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European Centre for Energy & Resource Security

EUCERS Members

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Professor Michael Rainsborough, Head Department of War Studies, King’s College London


Professor Dr Friedbert Pflüger, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Research Director

Dr Frank Umbach (non-resident)

Research Associates

Senior Research Fellows - non-resident

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at King’s. Before joining King’s, he was Group Vice-President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP from 2002 to 2006 and previously BP's Group Policy Adviser. From 2009 to 2010 he worked for the Prime Minister as Senior Policy Adviser at 10 Downing Street.

Nick is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of Statoil, Energy Policy Adviser at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, and a Senior Adviser to Coller Capital, Linton Capital and Corporate Value Associates. From 2007 to 2009 he was Chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies. He is a Non-Executive Director of Cambridge Econometrics, a Trustee of Asia House, a Vice-President of the Hay-on-Wye literary festival, as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times. Nick’s particular interests are international energy policy, including energy security; industrial policy; the future of higher education; and European issues and he is a regular contributor to the Financial Times.

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Dr Petra Dolata is Associate Professor (History of Energy) at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is an area specialist (North America) with a background in both International History and International Relations. She teaches courses on energy history and international energy politics. Before joining the University of Calgary she was a Lecturer in International Politics at King’s College London, UK (2007-2014) and Assistant Professor of North American History at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2002-2007).Petra holds a Masters degree in American Studies from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she also received her PhD in International Relations with a study on US-German (energy) relations in the late 1950s, which was published in 2006 with Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Die deutsche Kohlenkrise in nationalen und transatlantischen Kontext).She was a Visiting Scholar at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto (Government of Canada Award, 2004), at the Centre for European Studies, Carleton University (2008) and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Oslo (2013).
Petra’s current research interests include Canadian energy, foreign and Arctic policies as well as 20th century energy history, specifically energy security in a North American and transatlantic context. In her research on international energy and resource security Petra aims to conceptualize the nature of the relationship between markets and politics in the international. She investigates how international energy (price) crises have historically shaped the concept of energy security and researches how past and present crises impact on international governance of energy and resource trade as well as international energy relations. She examines the intricate and multilevel relationship between state and non-state actors in the international system and between national regulation and international governance.

Arash Duero specializes in the political and economic dimensions of energy
resources. He currently heads the energy and commodities division of a
Berlin-based international consultancy and provides strategic advice to a
wide range of clients across multiple industries and functions, including
national governments, EU institutions, public and private corporations,
infrastructure operators, SPVs, as well as national and international
He previously worked at the European Commission's Institute for Energy in
the Netherlands. Moreover, he is a regular participant of the Atlantik
Bruecke's Working Group for Natural Resources and Strategic Metals and has contributed to the German National Academy of Science and Engineering's acatech project Resilien-Tech - Resilience by Design. Duero earned his Diploma in Political Science with a focus on Political Economy and International Energy Policy at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany,
while working as a research and teaching assistant at the Environmental
Policy Research Centre (FFU) and the Berlin Centre for Caspian Region
Studies. As a researcher, he has published on several energy related topics
in scholarly journals and magazines.

Androulla Kaminara is Principal Adviser in the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid - of the European Commission.
Androulla was the European Union Fellow at the European Studies Centre of St.Antony's College, Oxford University for 2012-13 and the EU Academic Visitor for 2013-2014 at the same center. She is currently a Senior Common Room member of St.Antony's as well as being Senior Research Associate – Non Resident at EUCERS.
From 2008 to 2012, she was the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus. Representations are the eyes, ears and voice of the European Commission in the Member States. From 2006 to 2008, Androulla was the Director for Quality of Operations in EuropeAid. The directorate provided thematic expertise and quality oversight to all EC delegations in third countries, where development cooperation projects were being implemented.
She has also been Head of Unit for the coordination of development co-operation projects and programs of the EC in 44 West & Central African and Caribbean countries as well as having served as a member of cabinet in the offices of two European Commission Commissioners. She started working for the European Commission in 1991.
Before joining the Commission she was special adviser to two cabinet Ministers in Greece and Managing Director of a private consultancy firm.
She holds a B.Sc (Hons.) in Geology and Physics (King's College, Univ. of  London), a MSc in Management Science (Imperial College, Univ. of London) as well as Maîtrise in International Politics (Université libre de Bruxelles – Brussels).
Androulla has presented papers and published work on the geopolitics of energy, energy security, climate change policies, EU energy policies, the East Mediterranean region, and on development cooperation (see blog: and Twitter:@akaminara).

