Dr. Najib Abusalbi is currently Director of Corporate University Relations for Schlumberger Limited, the world’s largest oilfield services and technology provider. His current responsibilities include oversight of activities with leading global universities. These activities include developing and recruiting talent globally, and providing support of both education and research programs for the energy sector, with focus on building capacity and boosting technology innovation. In this role, he reports to the Schlumberger Executive Vice President of Corporate Development.
He joined Schlumberger in 1984 following three years in academic roles in Physics and Chemistry. Since then, he held multiple product development and management positions in several exploration and production domains – including information management director, operations manager, project director and program manager, as well as recruiting, training and career development manager, innovation and research director, chief architect for production and operations software in upstream oil & gas, and most recently as university collaboration director for the Reservoir Characterization Schlumberger group of companies.
Dr. Abusalbi holds a PhD. in Atomic Physics from Louisiana State University and is recognized as a Scientific Advisor in Schlumberger’s Communities of Practice where he has led several communities including Management Disciplines, Project Management, and Knowledge and Information Management where he’s acted since 2012 as an executive management sponsor. He also served on the Executive Committee on Education under the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and will head the next Forum on Petro-technical Education, as the Chairman of the SPE Online Communities Advisory Committee (OCAC), on the Board of the Geoscience Without Borders under the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) Foundation, in addition to the Industry Advisory Board of the Norway-Texas Petroleum Research Alliance (NorTex), the Forum on Education of the global Francophone corporations, and his advisory role on the National Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (NCET2).
As Education Director, Andrew Hogg is responsible for setting strategy and delivery of Total’s global Education policy. He manages relationships with higher level educational institutions worldwide and supports targeted 2nd level education projects whilst building the Group’s reputation as an employer of choice.
Dr. Hogg holds a PhD in Geology and Petroleum Geology – sponsored by Total – at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has an MSc from the University of Toronto, Canada where he was a Junior Fellow of Massey College. He took his bachelor’s degree in Geology at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He started his career as a geologist with BP plc and has since worked in a variety of roles in the oil & gas sector including business development, public affairs, communications and HR, located in Canada, France, Kuwait and the UK. Based in Paris, he took up his role as Director of Education for Total SA in April 2015.
Jonathan holds a Masters in Geological Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in shale geochemistry from Reading University in the UK.
In 1990 Jonathan joined BP and initially spent 10 years in technical geoscience roles within BP’s Exploration & Production businesses before moving to work in M&A and BP’s Strategy team. In 2003 he became Commercial Director for the Grangemouth Refining and Petrochemicals Complex in Scotland.
Between 2005-2009, Jonathan led BP’s E&P business in India and Pakistan and then became General Manager in Oman with responsibility for the Khazzan tight gas project. In 2012 Jonathan was appointed BP’s Global VP Access. In this role he was responsible for all new opportunities for BP Exploration covering both conventional exploration and unconventional resources. In 2014 Jonathan became Head of Executive Office in BP’s corporate centre before recently taking up his current role of VP Iran Access in April 2016.
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish (Saudi) is the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Vienna-based OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). OFID is a development finance institution created 40 years ago by the Member States of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pursue South-South solidarity and cooperation between OPEC Member States and other developing countries. OFID’s objective continues to be the social and economic advancement of the latter countries. A former assistant deputy minister, Mr. Al-Herbish has also served as chairman and member of the Board of Directors of several Saudi enterprises. In 1990 he was appointed Governor for Saudi Arabia at OPEC (deputy minister’s rank), a position he held until his assumption of office as OFID Director-General in November 2003.
Mr. Al-Herbish holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cairo, and an MA in Economics from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.