Nansen Saleri

Nansen Saleri

Chairman and CEO, QRI Group

Dr. Nansen G. Saleri is the Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of QRI, a unique value-creation enterprise in the upstream oil and gas industry since 2007. He is considered one of the industry's preeminent authorities in reservoir management for his pioneering ideas in maximizing hydrocarbon recoveries, and he currently holds three U.S. patents.

As the former Head of Reservoir Management for Saudi Aramco for nearly a decade, Dr. Saleri led efforts toward establishing reservoir management metrics and launching its massive gas expansion program. He played a pivotal part in the company's technological ascendancy in its upstream capabilities, specifically in the area of modern reservoir management and ‘smart’ technologies. Dr. Saleri was chief architect of the company's hugely successful optimization programs, most notably for Ghawar, the world's largest field.

Prior to his work with Saudi Aramco, Dr. Saleri worked for Chevron, serving as Manager of Reservoir Engineering.

In 2006 he was the recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineers John Franklin Carll Award, and he is both an SPE Distinguished Member and Distinguished Speaker.

He is a sought–after opinion leader on global energy issues with wide-ranging media engagements, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and CNBC.

Dr. Saleri is cited among the industry's game changers in the book titled, “Groundbreakers – The Story of Oilfield Technology and the People Who Made it Happen” by Mark Mau and Henry Edmundson (2015). His pioneering role in launching MRC wells and ICDs was recognized as a milestone in the 160-year history of the oil industry.



Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia

M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia

B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Bosphorus University (formerly Robert College, Turkey)


Key Awards:

2006 John Franklin Carll Award (SPE)

2009/2010 Chair of SPE Carll, Lucas & Uren Award Committee

SPE Distinguished Member

1991/1992 SPE Distinguished Lecturer

JPT Distinguished Author

Advisory Board of Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston


Professional Experience:

40+ years industry experience

Former Head of Reservoir Management, Saudi Aramco

Former Manager Reservoir Engineering, Chevron


Nansen will be speaking on the THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL, IoT, AND AI TECHNOLOGIES IN THE OIL & GAS SECTOR panel at North America Assembly 2019.

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