Michael Xiaobao Chen
Senior Visiting Research Fellow
Michael Xiaobao Chen is a leader at Equinor’s Marketing and Trading after previously worked with Statoil’s global upstream strategy and business development. Before joining Equinor, Michael worked as an energy economist in the Chief Economist Office of the International Energy Agency, leading Asian energy outlook, G20 global fossil fuel subsidy initiatives, and global oilfield decline rate analysis. His areas of expertise include: the Chinese gas & LNG markets, gas pricing, energy reforms and economic transition, strategy of NOCs, ASEAN energy markets, and upstream industry trends. Since joining the institute in 2011, he has contributed a chapter to The Pricing of Internationally Traded Gas (OUP, 2012) and published a paper entitled ‘The Development of Chinese Gas Pricing – Drivers, Challenges and Implications for Demand’ (July 2014). Michael holds an MSc in economics from University College London and an MSc in development from the London School of Economics.
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