• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Bashir Dabbousi

Saudi Aramco

Director, Technology Strategy & Planning

Bashir is the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco. He was Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research and Development Center. Bashir has received 22 US patents and co-authored many publications in refereed journals, including one that has been cited more than 5000 times. Bashir was a member of the Global Future Councils on the Advanced Materials and Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award (King Prize) honoring inventors and the gifted; a member of the Steering Committee for the Kingdom's Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) National Program; and a Board member of Research Products Development Company. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He received a B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Oxford University Said Business School.

Sessions With Bashir Dabbousi

Thursday, 9 March

  • 11:00am - 11:30am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 05:00 pm - 09/mar/2023 05:30 pm

    Groundbreaking Technologies

    Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Will technologies come to the rescue to meet goals of the Paris Climate Accord? The importance and need of technologies—existing as well as those on the horizon—is highlighted in every energy transition conversation. Wind, solar PV and batteries have made significant improvements in performance and cost over the last two decades. However, hydrocarbons still account for 80% of primary energy supply—just as was the case 30 years back. This panel will discuss: What is necessary to accelerate the pace of deployment and development of clean energy technologies? Which technologies have the potential to scale to a gigaton in this decade? Considering the scale of change necessary in the global energy system, what should policy makers and investors do to accelerate the pace of transformation?
  • 03:30pm - 04:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 10:00 pm

    From Grey to Clean: Hydrogen in the refinery

    Today, refineries are a major consumer and producer of hydrogen. Produced on-site or piped over-the-fence, hydrogen is a key input to modern fuel. Where is hydrogen used? What technologies produce it? How can refineries decarbonize by adopting low-carbon hydrogen?