Qatar’s ambassador to Italy Abdulaziz bin Ahmed al-Malki was selected as the 2019 winner of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the ‘Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry’ presented at a gala awards dinner at Sheraton Grand Doha last night. Al-Malki was one of seven distinguished individuals recognised for exemplary careers in the energy industry, which also included Dr Mohamed Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s Minister of Oil and Gas, who was awarded for the ‘Advancement of Producer-Consumer Dialogue,’ and Dr Zhengrong Shi, founder of Suntech Power, selected for the ‘Advancement of Renewable Energy’.
“I am honoured to receive the award for the ‘Advancement of Qatar’s Energy Industry’ and to celebrate the occasion with HE al-Attiyah himself. It is with deep gratitude that I accept this accolade from a gentleman whom I admire tremendously and who has played a pivotal role in my professional career,” al-Malki said. The foundation’s annual honorary award for Advancement of International Energy Policy and Diplomacy was given to Fu Chengyu, former chairman of the Sinopec Group. The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards are the foremost honour to recognise individuals for their lifetime achievements in the global energy industry.
This year’s awards were supported by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Shell, North Oil Company, Dolphin Energy, Qatar Airways and Total. The nominees are voted on by an international selection committee, a group of renowned figures, who are invited to reward candidates for an outstanding record of accomplishment in their sector and for making an exceptional impact on the industry through distinct personal achievements and engagement. The nominees are evaluated in four areas: Impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership. “HE al-Malki has spent his career in service of the State of Qatar. He was my right hand man as director of my office while I was Minister of Energy and Industry. His talents of management and diplomacy were instrumental in the journey to our success in placing Qatar as the leader of the global LNG market. Moreover, HE al-Malki’s intricate involvement in the COP18 2012 Conference in Doha, which set the world on a pathway to today’s Paris Climate Agreement, was equally critical,” commented HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah.
Other winners of the 2019 Award were Kenneth B Medlock III, senior director at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, who received the accolade for ‘Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders’ and Diane Munro, editor-in-chief at Argus Media, recognised for ‘Advancement of International Energy Journalism’. A new category introduced by the Foundation this year – for the ‘Advancement of Gas Exporting Countries Forum’ was awarded to GECF secretary general, Dr Yury Sentyurin. Gulf Times was a media partner of the event.
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