The May 2016 edition of Access for Women in Energy Newsletter features a variety of recent stories on women’s presence and contribution in the energy sector. Last month, Dr Carole Nakhle, Director of WIE, was the only female speaker at the 11th International Energy Conference, which took place in Tehran on 30-31 May. Dr Nakhle’s keynote presentation focused on the simple yet powerful and dynamic equation of risk-reward whereby investors seek to achieve a balance. She discussed the impact of the oil price on investment decision and financing, then argued that government policies can compensate for changes in the oil price: for instance, during periods of low oil prices an increase in investment is noted in countries where governments modified their fiscal terms favorably towards investors. Dr Nakhle’s talk was followed by presentations from Iranian officials including: Dr Amirhosseein Zamani Nia, Deputy Oil Minister, and Mr Mehdi Husseini, Head of the Oil Contracts Committee.
Elsewhere, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell convenes experts, practitioners, and policymakers for Women and Foreign Policy at the George Washington University. The event, held in cooperation with the George Washington University Global Women’s Institute, focuses on women’s access to energy and women’s representation in the energy sector.
The Windsor Energy Group (WEG), a sister organisation to WIE, is organising a review of current developments in the countries of the Maghreb. Among the experts taking part will be Lady Olga Maitland, head of the Algerian British Business Council; and Francis Ghiles, a former Maghreb correspondent for the FT now working in a Mediterranean research institute in Barcelona. The review will be hosted by Herbert Smith at their City offices on June 20 at 2pm. If you wish to attend, please confirm to Ms. Bdour Sbeih, at [email protected]