Waniss A. Otman is a petroleum economist who specialises in the area of risk and uncertainty analysis. He holds a PhD in risk analysis of investment in the upstream oil and gas sector (Aberdeen University), as well as related MSc, LLM, MSc, and BSc Degrees. This perspective has strengthened his background in areas of risk and uncertainty analysis of the petroleum industry. He has contributed immensely to the Libyan petroleum industry through several publications and presentations in world forums as well as to IOCs. Currently he is focusing his attention on economic aspects of the Libyan oil and gas industry and its future role in the economic diversification of Libya. He currently holds executive positions in oil and gas industry.
He was employed with the Libyan Ministry of Energy, Investment and Economics Affairs Dep. In the year 2004 Waniss was appointed the Head of the Libyan Permanent Gas Committee; Member of the Higher Committee for Energy Strategies in Libya; and Member of the Libyan Petroleum Agreements Evaluation and Studies Committee, which relates to the technical, policy and legal framework in the Libyan petro-economic sector. These committees were under the direct supervision of the Libyan Energy Ministry.
As well as having written many peer-reviewed articles, he has authored these books:
- The Libyan Petroleum Industry in the Twenty-First Century: the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Handbook.
- The Libyan Economy: Economic Diversification and International Repositioning.
- Understanding Modern Libya.
- Libya Oil and Gas Resources.
- Oil and Gas Fiscal Review, Iraq Energy Institute.
- Africa's Energy and Natural Resources in the Global Economy.
- Natural Gas Markets in the Middle East and North Africa, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, (Contributor).