Haifa Al Khaifi was appointed as Petroleum Development Oman's (PDO) finance director in 2012. She has broad international experience across the oil and gas sector, gained during a 23-year career, which has included senior roles in various sectors. She has worked in Oman, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.
Ms. Al Khaifi's previous roles include Shell's regional manager for Planning & Reporting (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia), PDO's business finance manager, finance controller, and finance manager for Enhanced Oil Recovery projects. In addition to her current role as the finance director, Ms. Al Khaifi is the PDO company secretary and the secretary to the Oil and Gas Boards. On a pro bono basis, Ms. Al Khaifi sits on various boards outside of PDO; external appointments have included board director of the Omani Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), and the Sultan Qaboos University Academic Innovation Programme (SQU-AIAP).
She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA-UK) and a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA-UK).
Ms. Al Khaifi has been certified by institutions including: HRH the Prince of Wales' Business & Sustainability Programme (University of Cambridge UK), INSEAD (France), the World Bank (USA), and BATES (USA). She has a B.Sc. in marketing and a minor in interpersonal relationships from Ball State University (USA).
Ms. Al Khaifi has been listed as one of the "Most Powerful Arab Women" in the ranking by Forbes (Middle East) for four consecutive years. In 2017, she moved up the list by several notches to number 26. She has received several other awards; the more recent ones include Shell's Upstream Impact Award (2018), International Bonds & Loans Alternative Financing Solutions (2016), ICAEW UK Outstanding contribution to the profession by an individual (2016), AlMara'a Woman of the Year in Oman (2015), Middle East and North Africa Financial Executive of the Year (2015), and the Woman in Finance Award by the ACCA UK (2014).
Ms. Al Khaifi is a proud mother of two. She enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and is an avid champion of wellness.