Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish
Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, a Saudi national, has been the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since November 2003. Mr. Al-Herbish is a long-time supporter of people-centered development, a principle he has kept at the heart of OFID throughout his stewardship of the institution. He has been especially vocal on the issue of energy poverty alleviation, a cause he has championed tirelessly at the highest level and one that forms the central pillar of OFID’s latest lending program (2011-13).
Since assuming office, Mr. Al-Herbish has led numerous initiatives to make OFID’s work more relevant and efficient, including the broadening of financing mechanisms and the strengthening of cooperation with other development organizations. In 2010, he oversaw the conclusion of milestone partnership agreements with the World Bank Group, the Andean Development Corporation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and in May 2011, with the Asian Development Bank.
Mr. Al-Herbish has also driven institutional change at OFID, particularly in the areas of human resource development and corporate communications, the latter with a view to increasing recognition and understanding of OFID in both its Partner and Member Countries as well as within the wider development community.
Mr. Al-Herbish holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cairo and an MA in Economics from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his appointment at OFID, he served for 13 years as the Governor of Saudi Arabia at OPEC. He is currently in his second term of office at OFID, having been re-elected unanimously by the institution’s highest authority, the Ministerial Council, in June 2008.
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