Speaker Bios

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Chairman, FGE-FACTS Global Energy

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. FGE is a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets East of the Suez, Europe, and the United States, with offices in London, Singapore, Dubai, Beijing, Honolulu, Tokyo, Perth, New York, California, Jakarta, and Melbourne. FGE was founded in 1983 and is well recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets.

Born in Iran, Dr. Fesharaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England. He then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In the late 1970s, he attended the OPEC Ministerial Conferences in his capacity as Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Iran. He joined East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 2013.

In addition, Dr. Fesharaki is the author of more than 100 papers and has authored or edited over thirty books and monographs.

In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies) – Japan’s largest oil company. 

Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), the key professional organization representing over 3,900 energy economists in more than 85 countries.

In 1995, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, he was appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Fesharaki has been on the US National Petroleum Council since 2008 and a member of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME) Board of Directors since 2009. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. In 2013, he joined the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG. 

Most recently, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing.