Fereidun Fesharaki is chairman of FACTS Global Energy (FGE). FGE is a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets east of the Suez, in Europe, and in the United States, with offices in London, Singapore, Dubai, Hawaii, Beijing, Tokyo, Perth, New York, California, and Jakarta. Dr. Fesharaki’s work is recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia-Pacific and 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 the capacity of energy adviser to the prime minister of Iran. Having joined the East-West Center in 1979, he is currently a senior fellow and leads its energy-related research. In addition, Dr. Fesharaki is the author of more than 100 papers and has authored or edited over 30 books and monographs.