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Speaker Series – Middle East Oil & Gas: Facing New Realities

Speaker Series – Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) London Chapter & Access for Women in Energy

Access for Women in Energy and the London YPE Chapter are delighted to invite you to our inaugural joint Speaker Series event:

“Middle East Oil & Gas - Facing New Realities”

Hosted by Baker McKenzie, YPE London & Access for Women in Energy

Shifting patterns in the global energy markets, new competitors and an evolving geopolitical landscape are re-defining the outlook and the role of Middle East Oil and Gas producers. How is OPEC adapting to these new realities and what will the next policy step be? What is the impact of Iran’s return to markets? How are producers in the Middle East responding to volatility in prices?

Join us for a discussion on the above questions and many more with experts in the field who will share their insights and expertise.

The event is kindly hosted by Baker McKenzie

When: Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 6pm - 8pm followed by a networking reception

Where: Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6JA

*Please register here for this event*


6 - 6:30pm - Registration

6:30- 6:40pm - Opening Remarks - Marina Petroleka, YPE London

6:40 - 7:00pm - Dr. Carole Nakhle - Founder and Director, Crystol Energy  and Founder of Access for Women in Energy (WiE)

7:00- 7:20pm - Baker McKenzie Remarks - Ross Denton, Partner, Baker McKenzie, European Community, Competition & Trade Department

7:20 - 7:45pm - Moderated discussion and audience Q&A


Dr.Carole Nakhle

Ross Denton

Michael Herington

Moderator: Marina Petroleka, YPE London

8-9pm  - Networking reception

Speaker Bios:


Dr Carole Nakhle is an Energy Economist, specialising in international petroleum contractual arrangements and fiscal regimes; upstream regulations; petroleum revenue management and governance; energy policy and investment; global oil and gas market developments.

With expertise spanning the private sector, government and academia, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (NOCs and IOCs), governments and policy makers, international organisations, academic institutions and specialized think tanks. She is a regular contributor to Geopolitical Intelligence Services on energy matters, a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, and is active on the Advisory Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Dr Nakhle also founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’ in 2007, with the aim of enhancing opportunities and enriching dialogue within the industry.

She is a respected and regular contributor to the global debate on energy matters, with numerous articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines to her credit. Dr Nakhle is the author of two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth published in 2008 (re-printed in 2012), and used as primary reference in leading universities and industry training courses; and Out of the Energy Labyrinth (2007), co-authored with Lord David Howell. She is currently working on a new book: Petroleum Fiscal Regimes and Wealth Management. She has also reviewed studies, books and reports for leading publishing houses; and is an avid and regular commentator on energy and geopolitics in the international media, in many countries.

Dr Nakhle has worked on projects in more than 40 countries and has been on exploratory visits to the Arctic and North Sea. She is also fluent in Arabic, English and French.


Michael Herington is a partner in Baker McKenzie London’s Corporate Department and has for many years led the cross-border private M&A practice. Michael spends a large part of his time practising in the energy sector, especially acting for a variety of upstream E&P and global oilfield services companies. Recently, his upstream experience has been centred on transactions in North Africa. Michael has acted for buyers and sellers, both strategic and financial, across many sectors and borders and in multiple different processes (including auction sale processes).


Ross Denton is a partner in the Firm’s European Community, Competition & Trade Department in London and member of the Baker McKenzie Japanese Practice Group. He also served as coordinator of the Firm’s International Trade & WTO Practice Group. Ross routinely advises US and Japanese multinationals on EU and UK competition matters and international trade law issues. In addition to his practice, Ross contributes to a number of publications, including Laws of the European Communities and Encyclopedia of Information Technology. He is a member of the UK Customs Practitioners Group and the World Trade Lawyers Association.



Access for Women in Energy (AccessWIE) aims to establish a community of practice, offering women a peer-group platform to meet with their contemporaries both female and male in the private and the public sectors across the world of energy.

The group engages its members in regular informed debates on global energy related issues and provides educational support to those who want to venture into new aspects of the energy industry or simply expand their knowledge. The group also provides energy experts a valuable networking platform and offers an opportunity for graduates to establish useful connections within the industry as they shape their careers and carry forward their own projects.

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) - London Chapter was re-launched in 2015 with the aim to create a strong professional networking forum for young professionals in London active throughout the energy industry.

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instil confidence in our clients. We specialise in international energy, mining and infrastructure projects worldwide and understand the needs of both investors and financiers. Our transactional capability, coupled with our broad-ranging skills in finance, corporate, tax, and environmental and competition law, means we can deliver our clients commercially effective solutions.

This will be an opportunity to meet and mingle with other members of the YPE London chapter and Women in Energy, discuss current events in energy and expand your network of young professionals in the energy sector in London.

Looking forward to seeing you!

The YPE London and Access for Women in Energy Teams

Connect with us on LinkedIn (YPE London) (Access for Women in Energy)

Contact us @ www.ypenergy.org/london/ 


Email: london@ypenergy.org 

Become a member of the London Chapter @ www.ypenergy.org 


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dr. Carole Nakhle
Founder and Director, Crystol Energy and Founder of Access for Women in Energy (WiE)


YPE London & Access for Women in Energy