Minister of Transport
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Nabeel Bin Mohammed Al-Amudi serves as the Minister of Transport for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appointed by Royal Decree in October 2017. Accordingly, he is appointed as the Chairman of the Board of all Transport Sector Entities; The General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Port Authority, the Public Transport Authority and the Saudi Arabian Railway Company “SAR”.
Prior to these appointments, he oversaw the activities of the Saudi Ports Authority (SPA) as President responsible for the strategic direction of port and shipping facilities to meet the Kingdom’s present and forecasted future needs.
Al-Amudi’s distinguished career with the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco placed him in key roles as the organization transformed into a fully-integrated, global energy and chemicals enterprise.
Al-Amudi joined Saudi Aramco in 1995 and has held a series of positions progressing through various areas of the company. He began his career as a process engineer in Saudi Aramco’s Process & Control Systems Department (P&CSD). During that time, his focus was conducting a yield optimization study for the Riyadh Refinery, one of Saudi Aramco’s four domestic refineries in the Central Region of Saudi Arabia.
In 1996, he moved to what is considered the most complex Saudi Aramco refinery, Ras-Tanura located on the Arabian Gulf where he worked within the refinery’s several process plants, including natural gas liquids (NGL) plant as a process engineer. During his tenure at Ras-Tanura he was part of the team assisting in the start-up of the refinery’s new continuous catalytic reformer plants.
In 1998, Al-Amudi undertook a significant career shift to study law in the U.S. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, earned with distinction in 1995, he received a JD (Juris Doctorate) from Harvard Law School in 2001. Upon graduation, he worked for the law firm of White & Case in New York City for nine months and then returned to Saudi Aramco’s Law Department as Counsel for the company.
Between 2002 and 2009, Al-Amudi was involved in a number of Saudi Aramco strategic initiatives. He served as legal advisor for Saudi Aramco’s third Party Cogeneration Projects, the Rabigh BOOT Desalination Project, the development, negotiation and financing of the Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Project (Petro Rabigh), the renewal of the Company’s $4 billion Revolving Credit Facility with a consortium of International and Saudi Arabian banks, and the financing of the Jubail Export Refinery Project. Al-Amudi served as the first secretary to the Board of Petro Rabigh, the Company’s first publicly-listed venture in the Kingdom which was listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange in 2007.
In 2009, Al-Amudi was appointed as the Manager of the Long Range Planning Department with responsibility for developing the Company’s five-year Business Plan endorsed by Saudi Aramco’s Board of Directors. Also he led the team that conceptualized and eventually launched the Company’s ‘Accelerated Transformation Program’. This strategic initiative provided the framework for the journey that transformed Saudi Aramco into the world’s leading fully-integrated energy and chemicals company.
In May 2011, Al-Amudi was appointed Associate General Counsel of Aramco Services Company (ASC), Saudi Aramco’s United States subsidiary. His responsibilities included overseeing all legal affairs in the Western Hemisphere for ASC and its subsidiaries.
Al-Amudi was named President of Saudi Refining, Inc. (SRI), a subsidiary of ASC headquartered in Houston, Texas in November 2012. Al-Amudi was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of SRI in the purchase and sale of crude. SRI is responsible for Saudi Aramco's downstream investments in North America. This includes ownership of Houston-based Motiva Enterprises LLC, a leading refiner, distributer and marketer of petroleum products throughout the United States.
He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of United Arab Shipping Company (U.A.S.C.) in July 2015 and serves as Chairman of the Saudi Electronic Info Exchange Company (Tabadul) since 2016. Al-Amudi has been a member of the Board of Directors of German International Shipping Company Hapag-Lloyd since May 2017, managing the merger between U.A.S.C and Hapag-Lloyd.
He is a graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Al-Amudi is involved in many professional and civic activities, including: member of the Advisory Board of Dhahran Ahliyya Schools in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Harvard Law School Association of Arabia. He was elected as a Young Global Leader in 2014 by the World Economic Forum.