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Dr. Xiansheng Sun

Former Secretary General, International Energy Forum

Dr. Xiansheng Sun, Former Secretary General, International Energy Forum 


Prior to his election as International Energy Forum[1]International Energy Forum (IEF) Secretary General on 1 August 2016, Dr Sun was the President of China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute, where he led a team of over 370 staff members. He was involved in China’s energy five-year planning process and many other major policies, and reported to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision-making, including energy security strategies, ‘3E’ programme development, low-carbon energy mix optimisation, ‘three steps’of Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy co-operation.


In previous roles, he has served as Director of the Legal & Contract Department of CNPC International Co-operation Bureau, Vice President of China National Exploration and Development Company, Chairman of JOC, and President of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, and also President of PetroDar company.


As Chairman of Saining Corporation CNPC, Dr Sun was in charge of CNPC petroleum trading in London. Dr Sun also served as Chairman of the CNPC subsidiary companies in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, and as Chairman and Chief Negotiator of China Kazakhstan Oil Pipeline Co. Moreover, as a representative of the Chinese government, Dr Sun participated in the dialogue with OPEC and worked as chief coordinator in setting and revising production sharing contracts both for crude oil and unconventional gas for CNPC, and participated in three bidding rounds for CNPC onshore blocks.


Dr Sun holds an LLM and Ph.D from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, UK.


[1]Covering all six continents and accounting for around 90% of global supply and demand for oil and gas, the IEF is unique in that it comprises not only consuming and producing countries of the IEA and OPEC, but also Transit States and major players outside of their memberships, including Argentina, China, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Sitting alongside other important developed and developing economies on the 31-strong IEF Executive Board, these key nations are active supporters of the global energy dialogue through the IEF.

Former Secretary General, International Energy Forum