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Dr. Cyril Widdershoven Joins MEA Risk to Drive Research and EMEA Business Development

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North Africa Journal’s sister company MEA Risk LLC announced the extension of its Senior Management team with Dr. Cyril Widdershoven joining MEA Risk as Senior Vice President for Research & EMEA Business Development.

Dr. Widdershoven is a long-time observer of the global energy market with focus on geopolitical risk, terrorism, fundamentalism and military/defense related issues in the MENA region. Presently, he holds several advisory positions with international think tanks in the Middle East and energy sectors in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In earlier career assignments, he held positions at Capgemini Consulting, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, and as Senior Financial Analyst Oil & Gas Sector FDA, where he managed and advised the oil and gas department on equity and bond markets, with the main targets being Shell, BP, Total, Eni, BG, Heerema, Fugro, DSM, Dow Chemicals, BASF, Statoil, Schlumberger, Halliburton, PSG, and Repsol.

Dr. Widdershoven held several senior publishing positions in leading energy publications such as Afroil, Middle East Oil and Gas, and North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine Cairo, and he continues to oversee the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Dr. Widdershoven worked on M&A operations in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Iran, he studied the pipeline operations in Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey, and he assessed risk for institutional investors and banks in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq, all while advising the Dutch government and international organizations on related issues.

Dr. Widdershoven has throughout his career lived and worked in numerous Middle East countries, with a home base in Egypt, where he was Head of Investment and Research at ARTOC Group for Investment and Development in Cairo. He is also has founded North Africa’s first English language oil and gas monthly North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine, now called Petroleum Africa, and was one of the founders of the Middle East Oil Gas Newsletter and Africa Oil Newsletter at Newsbase (UK).

Dr. Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Cyril as part of our top leadership team. His expertise, knowledge and experience will help MEA Risk deliver on its mission of excellence to customers around the world,” says Arezki Daoud, MEA Risk CEO. “Our customers expect the best Analysts to help them protect their assets, mitigate risk, and navigate safely in threatening environments, and Cyril is a critical part in delivering best-in-class consulting, research and services to fulfill these missions.”

About MEA Risk LLC:

MEA Risk is a tracking and rating company that focuses on stability and security in Africa and the broad Middle East using an entirely different methodology than the traditional rating industry. MEA Risk services its customers with its desktop-based platform Critical Incidents Tracker, its mobile platform Shield & Alert, and its custom research. MEA Risk can be reached at

The North Africa Journal is a leading English-language publication focused on North Africa. The Journal covers primarily the Maghreb region and expands its general coverage to the Sahel, Egypt, and beyond, when events in those regions affect the broader North Africa geography. The Journal does not have any affiliation with any institution and has been independent since its founding in 1996. Our position is to always bring our best analysis of events affecting the region, and remain as neutral as humanly possible. Our coverage is not limited to one single topic, but ranges from economic and political affairs, to security, defense, social and environmental issues. We rely on our full staff analysts and editors to bring you best-in-class analysis. We also work with sister company MEA Risk LLC, to leverage the presence on the ground of a solid network of contributors and experts. Information on MEA Risk can be found at