Q&A: How ADNOC aims to lead digital transformation for oil and gas

ADNOC's SVP Digital, Abdul Nasser al Mughairbi, speaks out on the challenges of retaining talent and on implementation of blockchain across the oil and gas giant.

Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, SVP Digital Function, ADNOC
ADNOC

As senior vice president, digital function, at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi is harnessing big data and emerging tech like blockchain to lead digital transformation at the state-owned oil giant  -- the largest company in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Mughairbi started his career in 1990 as an operations engineer at ADNOC Gas Processing (AGP), Abu Dhabi's natural gas company and an ADNOC subsidiary. He held various positions in AGP’s processing plants and pipelines division, becoming senior vice president in 2013. He moved to ADNOC Group HQ as digital unit manager in the Executive Office Directorate in 2016.

During the World Energy Capital Assembly conference celebrated in London last week, CIO Middle East spoke to Al Mughairbi about the digital transformation he's leading at ADNOC and the challenges of retaining young talent in the oil and gas industry. Here's an edited transcript of the Q&A.

What are the CEO's top priorities for you in the coming year? How do you plan to support the business?

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