Nejib Zaafrani

Nejib Zaafrani – Co-founder & Chairman of the Board

Chairman at RNM Solutions & Senior Executive Advisor, Dubai UAE

Mr Nejib ZAAFRANI has 40 years of international experience in the energy sector. He spent over 20 years in the MENA region, in addition to North America, Asia and Europe. Mr ZAAFRANI served as the first Secretary General and CEO of the Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai Government (DSCE), following several years as a senior executive at Royal Dutch Shell. Since January 2013 he has provided strategic guidance as an independent international senior executive advisor to top leaders of governments and public corporations in the energy sector.

As Secretary General and CEO of DSCE he played a pivotal role in developing the council’s governance structure, Dubai’s 2030 integrated energy strategy, and key policy implementation. Prior to DSCE, he worked for the Royal Dutch Shell Group for 30 years as International Staff. He was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Shell Abu Dhabi in 2007 whereupon he was in charge of overseeing all of Shell’s business interests in Abu Dhabi. He was a Board Director of major Joint Ventures, such as ADCO and GASCO, and an active member of the Petroleum Institute’s Governing Board. Prior to that, Mr ZAAFRANI was Regional Vice President of New Business

Development and Strategic Alliances across the Middle East, Caspian and South Asia for Shell Exploration and Production International.

Mr ZAAFRANI graduated in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Sciences in Paris and a Petroleum Engineering Degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieur du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) – Institut Français du Petrole (IFP) in 1978. He is a member of several professional associations and business groups, and active with academic institutions. A prominent speaker on Energy and leadership in International Conferences.

Mr ZAAFRANI received several recognitions and Awards in the course of his professional career from Governments, Private sector and Independent Associations for his various outstanding contributions and in recognition of his achievements, development capacity and successes. Received a Life Time Achievement award from Tunisian Business Council « TBC » in Dubai in December 2017.

Despite all the challenges, Mr ZAAFRANI is strongly motivated and determined to continue for a second term promoting and consolidating a sustainable platform for Global Tunisian Talents and Leaders with other prominent champions to effectively contribute to a brighter future for Tunisia. This is through the development and coaching of Tunisian Talents and Leaders of Tomorrow (TLT), by sharing best practices, experience and leadership skills acquired in four decades.

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