Abdalla Salem el-Badri
Biography: Abdalla Salem el-Badri is the secretary-general of Opec, a position he has held since 2007.
Born in Libya in 1940, he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the US’ Florida Southern College.
His first job was at the US’ Esso Standard, now ExxonMobil, where he moved up from the post of assistant accountant to assistant controller between 1965 and 1977.
El-Badri later became a member of the board of directors of Libya’s Umm al-Jawabi Oil Company and the chairman of another local firm, Waha Oil Company.
He was the chairman of state energy firm National Oil Company from 1983 until 1990, when he was appointed petroleum minister. From 2002-04, he was deputy prime minister of Libya.
As Opec secretary-general, El-Badri oversaw the decision in 2008 to cut output by 4.2 million barrels a day (b/d) to a total of 24.85 million b/d, a decision which remains in place today.
Contact: +43 121 112 3302
Company website: www.opec.org/opec
Interview with Abdalla Salem el-Badri, Secretary General, Opec