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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr Pete Bartlett, CEO Bapco, 13 November 2016

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

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

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

October 2016

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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

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

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

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

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

September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 2016

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

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

Press Photography

Images here are copyright IEF 2016. These 4 images are available for media usage in print or online usage. Please inform simon.stoddart@ief.org and steff@ouchdesign.com (CC'd) as to where and when these images will be featured.

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