HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as OPEC Secretary General on 1 August 2016.
An accomplished oil technocrat, he possesses a wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry, both in Nigeria and internationally.
Born in April 1959, in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, HE Mohammad Barkindo holds a B.Sc degree in Political Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
For more than 23 years, he worked at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, culminating in his appointment as Group Managing Director and CEO in January 2009. He was also Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, as well as Special Advisor to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, Dr Rilwanu Lukman.
An OPEC veteran, HE Mohammad Barkindo served as Nigeria’s OPEC National Representative for a record 15 years and was also OPEC Governor. In 2006, he was appointed Acting OPEC Secretary General.
A passionate advocate of the climate change initiative, HE Mohammad Barkindo led Nigeria’s technical delegations at the negotiations that produced the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol.
He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and was elected as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties for three terms. He was Chairman of the OPEC Task Force at the 15th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
As OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Barkindo has spearheaded several historic and market-transforming initiatives, steering the adoption of the Algiers Accord in September 2016; the Vienna Agreement in November 2016; and the Declaration of Cooperation, reached with non-OPEC producers, in December 2016. This has been followed by intense collaboration with heads of OPEC and non-OPEC countries in working towards the full and timely implementation of the Declaration of Cooperation, to restore sustainable stability to the oil market in the interests of producers and consumers. As a result of these landmark actions, a historic page has been turned and a new chapter is being written for the energy industry, one with the interests of producers and consumers firmly at its heart.
Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour is the Charmain of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of SONATRACH, the Algeria National Oil Company. He was appointed to this position in March 2017.
An ardent believer in human capital development, Mr. Ould Kaddour founded in 1992, Condor Engineering, an engineering company operating in Oil & Gas in Algeria. He was appointed CEO of the company.
Condor Engineering became Brown & Root – Condor (B&R-C) as a result of a joint venture between Sonatrach and Brown & Root Ltd in 1994. Mr. Ould Kaddour continued leading the JV as Charmain and CEO from 1994 to 2007. In 2002, B&R-C became the sixth largest company in Algeria.
From 2007 to 2017, he devoted himself to management, education, and international consulting activities in the Oil & Gas industry.
Prior to Condor Engineering, Mr. Ould Kaddour headed the Research Center for Materials Development from 1982 to 1992 where he participated actively in the development of the strategy of research in the Solar and Nuclear Energy in Algeria.
Mr. Ould Kaddour holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Polytechnic School in Algiers, a higher degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.
In 2000, Mr. Ould Kaddour obtained the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program’s “Leading Professional Service Firms” certification.
Yury P. Sentyurin is the Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, GECF, a position he assumed on January 1, 2018. Previously, he was State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Education and Science; Deputy Head of Committee on Energy, Transport and Communications of the State Duma and First Deputy Governor of the Nizhegorodsky Region among others.
Dr. Sentyurin was also Co-chair of several intergovernmental Commissions between the Russian Federation and Bolivia, Afghanistan and Congo respectively, and also Chief negotiator on cooperation in gas and oil, with India, Pakistan, Singapore, Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam, Cuba, Syria, and South Africa.
A recipient of several Awards including the Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation, Dr. Sentyurin who speaks Russian, English, French and Farsi, has a Ph. D. in Political Science, Master’s degree in Law and another Master’s degree in Economics.
Bob Dudley became Chief Executive of BP in 2010. He joined the oil and gas industry in 1979 and has held a variety of engineering, commercial and strategy posts in the US, the UK, Russia and China.
In 2009, Bob was appointed to the BP Board with accountability for the Americas and Asia.
From 2003 to 2008 Bob served as President and CEO of TNK-BP in Moscow.
Following BP’s sale of TNK-BP in Russia and acquisition of ~20% of Rosneft, he joined the Rosneft board in 2013.
Previous executive roles include Alternative and Renewable Energy activities and responsibilities for BP’s upstream business in Russia, the Caspian region and Africa and BP’s Gulf Cost Restoration activities.
Bob’s external roles include membership of various Business Councils and Advisory Boards and he chairs the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Bob has a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Claudio Descalzi has been CEO of Eni since May 2014.
Born in Milan in 1955, he graduated in physics in 1979 from the University of Milan.
He is currently Member General Council and of the Advisory Board of Confindustria Energia and Director of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.
He joined Eni in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineering and project manager, for the development of North Sea, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. In 1990 he was appointed Head of reservoir and operating activities for Italy.
In 1994 he was named Managing Director of Eni subsidiary in Congo and in 1998 Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Naoc, Eni subsidiary in Nigeria.
From 2000 to 2001 he held the position of Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and China.
From 2002 to 2005 he was Executive Vice President for Italy, Africa, Middle East covering also the role of Chairman of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area.
In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Eni – Exploration & Production Division.
From 2006 to 2014 he was President of Assomineraria.
From 2008 to 2014 he was Chief Operating Officer of Eni – Exploration & Production Division.
From 2010 to 2014 he held the position of Chairman of Eni UK.
In 2012 Claudio Descalzi was the first European in the field of Oil&Gas to receive the prestigious “Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal 2012” award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.
Claudio Descalzi is Visiting Fellow of The University of Oxford.
From December 2015 he is member of “Global Board of Advisors of Council on Foreign Relations”.
Member of the National Petroleum Council for the 2016/2017 term.
Pedro Miró joined Cepsa as a trainee in 1976 and has spent his entire career in different areas of the Company. He was the Director of the Corporate Research Center for over 10 years and subsequently become Technology Director. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President of Exploration & Production.
In April 2009, Mr. Miró became Senior Vice-President of Technical Operations, overseeing the Group’s refining and power activities as well as various corporate divisions, including HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) and Technology. Since that time, he has been a member of the Management Committee of the Company.
As a representative of Cepsa, Mr. Miró was also Chairman of MEDGAZ, one of the most significant projects in the gas sector in recent years, heading this company from the time of its establishment in 2000 until the start-up of the deepwater gas pipeline in March 2011.
He has likewise served on the Boards of various other affiliates of the Cepsa Group, having been Chairman of Asesa, Detisa, Gepesa, Cepsa Gas Comercializadora, Cepsa Química, Cepsa Química Becancour and Detén.
He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of CLH (Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos) and has served as Deputy Chairman of Europia (European Petroleum Industry Association), Board member of Concawe, Deputy Chairman of AOP (Association of Petroleum Operators) and Founding Trustee of Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía.
In August 2011, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cepsa and in January 2012, he was appointed to Cepsa’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In September 2013, he was designated Chief Executive Officer of the Company and in June 2014, he was appointed Vice Chairman of Cepsa’s Board of Directors.
In July 2016, Mr. Miró was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the newly-created Fundación Cepsa.
Pedro Miró actively serves in a number of Spanish and international associations: he is a member of the Boards of Trustees of both the Princess of Asturias Foundation, as well as FUNSEAM (Fundación para la Sostenibilidad Energética y Ambiental).