Noël Mboumba has been appointed Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons of Gabon following a major cabinet reshuffle announced in a speech of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, on 8 June 2019. Mr. Mboumba comes from a strong background in both politics and the oil sector having formerly held the positions of Minister Delegate for the Budget, Minister Delegate for the Economy and also a former employee of oil supermajor, Total.
This ministerial post for Hydrocarbons seems the perfect fit for a man who has spent more than twenty years in the oil sector. From 1994 to 2004, he worked in Paris at Elf Aquitaine, now Total. In 2004, he graduated from the EDHEC Business School in Nice and went on to become the financial director for Gabon operations at several oil sector companies (Perenco, Maurel and Prom, Baker Hughes and Halliburton).