In September 2012, Naji Abi-Aad started acting as Senior Advisor to Petroleb, an oil company based in Beirut and active in petroleum exploration offshore the East Mediterranean. In addition, he began managing the newly-established Institute for Energy Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Meanwhile, he is advising Qatar Foundation on oil and gas research. Prior to his move to Lebanon, Dr Abi-Aad was serving for one year as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Qatar Petroleum International (QPI), after spending six years as Research Advisor for Qatar Petroleum and its Board of Directors Department, and as Media and Research Strategist in the Office of HE Qatar’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy & Industry. Between 1999 and 2005, Dr Abi-Aad was acting as managing director of Econergy, a Beirut-based research centre aiming to carry out studies and reports on the economic and energy development in the East Mediterranean and the Gulf. He was also engaged between 1988 and 2003 as Senior Advisor for the Middle East within the French-based Observatoire Mediterraneen de l’Energie (OME).Dr Abi-Aad studied at the American University of Beirut before been awarded a Ph.D. degree in Energy Economics from Grenoble University in France. During his 30 years of experience, he had been involved in extensive consultations, conferences and studies, particularly on oil and gas in the Middle East, their resources and supply prospects. He has authored over 80 reports and studies on Middle East energy issues, as well as a book on security of petroleum supply from the region.