Association Webinars: The Oil Downturn - Implications for the Energy Transition


In the midst of COVID-19, the oil industry faces increased uncertainty about its role in the future energy mix. This webinar aims to determine the impact of this new state of play on the deployment of clean energy strategies at the distinct, but mutually reinforcing, state and company levels.


Roberto F. Aguilera is an Energy Economist with Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Australia, and a consultant with Servipetrol Ltd, Canada. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2018-2019, on the subject of oil prices, which took him to 30 cities worldwide. From 2013-2017, he was an analyst with the OPEC Secretariat, Vienna, where he co-authored their annual World Oil Outlook. Previous affiliations include International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; University of Vienna; and Catholic University of Chile. He has participated in numerous energy studies, including with the World Petroleum Council, German Institute for Economic Research and US National Petroleum Council. He Holds PhD and Master degrees from Colorado School of Mines, USA, and a Bachelor degree from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. His publication record comprises The Price of Oil, a book published by Cambridge University Press in English and Chinese.


Mariana Liakopoulou is a research analyst focusing on natural gas security and geopolitics of the Caspian and Central Asian energy markets, as well as of the energy markets of Southeastern and Central and Eastern Europe. She currently serves as a Research Fellow in Energy Security with the NATO Association of Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and a Member of the Roster of Experts of the Energy Community Secretariat (Vienna, Austria). She is a former non-resident Research Fellow in Energy Security and Geopolitics with Caspian Policy Center (Washington D.C.) and a former member of the Strategy and Communication Team of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (Ljubljana, Slovenia). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies and a Master's in International Relations and European Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her Master's thesis looks into the Caspian legal status and the riparian producers' outlook on the European Commission's strategy towards the Fourth/Southern Gas Corridor. Key topics of her published works to date include: the decarbonization of the natural gas sector in Europe; the Southern Gas Corridor; European energy security strategy; regulatory steps towards the liberalization of the European energy markets and the gasification of Western Balkans; aspects of energy cooperation between the EU and the Caspian Sea littoral states; oil and gas pipeline problems and prospects in Russia and the post-soviet republics of the Caspian Sea region; the legal status of the Caspian Sea. She is fluent in English, French, Russian and Greek, and has elementary knowledge of Ukrainian.


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