Board and Leadership Team

OQ's Board of Directors is responsible for formulating and tracking the progress of long-term objectives. The eight-member Leadership Team ensures the constant flow of information and monitors pertinent activities, compliance KPIs and strategies.

Board of Directors

Mulham Basheer Al Jarf

Acting Deputy President for Investment at Oman Investment Authority – Chairman

Mulham is the Acting Deputy President for Investment at the Oman Investment Authority. With over 25 years of commercial experience in international business and finance, Mulham is responsible for the OIA’s investments to achieve long term sustainable returns for the Sultanate of Oman and to support the diversification of the Omani economy. Prior to joining OIA, Mulham was Deputy CEO of Oman Oil Company SAOC and earlier with the Ministry of Oil & Gas, Oman Gas Company SAOC, and General Telecommunications Organization. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Marymount University and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law of the Bar of England and Wales.

Said Abdullah Al Hatmi

CEO Al Ahli Bank - Member

He is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Ahli Bank since 2018. Previously, Al Hatmi held various senior positions at the HSBC Bank Middle East, Oman. Overall, he has more than 17 years of commercial banking experience in the areas of corporate banking, risk management, finance and banking operations. Al Hatmi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Sultan Qaboos University in 2000 and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in the UK in 2007. He is also qualified as a Certified Management Accountant from the Institute of Management Accountants, USA, in 2011.

Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al Lamki

Former Deputy Managing Director PDO - Member

Dr. Al Lamki joined Petroleum Development of Oman (PDO) in 1973 and was seconded to Shell in The Hague. He went on to hold senior positions at PDO and Shell, including Head of Well Engineering, Shell Nigeria, Chief Production Technologist and Deputy Petroleum Engineering Manager at PDO, Petroleum Engineering Manager at Norske Shell, Norway and Petroleum Engineering Manager and Technical Director at PDO. Dr. Al Lamki was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Technical Director of PDO in 1998, a position he held until his retirement in 2012. Dr. Al Lamki holds a Ph.D in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi

CEO ASYAD - Member

He is the Group CEO of ASYAD. Al Hatmi was a key player in the development of Oman’s National Logistics Strategy 2040. He now oversees its implementation and spearheads the sector’s economic growth. He led the inception of ASYAD Group, consisting of 16 companies and spanning three major Ports with their associated free-zones, as well as Oman Shipping, Oman Post, Oman Dry Dock and Transport companies including Oman Rail, the latter was established by Al Hatmi to direct and manage the development of the GCC and national rail project in Oman. Al Hatmi is a Mechanical Engineer, graduated from the University of Bradford.

Tore Myrholt

International Expert - Member

Tore Myrholt currently serves in McKinsey as a senior external advisor based out of Doha, and has been with McKinsey for close to 40 years. During his time with McKinsey, Mr. Myrholt also served as Chairman of the Directors Committee and as a long-term board member of the McKinsey Shareholder Council. Additionally, Mr. Myrholt serves on multiple boards, as a Chairman in Trioplast and Antler, as a member in Arunda, and as a member in three other non-profit boards. Mr. Myrholt has a degree in International Economics from Norges Handelshøyskole and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eng. Omar Khalfan Al Wahaibi

CEO Nama Group - Member

Eng. Al Wahaibi is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nama Group and Chief Executive Officer of Nama Holding. He also serves on the board of Redes Energeticas Nacionais SGPS SA, GCC Interconnection Authority and Haya. In the past he has served as the Chairman of Dhofar Generating Co. SAOC, Chief Executive Officer for Oman Wastewater Services Co. SAOC, Chairman for Al Ghubrah Power & Desalination Co. SAOC and Project Manager at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Mr. Al-Wahaibi holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science & Technology.

Leadership Team

Talal Hamid Al Awfi

Group Chief Executive Officer

Talal Al Awfi has been appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer of OQ. Al Awfi has over 20 years’ experience in oil, gas, and petrochemical marketing and trading. In his current role as Chief Commercial Officer, he is primarily responsible for all of the marketing functions within the group. During his career he has held several key positions in the public and private sectors, notably the CEO of Oman Trading International. As well as serving as a member of various boards across the oil and gas industry, Al Awfi has held a series of Project Management positions, one of which involved the initiation and set up of Oman Trading International in 2005. He holds a BSc in Business and Finance, as well as an MSc in Marketing from Salford University, UK.

Sabrina Al Bakri

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Sabrina is OQ’s Acting Chief Finance Officer, has over 17 years’ experience in the field of finance providing corporate finance solutions and performance reporting, including diverse and complex funding requirements. Her career in the field started at PDO and Shell, after which she joined Aabar Investments in Abu Dhabi where she spent 10 years structuring finance solutions including corporate bonds, multicurrency syndications and exchangeable bonds. She joined OQ Group in 2018 delivering on originating, evaluating, and structuring a variety of finance arrangements including corporate bonds, multicurrency syndications, term loans and project financing to deliver business value. Sabrina holds a BA degree in Finance, Accounting & Management from the University of Nottingham and is an ACCA Certified Chartered Accountant since 2011.

