Shokri Ghanem

Company: National Oil Corporation (NOC)
Position: Chairman and chief executive officer (CEO)

Biography: Shokri Ghanem has been chairman of state energy major NOC since 2005. He stepped down briefly in late 2009 before being reappointed to the post.

The hiatus was seen as a struggle between reformers and conservatives in Libya’s energy industry, with Ghanem in the former camp.

Before taking the reins at the biggest state oil firm in Africa, he served as secretary-general of the Libyan General People’s Congress elected in 2003. As such he undertook a number of key economic and political reforms in the country, and worked to end international sanctions against Libya.

Prior to his appointment as prime minister, Ghanem also served as Libya’s economy and trade minister from 2001. From 1993 to 2001, Ghanem was director of research at the Opec secretariat in Vienna, Austria.

NOC holds a minimum 60 per cent stake in all major oil developments in the country.

Contact: (+218) 21 444 6181
Company website: http://en.noclibya.com