OPEC bulletin 11/17
Eng Bijan Namdar Zanganeh,
Petroleum Minister, IR Iran
In the negotiations that resulted in the OPEC/non-OPEC Ministerial
Meeting on December 10, 2016, each delegation played an impor-
tant role. Officials drew on their wisdom and professional expe-
riences, and made important contributions to the ‘Declaration of
Cooperation’. In this long process, one dedicatedHead of Delegation,
who has gracedOPECmeetings for several decadeswith his dignified
and distinguished presence, has been the Islamic Republic of Iran’s
Minister of Petroleum, Eng Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.
Zanganeh is the longest serving Minister in OPEC and has spent
more than 30 years in public service on behalf of his country, and
nearly three decades as a minister. Trained in civil engineering,
with a Master’s degree from the University of Tehran, Zanganeh has
worked with his country’s government in various capacities since
the early 1980s. A natural leader, he began working as a faculty
member of Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology in 1977, a
position he held until 2007.
Zanganeh’s innate talents brought him to the attention of
his country’s leaders, and he was soon called to public service.
Appointed Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of
Islamic Guidance in 1981, he became a member of the govern-
ment’s Economic Council. He served as Deputy Minister until 1983,
but held the latter position as one of the government’s most trusted
economic advisers until 2004. In 1997, Zanganeh was named to the
National Expediency Assembly, where he served ably until 2011.
He then served as Minister of Construction Jihad from 1983–88.
These diverse experiences across different parts of government,
prepared him well for IR Iran’s energy and oil industry. Zanganeh
thus drew on his many talents and experiences as Minister of
Energy, a portfolio he held from 1988 until 1997. He was then
appointed Minister of Petroleum, serving until 2005.
A standout figure, he forged a path for his country’s petro-
leum industry and consolidated the gains made in previous years.
Renowned as one of his country’s sagest government officials, he
was re-appointed Minister of Petroleum in 2013, a position he con-
tinues to hold today.
In his various positions — and particularly in his role as
Petroleum Minister and Head of his country’s OPEC Delegation —
he has been a tireless leader, sharing his insights and wise opin-
ions, and consistently making valuable contributions to meetings.
These qualities were on full display during the consulta-
tive process leading up to and culminating in the Declaration of
Cooperation. In the many months since then, too, Zanganeh’s
role and contributions have been constructive, and his vision and
leadership have helped the implementation and maintenance of
the collective decisions supporting the ongoing market rebalanc-
ing. Such skills, talents and vision have contributed to OPEC’s
achievements over the years — and, in the end, have helped it to
D e c l a r a t i o n o f C o o p e r a t i o n
Eng Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Petroleum, IR Iran.
Eng Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, IR Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, attending the 172
Meeting of the OPEC Conference in Vienna in May 2017.