Natiq al-Bayati

Position: Head of Contracts & Licensing Office, Oil Ministry

Biography: An oil industry veteran who joined Iraq National Oil Corporation in 1967, Natiq al-Bayati was director general for reservoirs and field development from 1999 to 2003. Between 1980 and 1988, he was responsible for keeping production going at the Majnoon and Nahr Umar fields as the Iraq-Iran war waged. In his new position, he is charged with leading negotiations with international oil companies.

He has good credentials for the job: since 1991, he has been closely involved in negotiations with IOCs and it is this role on which he will now concentrate, as head of the Contracts & Licensing Office within the Oil Ministry.

Al-Bayati is highly rated, but his new office was only recently established and he lacks a strong team to support him in talks with international oil executives on what are highly complex contract discussions.

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