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 Research Project Leader in energy economics at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Since 2013, he has been a leading analyst and a media commentator on global energy issues at the OPEC ministerial meetings. Has been hosted for more than 50 TV interviews on the oil markets with Sky News Arabia, Le Fonti International, CGTN, RT, CNTV, Saudi News, IEF, IPTC2020, and the OPEC Webcast. He has been quoted by the International Oil Daily, S&P Global Platts, Energy Intelligence Finance, Eleconomista, and Al-Arabiya Eng. He has been invited as a speaker by many global energy firms and events including S&P Global Platts (London), APICORP (Dhahran), European Energy Forum (Paris), BGS Solar Forum (Nice), and the World Energy Congress (Istanbul & Daegu). Representing CMarkits, Dr. Alshammari is a member of the Group of Experts on Clean Fossil Fuels and Natural Gas at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva), and the World Energy Monitor of World Energy Council (London).
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 in Energy Systems at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and an Assistant Professor of Engineering Economics at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia. He was also an Associate of Energy Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) and an expert member of many globally leading organisations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, World Energy Council (London), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has 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 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 (T-20) 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 at World Energy Council.