HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada was awarded the “Lifetime achievement for the advancement of the Qatari energy industry” at the inaugural ‘Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards’ launched in Doha last night.
‘The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards’ were set up and named to honour the legacy of HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Administrative Control & Transparency Authority, in recognition of his formidable contribution to the international energy industry over the course of many decades. In such a distinguished career al-Attiyah made a difference to many people, companies and nations, including most notably the massive contribution he made to the development of Qatar’s energy industry.
The first annual awards ceremony recognised five ‘Lifetime achievement’ categories at a gala dinner ceremony held at the W Hotel, with special guests that included Fuad Siniora, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, who delivered The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards keynote lecture; Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Economic Adviser to HH the Emir & Executive Member Supreme Committee for Development Planning; and Governor William Weld, former two-term governor of the US State of Massachusetts.
Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak al-Nahayan, the UAE Minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research, won the ‘Lifetime achievement for the advancement of future energy leaders’, and Abdalla Salem El Badri, Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, picked up the ‘Lifetime achievement award for the advancement of Opec’.
Sheikh Nahyan’s son received the award on his behalf from al-Attiyah. The remaining two categories celebrated on the night went to Dr Mark Weichold, Dean & CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar, who was awarded the ‘Lifetime achievement for the advancement of education’, and Randa Takkieddine, Paris Correspondent for Al Hayat newspaper, who won the ‘Lifetime achievement for the advancement of energy journalism’.
Al-Attiyah said: “The award winners are recognised for an outstanding record of accomplishment in their sector over the whole of a career, celebrating individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the energy industry with distinct personal achievements for a consistent and prolonged period of engagement.” Gulf Intelligence and ExxonMobil Qatar jointly organised the key event.
“I can think of no better way to celebrate the legacy of HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah than by recognising and celebrating the best of our industry – those who have helped write history and are shaping the future,” said Bart Cahir, president and general manager of ExxonMobil Qatar.
“It is a special privilege that one of the inaugural lifetime achievement awards was presented to HE Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada for his advancement of the Qatari energy industry; a well-deserved accolade.”
Source: Caye Global News, Gulf Times
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