Short Biographies of Speakers
Yousif Al Ali
Executive Director, Masdar Clean Energy
In his capacity as the Executive Director of Masdar Clean Energy, Yousif Al Ali brings over 15 years of experience in the renewable and petrochemical industries.
He is responsible for Masdar Clean Energy’s strategic growth and performance excellence in areas of investment, green field development and operations for large-scale renewable energy projects. He is also responsible for Energy Services, a team offering full turn-key supply and demand side energy management solutions to clients through energy performance contracting and operations and maintenance services.
In addition to his role in Masdar, Mr. Al Ali serves as the Chairman of Shams Power Company, a joint venture between Masdar (80%) and Total (20%) managing the operational activities of the 100MW Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant and Chairman of WBEG TESLA Wind BV. In addition he sits on the boards of Torresol Energy Investments S.A, Jordan Wind Power Company (JWPC), Krnovo Green Energy (KGE), Shuaa Energy 2 PSC and Baynouna Solar Energy PSC.
Mr. Al Ali joined Masdar in early 2007, and was later seconded as a project manager Torresol Energy in Spain, to support the delivery of three CSP plants: Gemasolar, Valle 1 and Valle 2, which have a total combined capacity of 120MW. He was then seconded to Shams Power Company, and led the successful delivery of the 100MW CSP plant from origination to operations. He also served as Director of Business Growth with the Clean Energy division where he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the bidding team, before being appointed its Acting Executive Director.
Prior to joining Masdar, Mr. Al Ali held the position of Plant Engineer at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC),
Mr. Al Ali holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the IE Business School in Madrid, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UAE University and is also a Certified Project Management Professional.
Secretary General, Higher Committee for Hydrocarbon Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Majid Al-Moneef is the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee on Hydrocarbons of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Chairman of the International Advisory Committee of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) He was the Secretary Generl of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Economic Council and Saudi Arabia’s Governor to OPEC. He was a member of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco Board of Directors, president of the Saudi Economic Association, and a vice dean and professor of economics at King Saud University.
Fatima AlFoora AlShamsi
Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry
Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy Affairs in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Industry. A passionate, futuristic and strategic thinker leader with a long track record of successfully senior management role with a rich background ranging from electrical engineering, renewables, Water, Business Development and project management. Fatima is educated to a very high level, she graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with an honors degree of BS in electronics engineering, add to that she holds an honors degree MBA in Financial Management, She is member of the UAE Board of Climate Change& Environment, member of UAE SDG’s committee, Head of the Emirates National Grid planning and operation committee. She succeeded to lead the team developing UAE energy strategy 2050, the UAE water security strategy 2050, is leading all activity related to energy security & future of energy, energy and water productivity, electricity& energy market, power and water regulations & supervision, in the Ministry of Energy and Industry.
Director, Studies and Research at DERASAT
Omar Al-Ubaydli is the Director of Research at Derasat, Bahrain, an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. His research interests include political economy, experimental economics, and the economics of the GCC countries. Al-Ubaydli previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He regularly publishes his research in international peer-reviewed academic journals, and his mainstream media articles appear in Arabic and English-language newspapers and blogs such as AlHayat, The National, Forbes Opinion, and US News. Al-Ubaydli earned his BA in economics from the University of Cambridge, and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Adnan Z. Amin
Senior Fellow Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Adnan Z. Amin is the first Director-General of the International Renewable Energy
Agency (IRENA), and was granted the honorary title of Director-General Emeritus by the 2019 IRENA Assembly, at the conclusion of his tenure in recognition of his leadership and outstanding service to the Agency.
Appointed for an initial four-year term in 2011, Mr. Amin was re-appointed unanimously by the Assembly for a second term in 2015. During his tenure, IRENA became the authoritative voice of renewable energy and a leading player in the global energy transition. The Agency’s membership increased three-fold and now accounts for 160 Members and 24 countries in the process of accession, a remarkable achievement in the annals of multilateralism.
Mr. Amin oversaw the development of IRENA’s operations and programmatic work, directing the growth of the Agency’s knowledge framework, country support and regional engagement. At his proposal, the Assembly adopted the promotion of the business case of renewable energy as the Agency’s first strategic priority. IRENA’s efforts played a key role in showcasing the centrality of renewables to powering sustainable economic growth, creating jobs while meeting climate and sustainable development objectives, thus contributing to the adoption of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 in 2015.
