Alan Nelson

Alan Nelson

Chief Technology Officer

Alan E. Nelson is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) where as a member of The Executive Office he is responsible for leading the Company’s Innovation strategy, Digital and Artificial Intelligence development and deployment, and Corporate Sustainability across the ADNOC group of companies.


Prior to joining ADNOC, Alan was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive of New Markets for Johnson Matthey plc. As CTO he was responsible for establishing the Company’s innovation portfolio, leading corporate sustainability and directing global research efforts to develop market-facing solutions. Alan was also an integral member of the Executive Committee, providing leadership to define the Company’s strategic direction, development and future growth.


Prior to joining Johnson Matthey, Alan served as Global Engineering Director for semiconductor technologies for The Dow Chemical Company. He also previously served as Global R&D Director for Performance Monomers, Plastics Additives, Dow Energy Materials and Engineering and Process Sciences in Corporate Research and Development. In these roles Alan is credited with driving new product and process innovation in a number of key market segments including electronic materials, lithium ion batteries, oil and gas, water solutions, transportation, chemicals and petrochemicals, and agriculture chemicals.


Prior to Dow, Alan was an Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Alberta. He received his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota Duluth.


Alan has served on the Board of Directors for The Faraday Institution, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), and Primet Precision Materials.  He is a Fellow of AIChE and IChemE, a licensed professional engineer (Canada) and a Chartered Engineer (United Kingdom).