Mrs. Fatma Zohra Cherfi-Talantikite is the Secretary General of the Algerian Ministry of Energy since June 2016. Mrs. Cherfi is a Petroleum Economist Engineer, graduated in 1982, from the National Institute of Hydrocarbons and Chemistry (INHC), in Algeria. She spent most of her career within the National Oil Company SONATRACH where she held various positions of responsibility in particular, in Strategy, Consulting, Planning, Business development of Petrochemical projects, Engineering, in oil & gas activities as well as water desalination. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the Company and she represented the company in international conferences and multilateral meetings. She participated as a speaker in several international conferences related to the Hydrocarbon Sector Development in Algeria. She is a former Chair of Board of Directors of a company specialized in LPG marine transport and member of the "Gas Strategy" working group, within the framework of the reforms engaged in the Energy sector. In 2002, she was granted the “The Global Women Petroleum Executive Award” of Africa in Petroleum, by the Global Women Petroleum & Energy Club (South Africa). As Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Mrs Cherfi provides administrative and technical management of the ministerial department. She assists the Minister in the implementation of the department's development policy in the various fields (hydrocarbons, energy, regulations, digitization, sustainable development, etc.). She is in charge of the administrative and technical coordination of central, deconcentrated and attached structures. She also monitors the technical files of the Ministry in relation to other ministries and national institutions. Mrs Cherfi is currently the Chair of Board of directors of the EVNH, which is in charge of establishing a New City, located in the petroleum region of Hassi Messaoud, in South of Algeria.