Adnan Shihab-Eldin currently serves as senior adviser and consultant to a number of public and private institutions, organizations and companies, including as member and advisor to Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee. In 2005 he served as the Acting Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) where he also served as Director of Research, from August 2001 through March 2006. From March 1999 to August 2001 he served as Director of the Division for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Department of Technical Cooperation, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining the IAEA, from December 1991 to February 1999, he served as Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology (Cairo) and as the UNESCO Representative in Egypt, Sudan, and Yemen. Prior to his career with international organizations, he taught, lectured on, undertook and directed research in the physical and engineering sciences as well as energy economics and technology, at a number of universities and research centers in Kuwait, the United States and Europe, including Kuwait University, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California at Berkeley, the European Nuclear Research Center in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Energy and Environment Policy Center at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. From 1976 to 1986 he was the Director General of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.