With the price and supply of oil dominating the world agenda in 2007, there aren't many more influential posts than that of OPEC Secretary General. OPEC's member countries hold about two-thirds of the world's oil reserves, and in December last year, Libyan El Badri was voted to the post for a period of three years.
He is already chairman of the vast National Oil Corporation (NOC), and has served significant periods on the management teams of several major Arab oil companies.
In his role as boss of NOC he has been paramount in deciding whether to open up Libya to foreign investment, while now at OPEC he will play a key part in steering member countries towards pricing controls.
Little wonder, then, that most Western governments are already busy courting him in a desperate bid to keep prices low.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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