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  • Nigeria
  • Brunei


Andy Brown was appointed to the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell as Upstream International Director in April 2012. In this role he is responsible for Shell’s global Upstream business outside the Americas, including exploration, production and integrated gas.

He joined Shell in 1984 after completing his degree in Engineering Science at Cambridge University. In 1985 he was posted to New Zealand, where he worked as a Project Engineer on the Maui A offshore platform. From New Zealand he was posted to Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) where he worked initially in Central Engineering.

Staying at NAM, he was transferred to the F3 offshore project, initially working as a rotating equipment engineer and later as Construction Manager for the topsides constructed in Southern Italy.

Andy then moved to Brunei Shell Petroleum in 1993 to lead the Front End Engineering Group for the Offshore West region. In 1996 he joined Petroleum Development Oman initially as Planning Manager and later  as Asset Manager for the Bahja Rima region where he was responsible for the management of the central Oman oil fields. During this time he also played a role in the establishment of Shell Hydrogen.

In 2000, Andy was appointed to work with the Vice Chairman of Shell as Senior Advisor for the Middle East and Former Soviet Union, before becoming Private Assistant to the Chairman of Shell in 2001. In late 2002, he joined Shell Gas and Power as Project Director for the Pearl GTL Project.

Following the successful conclusion of the Heads of Agreement (HOA) and Development and Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) negotiations, Andy was appointed Managing Director of the newly formed Qatar Shell GTL Ltd. He subsequently led the successful delivery and start up of the pioneering Pearl GTL project. In 2009 he was additionally appointed Executive Vice President Qatar in the new Upstream International business with added responsibility for the Qatargas 4 LNG project.

Andy was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for his services to British-Qatari business relations. Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the Nigerian President’s Honorary International Investor Council.


Andy married his wife Julie in 1985 and they have four children. Andy enjoys skiing, walking, sailing and golf.

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