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This list showcases the top United Arab Emirates based CEO’ operating in the Oil and Gas space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
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Chief Executive Officer – ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey of Engie
Sébastien Arbola is the CEO of the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Turkey region for global energy leader ENGIE. He leads ENGIE’s operations and growth across the region, ranging from large scale power generation and water desalination to gas retail & distribution. Prior to that, he was the CFO and Senior Vice President of the company’s Asian environmental operations as M&A Group Director. He has held roles of increasing seniority in Finance and Management over his 11-year tenure with ENGIE. He is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.
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About Engie: ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three key sectors of electricity, natural gas and energy services.
Chief Executive Officer of Polarcus
Rod Starr has over 30 years industry experience, starting his career with Unocal where he spent 16 years in various planning and financial roles before moving into the oil services sector where he has held senior sales, business development, marketing and managerial positions. Prior to joining Polarcus, Rod worked for TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company where he held several senior management positions worldwide, most recently as Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere. Rod holds a degree in Business/Finance from San Diego State University in the USA.
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About Polarcus: Polarcus is an innovative marine geophysical company.
CEO of GenOil
David Lifschultz is the chief executive officer of Genoil Inc and a member of the board of directors. He joined Genoil in 2001 bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, and executive management experience. Mr. Lifschultz is extremely well versed on the global macro and geopolitical dynamics affecting the energy sector. Prior to joining Genoil, David Lifschultz served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifschultz Terminal Leasing Inc., a holding and investment company that allocates capital for alternative energy technologies. Mr. Lifschultz was president and chief executive officer of Lifschultz Industries Inc. which was a high tech precision metrology company notable for developing heat measuring instruments that could measure heat to the nano degree. When David took the reins in the early 1990’s Lifschultz Fast Freight was in extreme distress. Mr. Lifschultz saved the company and built the it upand sold it 8 years later for $ 22.80 a share to the Danaher Corporation (DHR). Lifschultz Fast Freight (founded in 1899) was a surface transportation company with 2000 employees and revenues of approximately $100 million per annum. Prior to that, David Lifschultz also supervised Trans Air Freight Systems, which he sold to Air Express International (AEI). David Lifschultz supervised Ocean Freight Forwarder, Wolf and Gerber and brokerage clearing house, Loretz & Co. Mr. Lifschultz created the first integrated surface air transportation system in a successful effort to improve operational efficiency.
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About GenOil: Genoil engages in the development and commercialization of hydrocarbon, as well as oil and water separation technologies.
Founder & CEO of Sense 4 Things
– Industry expertise in OEM, International trade focus EU & MENA – Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) Still surprised data is in silos and I’m support the industry to “crack the code” of business challenges to maximise the benefits from the Industrial Internet of Things. https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25661725
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About Sense 4 Things: Industrial Internet of Things Solutions company focused in OEM, Oil&Gas, F&B and Mining
Crescent Petroleum’s CEO of Crescent Petroleum
BA/MEng in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Cambridge Univ.; MA (Hons) in Int’l Studies and Diplomacy, Univ. of London; MBA (Hons), Harvard Business School. CEO, Crescent Petroleum. Vice-Chairman, Crescent Group of companies. Managing Director of the Board, Dana Gas. Chair: MENA Regional Business Council; Oil & Gas Independents Community. Trustee of the Global Challenge on Infrastructure and Long Term Investment. Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Middle East & North Africa. Co-Chair, Business Backs Education campaign; Vice-Chair, Global Energy Initiative. Board Member: Queen Rania Foundation; Carnegie Middle East Advisory Council; Arab Forum for Environment and Development; Iraq Energy Institute. Member: Royal Institute for Int’l Affairs; IISS; YPO; Young Arab Leaders.
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About : Crescent Petroleum is helping to lead Iraq in the post Saddam Hussein era, a process that they pride themselves on.
Chief Executive Officer of Dana Gas
Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward is an accomplished international energy executive with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in many senior positions in locations all over the world, including the Middle East. Dr. Allman-Ward started his career at Shell in 1982, where he gained extensive experience in a wide range of fields including exploration, corporate planning, business development, commercial negotiations, Corporate Social Responsibility and HSSE. At Shell, he held senior management roles as Vice-President Exploration for Asia-Pacific, CEO and Board Member of the South Rub Al Khali Company, Vice-President of New Business Development in Saudi Arabia and New Ventures Execution Manager for Europe. After a successful career with Shell International, Dr. Allman-Ward joined Dana Gas in August 2012 as the General and Country Manager of Dana Gas Egypt where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Company’s operations, including exploration, production, business development and government relations Dr. Allman-Ward was subsequently selected by the Dana Gas Board of Directors to take over as CEO of the Dana Gas Group effective 1st September 2013. Dr. Allman-Ward studied geology at Durham University and earned his PhD from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geology (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the South-East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX).
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About Dana Gas: Dana Gas is the Middle East’s leading private sector natural gas company producing some 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of oil,