Maarten van Mourik is an economist, specialised in oil and shipping markets. He has 30 years of experience in market analysis, forecasting as well as strategy advice for companies along the industry column from shipowners to suppliers to oil companies, investors and multi-lateral organisations. He has worked in many developing countries carrying out interviews, research, negotiations support and knowledge transfer. In 2021 he obtained his doctorate degree from Ecole des Ponts Business School with a quantitative study on the relationship between US central bank interest rates and US shale oil and gas companies free cash flow performance over the period 2006-2020. He is working on the financial performance aspects of the upstream oil supply chain as well as alternative energy. He publishes weekly on the macro-economic setting of the oil market.