Karim Alaa succeeds Hesham Mekawi as BP’s senior VP for North Africa
BP Egypt general manager Karim Alaa will succeed Hesham Mekawi as the company’s senior VP for North Africa, BP announced in a statement (pdf). Mekawi announced his resignation last month having spent 30 years at the company. Alaa will step into the role when Mekawi departs on 1 July.
Karim Alaa has more than 15 years of oil and gas experience. He joined BP in 2006. Since then he has held various commercial and managerial roles including Vice President Commercial & Planning North Africa, Senior Advisor in the Central Planning and Strategy team based in London, Commercial & Planning Manager for West Nile Delta, East Nile Delta & Exploration, Head of Planning & Performance Management for Egypt. He has also represented and managed BP’s shareholder interest as a board member of our Joint Venture companies and Downstream Business.
Speaking of his new role, Karim said: ‘I look forward to continuing to grow our current business and generate new opportunities in the region. We are reinventing BP to deliver our ambition to be a net-zero company by 2050 or sooner, as well as helping the world get there, and North Africa has a role to play in that.’
Karim Alaa holds a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining BP, Karim had worked for Eni and the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Previously).