With over 20 years of experience in the financial and trade press, I have worked on all major media platforms – print, newswire, web and broadcast. I am a regular and lively commentator on 'crude' matters for international broadcasting outlets including BBC, CNBC, ITN, CGTN, TRT World, Al Jazeera, IG Markets TV and OPEC Webcasts, and the global press.
And I regularly serve as a panelist, speaker and/or moderator at several signature energy sector events. Past public speaking engagements have included the International Petroleum Week (London), World Petroleum Congresses, World Energy Council events, ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi), Gulf Intelligence Energy Markets Forums (Fujairah), Structured Commodity Finance Forum (London), Central Asia Oil & Gas Trading Conference (Kazakhstan), and more.
I commenced my career in 1997 with internships at several newspapers and CNBC Asia. Following that, my first break came as an editorial trainee at Reuters affiliate newswire UNI in 2000. Assignments at Visiongain Publishing, Asian Voice and Informa followed, before I joined global business news broadcaster CNBC’s European production operations for a two-year stint.
I then left CNBC to take-up the position of Chief UK Correspondent for Montreal-based Canadian Economic Press, followed by Infrastructure Journal where I worked as an oil & gas analyst covering projects within the sector. Between September 2012 and July 2014, I worked on IDG's British portfolio of B2B titles including CIO UK and CFOWorld, latterly as Business Editor of both.
I have also covered media, aviation, retail, technology and telecoms sectors as well as personal finance in the past. Apart from UK-based work, I have reported from overseas with assignments in North and South America, Asia Pacific, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Middle East. At various points in my career, I have been an OPEC, Bank of England and UK Office for National Statistics correspondent.
Academically, following on from a Bachelors degree in Industrial Economics and a diploma in creative writing, I completed my Masters degree in Digital Media Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2006 while working at CNBC. My academic research entailed critically examining and researching the new media domain and application of the Internet by corporates, academia, lobby groups as well as citizenry's user interface with emerging technology.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) and the London Press Club. Away from professional affiliations, I am a committed supporter of UNICEF, NSPCC and the Royal British Legion. Last but not least, I am a proud member of the P.G. Wodehouse Society (UK), an avid reader of The Economist and a passionate fan of Manchester United football club.