Past event

Conference

Middle East and North Africa Energy

The Dynamics of Power, Leadership and Production

26 Jan 2015 - 09:00 to 27 Jan 2015 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

Overview

The Middle East and North Africa is experiencing a period of sustained challenge to its stability and to its position as the primary global energy supplier. Territorial and political uncertainties continue to affect the region at the same time as the world’s energy landscape appears to be moving away from traditional hegemonies.

This conference will deliver expert insight into the political, social and market developments affecting the region’s policy-makers and oil and gas producers, including discussions on:

  • Power, leadership and security across the MENA region
  • Global oil and gas production and emerging market dynamics
  • Meeting rising domestic energy demand and implications for the regions exporters
  • Political developments and upstream  investment opportunities

The Chatham House Rule 
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Suggested hashtag: #CHMenaEnergy

Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2782. 

                      FULL RATE
EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates
All organizations£625£750
Corporate member rates
Commercial organizations£1,360£1,632
Government departments£795£954
NGOs and academics£525£630
Standard rates
Commercial organizations£1,495£1,794 
Government departments£895£1,074
NGOs and academics£580£696

DAY ONE
Monday 26 January
09:00 

Overview Session
Politics, Power and Security
09:00-10:15 

Chair's Opening Remarks
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
  • How are the crisis in Iraq and the ongoing civil war in Syria reshaping political alliances regionally and globally? What is the impact of the growth of IS on the oil sector in the Middle East?
  • What are the risks that targeted attacks on the region’s oil and gas infrastructure could lead to major disruptions with global impact?
  • Can relations between Iran and the West improve enough for Iran’s oil and gas sector to regain momentum? 
  • Will the changing role of the US in the Middle East create an opening for China, particularly in Iran? What would this do to the balance of energy power in the region?
  • How will citizens’ higher expectations affect the MENA region’s longer-term political stability?

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

Speakers
Dr Ghanim Al-Jumaily, Ambassador of Iraq to Saudi Arabia

Dr Valérie Marcel, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House 

Dr Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour*, Adviser to Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs on Strategic Issues, (Head of Policy Planning)

Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Professor F Gregory Gause, Head of the International Affairs Department Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University 

Questions and Discussion

Refreshments

UK Ministerial Address
Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Session One 
Oil and Gas Markets
11:15-14:30

  • How is the Asia-Gulf energy relationship expected to develop? Are the regions already becoming interdependent?
  • How would the Gulf respond to permanently lower oil prices? How are oil prices likely to be affected by demand from non-OECD countries?
  • How will the Middle East’s growing domestic market for gas affect the global gas trade?
  • How would greater emphasis on capital discipline affect upstream investment in the MENA region? Is the mix between international oil companies and national oil companies operating in the region likely to change?
  • In light of regional and international developments, what are the prospects for future cooperation on developing Iran’s oil and gas sector?

Chair
Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

In conversation with
HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
Questions and discussion 

Speakers
Ian MacDonald, Vice President, Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration & Production

Seth Kleinman, Global Head of Energy Strategy, Citi

Robert McNally, President, Rapidan Group

Questions and discussion

13:00– 14:00   Lunch

Keynote Address
HE Dr Ali Majedi, Ambassador to Germany, Islamic Republic of Iran, and Deputy Oil Minister of International Affairs (2013-14)

Questions and discussion

Session Two 
Iraq: Political and Upstream Developments
14:30-15:45

  • What is the outlook for Iraq’s oil sector? How are current security challenges affecting Iraq’s energy ambitions?
  • What are the prospects for oil and gas exports from Kurdistan, either as a part of Federal Iraq, or as an independent or semi-autonomous region?

Chair
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman, Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd

Speakers
HE Adnan Al Janabi MP, Chairman of Oil and Energy Committee, Iraqi Council of Representations

Majid Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum

Patrick Osgood, Kurdistan Bureau Chief, Iraq Oil Report

Questions and discussion

Refreshments

Session Three
Leadership Dynamics in the Gulf
16:15-17:30

  • What are the options for Saudi Arabia to deal with the impact of the falling oil price?
  • How might strategic priorities be affected by potential leadership changes in the region?
  • If the P5+1 negotiations ultimately succeed, what would the return of Iran to the international economic fold do to power balances in the Gulf?
  • How can governments in the Gulf respond to the changing needs of citizens? Can policy-makers deliver greater economic diversification to boost productivity and create jobs?

Chair
Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow and Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Program, The Washington Institute

Speakers 
Dr Abdullah Ibrahim El-Kuwaiz, Deputy Finance Minister, Saudi Arabia (1995-97)

Professor Ali Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, University of St Andrews

Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Questions and Discussion

17:30 End of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House

DAY TWO
Tuesday 27 January
9:30

Session Four
Domestic Energy Demand
09:30 - 10:45

  • What are the opportunities for reducing growth trends in Saudi domestic consumption? Can efficiency gains prevent the crowding out of oil exports?
  • To what extent will rising domestic demand affect export capacity? How sustainable are policies intended to meet domestic demand without reducing export capacity?
  • How is domestic energy pricing being reformed across the region? 

