GECF Secretary General
The Ministerial Meeting appoints for a period of two years the Secretary General, whose term of office may be renewed once for the same period of time. This appointment takes place upon nomination by Member countries.
The Secretary General is the chief officer in the Secretariat and is the legally authorized representative of the Forum. In this capacity, he has the authority to carry out the executive functions of the Forum in accordance with directions of the Executive Board and the GECF Statute, and is liable and accountable to both the Executive Board and the Ministerial Meeting.
Among other functions, the Secretary General ensures that the Budget and the Programs of Work of the Forum are complied with, while organizing and administering the work of the Secretariat. He also prepares reports for submission to Executive Board meetings and attends the meeting of the Governing Bodies of the GECF.
The Secretary General is assisted in his duties by a team of officers and staff including three Department Heads, Head of the Office of the Secretary General, the Legal Officer, the Public Relations Officer and the Internal Auditor.
Current Secretary General of the GECF
HE Yury Sentyurin is the third Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and was appointed in this position at the 19th Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia.
Yury Sentyurin is a diplomat with extensive government experience. He graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages, Russian Academy of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, specialty – World Economy, and from Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation on the specialty Lawyer.
He has held various high-level positions in the Russian Government, including Director of the Department of Transport Fund for the Development of Russia, Head of Department for Regulation of Natural Monopolies on Transport of Map, Minister of Industry and Innovations, Government of Nizhny Novgorod Region and 1st Vice-Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region.
He was also Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Standing Committee for Energy, Transport and Communications as well as Deputy Minister of Education and Science, and State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Energy.
He is fluent in English, French and Persian.
Previous Secretary General of the GECF
Mr. Leonid Bokhanovskiy was the first Secretary General of the GECF, elected in 2010 and re-elected for the 2012-2013 term. His previous experience included high-level posts in the gas and financial sectors.
HE Dr. Adeli assumed office as Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum on January 1, 2014 for a period of two years in accordance with the Statute and was reelected for another term 2014-2017.