is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Kuwait Energy and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EQUATE Petrochemical Company since April 2012. He is a member of board of directors of GPCA, a non-profit umbrella organisation of gulf petrochemical and chemical business organisations.  In the past he also served as a board member of EQUATE, The Kuwait Olefins Company, MEGlobal, Kuwait Oil Company and Kuwait National Petroleum Company. Mr Husain has over 34 years’ administrative and technical experience in the Kuwait oil and gas industry, with competencies in upstream oil and gas, petroleum affairs, gas operations, petrochemical industry, corporate planning and strategy development. Mr Husain’s past management roles include Deputy Managing Director (Mina Ahmadi Refinery) and Deputy Chairman at Kuwait National Petroleum Company; Deputy Managing Director (North Kuwait Assets), Deputy Managing Director (Planning & Gas) and Deputy Chairman at Kuwait Oil Company and Deputy Managing Director (Manufacturing) at Petrochemical Industries Company. Mr Husain is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Strategic Leadership. He has a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.

Independent Non-executive Director

Sir Steve Robson is an Independent Non-executive Director and a Senior Independent  Director on the Board of Kuwait Energy. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

He served as a Non-Executive Director of Xstrata Plc from February 2002 to May 2013.

After leaving university, he joined HM Treasury in the UK, where he served for 30 years in a number of roles including Second Permanent Secretary, Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a two-year secondment to Investors in Industry plc. During his career he was responsible for HM Treasury’s interests in industry, transport and energy policies including North Sea oil and gas. He was a non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Scotland and of JP Morgan Cazenove.

He has a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England and an M.A. from Stanford University, USA. He was a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council.

Independent Non-executive Director

Abdel F. (Abby) Badwi is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Kuwait Energy and a member of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Mr. Badwi is the Executive Chairman of GrowMax Resources Corp. He is a petroleum industry executive with more than 40 years’ upstream experience in implementing exploration, development and acquisition projects in Canada and internationally. He previously served as  President and Chief Executive of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. from 2008 to 2013 and Vice Chairman until 2016.  He also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rally Energy Corp from 2005 to 2007, as well as President of Corundum Energy Ltd from 2003 to 2005. He has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).