Sufian Allaw

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Sufian Allaw
Sufian Allaw, January 2007.jpg
Sufian Allaw in January 2007
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
In office
21 February 2006 – 9 February 2013
President Bashar Assad
Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Al Otari
Adel Safar
Preceded by Ibrahim Haddad
Succeeded by Suleiman Al Abbas
Personal details
Born 1944 (age 72–73)
Damascus, Syria
Political party Independent
Children five
Alma mater University of Aleppo

Sufian Allaw (born 1944) was the former oil minister of Syria.

Early life and education[edit]

Allaw was born in Abu Kamal in Deir ez-Zor Governorate in 1944. He earned a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from University of Aleppo in 1966.


Allaw worked as an engineer at the Syrian telecommunications establishment from 1966 to 1967. Then he was named as the investment director of the facility at the general establishment of the Euphrates dam from 1967 to 1980.He served as an engineer at the ministry of irrigation from 1980 to 1983 and at the prime ministry for energy affairs from 1983 to 1984. He became deputy electricity minister in 1984[1] and was in office until 2004. He served as an expert at the state planning commission from 2004 to 2005 and at the energy department at the United Nations' economic and social commission for Western Asia in 2004.

He later was appointed oil minister to the cabinet headed by Mohammad Naji Otari on 11 February 2006.[2] In the April 2011 after the cabinet was reshuffled he retained his post and also served in the cabinet of Adel Safar.[3] His term as oil minister ended on 9 February 2013, being replaced by Suleiman Al Abbas.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Allaw is married with five children.


  1. ^ "Major cabinet reshuffle". Wikileaks. 13 February 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Syria's new government line-up". Lebanon Wire. Damascus. 12 February 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Assad keeps Moualem as foreign minister in new govt". Reuters. Amman. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Assad reshuffles cabinet, warplanes raid Damascus". Khaleej Times. Damascus. AFP. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.