His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada

Chairman of the Texas A & M University at Qatar Joint Advisory Board
Chairman of Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (NAKILAT) 
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of North Atlantic Qatar

His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada is the Chairman of the Texas A & M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) Joint Advisory Board (JAB), Chairman of Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (NAKILAT) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q).


Dr. Al-Sada was the Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Qatar Petroleum from 2011 to 2018 and the Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum from 2011 – 2014. Before that he was the Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs and Cabinet Member from 2007 to 2011.


Among the various positions His Excellency held over the years:

  • Managing Director of RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) in 2006 and President of the OPEC Conference and President of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
  • Supreme Council member for Economic Affairs and Investment, Chairman of RasGas and Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWC) and the Permanent Chairman of the Water Resources Committee (PWRC) at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
  • QP Technical Director in 1997, where he successfully directed the execution of major oil, gas, and infrastructure projects.

Dr. Al-Sada joined Qatar Petroleum (QP) in 1983 and started a lifetime career in the oil and gas business. He moved up the corporate ladder and assumed many managerial positions with over 35 years of experience in the energy sector.

Dr. Al-Sada has been heavily involved in the Education Sector, and is supervising and advising several Ph.D. students at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in the fields of Energy and Sustainable Development.


In May 2019, in recognition of his achievements and long-term support to the Education Sector, Dr. Al Sada was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Texas A&M University.


Professor Andrew Hopkins

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Australian National University

Professor Andrew Hopkins is an internationally-renowned presenter, author and consultant in the field of industrial safety and accident analysis.

Professor Hopkins has been awarded a prize by the European Process Safety Centre for “extraordinary contribution to process safety”, the first time this has been awarded outside of Europe.

Professor Hopkins has been involved in various government occupational health and safety (OHS) reviews and completed consultancy work for major companies in the resources sector, as well as speaking regularly to audiences around the world about the causes of major accidents. He delivers presentations to organizations both within and outside Australia, and the topics include the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster, Mindful Leadership, Lessons from Longford (on the Esso Gas Plant Explosion) and Safe Behaviour Programs.

He is a recipient of the 2008 EPSC Process Safety award. Professor Hopkins was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the causes of the Esso’s gas plant at Longford in Victoria in 1998.

More recently he was a consultant to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) during its investigation into the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery and was an expert commentator in the CSB film about the disaster.

There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing ‘human factors’ to achieve improved safety and business performance in the oil and gas industry.  Major accidents, including those at Texas City and the Macondo blowout have highlighted the importance of addressing this aspect of performance.

Based on Professor Andrew Hopkins’ critical analysis of major incidents such as BP Texas City and, more recently, Macondo in the Gulf of Mexico, FutureMedia has produced DVD workshops that offer the expertise of Professor Andrew Hopkins

Mr. Nick Olds

Senior Vice President of Global Operations, ConocoPhillips

Mr. Nick Olds is senior vice president, Global Operations for ConocoPhillips.

Olds has nearly 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He previously served as vice president, Corporate Planning & Development, and in other leadership roles including vice president, Mid-Continent Business Unit in the Lower 48 and vice president, North Slope Operations and Development in Alaska. 

He began his career with predecessor company Conoco in Houston in 1992. Since then, Olds has served in numerous engineering, development, and operations and management positions in the United States, Nigeria, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Canada and Alaska. 

Olds graduated from Montana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. In 2006, he also completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton Business School. He has served as a board member on the Montana Tech University Foundation Board.


Mr. Misfer Al-Bidaiwi

Vice President of Pearl GTL, Shell Qatar

Mr. Misfer Al-Bidaiwi is a Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA. He has over 36 years of oil and gas processing experience attained both inside and outside of Shell including engineering, opportunity realization process feasibility, FEED to RFSUs (Ready for Start-up) including major projects/turnarounds, operations, commissioning and startup of small to mega projects. 

He held leadership roles such as the Head of Process Engineering, a number of initiatives to support QP Safety and Efficiency journey; e.g: readiness review for turnarounds, led FAIR Focused asset integrity Review for Qatar Petroleum in coordination with Shell and few organizational development reviews with other IOCs in Qatar. 

He was Asset Manager responsible for maintenance and operations of a gas plant in QP and established a Safety Management System in the organization.

In 2013, he was appointed as a member of Pearl Management Committee. He joined Pearl GTL GTL (Gas to Liquid) as Production Manager in September 2014. In 2019, he was appointed as the Vice President of Pearl.