Meet the team

Tom Nicholls


A former editor of the Petroleum Economist, with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Tom works with an industry-leading team of writers to interview subject matter experts and use their expertise to craft scripts that bring the oil and gas value chain to life. He has written on a wide range of energy subjects and interviewed numerous CEOs and industry leaders. Tom has written for numerous other publications and holds a BA from Oxford University.

Dr Derek Brower


Over the past two decades, Derek has written about energy for a range of publications, including The Economist, The Times and The Guardian. He is editor of Petroleum Economist, having previously covered oil and gas markets for Bridge Newswire. He holds a PhD in Russian from UCL, an MA in East European studies from SSEES and a BA from Oxford University.

Edouard de Guitaut


A former director of the Petroleum Economist Ltd, with over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Edouard is responsible for the company’s commercial development. He has worked with numerous IOCs, NOCs and services companies, helping to build their brand image. Between 2001 and 2009, he was publisher of the official publications of the World Petroleum Congress, World Energy Congress and World Gas Conference.

Isabel Gorst


Isabel is a Moscow-based journalist and writer, and has followed the oil and gas industry in Russia and the former Soviet Union for many years. Her writing has been published in international newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and leading oil-industry publications. Isabel has traveled widely in the FSU to report on oil policy from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In 1998 she co-authored Lifeblood of Empire, a history of the Russian oil industry with Lev Churilov, a former Soviet oil minister. Isabel won the IAEE’s Excellence in Written Journalism award in 1996.

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.

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.

Dr Franklin Boitier

Director of Strategy

In a distinguished 38-year career with Total, Franklin, with a PhD in geophysics, held various posts as a geophysicist before moving into communications – serving as Senior Communications Advisor to the Group Chief Executive and head of Total’s technical press office. Other responsibilities included organising and curating Total’s participation at major events, including Formula One motor racing, and international congresses. During his time in communications, Franklin created several successful and high-profile educational initiatives, including Total’s educational website Planète énergies, which introduces young people to energy.

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

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.

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 our SME alliance partners and beyond.