Mr. Van Daele was born on 13 October 1960 in Belgium in a family of teachers. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Leuven, Belgium, with a degree in Geology. Patrick started his career in 1983 as an exploration geologist in Shell’s exploration venture in Bangladesh. During his career, he held a range of technical and executive positions in Shell’s Upstream Ventures in Tanzania, the Sultanate of Oman, Nigeria, Syria and Ukraine. In December 2011 he was appointed as Country Chairman for Shell in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain looking after Shell’s Upstream and Downstream interests. Patrick strongly believes in a healthy lifestyle and enjoys sports. He spends his free time travelling, horse riding and taking pictures. He is also fond of skiing and motorsports.