Khalid Al-Qahtani

Chief Engineer and Corporate Innovation Board Chairman, Aramco

Khalid Y. Al Qahtani serves as the Chief Engineer in Saudi Aramco. He joined the company in 1999, after earning a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1999.

He later earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2009. Throughout his career, he covered different leadership roles, in Upstream, Downstream and Technical Services Business Lines. After a decade as an engineer in a variety of functions, he was named the General Supervisor for Upstream Process Engineering, and later in the year joined Petrorabigh JV to lead the Process and Operation Engineering Division. In 2016, Mr. Al Qahtani was named Coordinator for Facilities Planning for Refining and Chemical Facilities, and a year later took on the Coordinator role for Gas Facilities Planning.

In 2018, he became the Manager of Process & Control Systems Department and then moved to lead the Project Management Office before his appointment as the Chief Engineer. He is currently leading different corporate programs and committees, including Board of Engineers, Specialist Development Program, and the Innovation and knowledge Management Boards. Mr. Al Qahtani completed a number of leadership programs including Financial and Risk Management Program and an Executive Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania


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