Posted on April 09, 2014

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards, established last year to celebrate the legacy of Qatar’s former Minister of Energy, today honored six individuals including HE Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Economic Advisor to HH the Emir of Qatar, for their lifetime achievements in the advancement of the global energy industry.

Held at Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority, the second edition of the annual Al-Attiyah Energy Awards recognized the top energy officials for their distinct personal accomplishments in the industry over the course of their careers.

“I am very glad that the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards have become a fixture in the annual energy calendar – because it is a truly unique opportunity to celebrate those with outstanding achievements in the energy sector,” said HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Gulf state’s former energy minister who now chairs Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, and attended the gala dinner awards ceremony alongside local and international energy leaders.

In addition to HE Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, awards went to Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Nobuo Tanaka, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan; Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore; and Walid Khadduri, the former Editor in Chief of the Middle East Economic Survey.

Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, Honorary Advisor on Energy and Strategic Matters to the President of Nigeria and a former OPEC secretary general, was presented with an honorary award. “I would like to extend my congratulations to the truly distinguished winners of The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards, an event that Shell is honored to support and be associated with,” said Wael Sawan, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Shell Companies. “Celebrating such outstanding individuals is of particular importance at a time when today’s young generation needs role models to look up to so that they choose rewarding careers in the energy industry.”

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Secretary General HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri gave The 2014 Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards Lecture on the outlook for global energy markets in light of recent geopolitical developments. El-Badri was also a member of the independent Awards selection committee, made up of seven volunteer experts including Nasser Al Jaidah, CEO, Qatar Petroleum International, Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, and Dr. Daniel Howard Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS.

The selection committee was critical to the transparent and stringent four-stage process that set out clear criteria and allowed for impartial voting. The contenders for the Awards were evaluated based on a matrix consisting of four key criteria: impact; leadership and partnership; innovative and creative thinking; and long-term vision. The Al-Attiyah Energy Awards, now in their second year and supported by Qatar Shell as Gold Partner and Qatar Petroleum as Silver Partner, were established to celebrate the legacy of Qatar’s former Minister of Energy and recognize distinguished individuals for their achievements over the full career cycle in the global energy industry.              

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The 2014 Winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry:

HE Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Economic Advisor to HH the Emir of Qatar

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries:

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Advisor to and Member of Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNNEC); and former Acting Secretary General and Director of Research of OPEC

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Producer-Consumer Dialogue:

Nobuo Tanaka, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Professor of the University of Tokyo, Japan and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders:

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of International Energy Journalism:

Walid Khadduri, former Editor in Chief, Middle East Economic Survey

  • Lifetime Achievement Honorary Award for the Advancement of International Energy Policy:

Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, Honorary Advisor on Energy and Strategic Matters to the President of Nigeria, former OPEC Secretary-General and Nigerian Minister of Petroleum

The 2014 Selection Committee:

  • HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
  • Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum
  • Dr. Daniel Howard Yergin, IHS Vice Chairman, IHS (founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates)
  • Nasser Al Jaidah, CEO, Qatar Petroleum International
  • Dr. Mark Weichold, Dean & CEO, Texas A&M University at Qatar
  • Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow and Director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute
  • Randa Takieddine, Paris Correspondent, Al Hayat Newspaper

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