Governor of Basra
Federal Government of Iraq
HE Asaad Abdulameer Abdulghafar Al-Idan, Governor Basra, holds a BSC in Electronic Engineering, he held several positions including; Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Bank of Al Bilad, he has an extensive experience in investment, banking and trade, he also worked at the Iraqi Trade Bank as a Director from 2006-2011. He participated in the Shaaban Uprising, he fled to Islamic Republic of Iran, he was then arrested and sentenced to death and then his sentence was reduced to life in prison. After the fall of the Baathist regime, he worked within the National De-Baathification Commission.
Basra Oil Company, Ministry of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq
Mr Ismaael succeeded Mr Ali Khudair AL Saady as the Director General of the South Gas Company and brings more than 17 years of experience into the role.
He joined the SOC as Operation and Shift Engineer – Gas compressor station, then became a Technical Member in Commercial and Technical Committee at the SOC , then he became the Director of Coordination Office – for the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for the South Region, then he became Manager for Technical and Coordination Department at the SGC, then a manger of Green Fields Project Department at the BGC , then he became the Deputy Director of Project and Engineering Commission at BGC, then became a Member in JMC for Majnoon Field between (2012-2013) then a member in Gas consultant committee/South Region, then he became Basra Gas power and investment Advisor, then a member and Head in Multi Commercial and Technical Committees for the last 10 years , then he became Basra Gas Company Project Manager between ( 2013-2015 ), then he became South Gas Company Director General Assistant (2015-2016 ) then the South Gas Company Director General as from 2016.
Ismaael graduated with a Chemical Engineering Degree from Basra University, Iraq and achieved and completed a number of training programmes and researched a number of technical papers at the SGC. He speaks both Arabic and English.
Director, Iraq Exploration & Business Development
Chevron Europe, Eurasia & Middle East Exploration & Production
Kevin Kveton is Director of Iraq Business Development. Based in London, he assumed his current position in July 2017.
Dr. Kveton joined Chevron in 1989 and has held numerous domestic and international assignments in exploration, business development, and geological research & development.
His overseas resident assignments included Australia, Papua New Guinea, Bahrain, Indonesia, and Thailand with responsibilities also covering Qatar, Myanmar, and China along with new venture work across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Kveton is a 1989 graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Ph.D. in Geology.
Zaid Elyaseri is responsible for managing BP’s business integration in Iraq and is responsible for working with key energy officials in Iraq. BP is the lead contractor for developing Rumaila oil field, Iraq’s largest field. Zaid has held various central and regional finance/commercial roles and was involved in setting up business processes for Rumaila. Prior to working at BP, Zaid worked for KPMG UK and has headed advisory and risk positions in the Middle East. In 2014, Zaid took up the position of BP Iraq Deputy Country Manager and in 2015 was appointed as BP Iraq Country Manager.
Development & JV Manager Shell Iraq
Shell, Iraq, Shell EP International Ltd.
Dr. Mark Wharton is the Development and Joint Ventures Manager for Shell in Iraq and is responsible for the technical and investment planning of Shell’s portfolio of oil and gas projects that are contributing to Iraq’s development and reconstruction.
Mark has extensive industry experience across the oil and gas sector having held prior technical and management positions with Royal Dutch Shell operating units in The Netherlands, Oman, Malaysia, Nigeria and Kazakhstan.
In his current role in Iraq he contributes to safe and reliable operations at the Shell-operated Majnoon field in the Basrah province and provides shareholder governance and support to the non-operated West Qurna 1 venture, the midstream gas joint venture Basrah Gas Company and the world-scale Nebras petrochemicals joint venture.
Mark holds a PhD in Geology and Geochemistry from Durham University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Geology from Imperial College, London.
His work in Iraq enables him to pursue the wider societal benefits of capturing gas that is otherwise flared into a useful source of power for Iraq industrial and domestic use, providing employment opportunities for local Iraqi companies and communities and enabling technical and managerial training for Iraqi colleagues within the Shell participating ventures.
LUKOIL Mid - East Ltd.
Yaroslav Okulov is oil and gas professional with more than 20 years experience. He graduated in petroleum engineering and finance and hold MBA degree from London Business School. His background includes senior positions in strategy and finance in the number of Lukoil’s business units and regional headquarters in Russia, Central Asia and Middle East.
Iraq Country Chairman
Petronas Carigali Iraq Holding B.V.
A Mlik b Jaffar has assumed the position of Head Iraq, PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. (PCIHBV) as of 1st April 2016. As CEO and PETRONAS Country Chairman Iraq, his portfolio includes managing the entire spectrum of upstream exploration and production activities in three (3)oil fields in Iraq, which includes Garraf (Operator), Badra and Halfaya, as co-investor.
With more than 25 years of experience in the PETRONAS upstream business, he was previously the Head of Projects and Engineering, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd., responsible for the development and execution of various Malaysia and International Projects. He has directed and been involved in many notable projects in Malaysia and overseas, including in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and many others, both offshore and onshore.
He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States and enjoys sports and travelling. He is also interested in areas of project management, especially in continuous improvements and people development.
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