Robin Mills is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In his full time capacity he is CEO of Qamar Energy, which he established in 2015 to meet the need for regionally based Middle East insight and project delivery across the oil and gas, renewable, hydrogen and carbon management sectors. 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. 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.
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, and co-editor of Low-Carbon Energy in the Middle East and North Africa. 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.
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.
During the early years of the 21st century, the Middle East emerged as a fast-growing center not just of natural gas production and exports but also of demand. Including Egypt, total growth in annual demand from 2000 to 2017 was greater than any region except Asia, a feat more surprising when considering the region’s relatively small population and economy.