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“Oil and the Middle East: Poison or Promise?” lecture topic at BYU Sept. 29

Jamal Qureshi, lead analyst for the energy company Statoil, will be speaking Wednesday, Sept. 29, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Qureshi’s lecture is titled “Oil and the Middle East: Poison or Promise?” and is hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

Qureshi is the lead crude oil and refining trading analyst for the Norway-based Statoil energy solutions company.

His decade of professional experience includes having worked as the fundamentals analyst and hedge fund liaison at Hess Energy Trading Company in New York City; as on-desk fundamentals analyst for Barclays Capital’s crude and oil products traders in New York City; as the lead oil market analyst at consultancy PFC Energy in Washington, D.C., in ExxonMobil’s public affairs division and for the U.S. State and Treasury Departments.

A BYU alumnus, Qureshi spent a year studying Arabic on a Fulbright grant at the American University in Cairo before receiving a Master of Arts degree in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The lecture will be archived at  For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or For more information on Statoil, visit


Writer: Philip Volmar


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