Oil veterans bring energy expertise to Prime Minister’s Office

Fayadh Nema and Falah Alamri have deep relationships in the Oil Ministry and decades of experience with hot-button energy issues.
Senior Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema (back row, center) attends a signing ceremony for a deal with General Electric on April 25, 2016. (Source: GE)

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has appointed two oil industry veterans as energy advisors, creating what could become a new power center in the government for oil-related policymaking beyond the Oil Ministry.

Former Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema replaced Emad Allaq as Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s energy advisor in June, and Falah Alamri, a long-time former director of Iraq’s state oil marketing company, SOMO, became a second advisor on energy and economic affairs last month, according to multiple Oil Ministry and industry officials.

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