Hilal Ali Al Kharusi

Acting Chief Executive Commercial

With over 29-years wealth of international business experience in the energy sector, Mr. Kharusi is the Vice President of Retail at OQ; responsible for developing and driving OQ global retail business strategy locally and internationally. He started his career with Petroleum Development Oman and Shell International managing number of energy projects across Middle East, CIS, Africa and Russia. Prior to joining OQ, Hilal was the Executive Vice President for Emerging Businesses at Oman Oil Company whereby he developed large-scale energy projects locally, managed the Group’s international M&A activities, and responsible for managing a diverse energy portfolio. Currently, Al Kharusi serves as Board Chairman in Oman Oil Marketing Company and Chairman in Oman Sustainable Water Services. Hilal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences - Economic Geography in 1999 and an MBA in 2007 from the UK.

Ashraf Al Mamari

Acting Chief People, Technology and Culture

Ashraf Al Mamari has 16 years of experience in various organizational leadership areas which include Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, and Supply Chain. He has a Bsc Degree in General Management from Sultan Qaboos University and currently enrolled in DBA program with Coventry University. He has taken on multiple leadership roles in the Energy and Minerals industry within Oman and abroad. Al Mamari first joined OQ in 2013, as a Learning and Development Manager in one of the Company’s legacies – Takatuf Oman-, then worked in OQ Exploration and Production and OQ Chemicals in Germany before leading the People function of OQ most recently. He is a current Board member of Abraj since (2017) and was a previous board member of OPAL and InstOG. His mandate at OQ spans Human Resources, Brand, Communications, Sustainability and Administration including Work Environment, as well as accountability for the Group’s transformation through Digitalization, Lean and Continuous Improvement (CI).

Ahmed Al-Azkawi

Managing Director Upstream

Ahmed is the OQ Upstream Managing Director responsible of Exploration, Production, and the Gas Network. His career in Oil and Gas started with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in 1997 as a petroleum engineer. Where he worked in gas fields, light oil, heavy oil, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Ahmed was posted in the USA to work in EOR before returning to PDO as a Well and Reservoir Management TL, a cluster manager and later a senior value assurance consultant. Prior to his present role, Ahmed was the head of procurement, contracts, and inventory in OQ and was the CEO of Oman Logistics company SAOC (Khazaen) before joining OQ. He is a member of various committees and boards with diverse experience in upstream, downstream and the logistics sector. Ahmed holds a BSc. in Physics from Imperial College London, MEng in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and is a Member of the Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS).

Kamil Al Shanfari

Acting Chief Executive Officer Downstream

Kamil Al Shanfri, currently assumes the role of acting Chief Executive Officer of OQ Downstream. He has more than 23 years of professional experience in Oil and Gas, 19 of them in Refineries and Petrochemicals. He held several leadership positions since 2011 and Board Chairman of Air Liquide Sohar Industrial Gases between 2015 to 2020 and current member of the OQ8 board. Prior his current role, he was Chief Operation Officer at Downstream Oman Assets of OQ where his responsibilities covers refineries and Petrochemicals Plants in Muscat, Sohar, and Salalah. Al Shanfari holds a bachelor's degree from University of Tulsa, USA as a chemical engineer and he has attended many leadership programmes.

Abdulrahman Al Harthi

Chief Assurance Officer

Abdulrahman has 25 years of experience in the field of auditing and risk management mostly in the Government sector in the Sultanate of Oman; overseeing governance as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and being in the Board of several public and private corporate entities in Oman. Abdulrahman worked previously as Director General in the State Audit Institution overseeing the state audits of ministries and state owned companies in the Government of Sultanate of Oman and assisting the institution’s Chairman and Deputy Chairman on technical matters including preparation of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) reports to His Majesty the Sultan and presenting the SAI in international bodies like ASOSAI and INTOSAI.

Muthir Al Kharousi

Leader Transformation Office

Al Muthir Al Kharusi is leading OQ’s Transformation Office (TO). He ensures that the business is prepared at all levels for an Initial Public Offering (IPO), one of the strategic priorities in achieving OQ’s growth aspiration. He also leads the start-ups of innovative projects, manage future strategic projects, Quick Wins, and the Opportunities Workstream.

Dr. Salim Al Huthaili

Chief Executive Officer Alternative Energy

Dr. Salim Al Huthaili has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer - Alternative Energy in November 2020. Al Huthaili was the CEO of DRPIC, a position he has successfully held since December 2018. He brings extensive global leadership experience gained from working with Shell in various roles, including alternative energy, projects, technology and petrochemicals in Europe and the MENA region. Al Huthaili was also the CEO of OXEA between 2015 and 2018 (now OQ Chemicals), and most recently with DRPIC as its CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development from Nottingham University, U.K.

Shihab Al Barwani

Chief Projects

Shihab Al Barwani’s started his career in PDO’s instrumentation function in Oman, then undertook several assignments at Shell in the U.K. incl. at Stanlow Refinery, as well as in projects in Canada, The Netherlands and Nigeria. Back in Oman, Shihab led PDO’s Engineering for South Oman and subsequently delivered its USD 1,5 bn Harweel project. Shihab’s mandate at OQ will take the live projects worth USD 28 bn and more investments in sight including in Alternative Energy, the SVP Projects & Technology drives a profound, transformative impact on OQ’s business. The P&T function will build a sustainable and technology-leading business by leveraging core areas of Project Delivery, QHSE and Engineering & Technology. Shihab holds a bachelor’s degree in Measurement & Control from Teesside University (U.K.).