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Survival Strategies for Oil Companies in the Face of the Energy Transition

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What are the current issues facing oil and gas companies, and which strategies can they implement to overcome those challenges? Our webinar with experts from Energy Intelligence, DWF Middle East, EPC Middle East and DGCX discussed insights on how companies in the energy sector can survive and thrive in the current market.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Energy transition and coronavirus crisis
  • An introduction to the vulnerability index
  • Emerging winners and losers
  • What comes next: Strategies for survival

Event details


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


12:00pm – 1:00pm, 30 Jun 2020






Alex Martinos is a Manager for Research & Advisory (R&A), the independent research and analysis arm of Energy Intelligence, and editor of the Energy Intelligence Premium weekly report. Based in London, Mr. Martinos serves as co-lead of Research & Advisory’s work on the Energy Transition, developing analysis of oil and gas companies’ exposure and responses to climate-related risks. He also contributes to wider research into related policy and technology trends, and supports modelling and scenario analysis of potential future demand disruption. 

Mr. Martinos is also editor of the Energy Intelligence Premium weekly report, bringing together the best of Energy Intelligence news, analysis and research, to provide clear, concise insights into energy markets, geopolitics, corporate strategy and the energy transition. In addition, Mr. Martinos supports the wider work of the Research & Advisory team, including analysis of evolving corporate strategies and competitive landscapes in the energy sector, while also contributing to work analyzing above-ground country risk factors and geopolitical developments.

Prior to joining Energy Intelligence, Mr. Martinos worked for Boston Consulting Group as an energy analyst covering a wide range of issues in the upstream oil and gas sector. He previously worked in equities research for several years, analyzing small and mid-cap E&P companies, and also gained experience covering the energy sector as a journalist. Mr. Martinos has a background in the study of diplomatic history and international relations, and holds an MA in History from Yale University, an MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from Cambridge University.





Philippe Roos is a Senior Reporter for Energy Intelligence, mainly contributing to EI New Energy and occasionally for other information services such as Energy Compass and Nuclear Intelligence Weekly. He also maintains the EI New Energy data, focusing on the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) and power markets. As the Subject Matter Specialist for Alternative Energy, Mr. Roos’ specific areas of energy expertise lie within power and power marketing, including both renewables and conventional fuels such as coal and gas. 

Mr. Roos has spent most of his career within the energy and financial sectors. Prior to joining Energy Intelligence, he served as an Energy and Finance Specialist at the World Bank. Here, Mr. Roos worked on the solar scale-up investment program in the Middle East and North Africa region, including the preparation of a $1 billion solar project in Quarzazate and a review of North Africa’s potential for local manufacturing of solar components. Mr. Roos also worked as Senior Energy and Industry Specialist at Crédit Agricole, serving as a primary internal expert on the global power sector, including conventional and renewable energy, carbon markets, coal mining and downstream gas. Mr. Roos has also worked at Crédit Lyonnais as an Industry Specialist and as a researcher at the Paris School of Mines.

Mr. Roos holds an MSc in Engineering, an MSc in Metallurgy and Materials Science and a PhD in Industrial Economics all from the Paris School of Mines.





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.





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.

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