Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Group Chief Executive, Petrofac Ltd
Ayman Asfari


Ayman Asfari graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1979 from Villanova University (Pennsylvania), and an MSc in Civil and Urban Engineering in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania. In his early career, Ayman was a Resident Engineer for the Conser Consulting Group in Dubai before taking the position of Managing Director for Desert Line Projects (DLP) in Oman.

Ayman Asfari joined US-based Petrofac in 1991 to establish Petrofac International, with a capital base of US$1 million. Ayman spent the next two decades growing the business, expanding its range of services, and firmly establishing Petrofac in its core markets.  He led a corporate re-organisation in 2002 becoming Group Chief Executive, and in 2005 he led a successful initial public offering (IPO), valuing the business at US$1.3 billion. 

Under Ayman's leadership, the business has developed into a leading oilfield services company providing services to customers across the oil and gas asset life-cycle, on both a stand-alone and integrated basis.  

In 2010, Ayman was heralded Ernst & Young's UK Entrepreneur of the Year and, in both 2011 and 2012, he was named Oil Services Executive of the Year at the World National Oil Company Congress.

Ayman Asfari also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The American University of Beirut.