Our 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 vital industry knowledge and global business experience – not only in the oil and gas industry but also in telecommunication, finance and law, Mulham is responsible for 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 Organisation. 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

Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Al Ahli Bank in 2018, Said Abdullah 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 a qualified Certified Management Accountant from the Institute of Management Accountants, USA, in 2011.

Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al Lamki

Former Deputy Managing Director PDO - Member

Dr. Abdullah Mohammed 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 also holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi

Chief Executive Assurance

Chief Executive Assurance, 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 Abdulrahman Salim 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, Tore 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. Omar Khalfan 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 Al Awfi

Group CEO

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. In addition to 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 B.Sc in Business and Finance, as well as an M.Sc in Marketing from Salford University, UK.

Abdulrahman Al Harthi

Chief Executive Assurance

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.

Ahmed Al-Azkawi

Chief Executive Upstream

Ahmed is the OQ Upstream Chief Executive responsible for 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 B.Sc 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).

Sabrina Al Bakri

Chief Executive Financial

Sabrina is OQ’s Chief Executive Finance, and 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.

Ashraf Al Mamari

Chief Executive People, Technology and Culture

Ashraf Al Mamari has 17 years of experience in various organisational leadership roles which include Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, and Supply Chain. He has a B.Sc Degree in General Management from Sultan Qaboos University and is currently enrolled in the 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 recently. He is currently a Board member of Abraj (since 2017) and a board member of TRANSOM catering (since 2021) and was previously a 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).

Al Muthir Al Kharusi

Chief Executive Strategy & Transformation

Al Muthir has more than 25 years of professional experience in various senior management roles in Oil & Gas in Oman and globally. He joined OQ Group in 2020 as IPO Readiness and Integration Management Office (IMO) Leader, and was appointed as Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer in March of 2021 with the mandate to develop and drive the execution of a strategy that will create a healthier, more robust company that is agile enough to weather economic downturns and more effectively navigate changing market conditions allowing OQ to grow sustainably and profitably. This was through leading different areas to achieve the mandate, namely to develop and execute a new Strategy; Improve OQ’s balance sheet through the strategic divestment and privatization of Assets; Improving EBITDA & Organizational Efficiencies through Organizational & Operational Excellence programs and driving Innovation and innovative business development. Prior to join OQ Group, Al Muthir held the position of President Rajasthan Oil, where he was accountable for 90% of the P&L for Cairn Oil & Gas India. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan. He attended the Shell INSEAD leadership development course and was awarded the great manager award for senior leadership by the economic times India in 2019.

Najla Al Jamali

Chief Executive Alternative Energy

Najla is the Alternative Energy CEO. She has more than 23 years of professional experience in various onshore and offshore upstream Oil and Gas operational roles, and managerial consultancy positions at globally recognised companies including Vale, Schlumberger, IHS Energy, Shell and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Prior to her current role, Mrs. Al Jamali was appointed as Acting Executive Managing Director of Takamul Investment Company in 2016, and in 2020 she helped set up OQ’s Alternative Energy team where she became responsible for all Green Molecules Ventures. Najla holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Mathematics with Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Physics from Imperial College, London, and attained a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of London and participated in Schlumberger’s leadership programme at INSEAD, in France.

Hilal Ali Al Kharusi

Chief Executive Commercial & Downstream

With over 29 years of international business experience in the energy sector, Mr. Kharusi is the Vice President of Retail at OQ, and is 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 a number of energy projects across the Middle East, CIS, Africa and Russia. Prior to joining OQ, Hilal was the Executive Vice President for Emerging Businesses at Oman Oil Company where he developed large-scale energy projects locally, managed the Group’s international M&A activities, and was responsible for managing a diverse energy portfolio. Currently, he 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.