Member of their Energy, Chemicals, and Utilities practice

Dr. Shihab Elborai Partner at Strategy&

He advises major energy players across the GCC, the Middle East, and North Africa on issues related to strategy, policy, sector governance, and regulatory framework design. He also works with large public-sector entities and state-owned enterprises to improve their operating models and organizational structures. With over 10 years of experience in the region, he commands an understanding of both the technical aspects of policy and regulation of energy as well as the wider impact of the energy sector on the short-term and long-term and economic outlooks of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

Some of the recent client assignments Elborai has led include



a 20-year integrated national energy strategy for one of the largest petroleum-producing countries in the Middle East.



a generation unbundling and spin-off strategy for a 35+ GW government-owned utility that split into four comparable generation companies



an electrical power business strategy and partnership model for a national oil company to utilize captive power assets, control fuel efficiency of the national power system, and promote its renewable energy investments



up the capabilities of the planning team of a large North African electrical utility to enable them to review and update their five-year strategic plan

Publication & Education

Elborai received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (where he was the recipient of the Raymie Stata fellowship and the Carlton E. Tucker award for excellence in teaching undergraduates.). He holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

He is the author of several publications, including

Three biases that impede local content development: Seeing through the illusions

The outlook for renewable energy in the GCC: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain

In addition Dr. Shihab have wrote a chapter in the AFED 2013 report (“Financing Energy Supply: The Role of the Private Sector”).

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I worked with Shihab on a difficult and complex joint ventureproject. He is extremely bright and understands structures andsituations very swiftly and is flexible and imaginative in adapting tochanges in circumstances on joint venture projects of this type and,I would be very confident, other similar projects.
Jeremy Parr

Partner at Allen & Overy

I had the privilege of being part of Shihab's team for a number of years working on utility transformation projects that shaped the way major regional utility operators function today in the Middle East. Shihab is very resourceful, structured, extremely analytical and detail oriented without ever losing sight the of ultimate goal and vision for value creation, which makes working with him a valuable and enjoyable learning experience. Shihab is also very respectful, humble and always willing to support and help any team member.
Sultan C

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Honeywell Building Technologies

I can recommend Shihab as an extremely hard working, dedicated and efficient professional. We worked on a project at a time of dramatic change in Libya and I can recommend him having witnessed first hand his professionalism and ability to deal with very challenging situations at short notice. His role. which involved a lot of responsibility, required the ability to find quick and effective solutions and work around a range of logistical, financial and security problems. I was impressed by his integrity and determination and his desire to ensure accountability, transparency and value for money for the funds he was managing.
Maryann Horne

Advisor at International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC

I had the pleasure of working with Shihab on a strategic project for a Middle Eastern national oil company. His structured approach and his insights on the energy industry made our work flow very smoothly. He demonstrated strong analytical skills and a very high degree of professionalism. Shihab is respected by seniors, peers and juniors alike. I strongly recommend Shihab and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again
Georgie Saad

Operational Excellence and Operations Risk Management O&G - Petchem - Metals & Mining