Posted on January 31, 2016

ExxonMobil has announced the appointment of Dr. Mohamad Al-Sulaiti as Research Director for ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ), succeeding Dr. Jennifer Dupont. Dr. Al-Sulaiti’s appointment marks the first time a Qatari national will head EMRQ.

Previously EMRQ’s Technical Interface Coordinator, Dr. Al-Sulaiti has been part of the EMRQ team for the past five years. His main priorities during his time at the research center, which is strategically housed at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), have focused on building and expanding upon EMRQ’s proven technical capabilities in areas of water reuse, environmental management, safety and coastal/geological research. He has also played a key role in serving as EMRQ’s liaison with ExxonMobil Qatar’s local partners and key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Municipality & Environment, the Private Engineering Office, Qatar Petroleum (QP), and joint ventures Qatargas and RasGas; in addition to research partners and academia.

ExxonMobil names Al-Sulaiti as new 2 [].jpg“We are delighted to announce Dr. Mohamed Al-Sulaiti’s new appointment as Research Director for ExxonMobil Research Qatar,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “Dr. Al-Sulaiti has been a driving force behind the EMRQ engine for many years. His technical expertise and dedication will continue to ensure that our local vision for advancing technology meets those of our partners in Qatar and aligns with the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

“ExxonMobil strives to attract, develop and retain outstanding people from the broadest possible employee pool to meet its business needs worldwide, providing them with great opportunities to learn, succeed and flourish; the same is true for Qatar. We want to ensure that our efforts help Qatar remain at the forefront of setting new standards for sustainability, and delivering energy safely and reliably. We can only provide this support if we have the right people at the helm of our operations,” he added. “I am thrilled to have been granted this incredible opportunity to head EMRQ at a time when the center has become recognized as a dedicated contributor to Qatar’s long-term success,” stated Dr. Al-Sulaiti. “The opportunity is both gratifying and inspiring.”

Dr. Al-Sulaiti joined EMRQ in September 2010 as Water Reuse Program Lead, where he worked to fully utilize his scientific knowledge and in-depth understanding of the State of Qatar to help realize the country’s economic and environmental goals. He earned his BSc in Architectural Engineering (1984) from University of Colorado at Boulder, his MSc in Civil Engineering (1989) from University of Colorado at Boulder and his Ph.D. (1997) in Civil Engineering-Water Resources from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

“We have a wonderful and hard-working team at EMRQ, which I am grateful to be a part of. They work tirelessly to conduct research that will provide crucial data and support local efforts focused on coastal management, environmental management, LNG safety, and water resource management, among others,” explained Dr. Al-Sulaiti. “It is important that we share our knowledge where it is needed, whether with industry partners or the countless students who tour our facilities every year. I look forward to furthering our relationship with our local partners, and to exploring more ways in which we can support them,” he added.

EMRQ became one of the first anchor tenants to open its doors at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in 2009 with a research and development center that includes offices, laboratories and training facilities. Along with its local and international partners, EMRQ continues to work to provide the scientific research needed to develop key technologies that will benefit the oil and gas industry in Qatar and around the world, so that it functions in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

EMRQ exemplifies how ExxonMobil provides the energy to drive human potential and support research, safety, health and the environment, in line with the Human and Environmental Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.