Mr. Amin also propelled IRENA on the global stage. Today, the Agency is a regular contributor to, and a sought-after partner for, global and multilateral Organizations such as the United Nations, G7 and G20, as well as international forums such as the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and The Suzhou International Forum on Energy Transitions, among others.
During his tenure, IRENA actively engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including parliamentarians, the private sector and civil society to create an inclusive global platform for cooperation. At his initiative, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation was established in 2018, and delivered in 2019 a groundbreaking report which outlines the implications of a large-scale shift to renewable energy on the global energy system, economies and relations within and between countries.
Before his tenure at IRENA, Mr. Amin enjoined a distinguished career serving the United
Nations. He served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination
(CEB) Secretariat, the UN Secretary-General’s policy coordination body comprising the
Executive Heads of the UN System. Mr. Amin also led the Secretariat for the UN Secretary-
General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence, which resulted in an ambitious
reform programme implemented under the framework of “One UN” and “Delivering as One”.
Mr. Amin was also the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP)
New York Office and Special Representative of the UNEP Executive Director. He has also
been a Trustee and Member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge, UK-based World
Conservation Monitoring Centre, considered one of the premier biodiversity information
institutions in the world.
- Chair, Global Council on Sustainable Development Goal 7, as part of UAE initiative
to support the implementation of the SDG’s – Agenda 2030.
- Member of the Board of Trustees, International Green Technology Investment
- Distinguished Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Washington DC. USA.
- Member OECD High Level Advisory Group on Aligning Development Cooperation
with the Goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, Paris.
- Member of the Stanford University Global Energy Council, California, USA.
- Member, Global Commission to end Energy Poverty, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.
- Member, Jury of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- Member of the International Advisory Committee, Global Energy Prize. Moscow.
Mr. Amin has received the following Honours/Awards:
Astana Medal conferred by H.E. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev,
Kenyan National Honour - Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) bestowed by H.E. President
of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, December 2018.
UAE National Honour - The Order of Zayed II; First Class, bestowed by the President H.H.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates, March 2019.
-Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Renewable Energy, The Abdullah bin
Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award, May 2016.
- Honorary Professor of Practice, University of Sussex Business School, April 2019.
Deputy Dubai Bureau Chief Energy Intelligence
Amena Bakr is Deputy Dubai Burau Chief, as well as an award-winning correspondent for Energy Intelligence.
Amena covers energy and politics related to Saudi Arabia and other Opec countries. Prior to that, Amena was an energy correspondent for Reuters news agency for six years, posted in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh.
Leveraging a decade of experience in the Mideast Gulf, Mrs Bakr is currently part of the team that monitors and reports on Opec for Energy Intelligence’s 15 Publications.
In 2017, Amena has been rated 13th on business information website Marketwatch’s ranking of the top Twitter accounts for investors to follow. The influential website praised Amena for her coverage of Opec, noting that "if there is an Opec meeting going on, she’s all over it.“
Mrs Bakr holds a BA in Business Administration from Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Egypt with a major in Management Information Systems.
Senior Economist, OECD
Michel Berthélemy is a Nuclear Energy Analyst at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) where he leads international projects on the economics of nuclear, including Gen-III costs reduction opportunities, SMR, Gen-IV and fuel cycle related issues. Prior to joining NEA in 2019, he was in charge since 2015 of nuclear energy economics studies at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). Mr Berthélemy graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2013 with a Ph.D. in energy economics.
President, International Association for Energy Economics
Christophe Bonnery is President of the International Association for Energy Economics, IAEE (www.iaee.org) . He is Vice President, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company. He is also President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009.
He created in 2012 the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers. He created the Marcel Boiteux Award in 2011, which recognizes the best French book on energy economics (https://www.faee.fr/en/51-5GHf.html) every year.
Recently he was Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders: Governments, industries, consumers, researchers. In this position, he developed an influencing expert network in various countries.
He was previously Vice President, Economic & Prospective Studies, AREVA. In this role, he headed a team of Senior Energy experts in charge of electricity markets, competitiveness assessments and all primary energies analyses.
