Jonathan Walters is a former Director in the World Bank’s MENA department, and has twenty-five years’ experience in the energy sector. He has worked on all the countries of MENA, most of the countries of Asia, many of the countries of the former Soviet Union and of Africa, and on the EU energy market. His work has involved him in almost all segments of the energy supply chain, from upstream oil and gas through to renewable electricity. He is currently very focused on global issues of electricity sector reform and on the emerging impact of disruptive electricity technologies, such as solar energy and energy storage. Jonathan has an MA in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Economics from Queen Mary’s College, University of London. He has researched and published on such topics as solar energy market integration between North Africa and Europe, energy transitions in Central Asia, electricity privatization in the Caucasus, and political risk mitigation for hydrocarbons development in the Caspian region.
The proposal is to write a series of papers around the theme of how well-adapted MENA institutions and sector governance are to undertaking and facilitating an economically-optimal energy transition, in the face of increasingly disruptive technologies in the electricity sector (particularly solar, windpower, and energy storage). By “disruptive” technologies it is meant those technologies whose […]