Anastasios Giamouridis

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Anastasios Giamouridis works as an independent gas and LNG consultant. He has experience in regional supply analytics and commercial negotiations including for new contracts and price reviews, with a particular focus on Russian, Caspian, and Algerian supply. Previously, he was an Associate at the supply division of the Public Gas Corporation of Greece DEPA SA in Athens; the Lead Consultant for downstream energy markets in South Eastern Europe and Turkey at PFC Energy in Paris; and a Researcher at the UK House of Commons in London. His research with the Institute currently focuses on upstream gas, LNG monetisation, and political risk in Cyprus and the wider East Mediterranean; as well as on midstream pipeline gas and LNG infrastructure development and downstream markets in South Eastern Europe. He joined the Gas Programme in February 2008.

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