Among the dignitaries present was HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, who also presented ‘International energy award for lifetime achievement for the advancement of Opec’ to Opec secretary-general Mohamed Sansui Barkindo. The Qatargas CEO was one of seven distinguished individuals “recognised for exemplary careers in the energy industry”, which included Opec secretary-general Mohamed Sansui Barkindo (2018 winner of the International energy award for lifetime achievement for the advancement of Opec, Maria Van Der Hoeven, former executive director, International Energy Agency (2018 winner in the Producer – consumer dialogue category), Lee R Raymond, former chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil (honorary award for ‘Advancement of international energy policy and diplomacy’), Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow, Chatham House, London (2018 winner of the award for ‘The advancement of educating future energy leaders’), Mustapha Bakkoury, president, Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (2018 award for ‘The advancement of renewable energy’) and Kate Dourian, programme officer (Mena) at the Directorate of Global Energy Relations- IEA (Award for ‘Advancement of international energy journalism’).
At the ceremony Dr Ibrahim said, “Sheikh Khalid led Qatargas for almost a decade and more recently he participated in leading the management behind the successful merger between Qatargas and RasGas that now sees him running the world’s largest LNG company. “All of this year’s winners have made significant contributions in their own right and we are very proud to welcome them to Doha and recognise their achievements.” The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards are given annually to individuals for their lifetime achievement in the advancement of the global energy industry in seven categories: Qatar energy industry; Opec; producer-consumer dialogue; education of future energy leaders; energy journalism; renewable energy and an honorary award for advancement of international energy policy and diplomacy.
The nominees are selected and scored by an international group of industry leaders who choose candidates for an outstanding record of accomplishment over their decade-spanning careers. The Al-Attiyah Foundation was conceived in 2013 to provide robust and practical knowledge and insights on global energy and sustainable development topics and communicate these for the benefit of the foundation’s members and community. The 2018 Selection Committee was led by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, the former CEO & chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Nobuo Tanaka, the former executive director of the International Energy Agency, who themselves are former winners of the Al-Attiyah Award, which over five years has established itself as the pre-eminent international prize in recognising individuals for their lifetime achievements to the global energy industry.
Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times