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Navigating the Energy Industry Through Times of Uncertainty

About the event

DMCC in partnership with Energy Intelligence, DWF and Euro Petroleum Consultants, would like to invite you to an informative webinar on how businesses in the energy sector can navigate current market and industry uncertainty. Join us to discuss, debate and discover solutions to issues and events affecting the global energy sector today.

Topics include:

  • Oil price and balances: Outlook on oil price and unprecedented demand and supply-side environments
  • OPEC-plus: Recent dynamics and outlook for OPEC-plus group dynamics
  • Market environment: Specific views on Middle East, Russia and Asia
  • Geopolitics: The role of geopolitics in recent developments and going forward
  • Corporate and value-chain impact: The effect on the upstream sector and trickle-down impact on downstream segments

Important note:

  • This is a webinar; please ensure that you have a suitable internet connection in order to join on the scheduled date and time only
  • Spaces are limited
  • Registrations are done on a first-come, first-served basis

Event details


Online. Upon registration, you will receive details on how to join the webinar.


2:00PM - 3:00PM GMT+4, 22 Apr 2020






James Bernard is currently the Head of Corporate Sales at DMCC (Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre) and has played a pivotal role in its growth and development into a multi-award winning free zone with a portfolio of over 16,000 companies till date. 

A special economics and free trade zone expert, James joined DMCC as Associate Director of Commodities and was later appointed as Director of Business Development in 2009 and has spearheaded both trade and commercial activities.

With over 14 years of experience and passion for commodities, logistics and global trade, James also specialises in big data, predictive analytics and distributed ledger technologies.

Prior to joining DMCC, James worked with several global financial institutions and trading houses across London and also set up his own trading companies for physical commodities and derivatives.

James is one of the founding members of the Dubai “Global Blockchain Council” and completed his higher education at the Westminster University in London.




Abhi Rajendran is a Director for Research & Advisory, the independent research and analysis arm of Energy Intelligence. Mr. Rajendran heads the company’s North America research practice, and manages the North America Value-Chain retainer service.

He is responsible for coordinating research across global energy sub-sectors and commodities ranging from upstream, midstream, oilfield services to downstream (refining, LNG and petrochemicals), as well as the impact of geopolitics on these areas.

Throughout his career, he has focused extensively on the global energy value chain, ranging from upstream to downstream, as well as related areas including oilfield services, alternative energy, shipping and chemicals.

Prior to joining Energy Intelligence in July 2017, Mr. Rajendran spent two years as an investor in the following sectors: Energy (E&Ps, OFS, Infrastructure/MLPs, Majors/Integrateds), Renewables, Refining and Chemicals (Petrochemicals, Specialty Chemicals).

Mr. Rajendran also spent seven years as a sell-side equity research analyst, including five at Credit Suisse where he was a lead analyst for the MLP/Infrastructure/LNG sectors and also covered the Chemicals sector.

Mr. Rajendran earned a BA in Computer Science & Economics from Cornell University, and holds a Masters in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University.





Oliver Klaus is a media professional with more than 15 years of experience in business journalism and communication. He is presently the Dubai Bureau Chief and News Editor and Head of Client Engagement for the Eastern Hemisphere at Energy Intelligence, a leading independent provider of objective insight, unbiased analysis and reliable data for the energy industry for over 60 years. In his present roles he drives and covers Middle East energy and geopolitics for the company’s weekly and daily publications, and coordinates daily news and client engagement activities in the Eastern Hemisphere.

He was previously an associate editor with strategic consultancy Gulf Intelligence and prior to that the head of media relations in the Middle East at Germany's Siemens, where he managed the engineering and electronic giant's press work across the 16-country-spanning Siemens Middle East region. Prior to his role at Siemens, Oliver held the positions of acting managing editor and assistant managing editor for the Middle East at Dow Jones Newswires in Dubai, managing and covering regional news for publication on the Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal platforms, and contributing with expert comment on business developments including on the U.K.'s Sky News TV channel. Oliver also worked as Dubai-based energy correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires, covering OPEC as well as regional energy affairs, and for Bloomberg News & Television in London in 2006, where he covered energy and commodities. He started his career with the esteemed Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) in 2000, where he held the roles of staff writer, Gulf correspondent and news editor.

Mr. Klaus was educated at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), where he read a Bachelor (Honors) degree in Arabic and Economics, at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and at Germany's University of Cologne (Köln). He also completed PwC's University of Northampton accredited mini MBA program in Dubai.




Dr. Nelli Sharushkina is the Moscow Bureau Chief, covering he Russian, former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Energy Sectors.

She is the Subject Matter Specialist for the Russian content area. Her beats include oil and gas legislation, government policies, oil exports, corporate tendencies and international projects. Dr. Sharushkina has been with Energy Intelligence for 17 years.

Prior to joining Energy Intelligence, Dr. Sharushkina worked as a lecturer at the Lomonosov State University in Moscow. She was Director of Operations in Russia for Virtus Institute (USA) in 1992-97, administering the education program “Russia As She Is” for American and Canadian university students.

Dr. Sharushkina received a diploma and PhD in philology from Lomonosov State University.




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.

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