In this section, we select a distinguished member of the SPE-KSA community to highlight in each issue
Name: Faisal Al-Naghaimish
Job title: Chief Drilling Engineer at Saudi Aramco
SPE Involvement: SPE Middle East Regional Director
- Why did you decide to join the energy industry?
I was born in the heart of this industry, from a family that served the sector for more than 40 years, and a country that committed itself to deliver energy to the world, so this industry is a natural choice for me. With the wealth of opportunities it offers and the sense of pride, I felt belonging to a greater cause of providing energy to the whole of humanity. Today, I feel very fortunate that I made that decision, I am truly grateful and it is my privilege to continue to serve and be a part of an evolving and diversifying industry.
- What event, person, or life experience has had the most influence on the direction of your life?
My late father has been the greatest influence in my life, he devoted himself to provide a better future for his family and built a very successful career for himself. I try my best to follow in his footsteps each and every day.
- How do you define success?
Success is what you make it yourself, it’s the journey, not the destination. We are all on our own journey, let’s just make sure we enjoy it.
- When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?
When I am not working, I am enjoying my time with my family and friends. I enjoy all sports. In my spare time, I dive and I find life underwater both spectacular and very relaxing.
- Is there an achievement or contribution of which you are most proud? Why?
I feel very fortunate to have been involved in many leading projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from very early on in my career. If I had to pick one project that is closest to my heart it is definitely Manifa, which was the largest extended reach drilling project of its time with very challenging targets. Delivering a project that you can almost recognize from outer space, presenting many world’s firsts, and driving engineering to its limits, I proudly consider this one as a star on my shoulder.
- What’s one thing — either industry/work-related or not — you learned recently?
I never stop learning every single day. At this point in my career, I am most interested in learning about people and the teams I manage in order to develop their talents further.
We should take advantage of every failure and turn it into a learning opportunity.
- What are you looking forward to in the future?
I am excited to see new developments in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and also Blockchain Technologies and how they can contribute to the energy industry and our environmental climate change challenges. I look forward to seeing our young professionals in oil and gas play their part in advancing and evolving the energy industry.
- What does SPE mean to you?
To be a part of SPE brings me from my home in Saudi Arabia closer to the 144 countries with its members where we have a platform to engage in oil and gas exploration and production. Here we can only gain opportunities to exchange information with the wealth of events, courses, and publications on offer. As we enter into IR4.0, SPE is an even more exciting organization to be a part of. A place where we can all as professionals innovate and enhance the energy industry with an aligned mission and vision. SPE is a meeting of some of the world’s brightest minds who are committed to advancing the oil and gas community’s ability to meet energy demands in a safe and environmentally responsible sustainable manner.
- Quote or motto you live by
In the words of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time Muhammad Ali,
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”