Wissam Edmond Chbat has 21 years’ experience in the oil and gas E&P. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1995 (BE in electrical engineering) and holds a master’s in finance from the Ecole Supérieure Des affaires- Beirut and ESCP-EAP Europe. He joined Schlumberger oilfield services in 1997 and held various field operations, operations management (multi-segments) and business development positions with considerable technical experience in challenging operations such as under-balanced wells, HPHT and deep water operations. He worked in Venezuela, Indonesia, West and South Africa, Algeria and India gathering wide international experience before Joining the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water as the upstream advisor to the Minister in late 2009 involved in the planning for the first licensing round and working on the institutional , technical , fiscal and legal frameworks of the oil and gas sector in Lebanon . Since 4 December, 2012, he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as a board member at the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and head of the Geology and Geophysics Department . During his mandate as a Chairman in 2017 , the licensing round was re-launched and closed successfully with the award of two offshore blocks .