The third edition of The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards, the preeminent award for lifetime achievement in the international oil and gas industry, was presented last night at a gala dinner event in the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha where a group of distinguished global leaders were recognized for their advancement of the sector.
Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director-Elect of the International Energy Agency, was honored for his lifetime commitment to Producer – Consumer Dialogue as the chief Economist of the IEA and formerly with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
He is responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognized as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.
Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jaidah, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Petroleum International, was acknowledged as the 2015 Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry, which he has served for almost 40 years in multiple roles, including currently as a board member of Qatar Petroleum. Previous winners of this accolade include HE Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Economic Adviser at the Amiri Diwan, and HE Dr. Mohammed Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum.
“It is a great honor after 3 years for the Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards to now have an alumni group of 20 of some of the most respected figures in the global oil and gas industry,” said HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s former Minister of Energy & Industry. “We should also take the opportunity to thank the distinguished work of the independent 2015 Selection Committee, which is also made up of globally respected figures, including once again headed up by Pulitzer Prize winning Author Dr. Daniel Yergin,” he said.
The other 2015 winners included Dr. Ramzi Salman, Former Deputy Secretary General of OPEC, who was recognized for his Lifetime contribution to the Advancement of OPEC; Professor Giacomo Luciani, Executive Master in Oil & Gas Leadership, IHEID, was honored for the Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders; Dr. Pierre Terzian, President & Editor-in-Chief of PETROSTRATEGIES, for the Advancement of International Energy Journalism.
The late CEO of Total, Mr. Christophe de Margerie, was recognized posthumously with an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of International Energy Policy & Diplomacy.
“We take great pride and honour in receiving this posthumous recognition of our late CEO Christophe de Margerie,” said Stephane Michel, Total’s Middle East-North Africa President. “Christophe dedicated his life to developing Total, and left behind a legacy of one of the top energy industries of this world. Today, we are very honored to have Mrs. De Margerie amongst us to be a part of this extraordinary celebration, and for her to accept the award on his behalf,” h added.
“As a sponsor of The Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards, and also as a player in the world of energy, Total would like to congratulate each and every one awarded for their marked distinction in their contributions. They have understood the challenges faced in the world of energy, and have dedicated themselves to innovation and sustainability. We hope that generations of today and tomorrow will be inspired by their set examples,” he concluded.
The Winners of the 3RD Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards, which was supported by industry partners Total, Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy, were decided by an International Selection Committee that evaluated contenders based on a scoring matrix consisting of four key criteria: impact; leadership and partnership; innovative and creative thinking; and long-term vision.