H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo has over 30 years experience in the politics of energy.
Mr. Barkindo was appointed a three-year term as Secretary General of OPEC in August 2016. As Secretary General, Mr. Barkindo administers the affairs of the organization in accordance with the directions of the Board of Governors. Prior to his appointment, he was the acting Secretary General of OPEC in 2006.
He represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Economic Commission Board, and was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Mr. Barkindo has also led Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991.
As Secretary General, H.E. Barkindo has guided OPEC through one of its most turbulent periods, with a sustained oil price decline and a loss in global market share. He is credited with restoring market stability on a global scale through the landmark deal between OPEC and non-OPEC members to cut oil production.
H.E Mohammed Sanusi Barking holds a BSc (Hons) in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Washington University in the United States and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria.