Hussain graduated with a degree in Geology from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1984, at which point he commenced his career with Saudi Aramco.
Comprehensive multi-disciplinary work and management experience in exploration, geology, petrophysics, geophysics, drilling operations and reservoir management. Played vital role in managing major strategic projects at Aramco, Rub-Alkhali joint ventures gas exploration program, exploration technical Services projects and Aramco hydrocarbon resource assessment strategy. Breadth of knowledge in the field of resource and reserve management. At Saudi Aramco, he led the concept generation and process management effort to add hydrocarbon reserves from extensions and discoveries.
Hussain, served as international distinguished lecturer at the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) in 2005. He was also member of SPE/AAPG/WPC Oil and Gas Reserve Committee.
Attended the Advanced Executive Management Program in 2011 with Wharton school of University of Pennsylvania.
Hussain M. Al-Otaibi is revered as a champion of Professional Societies in the Middle East. Active member of The American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) for more than 32 years. Established The AAPG Middle East Region and was first president during (2009-2011). Member of AAPG Executive committee for 6 years (2007-2013). Received AAPG's Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and in 2016 the Honorary Member Award for his distinguished service and devotion to the science and profession of petroleum geology community.
He established the first Geology Club at King Fahad University 1983 and later on, the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), first professional society in the Middle East, in 1987. Currently he is leading the Saudi Geological Survey.