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Cyril Widdershoven

VEROCY

Contributor since: 22 Mar 2017

Cyril Widdershoven

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven is a long-time observer of the global energy market. Presently, he holds several advisory positions with international think tanks in the Middle East and energy sectors in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dr.Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The main focus of his work has been on geopolitical risks, terrorism,
fundamentalism and military/defense related issues in the MENA region. At the same time, due to consulting work and advisory, he has become involved in the oil, gas and energy sectors in the region and Africa.

He held several senior publishing positions in leading energy publications such as Afroil, Middle East Oil and Gas, and North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine Cairo, and he continues to oversee the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Dr. Widdershoven worked on M&A operations in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Iran, he studied the pipeline operations in Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey, and he assessed risk for institutional investors and banks in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq, all while advising the Dutch government and international organizations on related issues.

Dr Cyril Widdershoven is owner of Dutch consultancy VEROCY

Latest articles from Cyril

  • What Would A New OPEC Look Like?

    Published 11 December 2018 | viewed 5,666 times

    The global oil market is going through a metamorphosis, and if the signs are right, a possible long-term partnership between OPEC and its former rivals,…

  • 2019: A Pivotal Year For OPEC

    Published 10 December 2018 | viewed 16,448 times

    OPEC’s rollercoaster ride in Vienna highlights the growing divide within the oil cartel. Many oil analysts and financial gurus have fallen for the oldest media…

  • Qatar’s Irrational Decision To Leave OPEC

    Published 03 December 2018 | viewed 11,875 times

    OPEC’s future is once again up in the air after the decision by Qatar to leave the oil cartel on January 1 2019. Saad Al…

  • Natural Gas Drives Saudi Geopolitical Pivot

    Published 28 November 2018 | viewed 10,726 times

    The world’s largest oil company Saudi Aramco seems to have surprised the global energy markets the last couple of days. New announcements of multi-billion dollar…

  • The Impending Endgame In Oil Markets

    Published 19 November 2018 | viewed 39,210 times

    U.S. president Trump is facing strong internal pressure to punish Saudi Arabia in the coming days. For Washington, however, this could be a double-edged sword,…

  • Why The EU Can't Save Iran

    Published 17 November 2018 | viewed 13,777 times

    The full impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran is still to be assessed, as major underlying factors remain opaque. OPEC’s current fear of an oil…

  • Abu Dhabi’s Remarkable Energy Diversification

    Published 15 November 2018 | viewed 6,861 times

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the largest producers within OPEC, is undergoing a dramatic transformation. ADNOC’s CEO has made several statements suggesting…

  • The Trojan Horse In Oil Markets

    Published 07 November 2018 | viewed 19,346 times

    The U.S. sanctions on Iran are not biting yet, as global oil markets are well supplied. In the coming weeks, Iranian crude volumes should show…

  • OPEC's Radical Strategy Change After The Midterms

    Published 31 October 2018 | viewed 12,415 times

    Oil markets could be heading for a possible showdown this week, as U.S. sanctions on Iran will be implemented fully, OPEC+ producers have opened the…

  • U.S-Saudi Clash Could Spell Disaster For OPEC

    Published 17 October 2018 | viewed 17,476 times

    The Khashoggi case is far from over, as current harsh statements coming from Washington are showing. Not only is there a long line of U.S.…

  • Disappearance Of Saudi Journalist Could Rock Oil Markets

    Published 14 October 2018 | viewed 16,685 times

    In the “World is Not Enough”, British spy James Bond takes on international oil cartels and illegal operators. The fiction of the story is clear…

  • The $50 Billion Deal That Could Revive The Aramco IPO

    Published 02 October 2018 | viewed 8,514 times

    The Aramco IPO saga continues, with the Saudi oil giant soon to enter the international financial markets for a $50 billion loan. International sources are…

  • Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb For Oil Markets

    Published 30 September 2018 | viewed 22,354 times

    Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to…

  • OPEC Meeting Sets Oil Markets Up For A Price Spike

    Published 24 September 2018 | viewed 58,751 times

    The OPEC/ non-OPEC JMCC meeting in Algiers has provided a very diffuse outcome. Oil markets seem to be heading to a state of instability, as…

  • Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

    Published 09 September 2018 | viewed 88,374 times

    Major changes are never going without instability, conflict and possible crisis. Saudi Arabia’s dramatic change to diversify its economy away from an oil-based rentier state…

  • Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

    Published 05 September 2018 | viewed 16,419 times

    Despite the fact that production and export figures presented by Iraqi sources are showing a significant improvement, optimism should be tempered. Iraq continues to head…

  • Tight Oil Markets Are Ignoring Supply Risk

    Published 26 July 2018 | viewed 14,817 times

    The global oil market is once again in flux as geopolitics and regional conflicts take an increasingly heavy toll on oil supplies. Since the OPEC…

  • Has Saudi Arabia Fooled Oil Analysts?

    Published 23 July 2018 | viewed 35,377 times

    There is never a dull moment in the Desert Kingdom when looking at the ongoing economic changes taking place inside Saudi Arabia. The world’s largest…

  • Domestic Unrest Threatens OPEC’s No.2

    Published 16 July 2018 | viewed 12,279 times

    Iraq’s future is again tottering with protests erupting of the country. Baghdad is being confronted by internal unrest, as economic and social problems have spilled…

  • Iran Threatens To Close Crucial Oil Chokepoint

    Published 04 July 2018 | viewed 29,919 times

    An old doomsday scenario has been revived again by Iranian officials. Iranian president Rouhani stated on Tuesday in Bern, Switzerland that his country could block…

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