Qatar Petroleum CEO & president Saad al-Kaabi and the former secretary general of the International Energy Forum, Noé Van Hulst, were among the distinguished individuals recognised on Monday night at the commemorative 5th anniversary "Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards" for lifetime achievement.
Al-Kaabi was acknowledged for his 30-year contribution to the “advancement of the Qatar energy industry”, while Van Hulst, Netherlands’ permanent representative to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the IEA, was celebrated for his career supporting the “advancement of producer-consumer dialogue”.
Suleiman Jasir al-Herbish, director-general of the Opec Fund for International Development, was presented the 2017 award for the “advancement of Opec”.
“Al-Kaabi was identified by QP to be a young person of great potential as far back as the mid-1980s when he was a student at Penn State University, and he has certainly proven us right, especially over the last decade,” said HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, chairman of the Foundation.
“I had no hesitation to appoint Saad as the director of QP’s Oil & Gas Ventures Directorate in 2006, where for almost a decade he successfully oversaw all of Qatar’s oil and gas fields’ developments, as well as all the exploration activities in Qatar,” he said.
The Energy Awards are given annually to individuals for their lifetime achievement in the advancement of the global energy industry in seven categories.
The nominees are voted on by an international selection committee which rewards candidates for an “outstanding record” of accomplishment in their sector over the whole of a career; men and women who have made an exceptional impact on the energy industry with distinct personal achievements for a consistent and prolonged period of engagement.
International Renewable Energy Agency director-general, Adnan Z Amin, and the former executive director of the International Energy Agency, Claude Mandil, led the selection committee this year for the 5th anniversary commemoration of The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards.
Ali Aissaoui, a senior visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was recognised for his lifetime contribution for the “advancement of educating future energy leaders”; John Defterios, CNNMoney Emerging Markets editor, was rewarded for his “advancement of energy journalism”, and Marwan Masri, who retired in 2010 as president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute, for the “advancement of renewable energy”.
The Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development strives to bolster the rigour of the selection process each year to ensure that the most worthy nominees globally are identified for their outstanding record of accomplishment in their category.
In order to achieve this, a group of renowned figures are invited annually to join the selection committee to independently evaluate the nominees in accordance with a pre-determined grading matrix based on the criteria: impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership.
The Energy Awards celebrate the legacy of HE al-Attiyah, Qatar’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy & Industry and, by recognising the career achievements of distinguished individuals in service of the global energy industry.
“HE al-Attiyah has shown that leadership for global sustainability can also come from the Gulf region and, in doing so, he has shown a vision for prosperity and sustainability for the future,” Amin said.
HE al-Attiyah is recognised globally for having made a formidable contribution to the international energy industry over the course of many decades. In honour of his “incredibly successful” career that touched so many people, companies and nations, producer and consumers, and most notably the development of Qatar’s energy industry, The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards will reward individuals for their lifetime achievement in the advancement of the global energy industry.