Baz Karim emerges as frontrunner to lead KRG oil sector

A long-time central player in Kurdistan's oil industry, the CEO of KAR Group has already become a trusted advisor of KRG Prime Minister Masrur Barzani.
Baz Karim emerges as frontrunner to lead KRG oil sector
Baz Karim, President and CEO of Kar Group, at the Kalak refinery in Erbil, Iraq. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Baz Karim, the president and CEO of the Iraqi-Kurdish oil company KAR Group, is the current frontrunner to take the helm of the Kurdistan region’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), according to several people informed of internal deliberations.

“It’s effectively a done deal; it’s just a matter of time,” said a senior official in the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. “He has the connections locally and internationally, he is well respected, and he is in the main position. But it is Kurdistan, so he is not appointed until he is appointed – but effectively he is the man.”

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