Al-Attiyah Foundation

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

Foundation and Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact. A director of Saudi Aramco (2007-) and on the advisory board of Envision Energy. He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (1998–2001), of Anglo American plc (2002-2009) and of Hermes Equity Ownership Services (2009-2016). Born in Antigua, after a doctorate in geology in 1966 at Cambridge, he worked for Shell starting as an exploration geologist, living in Holland, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia, and the UK.

Mark Moody-Stuart is Chairman of the Global Compact He served on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development 2003- 2011. He chaired task forces on renewable energy for the G8 and for business for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative 2002-7. Author of “Responsible Leadership – Lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics”. He was appointed a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2000

Nobuo Tanaka

Nobuo Tanaka is Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011. He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major non-Member energy players, including China and India. He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department.

He was deeply engaged in bilateral trade issues with the US as Minister for Industry,Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Dr. Mark H. Weichold

Dr. Mark H. Weichold, Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is an electrical engineer and has worked for General Dynamics Ft./p>

Worth Division, Motorola in Austin, TX and the U.S. Army Electronic Technology and Devices Laboratory in Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Dr. Weichold has served as the University’s Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and also as the Dean and CEO of its branch campus in Doha, Qatar. He also currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station’s Global Initiatives office.

In 2009, he was recognized as a Regents Professor for his outstanding work and exemplary contributions to Texas A&M University. In 2013, he was awarded the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Education’. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

John Defterios

John Defterios is the CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor. Based in the network’s Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011 his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies. Defterios has more than two decades of financial news and current affairs experience covering some of the landmarks events during that period including the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centre bombings and G8/G20 summits from his postings in London, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Rome and the Middle East.

Defterios has covered the energy sector for more than a quarter century, including key OPEC meetings since 1990. He has gone into oil and gas fields the world over, including the North Slope of Alaska, Central Asia and throughout the Middle East from his current base in Abu Dhabi. He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World and has served as Chairman of the Business Week Leadership Forums in London, Beijing and New York, the World Islamic Economic Forum amongst others.

Ali Aissaoui

After serving at energy policy level in Algeria, including representing the country on the OPEC board of governors, Ali seized on the opportunity offered to him by the late Robert Mabro, in the mid-1990s, to join the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and conceptualise his experience. The books he authored or contributed to during that period provide key insights on how history, economic policy and international relations combine to shape the political economy of oil and gas.

During his last full-time position, working for a Pan-Arab multilateral energy bank, as its head of research, Ali has developed original approaches to decision-making. These have included a consistent mapping of the energy investment climates as well as the systematic scanning of the risks and financeability of large-scale energy projects across the Middle East and North Africa. Ali is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club, the Paris Energy Club, and the Arab Energy Club.