Al Bolea is the founder and architect of the Applied Leadership Seminar and an executive leadership coach and trainer. He is the former CEO/GM of a large independent oil company in the UAE and a retired executive from a major international oil and gas company. His industry career spans almost forty years, including assignments in the US, UK and Middle East.
Al spend one-third of his career in the coal mining industry with a balance in the upstream oil & gas sectors. He has worked at nearly every level within the industry: chairman, president, CEO, business unit leader, strategist, operator, financial analyst, planner, and hourly worker. Al holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, as well as program certificates from INSEAD, Paris, and Cambridge University, UK.
Al has worked as a leadership expert for the U.S. Department of Energy and an in-resident CEO and lecturer at the University of Houston, Bauer School of Business. Currently, he is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at the University of Alaska, College of Business and Public Policy, and a member of the college’s Advisory Board. Al’s executive coaching program was recognized as one of the top corporate programs in the world by Leadership Excellence and awarded a prestigious LEAD2016 honor for Best Executive Coaching Program. His first book, Applied Leadership Development, was published in 2016 by Routledge Press and is highlighted in the International Leadership Association’s publication Becoming a Better Leader.