OPEC Awards 2018
OPEC has always recognized the important role played by scholars and journalists in increasing public awareness of the Organization’s work and emphasizing the petroleum industry’s essential contributions to the global economy. In support of this, OPEC offers two Awards – to honour individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions in the areas of scholarly research and energy journalism.
Instituted in 2004, the OPEC Award for Research is given to committed scholars who have contributed to an increased understanding of the determinants of oil market stability, and who have exhibited a critical, yet impartial, view of oil-related issues. Previous recipients include Professor Robert Mabro (2004), Oxford University fellow and former Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Peter Odell (2006), formerly of Erasmus University in Rotterdam; Paul Stevens (2009) of the University of Dundee; Oystein Noreng (2012), Professor Emeritus at BI Norwegian Business School; and Dr. Vaclav Smil (2015), Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba in Canada.
In 2018, the OPEC Award for Research was given to Professor Bassam Fattouh, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies and Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He is a world-renowned energy expert and a specialist in international oil pricing systems, oil price dynamics, and supply security, particularly in the Middle East.
The OPEC Award for Journalism is given to experienced print or broadcast journalists who engage in objective and balanced reporting of the oil market and related issues. Past recipients of the award are Dr. Walid Khadduri (2009), former Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Economic Survey; Bloomberg News’ OPEC correspondents (2012); and Ms. Margaret McQuaile (2015), a long-time reporter for Platts news service.
The 2018 OPEC Award for Journalism was given to Ms. Barbara Shook, Houston Bureau Chief, and Senior Reporter-at-Large and Analyst, at Energy Intelligence Group. Her work over nearly four decades has been characterized by insightful reporting, rigorous analysis, and a profound understanding of the economics of the industry.
Both Awards were presented by the President of the OPEC Conference at a Gala Dinner during this year’s OPEC International Seminar.
The recipient of this year’s ‘OPEC Award for Journalism, Barbara Shook, who serves as Houston Bureau Chief, and Senior Reporter-at-Large and Analyst, at Energy Intelligence Group.
The recipient of this year’s ‘OPEC Award for Research’, Professor Bassam Fattouh, a Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.