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Robin Mills

Robin Mills is founder of Qamar Energy, established to meet the need for regionally based Middle East energy insight. He is an expert on energy strategy and economics, and has been described by Foreign Policy magazine as “one of the energy world’s great minds.” Prior to this, Mills led major consulting assignments for the EU in Iraq. He also consulted for a variety of international oil companies on Middle East business development, integrated gas and power generation and renewable energy.

Mills worked for a decade at Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East. He subsequently worked for six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company, better known as Enoc, where he advanced business development efforts in the Middle East energy sector.

He is a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, a senior fellow of the Iraq Energy Institute and previously a non-resident fellow for energy at the Brookings Institution. He is currently a columnist at The National and Bloomberg, and the author of “Sunrise in the Desert,” on solar energy in the Middle East, and “The Myth of the Oil Crisis” and “Capturing Carbon.”

Mills holds a first in geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dutch and Norwegian.

Articles By Robin Mills

The Ghosts of Gorbachev’s Energy Legacy By Robin Mills - Sep 12, 2022

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who died last month at 91, was famous in the West for perestroika and glasnost. But three other Russian words also familiar in English were even more consequential for his reign and the resulting Soviet downfall: gaz, neft (oil), and atom. Gorbachev’s approach to these pillars of the Soviet economy continue to shape Russia’s relations with the world. The most dramatic event of Gorbachev’s … Continue reading “The Ghosts of Gorbachev’s Energy Legacy”

Why Can’t Algeria Solve Europe’s Gas Woes? By Robin Mills - Aug 2, 2022

European politicians have been scouring their neighborhood to find new gas supplies to replace those threatened by Russia. They have secured some promises in their tour that took them from Azerbaijan via the Gulf to Egypt and Israel. They have visited Algeria too – but Africa’s largest country and biggest gas producer remains a prickly partner. Algeria exports gas via pipelines to Spain and … Continue reading “Why Can’t Algeria Solve Europe’s Gas Woes?”

The Allure of Middle East Hydrogen By Robin Mills - Apr 14, 2022

The visit of German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck to the UAE on March 21 marked the start of a new partnership between two emerging heavyweights in the business of hydrogen. But more importantly, it underscored the role that this “future fuel” could play in curbing climate change and freeing countries from current geopolitical bottlenecks. Hydrogen offers three key attractions over traditional fossil fuels: It is versatile; it … Continue reading “The Allure of Middle East Hydrogen”