Hani Abdulaziz Al Hussein

Hani Hussein
Minister of Oil
In office
14 February 2012  26 May 2013
Prime Minister Jaber Al Sabah
Preceded by Mohammad Busairi
Succeeded by Mustafa Al Shamali
Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
In office
Personal details
Nationality Kuwaiti
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Religion Islam

Hani Abdulaziz Al Hussein is a Kuwaiti engineer and politician. He served as chief executive officer of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation from 2004 to 2007 and oil minister from February 2012 to May 2013.


Hussein received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1971.[1]


After graduation Hussein joined Kuwait National Petroleum Company in February 1972 and worked there until April 1980.[1] Then he began to work at Shuaiba refinery (1972-1974).[1] Then he joined planning department in 1977 and his tenure at the department lasted until 1977.[1] From 1977 to 1980 he worked at international marketing department.[1] He served as the board chairman and managing director of the Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) from 1990 to 1995.[2]

He held different posts at the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) including managing director for oil refining and local marketing and managing director for marketing.[3] From 1998 to 2004 he was also board chairman and managing director of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).[2] Hussein was made chief executive officer of the KPC in 2004[4][5] and he replaced Nader Sultan in the post.[6] Hussein resigned from office in April 2007.[7] In June 2007, then Prime Minister Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah appointed Hussein as his chief petroleum advisor.[8]

Hussein was appointed oil minister to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Jaber Al Sabah on 24 February 2012, replacing Mohammad Busairi in the post.[4][9] In a December 2012 cabinet reshuffle Hussein was reappointed to the post.[10] However, he resigned from office on 26 May 2013 due to tensions with members of the Kuwaiti parliament.[11] Finance Minister Mustafa Al Shamali was appointed as acting oil minister to succeed him,[12] and on 4 August Shamali was appointed to full portfolio in a cabinet reshuffle.[13][14]


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  2. 1 2 Lobna Maarefi; Majda Al Awadhi (12 December 2012). "Kuwaiti new cabinet in profile". KUNA. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
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  4. 1 2 Said, Summer (14 February 2012). "Kuwait Replaces Oil Minister With Ex-KPC Head". The Wall Street Journal. Kuwait City. Zawya Dow Jones. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  5. Fiona MacDonald; Dahlia Kholaif (15 February 2012). "Kuwait Appoints Hani Hussein as Oil Minister in New Cabinet". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  6. "Iranian gas and project Kuwait: The view from KPC". Wikileaks. 8 May 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  7. "Kuwait Petroleum to Close Washington Office for Restructuring, NOPEC". Wikileaks. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  8. "Shaikh Nasser Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah". APS Review Oil Market Trends. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  9. "The return of "Abu Ahmed" in a crowded reception blessed the Corporation". Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  10. "Kuwait forms new cabinet but reappoints oil minister". Al Arabiya. Kuwait City. AFP. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  11. "Kuwaiti oil minister's resignation: What happened?". Asharq Alawsat. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  12. "Kuwait's Shamali Named Acting Oil Minister". Gulf Business. Reuters. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  13. "Al Shamali oil minister in new Kuwait cabinet". TradeArabia. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  14. "Seven Al-Sabah family members in new Kuwait cabinet". Middle East Online. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
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