Dr Peter Kaznacheev, is an Oxford-based energy economist and commodity market strategist. He is a Visiting Lecturer in energy studies and the Director of the Centre for Resource Economics at the Russian Academy fo National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). He is also Lead Economist at Khaznah Strategies Ltd., a UK-based consulting firm that specialises in energy market research and strategic advisory. Previously, he worked as a Business Development Advisor with BP where he focused on new business origination for the company in Russia and the Caspian region. Between 2002 and 2005, Peter worked as Senior Economic Advisor in the Russian Government and as Assistant Representative at the Group of Eight (G8). Prior to that, he worked at the World Bank in Washington; and before that – as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Property of the Russian Parliament. Peter received a Master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC; and a BA and a PhD in political science and philosophy from Moscow State University.

Dr Tomas Maltby is a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy. He works primarily on issues related to EU politics and energy policy. Tomas completed his BA in International Relations at Leicester University before moving to Sheffield University to undertake an MA in Research Methods in Politics and International Relations. He did his PhD at Manchester University and worked as a Research Associate there before starting work at King’s College London in September 2014.  Tomas has also taught at the Institute of European Studies, part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Please click here for Dr Maltby's profile.

KAS Fellows at EUCERS

Alexandra-Maria Bocse is the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Fellow at EUCERS in 2016/17. Alexandra has experience conducting research on European and global energy politics at University of Cambridge (in the framework of her PhD) and Harvard University. Alexandra will be working on a research study with EUCERS on “The Paris Climate Agreement: implications for the European Gas Industry”. She will also be assisting in organising next year’s energy talk series.

Chunping Sue Xie is one of the KAS Fellows 2015/16. Her focus during the research year at EUCERS will be on "Global Gas Markets".

Jose A. Bolanos is one of the KAS Fellows 2015/16. He is also currently a PhD student in the King’s College London (KCL) Political Economy Department. He is also a Research Student Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences’ (LSE) Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). During his year as KAS Fellow at EUCERS, Jose will focus on the topic of “The Future of Oil”.

Kalina Damianova was one of the KAS Fellows 2014/15 at EUCERS. She conducted her research on Iran in the context of (re)emerging energy superpowers.

Flavio Lira was one of the KAS Fellows 2014/15 at EUCERS. He is a PhD candidate with the Institute of International Relations at the University of Sao Paulo, as well as an assistant professor of International Relations at the Federal University of the Pampas in Southern Brazil. His work at EUCERS will focus on Brasil as Emerging Energy Superpower.

Jan-Justus Andreas was the 2013/14 KAS Fellow at EUCERS and the Chief Editor of the EUCERS Newsletters from 10/2013 to 08/2015. He is currently completing his PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management at the University of York.  With a diverse background in European politics, economics, international law and security studies, Jan-Justus' focus lies in an interdisciplinary approach on current energy developments in an increasingly intertwined international environment. During his research stay at EUCERS, he wrote the Strategy Paper No.5 on the Shale Revolution in the US. He holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, and an MA in International Peace and Security from King's College London.

Shiraz Maher was the first KAS Fellow at EUCERS in 2012/13. During his research at EUCERS he explored the impact of political unrest in the Middle East on energy markets and published the EUCERS Strategy Paper "The Arab Spring and its Impact on Supply and Production in Global Markets". Shiraz is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence and is currently coordinating the Centre’s research on the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. He also researches the development of Salafi-Jihadi ideology, and jihadist organisations in the broader Middle East. As a result of this research he has been invited to give evidence before three parliamentary committees.

Research Associates

Dr Moses Ekpolomo is an Energy Analyst, Energy Security Intelligence Research (ESIR) in London, Graduate Teaching Assistant in the department of European & International Studies (EIS), has been a Research Associate in EUCERS, King’s College London since 2011, a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) London Chapter, member of Platts London Energy Forum-McGrew Hill Financial London; and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. From September 2000 until November 2008 he was a data processing/analyst with EDF Energy PLC in London, Policy Strategist with Westminster Consulting 2008-2010, and was a Research Intern in 2012 at IHS Jane’s Global Intelligence, Defence, Aerospace, Risk and Security Consulting in the City of London. Holds BSc degree in International Studies from the Open University in 2008, MA in Diplomatic Studies (Intelligence & International Security) from the Diplomatic Academy of London (DAL) University of Westminster in 2010. Graduate Teaching Assistant in Energy Security, King’s Summer School Institute in 2013. He received his PhD degree in Energy Security, War Studies Research in May 2015 from King’s College London. His areas of interest are: Energy Economics & International Security Policy, Natural Resources Governance & conflict, Oil and Gas Project advisor, Energy Geopolitics and Economic interest of War & Defence.

