Saudi Arabia Leaders and Opponents

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Government Official
Khalid Al-Falih
Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

As the minister of energy, industry, and mineral resources, Mr. Al-Falih’s role is important in setting or influencing Saudi Arabia’s climate change policies.  He leads the Saudi Arabian delegation to COP 22 that comprises negotiators and subject matter experts that participate in various discussions and GCC Pavilion Side Events.


Climate Program Advocate
Khalid Abuleif
Saudi Arabia’s Chief Climate Negotiator for the Climate Agreements

Since 1991, Khalid Abduleif has been  a member of the country’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Currently, he is the Chief Adviser to the Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Minerals on Sustainability and Climate Policy. Mr. Abuleif is an expert on climate change policy and science. He has participated in the assessment work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), since 1990 and is highly knowledgeable on carbon management and carbon capture as he is leading the Kingdom’s team in the meetings of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.

Contact: Mr. Abuleif’s Linkedin account

Climate Program Opponent
Dr. Khalid Abdulkader
Senior Consultant within the Environmental Protection Department of Aramco

Dr. Abdulkader has expertise in fishery resource enhancement. He represented Saudi Aramco’s interests at the COP22 negotiations and might have played a role in blocking certain language or aspects in the Saudi document that represented the official government position during the climate change negotiations held in Marrakech.



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