Naji Abi Aad PhD; Chief Operating Officer | Senior Advisor, Petroleb

In September 2012, Dr. Naji Abi-Aad assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Petroleb, an oil company based in Beirut, engaged in petroleum exploration in the East Mediterranean and the Gulf. Concurrently, from December 2016 to March 2020, he served as Senior Advisor for the Middle East at the US company Tellurian. Before relocating to Lebanon, Dr. Abi-Aad spent eight years in Qatar, initially as a Research Advisor for Qatar Petroleum (QP) and subsequently as a Media and Research Strategist in the Office of HE Qatar’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy & Industry. He later held prominent positions at Qatar Petroleum International (QPI). Dr. Abi-Aad holds a PhD in Energy Economics from Grenoble University in France and has over 35 years of experience, contributing to numerous consultations, conferences, and studies on oil and gas in the Middle East. His expertise encompasses the security of oil and gas supplies, natural gas markets, and the development of gas sales and supply contracts at both local and global levels. Dr. Abi-Aad has authored over 100 reports and studies on Middle East energy issues, including a book on the security of petroleum supply in the region titled “Instability & Conflict in the Middle East: People Petroleum & Security Threats” (Macmillan, London 1997).