DATES: MAY 3-7, 2021    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $2245    







Natural gas is among the fastest growing contributors to global energy demand, providing an affordable and cleaner alternative to conventional fossil fuels. However, in many countries natural gas is a very underutilized resource due to poor development and use policies; underdeveloped infrastructure and markets; and unsupportive legal and commercial frameworks.

This seminar examines issues using policy, regulatory and commercial lenses to provide a strategic level understanding of the natural gas value chain and the contributing factors for successful natural gas sector development. Material is delivered through a variety of methods including: reference reading, case studies, in-class lectures, industry panels and interactive group simulations and workshops.



The seminar will be delivered through 5 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises. 

Course Outline

• Natural Gas Role and Benefits in Meeting Global Primary Energy Demand
• Understanding the Natural Gas Value Chain
• Global Gas Markets and Trade
• Principle-Based Approach to Natural Gas Policy Formation
• The Role of the Public and Private Sector in the Development and Governance of the Sector
• Natural Gas Pricing Policy and Methodologies
• Natural Gas Revenue Management
• Commercial Aspects of Natural Gas Purchase and Sale, and Gas Transportation
• Geopolitics of Natural Gas
• Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): Critical Success Factors for Import and Export Projects

Course Advisors

Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects. He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.

Guly Sabahi is an independent legal adviser to companies and governments on energy projects (including upstream, gas processing and power projects) as well as on infrastructure projects – mainly, in the Middle East and Africa, and related JV transactions. Previously, Mrs. Sabahi practiced for 15 years in major international law firms in Washington, DC, including as Partner at Dentons. Mrs. Sabahi is Director and Vice President for Model Contracts at the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) in Houston, TX, where she leads the development of the next generation of model contracts for the industry. Mrs. Sabahi is trained in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. (District of Columbia and New York) and England and Wales.