Position: Oil Minister, Iraq
Biography: Hussain al-Sharistani has been Iraq’s oil minister since 2006, a position which is likely to become more important as the country targets production of 12 million b/d, up from current levels of 2.5 million b/d. It was not clear if Al-Sharistani will continue as minister as results from Iraq’s latest elections were not announced by the time MEED went to press.
Al-Sharistani holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the UK’s Imperial College and a master’s degree and a doctorate in nuclear science from the University of Toronto in Canada. His career began with a teaching job at Mosul University. He became head of Baghdad University’s nuclear chemistry department in 1977.
He was a political prisoner under the regime of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein from 1979-1990 and fled the country during the first Gulf War. Al-Sharistani returned to Baghdad in 2004.
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