Tom Nicholls

Tom Nicholls,


A former editor of Petroleum Economist, Tom has over 20 years’ experience interviewing CEOs and other leaders of the oil and gas industry and has written compellingly on a broad spectrum of energy subjects for publications around the world.

As the creator of Energy Future’s uniquely effective online programme of videos and lessons, Tom employs the talents of oil and gas industry experts, skilled journalists and creative designers to make learning fun and information sticky.

Edouard de Guitaut

Edouard de Guitaut,


The former Commercial Director of Petroleum Economist, Ed has also managed the official publishing activities for the World Petroleum Congress, World Energy Congress and World Gas Conference.

A well-known and highly respected industry figure, Ed has helped innumerable IOCs, NOCs and service companies build their brand image. Since co-founding Energy Future in 2006, he has been the first point of call for CEOs, CFOs and other leaders in the oil and gas industry in search of a compelling, effective, convenient and cost effective means of rapidly on-boarding new recruits and up-skilling managers.

Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez,

Executive Director

Ana oversees Energy Future's administrative operations. She has worked for the Economist newspaper for eight years. Ana, a qualified language and literature teacher, is a graduate of Cadiz University and holds an MA in linguistics from London University.

Ho Sook Wah

Ho Sook Wah,

Director, Asia

Ho has worked in the oil and gas industry for 38 years, having served in PETRONAS in various capacities, including as Managing Director and CEO of the training centre. He was also actively involved with the International Gas Union (IGU) since 2005. In his role as Chairman of the IGU Coordination Committee during the Malaysian Presidency, he was responsible for the technical and research work by 13 Committees, including special projects on Human Capital development and Nurturing the Future Generations for the Oil and Gas industry, leading to the successful World Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2012.

Ian Lewis,


Ian is a writer and editor who has covered energy, environmental, technology and business matters for various publications and organisations for more than 20 years. In his early career, Ian worked for five years as a finance and business reporter at Reuters news agency. He now writes for, among others, Petroleum Economist, as well as development banks, energy companies, research institutions and non-governmental organisations.

Martin Quinlan,


Martin is a writer specializing in the downstream part of the industry. He joined ICI as a graduate trainee in 1971, where he was involved in projects at the Teesside, UK, refinery and carried out research into polypropylene catalysis. He worked as a journalist for Petroleum Economist from 1975 to 2015, specialising in refining, chemicals, and coverage of oil developments in Europe and Africa. Martin holds a BSc in chemistry from the University of London

Professor Stephen Holditch,

Technical Validation

Professor Holditch is one of the most respected and experienced academics in the oil & gas industry. A former Head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) President in 2002, Professor Holditch has received numerous awards in recognition of his technical achievements and leadership. In 1995, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In 1998, Professor Holditch was elected to the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. He was elected as an SPE and AIME Honorary Member in 2006. In 2010, Holditch was honored as an Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Holditch was also the 2011 President of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. In 2014, Professor Holditch was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University.

In addition to Professor Holditch, Energy Future courses are validated by numerous Subject Matter Experts from leading energy companies.