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Board of Directors

Executive Chairman

Dr Manssour Aboukhamseen is the Executive Chairman of the Board, and is also a member of the Nomination Committee.

Dr Aboukhamseen is a successful business entrepreneur, leader and founder of several successful business enterprises in Kuwait. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Kuwait Oil Company (‘KOC’), Zahra Group Holding and Kuwait Energy.

He has a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of California at Berkeley.

Chief Executive Officer

Abdel F. (Abby) Badwi is the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Energy.

Mr. Badwi is the Executive Chairman of GrowMax Resources Corp. He is a petroleum industry executive with more than 40 years’ upstream experience in implementing exploration, development and acquisition projects in Canada and internationally. He previously served as  President and Chief Executive of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. from 2008 to 2013 and Vice Chairman until 2016.  He also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rally Energy Corp from 2005 to 2007, as well as President of Corundum Energy Ltd from 2003 to 2005. He has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Independent Non-executive Director

Mohammad Ahmad Husain is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Kuwait Energy and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EQUATE Petrochemical Company since April 2012. He is a member of board of directors of GPCA, a non-profit umbrella organisation of gulf petrochemical and chemical business organisations.  In the past he also served as a board member of EQUATE, The Kuwait Olefins Company, MEGlobal, Kuwait Oil Company and Kuwait National Petroleum Company. Mr Husain has over 34 years’ administrative and technical experience in the Kuwait oil and gas industry, with competencies in upstream oil and gas, petroleum affairs, gas operations, petrochemical industry, corporate planning and strategy development. Mr Husain’s past management roles include Deputy Managing Director (Mina Ahmadi Refinery) and Deputy Chairman at Kuwait National Petroleum Company; Deputy Managing Director (North Kuwait Assets), Deputy Managing Director (Planning & Gas) and Deputy Chairman at Kuwait Oil Company and Deputy Managing Director (Manufacturing) at Petrochemical Industries Company. Mr Husain is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Strategic Leadership. He has a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.

Non-executive Director

Ignacio de Calonje has 20 years’ banking experience and has led numerous investments in the oil and gas space. He is currently Chief Investment Officer in the Oil & Gas Division of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and before joining IFC, he worked for Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division.

Ignacio has a BSc in Business Administration from Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid and a Masters from Columbia University.  

Non-executive Director

Ali Khalil joined the Markaz group of companies in 1989. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Markaz, directly overseeing its Asset Management and Investment Banking Activities. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Investment and other Management Committees at Markaz.

Ali holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, along with a BSc and M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. 

Non-executive Director

Husain Kothari is a co-founder/MD of Zahra Group - an integrated group with investments in the hydrocarbon and financial sectors and is a significant shareholder in the Company. Mr. Kothari is a co-founder and former CFO of the Company and has over 20 years’ experience in related sectors.

Husain holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. 

Non-executive Director

Shawn Reynolds is a Portfolio Manager for VanEck Global - one of the largest investors in natural resources - and a shareholder in the Company. Shawn has extensive experience in the sector and has previously worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, Leham Brothers and Credit Suisse and as a petroleum geologist at Tenneco Oil Co.

Shawn holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.A. in Petroleum Geology form the University of Texas and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.

Non-executive Director

Dominic Redfern has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and public/private equity investment management. He worked for 17 years at Morgan Grenfell & Co. Limited and Deutsche Bank.

In addition, Dominic worked as a Managing Director in Deutsche’s Equity Division investing proprietary and client capital in public and private equities. He also founded Altima Partners LLP, a large hedge and private equity fund.

Dominic also co-owned and managed Mandala Capital Limited, a private equity fund specializing in the agribusiness sector in India. 

Non-executive Director

Yousif Al Qabandi has 30 years’ experience in the oil sector and has held various senior positions at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) working in Marine Management, International Marketing and Sales and Government Relations. His last position was Deputy Managing Director for International Marketing and Sales. He is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee in Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI).

Yousif holds a BSc in Industrial Management from Kuwait University.