Oman Shell Welcomes Malak Al Shaibani as External Relations Manager
Creating an inclusive culture built around diversity and local talent, Oman Shell has welcomed Malak Al Shaibani to its leadership team as Country External Relations Manager. With more than three decades of experience, she will put forward her vast expertise and passion to help steer the company on its journey of supporting the Sultanate’s energy sector. In her new role, Malak will oversee the existing external relations, social investment teams.
As a marketing, business development, human resources and entrepreneurship seasoned professional, Malak held key leadership positions across the public and private sectors. She was responsible for the implementation of government policies on economic development focusing on industry and attracting inward investment into Oman.
“At Oman Shell, we have always been proud of our talented workforce and of nurturing a culture and work environment that supports Omani women to be an integral part of the leadership team. With her vast experience and impeccable track record, Malak is a huge asset to us and I’m confident that she will take our journey in working with local communities and our key partners to the next level,” said Walid Hadi, Oman Shell Country Chairman.
“It’s an exciting time for Oman’s energy sector, which is undergoing substantial transformation led by the Government and the Ministry of Oil & Gas and supported by Oman Shell. I look forward to translating my experience into key achievements for Oman Shell and the Sultanate at large,” said Malak Al Shaibani, Interim In-Country Value Manager.
Holding a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, she brings a wealth of experience with over 30 years in senior business roles. During this time, she has held key positions in both Oman’s public and private sector where she has strategized, organised and overseen high-profile initiatives in promoting the Sultanate’s market appeal, attracting foreign direct investment, shaping the country’s start-up business community, as well as leading human resource development in large-scale manufacturing organizations.
In line with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s vision to foster the development of Omani women in the workforce, Malak joins several other women in leadership positions at the company. This is in line with Shell’s commitment to women empowerment, for which it has been listed among The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Shell began its downstream marketing operations in Oman in 1958 when the Shell Company of South Eastern Arabia - the forerunner of Shell Markets (Middle East) Limited – obtained trading rights from the Late Sultan Said bin Taimur. The fuel was initially imported on trading dhows, the drums were tied with a rope and floated ashore and then hand-rolled inland. All trading was carried out through a local agent.
When in 1958 Shell obtained a contract from PDO to supply fuel it was decided to build a depot at Saih al Mailah Bay (now known as Mina al Fahal). The department had two bulk tanks for motor gasoline and Gasol, a two paint bulk filling gantry, a go-down for lubricants, a drum filling gantry, a small depot office and a house.