His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo began his tenure as Secretary General of OPEC on 1 August 2016. He has held several key roles at OPEC, including as a representative for Nigeria on the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2010, Acting OPEC Secretary General in 2006, and Nigeria’s National Representative on the Economic Commission from 1993 to 2008. In 1986, Mr. Barkindo was appointed to Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC. From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Previous to that, he served as Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas. Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr. Rilwanu Lukman KBE.

Mr. Barkindo has also led Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991. He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change and was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties (COP13); COP14; and COP15, where he chaired the opening session. Mr. Barkindo holds a bachelor’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, a postgraduate diploma from the College of Petroleum Studies at Oxford University, an MBA from Southeastern University in the United States, and an Honorable Doctorate Degree in Science from Modibbo Adama Federal University of Technology in Nigeria.