Ashraf AlTahini is the Manager of EXPEC Advanced Research Center at Saudi Aramco. He is also CEO to Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company (SAUTC). Prior to his current role he was the R&D Director for Aramco Services Company at the U.S. where he was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operations of Aramco’s research centers located in Boston, Detroit and Houston. These centers conduct a broad range of research spanning the upstream and downstream sectors.
Ashraf is currently managing the Saudi Aramco Upstream Research where he is responsible for large research and innovation portfolio including managing Saudi Aramco global research centers in the Houston , Boston; Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; Delft, The Netherlands; Aberdeen, Beijing and Moscow.
Prior to this role, AlTahini was the assistant to the Vice President of Petroleum Engineering and Development for Saudi Aramco and the Chief Technologist of EXPEC ARC.
AlTahini earned his PhD and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.
AlTahini is a member of several professional organizations and has received awards and recognition for his work, including: the 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Member Award; the 2010 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Young Member Outstanding Service Award; the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) Rock Mechanics and Publication Award 2003 and 2006; and Best Paper and Presentation at the Saudi Aramco Technical Exchange Meeting in 2000.
AlTahini was the 2009 chairperson for the SPE Saudi Arabia Section Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition. He also served as the 2011 chairperson for SPE’s Saudi Arabia Section.
AlTahini is a SPE Century Club member, recognizing members who have recruited 100 or more people to join SPE, and has authored or co-authored many technical publications and several U.S. patents.