Thamir Ghadhban

Position: Chairman, Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of Iraq, and former oil minister

Biography: Thamir Ghadhban has had a long career in Iraq’s oil industry, starting at Basra Petroleum Company in 1973.

From 1989 to 1990, he was director general of field development at the Ministry of Oil, where he supervised field development, technical and economic feasibility studies, and the negotiation of contracts.

By the time of the US-led invasion in 2003, he was chief executive of the ministry. He became Iraq’s oil minister during the Interim Government from June 2004 to May 2005, when control of the ministry was handed over to the Iraqi government. Ghadhban was elected to the Iraqi National Assembly in January 2005.

He is currently chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of Iraq.

He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from University College in London and a master’s in petroleum reservoir engineering from Imperial College London in the UK.

Contact: (+964) (40) 618077