CMarkits is directed by Dr. Yousef Alshammari, who is officially the CEO and Head of Oil Research. He is a former Research Fellow at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and a current Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London.
Dr. Alshammari is one of the most well known energy and oil markets analysts in Saudi Arabia with more than 10 years of experience in energy research. He is a writer at CNN Arabic, Forbes Middle East, Oilprice and CGTN with more than 40 insight articles on oil and energy markets analysis. His articles have been featured by Business Insider, MarketWatch, NASDAQ, and Yahoo Finance. He has conducted more than 300 TV shows on oil markets and energy affairs with multiple channels including BBC Arabic, Al-Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, AFP, CGTN and TRT World. Furthermore, his insight has been quoted by multiple news outlets including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Petroleum Economist, S&P Platts, Energy Intelligence. He is an expert member at the Group of Experts on Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, where he has been advising countries on better strategies to adopt cleaner production of electricity from fossil fuels and decarbonisation of transport via natural gas.
As a consultant, he frequently responds to enquiries from the international media and financial industry on potential future directions of oil markets under issues of critical uncertainty including OPEC+ decisions, geopolitical developments and natural disasters. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Dr. Alshammari responded to more than 100 media enquiries and client consultations, and he has attended all of the OPEC+ monthly virtual press conferences with Energy Ministers of several countries including Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE, Algeria, Iraq, Angola and Nigeria.
He has been invited as a speaker by many prestigious entities including Imperial College, the American University of Beirut (AUB), S&P Global Platts, APICORP, Regents University, Heriot Watt University, the European Energy Forum, and the BGS Solar Forum. Among leading global figures, Dr. Alshammari has been featured as the 51st guest of the prestigious show “Cleaning Up” hosted by the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael Liebreich, to discuss energy transition in Saudi Arabia. Previous guests at the show include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Lord Browne, Fatih Birol, Ernest Moniz, and Stephen Chu.
In addition to his consulting role, Dr. Alshammari is a Professor of Engineering Economics at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia, where he taught more than a 1000 students, including some of the first engineering female students in the country. Many of his students are taking key engineering roles at major firms including Aramco, Schlumberger and GE. He has published more than 10 research articles at Energy Policy, OPEC Energy Review and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, for which he has also acted as a peer-reviewer.
He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, 2014, where he worked on designing innovative processes for clean hydrogen generation from heavy oil fields. Following his PhD, he started his career as a researcher at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he analysed the techno-economic assessment of nuclear production of hydrogen which enabled him to combine engineering with energy economics and policy. He was a research fellow at the OPEC, the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, a principal researcher in energy economics at the University of Vienna, and postdoctoral fellow at KAUST. While working in Vienna, Dr. Alshammari was an awardee of the SABIC research financial fellowship to study energy transition in the petrochemical sector. He was also an Associate at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), chaired by HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal.
While conducting his PhD studies Dr. Alshammari received the outstanding student service award as the President of the Student Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy at Imperial College London. He was selected as a Future Energy Leader by World Energy Council in 2013 while receiving the World Energy Congress prize for top 20 research papers in 2016 for his work on the impact of low oil prices on carbon capture and storage. In 2017, he was the winner of the UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievements (2017) and he was honoured as a Young Global Changer by the G20 Global Solution Summit in Berlin, Germany. In 2018, he was honoured with a certificate of appreciation for his long-term leadership services as a board member of Future Energy Leaders by the World Energy Council.