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Shamim Ahmed Bhatti

Senior General Manager Operations

Shamim Ahmed Bhatti is the Senior General Manager Operations heading Production, Drilling, Reservoir Engineering and Process Departments including Fields Development Projects in close coordination with JV partners and Governmental Agencies.  

Mr. Bhatti has worked for more than 48 years in Oil and Gas Industry. After securing his degree in Petroleum & Gas Engineering in year 1972 from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, he started his career as Assistant Engineer in Sui Gas Transmission Company working at Sui Gas Field, Baluchistan for four years thereafter, continued to work for over 27 years in Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and got early retirement as Executive Director (Production). He then joined Mari Gas Company Ltd (MGCL) as Senior General Manager for more than 6 years.  During his tenure of OGDCL and MGCL, he attended a number of short courses and was involved in number of studies abroad.

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Brig. (R) M Saleem

Genaral Manager Coordination

Brig ® Mohammad Saleem holds a BSc (Honors) degree and is a graduate of Command & Staff Colleague, Quetta. He has served in Pakistan Army as a commissioned officer for 28 years and held various command, staff and instructional appointments. He has also served as General Manager Personnel (Human Resources) in Fauji Foundation for five years. He has been associated with the Group since October 2000.

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Muhammad Maroof

General Manager Geophysics

Muhammad Maroof holds a B.Sc degree and a six months training in Seismic Interpretation from Canada. In addition, he did several short courses abroad. He has hands on experience of about 54 years in the field of oil and gas.

Mr. Maroof joined PEL in May 2009. He had been working for Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) for about 31 years and retired as Manager Exploration in November 1997. He was responsible for all kinds of exploration activities in one of the three exploration districts of Pakistan including important fields like Qadirpur, Uch, Dodhak, Pirkoh, Loti, Nandpur, Panjpir etc in OGDCL.

Mr. Maroof also served as Exploration Consultant in Petronas Carigali (Pakistan) Ltd. from November 1997 to May 1998. He evaluated several blocks for farm-in opportunities. He then served Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) as Manager Exploration / General Manager Exploration / Exploration Advisor from May 1998 to April 2009 and was responsible for entire exploration activities in MPCL.

As General Manger Geophysics, Mr. Maroof is responsible for entire geophysical activities in all D&P Leases and exploration blocks of PEL. He is associated with PEL for the last 11 years.

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Azam Malik

General Manager Exploration

M.Azam Malik acquired a Master’s Degree in Geology from University of Punjab in1962 and joined OGDCL as Geologist. He attended various technical courses in USA and France. He is an accomplished Petroleum Geoscientist with over 58 years of practical industry experience having proven track record of oil and gas discoveries.

On research side, Mr. Malik had made valuable contributions in basin study projects and played a leading role in high grade research on Analog Structural Modeling for fold and thrust belts of Pakistan in collaboration with French Petroleum Institute.

Mr.Malik had held various executive positions particularly as Executive Director Exploration OGDCL. He had been OGDCL’s representative for SUPARCO’s Earth Observation Program and for International Gas Union. He had participated in various international symposia and conferences. He has extensive experience of working in North Africa. For about 10 years he had been associated with Algeria’s national oil company, SONATRACH.

After retirement from OGDCL in 2000, Mr. Malik joined Czech Petroleum Company (MND)as its country General Manger in Pakistan and remained associated with till early 2007. He then, joined PEL as GM Exploration and was assigned a number of exploration portfolios in Pakistan as well as three exploration blocks designated as Haha Permits in Morocco. He managed first ever 3D seismic project in Haha exploration acreage, followed by drilling of two exploratory wells.

In 2015, Olympus Petroleum, an affiliate of PEL in Morocco, acquired Abda Doukkala reconnaissance license in central Morocco. Mr. Malik led team of geoscientists for in depth evaluation of its petroleum potential.

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M. A. Shahid


M. A. Shahid is Advisor to the Director Operations. He holds Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and a second Master’s Degree (Honors) in Structural Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand besides qualifying BS in Civil Engineering (Honors) from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

He has been trained in various disciplines of Petroleum Engineering in USA, UK, France and Indonesia. His work experience includes working for multinational E&P and Service providers like Occidental and Schlumberger respectively.

Mr. Shahid has a rich experience of over 30 years primarily in Oil and Gas upstream activities related to Petroleum & Reservoir Engineering, Well Testing & Completions, Production Optimization and Drilling. He has a very strong petroleum and reservoir engineering background and remained actively involved, throughout his career, in reservoir engineering, reserves estimation, reservoir simulation, economic evaluation and field development of various oil and gas assets.

