Dr Michael Denison has worked with and for energy companies for over 20 years advising on political and regulatory affairs. Since 2013 he has been Senior International Adviser at bp, where he advises the company"s Leadership Team and Board on how to execute the company"s strategy to evolve rapidly from international oil company to integrated energy company, the first of the global super-majors to do so. Michael works closely with bp"s Trading and Shipping business group to support transparency and flexibility in global energy markets: bp was the first major company to publish its standard FOB and DES LNG contracts, which has set the standard for LNG market transparency. In the light of recent Covid-19 impact on LNG market functionality, Michael recently completed the first ever international comparative study of force majeure clauses in global LNG contracts with the aim of improving risk allocation and contract drafting, and to develop a common approach to devising LNG contract management mechanisms. Before bp Michael was Global Research Director at Control Risks, an international business risk consultancy, where he led a series of complex multi-jursidictional projects, including building and delivery of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs" global threat assessment capability incorporating innovative software solutions to map threat actors. He also served as Special Adviser to UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, where he managed, inter alia, UK FCO European energy security problems arising from the 2009 Russia-Ukraine gas disputes.
Michael has a deep academic background in international affairs. He read Modern History at Oxford University, where he was the Royal Historical Society Frampton Prize scholar. He won numerous prizes at City Law School in the LLM International Energy Law programme and his doctorate on Central Asian political economy at the University of Leeds yielded several peer reviewed journal articles in leading international journals. Since 2018 he has been Visiting Professor at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law in London.