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Secretary General

Dr Sun Xiansheng

Dr Sun Xiansheng took up post as IEF Secretary General on 1 August 2016.

Prior to his election Dr Sun was the President of China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute (ETRI) where he lead a team of over 370 staff members. Reporting to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision making, including energy security strategies, “3E” (Energy, Environment, Economy) program development, low-carbon energy mix optimization, “three steps” of Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy cooperation. Dr Sun was deeply involved in the Chinese energy five-year planning process and many other major policies. Dr Sun also served as chief editor of ETRI’s “Oil & Gas Industry Development Report” and the first “China Energy Data & Statistics” reports.

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, Dr Sun has accumulated practical industry experience in oil & gas production, trading and pipeline construction. In previous roles he has served as Director of the Legal & Contract Department of CNPC International Cooperation Bureau, Vice President of CNODC (China National Exploration and Development Company), Chairman of JOC and President of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company CNPC and also President of PetroDar company (during which the company found and developed Phalouge Oilfield, one of the largest oilfields in South Sudan). As Chairman of Saining Corporation CNPC, Dr Sun was in charge of CNPC petroleum trading in London. Dr Sun also served as Chairman of the CNPC subsidiary companies in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, and as Chairman and Chief Negotiator of China Kazakhstan Oil Pipeline Co. Moreover, as a representative of the Chinese government, Dr Sun participated in the dialogue with OPEC and worked as chief coordinator in setting and revising production sharing contracts both for crude oil and unconventional gas for CNPC, and participated in three bidding rounds for CNPC onshore blocks.

Dr Sun holds an LLM and Ph.D from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK.

SG Meetings

In the course of his official duties IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun, meets and holds talks with a range of dignitaries to promote the global energy dialogue. The images below give a pictorial insight into this essential element of the Secretary General's duties.

October 2018

Dr Sun with HE Minister Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Morocco

Dr Sun meets with H.E. Aziz Rabah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development of Morocco at the 11th Arab Energy Conference in Marrakech, 1-4 October 2018.

11th Arab Energy Conference

Dr Sun attends the 11th Arab Energy Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, 1-4 October 2018.

Dr Sun with HE Minister Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt

Dr Sun with HE Minister Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt

Dr Sun GDA Conference 23-25 Oct 2018

Dr Sun Xiansheng attends the GDA International Downstream Conference and Exhibition in Bahrain on 23-25 October 2018.

Dr Sun at King AbdulAziz University 28 October 2018

IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun Xiansheng signs a memorandum of understanding with HE Prof Abdulrahman Bin Obaid Al Youbi, President of King AbdulAziz University (KAU) on 28 October 2018.

September 2018

Dr Sun at OGCI Stakeholders Meeting

Dr Sun Xiansheng attends the Oil and Gas Climate Change Initiative (OGCI) CEO Stakeholder Dialogue on 24 September 2018.


Dr Sun Xiansheng attends the Fourth Asia-Pacific Energy Sustainable Development Forum on 20-21 September 2018 in Tianjin, China.

July 2018

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Dr Sun meets with H.E. Jo Byung Wook, Ambassador of Korea to Saudi Arabia at the IEF Headquarters.

Dr Sun with Yousef Abdullah AL Benyan - Sabic CEO

Dr Sun meets with Mr Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, SABIC's Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

June 2018


IEF Secretary General attends the Bucharest International Energy Charter Forum held under the theme Energy Efficiency: A priority in combating energy poverty and providing access to affordable energy services for all on 6-7 June 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

March 2018

Dr Sun - Crans Montana

Dr Sun Xiansheng accepts the Crans Montana Forum Gold Medal for the promotion of inclusive, open and informed global energy dialogue at the Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation in Dakhla, Morocco on 17 March 2018.

January 2018

Dr Sun spoke at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum

Participants (from right to left): HE Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum, Ms Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital Markets, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, OPEC, HE Dr Abdalrahman Osman Abdalrahman, Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Sudan, HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates. The session entitled “Issue in Focus: The Future of OPEC and Oil Markets” was facilitated by John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor, CNNMoney at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi on 12-13 January 2018


Dr Sun with HE Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi, Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity & Water, Kuwait


Dr Sun with Mr Nizar Al-Adsani, Deputy Chairman and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)

December 2017

Dr Sun with HE Nuer·Baikeli and HE Mohammad Barkindo

HE Nuer·Baikeli (middle), Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Administrator of National Energy Administration (NEA) and HE Mohammad Barkindo (right), OPEC Secretary General, Beijing, 12 December 2017

