Letter of condolence on the passing of IR Iran’s OPEC Governor

Vienna, Austria, 16 May 2020--OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, today sent a letter of condolence to HE Eng. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the passing away of Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, the country’s veteran representative to the OPEC Board of Governors.

Mr Ardebili had served on the Board since 2013 and on other occasions in the past, including from 1995 to 2008. The longest serving member of the Board, he also was Chairman for several terms and was a member of several strategic committees.

Mr Ardebili passed away in the early morning of 16 May 2020 after suffering a brain haemorrhage, IR Iran’s Shana news agency reported.

A book of condolences will be opened at the OPEC Secretariat as of Monday, 18 May 2020, at 13:00.

Following is the letter to HE Zanganeh:

Vienna, 16 May 2020

HE Eng. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
Minister of Petroleum
Islamic Republic of Iran


It is with a heavy heart that I received the very sad news of the passing away of our dear brother and colleague, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili.  May Almighty Allah accept him in Jannat Alferdous. And may He give his family and all of us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Hossein was a cherished friend of mine for the past 34 years in OPEC.  Throughout these years of service and support to the Organization, he served many terms as a gallant representative of his country to the Board of Governors.  As the longest serving member of the Board and its Chairman on several occasions, he gained the respect of his colleagues and the entire OPEC family for his thoughtful leadership and insightful guidance. Hossein was active on many of the Board’s committees and played a pivotal role in shaping the Long-Term Strategy of the Organization and strengthening the role and capacity of the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC has also been most fortunate to benefit from Hossein’s remarkable career in the service of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a responsibility from which he never wavered.  His expertise and experience were central to OPEC’s many achievements and its greatest successes. Hossein was a champion of the Declaration of Cooperation that has brought unparalleled recognition and respect for OPEC, as evidenced by our proactive leadership in confronting the severe market downturn resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hossein’s commitment and dedication to OPEC throughout his life’s work were not only markers of his personal qualities, but those of the great nation which he so ably represented throughout the years.

I would also like to convey my sincerest thanks to you, Excellency, for your dedication and commitment.  Your tireless work on behalf of OPEC assures the continued success of the Organization in achieving its founding principles of ensuring sustainable oil market stability in the interests of producing countries, investors, consumers and the global economy.

As we look towards our Organization’s 60th anniversary in September, we must never forget the legacy of those visionaries from the Founder Members, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, who for the passing of time will not be able to join us but will never be forgotten. Our brother, our colleague and our great friend Hossein Kazempour Ardebili will be among those we shall remember and never forget.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and respect.

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo
Secretary General

OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, with the late Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, IR Iran’s Governor for OPEC

OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, with the late Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, IR Iran’s Governor for OPEC