Leadership

Dr Carole Nakhle, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Carole Nakhle

Dr Carole Nakhle is an international authority on global energy issues, in particular in the fields of hydrocarbons finance, market development, policy, governance, regulation, fiscal regimes and contractual arrangements.

With a unique breadth of experience spanning different stakeholders in the oil and gas industry all around the world, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (Eni and Statoil) at the executive level, governments and policy makers (including Special Parliamentary Advisor in the UK), international organisations, academic institutions and specialized think tanks on a global scale. She is active on the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Member of its Audit and Finance Committee, and Advisory Boards of IKAR Industries and the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. She is a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, lead Energy Expert with the Geopolitical Intelligence Services and a member of the Executive Sessions on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries at Columbia University in New York.

She is also involved in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and has contributed to the development of the organization’s Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts. In addition to her commercial role, Dr Nakhle lectures at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, University of Surrey in the UK, the European University Institute in Italy, Saint Joseph University in Lebanon and Nato Strategic Direction South Hub in Naples.

Dr Nakhle founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’ in 2007, with the aim of supporting the development of women in the energy sector, globally. She has also supported the development of similar initiatives in Ghana, Tunisia and the UAE, where she sits on ADIPEC’s Advisory Board for Inclusion and Diversity.

Her views on energy matters are highly regarded, with numerous articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines to her credit. She is an avid commentator on energy and geopolitics in the international media and major conferences and industry gatherings, in many countries. She has appeared on Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, France 24 and Sky News, among others. She is the Executive Editor and Author of Newsweek’s special edition ‘New Technological Frontiers in the Oil and Gas Industry’ and the first Guest Blogger for Aspentech. She has published two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth published in 2008 and re-printed in 2012 and used as primary reference in leading universities and industry training courses; and Out of the Energy Labyrinth (2007), co-authored with Lord David Howell, former Secretary of State for Energy in the UK.

Dr Nakhle has worked on energy projects in more than 45 countries and has been on exploratory visits to the Arctic and North Sea. She is also fluent in Arabic, English and French.

In 2017, she gave evidence to the International Relations Committee at the UK Parliament on oil markets, the transformation of power in the Middle East and implications for the UK policy. In the same year, she received the Honorary Professional Recognition Award from the Tunisian Minister of Energy, Mines & Renewable Energy.

For a list of Dr Nakhle’s publications visit School of Economics, University of Surrey.