The Opec Board of Governors has confirmed the appointment of Saudi Arabia's Dr Ayed S Al-Qahtani as the new director of Research Division.
The board also appointed new heads for the Energy Studies and Petroleum Studies departments.
Dr. Al-Qahtani has been advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, and current Opec Conference president, Eng. Khalid A. Al-Falih, since July 2016. He had previously led Saudi Aramco's Global Economic & Energy Outlook. He has also formerly served as senior project manager for global energy scenarios at the World Energy Council and the vice-chair of the industry advisory committee of the Riyadh-based International Energy Forum.
The previous incumbent in the position was Dr Omar S Abdul-Hamid, also from Saudi Arabia.
Dr Abderrezak Benyoucef has been appointed as the new head, Energy Studies Department. He hails from Algeria and has been acting director of studies and knowledge management, Sonatrach/Algerian Petroleum Institute (API), since November 2015.
Behrooz Baikalizadeh has been appointed as the new head, Petroleum Studies Department. Baikalizadeh, from Iran, has been general manager, Opec and International Energy Fora, and his country’s Opec national representative, since June 2016. He had previously held a number of positions at the Ministry of Petroleum.
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Opec Secretary General, welcomed the new appointments and also praised the commitment and dedication of their predecessors in office.
The Vienna-based Opec Secretariat currently has 133 staff, comprising 42 nationalities.