Yesar Al-Maleki is Gulf Editor at MEES. He is an energy economist with a wide interest in the intertwining subjects of energy, geopolitics, and economics in the region. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of Iraq Energy Institute (IEI) in Baghdad, where he led research programs on Iraq’s and Iraqi Kurdistan's oil, natural gas and power sectors in addition to water and environmental challenges, economy, and politics. He has worked for the International Energy Agency (IEA) and various international oil companies. He is specialized in studying the future of rentier states in the Gulf region and prospects of economic diversification. He holds a masters in Energy Economics and Management from IFP School and is a PhD candidate.