He also serves as Project Manager for a program aiming to define potential synergies between nuclear and oil industries for heavy oil production.
He is member of the French Association of Petroleum Technicians/ Economic Section and of French Gas Association. He was also member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Energy & Geopolitics Studies (Paris-Dauphine University).
Mr. Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.
His former affiliations include: Head of the Economics Department, NUSYS consulting company, Paris, France; Commercial Director, International Division, SGN, Paris, France; Project-consultant, Shell, Paris, France; Research Assistant, Economic and Industrial Research Division, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
He participated and organized more than 250 conferences and policymakers ’advisor contributing to national energy policies on resources assessments, power generation technologies, energy demand modelling, energy and poverty, market designs, energy tariffs, regulation, etc…
Christophe Bonnery has been awarded the Knighthood of the National Order of Merit.
Director of Technology Strategy & Planning, Saudi Aramco
Bashir is the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco. He was the Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), an independent energy economics and policy think tank in Riyadh, from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research & Development Center. Bashir has received 22 US patents and co-authored many publications in refereed journals including one that has been cited 4500 times. He was a member of the Global Future Councils on Advanced Materials and Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum. Bashir is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award (King Prize) honoring inventors and the gifted, and is a member of the Board of Research Products Development Company, the operating arm of the Saudi Arabia Advanced Research Alliance. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at the Oxford University Said Business School.
Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Professor, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Dr. Bassam Fattouh is Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He specialises in international oil pricing systems, OPEC pricing power, security of Middle Eastern oil supplies, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials.
He is widely published on oil and gas topics and his publications have appeared in academic and professional journals.
Dr. Fattouh served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF.
He also acts as an adviser to governments and industry, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Professor of Practice, Khalifa University
Dr. Steven Griffiths is Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of Practice at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. At Khalifa University, his responsibilities include development and implementation of the university’s research strategy, management of the university’s research institutes and centers and management of the departments that are accountable for research partnerships, research services, technology management and innovation, research computing and research laboratories.
Outside of Khalifa University, Dr. Griffiths is advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee member, a member of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and a member of the Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence Experts Working Group. He advised the government of Alberta, Canada on provincial innovation system structuring throughout 2014 and continues to support the global advancement of research and innovation via evaluator and mentor roles in regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs.
Dr. Griffiths is Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews as well as Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Springer’s international journal Energy Transitions. He further is a non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, which is a leading Institute focused on energy, natural resource and environmental policy. In addition to these roles, Dr. Griffiths serves as advisor to journals and magazines focused on energy systems and technology innovation while regularly providing insights and commentary on innovation, energy policy and energy strategy for regional and international publications.
Prior to his position at KU, Dr. Griffiths was Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Dr. Griffiths transitioned to the Masdar Institute from his role as Executive Director of the Technology and Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is a position he undertook while simultaneously serving as the Founding Executive Vice President and Chief Technologist of Light Pharma Incorporated.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Chief Technologist, Carbon Management Research Division, Saudi Aramco
Dr. Aqil Jamal is the Chief Technologist leading the Carbon Management Research Division of Saudi Aramco’s R&D Center in Dhahran. Dr. Jamal is responsible for directing research in Carbon Capture and Utilization, Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Dr. Jamal holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and did his post-doc research with National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), U.S. DOE, in Pittsburgh PA. Dr. Jamal has over 30 years of experience in multiple research fields related to Oil and Gas industry including gas processing, hydrogen production technologies, renewables and CO2 capture and utilization.
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board Member of Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy
Marianne Kah is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Member of the Advisory Board at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. She is also an Independent Director of PGS and ATI. She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and was the company’s expert in scenario planning.
Prior to ConocoPhillips, Ms. Kah was the Manager of Corporate Planning at Cabot Corporation and a Senior Analyst in the Policy Development Group of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation. Prior to that she was a Policy Analyst at the Energy and Minerals Division of the GAO where she led various energy policy studies for the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and House Fossil and Synthetic Fuels Subcommittee.
She has been a frequent presenter and panelist at international energy forums and conferences and has participated in U.S. energy policy studies, including those by the National Petroleum Council and the BiPartisan Policy Center.
She is the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and is co-chairing the Energy Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics. She has also chaired the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics.
Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. He is also director of the Master of Energy Economics Program and supervises Ph.D. students. Medlock holds adjunct appointments in the departments of Economics and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is chair of the Energy and Environment Initiative’s faculty advisory board. He is a principal developer of the Rice World Gas Trade Model, and has published numerous scholarly articles on global energy issues. Medlock is a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan; a fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center; and a member of the advisory board of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines.
Medlock has testified multiple times on Capitol Hill on U.S. oil and natural gas exports and geopolitics, has spoken at OPEC, and is frequently asked to speak at venues around the world. He is a past vice president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. In 2001, he won (with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Best Paper of the Year in Energy Journal Award. In 2011, he received USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award, and in 2013, he accepted the organization’s Adelman-Frankel Award on behalf of the Center for Energy Studies. In 2012, Medlock received the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is a member of the American Economic Association and an academic member of the National Petroleum Council. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice.
CEO of Qamar Energy
Robin, CEO of Qamar Energy (Dubai) and non-resident fellow at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, is an expert on Middle East energy strategy and economics, described by Foreign Policy as "one of the energy world's great minds". He is the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis and Capturing Carbon, columnist on energy and environmental issues for Bloomberg and The National, and comments widely on energy issues in the media, including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, CNN, BBC, Sky News and others. He worked for a decade for Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East, followed by six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company. He holds a first-class degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks five languages including Farsi and Arabic.
Alan E. Nelson
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Alan E. Nelson is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) where as a member of The Executive Office he is responsible for leading the Company’s Innovation strategy, Digital and Artificial Intelligence development and deployment, and Corporate Sustainability across the ADNOC group of companies.
Prior to joining ADNOC, Alan was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive of New Markets for Johnson Matthey plc. As CTO he was responsible for establishing the Company’s innovation portfolio, leading corporate sustainability and directing global research efforts to develop market-facing solutions. Alan was also an integral member of the Executive Committee, providing leadership to define the Company’s strategic direction, development and future growth.
Prior to joining Johnson Matthey, Alan served as Global Engineering Director for semiconductor technologies for The Dow Chemical Company. He also previously served as Global R&D Director for Performance Monomers, Plastics Additives, Dow Energy Materials and Engineering and Process Sciences in Corporate Research and Development. In these roles Alan is credited with driving new product and process innovation in a number of key market segments including electronic materials, lithium ion batteries, oil and gas, water solutions, transportation, chemicals and petrochemicals, and agriculture chemicals.
Prior to Dow, Alan was an Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Alberta. He received his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota Duluth.
Alan has served on the Board of Directors for The Faraday Institution, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), and Primet Precision Materials. He is a Fellow of AIChE and IChemE, a licensed professional engineer (Canada) and a Chartered Engineer (United Kingdom).
Chief Economist, Economics & Competitive Intelligence, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Edmund Rawle sits in the Executive Office and leads ADNOC’s Economics department. He is responsible for advising the Group CEO on the threats and opportunities posed by the external environment. He leads a team of economists who are responsible for developing ADNOC’s long-term energy outlook and deriving price assumptions to be used in business planning and project evaluation.
Edmund has spent his career working as a professional economist across energy, metals and financial markets. He specialises in developing analytical capability – building out teams and quantitative systems to help senior management and clients better understand the risks facing their businesses.
Before joining ADNOC, Edmund spent a decade at Wood Mackenzie where he was Chief Economist and Global Head of Oil Research. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, he headed CRU's Econometrics team in London, responsible for developing price forecasting models for base metals and steel.
Before moving into commodities, Ed held Senior Economist positions at HM Treasury and the UK Debt Management Office, where he briefed former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Ed also served as an Economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, and the Home Office in London.
Edmund holds a Masters degree in Economics from Southampton University, and a Bachelors in Economics from The University of Birmingham where he focused on macroeconomic forecasting and econometric modelling. Edmund is also an Alumnus of the London School of Economics.
Acting Senior Vice President Business Development for Hydrogen within Engie Middle East, South Central Asia and Turkey
Damien Sage is acting Senior Vice President Business Development for Hydrogen within Engie Middle East, South Central Asia and Turkey. He is also for several years Senior Asset Manager dealing with Engie’s power and water plants portfolio in the GCC region (31GW of power, 5,5 million m3/day of water, 27 assets in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA, Oman, Pakistan) and board director in 4 of these assets.
