Consulting execs join judges’ panel for Middle East Energy awards

02 August 2019 2 min. read

The judges’ panel has been assembled for this year’s Middle East Energy Awards, with leaders from consultancies Frost & Sullivan and Monitor Deloitte among the adjudicators.

The tenth edition of the Middle East Energy Awards – hosted by industry media outlet Oil & Gas Middle East in conjunction with sister publications Refining & Petrochemicals and Utilities Middle East – is set to take place in September, bringing together the region’s top energy professionals to celebrate the achievements of the upstream and downstream sectors, along with, for the first time this year, the local utilities segment.

According to Oil & Gas Middle East, nominations for the 2019 awards have surged by around 70 percent across its now 16 categories – presenting an even trickier proposition for this year’s independent judging panel, which will include consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s Middle East & Africa Industrial Practice head Abhay Bhargava, and Bart Cornelissen, Regional Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader for Deloitte Middle East.

Abhay Bhargava and Bart Cornelissen

An experienced business development specialist and former GCC business manager with industry solutions provider Petro IT, Bhargava crossed to Frost & Sullivan in 2008 to help build the consulting firm’s newly-setup Energy & Power practice in the Middle East. He’s since held roles as regional leader for the firm’s local Energy & Environment practice, and, from the beginning of last year, as its Industrial practice head.

Cornelissen, meanwhile, joined Deloitte’s Middle East operations as a partner from the professional services firm’s Dutch branch in the middle of last year, serving as the regional managing partner of strategy wing Deloitte Monitor in addition to leading Energy & Resources consulting practice. Cornelissen has over 20 years of consulting experience, having served Bain & Company in a number of emerging markets worldwide.

Adding to the challenge for the industry experts – who will be joined on the panel by Ali Al Janabi, Chairman of Shell Abu Dhabi, Joseph Anis, CEO of GE Power Services for MENA and South Asia, Nicholas Cochrane-Dyet, special advisor to BP Oil International, and Vinod Raghothamarao, director of consulting, energy wide perspectives and strategy, at IHS Markit – is the broad schedule of awards up for grabs at this year’s event.

Up from ten categories last year, new awards have been announced in the areas of, among others, Clean Energy Initiative of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and, in recognition of the role of the consulting industry itself, Digital Enabler of the Year – which will go to company deemed to have made the most “outstanding contribution to the digital transformation of an energy firm through the use of its products or services.”