Al Hinai, Abdulwahhab

Head of Legal Gas Network/ Legal
OQ (National Petroleum Investment Company)

Abdulwahhab Al Hinai has a long experience in utility regulation combined with years of legal practice. He joined the Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman in 2006 and assumed the position of Director of Licensing and Legal Affairs since 2014. He has extensive experience in a number of regulatory areas including restructuring and liberalization of utility sectors and competition in such sectors. He worked on establishing and implementing regulatory and licensing frameworks and participated in various regulatory audits and investigations. He represents the Authority in a number of committees and task teams handling a wide range of policy, legal and regulatory matters. He played key roles in the GCC electricity interconnection project and continues to be a member of the Advisory and Regulatory Committee of the GCC Interconnection. He currently works on a number of projects including the restructuring of the Water and Wastewater sectors in Oman and setting the regulatory framework for these sectors. He also participates in the project for the establishment of the GCC regional regulator and advises on the proposed regulation of gas transmission in Oman. Abdulwahhab also handles litigation proceedings involving the Authority. He holds a Masters degree from King’s College London focusing on Competition and Regulation and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.