H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Secretary General

HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as Secretary General of the OPEC on 1 August 2016. In 2019, he was unanimously reappointed for a further three years as Secretary General by the OPEC Conference. He has previously been Nigeria’s National Representative, as well as its Governor to OPEC, and in 2006, he was Acting OPEC Secretary General. From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr Rilwanu Lukman KBE. Mr. Barkindo has also been leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991. He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and he was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties.

Sessions With H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

Wednesday, 20 October

  • 04:35pm - 05:05pm (IST) / 20/oct/2021 11:05 am - 20/oct/2021 11:35 am

    Will High Prices Accelerate the Transition Away from Oil?

    Live Stream

    In the past, high oil prices have increased the cost competitiveness of low-carbon energy alternatives and made such investments more attractive. Oil and gas prices are now reaching multi-year highs, creating additional momentum by policy makers and environmentalists to further accelerate the pace of transition. Will high oil prices, even for a short duration, help accelerate transition? Will volatility in commodity prices encourage regulators to restrict oil and gas investments? Will high oil prices facilitate faster electrification in the transport sector? Are high commodity prices necessary for this decade to finance the energy transition?