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Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics, University of Surrey

Dr. Carole Nakhle is an energy economist, based in London, and specialising in international petroleum fiscal regimes, world oil and gas market developments, and energy policy. She is an associate of the Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC) as well as Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics at the University of Surrey. She is Economic Consultant with the Commonwealth Secretariat and she acts as External Expert for the Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF. She is also a regular contributor to the Liechtenstein based Geopolitical Information Service and is Research Fellow at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies.

From 2005 to 2008, she served as Senior Research Fellow in Energy at the University of Surrey. Over the same period, she also acted as Special Parliamentary Adviser on Energy Issues and Middle Eastern Affairs in the House of Lords, UK. She then worked with Statoil and Eni.

Dr. Nakhle, who was born in Lebanon, has travelled widely in the major oil and gas producing countries. She has been on energy related exploratory visits to the Arctic and the North Sea.

She is the Director of 'Access for Women in Energy', a non for profit organisation that brings together senior women executives, their male counterparts and policy makers to review timely energy matters.

Dr. Nakhle is trilingual, in spoken and written Arabic, French and English. She has published numerous papers and articles. She has also written two books. Her book, entitled "Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth", takes the reader step-by-step through the entire petroleum taxation story. Her other book "Out of the Energy Labyrinth", shows how the search for safe global energy supplies can work in harness with the struggle to curb greenhouse gases and climate change. The book is available in English, Japanese, Arabic and Turkish and is co-authored with Lord David Howell. They are currently working on a new energy title.

Dr. Nakhle has also written a report, in both English and Arabic, on the contractual framework for oil and gas investment in Iraq.

She is a member of the International and British Institute of Energy Economics, and makes regular presentations at international conferences on energy issues.


  • –present
    Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics, University of Surrey