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Crystol Energy, United Kingdom

Dr Nakhle is the founder and CEO of Crystol Energy, an advisory, research and training firm, awarded Best Independent Energy Consultancy – UK 2018.


With a unique breadth of experience, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (NOCs and IOCs) at the highest levels, governments and policy makers, international organisations, academic institutions and specialized think tanks on a global scale.


She is active on the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. She is a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, and regular contributor to Geopolitical Intelligence Services and the Executive Sessions on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries at Columbia University in New York. She is also involved in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and lectures at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, University of Surrey in the UK, and Saint Joseph University in Beirut.


Her views on the extractive industry matters are highly regarded, with numerous articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines to her credit. She has reviewed studies, books and reports for leading publishing houses; and is an avid commentator on energy and geopolitics in the international media, in many countries. She has appeared on Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNBC, CNN, France 24, And SkyNews, among others. She is the Executive Editor and Author of Newsweek’s special edition ‘New Technological Frontiers in the Oil and Gas Industry’ and the first Guest Blogger for Aspentech.


She has published two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealthpublished in 2008 and 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, former Secretary of State for Energy in the UK.


Dr Nakhle has worked on extractive projects in more than 45 countries and has been on exploratory visits to the Arctic and North Sea. She is also fluent in Arabic, English and French.


In 2017, she gave evidence to the International Relations Committee at the UK Parliament on oil markets, the transformation of power in the Middle East and implications for the UK policy.In the same year, she received the Honorary Professional Recognition Award from the Tunisian Minister of Energy, Mines & Renewable Energy.


Dr Nakhle founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’ in 2007, with the aim of supporting the development of women in the energy sector, globally. She has also supported the development of similar initiatives in Ghana, Tunisia and the UAE, where she sits on ADIPEC’s Advisory Board for Inclusion and Diversity.

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