Abdul Karim Luaibi

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Abdul Karim Luaibi Bahedh
Minister of Oil
In office
December 2010 – 8 September 2014
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
Preceded by Hussain Al Shahristani
Succeeded by Adil Abdul-Mahdi
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 56–57)
Nationality Iraqi
Children Six
Alma mater Baghdad University

Abdul Karim Luaibi Bahedh (born 1959) is an Iraqi politician who served as the minister of oil of Iraq between December 2010 and 8 September 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Luaibi was born into a Shiite family in Baghdad in 1959.[1][2] He holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering, which he received from Baghdad University in 1982.[3]

Career and activities[edit]

From 1982 to 1998, Luaibi worked in several oil companies.[3] He began to work at state-owned South Oil Company in 1982.[4] In 1998, he joined the ministry of oil, and served in different positions until 2009.[5] He was appointed deputy minister of oil in charge with the upstream operations in 2009, and was in office until 2010.[3] During his tenure, he was instrumental in securing the oil and gas contracts with international oil companies and other oil-related agreements with neighboring countries of Iraq.[1]

In December 2010, he was appointed oil minister, replacing Hussain Al Shahristani, to the cabinet headed by prime minister Nouri Maliki.[5][6] Luaibi was part of the Iraqi National Alliance.[7] He acted as the president of OPEC's 162th ordinary meeting which was held in Vienna on 12 December 2012.[8]


In March 2016, an investigate report published on the Huffington Post revealed that Luaibi was part of a major corruption ring in the Iraqi oil industry. The report noted that Luaibi played a role in securing oil contracts for foreign oil companies in exchange for bribes.[9]


Luaibi is married and has six children.[3][10]


  1. ^ a b Watkins, Eric (3 January 2011). "Iraq promotes al-Shahristani; appoints Luaibi as oil minister". Oil and Gas Journal. 109 (1). Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iraqi parliament approves new government". BBC. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Speakers' Biographies". OPEC. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Who's Who in the New Iraqi Cabinet". Iraq Business News. Reuters, AP. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Abdul Kareem Al Luaibi". Arab Industry. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iraq confirms Luaibi as Oil Minister". Jagran Post. Baghdad. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Kenneth Katzman. Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights. DIANE Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4379-8475-0. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "162th Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). OPEC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "How The World's Biggest Bribe Scandal Unfolded In Iraq". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Biography". Oil Ministry. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hussain Al Shahristani
Oil Minister of Iraq
2010 – present
Succeeded by