Meet the team

Paul Hickin, Editor-in-chief

Paul is editor-in-chief overseeing all content produced by Petroleum Economist, Hydrogen Economist and Carbon Economist. He has over two decades of experience across financial and commodity news and analysis. Paul has held senior editorial and management roles at S&P Global Platts, now Commodity Insights, Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. He has also worked as an economist.

Rhys Timson, Digital Content Manager

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. 

Simon Ferrie, Editor

Simon is a London-based journalist and covers the Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan African markets for Petroleum Economist. He has 13 years of experience reporting on a range of energy and commodity sectors, including heading up freight coverage at Argus Media.

Stuart Penson, Editor

Stuart is the editor for Hydrogen Economist and Carbon Economist based in London. He has previously held senior editorial and management roles at Reuters, Dow Jones and Argus Media in a 30-year career covering energy, commodities and financial markets. He specialises in hydrogen and renewables, with a particular focus on traded markets and government policy.

Commercial Team

Sam Hassaniyeh, Subscription sales

Sam is the Subscription sales account manager overseeing Petroleum Economist, Hydrogen Economist and Carbon Economist with 20 years' experience working in the space and defence, education and consultancy sectors.

Rachel McGhie, Events manager

Rachel joined in 2017 as commercial manager, before progressing to lead the events department in early 2020. She is responsible for producing all live and virtual events, including researching and setting agendas to create valuable events for our senior-level audience; liaising with speakers and sponsors to build enable high quality discussion and debate; marketing and delegate acquisition; and coordinating the operational and logistical requirements for anything from a 40-minute webinar to a 3-day, multi-track hybrid conference.


Ros Davison

Ros is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. She has 30 years of experience covering energy and, more recently, climate. She has worked for Thomson Reuters, and has corresponded for BBC radio and several Scottish newspapers.

Clare Dunkley

Clare Dunkley is a London-based journalist with 20 years’ experience covering politics and business in the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on Gulf energy, for publications including Meed, Newsbase and the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has a BA from Oxford, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and comes from Aberdeen.

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.

Victor Kotsev

Victor Kotsev is a reporter-at-large. He has covered the intersections of international politics, business and energy for over a decade, for mainstream media such as USA Today, Globe and Mail and Fast Company as well as for specialised publications. He pays particularly close attention to developments in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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.

Ahmed Mehdi

Ahmed Mehdi is the founder of Renaissance Energy Advisors, an energy consulting firm. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and Distinguished Associate at Facts Global Energy (FGE). He previously acted as an advisor to BHP Petroleum and worked in the deals advisory division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. He regularly writes and comments for the media, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, S&P Global Platts and Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

Robin Mills

Robin Mills established Qamar Energy in Dubai in 2015 to meet the need for regionally-based Middle East energy insight and project delivery. Robin worked for fourteen years for Shell and the Dubai government, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East energy sector. He is non-resident fellow at the Columbia University SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis, and Capturing Carbon, and editor of Low Carbon Energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Karolin Schaps

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

Chris Stephen

Chris Stephen is a London-based journalist who covers oil and gas in North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. He was previously based in Tunisia and Libya, from where he reported on the 2011 Arab Spring revolution for media including The Guardian and Bloomberg.

Tom Young

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