Omar Shakmak

Position: Deputy oil minister

Biography: Omar Shakmak became deputy oil minister in 2011 and, like Al-Arusi, was considered a political appointment rather than one based on technical expertise. Nevertheless, he holds an important position in the oil sector. Shakmak started his career in Libya’s oil industry at state-owned NOC in 1977 as an accountant at an ammonia plant.

He spent the bulk of his career in Libya working at the Ras Lanuf oil refinery, before moving to the UK in the 1990s to become head of Umm al-Jawaby, a UK-based oil services company. Umm al-Jawaby was set up by NOC in 1983 to take over some of the overseas procurement, training and recruitment activities previously carried out by international oil companies (IOCs) working in Libya.

Since his appointment, Shakmak has become a key contact for senior executives of IOCs and has taken on responsibility for Libya’s oil finances and trade in refined products.

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