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Add to Calendar 26/09/2019 10:00 26/09/2019 12:00 Africa/Casablanca European Energy Security: The new role of the Atlantic and the Portuguese Speaking Countries of the Region Policy Center for the New South, Rabat. Policy Center for the New South will be hosting the presentation of the research paper “European Energy Security: The new role of the Atlantic and the Portuguese Speaking Countries of the Region”, by its authors Ms. Catarina Mendes Leal and Mr. José Félix Ribeiro. Policy Center for the New South, Rabat OCP Policy Center contact@ocppc.ma false DD/MM/YYYY
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00

European Energy Security: The new role of the Atlantic and the Portuguese Speaking Countries of the Region

Policy Center for the New South, Rabat.

Policy Center for the New South will be hosting the presentation of the research paper “European Energy Security: The new role of the Atlantic and the Portuguese Speaking Countries of the Region”, by its authors Ms. Catarina Mendes Leal and Mr. José Félix Ribeiro.

The European Union (EU), namely after its expansion in the East, is proportionally much more dependent on Russia and Eurasia than the Middle East/Persian Gulf region, counting on an energy province within it, although facing a decline in production – the North Sea, and with two regions of proximity: the North of Africa and West Africa. Security of an energy supply encompasses all Member States, even if some regions are more vulnerable than others; in particularly the less integrated and connected regions, such as the Baltic region and Eastern Europe.

Simultaneously, the Atlantic region is becoming the scene of important transformations, such as those arising from the discovery of new energy resources and technological advances that will impact the future.

To this effect, the present work focuses its attention on the Atlantic, proposing to observe, analyze, and attempt to comprehend, as much as possible, the future of its influence in geopolitical and geo-economics terms, highlighting the role of Portugal and the Lusophone countries of the Atlantic could potentially take regarding energy as an alternative route to the Russian supply for the EU, allowing for a more energy secure Europe.

This research paper was awarded the Jacques Delors Prize in 2016.

Agenda

 

10:00 – 10:30

Welcome coffee

10:30 – 10:45

Opening remarks
Tayeb Amegroud, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South 

10:45 – 11:15

“European Energy Security: the new role of the Atlantic and the Portuguese Speaking Countries of the Region”
- Catarina Mendes Leal
- José Félix Ribeiro

11:15 - 12:00 

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About the Speakers :
  • Tayeb Amegroud

    Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

    Tayeb Amegroud is the founder of GPower Consultants and an expert in energy planning, and projects development, valuation, financing and structuring, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center, who focuses on Energy, renewable energy, projects development, valuation and financing and structuring. Tayeb has an 18 years of combined experience in energy projects and investment banking.

    In his last position, Tayeb was Director in charge of Renewable Projects development, Planning and Strategy at Office National de l’Electricite (ONE) and member of its executive committee. Prior to that, Tayeb was Executive Director at Swiss Re in New York and London, and held the same position at Lehman Brothers and various other international financial.

  • Catarina Mendes Leal

    International Relations 

    Catarina Mendes Leal has a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, a Master in Public Management, 2 postgraduate degrees - in European Studies and other in Advanced Studies in Public Administration and a Degree in International Relations. She is also a National Defense Auditor and a National Foreign Policy Auditor. Attended foresight courses at GBN; as well as courses in the security and defense area: NATO School in Rome, at the George Marshall Centre and NATO School (Germany).

    Nowadays she is the Head of the International Affairs Department of the Economic and Food Safety Authority, former Advisor of the Directorate General of National Defense Policy and guest lecturer at several universities and institutions. Member of the IPRI. Awarded the Jacques Delors Prize 2016, the honorable mention of the Prize Admiral Teixeira da Mota 2014 and awarded the National Defense 2010 prize; author of 6 books, many articles, and investigator of research projects.
     

  • José Félix Ribeiro

    Economist 

    J. M. Félix Ribeiro holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations, and a Degree in Economics. He began his professional activity in 1971/73 as a researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences and at the Industry Planning Cabinet. He then served as Navy officer in Mozambique from 1973 to 1975. From 1976 to 1986, he was a researcher at the Group of Basic Studies in Industrial Economics – Planning Ministry carrying out studies in input / output analysis; structural evolution of the portuguese economy; dynamics of the export sector and foreign investment in Portugal. Later, he worked in the Direction of Planning Staff – National Board of Science and Technology on foresight studies in technology and work in international economics and development strategy for the Planning Ministry (1986/1994).

    Between 1994 and 2011 he integrated the Department of Foresight and Planning – Ministry of Planning, later Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, where he was Deputy Director responsible for the International Information and Foresight unit. He has been guest lecturer at several universities and institutions He also participates in several conferences.  Member of the IPRI. Awarded the Jacques Delor Prize 2016, the honorable mention of the Prize Admiral Teixeira da Mota 2014.  Author of an extensive list of publications and has participated in numerous research projects focusing on areas such as Energy Security, International Economics and Geopolitics, Foresight and Development Strategies.