H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry, Chairman of the Board, Qatar Petroleum, State of Qatar

His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada was appointed Minister of Energy and industry, and Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum in 2011.  In September 2014, he was again assigned overall responsibility for Qatar’s energy and industry sector, retaining both his Cabinet portfolio and QP position as Chairman of the Board. Earlier, from 2007 to 2011, H.E. Dr. Al-Sada was Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs and Member of the Cabinet.

His Excellency is a member of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. In addition, he is the Chairman of RasGas Company Limited, Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (NAKILAT) and Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWC). H.E. is also the Chairman of the Permanent Water Resources Committee (PWRC) at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).

H.E. Dr. Al-Sada has over 33 years of experience in the energy sector.  In 1983, he joined Qatar Petroleum (QP) and started a lifetime career in the oil and gas business. He moved up the corporate ladder and assumed numerous managerial positions. In 1997, he was appointed QP Technical Director, where he successfully directed the execution of a number of major oil, gas and infrastructure projects. In 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of RasGas Company Limited (RasGas).

In 2017 His Excellency Dr. Sada was conferred with “The International Oil Diplomacy Man of the Year” Award at the IP Week, London, organized under the aegis of Energy Institute, UK.

An active member of the Qatari community, His Excellency is a member of the Qatar Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Joint Advisory Board (JAB) at Texas A & M University Qatar (TAMUQ) and of the Joint Oversight Board (JOB) of the College of North Atlantic Qatar (CNAQ).

H.E. Dr. Al-Sada was a founding member of the Supreme Education Council; the Permanent Constitution Preparation Committee and the National Committee for Human Rights. 

His Excellency holds an MSc degree and a PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK and a BSc degree in Marine Science and Geology from Qatar University. 

His Excellency is married and has five children.

H.E. Dr. Ali Al-Mulla, Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector, Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

Dr. Ali Hamed Al Mulla is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) for the Industrial Projects Sector. Before joining GOIC, Dr. Al Mulla was the Group Manager for the Corporate Diroctrate of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Qatar Petroleum for 12 years.

His management experience spans more than 25 years during which he served as Vice Chairman of the Board for the Civil Aviation General Authority from 2001 to 2004 in addition to his work as General Manager of the Department of Meteorology since 1999.

Dr. Al Mulla received his B.Sc. in professional meteorology from St. Louis University in 1986 and earned his M.A. and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees from Boston University in 1992 and 1996.

He has participated in many international conferences and has several research papers, in addition to chairing various committees for industry, safety and environment.

During his years in GOIC, Dr. Al Mulla has supervised various investment opportunities and joint projects.



Steinar Vaage, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Wells & Projects for ConocoPhillips

Steinar Vaage is senior vice president, Global Operations, Wells & Projects for ConocoPhillips, (includes functional oversight of Global Aviation, Global Marine, Global Production, Global Wells, Projects and Supply Chain).

Vaage began his career in 1988 and held various engineering positions in Norway up to 1995. From 1995 to 2000, he held positions at Phillips headquarters in the U.S., and from 2000 to 2004 in the U.K. and Norway. From 2004 to 2007, he was general manager of Heavy Oil Joint Ventures in Venezuela. From 2007 to 2012 he served as managing director of ConocoPhillips Norway, and from 2012 to 2015 he was president of ConocoPhillips Europe. In 2016, Steinar was senior vice president, Operations & Projects Services. He assumed his current role in 2017.

He has served on the board of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (2007 – 2013), as chairman of the board (2008 – 2013), and on the management committee of IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) from 2012-2015.

Vaage received a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering in 1987, and in 1991, a Master of Science in reservoir engineering.

Ahmed Al-Shaikh, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing of SABIC, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Al-Shaikh has been with SABIC since year 1997 and has held various leadership positions in the company. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Before his present assignment, Mr. Al-Shaikh was the Vice President of Manufacturing Center of Excellence in March and April 2015. He has also held the post of President of SABIC affiliates, Yanpet, from July 2011 to February 2015 and United, in 2009.

Mr. Al-Shaikh, has more than 25 years’ experience in the global oil and petrochemical industries, beginning his career with Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery (SASREF). At SABIC his role see him working closely with key JV Partners such as ExxonMobil, Sinopec and Shell, to name a few.

In SABIC today Mr. Al-Shaikh oversees all global manufacturing operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and MEA - including major industrial sites in Saudi Arabia in the city of Al-Jubail on the Arabian Gulf, as well as in Yanbu on the Red Sea. His vision is to achieve total manufacturing cost leadership, maximize economic value creation though manufacturing excellence and uncompromising safety standards.

To achieve this his function focuses on key pillars of success starting with the development of ‘people’, promoting an inclusive culture, performance via world class SHE and the reliability of all manufacturing assets within the SABIC family.

SABIC’s global presence continues to grow rapidly. Our ambitious plans for expansion are matched by the development of an infrastructure of manufacturing plants worldwide. This enables us to respond efficiently to the needs of our customers in key markets around the world and enable us to power ambitions.

Trish Kerin, Director, Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC)

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries. 

Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on advisory committee roles with the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA), WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to Safe Work Australia.

Trish currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She holds a diploma of OHS is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.