Damien first worked on Hydrogen in 1995 for EU Ariane space rocket engines and since then he is a strong hydrogen believer. In 2014, he integrated Engie’s strategic thinking group on hydrogen to convince top management on interest to put hydrogen as a core pillar of the new strategy of the company. Damien is convinced that hydrogen is the missing link of the energy revolution and work hard to develop green hydrogen in the GCC region with vision that it could be the next energy carrier for exportation. He created and administrates a LinkedIn Group on Hydrogen as well.
Before arriving in the GCC, Damien worked within Engie in France for 8 years as business development team manager of renewable energy (onshore and offshore wind, solar, anaerobic digestion, geothermal energy and for sure hydrogen).
Damien Sage was previously entrepreneur in Poland on ecotourism, energy efficiency and green building. He started his career as a consultant in project management, innovation and knowledge management in France after being engineer graduated from a French ‘Grande Ecole’.
Damien with 22 years of experience is particularly recognized as an out-of-the-box thinker. Damien has one goal: to embody the positive change that he wants to see in the world for the respect of our mother earth.
Full profile available on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damiensage/
Personal LinkedIn Group on Hydrogen: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10450946/
President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Adam Sieminski is the president of KAPSARC, an independent, non-profit, research think tank located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. KAPSARC’s mission is to advance the understanding of energy, economics, and the environment, while acting as a catalyst for dialogue on issues of importance to policy makers and the public.
Prior to his KAPSARC appointment, Mr. Sieminski held the James Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security, regional studies, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration
From June 2012 to January 2017, Mr. Sieminski served as the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical division of the U.S. Department of Energy. In early 2012, while awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation for the EIA appointment, was the senior director for energy and environment on the international economics staff of the U.S. National Security Council at the White House.
From 1998 until 2012, Mr. Sieminski held various roles at Deutsche Bank, including senior equities analyst covering the U.S. integrated oil companies, oil equities strategist, and chief energy economist. Working with the bank's global research and trading units, he drew on extensive industry, government, and academic sources to analyze energy market trends and write on a variety of topics involving energy businesses, energy companies, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.
Adnan A. Shihab-Eldin
Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
Dr. Shihab-Eldin is the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. He has held several leadership positions at international institutions, including the Acting Secretary General of OPEC and Director positions at both the IAEA and UNESCO. He also served as Director General of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and as the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University. Dr. Shihab-Eldin serves as a board member of numerous public and private organizations, companies and foundations. He has published extensive research papers, book chapters and articles in the fields of energy, nuclear science, and socioeconomic development, and is often invited to speak at international meetings on these topics. Dr. Shihab-Eldin received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received many prestigious awards, including the 2017 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award.
Chairman and CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ); Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Masakazu Toyoda has been Chairman and CEO since 2010 at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) which has been ranked among Top-3 energy and resource policy think tanks for five consecutive years, in Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports by University of Pennsylvania.
In addition, as a member of Strategic Policy Committee of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, he contributed compiling the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan which was approved by the Cabinet in July 2018.
Making good use of these experiences, he lectures about Energy Study as an Adjunctive Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.
He also serves as an international advisor to a number of institutions such as the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Accenture, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research Center (PICHTR), and the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI).
Prior to joining IEEJ, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan where he held prominent positions namely Vice-Minister for International Affairs.
Yukari Niwa Yamashita
Board Member, Director, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
President-Elect, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
Yukari Niwa Yamashita is a Board Member for the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) and Director in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center. She is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy policy issues. In the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear incident, her team’s analyses and recommendations contributed greatly to the electricity saving campaign and debate regarding a national energy mix for Japan. Annual IEEJ's Outlook is globally recognized for its timely analyses and pragmatic approach towards climate change. She has been serving as a member of various government councils and committees in the fields of energy and science & technologies. She has been leading miscellaneous international and regional programs in the area of energy cooperation through IEA, APEC, ERIA and IPEEC. She is an independent director, a board member of a Japanese oil company and a visiting professor at Kyushu University. She currently serves as President-elect of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and is Japan’s ambassador for Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E).