Chair
Laura El-Katiri, Research Fellow , Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Speakers
Dr Axel Pierru, Program Director, Economic Modelling and Analytics, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Bruce Smith, Advisor, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company

Questions and discussion

Refreshments

Session Five 
North African Opportunities
11:15-13:15 

  • How will the political transition in Tunisia affect its future as an energy producer? 
  • What is the potential for Algeria’s hydrocarbon sector and where are the in investment opportunities?
  • What political and economic steps does Egypt need to take to reform its energy sector?
  • Will Libya address the uncertainty over control of its energy assets?
  • Can the challenges for implementing major exploration and development of North African shale oil and gas potential be overcome?

Chair
Jon Marks, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Ministerial Address
HE Dr Kamel Bennaceur, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, Tunisia 

Speakers
Ali Hached, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy,  Algeria 

Dr H A Hellyer, Nonresident Fellow, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute, and Centre for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

John Hamilton, Director, Cross-border Information

Boubaker Lemkecher, Founder, BL Consult+

Aloulou Faouzi, Project Manager, World Shale Oil and Gas Resource Assessments and Activities, US Energy Information Administration

13:15 End of conference and lunch

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* In Principle

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Dr Ghanim Al-Jumaily

Ambassador of Iraq to Saudi Arabia

Professor Ali Ansari

Professor of Iranian History, University of St Andrews

Laura El-Katiri

Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Dr Abdullah Ibrahim El-Kuwaiz

Deputy Finance Minister, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1995-97)

Aloulou Faouzi

Project Manager, World Shale Oil and Gas Resource Assessments and Activities, US Energy Information Administration

Professor F Gregory Gause

Head of the International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Sir Jeremy Greenstock

Chairman, Lambert Energy Advisory

Ali Hached

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Algeria

John Hamilton to speak at the MENA Energy 2016 conference

John Hamilton

Director, Cross-border Information

Dr H A Hellyer

Nonresident Fellow, International Security Studies, Royal United Services and Institute Centre for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

Simon Henderson

Baker Fellow and Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Program, The Washington Institute

Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum

HE Adnan Al Janabi MP

Chairman of Oil and Energy Committee, Iraqi Council of Representatives

Jane Kinninmont

Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Seth Kleinman

Global Head of Energy Strategy, Citi

Glada Lahn

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Boubaker Lemkecher

Founder, BL Consult+

Ian MacDonald

Vice President, Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration & Production

Dr Valérie Marcel

Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Jon Marks

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Robert McNally

President, Rapidan Group

Patrick Osgood

Kurdistan Bureau Chief, Iraq Oil Report

Dr Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour*

Adviser to Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs on Strategic Issues (Head of Policy Planning)

Dr Axel Pierru

Senior Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

Bruce Smith

Advisor, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company

Professor Paul Stevens

Professor Paul Stevens

Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

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This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government, NGO's and academic institutions.

Our previous MENA energy conferences saw delegates from companies and institutions such as:

Accenture
Allen & Overy
Aramco
Badwa Partners
Barclays Capital
BG Group
BMCE Bank International plc
BP plc
Cairn Energy plc
Centre for Global Energy Studies
Centrica plc
Chevron Ltd
Citigroup Global Markets Ltd
Clifford Chance LLP
Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Control Risks
Crescent Petroleum International Ltd
Dana Petroleum
Deloitte
Delonex Energy
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Deutsche Bank
DLA Piper
DNO International ASA
Dun and Bradstreet (D&B)
Energy Charter Secretariat
Energy Industries Council
Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. (EPRINC)
Eni S.p.A
E.ON Global Commodities SE
Ernst & Young
European External Action Service
ExxonMobil International Ltd
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Frontier Resource Group
FTI Consulting Ltd
GDF Suez
Genel Energy
General Electric Int Operations Co
Global CCS Institute
Goldman Sachs International
GPW
Gulf Keystone Petroleum UK Ltd
Heritage Oil and Gas
Hess Ltd
HKN Energy
HSBC Holdings plc
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Institute of Energy for South East Europe
Intsok
Iraq Energy Institute
JETRO
JOGMEC London
Kanda Petrogas Legal Consultancy
KPMG LLP
Kuwait Petroleum Cooperation
Linklaters
London School of Economics
Maersk Oil & Gas
Marathon Oil Corporation
Mayer Brown
McKinsey & Company
Medley Global Advisors LLC (MGA)
Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) plc
Mitsui & Co Europe plc
Montrose Associates
Morgan Stanley
Nexen Petroleum Uk Ltd
Olayan Europe Ltd
OPEC Fund for International Development
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)
Petra Energia SA
Petroceltic International plc
Petrofac Group
Petronas Iraq Holding
Polish Oil and Gas Company
POGC Libya BV
Poyry Energy Consulting
Premier Oil plc
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Repsol YPF
Rolls-Royce plc
Royal Dutch Shell
RPS Energy
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd
Standard Chartered Bank
Statoil ASA
Total SA
Toyota Motor Europe
Tullow Oil plc
UCL Energy Institute
UK Energy Industry Council
Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia
Vitol
Warburg Pincus International LLC
WorleyParsons Europe

Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

[email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7957 5729
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764


Directions

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1J 7BH
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single from £199 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1Y 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £205 + VAT

To book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
London
SW1A 1NJ
Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121
Standard Single £230 +VAT

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