Thomas Froehlich is currently writing his PhD thesis at King's Brazil Institute on Brazil’s International Ethanol Strategy. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Munich.
He is researching Brazil’s biofuel policies and aims at understanding the connection between climate change, energy security and development in International Relations with regards to alternative fuel markets. Thomas’ focus is to elaborate practical recommendations for policy makers based on solid academic research.
Before coming to London, he worked as a political consultant in Berlin where he advised private companies and institutions on strategy development regarding political decision-making. He also worked closely with the German Bundestag as well as with EU institutions and was involved in local politics and grassroots campaigning. Thomas is a participant in several political networks and a keen supporter of international dialogue.
Feel free to contact Thomas at thomas.froehlich(at) or follow him on twitter

Dr Gabriel Hengel is a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King's College London.  His research examines energy issues of a political and strategic nature within the transatlantic security community.  Gabriel is specifically interested in sources of intra-community tension surrounding the security of oil and natural gas supply and how these supply security tensions impact the overall cohesiveness of the transatlantic states.
Gabriel holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina State University.  In addition to his research, Gabriel has worked as a consultant for an oil and gas risk management firm in Aberdeen and began his career in the financial sector in the United States.
Gabriel's LinkedIn profile and Twitter

Maria Kottari is a PhD candidate in EU Energy Politics (Panteion University, Athens) and currently Visiting Scholar at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her Thesis studies the EU energy policy and the role of East-Mediterranean countries, analysing the institutional aspect of the energy relations between the EU and its East -Mediterranean partners (as case study), the external aspects of the EU energy policy and the notion of energy security in a wider perspective.
Her publications cover a wide spectrum of energy issues: EU & East - Mediterranean energy politics, energy security concepts, renewable energy issues and global energy governance. She has, also, numerous contributions in international conferences, lectures and seminars.
You can also view her profile on LinkedIn.

Dr Maximilian Kuhn is the Chief Editor of EUCERS Strategy Papers and a research associate at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP) at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, visiting research associate and chief editor of the EUCERS Strategy Papers at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King’s College London, as well as doctoral student at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in the PhD programme for Caspian Region Environmental and Energy Studies (CREES). (CREES). Maximilian Kuhn specialises in Caspian region studies including Iran, energy policy, international energy markets, and policy analysis for policy making. Prior to commencing his PhD, he has worked in public affairs and institutional public relations, corporate PR and agenda setting. Maximilian Kuhn’s current research focuses on energy and energy policy decision-making and future-studies, such as scenarios for the Eurasian gas market for 2030, and the future of the Iranian natural gas sector. His academic work has been published in specialised journals and he has contributed to and has been quoted in international media such as BBC World Service, Spiegel and other media outlets specialising on energy. Maximilian Kuhn has published various academic articles on the Eurasian gas market, the liberalisation of the Turkish energy market and on unconventional gas. He has studied in Munich and Berlin and also spent terms abroad in Washington, New York, Moscow, Baku and Ankara. Maximilian Kuhn has received his Diploma in Political Sciences, (equivalent to MSc.), from the Freie Universität Berlin. His PhD is funded by a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

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Carola Logan is currently working on her PhD on energy policy and European Integration at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research focuses on the history of energy and the impact of energy related conflicts and crises on European integration and the development of a common EU energy policy. From 2012-2018 she was the Operations Coordinator for EUCERS. Click here for Carola's profile.

Philipp Nießen is a research associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security at King’s College London and is currently working as senior manager at the department of energy and climate policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.) in Berlin. There, he focuses among other issues on questions of European and international energy policy. Philipp holds a double degree in „Business Administration & Energy Economics“ from the University of Leipzig (Germany) and MGIMO Moscow (Russia). Before joining BDI and EUCERS, Philipp worked for the European Commission, various European energy companies and business consultancies. He takes a special research interest in the political economy of the energy sector, international energy governance as well as Eurasian and Russian energy affairs.

Philipp Offenberg Philipp Offenberg is a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King’s College London and conducts research on pricing mechanisms in the European gas market, EU-Russia energy relations, and the Sino-Russian natural gas cooperation. He is also an Affiliate Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin (Notre Europe) where he deals with the integration of European electricity and gas markets and with the interaction between EU energy policy and Germany's energy transition. Philipp has gained work experience in the energy industry with Accenture (Utilities – Resources) and BASF subsidiary Wintershall. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he specialised in policy and economics of energy, macroeconomics and quantitative methods. He also studied in Moscow and Pamplona (Spain), and finished a traineeship in journalism at the Journalist Academy of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Click here for Philipp's LinkedIn profile.

Marina Petroleka is Global Head of Industry Research for BMI Research. Her role involves providing strategic guidance and fostering thought-leadership between the different areas of industry research across BMI. In addition to her role as Global Head of Industry, she also heads BMI's Energy & Infrastructure global hub. For nearly a decade her expertise has been in the energy sector, both the conventional and unconventional Oil & Gas sectors, as well as infrastructure development policy in North America, Europe, Africa, China and the Middle East. She is a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Research Security (EUCERS).

