Lead crude oil and refining trading analyst, Statoil
“Making Sense of the Middle East: Arab Uprisings, Islamist Politics, and Nuclear Ambitions”
Jamal Qureshi is the lead crude oil and refining trading analyst for Statoil (the Norwegian state oil company) in Stavanger, Norway. While oil markets are Qureshi’s specific professional niche, he considers participation in these markets an ideal perch for gaining a broader understanding of the interaction of markets, economics, politics, and the struggles of the developing world. His decade of professional experience includes having worked as the fundamentals analyst and hedge fund liaison at Hess Energy Trading Company (Hetco) in New York City; as on-desk fundamentals analyst for Barclays Capital’s crude and oil products traders in New York City; as the lead oil market analyst at consultancy PFC Energy in Washington, D.C.; in ExxonMobil’s public affairs division; and for the U.S. State and Treasury Departments. After spending a year studying Arabic on a Fulbright grant at the American University in Cairo (AUC), he went on to receive an MA in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. Qureshi is a 1998 graduate of BYU with a BA in Near Eastern studies with an Arabic minor, having served in the England London Mission (1995–97). Born in Colorado, he is married with three children and has lived in numerous places in the U.S., as well as having spent many years abroad living in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestine, the UK, and Norway.