Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Chairman of FGE - FACTS Global Energy. FGE comprises of FACTS Inc., a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets East of the Suez, as well as Energy Market Consultants (EMC), a leading consulting company covering the European and US markets. 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 1980s. 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. He joined the East-West Center in 1979, where he heads the energy-related research. His area of
specialization is oil and gas market analysis and the downstream petroleum sector, with special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), the key professional organization representing over 3,000 energy economists in more than 70 countries. 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 Nippon Oil (currently JX Holdings) Japan's largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. 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 1998, Dr. Fesharaki joined the Board of Directors of the American Iranian Council. In 2002, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed a Senior Associate of CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed a member of the National Petroleum Council by the US Secretary of Energy and reappointed by the current US Secretary of Energy in 2010. In 2009, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed a member of Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME) Board of Directors.