Executive Management


, ENG.Abdullah Al-sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer

  • More than 20 years of experience in the shipping and maritime industry
  • Chairman for Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Qatar Fabrication Company (QFAB)
  • Held several key positions during his tenure at Qatargas Operating Company prior to joining Nakilat
  • Board Member of Gulf Drilling International Ltd. Q.S.C.
  • Degree in Marine Engineering from the Southampton Maritime College in United Kingdom

Hamish Bullen, Chief Shipyard Management Officer (CSMO)

  • Responsible for the corporate oversight of the Shipyard joint venture operating companies: N-KOM and QFAB
  • With over 20 years of shipyard experience, Hamish was responsible for the management of the design and construction of Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan
  • Senior Consultant with First Marine International, involved in shipyard design, international shipyard benchmarking, and performance improvement projects prior to joining Nakilat in 2008
  • MSc in Naval Architecture from University College London and BEng (Hons) in Marine Technology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Hani Abuaker, Chief Financial Officer

  • Experienced Finance professional holding senior posts in oil & gas and finance companies in Canada prior to joining Nakilat in 2008
  • Served as Nakilat’s Chief Risk Officer overseeing risk, information security and business continuity before the appointment to his current role
  • Responsible for driving operational excellence across Nakilat’s finance, supply chain operation, as well as providing financial planning & analysis, decision making and financial support services to Nakilat’s group of companies
  • Bachelor of Administration Degree in Accounting & Finance from Brock University in Canada

Douglas Grote, Chief Commercial & Business Development Officer

  • Over 30 years of experience in the energy and shipping industry
  • Held senior leadership positions in various international maritime organizations such as Exxon Mobil throughout his distinguished career
  • Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree and Bachelor of Arts in Management

Jonathan Shea, Chief of Safety, Health, Environment & Quality (SHEQ) Officer

  • Over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry, starting his career as a Deck Cadet and finally sailed as a Master
  • Sailed on various types of vessels, with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of technical and marine operations, including LNG and LPG Shipping, project development, facilities and vessel commissioning, fleet operations and management
  • Held key positions in renowned oil and gas companies such as ExxonMobil and Qatargas prior to joining Nakilat in 2011
  • Master Mariners Certificate from the United Kingdom MCA

Mohammad Siddiqui, Chief Treasury Officer

  • Held various key positions at Chevron Corporation prior to joining Nakilat in 2007
  • Responsible for advising the Chief Executive Officer and the executive team in the development of a treasury and investment strategy
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder

Dr. Thorsten Ploss, Chief Corporate Planning & Risk Officer

  • Over 20 years of professional experience in various senior executive roles for international consultancy companies
  • Handled the portfolios of major oil and gas and petrochemical companies such as BP and Saudi Aramco
  • Previously served as the Vice President of Planning & Corporate Strategy at international marine organisation
  • PhD and Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Hamburg

Rashid Hamad Al Marri, Chief Administration Officer (CAO)

  • Over 17 years of experience in various leadership roles
  • Held several key positions as the Director and General Manager at South Hook Gas Company and Head of LNG Receiving Terminal Projects at Qatargas prior to joining Nakilat in 2014
  • Responsible for all administration aspects of Nakilat which include Human Resource, Information Technology, Public Relations and General Services
  • Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Teesside
  • Chairman of Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW) and Board Member of Gulf LPG Transport Company W.L.L.

Ronald Jago, General Counsel

  • Formerly served as Nakilat’s General Counsel until October 2018, serving more than 8 years with the company
  • Over 25 years' experience as a General Counsel (Solicitor, England & Wales) in shipping, oil & gas and international trade
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) degree from the University of Wales

Samir Bailouni, Chief Operating Officer (Fleet)

  • Over 30 years of experience in the LNG shipping and maritime industry
  • Responsible for the management and operations of Nakilat’s fleet
  • Held leadership positions at the National Gas Shipping Company and Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (ADGAS) prior to joining Nakilat in 2008
  • Board member of Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) and Nakilat Svitzerwijsmuller (NSW)
  • Bachelor’s degree from Newcastle in United Kingdom
  • Chief Representative at SIGTTO’s General Purpose Committee, Vice President for the Society for Gas as Marine Fuel (SGMF), Member of several Class Societies’ Technical Committees, and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST), United Kingdom

Damir Glavan, Chief Executive Officer (N-KOM)

  • Over 30 years in the international shipping industry with international experience managing international shipyards prior to joining N-KOM in December 2020
  • Started his career as an Engineer onboard and worked his way up to become a Chief Engineer during his decade sailing before transitioning to shore-based management positions
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Science from the University of Split (Croatia)
  • Certified Class 1 Marine Engineer

Niels Tinsfeldt, Managing Director (NSW)

  • Over 40 years’ experience in international shipping and management experience in companies such as Maersk
  • More than 16 years of his experience have been in the towage industry
  • Rich global professional experience span across positions in Denmark, London, Tokyo, New Delhi, Brisbane, Singapore and Qatar

Robert Walker, Manager (NAC)

  • Over 25 years of experience working in maritime logistics and supply chain sector in the Middle East & Africa, including ship agencies.
  • Holds a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Leicester 

Hatem Ahmed Elsayed Elsafty, Chief Internal Auditor

  • Over 23 years of experience in various leadership positions in the fields of Corporate Governance, Assurance, Risk, and Intern Audit in oil & gas companies in Qatar and the United Kingdom
  • Executive MBA as well as Master’s in Business & IT from Middlesex University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Durham University (UK) and Emlyon Business School (France)
  • Established the Doha Chief Audit Executives Forum, having more than 30 Chiefs from top organisations gathering in one place to discuss the latest Internal Audit regional and global challenges

John Angus Macpherson, Managing Director (QFAB)

  • Over 35 years of solid capability in the shipbuilding and oil & gas industries with a proven track record of holding senior leadership roles in both functional and project capacity
  • Versatile global experience across various locations including Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, embracing a wide spectrum of cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion
  • Extensive construction yard exposure for a variety of companies using execution strategies to successfully drive fabrication related challenges, managed successful fabrication solutions and cost-effective strategies driving profitability
  • Master of Science degree in Project Management from The University of Liverpool, UK