Mustafa Sanallah was appointed Chairman of the Board of Libya’s National Oil Corporation in May 2014.
After graduating from Tripoli University in 1985 with a degree in Chemical Engineer , Mustafa joined Ras Lanuf Oil & Gas Processing Co. (Rasco), as Head of its Ethylene Operations. He held increasingly senior positions at Rasco before being made Coordinator of Technical Services at the Zawiya refinery, a position he held until the revolution in 2011.
After the revolution, Mustafa was appointed to the Board of NOC, becoming Chairman on the retirement of his predecessor, Nuri Berruien.
Sanalla has played a central role over the last four years protecting NOC against a backdrop of sometimes violent contest for authority within the country.
He publicly challenged blockades of Libya’s oil ports by the Petroleum Facilities Guard, refusing to agree to a payoff to the blockaders, with the result that all Libya’s oil ports are now open, compared with 2016 when all but one were closed, and the rest blockaded by the PFG.
He has remained neutral during Libya’s political rivalry, arguing that NOC should not be a prize of conflict, but a reward for unity. He supported the December 17, 2015 Libyan Political Accord on that basis. Blockades and attempts to bypass NOC’s monopoly have continued in 2017 and 2018, but by working with communities across Libya, NOC increased production to over one million barrels per day for the first time since 2013.
A recent consultative gathering of stakeholders convened by Sanalla at Windsor Castle led to the publication of the “Windsor Principles” aimed at protecting Libya’s oil as a platform for political stability.
In November 2017, Sanalla was recognized by his global industry peers as Chief Executive of the Year at the Petroleum Economist Awards.
In February 2021, Sanalla receives the anti-corruption hero award in Libya presented by the administration of U.S. President Biden, and he gives it to oil and gas workers in Libya.
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