Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Chairman of FGE - FACTS Global Energy. 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, Hawaii, Beijing, Yokohama, and Perth. Dr. Fesharaki’s work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980.
Born in Iran, he 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. Having joined the East-West Center in 1979, he is currently a Senior Fellow and leads the energy-related research. 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 as a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed a member of the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy, Samuel W. Bodman, and was reappointed by current US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, in 2010. Since 2009, Dr. Fesharaki has served as a member of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME) Board of Directors. In 2012, Dr. Fesharaki received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award.