Sultan – Empowered Emirati Synergizing Visions of Total and the UAE

To passionately develop diverse human capital, to envisage social innovations aligned to the priorities of the UAE and Total, and to convert them into success stories during his journey in Total speak volumes about Sultan, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Total E&P UAE.

Developing Human Capital

Sultan joined Total Abu Al Bukhoosh in 1983 as HR Officer and went through the usual career development program with unusual excellence. Managing diverse manpower of 40+ nationalities in an offshore oil and gas producing company was a challenge met with ease. Sultan ensured that this Total subsidiary remained aligned with the priorities of the UAE and Total in the area of developing Emiratis. He had a deep understanding of Total’s international reach and opportunities where UAE nationals can be developed through training, OJT and international assignments. This suited well with priority of Total for “-ization” and of the UAE for empowering Emiratis. Sultan’s career progressed as Deputy GM of Total ABK and to the higher orbit of the umbrella organization, Total E&P UAE. During this transition, Sultan also enlarged contribution of his expertise in the areas of communications, CSR, and diversity besides taking responsibilities of managing departments of Contracts and Procurement as well as Information Technology.

Identifying common priorities of Total and the host country, Sultan proposed collaboration with Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) on dugong conservation program which is running with Total support exclusively since 1999.

In parallel to his job responsibilities in the UAE, he is Representative of the UAE -Total Employees Shareholders and Total Shareholders Supervisory Board Member since 1994. He was Total Global Diversity Council Member (2004 – 2012) having an advisory and monitoring role in recommendation, promotion and implementation on diversity related subjects.

Making Innovative Concepts a Reality

Total ABK – VEDC Academy, the flagship of Total’s CSR project in the UAE since 2008 is Sultan’s brainchild where Emirati youth go through a job oriented capacity building program for oil and gas industry. ADNOC’s patronage and continued support for the academy conveys its significance for the principle stakeholder and the host country. This project received Special Recognition Award in ADNOC HSE Award 2012.

Sultan’s leadership and other projects brought glory like government initiated Dubai Human Development Appreciation Award (2007) for Total ABK and for Best CSR Award in MENA Region (ADIPEC 2013) for Alreyada project to Total E&P UAE.

Contributing to Stakeholders Aspirations

On the strength of his hard earned experience, creative vision and having perspectives of Emirati and French corporate culture, Sultan is contributing towards developing sustainable CSR projects with partner companies of Total in the UAE.

Sultan Al Hajji

“I want to dedicate my hard and honest efforts to develop Emirati talent and society by sharing the resources of Total from its global operations and bringing Total’s cutting edge technology to the UAE energy sector.”

  • May 2014 to present

    Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Total E&P United Arab Emirates

  • April 2011 – April 2014

    Vice President – Institutional Development, Total E&P United Arab Emirates

  • January 2005 - March 2011

    Deputy General Manager, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh

  • July 1985 – December 2004

    Human Resources Manager, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh

  • August 1983 – June 1985

    Human Resources Officer, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh

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