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Energy Transition in the North African and Mediterranean Region

Wednesday, 14 September 2022, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  |  Tunis, Tunisia

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The Mediterranean and North Africa region have played a key role in providing conventional hydrocarbon-based energy to Europe and the rest of the world for almost a century. However an increased awareness of the negative impact that gas emissions associated with the excessive use of hydrocarbons has on the climate and environment has led to a change in the vision of the future energy landscape across the globe.

Energy strategies and practices on clean energy transitions from African countries is now at the center of political and industry development agendas of both NOCs and IOCs. In this context the geoscience community can play a key role in sharing expertise to enhance data, inform decision-making and guide policy guidelines to accelerate the implementation of geo-energy technology and geo-energy exploitation such as geological capture of CO and geothermal energy. A sustainable and accelerated development through a varied mix of technologies across North Africa and the Mediterranean region, will be key to meet the Sustainable Development 7 (SDG 7) i.e.  promote increased energy security and affordability, and accelerate the development of clean energy systems.

The panel discussion will be an occasion to hear from government policy makers, energy experts and industry representatives on the current energy pathways and recommendations to accelerate clean energy transitions in the Mediterranean and North African region. There will be a focus on best practices in support of new energy policies which can drive progress in the decarbonization of the region’s energy systems.

Opportunities for deployment of clean, affordable and efficient energy sources and practices such as aeolian and photovoltaic energy, sustainable hydrocarbons exploration and production, underground storage of CO and exploration of renewable energy resources such as geothermal fluids and hydrogen will be discussed thus contributing to shape the future energy landscape in the Mediterranean and North African region.


Constantinos Hadjistassou
University of Nicosia


Yannick Peysson, R&D Program Manager, IFPEN

Yannick Peysson, R&D program manager at IFP Energies nouvelles, is in charge of different research topics in the domain of the geosciences for the energy transition: underground storage and transport of hydrogen, native hydrogen, geothermal energy, characterization and modelling of the subsurface for a sustainable use of the underground.

Yannick Peysson joined IFPEN in 1998 after a PhD in liquid physics at Sorbonne University (Pierre et Marie Curie Campus) and an engineer degree at ESPCI (engineer school located in Paris). He spent a first part of his career at IFPEN in the Applied Mechanics Research Division working in O&G production (drilling, pipeline transport, offshore production) and a second part in the Geosciences Research Division (from 2007 to 2016) where he carried out R&D activities and managed projects in the fields of multiphase flows in porous media (CO2 geological storage, methane storage, enhanced oil recovery). He is the author of more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and filed a dozen of patents.

From 2016 to 2021, he worked at the IFPEN Head quarter as collaborator of the IFPEN CEO. In 2021, he joined the Energy Resources Business Unit as R&D program manager.

Eric Schmid, Associated Director, S&P Global Commodity Insightsl

Eric Schmid is associate director in the saharan Africa team of the Commodity Insights group at S&P Global. Eric is primarily responsible for editing and reporting oil and gas related information in north and west African countries for the company’s GEPS publication. Prior to this position he was sub-saharan Africa area coordinator for GEPS, focused primarily on Gulf of Guinea countries. A geologist, Eric holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global) in 2000, he worked as senior geologist for South African mining company Randgold.

Eric speaks English, French and German.

Jill Lewis, Managing Director and CEO, Troika International Ltd.

Voluntary post – Past Chair for the Technical Standards of the SEG having led the team that bought about the ratification of SEGY Rev 1, SEGD 2.1, SEGD 3 and SEGD 3.1 and SEG-Y_2 all of which are now in use.

As Managing Director and CEO of Troika International Ltd, she has been able to drive a new approach to data management supplying the industry with the systems to automate contract and format compliance. With over 6,500 licenses deployed worldwide via SeisSpace front-end and the ability to QC over many terabytes of data per 24 hours this technology is now part of the fabric of Data Management Worldwide.

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Room Assignment:
Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center


Energy Transition in the North African and Mediterranean Region
Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center
Mohamed V Avenue, Human Rights Square
Tunis, Tunis 1001