Market Developments and Geopolitics

picture1Dr Carole Nakhle, Director of Crystol Energy, will be speaking on market developments and geopolitics at the “How Energy Markets and Geopolitics Are Impacting the Middle East” conference organized by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and Natural Resource Governance Institute.

As oil and gas prices have decreased in recent years, the Middle East has also been mired with conflict and poor economic performance. The conference aims to reflect on these recent developments in order to examine policy options. To this end, the meeting will address the following sets of questions:

  • What are the implications of OPEC’s meeting which will be held on 30 November? Is OPEC’s strategy currently being driven by market realities or political rivalries? How are oil companies coping with these developments?
  • How have the changes in the oil market impacted the fiscal resources of the oil producing countries? What are the political implications given that many of the countries are built on patronage system?
  • What are the prospects for economic reforms? Do lower oil and gas prices provide incentives for economic diversification?

In light of these questions, the conference will also highlight the current energy situations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Saudi Arabia.

AGENDA

8:30–9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00–9:30

 

Introduction & Keynote

SPEAKERS

Lene Natasha Lind

Ambassador, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Lebanon

Mohammad Kabbani

Head of the Public Works, Transportation, Energy and Water Committee, Lebanese Parliament, Lebanon

Sami Atallah

Executive Director, LCPS, Lebanon

9:30-11:00

 

Market Developments and Geopolitics 

SPEAKERS

Carole Nakhle

Director, Crystol Energy, United Kingdom and LCPS Research Fellow, Lebanon

Walid Khadduri

Consultant, Middle East Economic Survey, Lebanon

Robin Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Qamar Energy, United Arab Emirates

MODERATOR

Bassem El-Shabb

Member, Lebanese Parliament, Lebanon

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
 

11:30-13:00

 

Economic Reforms and Diversification Efforts

SPEAKERS

Hoda Selim

Senior Economist, Dubai Economic Council, United Arab Emirates

Zeina Hasna

Consultant, World Bank and LCPS Research Associate, Lebanon

Peter Mousley (TBC)

Program Leader, Mashreq Region, World Bank, Lebanon

MODERATOR

Marwan Kheireddine

Former Minister of State, Chairman of El-Mawarid Bank, and LCPS Board member, Lebanon

13:00-14:00 Lunch
 

14:00-16:30

 

Country Perspectives: A Panel Discussion

SPEAKERS

Yusser Al-Gayed

Deputy Director, MENA, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Libya

Ben Lando

Founder & Editor in Chief, Iraq Oil Report, Iraq

Robin Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Qamar Energy, United Arab Emirates

Carole Nakhle

Director, Crystol Energy, United Kingdom and LCPS Research Fellow, Lebanon

Wissam Zahabi

Chairman of the Board, Lebanese Petroleum Administration, Lebanon

MODERATOR

Sami Atallah

Executive Director, LCPS, Lebanon

The event will take place on December 2, 2016 at Mövenpick Hotel, Beirut.

If you would like to attend, reply by November 29, 2016 by calling LCPS at +961 1 799301/2 or by email to: info@lcps-lebanon.org