His work experience includes not only the development and evaluation of new fields both in sandstone and fractured limestone reservoirs in deep high pressure regions, but also in rejuvenating old and depleted fields through secondary and tertiary recovery methods.

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Syed Zahid Anwar


Syed Zahid Anwar is Advisor (Process & Facilities) to Director Operations. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from NED university of Engineering and Technology.

Mr. Anwar has over 40 years of experience in Oil & Gas, Oil Refinery and Petrochemical plants. He has served for over 7 years in Pakistan Refinery Ltd. (Shell) before joining Occidental Petroleum (OXY) in 1987.

In 2002, Mr. Anwar served in Orient Petroleum as General Manager (Production & Facilities) till 2008. During this period large Oil & Gas facilities were developed in Mirpurkhas & Khipro (MKK) concessions, comprising of 160 MMscfd gas processing facilities, LPG recovery plant and a network of pipelines.

In 2009, he served British Petroleum to integrate newly acquired assets of MKK from OPI to BP assets. In mid-2010, he joined Ocean Pakistan Limited (OPL) as General Manager (Process and Facilities Engineering). During this period he actively participated in acquiring Zamzama field (BHP) to OPL's assets. Served Petrolink Engineering Services as Director and constructed Sahiwal Oil terminal for Attock Petroleum Limited.

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Khawaja Manzoor

General Manager Procurement

Khawaja Mazur holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Punjab University and attended a number of management courses from USA. Mr. Mazur has over 35 years of experience in Procurement and Stores Management. He retired as General Manager from Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited, Lahore and joined Petroleum Exploration (Pvt)Ltd.

Currently, he is working as General Manager Supply Chain Management at PEL. He is responsible for procurement, stores management negotiation and award of contracts. He has been associated with the company for the last 17 years.

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Naveed Akram

General Manager Reservior Management

Naveed Akram has more than 43 years of experience in domestic and international oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor (B.E) in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Petroleum Engineering. He had been working for Aramco, Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC USA) and Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL).

Mr.Akram has diversified experience in reservoir management, field development, reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, reservoir economics, E.O.R techniques, production engineering and operations. He is currently serving in PEL as General Manager Reservoir Management.

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M. Jamil

General Manager Drilling

Muhammad Jamil completed his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology - Lahore in 1971 and further one-year specialization in Drilling Operations, Well Planning (Cementation, Drilling Fluid, Bit hydraulics etc.) and HSE from Oklahama Institute, USA in 1983.

Mr.Jamil has over 45 years of experience in drilling more than 250 onshore &offshore wells from various multinationals E & P entities including Saudi Aramco and OGDCL. He has been vested with several performance records, is responsible for setting new benchmarks in all areas of Drilling Operations and has won numerous performance awards from both multinational & national organizations during his tenure from 1973 to 2006.

Currently, being a part of PEL for more than over a decade, Mr. Jamil successfully completed over dozens of wells in timely and cost-effective manner.

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Air Cdre. ® Muhammad Yousaf Javed TI (M)

Deputy General Manager Finance

Air Commodore ® Muhammad Yousaf Javed holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance with distinction and earned a Gold Medal. He has a vast experience in Finance and retired as Director of Accounts Pakistan Air Force after serving for 30 years.

Mr.Javed joined PEL in 2006 and is looking after all financial matters of the company including treasury. For meritorious service rendered, Mr. Javed has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz(Military) by Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

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Haider Ali Shah

Senior Manager Exploration

Haider Ali Shah graduated from the Center of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar and completed Master’s Degree in Geology with specialization in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, USA under a Fulbright Scholarship.

Mr. Shah has a diversified experience of more than 48 years in the country’s E& P sector. He joined AMOCO Pakistan Exploration Company in 1972 as Geologist and carried out extensive Field Geological mapping projects in the Fold Belts as well as Well Site operations. He joined national Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in 1981 where he, in various supervisory positions accomplished multidisciplinary assignments including Field Geological mapping, Well Site operations, Prospect Generation, Basin and Petroleum System analysis.

Mr. Shah joined Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) in 2010 as Exploration Consultant where he carried out evaluation of blocks, coordination with the exploration teams and peer reviews. Since 2011 he has been working with Petroleum Exploration(Private) Limited (PEL) as Manager Exploration I/C Badin and Offshore Indus blocks, responsible for their technical evaluation, drilling programs and wellsite operations.

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Muhammad Maas Siddiqui

Senior Manager Geophysics

Muhammad Maas Siddiqui holds M.Sc. Degree in Geophysics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He holds a total of 40 years’ experience in exploration& production of hydrocarbons. He began his career in 1980 as a Geophysicist with Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd. and worked in various positions in OGDCL Exploration and Prospect Generation departments for 26 years.

