Meet the PE team

Peter Ramsay, Editor-in-chief

Peter joined Petroleum Economist in October 2018 as editor-in-chief, with responsibility for all content produced under the PE brand. He has almost two decades’ experience of energy and commodity market reporting and analysis.

Peter was previously managing editor at Argus Media. His previous roles encompass leading Argus’ European gas and power and global coal strategy; senior analyst positions within the European gas trading team at BP and at price forecaster Eclipse Energy Group, now part of Platts Analytics; and editing Argus’ daily European natural gas report. Peter is an M.A. (Cantab) graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Alastair O'Dell, Senior editor

Alastair specialises in the energy transition, ESG investing and the energy sector of developing economies. Before joining PE Media Network, he was the editor of Global Investor Group for seven years. He has been a financial and industrial journalist for more than 15 years and holds a BSc. in Economics from UCL and an MSc. Commerce from The University of Sydney. 

 

 Charles Waine, Americas correspondent

Charles heads the Americas region for Petroleum Economist and specialises in US shale and Latin American upstream, with a particular focus on the region’s NOCs.

Before joining Petroleum Economist, he worked in due diligence and conflict research and holds a MSc in International Development from The University of Bath. 

Rhys Timson, Digital & copy editor

Rhys is a production journalist with more than 14 years of experience and joined PE Media Network in September 2020. He has previously worked for Interfax Global Energy Services and Hydrocarbon Engineering and LNG Industry magazines. He has an MA in English Literature from the University of York. 

Elliot Jacobs, Managing director

Elliot has worked in business publishing for nearly 25 years and joined Gulf Energy Information in June 2019. Prior to his current role, Elliot has experience as a Commercial Director and Head of Content at Last Word Media and Citywire. Elliot also started his professional career in London with Euromoney Institutional Investor and has also spent time living and working in Hong Kong and for Dow Jones, in New York.

Elliot is a graduate of Liverpool University where he gained a BA in Drama and lives in West Sussex with his wife and children.  

Contributors

Stephanie Baxter

Stephanie is a financial journalist at Rhotic Media and has worked in the industry for more than a decade. She is a former deputy personal finance editor at The Telegraph, a former deputy editor at Professional Pensions and also worked at Global Investor Group. She specialises ESG investment, the energy transition and hydrogen.

Gerald Butt

Gerald has reported on the Middle East for four decades – as BBC correspondent in Lebanon and then Israel/Occupied Territories. He later edited the Cyprus-based Middle East Economic Survey and today is a freelance writer and consultant on the region.

James Gavin

James is a London-based journalist specialising in Central Asia and Asia Pacific oil and gas markets. Formerly based in the Middle East, he has covered energy markets and political risk issues for the past two decades. 

Anna Kachkova

Anna is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has over 12 years of experience covering the energy industry, including eight years as NewsBase's North America editor, five of which were spent in Houston, Texas. She specialises in covering energy in North America and Europe, as well as global unconventional oil and gas and LNG. Anna is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and also holds an MA from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Vincent Lauerman

Vincent is president of Geopolitics Central, a Calgary-based energy consultancy. He has spent the majority of his three-decade career working as a global energy analyst, specialising in oil markets. Vincent has also worked as a manager of energy economists, policy analysts and reporters, and as a private macro-speculator. He graduated with a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, and has worked in Calgary, New York and Tokyo.

Joel Sam

Joel is a researcher and author on the topics of sustainable finance, African trade and the energy transition. His doctoral research examines utility-scale and off-grid renewable energy investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Karolin Schaps

Karolin is a freelance journalist based in the Netherlands. She worked previously as an energy correspondent at Reuters news agency in London and a market reporter at Argus Media. A German national with roots in Belgium, she speaks four languages and specialises in reporting on the energy sector.

Matt Smith

Matt is a former Reuters correspondent specialising in energy, finance and technology. He has 17 years of experience as a journalist, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has also written for the BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek and WIRED.

Alessandro Vitelli

Alessandro is a freelance reporter covering energy and carbon markets, international climate diplomacy and regulation. He has worked at S&P Global Platts and Bloomberg covering energy and carbon, published magazines and worked as a carbon market analyst.

David Whitehouse

David, a journalist for over 25 years, is the business editor of The Africa Report in Paris. He spent 17 years as an editor with Bloomberg News. His freelance work appears in publications including Jeune Afrique, The China-Africa Project, Heavy Lift and The Trade. He also holds a PhD in the colonial history of Rwanda and Burundi. 

Tom Young

Tom is a freelance writer based in London. He has 15 years of experience covering the technology and energy industries, including eight years working across three desks at Argus Media. He specialises in covering emissions, renewables and the transition to a low-carbon economy.