Bernard Avignon

Position: Managing director, Total Libya

Biography: Bernard Avignon has been managing director of Total Exploration and Production Libya since 2011. Prior to that, he was vice-president of operations based at Total’s Paris headquarters from 2008-11 and technical director of Total E&P Congo from 2004 to 2008.

Since graduating in petroleum engineering in 1979, Avignon has spent his entire career in the oil industry. He joined Elf Aquitaine in 1979, working as a completion engineer, drilling engineer and drilling manager.

Elf Aquitaine merged with TotalFina in 2000. In September 2011, Total became the first foreign oil company to resume its operations in Libya following the revolution. Total is a partner in the Mabruk Oil Operations joint venture with NOC and Germany’s Wintershall, which operates the Al Jurf field, and the Mabruk field, south of Sirte. The company is planning an onshore and offshore drilling campaign in 2013.

Contact Tel: (+218) 21 335 0401