Can Climate Change Policies and Hydrocarbons Live Together in the Middle East and North Africa?

17 September 2015, Beirut

At this year’s G7 summit, world leaders signaled the end of the fossil fuel era that has been driving world economies since the Industrial Revolution, and hinted at harder targets for the December Paris meeting on climate change. These new targets and shifts in energy policies will have important implications for Middle East and North Africa oil and gas producers.

The Carnegie Middle East Center, in association with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, will bring together a panel of international and regional energy experts to discuss whether the Middle East and North Africa can be a major oil- and gas-producing (and consuming) region, while also committing to reducing carbon emissions.



2:00 to 2:10 p.m. – Welcoming and Opening Remarks

  • Carole Nakhle, Director, Crystol Energy, United Kingdom

2:10 to 3:45 p.m. – Energy Policies in the Middle East and North Africa: Where Does the Climate Agenda Fit?

  • Moderator: Carole Nakhle, Director, Crystol Energy, United Kingdom

Hydrocarbons vs Greens: the Middle East and the battle for energy’s future – the view from Europe

  • Lord Howell of Guildford, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Crystol Energy, United Kingdom

Energy polices in the MENA region and the role of the COP process in shaping them

  • Roula Majdalani, director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, UN-ESCWA, Lebanon

Climate change in the MENA region; Challenges for the hydrocarbon industry

  • Radia Sedaoui, energy expert and senior adviser of strategy and economy, Sonatrach, Algeria

3:45 to 4:00 p.m. – Coffee Break

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. – Can the Arab World Speak With One Voice at the Climate Change Negotiation Table?

  • Moderator: Sami Atallah, executive director, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon

Aligning Policy and Finance: Emerging financial models to promote clean energy

  • Wassim C. Bou-Ghanem, adviser, Saudi Ministry of Economy and vice president, Energy and Environment, Lebanon

Outlook for a power generation fuel transition in the MENA region

  • Toufic Mezher, professor of engineering systems and management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

On the Road to Paris: Are Arab countries on the same side?

  • Lea Kai Abou Jaoude, project officer, United Nation Development Program’s Climate Change Unit, Lebanon


  • Ricardo Khoury, managing partner and head of the Environmental Services Division, Environmental Services Division at Earth Link & Advanced Resources Development, United Arab Emirates

The event will be held in English, with simultaneous Arabic interpretation.


Register to attend

Space is limited, so only those registered can be guaranteed entrance. For those unable to attend the event in Beirut, it will be livestreamed here.