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Mehdi Varzi "s a former diplomat, having served in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of Iran, Ankara and Turkey. For the majority of his career Mr. Varzi has worked as a senior energy consultant, most recently with Dredner Klienwort Wassertein." 
"Mr Varzi was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. in January 2008." 
He is also a director of Sonoran Energy.
- "Mehdi Varzi... established Varzi Energy as an independent oil and gas consultancy in June 2001 after a 33-year career spanning oil, diplomacy and international finance. From 1982 - 2001, Mr. Varzi worked in the City of London, first as an oil consultant, specializing in OPEC and international oil market developments from 1982-1986 with stockbrokers Grieveson Grant; then as a Director of Energy Research with Kleinwort Benson (1986-1995), and then in the same position with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (1995-2001), retiring as Managing Director of Energy Research in 2001. From 1972-1981, Mr. Varzi served in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was posted to the Iranian Embassy in Ankara from 1977-1981. From 1968-1972, Mr. Varzi served as a Senior Analyst in the International Affairs Section of the National Iranian Oil Company. Mr. Varzi regularly conducts briefings on world oil issues for private and state oil and gas companies and is currently involved in a number of oil and gas projects in the Middle East."