Mustafa Jassem Al-Shamali

Mustafa Jassem Al Shamali
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil
In office
4 August 2013  January 2014
Prime Minister Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah
Preceded by Hani Hussein
Succeeded by Ali al-Omair
Minister of Finance
In office
February 2012  4 August 2013
Prime Minister Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah
Succeeded by Salem Abdulaziz Al Sabah
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 7273)
Alma mater Ain Shams University

Mustafa Jassem Al-Shamali (born 1943) is a Kuwaiti politician who has had held different cabinet posts. He served as minister of finance between 11 December 2012 and January 2014. He also served as oil minister from 4 August 2013[1] to January 2014.

Early life and education

Shamali was born in 1943.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in business and management from Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 1968.[1]


Shamali started his career at the ministry of finance following the graduation.[2] He held different positions at the ministry, including director of the economic cooperation department (1975-1982), director of the ministry's general diwan (1985-1986), the ministry's undersecretary for economic affairs (1986-2006), and director of the ministry's undersecretary (2006-2007).[2]

On 13 December 2011, Shamali was appointed minister of health, but was replaced by Ali Saad Al Obeidi on 14 February 2012.[3] Shamali was appointed as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle in February 2012.[4]

On 27 May 2013, Shamali was also appointed acting oil minister to succeed Hani Hussein who resigned from office.[5] On 4 August he was appointed oil minister and his tenure as finance minister ended.[6] Salem Abdulaziz Al Sabah replaced Shamali as finance minister.[6] Shamali was also made deputy prime minister in the same reshuffle.[7] In addition, he is chairman of the board of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).[8]

In January 2014, Ali Al Omair was appointed oil minister and replaced him in the post.[9]


In March 2012, Musallam Al-Barrak, Chairman of Kuwait’s Public Funds’ Protection Committee announced that a motion would be filed against officials at the KIA by the Popular Action Bloc, in relation to payments made by the KIA to Kuwaiti companies. In a public statement, Al-Barrak stated that Al-Shamali would be “stopped and held accountable for failing to protect public funds” against corruption.[10]


  1. 1 2 "Curriculum Vitae". Kuwait Ministry of Oil. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Lobna Maarefi; Majda Al Awadhi (12 December 2012). "Kuwaiti new cabinet in profile". KUNA. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. "14 February 2012 - Decree Number 18 for the Year 2012 to Appoint a Cabinet". The Government of Kuwait. 14 February 2012.
  4. "Kuwait forms new cabinet with 10 fresh faces". AFP. 14 February 2012.
  5. "Kuwait's Shamali Named Acting Oil Minister". Gulf Business. Reuters. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  6. 1 2 "Al Shamali oil minister in new Kuwait cabinet". TradeArabia. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  7. "Decree of Cabinet Formation". The Diwan. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  8. "KIA held a luncheon banquet". Kuwait Investment Authority.
  9. "Kuwait cabinet reshuffle brings seven new faces". Asharq Al Awsat. London. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  10. "Moves to protect corrupt individuals – Bloc prepares grilling motion against finance minister". Kuwait Times.
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