Ahmad Khowaiter

Saudi Aramco

Chief Technology Officer

Mr Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter is Saudi Aramco’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr Al Khowaiter joined Saudi Aramco in 1983, where he held various technical roles in oil and gas production organizations, ranging from design, project management, commissioning, and operations; as well as a number of supervisory, managerial, and general management positions. He held the position of Saudi Aramco Chief Engineer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Director of Power Systems in 2014 before assuming his present role. Mr Al Khowaiter holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA degree as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sessions With Ahmad Khowaiter

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm (CST) / 02/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 02/mar/2021 07:00 pm

    Plenary

    Do We Have Technologies to Get to Net Zero?

    Panel Clean Tech Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    There was an avalanche of net-zero commitments in 2020, most of them targeting a “zero-carbon economy” by 2050. While progress has been made in renewable energy and electric passenger vehicles, other sectors—including industry, heavy transportation, and agriculture—that are major sources of emissions have not yet developed cost-competitive low-carbon technologies. Analysis by the International Energy Agency found that 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to achieve net-zero scenarios depend on technologies that have not yet reached commercial maturity. Where are the technology gaps? What is required to fill them? Can the economics work without a substantial price on carbon? Is hydrogen a silver bullet?
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 02/mar/2021 07:30 pm - 02/mar/2021 08:00 pm

    Voices of Innovation

    Voices of Innovation: Ahmad Al-Khowaiter: Using carbon, controlling emissions

    Interview Innovation & Technology Upstream Oil & Gas
    Are “low-cost” and “low-emissions” the path to sustainability? Why is now the most exciting time for engineers and technologists to work in the energy industry? How is world’s largest oil company putting carbon to beneficial use while controlling emissions? In conversation with Atul Arya, Chief Energy Strategist, IHS Markit.