Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Member of the WVPU Advisory Board since 2018

Since 2016, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo began his tenure as the Secretary General of OPEC. An accomplished oil technocrat, he possesses a wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry, both in his home country, Nigeria, and internationally.   

For more than 23 years, he worked at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, culminating in his appointment as Group Managing Director and CEO in January 2009. He was also Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, as well as Special Advisor to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, Dr Rilwanu Lukman.

An OPEC veteran, HE Barkindo served as Nigeria’s OPEC National Representative for 15 years and was also OPEC Governor. In 2006, he was appointed Acting OPEC Secretary General. A passionate advocate of the climate change initiative, HE Barkindo led Nigeria’s technical delegations at the negotiations that produced the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. Born in April 1959, in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, HE Barkindo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics and Management, and a Master of Business Administration.