Mr. Siddiqui was also a member of international team of geoscientists and analyzed the geological and geophysical data for the concession blocks in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Oman for the participation in bidding round. After leaving OGDCL in 2006 he joined Dewan Petroleum Pvt. Limited as Manager Exploration. Heal so served Dewan Petroleum Pvt. Ltd as G.M Exploration. Later he served Petroleum Technology Solutions & IPR as Geophysical Consultant since February 2013. He is an active member of PAPG and also presented papers in conferences.

Mr. Siddiqui joined Petroleum Exploration (Private) Limited as Manager Geophysics in May 2014. Presently he is portfolio manager looking after exploration and development activities in blocks which include Badar ML, Kandra D&PL,Block-22, Salam, Mirpur mathelo, Mirpurkhas west and New Larkana. He is also looking over exploration activities in Morocco Haha EL assets and Doukala Abda Reconnaissance.

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Waqar A. Bhatti

Manager Production

Waqar A. Bhatti is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering with over 35 years of diversified experience of oil & gas industry in all aspects of production operations and well services operations. He has taken a number of professional trainings and short courses during his professional career.

Mr. Bhatti started his professional career with Occidental of Pakistan (OXY) in Dhurnal field at an entry level and progressively developed the professional skills through experience on job with surface production facilities in both operational and maintenance groups. He gradually progressed to the position of Manager Operations with additional learning focused on Production Operations at upstream and downstream level.

Mr. Bhatti has been working internationally in AFPC (Al-Furat Petroleum Company-Syria) within SHELL group in well services section, Eni Pakistan, OilSERV Iraq and Eni Basra-Iraq. He has been associated with PEL since 2014.

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Zulfiqar Ali

Manager Process

Zulfiqar Ali Khalid holds Bachelor in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Petroleum & Gas from Punjab University and a Masters from Texas A&M University, USA, respectively. He possesses more than 35 years’ experience with expertise in O&M of Processing plants, Front End Engineering Design, EPC Projects and Project Management.

Mr. Ali served Pak Saudi Fertilizers, Pakistan for 2 years. He then moved to US for his Master’s Degree, after which he worked with Gulf Oil, Texas USA for 3 years as Senior Process Engineer. He worked in OGDCL for 11 Years on various assignments as Plant Manager, Dakhni & Dhodhak Gas & Condensate Plants.

He joined ADNOC, Abu Dhabi as Process Head for the world’s largest onshore Plant at Habshan processing >5000 MMSCFD gas for 10 years. He also served in the capacity of Project Engineering Manager for 5 years with Major Projects Division, during which he had developed and commissioned new gas plants (Capacity-2000 MMSCFD). He was also associated with Petroleum Development, Oman as Process Manager from 2014-2015. PDO has gas output of 3000 MMSCFD.

Mr. Ali is engaged with PEL for the last 04 years as Manager Process. He is actively sharing his vast and diversified knowledge by providing state of the art solutions to various operating fields and development projects of PEL that includesBlock-22, Ayesha Field, Badar and Kandra field.

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Kamran Shuja

Commercial and legal Manager

Kamran Shuja is currently working as Senior Commercial Manager in PEL for the past 14years. He holds diverse experience in energy sector with focus on all the Financial, Commercial and Legal matters.

Mr. Shuja has been awarded the degree of MBA in Oil and Gas Management from Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (“CEPMLP”) from University of Dundee (“UoD”) Scotland, UK.

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Muhammad Talha Waheed

Country Manager, Morocco

Muhammad Talha Waheed has earned MSc. Finance from University of Leicester, UK and MBA(Finance) from Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan. As Country Manager (Morocco– PEL) he is overall responsible for managing all branch operations smoothly and efficiently in Kingdom of Morocco for Petroleum Exploration (Pvt) Limited and Olympus Energy International Inc. It includes, dealing with all administrative, legal, commercial, technical and financial matters in accordance with laws and regulations of Morocco and corporate policies of group, presenting annual budgets &producing a business operating plan to Board of Directors.

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Assad Saeed

Manager Finance

Assad Saeed is an exceptional financial professional, holding certifications from various accounting bodies: Fellow Management Accountant (FCMA), Certified Financial Consultant (CFC), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA). He joined PEL in 2008 and has been working dutifully as Manager Finance since then.

Mr. Saeed has accumulated over 26 years of professional experience in a diverse range of sectors and industries including: Oil and Gas, Development Sector, Telecom Industry and Construction & Services Industry. He specializes in Financial System designs and Implementation of ERP systems with a special focus on Internal Controls and risk management at corporate Governance levels.

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