US Chapter Power Breakfast Series "Burner Tip Wars"

Sara El-Hakim is an Associate Director with IHS Markit. She leads the North American natural gas demand forecasting and analytics and develops outlooks through 2050. She drives the research agenda, writes reports resulting from that research, and interacts with clients on a routine basis. She oversees and contributes to the Global and North American scenarios analysis, and to consulting projects as driven by business needs. 

Ms. El-Hakim specializes in coal-gas fuel competition in the US power sector and works closely with the IHS Markit North American Power team in the analysis of natural gas demand from the electric power sector. She also collaborates with the Automotive, Economics and Country Risk, and Chemicals teams to develop outlooks for gas demand in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors. Ms. El-Hakim is a key contributor to the IHS Markit North American and Global Energy Scenarios development and consulting projects. Before joining IHS Markit, Ms. El-Hakim contributed to several energy projects at the Baker Institute Energy Forum while pursuing her graduate degree. She holds a BA from the American University of Beirut and an MA and an MS from Rice University.”

Hisham Choueiki joined NARUC in March 2019.  He currently serves as a Technical Advisor, NARUC International.  Prior to joining the NARUC team, Dr. Choueiki was the Director of the Office of the Federal Energy Advocate and the Director of the Forecasting and Market Monitoring Unit at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  Between 1996 and 1998, Dr. Choueiki was on sabbatical from the PUCO, and was a Visiting Faculty in the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University where he taught operations research, design of experiments, and forecast modeling.  

Dr. Choueiki has contributed to numerous rule-making proceedings in gas, electric, and telephone, testified in energy forecast hearings, alternative regulation hearings, and utility merger hearings.  He has co-authored several energy forecasting and telecommunications reports, and has lectured at the PUCO, at national and international technical conferences, and USAID/NARUC energy workshops in Europe and the Middle East.  He has published in peer-reviewed engineering journals, and currently serves as a reviewer on several engineering journals.  

Dr. Choueiki is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.  He earned a Philosophy Doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.