1980 to Present
- Founder and 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, Beijing, Hawaii, Tokyo, Perth, New York, and California. It combines technical tools—economic analysis, computer simulation, and engineering considerations—with qualitative analysis of market behavior and political realities. FGE’s multidisciplinary approach enables the team to provide complementary support to the client’s own areas of expertise. The company has almost 300 clients on retainer, divided almost equally between government and industry.
- Different positions at the East-West Center, including Director of Program on Resources (Energy and Minerals). He is currently a Senior Fellow on a part-time basis and heads the Energy Project.
- The position of Director, Program on Resources, East-West Center entailed overseeing a research staff of over 2 dozen people with research focusing on issues for non-renewable
- resources (oil, gas, coal, and metallic and non-metallic minerals) in two programs: the Energy Program and the Minerals Policy Program. Research is focused on countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. The research addressed critical issues such as supply security, efficient domestic energy and mineral development and utilization strategies, and the mitigation of negative social and environmental impacts from local to global levels. Dr. Fesharaki has been the recipient of several million dollars of contracts and grants since the mid-1980s for his research work at the East-West Center.
- Affiliate Professor of Economics and Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Taught graduate courses and participated in several doctoral disser¬tation committees every year. He is heavily involved in training. He is a regular faculty member for SUSPI (Leadership Program) of Indonesian National Oil Company: Pertamina as well as being involved in numerous other training programs.
- The Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Iran. The position entailed coordination of energy policy of the giant ventures: the oil industry, the gas industry, petrochemicals, nuclear power, as well as the research programs at the universities and other research organizations. Represented the Prime Minister in the General Shareholders' meetings of these nationalized industries and made recommendations to the Prime Minister on budgetary allocations and investment patterns of the industries. Acted as a link between the Prime Minister and other Ministers and industry chiefs to try and implement the overall directions of the government policy on energy. Chaired a specialized Energy Commission at the Prime Minister's Office which undertook independent studies on energy issues. Was a member of Iranian delegation to the Ministerial Conferences of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Represented Iran in a number of international conferences on energy.
- Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Political and Economic Studies, Tehran, Iran. IIPES was a government think-tank attached to the five major universities in Iran. Undertook a number of research projects on petroleum reserves evaluation, marketing and pricing of oil and gas, and development planning. At the same time, acted in an advisory capacity to the Minister responsible for OPEC affairs, Minister of Commerce, and Minister in charge of the Plan and Budget Organization. Was involved in the design of Iran's Sixth Development Plan and responsible for the forecast of oil and gas revenues during the Sixth Development Plan. Represented Iran in a number of international gatherings.
- Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics, the National University of Iran, Advanced College of Political Science and Social Studies in Tehran and RCD College of Economics and Insurance.
- Energy and Economic columnist in Kayhan International, Iran’s largest English language daily.
- Visiting Fellow and Research Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA.