The 2009 ERA International Lecture was delivered by Abdallah S Jum’ah, former CEO and President of Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian national oil company, on 17 June at BMA House. The lecture, Technology: the key to the future of sustainable energy, was chaired by Academy President Lord Browne and provided a rare chance to hear an oil industry perspective on the global energy challenge.

With his unique perspective of the oil industry over the past five decades, Jum’ah gave his opinions on the future of oil production, placed in the context of concerns over the environmental impact of fossil fuels, and highlighted the increasing importance of engineering to meet these challenges.

The International Lecture was created following a generous donation from the ERA Foundation, to enable a UK audience to hear an international perspective from an eminent person with broad engineering interests.

Saudi Aramco manages the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is the world’s largest producer of crude oil, and a leading player in the gas and oil refining industries. Abdallah S Jum’ah was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1995. After taking the helm of Saudi Aramco, he led the far-reaching expansion of its oil and gas businesses and continued transforming the company into a fully integrated international oil and gas enterprise. Under his leadership, the company refocused its strategic direction to maintain its prominent position as the world’s premier energy supplier.

Jum’ah was appointed by King Abdullah in December 2007 to serve on the supreme committee of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, which oversees promoting and supporting applied scientific research to foster the Kingdom’s ongoing economic and social advancement.

View the video and read the transcript of the ERA International Lecture

Notes for editors

  1. The International Lecture was created, following a generous donation from the ERA Foundation, to enable a UK audience to hear an international perspective from an eminent person with broad engineering interests. The ERA Foundation contributes to the economic vitality of the UK by supporting activities that help bridge the gap between research and exploitation in electrotechnology. For more information see www.erafoundation.org
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.

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Shafiq Ahmed at The Royal Academy of Engineering