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Chakib Khalil

As head of OPEC, Khalil is one of the world’s most influential men. Want to know who he hangs out with?

January 25, 2009 5:24 by

Chakib Khalil is the Algerian Minister of Energy and Mining as well as the President of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M University in Petroleum Engineering in 1968 and speaks five different languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic).

Khalil began his career at Shell and Phillips Petroleum in Oklahoma. In 1971, he returned home to Algeria as head of the engineering department at Sonatrach Petroleum and president of Alcore.

Between the years of 1973 and 1976, he was the technical advisor for the President of Algeria.

He joined the World Bank in 1980 carrying petroleum projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Khalil then became the head of the energy unit for Latin America before being promoted to petroleum advisor. In 1999, he took an early retirement from the World Bank to become advisor to the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He is also the medal holder of the “The Sun of Peru Order” in 2003.


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