Simon Blakey is the Managing Director, SAB Global Energy and Senior Associate, Energy Group, IHS Markit. Mr. Blakey is a leading authority on the European energy industry. Previously, he acted as Special Envoy for EUROGAS, the association of European gas companies from September 2010 through June 2014. In 1989 Mr. Blakey founded the European natural gas and power research practices at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) prior to its acquisition by IHS Markit, where—for almost 20 years—he undertook more than 100 research and consulting assignments that covered a broad range of strategic issues for energy companies worldwide, especially those active in the natural gas business in Europe. Before joining CERA, Mr. Blakey was Special Assistant to the Executive Director (Head of the Private Office) at the International Energy Agency in Paris. He previously also worked for BP and for the ADL energy group. He holds an MA from Cambridge University.