Engineer Essa bin Hilal AL-Kuwari is the President of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation "KAHRAMAA". He serves as a member and Secretariat General of the Permanent Water Resources Committee of Qatar, and has been a member of the Permanent National Emergency Committee in Qatar since 2008.
In 2010, Eng. AL-Kuwari was appointed as a board member of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and has represented Qatar on the Arab Governors Water Council since 2014.
Holding numerous leadership positions, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Faculty of Engineering and College of Business and Economy at Qatar University, and has also served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of Texas A&M University Qatar, Smart Grid Center since 2014. In January 2013, Eng. AL-Kuwari was elected as the Chairman of Arab Union of Electricity and in 2016 was re-elected for a second term. He continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee of Qatar Rail.
Prior to his current role, Eng. AL-Kuwari served as KAHRAMAA’s Acting Managing Director from 2009 to 2011, where he played a vital role in the progress and expansion of its business and activities. From 2010-2011, he was the Chairman of the GCCIA, and a Board Member of GCC CIGRE from 2008 to 2010. He also served as a Board Member of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company from 2005 to 2010, as well as a member of Qatar Petroleum Board of Directors, from 2012-2014.
Eng. AL-Kuwari was born in Qatar in 1971. He began his career by joining the (former) Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) as a construction engineer in 1994. In1999, he was appointed as Head of Protection at MEW and for KAHRAMAA, following its establishment in 2000. He led the KAHRAMAA electricity transmission team as Manager of the Electricity Transmission Department until his appointment as Director of Electricity Network Affairs at KAHRAMAA in 2003, where he successfully led the upgrade and expansion of Qatar’s electricity networks until 2009.
Eng. AL-Kuwari was awarded a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University in 1994 and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.