November 2017

Dr Sun with HE Zhang Guo-Bao

HE Zhang Guo-Bao, Former Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Administrator of National Energy Administration (NEA), Beijing, 29-30, November 2017

April 2017


HE Hossein Adeli, GECF Secretary General, Doha, 5 April 2017


HE Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry (Qatar), Doha, 4 April 2017


National War College (USA) Class of 2017, Riyadh, 3 April 2017


Diplomatic Quarter, Civil Defense Team, Riyadh, 2 April 2017

March 2017


HE Ambassador Tony Cotter (Ireland), Riyadh, 30 March 2017


HE Ambassador Alfredo Miranda (Mexico), Riyadh, 19 March 2017


HE Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director-General, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Vienna, 15 March 2017


HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, Vienna, 14 March 2017


HE Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Industry and Energy (UK), Houston, 08 March 2017


Dr Twarath Sutabutr, Director General, Ministry of Energy (Thailand), Boston, 04 March 2017

February 2017


Simon Flowers, Chief Analyst, Wood Mackenzie, London, 21 February 2017


Louise Kingham, CEO The Energy Institute, London, 21 February 2017


Katrina Williams, Director General (International and Growth), Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK), London, 20 February 2017

Dr Christof Rühl, Global Head of Research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Dr Christof Rühl, Global Head of Research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Mr Joel Couse

Mr Joel Couse, Vice President, Market Analysis, Trading & Shipping Division, Total, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Dr Ivan Martén

Dr Ivan Martén, Managing Director and Global Leader Energy Practice, Boston Consulting Group, Riyadh, 15 February 2017


Dr Michał Paszkowski, Senior Expert, Ministry of Energy of Poland, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Mr Matthew Foss, Chief

Mr Matthew Foss, Chief Energy Economist, Department of Energy, Government of Alberta, Canada, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Mr Jassim Isa Al Shirawi

Mr Jassim Isa Al Shirawi, General Manager Oil & Gas Affairs, National Oil and Gas Authority of Bahrain, Riyadh, 15 February 2017

Mr Bambang Susantono

Mr Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, Riyadh, 15 February 2017.


HE Ambassador Michele Cervone d'Urso (European Union) and Hans van Steen, Head of International Relations Unit, European Commission (DG Energy)


HE Li Huaxin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (China), Riyadh, 06 February 2017


Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary General, United Nations Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, 02 February 2017

January 2017


HE General Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Energy (Thailand), Bangkok, 31 January 2017.


Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, 29 January 2017


Zahid Muzaffar, Advisor to the Minister of Petroleum & Chairman Oil & Gas Development Co. (Pakistan), 24 January 2017


HE Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Under-Secretary Ministry of Oil and Gas (Oman), 23 January 2017


Professor Maskasu Toyoda, CEO and Chairman, Institute of Energy Economics (Japan), Riyadh, 19 January 2017

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HE Ambassador Gregor W KOESSLER (Austria), Riyadh, 19 January 2017


HE Ambassador Norihiro Okuda (Japan), Riyadh, 19 January 2017

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Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General, International Energy Charter, Riyadh 12 January 2017

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HE Danai Menabodhi, Charge d'Affaires and Head of Mission (Thailand), Riyadh, 2 January 2017

December 2016

HE Oleg B. Ozerov Ambassador

HE Ambassador Oleg B. Ozerov presents a New Year Greetings Letter from the President of the Russian Federation HE President Vladimir Putin to Secretary General Dr Sun Xiansheng, for the first time at the IEF Secretariat in Riyadh on 28 December 2016. HE President Putin conveys his strong support to the producer-consumer dialogue under the IEF umbrella and calls for further cooperation between the Russian Federation and the International Energy Forum

November 2016

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HE Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Japan), Tokyo, 25 November 2016


HE Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs (Japan), Tokyo, 25 November 2016


HE Ibrahim Saif, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (Jordan), Tokyo, 25 November 2016


HE Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of Energy (Philippines), Tokyo, 24 November 2016


HE Urban Rusnák, Secretary General, Energy Charter, Tokyo, 24 November 2016


HE Pehin Dato Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (Brunei Darussalam), Tokyo, 24 November 2016


Fiona Hanks (British School), HE Ambassador Rolf Willy Hansen (Norway), and students from the British School, Riyadh, 14 November 2016


Joseph McMonigle, The Abraham Group, Riyadh, 14 November 2016


Dr Pete Bartlett, CEO Bapco, 13 November 2016


Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil of Bahrain, 13 November 2016


HE Alexander Novák, Minister of Energy (Russia), and Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of Gazprom Moscow, 09 November 2016.


