In Discussion with Ali Al-Naimi

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Chatham House, London


Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1995-2016)

Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


Having joined national oil company, Aramco, as a 12-year old office boy, Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi rose up through the ranks to become the company’s first Saudi CEO in 1988, leading the company through the first Gulf War. In 1995, he was appointed oil minister of Saudi Arabia - a position he held for 20 years.

Given Saudi Arabia’s key role in global energy markets, Alan Greenspan once described him as ‘the most powerful man you've never heard of’.

Upon the publication of his autobiography, Out of the Desert, Al-Naimi will discuss lessons learned from his time in office and offer some reflections on changing global energy markets and Saudi Arabia’s role therein.


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