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Please put 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Tuesday June, 12th 2018, on your calendar for the next Energy Finance Discussion Group breakfast.

Helen El Mallakh, Associate Director with the International Research Center for Energy and Development (ICEED), will present:


With geopolitical unrest rising in the Middle East, we look at the issues driving turmoil in the region and their potential impacts on energy prices and production.  The past year has seen shifting Mid-East alliances and this “Game of Thrones” is only intensifying with significant oil and gas producers increasingly at odds.  This talk will address major trends in the Middle East that have wider implications for energy markets and producers: the fight for supremacy between Iran and Saudi Arabia and their proxy wars, the future of the Iran sanctions deal, a more hawkish oil price strategy, and reform efforts in Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco’s IPO.  Last, we’ll discuss whether there is a silver lining for U.S. oil and gas producers in the wake of rising Middle East instability.

Helen El Mallakh, Associate Director of the International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED) and Associate Editor of The Journal of Energy and Development, specializes in the field of energy and political risk assessment.  The speaker has concentrated on geopolitics and their impact on energy investment, financial markets, and economic development.  Prior to joining the ICEED, Ms. El Mallakh was the Director of Political Risk Assessment for ConocoPhillips and a consultant to Saudi Aramco.  She holds a M.B.A. from Rice University, a master’s degree in regional studies of the Middle East from Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in economics and in Middle East area studies.  Ms. El Mallakh is responsible for the Center’s price forecasting and analyses and is co-chair of ICEED’s energy conference held in Boulder, Colorado. 

Helen has a deep understanding of the many moving pieces impacting the Middle East, and I for one will be giving her my full attention.  I do hope you can join me for this timely and always fascinating presentation.

EFDG will meet at the Denver Athletic Club (DAC) in the Grand Ballroom.  DAC is located at 1325 Glenarm Place.  As the DAC will require a final head count by the Friday morning preceding our Tuesday event anyone interested in attending will need to register by Thursday afternoon (June 7th).  There will be a very significant increase in the cost of registering after Thursday, so please do sign up before this deadline.

Sincerely Andy Logan

Coordinator:  Energy Finance Discussion Group



Energy Finance Discussion Group