Dr Slawomir Raszewski is author of numerous publications in the fields of energy, policy and governance, as well as a frequent speaker at international conferences and events, and a media commentator on energy and security issues including for the BBC. With his policy focus on political risk and energy security Slawomir also serves as a member of the Unconventional Hydrocarbons Network, an advisory committee to the European Commission. His academic research interests lie at the intersection between International Political Economy and Security. Slawomir’s previous research experience includes the Petroleum and Society project within the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law (Queensland, Australia) and the ESRC-funded Political Economy of Energy in Europe and Russia network (Warwick, UK). Previously a Republic of Turkey funded Visiting Research Fellow in Ankara Slawomir holds a Ph.D from Leeds (UK) where his research focused on the role of energy transit in the external energy policy of the European Union. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and also teaches on the International Security programme at University College London. His working languages include English, Polish, Russian and Turkish. Slawomir can be contacted at

Aura Sabadus is an alumna of KCL’s War Studies Department where she completed an MA in International Relations in 2010. She is now working as a journalist for a London-based news agency covering energy markets. She specialises in southeast European and Turkish energy markets, taking a particular interest in the geopolitical implications of the Southern Energy Corridor. She previously worked for a number of UK regional and national newspapers and made contributions to Romanian-language newspapers in Romania, Denmark, Canada and USA. She is fluent in English, Romanian, French and has working knowledge of German. Aura Sabadus is also a research fellow of EUCERS since October 2010.

Dr Kaho Yu is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School and is a research associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security at King’s College London. There, he focuses among other issues on the Chinese energy cooperation in the “Belt and Road Initiative”. Besides, Kaho serves as a Research Fellow at the Center for International Energy Security Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Science, Renmin University Chongyang Institute and Asian Energy Studies Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University. He also taught a master course on Geopolitics of Energy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kaho produces policy reports on Chinese energy security and geopolitics for policy makers in both Chinese and English. He is one of the authors of the Blue Book of World Energy of Chinese Academy of Social Science. Kaho received his PhD degree from King’s College London. His areas of interest are: Eurasian energy geopolitics, Chinese energy security, Sino-Russian energy cooperation and global energy governance. Feel free to contact Kaho at kaho.yukaho(at)

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Shwan Zulal is a consultant and Political Analyst with expertise covering a broad spectrum of political, governmental and social risk management. He is a UK trained Lawyer and specialises in Government relations, Business development, Due diligence & Market Entry Strategy in Iraq and Kurdistan region. He writes prolifically about Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s energy sector, politics and regional geopolitics. He has written numerous academic papers on the subject and currently working on a paper for EUCERS on Kurdistan region and Turkish economic cooperation as well as the role of energy in the new Middle East. He runs a blog on the subject at Kurdish Views. He is also a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London. He is currently an energy consultant and head of Carduchi Consulting which specialises in the oil & gas, mining and financial sectors in Kurdistan Region.He takes part in many expert panels, TV debates and Think Tank discussion on Kurdistan region politics and energy issues and chair such meetings at Kings College Policy Institute, AUIS, EUCERS, SETA, IRIS and others Think Tanks and organisations.

Advisory Board


Chaired by Professor Michael Rainsborough, Head of the Department of War Studies, King's College London

Marco Arcelli, Executive Vice President, Upstream Gas, Enel, Rome

Professor Dr Hüseyin Bagci, Department Chair of International Relations, Middle East Technical University Inonu Bulvari, Ankara

Andrew Bartlett, Managing Director, Bartlett Energy Advisers

Volker Beckers, Chairman and non-Executive Director of Reactive Technologies Ltd, Vice Chairman (since October 2016) and Member of the Board of Directors (non-Executive Director) of Danske Commodities A/S, Denmark and  Chairman, Chair Audit Committee of Albion Community Power Plc

Professor Dr Marc Oliver Bettzüge, Chair of Energy Economics, Department of Economics, University of Cologne; Director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and President of the Supervisory Board, EWI Energy Research & Scenarios

Professor Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, New York

Professor Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

Dr John Chipman, Director International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London

Iain Conn, Group Chief Executive, Centrica plc

Professor Dr Dieter Helm, University of Oxford

Professor Dr Karl Kaiser, Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., USA

Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and President of the Institute Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris

Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal, King's College London

Hildegard Müller, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Grid & Infrastructure of Innogy SE

Janusz Reiter, Center for International Relations, Warsaw

Professor Dr Karl Rose, Senior Fellow Scenarios, World Energy Council, Vienna/London

Jonathan Stern, Chairman, Natural Gas Research Programme and Senior Research Fellow, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), University of Oxford


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