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January-March 2020

Interview: Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, head of digital, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is transforming its business through digital projects that range from deciding where to drill for oil and gas, to helping the company decide where to sell its final products. The state-owned oil company has driven the United Arab Emirates’ economy since it was founded almost half a century ago, and its head of digital, Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, has been driving digital transformation since 2017. Each day, ADNOC produces three million barrels of oil and processes billions of cubic feet of gas. It has businesses involved in the extraction of raw materials upstream as well as the processing of materials to add value downstream. Add to this the transportation, sales and marketing of oil and gas, and you have a large, complex organisation. Originally a chemical engineer, Al Mughairbi has worked for ADNOC for 30 years. Although he has programmed, he has never worked in the company’s IT department, but has held many roles in different locations at the core of the business. He now leads a ...

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