Hani Tarik Gharbawi
Hani Gharbawi became the General Counsel of EEC in late July 2013. This is Hani’s second tenure with EEC, as he was General Counsel and Secretary of the Board during 2008 and 2009. After his first post with EEC, Hani joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as senior counsel and then moved up the administrative ladder to become the strategy and planning officer for administration and finance.
Hani had started his career with Saudi Aramco as a trainee in 1993 and progressed towards becoming a process engineer in Ras Tanura Refinery in 1999, with a degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University.
After a couple of years as a practicing engineer, Saudi Aramco selected him for a scholarship to attend law school at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. Soon after obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 2004, he joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston, Texas as a visiting attorney focusing on labor cases and policies. In 2005, Hani returned to Saudi Aramco’s offices in Dhahran as legal counsel working on various corporate and employment matters. In late 2006, Saudi Aramcoassigned him the position of interim chief legal counsel for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). During this post, Hani established the first legal department for the University and participated in drafting its constitutional documents, such as its charter and bylaws, and obtaining the necessary approvals from the highest authorities in the Kingdom. Hani also advised KAUST’s board of trustees and executive management on various matters, including the establishment and operation of overseas subsidiaries, as well as pertinent policies, practices, and activities.