Week in Review

Week 22 in Review: Celebrating 90 years, and a new senior vice president

May 29 marked the 90th anniversary of the signing of the concession agreement between the Saudi government and Socal, a forerunner of Aramco.

Week 22 in Review: Celebrating 90 years, and a new senior vice president

There’s something about round numbers that makes for good reflection.


This week, Aramco celebrated the 90th anniversary of the signing of the concession agreement, essentially the point of origin for what is now one of the largest and most profitable businesses in the world.


Here’s a look at that and related stories, and a few more of the week’s headlines.



A video look back at nearly a century of success

Our story began 90 years ago, driven by the energy of our people, led by a spirit of exploration, and shaped by discoveries and innovation.


As we celebrate our past, we continue to invest in growth for decades to come.


So what does Aramco mean to you?

That’s the question we asked Aramcons from a variety of fields and professions.


Then we asked them where they thought Aramco would be 90 years from now.


Al Marri appointed as senior vice president of Community Services

Talal H. Al Marri has been appointed as senior vice president of Saudi Aramco Community Services, effective today (June 1, 2023).


Prior to this, Al Marri served as vice president of Public Affairs since September 2021.


Al Marri joined the company in 1995 as part of the College Degree Preparatory Program for Non-Employees (CDPNE). In 2000, after receiving his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, he started his career in Safaniyah; the world’s biggest offshore oil field. 


From there, he had a number of international assignments ranging from president and CEO of Aramco Overseas Company to serving as a member of the Shareholder Committee for ARLANXEO.


A remarkable showing by Tomooh and Mawhiba students

Saudi Arabia has won the second highest number of awards globally at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) — the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. 


Twenty-three Saudi students claimed a total of 27 awards. The ISEF event brings together more than 1,800 high school students from over 75 countries to exhibit and demonstrate innovation through science projects of their own design. 


The participation of Saudi students was supported by Aramco Training and Development (T&D) in coordination with the Ministry of Education and King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba).  


Expertise in their fields

Driving Innovation: EXPEC ARC honors Researcher Development Program grads 

Petroleum Engineering honors new technologist and advanced degree program graduates

Aramco takes its continuing education serious. That was apparent in a pair of articles published this past week on Aramco LIFE.


Petroleum Engineering (PE) held its annual graduation ceremony in March to recognize six graduates from its flagship Technologist Development Program (PE-TDP). PE also celebrated 20 professionals for completing advanced degree programs.


PE-TDP helps ensure that Aramco has enough internal technical subject matter expertise. The program has so far graduated 52 professionals who are now serving the company in various technical and leadership positions. 


Meanwhile, the EXPEC  Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) recently held its third graduation ceremony for the Researcher Development Program (RDP) in Dhahran. 


The event, attended by guests including Waleed A. Al Mulhim, senior vice president of Petroleum Engineering and Development, and Ghaithan A. Al Muntasheri, acting director of EXPEC ARC, celebrated the accomplishments of eight individuals who completed the program. The RDP, an innovative initiative within EXPEC ARC, bonds young researchers with experienced mentors to nurture their growth into independent and pioneering researchers capable of leading cutting-edge research and technology development.


The graduation comes after a rigorous program, encompassing a range of criteria to ensure a comprehensive development of the candidates. These requirements include:


  • Leading multidisciplinary technical teams
  • Executing field deployment and implementation
  • Publishing technical papers
  • Securing patents
  • Active participation in professional societies and events. 



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