H.E. Cesar Abi Khalil, serves as Minister of Energy and Water, in the Government of Lebanon since December 2016. In parallel to heading the Energy & Water sector, Abi Khalil serves as a member in a number of ministerial committees.
Prior to taking on the office of Minister, Abi Khalil served in the role of Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Water as well as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs starting in 2009.
In his role as advisor to the Minister of Energy and Water, Abi Khalil played an instrumental role in setting the strategy as well as legal and operation frameworks for the sector. Prior to joining public service, Cesar Abi Khalil, led the life of a political activist, joining the Free Patriotic Movement in 1989 and quickly rising through the ranks to his current position. He ran for Parliamentary elections as a representative of the Free Patriotic Movement in 2009.
In parallel to his public activism, Abi Khalil’s private industry endeavours included the role of founder and director of Fundamentals S.A.L, a real estate construction company with development projects spanning Lebanon and Iraq.
Abi Khalil holds a masters of civil engineering degree from St Joseph University of Beirut.