Doha 13th April 2014: Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) hosted an interactive lecture session with Shell’s chief energy advisor Wim Thomas for its Executive Master in Energy and Resources students.
It discussed the developing trends in economy, politics and energy over the next half a century. It also analysed the impact of both the growth in the world’s population as well as the increase of people living above the poverty line, and considered how these dynamics affect global energy demand.
“The world’s welfare depends upon how technology and management will lead to an efficient usage of natural resources, without damaging our environment. The scenarios highlighted during the lecture session helped identify the paths that are open and measure the consequences of the decisions to be taken,” according to Professor Antoine Hyafil, academic coordinator for HBKU’s Energy and Resources programme.
Maha al Mannai, University collaboration manager at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), said: “Qatar Shell’s wider outreach and university collaboration programme provide unique opportunities in which Shell experts can share their expertise and knowledge with students in Qatar in order to support the fostering of a knowledge-based society as outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Hamad Bin Khalifa University is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Its Executive Master’s in Energy and Resources programme, developed in cooperation with Georgetown University, HEC Paris and Texas A&M University provides an innovative educational approach to the field of energy and natural resources through integrating the disciplines of geopolitics, public policy, technology, finance, management and strategy.