CMarkits is directed by Dr. Yousef Alshammari, who is officially the CEO and Head of Oil Research. He is a former Research Fellow in energy economics at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the University of Vienna, Austria.
Since 2013, he has been a leading analyst and a media commentator on energy and oil markets affairs at the OPEC ministerial meetings. Has been hosted for more than 150 TV interviews on the oil markets with Al-Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, Asharq Bloomberg, Sky News Arabia, CGTN, Le Fonti, RT, Saudi State TV and the OPEC Webcast. Furthermore, his insight has been quoted by multiple news outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, S&P Platts, The National, International Oil Daily, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, and Hart Energy.
Dr Alshammari has published more than 30 insight articles on oil markets and the energy industry with Oilprice.com, CGTN and Forbes Middle East. His articles have been featured by many business news outlets including Business Insider, MarketWatch, NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance, and Investing.com.
He has been invited as a speaker by many prestigious entities including the American University of Beirut (AUB), S&P Global Platts, APICORP, Regents University, Herriot Watt University, the European Energy Forum, and the BGS Solar Forum. Representing CMarkits, Dr. Alshammari is a member of the Group of Experts at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, advising European 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 has 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, Algeria, Iraq, Angola and Nigeria.
Among leading global figures and energy experts, Dr. Alshammari has been 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 Tony Blair, Fatih Bairol, Ernest Moniz, and Stephen Chu.
He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London where worked on designing innovative processes for clean hydrogen generation from heavy oil fields. Following that, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he analysed the techno-economic assessment of nuclear production of hydrogen for refining applications. He has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and an Assistant Professor at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia, and an Associate at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), chaired by HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal. He has also been a peer-reviewer for research papers at Energy Policy and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and he published a wide range of research papers in the field of energy technology and energy economics.
Throughout his career pathway, he published more than 10 research articles in prestigious research journals, and he has been a recipient of many international prizes including the World Energy Congress Prize (2016) for TOP20 research papers for his work on the impact of low oil prices on carbon capture and storage, and the UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievements (2017). In 2017, he was honoured as a Young Global Changer by the G20 Global Solution Summit in Berlin, Germany, and 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 World Energy Council.