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.