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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.

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Electric vehicles are finally going mainstream. After decades of waiting for the EV revolution, more and more people worldwide are finally driving them. Driven by strong growth in China and Europe, EV sales crossed a critical milestone in 2022 with 10 percent of the global vehicle market share. As more governments, large and small, look to promote electric vehicle usage to combat … Continue reading “Electric Vehicles Are Now Mainstream, But No Silver Bullet”

How to Prepare for the Perfect Storm of Conflict and Climate Change By Nickolay E Mladenov - Jan 25, 2023

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and its effects are felt by communities worldwide. But for those living in conflict-affected areas, the impact of climate change can be particularly devastating. The combination of rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and create new yet … Continue reading “How to Prepare for the Perfect Storm of Conflict and Climate Change”

Climate Change, Energy and a Question of Leadership By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 23, 2023

The consensus among climate–change activists and many commentators is that the decision to put the head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in charge of this year’s COP28 climate talks in the United Arab Emirates is akin to appointing a fox as head of security on a chicken farm. There is, however, an alternative perspective on the appointment of Sultan … Continue reading “Climate Change, Energy and a Question of Leadership”

Turkey and Syria Begin Delicate Dance Toward Reconciliation By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 21, 2023

What started in the autumn as the small, hesitant steps of reluctant dance partners has exploded in pace over the past few weeks, as Turkey and Syria begin open moves toward some form of reconciliation. A few months ago, it was reported that the intelligence heads of both countries had held multiple meetings, encouraged by Russia. In recent weeks, those meetings have increased, accompanied by a … Continue reading “Turkey and Syria Begin Delicate Dance Toward Reconciliation”

Nothing to Celebrate in Syria’s New Budget By Haid Haid - Jan 20, 2023

Last month, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad approved a 2023 draft budget of 16.5 trillion Syrian pounds. Official media celebrated the figure, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. But viewing the budget based on its value in local currency is misleading. With inflation factored in, the 2023 budget proposal is in fact the lowest ever in US dollar value. Even when calculated … Continue reading “Nothing to Celebrate in Syria’s New Budget”