Wael Mahdi

Wael Mahdi is an independent energy commentator specializing on OPEC and a co-author of “OPEC in a Shale Oil World: Where to Next?”

Twitter: @waelmahdi

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Will an A1 rating make the PIF a leader?

The headline above would be a perfect headline for a column written by some angry columnists who have their minds fixed on seeing Saudi Arabia as a country that can't advance nor could its institutions lead.

February 07, 2022

Barkindo — the last of the OPEC giants

With the departure of Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo, the age of the giants heading the secretariat of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will come to an end.

January 05, 2022

What does the choice of new Kuwaiti boss tell us about the future of OPEC?

I was both sad and happy when I heard yesterday that Haitham Al-Ghais has been appointed the next secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

January 04, 2022

The upside of the PIF’s absence from global top 10 wealth fund rankings

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was left out of the global top 10 rankings for sovereign wealth funds last year — but that is really a good thing.

January 02, 2022

The challenge of making Riyadh a global city in less than 10 years

Riyadh seems to be on its way to competing for a spot among the top 10 global cities in less than 10 years.
The political will is there, the funds are available, the strategic plan is clear, which has more than 100 initiatives and over 700 pioneer projects across various sectors.

December 27, 2021

Aramco needs to compete to attract young Saudi talent in future

If you read the findings of a study conducted by The Red Sea Development Co., a company fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, the first thought that might come to your mind is that Saudi Aramco may not retain its position as the most sought-after employer in future. 

December 26, 2021

The Saudi budget forum: What I learned and what I didn’t learn

A decade ago, it was not even thought possible to have a forum to discuss the Saudi fiscal budget with all ministers from finance to energy.

December 15, 2021

15th GPCA forum: Bye to Dubai, hi to Riyadh, and too much thinking

The last time I attended the annual gathering of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association was a decade ago.

December 08, 2021

The PR of ‘invest’ and ‘Saudi’



When you enter search terms such as “invest” and “Saudi” using Google, Twitter, or any other social media, the result is often a mix of shock and negativity.

December 04, 2021