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As Director General of Petroleum Concessions, Qazi Mohammad Saleem Siddiqui is responsible for facilitating investment and regulation of the upstream petroleum industry of Pakistan. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction and honors. He has obtained executive education from leading international institutes and is an alumnus of the CWC School of Energy Studies – UK, Canadian Petroleum Institute and London Management Centre.
He has vast experience related to petroleum regulation and industrial processing. Qazi has been associated with Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) for over 30 years in various important capacities and is currently heading the Petroleum Concessions Directorate as Director General. His previous appointments have inter-alia included Director General (Gas), Director General (Special Projects/Administration), Director (Exploration) and Director (Gas). He has played a prominent role in promoting foreign investment in E&P sector in Pakistan by arranging 51 bidding rounds of over 249 exploratory blocks in his capacity as Deputy Director (Concessions), Director (Exploration) and Director General Petroleum Concessions. Additionally, he has played a critical role in formulation of Petroleum Policy 2007, Petroleum Policy 2009 & Petroleum Policy 2012 and Petroleum Exploration & Production Rules 2013 which serve as the framework for much of the current and planned activity in the upstream sector. He has represented Pakistan in various international conferences, seminars, road shows and been an active member of the country’s delegation for energy related bilateral dialogues.
Qazi Saleem serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited and Member Board of Management of Pakistan State Oil in addition to being a Member of Governing Board of SAARC Energy Centre representing Pakistan. He has previously also been Director on the Board of Directors at Pakistan Petroleum Limited and Member Board of Governors at Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan. From 2016 – 2018 he served as elected Chairperson of Governing Board of SAARC Energy Center.