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Scenarios in the Energy Markets and the Impact on our Interconnected World

Scenarios in the Energy Markets and the Impact on our Interconnected World”

On Tuesday October 3rd, the EACC Texas & Netherlands chapters and Presidential Circle Member Loyens & Loeff co-host a webinar and roundtable session with premium speakers from the Baker Institute, LanzaTech, NATO and Shell.

As the global agenda grapples with both challenges and broad opportunities to shape the future, the impact on our security is paramount. This seems largely impacted by world dynamics including economic headwinds, cyber threads, climate change and energy security.

We invite you to engage in compelling discussions with a panel of experts, each offering unique perspectives on how we can set a path for continued global progress while effectively addressing the pressing energy security challenges of our time.

  • What is NATO’s perspective on a world undergoing profound security changes?
  • What forces are shaping the production and consumption of energy, and how does this impact our energy security?
  • What adaptations are global energy markets making in response to shifting political dynamics?
  • What implications do these security shifts hold for the Transatlantic relationship?



  • Gabriel Collins, Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston
  • David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
  • Dr. Mallika Ishwaran, Group Chief Economist, Shell International
  • Moderation: Aura Cuellar, Executive Vice President of Growth & Strategic Projects, LanzaTech | Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Houston (TX)


Agenda (CET)
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm: Webinar “Scenarios in the Energy Markets and the impact on our interconnected world.”


Registration fee

EACC NL Members: Free
EACC NL non-Members: Free


Oct 03 2023


15:30 - 16:30


Loyens & Loeff


EACC Netherlands and EACC Texas


  • Aura Cuellar
    Aura Cuellar
    Executive Vice President of Growth and Strategic Projects, LanzaTech | Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Houston (TX)

    From environmental engineer to senior business leader, Aura Cuellar is determined to lead the energy industry on a path to profitable decarbonization. As LanzaTech’s Executive Vice President of Growth and Strategic Projects, Aura brings to her role extensive experience in manufacturing and a successful track record in global strategy development and implementation. Her time living and working in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America has shaped her inclusive worldview and deep appreciation for regional approaches to address climate change and deliver growth.

    Before LanzaTech, Aura led Shell’s U.S. Energy Transition as VP, overseeing a $500 million annual project portfolio. Across her 24+ years at Shell, she advanced through global executive roles, including Head of Projects and Turnarounds in The Netherlands. With a foundation in manufacturing, she excels in cultivating integrated teams for impactful commercial results, driven by cultural transformation, innovation, and social equity.

    Additionally, she serves as the Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Houston, contributing to shared challenges like climate adaptation and sustainable mobility. Hailing from Colombia, Aura holds degrees from Seattle University and Western Washington University, complemented by executive education at INSEAD and Harvard’s Women on Boards Program.

  • David van Weel
    David van Weel
    Assistant Secretary General Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

    David van Weel holds the role of NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, advising the Secretary General on such challenges and their implications for Alliance security. He also oversees the Emerging Security Challenges Division, which coordinates the Alliance’s response to new threats like cyber and hybrid risks, terrorism, disruptive technologies, energy security, and data policy. This division manages the Science for Peace and Security Programme, fostering collaboration between NATO and partner nations through research and innovation.

    Prior to joining NATO, van Weel was the Foreign Policy and Defense Advisor for the Prime Minister of The Netherlands, following an extensive career in the Dutch Ministry of Defence, where he held key positions including Director for International Affairs and Operations/Policy Director. He began his career in the Royal Netherlands Navy and has a diverse background encompassing naval service, exchange roles, and various policy positions.

  • Dr Mallika Ishwaran
    Dr Mallika Ishwaran
    Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Shell International

    Mallika is Shell’s Chief Economist. She advises on macroeconomic issues, economic trends, and related policy matters to shape Shell’s long-term scenario outlooks. She leads strategic engagements on energy transitions with national and city governments across the world, notably a multi-year collaboration with the Chinese government. Mallika also advises on Shell’s strategic policy and advocacy approach to support the company’s energy transition strategy. She sits on a range of external advisory boards.

    Prior to joining Shell, she was Deputy Director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs responsible for evidence and analysis across the environment, food, and green economy portfolio. She has held senior positions across the UK government, including at the Cabinet Office as Head of Policy Analysis for the 2009 G20 London Summit. Before that, Mallika worked in senior economics and policy roles in the USA.

    Mallika holds Ph.D. and M.S degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

  • Gabriel Collins
    Gabriel Collins
    Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston

    Gabriel Collins is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice University’s Baker Institute. He was previously an associate attorney at Baker Hostetler, LLP, and is the co-founder of the China SignPost™ (洞察中国) analysis portal. Collins has worked in the Department of Defense as a China analyst and as a private sector global commodity researcher, authoring more than 100 commodity analysis reports, both for private clients and for publication.

    Collins’ research portfolio is global. His work currently focuses on legal, environmental and economic issues relating to water — including the food-water-energy nexus — as well as unconventional oil and gas development, and the intersection between global commodity markets and a range of environmental, legal and national security issues. His analysis draws from a broad swath of geospatial and other data streams and often incorporates insights from sources in Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

    Collins received his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.

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