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Cyril Widdershoven


Contributor since: 22 Mar 2017

Cyril Widdershoven

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven is a long-time observer of the global energy market. Presently he works as a Senior Researcher at Hill Tower Resource Advisors. Next to this, he fills 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 and Global Head Strategy & Risk at Berry Commodities Fund.

Latest articles from Cyril

  • The Staggering Speed Of ADNOC’s Energy Diversification

    Published 01 May 2022 | viewed 13,834 times

    Abu Dhabi’s national oil company ADNOC is implementing its diversification plans at a staggering speed. Recently, it announced new major renewable energy projects and investments…

  • Why The EU Needs To Unleash Oil Sanctions On Russia

    Published 27 April 2022 | viewed 4,853 times

    Oil markets are on edge over the possibility of new EU sanctions on Russian crude oil and petrochemical products. European public opinion is demanding a…

  • The Odds Of A Nuclear Deal With Iran Are Shrinking Every Day

    Published 17 April 2022 | viewed 9,797 times

    The odds of a new nuclear deal with Iran are shrinking. The ongoing discussions, which have been lauded several times by participants to have almost…

  • How Egypt Could Become A Critical Energy Hub

    Published 13 April 2022 | viewed 13,509 times

    North African energy producer Egypt has an opportunity to become one of the most important energy hubs on earth.To begin with, it has become a…

  • What The West Is Getting Wrong About OPEC

    Published 31 March 2022 | viewed 13,656 times

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been repeatedly called upon by Western leaders to increase oil production in order to counter soaring prices. So far,…

  • Soaring Fossil Fuel Prices Shouldn't Dampen Energy Transition Optimism

    Published 21 March 2022 | viewed 4,950 times

    Four months after COP26, the global energy picture has changed significantly — and not in the direction that COP negotiators would have hoped. Far from…

  • OPEC’s Best Kept Secret Will Soon Be Revealed

    Published 19 March 2022 | viewed 47,082 times

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended global energy markets and, if stability doesn’t return soon, that could have serious geopolitical consequences for OPEC members. The…

  • The Real Cost Of An Iran Nuclear Deal

    Published 07 March 2022 | viewed 10,368 times

    While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be front and center of today’s media coverage, the ongoing JCPOA discussions with Iran in Vienna need to be…

  • Putin's War In Ukraine Could Break The OPEC+ Alliance

    Published 27 February 2022 | viewed 30,808 times

    The OPEC+ cooperation is facing a possible breakdown following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s aggressive military moves towards Ukraine will have a negative impact…

  • Could Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Spark Another Arab Spring?

    Published 26 February 2022 | viewed 19,586 times

    The ongoing military Russian onslaught on Ukraine is reverberating across commodity markets. At present, Western media is mainly focusing on the direct effects of the…

  • Who Is Responsible For Cyberattacks On Europe’s Oil Industry

    Published 03 February 2022 | viewed 7,009 times

    Following news of major cyberattacks on German-based oil storage companies, there are now reports of similar attacks in the Netherlands and Belgium. In recent days,…

  • Why Belarus Is Becoming A Headache For Biden

    Published 02 February 2022 | viewed 5,913 times

    Rocketing fertilizer prices are causing severe unrest in the American agriculture sector, with the Biden administration facing a sharp rebuke from industry leaders. The Agricultural…

  • The Significance Of Saudi Arabia’s New Venture Capital Fund

    Published 02 February 2022 | viewed 3,416 times

    While the world’s media is focused on either Ukraine or OPEC+ developments, Saudi Arabia is quietly but aggressively pursuing Vision 2030. During one of the…

  • Turkey Sees Energy Crisis Worsen Amid Russia-Ukraine Tensions

    Published 25 January 2022 | viewed 4,400 times

    Turkey’s goal to become an energy hub seems to be further away than ever before, looking at the natural gas crisis that is currently affecting…

  • Russia’s Natural Gas Threat Is Far From Subtle

    Published 11 January 2022 | viewed 10,487 times

    It seems that Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe are once again on hold. Europe’s energy crunch, which experienced a slight reprieve due to an…

  • Saudi Aramco Is Fighting To Regain A Key European Market

    Published 11 January 2022 | viewed 4,007 times

    In a move to regain some of its former glory in the North West European crude oil and products market, Saudi Aramco Trading Company (ATC)…

  • Iran Nuclear Talks Could Be Headed For Another Breakdown

    Published 03 January 2022 | viewed 2,877 times

    The ongoing JCPOA agreement negotiations with Iran are not going as smooth as some media seem to suggest. In stark remarks, several European and U.S.…

  • Can Egypt Become A Global LNG Power?

    Published 13 December 2021 | viewed 5,980 times

    Egypt’s long-suffering LNG industry is finally experiencing some success as it takes advantage of European gas market constraints and exploits regional geopolitical developments. Cairo’s dream…

  • The Geopolitical Game That Could Transform Gas Markets

    Published 28 November 2021 | viewed 10,445 times

    At a time when media and financial analysts are fully focused on oil futures, natural gas markets are moving again. East Mediterranean gas futures, in…

  • Oil Bulls Rejoice As Biden’s Supply Strategy Backfires

    Published 24 November 2021 | viewed 17,458 times

    President Biden’s threat to oil producers that he would force prices down has already backfired. Oil markets were unimpressed by the U.S. administration’s plan to…

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