Herman Franssen, executive director of the Energy Intelligence Group, is also president of International Energy Associates, Inc. He is associated with Middle East Consultants and the Yamani Centre in London, and is a senior fellow with CSIS's Energy Program. He was senior economic advisor to the Minister of Petroleum and Minerals of the Sultanate of Oman (1985-1996). He provided liaison with oil producing and consuming countries and helped establish the group of non-OPEC oil exporting countries (late 1980s). He was chief economist of the International Energy Agency in Paris (1980-1985) and the director of the Office of International Market Analysts at the U.S. Department of Energy (1978-1980).