Beginning 2016 founders of The Iraq Club, will officially launch the Future Energy Forum (FEF), an exclusive business-focused community connecting a senior network of leaders specifically engaged in the development of emerging energy markets.
A much anticipated forum, FEF is spearheaded by William Wakeham and Leanne Case, both of whom are leading experts on critical business issues within emerging energy economies.
Co-founder of The Iraq Club, Iraq Business News and Libya Business News, Wakeham has been deeply entrenched within emerging oil and gas economies for the past twelve years. After establishing an insurance business in Iraq and Jordan from 2004 to 2014, he created the world’s first online travel insurance product which included ‘war & terrorism’ cover as standard.
Having supported investors in challenging economies since 2009, Case consults to international resource companies on the management of social risk. After being seconded to the British Embassy in Baghdad to re-establish the UK Trade and Investment Office (UKTI), she was awarded the Iraq Reconstruction Medal for her services to government. Leanne has been successfully running The Iraq Club since 2012.
Offering members access to industry events, as well as a private online forum, FEF enables members to share experiences and best practices in overcoming barriers to doing business in emerging energy economies, in turn helping them to develop solutions to operational challenges.
Drawing on Dubai’s position as the business hub for the Middle East, FEF will showcase some of the world’s leading thinkers on critical business issues from geopolitics to security.
With the website and social media platforms going live this week, Wakeham and Case, are delighted to be introducing stage one of the FEF inauguration.
‘We are thrilled to be providing this much needed forum to our community. A members only network dedicated to providing core information on best business practice in high-risk markets’, commented Wakeham.
‘Our mandate is to establish a valuable community of leading stakeholders, in which case membership involves a vetting process whereby applicants submit their suitability and involvement within this niche sector.’
‘Accessing the right information and connections can pose a significant barrier to doing business within these markets, thus it is in our best interest to handpick suitable individuals to create a collective community so that knowledge is shared and new approaches are developed.
Expected to attract a variety of industry personnel, Christos Charalambous, Oil & Gas specialist for Taylor Wessing commented:
‘We are delighted to be a founding partner of the FEF. Having regularly attended The Iraq Club, we have experienced the value of this network first-hand and we are happy to support its expansion into other markets.’