Colby Connelly

About the Director

Colby Connelly

Colby Connelly is the director of MEI's Economics and Energy program. He is also a senior analyst at Energy Intelligence, where he works with the firm’s research and advisory practices. His key areas of focus include oil and gas/LNG markets, aboveground risk, corporate strategy, and the impact of the energy transition on oil and gas producing states.

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Advisory Council


Dr. Karen E. Young is a political economist focusing on the Gulf, the broader MENA region and the intersection of energy, finance and security. She is a Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. She was a Senior Fellow and Founding Director of the Program on Economics and Energy at the Middle East Institute. She was a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and has been a professorial lecturer at George Washington University, teaching courses on the international relations of the Middle East. She regularly teaches at the US Dept of State Foreign Service Institute. Read full bio

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Wayne C. Ackerman

Dr. Raad Alkadiri

Ali Al-Salim

Michael Cohen

Helima Croft

Abhishek Deshpande

Ishac Diwan

Tarek Fadlallah

Shahrokh Fardoust

Riyad Hammad

Khatija Haque

Afshin Molavi

Bessma Momani

Alia Moubayed

Carole Nakhle

Rachel Ziemba


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