Khalid A. Al-Falih

Khalid A. Al Falih

Khalid A. Al Falih at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012, Davos, Switzerland
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
Assumed office
7 May 2016
Monarch King Salman
Preceded by Ali Al-Naimi
Chairman of the Board of Saudi Aramco
Assumed office
29 April 2015
Preceded by Ali Al-Naimi
Minister of Health
In office
29 April 2015  7 May 2016
Monarch King Salman
Preceded by Ahmed Khatib
Succeeded by Tawfiq Al Rabiah
President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco
In office
1 January 2009  28 April 2015
Preceded by Abdullah S. Jum'ah
Succeeded by Amin H. Al-Nasser
Personal details
Born 1960 (age 5556)
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Residence Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Alma mater Texas A&M University '82
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals '91

Khalid A. Al-Falih, (Arabic: خالد الفالح Ḫālid al-Fāliḥ born 1960) is Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia and chairman of Saudi Aramco. He has previously served as the Saudi Arabian Health Minister[1] and Aramco's CEO.[2]

Early life and education

Al-Falih was born in 1960 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and raised in Dammam. He attended Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1982, and later pursued an MBA at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, which he completed in 1991.[3][4][5]

Early years at Aramco: 1979–2008

Al-Falih joined Saudi Aramco (formerly, Aramco) in 1979. For over several years, he held positions of increasing responsibility and in 1992, he joined the Consulting Services Department (CSD). He supervised several technical units, mainly the Mechanical and Civil Systems Division and was named manager of CSD in January 1995. He was assigned as manager, Ras Tanura Refinery Maintenance Department in late 1995; and by 1998; manager, Business Analysis Department.[6][3]

In July 1999, Al-Falih became president of Petron Corporation, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and the Philippine National Oil Company. He returned to the Kingdom in September 2000 to serve as vice chairman on the Saudi Aramco Study Team for Upstream Gas Ventures, until his appointment as vice president of Gas Ventures Development and Coordination in May 2001. He played an instrumental role in the negotiations with the international oil companies (IOCs) & other major national oil companies (NOCs) in connection with the Kingdom's Natural Gas Initiative. Ultimately, four joint ventures, namely - South Rub' al-Khali Company (SRAK), Luksar Energy, Sino Saudi Gas & EniRepSa Gas [7][8][9][10] were consummated between Saudi Aramco and various leading IOCs, Nocs and emerging oil companies.

In October 2004, Al-Falih was appointed to the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco. He also served as chairman of the board of the South Rub' al-Khali joint venture between Shell, Total and Saudi Aramco.[11]

CEO of Saudi Aramco: 2009–2015

In Nov 2008, Abdallah S. Jum'ah, then president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, retired and Khalid A. Al-Falih, who was serving as Aramco's executive vice president of operations, was appointed as the new president and CEO of the company, effective January 1, 2009.[12][13][14]

Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

In May 2016, Al-Falih was appointed Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, replacing outgoing Ali al-Naimi.[2] In the royal decree announcing the appointment, the former Petroleum Ministry was renamed "Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources," incorporating also the Ministry of Electricity.[15] Al-Falih also holds the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of Aramco, whose CEO is Amin H. Nasser.[16]

Personal life

Al-Falih currently resides in Dhahran. He is married to Najah Al-Garawi from Saudi Arabia and they have three daughters and two sons.[17]

Public life and board memberships

Al-Falih is active in many social programs. He has served as chairman of the Dammam City Municipal Council. His board memberships in other community-focused organizations include the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Fund for Supporting Small Business Projects for Women, and the Eastern Province Society for the Handicapped.[6]

Al-Falih is a founding member of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. He sits on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and serves as a member of the JP Morgan International Council.[14][18]


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  7. Saudi Aramco Upstream Gas joint ventures
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  10. Luksar, a joint venture between Russia's Lukoil (80%) and Saudi Arabia Energy (20%)
  11. "Al-Falih Appointed President & CEO",, 4 November 2008. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  12. "Saudi Aramco Announces CEO & President".
  13. "New Saudi Aramco CEO Named". 2 November 2008.
  14. 1 2 "Board of Directors of U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council Bio – Khalid A. Al-Falih".
  15. "Saudi Arabia names Khalid al-Falih energy minister to replace Naimi" by Rania El Gamal & Reem Shamseddine, Reuters, 7 May 2016
  16. "Saudi Aramco Names Amin H. Nasser as President" by Summer Said, The Wall Street Journal, 15 September 2015
  17. "Khalid A. Al-Falih Chosen Outstanding International Alumnus", Texas A&M University, 2010; archived at issuu.
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