SVB Energy International Events 2020




International Economic Forum of the Americas

Dr. Vakhshouri spoke in a panel on "Relaunching the Energy Transition" at the 25th annual conference of International Economic Forum of the Americas. Other speakers of this panel were: Josephine Wapakabulo, Chief Executive Officer, TIG Africa Mansoor Hamayun, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bboxx Andrés Gluski, President and Chief Executive Officer, The AES Corporation. This pane; was moderated by Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, BloombergNEF.

Venue: Montreal, Canada

From: December 22, 2020

To: December 22, 2020




Iraq’s energy security strategy: A path to diversity and energy independence

Dr. Vakhshouri joined a discussion surrounding the report on "Iraq’s Energy Security Strategy: A Path to Diversity and Energy Independence", of which she. Co-authored with Dr. Abbas Kadhim, director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council. The report outlines immediate and medium-term practical measures to tackle Iraq’s most pressing issues, in its quest to attain energy independence. Dr. Luay al-Khatteeb, former Iraqi Minister of Electricity, and Mr. Ali al-Saffar, Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency also joined this discussion. The panel was moderated by Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Managing Editor and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.

Venue: Atlantic Council

From: December 14, 2020

To: December 14, 2020





Dr. Vakhshouri participated in ADIPEC 2020 as a member of the Middle East Petroleum Club.

Venue: Virtual Event

From: November 09, 2020

To: December 12, 2020




Oil & Gas Middle East Future Forum

The Oil & Gas Middle East Forum is a one-day event which will gather experts across the industry to discuss the future of the oil and gas industry. We will hold three panel discussions to explore the most pressing topics facing our industry as we look ahead to a recovery following a historic, turbulent year. Key topics will include cybersecurity challenges and opportunities during and post-coronavirus, the relevance of OPEC in the 2020s, and the energy transition. Coronavirus has grounded people across industries, leaving them working from home. For oil and gas companies, which have extensive digital and physical assets, questions of cybersecurity are constantly arising as cyber threats shift. With the emergence of the US as a major player in the global oil and gas market, and following the market crisis, industry experts will discuss how important the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will really be in the 2020s.

Venue: Virtual Event

From: October 27, 2020

To: October 27, 2020




Petroleum and Natural Gas Workshop Webinar

This workshop included two sessions that covered the links between the U.S. petroleum and natural gas market and the global market. The first session focused on short- to medium-term signposts of market rebalancing. The second session focused on longer-term competition issues in the petroleum and liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets. Discussion questions
What are the objectives of OPEC+ (market share, pricing power, fiscal requirements)?
Does OPEC strategy shift as Asia becomes more dependent on oil imports?
What is the impact of lower investment on the ability of the oil and gas industry to bring production back when demand rebounds (U.S. tight oil and internationally)?
How large can the LNG liquefaction market grow?

Venue: EIA Webinar

From: September 29, 2020

To: September 29, 2020




Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a structural change in LNG markets?

Flame is proud to host Dr. Sara Vakhshouri for a special webcast session. Having consulted with numerous governments, public and private entities, and international organizations, Dr. Vakhshouri has extensive experience in global energy market studies, energy strategy, energy security and geopolitical risk. Join us Wednesday, 1 July (9am, EDT | 2pm, BST) for this exclusive webcast where Dr. Vakhshouri will explore the likelihood of a structural change in LNG markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Agenda Long-term impact of the crisis on project financing and investment cycles Comparison of how the largest exporters are expected to weather the crisis (Qatar, Russia, US, Australia) Lasting changes to fuel demand Outlook for the LNG industry Possible effects of the current tensions between the US and China

Venue: Online

From: July 01, 2020

To: July 01, 2020




COVID-19 and Global Energy Security

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri discussed the fundamentals and changes in the energy market, and Mr. C. Derek Campbell talked about physical security of energy infrastructure and cyber security. This lecture covered themes from Dr. Vakhshouri’s IWP course on “Energy Security and the New Geopolitics of Energy.” The course focuses on the transformation of energy use over the past century and on expanding our understanding of today’s concepts of energy and how they fit within the rubric of national security.

Venue: Online-Zoom

From: June 22, 2020

To: June 22, 2020




Navigating Risk: Increasing Threats in the African Energy Market Under COVID-19

Many African countries present unique challenges for investors throughout the energy value chain, from regulatory uncertainty and bureaucratic hassles to political unrest. In some areas, physical and cyber attacks are also a possibility, from pirates and vandals to militants. The COVID-19 is sure to present additional challenges for doing business globally, and poses an incredible risk to African countries as the entire continent heads for a recession. How can investors — both domestic and international — navigate these challenges and protect themselves, their employees and their assets? What regulatory environments are investors seeking in a highly competitive environment? High risk can equate to high reward … but also to large losses. What is the right balance of risk moving forward? Speakers: Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, Founder & President, SVB Energy International Shawn Robert Duthie, Managing Director, Inyani Intelligence C. Derek Campbell, CEO of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc. Moderators: James Chester, Acting CEO, Africa Oil & Power Caty Hirst, Director of Programming, Africa Oil & Power

Venue: Online- Zoom

From: June 12, 2020

To: June 12, 2020




Energy Security and the New Geopolitics of Energy with Sara Vakhshouri

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri is the founder and president of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Dubai. In this fireside chat with Duke University Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray, Dr. Vakhshouri commented on the evolution of energy security, global energy markets, and the impact of geopolitical risk. Specific topics included: -- Why global energy markets are now far more sensitive to demand factors than supply factors; -- How the dramatic increase of oil production in the U.S. has affected global markets; -- Her predictions about the future of U.S.-China relations; and -- How countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are approaching the energy transition and energy security. During an audience Q & A session, Dr. Vakhshouri also spoke on issues ranging from the role of nuclear energy to the social impact of energy access efforts. This talk was organized by Duke University’s Program in American Grand Strategy in partnership with the Duke University Energy Initiative.

Venue: Duke University, Durham

From: April 01, 2020

To: February 27, 2020




Atlantic Council Energy Forum

Dr. Vakhshouri spoke on Saudi Aramco and SABIC merger at a panel on “Regional mega-mergers: The politics of creating synergies”.

Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE

From: February 10, 2020

To: February 12, 2020