His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former Ministry of Oil in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will comment on his forthcoming autobiography "Out of the Desert: My Journey from Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil".
Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi is the former Saudi oil minister - and OPEC kingpin - a position he held for the two decades between August 1995 and May 2016.
He was born into extreme poverty as a nomadic Bedouin in the 1930s, just as US companies were discovering vast quantities of oil under Arabian deserts. From his first job as a shepherd boy to his appointment to one of the most powerful political and economic jobs in the world, Out of the Desert charts Al-Naimi's extraordinary rise to power.
H.E. Al-Naimi will also sign 50 copies of his book for attending guests after the Opening Keynote on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't forget to bring your book with you.
Books wll also be available for sale in the Audtorium (bldg. 20).
Refreshments will be served before from 3:30 p.m. and a cocktail reception will take place after the keynote lecture.
His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi
His Excellency Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, born in 1935, was the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources from 1995 to 2016
He joined Saudi Aramco in 1947. Under the training programs of Aramco, he studied at International College, Beirut and the American University of Beirut, before going to Lehigh University in the United States. He obtained a bachelor of science in geology in 1962. He later earned his masters of science in hydrology and economic geology at Stanford University.
After graduation, Naimi rejoined Aramco in 1957. He became the supervisor for the Abqaiq production department in 1969. He was promoted to assistant director and then director of production in the Northern Borders Region (1972–1975). He became vice-president of production affairs in 1975. He was appointed vice president of petroleum affairs in 1978. Al Naimi was elected a member of board of directors in 1980 and was promoted to the newly created position of executive vice-president of oil and gas affairs in 1981. He was named president of Saudi Aramco in 1983, being the first Saudi to hold that position.
His Excellency Ali Al Naimi is the Chairman of the KAUST Board of Trustees.
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