Steve is Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Professor of Practice at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He specializes in energy system policy and strategy, with focus on the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Natural gas development across the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain —has become a priority for achieving long-term energy security and for supporting economic diversification initiatives (Shabaneh et al. 2020).
The last decade saw dramatic changes in the energy sector, including the shale oil and gas boom in the United States (U.S.), a commodity down-cycle, and heightened awareness of the global climate challenge. In response, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries launched economic reforms to diversify government revenues away from hydrocarbon exports and restructure domestic energy prices to manage rapidly rising energy demand.