Ibrahim Haddad

Ibrahim Haddad (Arabic: ابراهيم حداد‎) (born 1938) is a Syrian politician who served as minister of oil and mineral reserves from December 2001 to February 2006.

Ibrahim Haddad
Minister of Oil and Mineral Reserves
In office
13 December 2001 – 14 February 2006
PresidentBashar Assad
Prime MinisterMohammad Mustafa Mero
Mohammad Naji Al Otari
Preceded byMaher Jamal
Succeeded bySufian Allaw
Personal details
Born1938 (age 82–83)
Ain Ghara Tal Kalakh, Syria
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Reading

Early life and educationEdit

Haddad was born into a Christian family in Ain Ghara Tal Kalakh, Homs Governorate, in 1938.[1][2] He holds a PhD in radiation physics, which he received from the University of Reading in 1966.[2]


Haddad served as the director general of Syria's Atomic Energy Commission until 2001.[1][3] He was also Syria's delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency.[4]

He was appointed oil minister on 13 December 2001, replacing Maher Jamal in the post.[5] He was an independent member of the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa Mero. Haddad continued to serve in the same post in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Al Otari, which was formed in 2003. Haddad's term lasted until 11 February 2006, and was replaced by Sufian Allaw as oil minister.[6]

After leaving office Haddad was appointed energy advisor to Otari in March 2006.[7]


When Haddad was oil minister, Syria's oil production significantly declined to below 400,000 barrels/day (b/d) from a peak of 600,000 b/d in the mid-1990s.[8] In addition, the Russian oil company, Tatneft, developed a contract with Syria to extract oil in the country during his term in March 2005.[9] It was the first oil contract between Syria and Russia.[9]


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  2. ^ a b "Biography for Ibrahim Haddad". Silobreaker. 15 January 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "List of Participants" (PDF). International Atomic Energy Agency. 19 September 1986. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "New Syrian Government Formed; Veteran Guards Retain Defence and Foreign Portfolios". Albawaba. 14 December 2001. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Profile - Dr. Ibrahim Haddad". APS Diplomat Operations in Oil Diplomacy. 31 March 2003. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ Sami Moubayed (16–22 February 2006). "Strengthening the line". Al Ahram Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Former Syrian Oil Minister Appointed Government Advisor". Middle East Economic Survey. 49 (12). 20 March 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Syria politics: Assad tinkers". The Economist. 14 February 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b Katz, Mark N. (2006). "Putin's Foreign Policy Toward Syria" (PDF). MERIA. Retrieved 24 February 2013.