Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 

 
Ayad Ali Al Balushi

Chairman

 
 
Kumail Said

Member

 
Abdulaziz Al Obaidli

Member

 
Omar Al Hashmi

Member

 
Eric Murray

Member

 
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Ayad Ali Al Balushi
Chairman

Ayad Al Balushi is currently the Chief Financial Officer of OIA (Oman Investment Authority), the shareholder of OQ

His diversified experience in upstream oil and gas covers the areas of Finance & Strategy, Portfolio, Economics & Planning and Projects. His previous roles saw him hold the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Portfolio Officer at Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production (OOCEP). He also led OQ’s successful Integration Management Office. Most recently he was the Chief Executive of OQ’s Alternative Energy sector. Prior to joining OQ, Ayad worked in Petroleum Development Oman and Schlumberger. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Abraj Energy Services and a Board member of the Oman Aviation Group.

He is a graduate of Oman’s National CEO Program by IMD and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Kumail Said
Member

Kumail Said is the Project Finance SME in OQ SAOC.

He has more than 15 years of experience in investments and finance. Through his career, he has worked on raising capital for greenfield and brownfield projects as well as restructuring programs.

He holds MBA degree from Schulich School of Business and Bachelor’s degrees in economics and Computer Science from Colorado School of Mines.

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Abdulaziz Al Obaidli
Member

AbdulAziz Al Obaidli, Vice President for the UAE and GCC, Power and Water Division Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)

A position he’s held since 2018. In his role, AbdulAziz oversees the UAE and GCC power and water business.

AbdulAziz has more than 13 years of experience in thermal power generation, including renewables. Prior to joining TAQA, AbdulAziz worked at Shams Power Company, the project company of the 100 MW Shams concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Abu Dhabi, beginning as the Head of Engineering in 2012 and later leading the company as General Manager.

AbdulAziz holds a Master’s of Science in Energy Engineering, specializing in power plant technology, from RWTH Aachen University in Germany and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UAE University. He also received the Emirates Energy Award in 2013 and is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Review Committee.

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Omar Alhashmi
Member

Omar Al Hashmi serves as Executive Director of Transmission & Distribution Business Line at Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)

He has more than 15 years of experience across multiple sectors including energy, aviation, metals, and mining. In his current role, he oversees the company’s diverse portfolio of transmission and distribution assets.

Prior to his role at TAQA, he served as the Executive Director – Asset Management at ADPower, where he supported the development of the company’s transformation plan, structure, and governance. He has also held leadership positions in Etihad Airways and Mubadala Investment Company.

Omar holds a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

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Eric Murray
Member

Eric Murray, Director, Joint Ventures – Aluminium, Rio Tinto

Eric Murray serves as Director, Joint Ventures – Aluminium, at Rio Tinto Company. He brings 20 years of experience across multiple sectors of the Aluminum Industry including Operation, Metallurgical process, Technical Customer support, Project Manager, Commercial and Strategic Marketing. In his current role, Eric Murray manages a portfolio of Joint Venture Operations within Rio Tinto Aluminum Business Unit including Smelting Operations, Bauxite Mines and other businesses located in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.

He has a Science Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Laval University (Quebec) in Canada