Shawki Al-Khalisi graduated with a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from the University College of Swansea, U.K, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Development from The National Institute for Planning in Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Khalisi worked for almost 20 years at Daura Refinery in Baghdad starting as a fresh engineer then occupying several posts connected to the operation, planning, studies and management in the refinery until promoted to refinery manager. He later served as head of studies in the State Organization for Oil Refining and Gas Industry in Baghdad upon completion of his diploma. Al-Khalisi then moved on to work in the Iraqi Ministry of oil as a member of the ministerial advisory commission on refining where he was responsible for drawing plans and strategies for the refining sector in Iraq, and then moved up to become the head of the design section of crude oil refining in the State Company for Oil Projects. Shortly after, he was appointed Project Director and later Technical Director at the Industrial Design and Consultation Company where he was involved in the studies and implementations of new refinery, petrochemical and fertilizers projects in Iraq. Al-Khalisi was also a Consultant and Refining Expert in the Iraqi Minister of Oil's office before serving as an advisor on refining in the Arab Petroleum Training Institute associated with the Organization of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) where he remains to date. In addition, Al-Khalisi has also had experience in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna in the technical department on crude oil refining and processing, he was a part -time chemical engineering lecturer in the University of Technology in Baghdad, a member in in several professional committees such as the committee for the transfer of technology in the energy sector and the coordinating committee between the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and the Engineering colleges in Iraq on the petroleum Industry and a member of several contracts teams that negotiated with international companies on the design and implementation of refineries, petrochemical plants and fertilizers projects.