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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 and Global Head Strategy & Risk at Berry Commodities Fund.

Latest articles from Cyril

  • Middle East Tensions Near Boiling Point

    Published 06 December 2017 | viewed 30,231 times

    The 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit resulted in a showdown between Qatar and its Saud-led alliance counterparts. Saudi King Salman decided to send a…

  • Vienna Is The Ultimate OPEC Smokescreen

    Published 29 November 2017 | viewed 24,200 times

    The OPEC circus continues to make headlines. All the five-star hotels are booked, as market analysts fervently examine their glass balls to predict the outcome…

  • Saudi Corruption Crackdown Could Permanently Boost Oil Prices

    Published 21 November 2017 | viewed 34,813 times

    The Middle East is heading for a major showdown, if statements made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and UAE’s minister of Foreign…

  • Saudi Corruption Crackdown Topples Oil Kingpins

    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 35,631 times

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s unexpected crackdown has shattered the tranquility of the kingdom. After Saturday’s news emerged that a long list of high-profile…

  • Expect New Aramco IPO Details This Week

    Published 24 October 2017 | viewed 5,754 times

    Aramco’s 5 percent IPO—the world’s largest ever—continues to make headlines. Some analysts claim that the IPO is in danger of failing. Other sources report that…

  • Oil Markets Fear Iraqi Escalation

    Published 16 October 2017 | viewed 16,414 times

    The expected military operation of Iraqi forces against the Kurdish peshmergas in Kirkuk has begun. Sources indicate that the Iraqi military, supported by Shia militias…

  • Trump Just Made Iran A Wildcard

    Published 14 October 2017 | viewed 19,326 times

    American President Donald Trump has officially decertified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran deal, while hitting Iranian power players—especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard…

  • Is This The Geopolitical Shift Of The Century?

    Published 07 October 2017 | viewed 45,289 times

    The geopolitical reality in the Middle East is changing dramatically. The impact of the Arab Spring, the retraction of the U.S. military, and diminishing economic…

  • Trouble Is Brewing In Kurdistan

    Published 20 September 2017 | viewed 10,628 times

    The September 25 Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region is seen by Kurdish supporters as a major step forward to fulfilling its dream: an…

  • Will Shell’s Gas Gamble Pay Off?

    Published 16 September 2017 | viewed 16,833 times

    Supermajor Royal Dutch Shell has decided to divest its Iraqi oil assets in a move to focus on its future in natural gas. The industry…

  • Why Aramco Delayed Its IPO

    Published 14 September 2017 | viewed 23,382 times

    The long-awaited Saudi Aramco IPO, scheduled for mid-2018, could be delayed to 2019. International news reports have stated that the Saudi government is currently putting…

  • OPEC’s Latest Report Signals An Oil Price Rally

    Published 12 September 2017 | viewed 14,915 times

    Today’s OPEC report is a clear sign of a sustainable bear market, with the cartel’s oil production falling slightly in August, while its demand forecast…

  • Middle-East Tensions Soar After Critical Phone Call

    Published 11 September 2017 | viewed 13,907 times

    One phone call can change a geopolitical landscape. The last bilateral contact between the Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed…

  • Are Libyan Oil Production Gains History?

    Published 31 August 2017 | viewed 15,551 times

    In addition to the negative repercussions of hurricane Harvey, which heavily impacted the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production and petrochemical plants, global oil…

  • The Aramco IPO: A Geopolitical Game Of Thrones

    Published 28 August 2017 | viewed 20,855 times

    The already strong bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and China are hitting new levels, as the Kingdom and the Chinese Tiger have decided to set…

  • Kurdish Independence Could Deal A Major Blow To Oil Markets

    Published 24 August 2017 | viewed 22,672 times

    The future stability of OPEC’s second-largest oil and gas producer could be decided by the end of 2017. Unrest is growing in Iraq as the…

  • Libya’s Biggest Oil Field Shut Down As Tensions Rise

    Published 21 August 2017 | viewed 16,033 times

    The shutdown of Libya’s Sharara oilfield, the country’s largest field, has once again shown that expected production growth of several OPEC countries should not be…

  • The Saudi Power Balance Is On A Knife-Edge

    Published 26 July 2017 | viewed 24,017 times

    The sweltering heat of Saudi Arabian summer will feel like a cool breeze compared to the geopolitical fire that could soon take over the country…

  • Oil Markets Unimpressed By OPEC Meeting

    Published 24 July 2017 | viewed 13,673 times

    The 4th OPEC- Non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, has – as expected- been a renewal of commitment by the leading producers…

  • A Natural Gas War Is Brewing In The Mediterranean

    Published 16 July 2017 | viewed 31,608 times

    Offshore gas developments in the East Mediterranean region are heating up. Alongside increased exploration efforts and a possible gas pipeline deal between Turkey and Israel,…

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