Opec secretary general Abdalla Salem el-Badri along with Dr Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and leading authority on energy, international politics and economics, will lead an independent selection committee of individuals tasked with choosing the winners of the second annual “Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah International Energy Awards for Lifetime Achievement.”
The seven-member volunteer selection committee also includes Dr Aldo Flores-Quiroga, secretary general of the International Energy Forum, and Nasser al-Jaidah, CEO of Qatar Petroleum International.
“The 2014 Awards will recognise individuals from all over the world for an outstanding record of accomplishment through the whole of a career and the distinguished members of the Selection Committee have been invited to deploy their wisdom in this role as they themselves are well respected internationally for their vast achievements,” said Abdulaziz al-Malki, vice-chairman of The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Foundation.
The International Energy Awards, which were established to celebrate the legacy of Qatar’s former energy minister and deputy prime minister, are set in five categories that emulate al-Attiyah’s 40 years of contribution to the sector: Qatar energy industry; energy producer-consumer dialogue; Opec; future energy leaders education; energy journalism.
The 2014 award winners will be presented with their lifetime achievements by HE Al-Attiyah on April 8 at a gala dinner ceremony to be hosted at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
The event will be attended among others by Dr Mark Weichold, Dean & CEO, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Randa Takieddine, Paris Correspondent, Al Hayat Newspaper; and Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow, Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Programme, The Washington Institute.
“HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah is recognised globally for having made a formidable contribution to the international energy industry over the course of several decades and Qatar Shell is honoured to support a celebration of his legacy,” said Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman of Qatar Shell Companies. “His career touched so many people, companies and nations, and perhaps most notably the development of the energy industry and his home state of Qatar,” Sawan said.