Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Dr. Bassam Fattouh is the director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He specializes in international oil pricing systems, OPEC pricing power, security of Middle Eastern oil supplies, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials. He has published a variety of articles on oil and gas topics and his publications have appeared in academic and professional journals. Fattouh served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF. He also acts as an adviser to governments and industry, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Fattouh focuses his research on aspects of the international oil pricing system such as the relationship between the futures market and spot market, the relationship between OPEC and the market, the causes of oil price volatility and the dynamics of oil price differentials. He also focuses his research on the IOC-NOC relationship and its implications for investment behavior. He has a strong background in the economic environment of the Middle East.