Experts

Ziba Norman – (FRSA) is Director and Founder of The Transatlantic and Caucasus Studies Institute, a London based educational charity (www.thetransatlanticinstitute.org.). She was educated at the University of California San Diego, where she obtained a BA in English literature, followed by two years as a doctoral student and lecturer. She later trained as a lawyer and worked in the City of London. Now resident in the United Kingdom, Ms Norman is a trustee of the Forum for European Philosophy, a member of the editorial board of Prospect Magazine, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has also lived and worked in France, Germany and Switzerland. She is a regular expert commentator on foreign affairs and political issues in broadcast and print media. Her articles have been published in, amongst others, the International Herald Tribune, The Observer,Prospect Magazine, El Diario Exterior, and the RSA Journal, with her analysis being regularly translated into some ten languages, including Farsi, Russian, Turkish and Polish.

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Andrej Tibold – the Eurasia Energy Observer (EEO) was founded in 2009 as a standardised business intelligence newsletter by Andrej Tibold, who served as its editor-in-chief. The focus of the newsletter lay primarily with Eurasia’s upstream and midstream hydrocarbon industries. He has a background as a freelance correspondent and editor, and holds a Masterʼs degree in East European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He works from Berlin. The EEO currently does not provide standardised products, but does offer media, research, analysis and advisory services on Eurasian energy affairs. Typical clients are energy companies, consultancies, investors, think tanks and policy makers. Fees charged are in line with market based rates.

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Dr. Kenneth Katzman is an Iran and Middle East expert at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which conducts research and analysis for the US Congress. He has served in government and the private sector as an analyst in Persian Gulf affairs, with special emphasis on Iran and Iraq.

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Constantine Levoyannis – is Deputy Head of the Greek Energy Forum, Brussels branch and Senior Consultant with FTI Consulting’s energy practice, working on public affairs and strategic communications. Constantine actively publishes articles on contemporary energy security developments, international trade and geopolitics. Constantine has a keen interest in the development of the Southern Gas Corridor and its impact on regional development and investments in infrastructure in South East Europe. He also follows EU-US energy relations and energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Dr. Micha’el Tanchum is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Global Energy Center and the Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative at the Atlantic Council.  His area of research is the geopolitics of energy, with a special focus on the strategic implications of newly emerging patterns of energy connectivity in Eurasia and the Indian Ocean Region. He also conducts extensive research on the energy politics of the Caspian basin region. Dr. Tanchum holds Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a Fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and its Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Dr. Paul Sullivan has been a professor of economics at the US National Defense University (NDU) since July 1999. He has been an adviser to flag officers from the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and East Asia while at NDU. Dr. Sullivan has run field studies related to the energy, environment and agribusiness industries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, and the US as part of his duties at NDU. He was part of the initial point team to help establish a National Defense College in the UAE. Dr. Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, where he has been teaching classes on global energy and security (which include analyses of energy issues for the EU, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Japan, the U.S., Canada, and the Arctic.) for over 11 years. He is a Senior International Fellow at the National Council of US-Arab Relations, an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists, and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies.

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Dr Luca Anceschi – lecturer in Central Asian Studies in the University of Glasgow. Before coming to Glasgow, he lectured in International Relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne. His research activity has been mostly concerned with the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, with particular reference to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – the region’s main energy exporters.

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Kamran M. Dadkhah is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston, where his areas of interest are econometrics, macroeconomics, international economics, and Middle Eastern economies. Previous positions have included senior economist, Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; senior economist, Development and Investment Bank of Iran; and director of planometrics and general economy bureau, Plan and Budget Organization of Iran. He has published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Applied Economics, Middle Eastern Studies, European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Empirical Economics, and Mathematical and Computer Modelling. He holds a BA degree in economics from Tehran University, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Indiana University, and an MS degree in mathematics from Northeastern University.

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Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security, and a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, a cabinet level exta governmental advisory committee. He is also co-chairman of the Global Forum on Energy Security. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek Magazine called him a “tireless and independent advocate of energy security,” the business magazine Poder called him “one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues,” and Esquire Magazine included him in its list of America’s Best and Brightest. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, the National Interest, Commentary Magazine, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009,) Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009) and Petropoly: The Collapse of America’s Energy Security Paradigm (2012). He holds degrees in international relations, international economics and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.

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Sam Barden is founding Partner of SBI Markets DMCC, a Dubai-registered commodities trading and advisory company. Barden has worked in the global financial markets for more than 17 years in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. He has advised and executed strategic transactions for both the government and private sector, in particular in energy and commodity markets, advising various energy producing nations on their strategic market developments and interaction. He holds a degree in economics and finance from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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Francis Ricciardone is Vice President at the Atlantic Council of the United States and Director of Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Francis Ricciardone was appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey on January 1 and was sworn in on January 3, 2011. His previous Ambassadorial appointments include Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 2005 to 2008, and Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Palau from 2002 to 2005.

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Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations; and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly. Between 2002 and 2004, Rubin worked as a staff advisor for Iran and Iraq in OSD/ISA/NESA at the Pentagon, in which capacity he was seconded to Iraq. A native of Philadelphia, Rubin received a B.S. degree in biology from Yale University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in history from the same institution in 1999. He has previously worked as a lecturer in history at Yale University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and at three different universities in northern Iraq. Rubin currently provides academic instruction on regional issues for senior U.S. Army and Marine officers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Ole Hansen  is Head of Commodity Strategy in Saxo Bank. He is a a specialist in traded futures with particular focus on commodities. He has previously worked 15 years in London most recently for a miltiasset futures and foreign exchange hedge fund where he was in charge of the trade execution team.

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Sohbet Karbuz is working as director of hydrocarbons at an energy industry association in France – Observatoire Mediterraneеn de l’Energie (OME).  Before joining that association he was with the International Energy Agency in Paris. Previously, he worked as research associate and manager at several institutions in Austria, Turkey and Germany.  He is an engineer and an economist by education (BSc, MSc, PhD, PostDoc), an energy analyst by profession.

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