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Yousef Alshammari

Contributor since: 15 Jun 2020

Yousef Alshammari

Dr. Yousef Alshammari is the CEO and Head of Oil Research at CMarkits, London, UK. He is a former Research Fellow at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a Research Leader in energy economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. Since 2013, he has been a leading analyst and a media commentator on global energy issues at the OPEC ministerial meetings. Has been hosted for more than 80 TV interviews on the oil markets with Al-Arabiya, Sky News, Le Fonti International, CGTN, RT, CNTV, Saudi News, and the OPEC Webcast. His insight has been quoted by the Investing.Com International Oil Daily, Energy Intelligence Finance, S&P Global Platts, Hart Energy, MEES, ElFinanciero of Bloomberg, Expansion, and Al-Arabiya Eng. He has been invited as a speaker by many global energy firms and events including S&P Global Platts, APICORP, Regents University, European Energy Forum, BGS Solar Forum, and the World Energy Congress. Representing CMarkits, Dr. Alshammari is a member of the Group of Experts on Clean Fossil Fuels and Natural Gas at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva), and the World Energy Monitor of World Energy Council (London). He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London where he worked on designing innovative processes for clean hydrogen generation from heavy oil fields. Following that, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he analysed the techno-economic assessment of nuclear production of hydrogen for refining applications. He has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and an Assistant Professor at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia, and an Associate at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies. He has received many international prizes including the World Energy Congress Prize (2016) for TOP20 research papers for his work on the impact of low oil prices on carbon capture and storage. 

Latest articles from Yousef

  • Could Oil Prices Hit $80 Per Barrel?

    Published 03 May 2021 | viewed 17,374 times

    Despite the significant rally in oil over the past couple of weeks, demand uncertainty continues to affect prices. The outbreak of the second wave of a…

  • Oil Prices Rally Despite Bearish Backlash

    Published 28 April 2021 | viewed 2,866 times

    Despite the re-emerging Covid 19 crisis in India, oil prices maintained momentum even as OPEC+ has decided to go ahead with previously agreed production hike…

  • Crude Prices Remain Above $60 As Demand Outlook Improves

    Published 20 April 2021 | viewed 2,649 times

    Compared to April 2020 “Black April”, seen as one of the worst months for global oil markets, April 2021 tells a very different story. Fundamentals…

  • OPEC+ Was Wise To Ease Output Cuts Despite Demand Concerns

    Published 07 April 2021 | viewed 2,700 times

    Oil prices are pulling back this week as concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and imposed lockdown measures in Europe and many other…

  • Oil Markets Already Priced In An OPEC+ Output Cut Extension

    Published 29 March 2021 | viewed 8,426 times

    The closure of the Suez Canal led to a moderate price rally last week, which came after a significant decline in oil prices triggered by…

  • Oil Rally Stalls As Oversupply Threat Grows

    Published 16 March 2021 | viewed 15,370 times

    Following the price rally seen last week, oil prices have retreated to slightly lower levels, below $70 (Brent) and $64 (WTI). The main drivers of…

  • Saudi Surprise Cut May Have Lasting Effect On Oil Prices

    Published 08 March 2021 | viewed 60,939 times

    The OPEC+ decision to roll over current cuts till the end of March has come as a surprise to the oil markets as it is…

  • What To Expect From The Upcoming OPEC+ Meeting

    Published 02 March 2021 | viewed 12,492 times

    After breaking the $50 barrier last year, oil prices are currently trading above $60. The major drivers behind this rally include the rise in vaccination…

  • Will Oil Continue To Rally In 2021?

    Published 15 December 2020 | viewed 15,559 times

    Oil prices have finally hit $50 last week, a projection that we made back in June this year. Bullish sentiment prevailed in the oil markets over the…

  • The OPEC+ Mission To Balance Oil Markets Is Just Getting Started

    Published 07 December 2020 | viewed 6,984 times

    Despite the OPEC+ decision to ease output cuts, oil prices have rallied over the past couple of weeks, supported by vaccine news and the start of vaccination…

  • Will Biden Lead To More Or Less Volatility In Oil Markets?

    Published 16 November 2020 | viewed 2,886 times

    Oil markets feared that a Biden victory will lead to a price crash given his clean energy agenda, yet, prices have only been affected by…

  • Oil Prices Under Pressure Again As Supply Climbs

    Published 26 October 2020 | viewed 15,868 times

    Oil markets retained strength over the past week following the OPEC+ JMMC meeting which had sent positive signals to the oil markets. CFTC data shows…

  • Will OPEC+ Decide To Extend Oil Output Cuts?

    Published 20 October 2020 | viewed 4,132 times

    Oil markets retained strength over the past week despite many bearish factors influencing the global economy. COVID-19 cases spiked in Europe leading to new lockdown…

  • How One COVID-19 Case Dominates The Market

    Published 06 October 2020 | viewed 1,566 times

    Oil markets recovered on Monday morning after closing lower last Friday. The discharge of the U.S. President from hospital generated a sort of relief in…

  • The Two Crucial Factors For Global Oil Demand Recovery

    Published 21 September 2020 | viewed 14,065 times

    Market sentiment has been generally bullish over the last week supported by (i) supply disruption caused by Hurricane Sally in the Gulf of Mexico (ii)…

  • Oil Market Sentiment Shifts As Supply Concerns Mount

    Published 14 September 2020 | viewed 8,781 times

    Oil markets are spiraling downwards as bearish factors mount and sentiment shifts. One of these factors is the concerns over rising exports from OPEC+ in…

  • OPEC+ Output Cuts Increasingly Important For Oil Market Recovery

    Published 09 September 2020 | viewed 6,429 times

    Despite a moderate price rebound on Wednesday, oil markets have been under significant pressure since last week. Brent prices closed the week at $42.66, down…

  • Robust Chinese Demand Fuels Oil Market Recovery

    Published 31 August 2020 | viewed 6,729 times

    Following last week's price rally, oil prices move higher on Monday morning, on bullish demand figures coming from China. Additionally, U.S. dollar weakness contributed to last week's…

  • Oil Prices Rebound As U.S. Inventories Dwindle

    Published 17 August 2020 | viewed 10,264 times

    Traders remain concerned about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in many parts of the world including the United States, India and Brazil. The rise…

  • A String Of Bullish News Is Propping Up Oil Prices

    Published 10 August 2020 | viewed 8,608 times

    Crude oil markets remained optimistic over the past week supported by several bullish factors. Brent spot prices rose above $46 for the first time since April…

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