AWANG HAJI AZHAR BIN HAJI YAHYA
PERMANENT SECRETARY (ENERGY)
Azhar bin Haji Yahya is an oil industry veteran with a career spanning
across exploration, production, commercial, strategy and management. He
graduated with a Bachelor of Geology (BSc) (Hons) from the University of
Nottingham in 1987. His career started off in Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. Sdn.
Bhd. He has also worked in The Netherlands for NAM, Shell Exploration and
Production Technology (EPT) and Shell Syria Exploration Ltd. Throughout
his career he has been involved in multiple oil and gas discoveries
particularly in Brunei from onshore to the deep water. During his 6 years
in the Netherlands he was involved in a variety of exploration and deals in
Northern Europe and a number of Middle East countries namely Syria, Iraq and
2009, he became BSP’s Exploration Manager in which he was responsible for
overseeing an intensive exploration programme in Brunei Darussalam.
2011, he was seconded as the Permanent Secretary (Upstream) in the Ministry of
Energy in the Government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam for two years. At the same time, he was also assigned as CEO
for PetroleumBRUNEI for an interim duration. He was awarded by His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji
Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam, with The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei (S.N.B)
3rd Class in July 2012. He returned to BSP in 2013. His last role in BSP was as
Exploration and Commercial Director. After 28 years of technical and management
career, he retired in March 2016.
On 31 July 2018, by the command of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan
of Brunei Darussalam, he was made Permanent Secretary (Energy) in the Ministry
of Energy, Manpower and Industry. He is married to Hajah Suhartiniwati
bte Hj Md Idris, blessed with three children and loves exploring the outdoors,
hiking in the mountains and travelling.