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24 Nov 2021

OPEC extends its condolences on the passing of Abdullah Ismail

Vienna, Austria, 24 November 2021 2021--It is with great sadness that OPEC learned of the passing of Abdullah Ismail, who had been present at the ‘Baghdad Conference’ when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded on September 14, 1960. The OPEC Secretariat extends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Ismail was the last surviving delegate from the historic ‘Baghdad Conference’. He was at the time Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Oil, playing an important role in the Iraqi delegation to the conference in support of the then Head of Delegation, Dr Tala’at al-Shaibani.

Ismail worked for Iraq’s Ministry of Oil from 1952 to 1968. During his tenure at the ministry, he served in various capacities, including Director General of Oil Affairs, Director General of Oil Products Distribution Authority, Member of the Oil Management Council, Member of the Board of Directors of the Iraqi National Oil Company, and Deputy Minister of Oil. In 1968, Ismail moved to a fellow OPEC Member – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – to join and serve its expanding oil sector.

In looking back on his achievements, His Excellency, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, said: “Abdullah Ismail had a long and distinguished career in the petroleum industry, and served two OPEC Member Countries. The OPEC Secretariat reflects on his contribution to OPEC’s history with great respect and pride.”