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Robin Mills Featured Speaker at The 6th Gulf Intelligence Energy Markets Forum on September 22nd, 2016, in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

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Robin Mills, CEO


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Robin established Qamar Energy in 2015 to meet the need for regionally-based Middle East energy insight and project delivery. He is an expert on energy strategy and economics, described by Foreign Policy magazine as “one of the energy world’s great minds”.


Prior to this, he led major consulting assignments for the EU in Iraq, and for a variety of international oil companies on Middle East business development, integrated gas and power generation and renewable energy.


Robin worked for a decade for Shell, concentrating on new business development in the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, when he was described as the “Shell expert on Iran”.


He subsequently worked for six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), where he advanced business development efforts in the Middle East energy sector, including major gas import schemes for Dubai and upstream developments in Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Algeria and elsewhere.


He is the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis, which evaluates global long-term oil supply, and Capturing Carbon, the first comprehensive overview of carbon capture and storage for the non-specialist. He is the columnist on energy and environmental issues at The National newspaper (Abu Dhabi), and comments widely on energy issues in the media, including Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, The Atlantic, CNN, CNBC Arabiya, BBC, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, Sky News and others.


Robin also authored a ground-breaking study Sunrise in the Desert: Solar becomes commercially viable in MENA, on solar power competitiveness in the Gulf (with PWC/Emirates Solar Industry Association) as well as Under the Mountains: Kurdish Oil and Regional Politics for the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Risky Routes: Energy Transit in the Middle East. He has been Non-Resident Fellow for Energy at the Brookings Institution. He holds a first-class degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dutch and Norwegian.






Dina Guirguis, Legal


Dina is a U.S. qualified Egyptian American attorney with substantial experience both in legal and policy roles.  Dina brings a wide range of experience, having assumed numerous regional positions as in-house counsel for multinationals, managing all corporate legal areas from contracts to compliance. 


Previously, Dina practiced dispute resolution in construction and energy practices with a major U.S. law firm in Dubai, and compliance and regulatory law at a leading global firm in Washington, D.C. Dina also practiced in international arbitration, assisting the firm in the case of EDF Services Limited v. Romania before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal at the World Bank. Dina also assumed numerous policy roles in Washington, D.C., including as advocacy director for the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), and as fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).


Dina also acquired further legal experience in Egypt, where she practiced at an international firm in Cairo, providing legal services to national and multinational companies operating and/or seeking to operate in the Middle East, with a focus on acquisitions, joint venture, commercial and corporate agreements, and legal due diligence. In addition to the practice of law,


She widely authored and published numerous articles and policy pieces on political and legal reform in the Middle East. 


Dina is fluent in English, Arabic and French.  She graduated with Honors from both Wellesley College and Vanderbilt University Law School (respectively).  She is certified to practice law in the United States and is certified in International Legislative Drafting by the International Law Institute.





Maryam Salman, Consultant

Maryam is Qamar Energy’s lead research analyst, and holds six years’ experience as an energy consultant, covering the Middle East’s energy spectrum. She has been at the forefront of investigating the region’s latest energy developments and providing commercial consulting, business analysis, and strategic recommendations for international energy majors, oil and gas supply chains, government entities, and private stakeholders on business development and investor relations.


She has led numerous market studies analysing existing and aspirational business models across the Middle East’s energy sector and has advised on key political and geopolitical issues in Iraq, Libya, and Bahrain. Maryam has co-authored Powering Iraq: Challenges Facing the Electricity Sector in Iraq for the Al Bayan Center for Planning & Studies, Renewable Energy Market Analysis: GCC 2019 for IRENA, and writes for leading energy websites and international media outlets.


She graduated summa cum laude as a Master of International Studies from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, with strong proficiency in international relations and research methods. She knows five languages, including Arabic and French.





Maryem El Farsaoui,

Research Analyst









Ahmed A. Zaheer D. B.




Maryem holds a Master’s degree in International Relations with Distinction from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, with a focus on international security, geopolitics and energy security in the MENA region. Her Master’s thesis studied the UAE's 2050 Energy Strategy to increase renewable energy use to 50% in 2050. Her experience at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in the Australian Consulate in Dubai provided her with deep knowledge of the business environment in the UAE along with advanced skills in cross-sectoral market research.


At Qamar, Maryem supports research projects with unique insight on sustainability, energy efficiency and energy policy. She has advised on a number of projects including energy efficiency and utility modernisation in the Middle East, climate adaptation in the MENA region, corporate social responsibility in the energy sector, and waste management in the oil and gas industry, among others. She speaks Arabic, French and English fluently.




Ahmed is an Energy Consultant at Qamar Energy and holds over 8 years of experience specialising in delivering public and private sector engagements relating to energy market design, market entry, business growth, investment, and M&A strategy across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.


Prior to Qamar, he was an Energy, Strategy Consultant at AWR Lloyd based in Hong Kong, advising government entities and corporations on the Energy, Mining, and Utilities sectors. He began his career in Investment Banking and Capital Markets advisory, at Deloitte and Morgan Stanley in the UK. Ahmed was an Analyst on the Investment Banking team at Arqaam Capital in Dubai, and a Senior Analyst at the Capital Markets advisory practice at Astramina Capital in Malaysia.


He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the London Metropolitan University, and a Postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.