I am an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. In this capacity I carry out research projects on national oil companies (NOCs) and governance issues, as well as strategic issues affecting the petroleum industry. I am also the project leader for the New Producers Group, which is a network and community of practice bringing together 35 countries. The New Producers Group is co-organized by Chatham House, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. I advise governments and NOCs, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caribbean, on petroleum sector policy and governance.

I also have a keen interest in renewables development in emerging countries and sit on the board of REEEP. I have also joined the advisory boards of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (an NGO). I am also a member of Columbia University’s new Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. And was previously with KPMG’s advisory team for energy-sector governance and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas. Before that I led energy research at Chatham House, and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, and at Cairo University.

In December 2013 I relocated to London (again). I was previously based in Toronto, Dubai, Cairo and Paris.

See The Latest page for information on current research on national oil companies, governance and the specific issues that emerging producers face. The Contact page includes a recent CV.


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