Dr. Shihab Elborai

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

Dr. Shihab Elborai is a Partner with Strategy& and a member of the Energy, Chemicals, and Utilities practice. 

He serves major energy players across the GCC, the Middle East, and North Africa on issues related to strategy, energy policy, sector governance, and regulatory framework design. He also works with large public-sector entities and state-owned enterprises to improve their operating model and organizational structure.

Some of the recent client assignments Shihab has led include: 

  • Developing a 20-year integrated national energy strategy for one of the largest petroleum-producing countries in the Middle East. 
  • Overseeing a generation unbundling and spin-off strategy for a 35-plus gigawatt government-owned utility that split into four comparable generation companies. 
  • Designing 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/finance renewable energy investments.
  • Building 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. 

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”, and a chapter in the AFED 2013 report (“Financing Energy Supply: The Role of the Private Sector”).  

Shihab received a 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 a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

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