By Abdelghani Henni
In this issue of Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East, we present the definitive top 50 list of the most powerful and influential players in the Middle East’s downstream industry, drawn principally from the GCC region.
In this issue of Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East, we
present the definitive top 50 list of the most powerful and influential players
in the Middle East’s downstream industry, drawn principally from the GCC region.
Selecting 50 people from among the hundreds of the downstream
industry’s most talented and influential players was not an easy task. The energy
editorial team wrestled long and hard with the issue of what constituted influence
and power, and found a compelling list of cases which far exceeded our limited top
We accept that our readers will have strong feelings about almost
every name and position. Of course, our apologies go out to anyone offended by their
ranking or non appearance, but we sincerely hope the online debate, the e-mails
and letters we receive will bring to life an exciting debate. It will be interesting
to gauge the public reaction, which we hope you will engage in on www.ArabianOilandGas.com.
Key factors regarding influence were the scale of proposed refining
and petrochemical projects, investment in upgrades and new technology, as well as
the impact companies are having in key export markets in the Far East and India were given
large stock in our ranking system.
The hardest task was perhaps choosing who to nominate for the
top spot, as there are several candidates who we felt heartily deserve this position.
Choosing between the CEO of Saudi Aramco, the managing director
of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), or the CEO of SABIC or ChemaWEyaat,
took some serious deliberation. In the end we found a consensus, and we hope that
both your regional leadership knowledge is enhanced by the Power List, and that
you let us know your thoughts.
Abdelghani Henni, is the editor of Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.