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CERI TEAM

CERI Team

Dinara Millington
Vice President, Research

Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014. Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy. Dinara is also Editor-in-Chief of the Institute's Commodity Reports on crude oil and natural gas and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets. Dinara graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance. Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.

Ganesh Doluweera
Director, Research

Ganesh Doluweera has a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary research interests are in energy system modeling and analysis to inform energy and environment decisions. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary in 2011. His research work to date has focused on electric power system planning, large scale wind power integration, carbon management of electric power systems, energy for rural development, life cycle assessments of energy systems, investments on energy infrastructure under uncertainty, emerging technology assessment, and energy infrastructure siting decisions. Before joining CERI in June 2015, Ganesh has worked at the University of Calgary as a graduate research assistant and a postdoctoral research fellow. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary. He has also worked with Light Up The World where he designed and developed solid state home lighting systems and coordinated projects that installed over 3000 rural home lighting systems in Sri Lanka.

Peter Howard
President Emeritus

Peter Howard is past President and CEO of CERI from 2010 until 2015. Mr. Howard has over 40 years of experience specializing in engineering and technical applications in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CERI, Peter held several positions, including senior associate with J.R. Lacey International, president of Arundel Information Systems, partner with LOGIS Data Systems Ltd., and vice president with Computer Research Associates Ltd. Mr. Howard is a co-author of the Gas Energy Management Model, the LOGIS data retrieval system and has acted in a consulting role for numerous companies with regard to computer modeling, data mining and computer application development. Mr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

Andrei Romaniuk
Senior Economic Researcher

Andrei joined CERI in September 2016. Andrei has extensive experience in the oil & gas industry with international joint projects, where he held senior management positions. He has also worked as a management consultant in various industries and as a deputy managing director for an NGO working in leadership development. He possesses a strong interdisciplinary background which includes energy, business, strategy, economics and sustainable development. In parallel with leading projects, he has been involved in economics and technology research on business and country level including works in regional energy development, project economic modelling, technology gap analysis and economic growth models. Andrei holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Institute of Sustainable Development, Russia, a program focused at management, economics and politics. He is also a graduate of Petroleum Engineering Program with Gubkin State University of Oil & Gas, Russia and Executive Leadership Program with Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Hossein Hosseini
Economic Researcher

Hossein has a strong economic background specializing in energy and environmental economics, public economics, and microeconomics. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Calgary in 2018. His research interests include the interaction of environmental regulations and income redistribution, technological change in downstream and upstream natural resource sectors, and intellectual property rights. He also holds a master degree in economics from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran. During his studies for the master degree, he conducted extensive research for government in studying economic performance of Iran's industries and estimating the welfare effects of removing energy subsidies using the input-output models. Before joining CERI in June 2018, Hossein has worked at the University of Calgary as a graduate research assistant and an instructor. He has also worked at CERI as a research assistant during 2016-17 and contributed to CERI’s projects on the Canadian electricity market.

Hamid Rahmanifard
Research Engineer

Hamid has worked on issues relating to energy and environment for eight years. His areas of expertise are renewable energies including geothermal energy and hydrogen production, CO2 capture and sequestration, engineering economics, risk analysis and the applications of Artificial Intelligence such as evolutionary algorithms and neural networks for oil and gas reservoir optimization. Hamid is currently conducting research studies on the utilization of geothermal energy and compressed air energy systems for electricity production and the optimization of auto-thermal membrane reactors to maximize heat and hydrogen productions. Prior to joining CERI, Hamid spent six years working as a reservoir and stimulation engineer focused on different oil and gas fields in the Middle East. Mr. Rahmanifard joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2016 and has served as a research assistant at the Canadian Energy Research Institute since May 2017. So far, he has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers, receiving prestigious recognition from academia and industry through various awards.

Evar Umeozor
Research Engineer

Evar Umeozor joined CERI in March 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Lagos and a master’s degree in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London. He has a process engineering experience in the oil & gas industry and application engineering experience in the development of tools for computer-aided decision making in various industries. Evar is currently a full time PhD student with interdisciplinary specialization in Energy and Environment Engineering at the University of Calgary, and works as a part time researcher with CERI. He has a strong background in the application of systems-level thinking for tackling complex industrial problems.

