Ahmad Saif al-Sulaiti, this year’s winner of the ‘lifetime achievement award for the advancement of Qatar’s energy industry’ as part of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Energy Awards 2023’, is a seasoned energy industry professional whose remarkable career has spanned 46 years.
He embarked on his journey with Shell Qatar as a trainee, where he honed his skills in offshore operations and oil rigs.
Al-Sulaiti then pursued higher education in the UK and graduated with a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Carlette Park College in 1984.
Renowned for its practical engineering expertise, Carlette Park College, now a part of Wirral Metropolitan College, provided him with a strong foundation for his future endeavours.
After completing his studies in the UK, al-Sulaiti returned to Shell Qatar, where his acquired knowledge was immediately put to use in offshore operations.
He continued his dedicated service with Shell until the company's holdings in Qatar were nationalised. Subsequently, he transitioned to QatarEnergy (formerly Qatar Petroleum), where he furthered his expertise in the oil and gas industry.
With a wealth of experience in managing large-scale oil and gas field operations, al-Sulaiti's career highlights include his instrumental role in transforming Dukhan into the modern city it is today.
During his tenure, he led initiatives that significantly improved the city's infrastructure, including the development of roads connecting Dukhan to Doha. His visionary leadership and dedication have not only reshaped Dukhan but also earned the city prestigious architectural and township development awards.
Al-Sulaiti's “exceptional” career achievements have set a benchmark in the Qatari oil and gas industry. He has contributed his expertise to various organisations, serving on the Boards of Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company and Qatar Fuel (Woqod). Additionally, he has held key positions such as chairman and vice-chairman of Nakilat, showcasing his leadership acumen and strategic vision.
Currently serving as the executive vice-president – Operations at QatarEnergy, al-Sulaiti continues to make significant strides in the industry, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation.
His wealth of experience and profound impact on Qatar's energy landscape solidify his position as a respected leader in the sector.