Dr. Mohamed Ali Al Barwani
Experience and Qualifications
Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani is the founder and Chairman of MB Holding group of companies (www.mbholdingco.com). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Miami University, USA & was awarded a Master’s degree and Honorary PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot-Watt University, UK.
MB Holding is the parent firm of several companies with wide-ranging interests in oilfield services, oil and gas exploration & production, mining, marine, and engineering services. MB Holding also has investments in financial services, hotels and resort development. The MB Group has operations in more than 20 countries and employs more than 4,000 employees.
Dr. Al Barwani has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of Oman Air SAOC, the Omani national airline. He is also a non-executive Director of several publicly traded and joint-stock companies, such as Al Madina Insurance Co. SAOG, and Watania Insurance Company (Abu Dhabi). He was formerly a non-executive board member of the National Bank of Oman, Shell Oman Marketing Company, Taageer Leasing Company (Oman), Nautilus Minerals Inc (Toronto Stock Exchange), and UCL Resources Pty Limited (Australian Stock Exchange). He was also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Oman from April 2006 to November 2018.
Dr. Al Barwani has received the Royal Order of Commendation- Second Class from His Majesty the Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq for his effective societal contributions. Also, he been serving as the honorary consul of Monaco for Oman since 2021. He was felicitated with a Life Time Achievement award by the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine (2008) and selected by Ernst & Young as a Global Entrepreneur to represent Oman in 2012. He was conferred “COMMANDEUR” IN DE ORDE VAN ORANGE-NASSAU by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands in January 2012. Additionally, Dr Al Barwani was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in March 2014.