Dr Ashok Nigam, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, UN HQ, Riyadh, 07 November, 2016

October 2016

Mr Adam Sieminski

Mr Adam Sieminski, Administrator, US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Riyadh, 31 October 2016

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Mr Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Riyadh, 16 October 2016


Dr. Ken Koyama, General Manager, Energy Strategy Department, Institute of Energy Economics (Japan), Hong Kong, 9 October 2016


Second Meeting of the Advisory Council of the UN DESA Grant "Powering the Future We Want", Hong Kong, 8 October 2016


HE Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (United Nations), Hong Kong, 8 October 2016


HE Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda (Argentina), Riyadh, 5 October 2016

September 2016


Mr Robert Anton Owen-Jones, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), Algiers, 28 September 2016


HE Pablo Popik, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Mining (Argentina), Algiers 28 September 2016


Mr Jeff Labonte, Director General, Natural Resources Canada (Canada), Algiers 28 September 2016


Mr Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy Industries, Member of the Executive Committee (WEF), Algiers 28 September 2016


HE Mahaman Laouan Gaya, Executive Secretary (APPA), Algiers 28 September 2016


HE Alexander Novák, Minister of Energy (Russia), Algiers 26 September 2016


Mr Jonathan Elkind, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs (USA), Algiers 27 September 2016


HE Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs (Netherlands), Algiers 27 September 2016


Anna Bjerde, Director, Strategy & Operations, Sustainable Development (World Bank), Algiers, 27 September 2016


HE Eng Eulogio Del Pino, Minister, People's Ministry of Petroleum (Venezuela), Algiers 27 September


HE Nuer Baikeli, Vice-Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, Administrator of the National Energy Administration (China), Algiers 27 September 2016


Mr Pierce Riemer, Director General (WPC), Algiers 26 September 2016


HE Tarek El-Molla, Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (Egypt), Algiers 26 September 2016


HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy (UAE), Algiers 26 September 2016


HE Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry (Qatar), Algiers 26 September 2016

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Edmund Hosker, Director, International Energy, Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK), Algiers 26 September 2016


HE Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Malaysia), Algiers 26 September 2016

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H.E. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan), Algiers 26 September 2016

HE Noureddine Boutarfa, Minister of Energy (Algeria), Algiers 25 September 2016

HE Noureddine Boutarfa, Minister of Energy (Algeria), Algiers 25 September 2016


HE Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Secretary General (GECF), Algiers 25 September 2016


Mr Hidetoshi Nishimura, President (ERIA), Algiers 25 September 2016


HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General (OPEC), Algiers 25 September 2016


HE Ambassador Ahmad Javed (India), Riyadh, 20 September 2016


HE Noureddine Boutarfa, Minister of Energy (Algeria), Algiers 07 September 2016


Atef Marzouk, Interim Executive Director, African Energy Commission (AFREC), Algiers 07 September 2016


HE Ambassador Simon Collis (United Kingdom), Riyadh 04 September 2016

August 2016


Left to right Arild Moe, Geir Hønneland (FNI Director), Dr Sun, Ambassador Arne Walther (Former IEF SG), Lina Murad (IEF), Lysaker 31 August


HE Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Right of Picture), Oslo 30 August 2016


Eldar Saetre, CEO Statoil, at the ONS Summit, Stavanger 30 August 2016


HE Tord Lien, Minister of Petroleum and Energy (Norway), at the ONS Summit, Stavanger 29 August 2016


Dr Sun met with HE Christine Sagen Helgø, Mayor of Stavanger, Stavanger 29 August 2016


HE Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal (United States), Riyadh 22 August 2016


Samer Al Ashgar, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh 18 August 2016


HE Ambassador Ahmed Abdalsdouk (Algeria), Riyadh 15 August 2016


HE Ambassador Yunus Demirer (Turkey), Riyadh 11 August 2016


Tom Walter, Chairman, CEO and President ExxonMobil (Saudi Arabia), Riyadh 08 August 2016


HE Ambassador Li Huaxin (People's Republic of China), Riyadh 04 August 2016

June 2016


HE Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (Saudi Arabia), Beijing 29 June 2016


HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Vienna 03 June 2016

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