Muhammad M. Al-Saggaf is the senior vice president of Operations and Business Services, with a portfolio spanning the company’s activities in community, aviation, marine, transportation, training, safety, security, and medical services. He has held this position, on an acting and later permanent basis, since 2014.
Prior to this appointment, from 2012, Al-Saggaf was president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) — an independent, nonprofit research institution researching energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment, across all types of energy.
Previously, he had assumed several roles related to research, energy development, technology and strategy. Since early 2011, Al-Saggaf led Saudi Aramco’s Strategic Transformation Office, responsible for a broad transformation of the company to achieve ambitious aspirations for the next two decades, including an expanded business portfolio. Before that, beginning in 2009, he was the chief petroleum engineer, responsible for the reserves and the development and management of all of Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas fields.
In 2006, Al-Saggaf was the head of upstream research and development, where he articulated some of the most cutting-edge technologies — many of which are now becoming realities, including extreme reservoir contact wells, gigacell simulation, autonomous fields, Smart Water, and reservoir nanorobots.
He joined Saudi Aramco in 1989, and has held several positions within the company in Upstream, including direct operational roles in the Safaniyah and Shaybah fields.
Al-Saggaf holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an MBA from KFUPM. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
Al-Saggaf has received several international awards, including the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Lester C. Uren Technical Excellence Award and the Distinguished Member Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the Eisenhower Fellowship. He is one of the very few worldwide who has achieved international recognition in both geoscience and petroleum engineering. Al-Saggaf has authored a number of refereed technical papers and founded and edited a new technical journal.
He was president of the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), a member of Saudi Aramco’s Corporate Innovation Board, vice-chairman of the Board of SPE-Saudi Arabia Section, and vice-chairman of the board of directors of the South Rub’ al-Khali (SRAK) company. Al-Saggaf was also a member of advisory boards of the Petroleum Engineering departments at KFUPM and Heriot-Watt University. He is currently chairman of the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical (SATORP), Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV). Al-Saggaf is an avid computer enthusiast and was one of the early pioneers of the development of the Linux operating system.