Anna Vypovska
Environmental Researcher

Anna Vypovska has over 10 years of extensive research and industry experience in environmental science, biology, environmental chemistry and environmental impact analysis. She holds a BSc. degree in Chemistry and Biology, and MSc. in Biology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, along with PhD (equivalent) in Biological Sciences. Anna is a registered Professional Biologist (P.Biol.), full member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. Prior to joining CERI in August 2016, Anna worked as an Environmental Scientist at TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M HILL Energy Canada. She acted as a principal writer for key portions of environmental impact assessments on provincially regulated natural gas pipeline and powerline projects for Alberta and British Columbia. Anna has advanced knowledge of federal and provincial (Alberta and British Columbia) environmental legislation with a focus on regulatory processes for the resource development and energy sectors.

James (Jim) Brown
Fellow

James (Jim) joined CERI as a Fellow in October 2018. Jim’s career incorporates a strong engineering background, demonstrated business acumen in the mid and downstream sectors, and significant experience in the areas of climate change and GHG emissions compliance strategy. The foundation of Jim’s career is built upon progressively more senior operational, strategy and business roles with Shell in Canada and Europe, followed by business advisory positions in which he stewarded financial and operational efficiencies across the energy industry value chain, both in Canada and internationally. Building upon this experience, Jim advised senior leadership on climate change and GHG emissions policies at Shell and Petro-Canada. Recent career experience includes the successful start-up of climate change and GHG emissions consulting practices for multi-national environmental consulting firms. Jim’s capacity to develop and implement environmental strategies on behalf of industrial companies while balancing the goal of responsible operations with enterprise success are based on his belief that consensus can be found at the nexus of energy supply, the environment and economic prosperity.

Robert M. Cutler
Fellow

Robert joined CERI in October 2016. He holds two Bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. (Political Science) from The University of Michigan. He did graduate and postdoctoral work in France, Russia and Switzerland. His professional experience in over 30 countries concentrates mainly in Europe and Asia. After a dozen years in universities during which he focussed on Soviet foreign and domestic affairs, he decided, in the post-Soviet era, to expand beyond Russia and beyond strictly political issues. He is now best known for consulting and policy analysis as an Energy Security and Geo-economics Specialist. From this standpoint, he has studied oil and gas investment and pipeline projects in Central Asia, Turkey and the Caucasus, and written on European energy policies as well as on global commodity markets. He consults to international institutions, think tanks, governments and the private sector; participates in political and project risk analysis, organizational design and the construction of negotiation strategies; and, based in Montreal and Brussels, also maintains a research appointment at Carleton University.

Larry Kaufmann
Fellow

Larry Kaufmann is a Senior Advisor to Pacific Economics Group and Navigant Consulting and a Fellow with CERI. He has advised utilities and regulators on energy and regulatory issues for over 20 years, particularly (but not exclusively) on developing performance-based regulation plans for energy utilities, performance benchmarking, and competitive market reforms. He has participated in more than 200 consulting projects and provided expert witness testimony on his work 48 times. Dr. Kaufmann also has extensive energy and regulatory experience in Canada. Since 2007, he has been the main advisor on a number of issues to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). He has advised the OEB on issues including the development of incentive regulation plans for electricity and gas distributors, the measurement and regulation of service reliability, cost and performance benchmarking, conservation and demand management programs, and rate mitigation strategies. In addition to his work in North America, Dr. Kaufmann has been active in energy regulation overseas. He has worked in 14 different countries during his career in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Australia – New Zealand. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Mohammad Ahmadi
Research Assistant

Mohammad has over six years of professional experience in the oil and gas industry. He is experienced with numerical simulations, reserve estimation, reservoir performance analysis and optimization, production forecast, and designing field development plans. Mohammad holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, Iran. He is currently a PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary and works as a research assistant with CERI.

Sochi Iwuoha
Economic Researcher

Sochi has 15 years multi-disciplinary experience in earth science, energy business management, finance and information technology. A Chartered Geologist, Sochi holds a geoscience Master’s degree from Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Prior to joining CERI, Mr. Iwuoha worked with the University of Calgary as a Ph.D. researcher and a graduate teaching assistant in the faculty of science. Sochi spent 9 years in industry as a geoscientist, developing oil and gas assets. He also spent time with a leading African financial institution and a global IT solutions organization where he was exposed to financial economics, operations management, money and capital markets. He has served as an executive committee member at international conferences and a judging member on energy industry awards. In addition, Sochi has delivered educational workshops to students and served as a mentor to University of Calgary undergraduate and graduate students under the International Student Mentorship Program.

Kaleem Asghar
Research Assistant

Kaleem joined CERI in January 2018. He has extensive experience in oil & gas downstream with focus on LNG, petrochemical & polymer trade and analytics. He has rich experience of LNG import terminal development and played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal and gas marketing. He has also developed an extensive LNG analytics product under the ClipperData umbrella. He has also developed multiple business studies LNG import terminal and small-scale LNG distribution. Kaleem holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan and member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.