Karim El-Dessouky has been with Bechtel for 19 years and is currently Vice President and General Manager for Bechtel Egypt responsible for all operations in Egypt since 2019. He was elected Vice President in 2020. Most recently in 2022, Karim created the Coalition for Decarbonization, which is a private-public sector partnership of energy transition companies to decarbonize the existing petroleum sector facilities across Egypt. The 6-year implementation plan developed by the Coalition was presented by Karim at the blue zone in COP 27, receiving full approval for implementation by the Minister of Petroleum for Egypt. Karim also led the development of the “Decarbonization of the East Med Region Report” for the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), presenting the report at the 6th, 7th and 8th EMGF Ministerial Meetings. The report received full endorsement by the EMGF member countries for implementation of the action plans developed in the report. Prior to this role, Karim served as the Regional Business Development Manager for Bechtel Energy in Egypt signifying Bechtel’s strong return to the Egyptian market by advancing Bechtel’s position on a number of key strategic prospects in Egypt. Karim was also the Engineering Manager for the Giza Fayoum facility on the BP West Nile Delta Onshore Gas Processing Plant in Egypt for Bechtel Energy. Karim also served as the Lead Mechanical Engineer on the Saudi Aramco Khursaniyah Gas Plant Project for Bechtel Energy in Saudi Arabia. Karim holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and is a Chartered Engineer from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
Through a case study of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum’s Decarbonization Initiative, this session will provide insights into the challenges, opportunities, and practical steps that can be undertaken to optimally decarbonize national and regional gas value chains as related by its key stakeholders.