Special issue


Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to economies, industries and individuals around the world. AccessWIE is pursuing a new initiative to showcase the experience of its members across the energy industry worldwide, in dealing with the crisis. Despite the common challenge, the stories highlight different perspectives, circumstances and outlook. We hope you enjoy this colourful tour du monde of experiences.

Dr Victoria Nalule

Research Fellow, CEPMLP, University of Dundee

Dundee, United Kingdom

“Life can throw at us lemons (such as this COVID-19 Pandemic), but it is up to us to make lemonade out of these bitter lemons! It has been a difficult period, but I have tried as much as possible to stay positive and productive.”

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Laury Haytayan

MENA Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)

Beirut, Lebanon

“Good management of the oil and gas sector is a tough job and advising governments and oversight bodies is tough too. So, I wanted to keep the resemblance, therefore I decided that whatever I’m cooking should be tough cooking and I started with stuffed vine leaves with lamp chops- Lebanese specialty from the North of Lebanon. And why from the North because the first exploratory drilling was supposed to happen on the northern part of Lebanon so I wanted to commemorate that with a menu from the North!!”

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Lord Howell of Guildford

Former Secretary of State for Energy, UK

London, United Kingdom

“It has definitely changed work patterns, behaviour patterns, think patterns, demanding life resets and work resets all round. There is a slight sense of madness in the air and in public affairs and discussion. Politics and systems of governance definitely changing, as is the philosophy behind our past arrangements. ‘Democracy’ has to be redefined. But maybe this was all coming anyway, with on-going digital revolution, and Covid has just accelerated it.”

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Ieda Gomes

Independent Director

Isle of Man, United Kingdom

“I am taking this opportunity to attend webinars and online courses, which allow me to enhance my knowledge on business, politics and science. Technology is changing the way events are organised. In my free time I am also discovering the amazing nature and history of the Isle of Man and putting my green finger into action, growing flowers and vegetables in a very small space. My cats are also enjoying all the attention.”

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