COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Said Mahrooqi,
Petroleum Development Oman

Head of Geophysical Operations at Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO), Said Mahrooqi obtained a BSc in Geological Science, specializing in Geophysics, from San Diego State University (USA) in 1992, and an MSc in Exploration Geophysics from Leeds University (UK) in 1996. Said’s work experience includes land and marine seismic acquisition, VSP, microseismic and non-seismic techniques. Since 2008, Said has been instrumental in the introduction testing and implementation of high channel seismic crews at 24-hour seismic operations, together with short sweep, slip sweep, simultaneous recording, and low-frequency seismic acquisition. Said is a member of the EAGE, GSO, SEG and SPE.

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRMAN
Khalid Al-Bloushi,
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Dr Khalid Al Bloushi has a Ph.D in Geophysics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is currently a faculty member and the Head of Geology Department in UAE University. He is one of the founders of and the president of The Geological Society of Emirates. His research focuses on characterizing main fault zones in the UAE such as Hatta and Dibba to help understand the hydrological setting of the Northern UAE. The research will also help towards urban planning in the future as well as investigate the potential of the earthquake source in the UAE.

Abrar A. Abbad,
Saudi Aramco

A research rock physicist with a geology background working for Saudi Aramco, Abrar A. Abbad obtained a BSc in Geosciences, specializing in Geology, from Pennsylvania State University (USA) in 2011, and MS in Geophysics, specializing in rock physics, from Stanford University (USA) in 2015. After two years of intensive technical training, Abrar developed an interest in digital rock physics and multi-scale integration. She is currently investigating low-resistivity low-contrast siliciclastic pays in Saudi Arabia, as well as extracting rock properties from dual-energy X-ray tomographs.

Abdullah Al-Kandari,
Kuwait Oil Company

Abdullah W. Al-Kandari is currently designated as Operation Geologist I on Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). He has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Geology from Kuwait University. He is a member in AAPG YP’s Middle East committee and he is a member of the EAGE and SEG. Abdullah interprets real time data, such as Gas, Isotope and Fracture, through the Techlog software.

Aisha A. Al-Bulushi,
Petroleum Development Oman/AAPG YPSS

Aisha Al-Bulushi is currently working as a seismic interpreter and has joined the Petroleum Development Oman as a QI geophysicist in 2011. She has a bachelor’s in Geophysics from Sultan Qaboos University, Oman from 2005 to 2010. She received her Master’s in Petroleum Geophysics from Imperial College, London (2010-2011). She has been the chair of AAPG Middle East Young Professionals and Students Support (YPSS) and the Middle East Region’s IBA coordinator from 2014-2017.

Aldo Vesnaver,
The Petroleum Institute/ESG

Aldo Vesnaver has an MS in Physics and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Trieste (Italy). He has worked at OGS (Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics) from 1983 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2014. He was a co-founder of the Italian EAGE-SEG Section in 2001 and its president from 2010 to 2012. In 2010, he was awarded SEG Life Membership. From 2001 to 2006, Aldo worked at Saudi Aramco in seismic R&D. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Saudi Aramco Chair Professor at KFUPM University (Saudi Arabia). He is currently at the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi as KADOC Chair Professor. He has been an editor of Geophysical Prospecting since 2003 and was its editor-in-chief from 2006 to 2008. Aldo has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences.

Ashley Weir,
Schlumberger

Ashley Weir graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc Honours in Geology and Petroleum Geology and has completed several internships in the mining industry. She joined Schlumberger as a Graduate Geoscience Support Engineer. During the graduate programme, she spent several years, throughout several regions, specializing in the Petrophysics domain as well as developing her software skills in supporting Schlumberger’s Wellbore Centric Platform – Techlog. As of 2014, Ashley was relocated to Abu Dhabi as a Techlog Petrophysics Technical Consultant working with National and Independent Operating companies to provide domain/software training and software support with data consultancy throughout the United Arab Emirates and the wider Middle Eastern Region.

Fatmah Taqi,
Kuwait Oil Company

Fatmah Taqi has a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Kuwait University. She joined Kuwait Oil Company in 2007 and worked in the heavy oil development as a geologist before switch her career to be a petrohysicist. In 2015, she become Senior Senior Petrophysicist in reservoir studies team heavy oil. Fathmah has also served as the training coordinator for her department for the last two years.

Mohammed AlHussain,
Dhahran Geoscience Society/Saudi Aramco

Mohammed AlHussain has been working for Saudi Aramco as a Geophysicist for the past 15 years. He holds a BS degree in Geophysics from the University of Tulsa, USA. Mohammed received his MS in Geophysics in 2005 from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He received a Ph.D degree in Geophysics in 2013 from the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interest is about seismic fracture characterization. Mohammed is a member of the SEG, EAGE and SEP.