Dr. Mohammed Al Kobaisi is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE Mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an Advisor to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), and a full time graduate faculty and researcher in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST). In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Al Kobaisi was the Energy Affairs Manager in the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) where he was in charge of the work on bilateral energy relations in oil, gas, and renewable energy. Living abroad for over 23 years has served Dr. Al Kobaisi well in representing the UAE national interests in multilateral engagements including the International Renewable Energy Agency hosted in Masdar City. Prior to his ministerial post, Dr. Al Kobaisi served on the Petroleum Institute’s upper management as Director of the Advanced University Placement division (AUP) where he was in charge of the foundation program that comprised of 35 educators and over 500 high school graduates. He introduced a new workflow which resulted in a fast track college admission and an all-time low student churn rate.
As a researcher, Dr. Al Kobaisi’s scientific contributions revolve around the numerical modeling of fluid flow and transport in natural porous media. He is primarily focused on the efficient and accurate performance prediction of large scale (full field), highly heterogeneous reservoirs. Specific interests include multiscale simulation, gridding and upscaling techniques, pressure-transient analysis (analytical and numerical), computational physics of multiphase flow and enhanced oil recovery, discretization schemes, and fast computational algorithms with application to naturally fractured and unconventional reservoirs.
Dr. Al Kobaisi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University in 2011 and 2012. He has published and presented numerous papers in prestigious refereed journals and technical meetings and has co-authored a book. Furthermore, Dr. Al Kobaisi is actively involved in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and serves as a technical reviewer for the SPE Journal, SPEREE, and the Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. Other professional organization memberships include the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).