Rafi has been with Shell for over 32 years, covering both the technical, commercial and leadership aspects of the energy business.
Rafi was born in Beirut in 1956 and graduated as a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (France), in 1981.
After starting his career with Shell in The Hague, Rafi moved to Yokohama in 1984 where he was a design engineer for the North West Shelf (Australia) LNG project. After a couple of years as a process engineer back in The Hague, Rafi moved to the commercial side of Shell as a business analyst for Shell International Gas, in London, in mid 1987.
In 1989, Rafi transferred to Tokyo, as manager for the Brunei LNG Project, and was involved, among others, in the customer interface of that project.
In 1992, Rafi moved to Muscat to become the Corporate Affairs Manager for Oman LNG where he spent 6 years working on the project from its inception, setting-up its Commercial, Marketing, Public Affairs, IT, Administration and other departments.
Rafi then moved to London to look after the Northern Rim of Latin America and became the Project Leader for the Mariscal Sucre (Venezuela) LNG project.
In mid 2004, Rafi moved to Dubai as General Manager Gas, Middle East, for Shell Global Solutions International, the technical arm of Shell.
In mid 2007, Rafi moved to Doha as Vice President Technical Services and Business Relations, managing Shell’s technical support services in Qatar, overseeing Shell’s activities at the Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre and looking after government and business relations for Shell in Qatar while optimising the CSR activities of the company in Qatar.
In July 2012, Rafi took up the position of Chief Operating Officer at Shell Abu Dhabi, covering all Shell activities in Abu Dhabi.