Board of Directors

Ma’aden’s Board of Directors was reconstituted on April 28, 2016. Our major shareholder, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), replaced its nominees on the Board in the context of Saudi Vision 2030, which assigns a major role for the mining sector in diversifying the national economy.

HE Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih


HE Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih has been Ma’aden’s Chairman of the Board since April 2016. He is Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of Saudi Aramco. Al-Falih had a remarkable career at Saudi Aramco that culminated in his appointment as President and CEO from 2009 to 2015 and Chairman of its Board since then.

During the three decades he worked at Saudi Aramco, Al-Falih served in key leadership positions across the business lines of exploration, production, refining, marketing, international and operations services, and engineering and project management. He served as Senior Vice President, Gas Operations and Industrial Relations, and President of Petron Corporation, a past joint venture between Saudi Aramco and the Philippine National Oil Company. He also had the opportunity to guide the development of Saudi Arabia’s natural gas strategy and lead the development of major projects such as Petro Rabigh, Sadara, Satorp and Yasref, with the goal of achieving refining and petrochemical integration in cooperation with leading global companies.

Al-Falih holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Agricultural and Mechanical College (Texas A & M University), USA and an MBA from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan

Non-Executive Director

Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan was appointed to Ma’aden’s board on April 28, 2016. Having worked for more than 30 years at Saudi Aramco, his career provided him with unique experiences in several leadership positions. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance at Saudi Aramco. Previously, he was President and CEO of SAMREF and Vice President of Saudi Aramco Gas Operations.

Al-Saadan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as well as an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Dr Ziyad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Sudairy

Independent Director

Dr Ziad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Sudairy was appointed to Ma’aden’s Board on October 19, 1997 and sits on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

He has served as Principal of the Ziad bin Abdulrahman Al-Sudairy Law Firm since 1988. He was Legal Advisor to the Office of the Minister of Interior from 1980 to 1983, Shoura Council member from 1993 to 2005 and Chairman of the Legal Committee for Foreign Litigation. Al-Sudairy was also a partner in Al-Sudairy and Fahad law firm from 1985 to 1989.

Al-Sudairy holds a doctorate in law (JD) from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona, in the USA

HE Sulaiman Bin Abdulrahman Al-Gwaiz

Non-Executive Director

HE Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al-Gwaiz was appointed to Ma’aden’s Board on January 1, 2014. Al-Gwaiz has been the Governor of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) since 2013.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, he held several senior positions in the banking industry in the Kingdom, working at Samba (formerly Saudi American Bank) and Riyad Bank, gaining experience across diverse functions. He was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Riyad Bank from 1991 to 2012. Since October 1, 2010 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Industrial Investment Group.

Al-Gwaiz secured his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland University, USA, in 1981.

Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Issa

Non-Executive Director

Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Issa was appointed to Ma’aden’s Board on April 28, 2016. He has a unique and diversified portfolio of experience as a leading businessman.

He is the chairman of Abdullah Mohammed AlIssa Consulting Engineering, Riyad Bank and Dur Hospitality. He also sits on the boards of leading companies including SABIC and Etihad-Etisalat (Mobily).

Al-Issa holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from Southern Methodist University in the USA.

Lubna Bint Suliman Al-Olayan

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Lubna Bint Suliman Al-Olayan joined the Ma’aden board in April 2016. She has built a distinguished local and international career, and in addition to being the Chief Executive Officer and deputy chairperson of the Olayan Financing Company, she is a board member of leading financial and industrial organizations including the Alawwal Bank and Schlumberger. She also sits on several international advisory boards, including those of Rolls Royce, Akbank, Allianz SE, McKinsey & Co and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Al-Olayan holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Trinity College, Ireland.

Azzam Bin Yasser Shalabi

Independent Director

Azzam Bin Yasser Shalabi was appointed to Ma’aden’s Board and its Audit Committee on April 28, 2016. Shalabi is the CEO of the Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA). Prior to that, he participated in establishing the National Industrial Clusters Program and served as its first President from 2007 till 2015. The program is an autonomous government entity managed by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. Shalabi worked at Saudi Aramco for 25 years in the Kingdom and abroad, and held a variety of leadership positions in facilities planning, new business development, business analysis and corporate planning, development of a refining and petrochemical project in China, and in project management for the Shaybah oil and gas facilities and Central Arabia oil facilities.

Shalabi holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Oklahoma State University, USA.

Dr Jean-Lou Chameau

Independent Director

Dr Jean-Lou Chameau was appointed to Ma’aden’s Board on April 28, 2016. He has been President of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia since July 1, 2013. He is also President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the home of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr Chameau had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator at Purdue University where he led the geotechnical engineering program and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he chaired the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He then served as President of Golder Associates, an international geotechnical consulting company, before returning to Georgia Tech where he became Dean of the College of Engineering, the largest in the United States, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He has served on a number of public and industry boards, including the Council on Competitiveness, John Wiley & Sons, MTS, Safran and the Academic Research Council of Singapore. He is a member of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies.

Dr. Chameau earned his PhD in civil engineering from Stanford University, USA after receiving his engineering degree in France.

Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer

Executive Director

Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer is the Executive Director, and President and CEO. He was appointed to the Board on October 25, 2011 and sits on the Executive Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Al-Mudaifer joined Ma’aden in March 2006 and served as Vice President of Industrial Affairs and Vice President of the Phosphate and New Business Development Unit. He served as the General Manager of Qassim Cement Company from 1993 to 2006 and Vice President and Director of Finance at Eastern Petrochemicals Company (SHARQ) from 1987 to 1993.

Al-Mudaifer holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, both from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.