Ambassador Keith Azzopardi, from the Permanent
Mission of the Republic of Malta, visited Abdalla Salem
El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General, on March 4, 2014.
The NATO Science and Technology Committee’s, Sub-Committee on
Energy and Environmental Security visited the OPEC Secretariat on
March 4, 2014. Pictured here (l–r) are: Osman Askin Bak; Maria Martens;
Abdalla Salem El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General; and Domenico
Dr Ali Saleh Al-Omair has been appointed Kuwait’s new Oil Minister. He succeeds
Mustafa Jassim Mohammad Al-Shamali, Deputy Prime Minister, who held the portfolio
for a brief period.
Born in 1958, Al-Omair, who is also Kuwait’s Minister of State for National
Assembly Affairs, as well as Chairman of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC),
attained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1990, which he studied for at the
University of Kent, in the United Kingdom.
He achieved an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the same university in 1986,
after attaining a BSc in Chemistry from the Kuwait University in 1982.
In his working career, Al-Omair was a Faculty Member at Al-Ain University, in
the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1990–91 and was a Seconded Lecturer at Kuwait
University in 1992–93.
He was also a Seconded Lecturer at the Public Authority for Applied Education
and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait from 1994–96, after which he was appointed Director
of Laboratories at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.
Four years later, Al-Omair became a Member of the Kuwait National Assembly.
Kuwait appoints new Oil Minister
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