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Mark Townsend

Award-winning journalist covering politics, business and economics in the Gulf and Southeast Asia including OPEC and the impact of the global financial crisis. Former correspondent Philippines for the FT, Former co-presenter 'Business Breakfast' and 'Business Tonight', Dubai-Eye 103.8FM, Former Editor-at-Large, Thomson Reuters GRC. Reported for ITN News at Ten. Contributor to Al Jazeera, Euromoney, Finance Asia, Financial Times, Global Finance, Global Integrity, Global Markets, Good Morning Britain, Institutional Investor magazine, and LNG Publishing (US). Reviewer for World Wide Web Foundation. Special Gulf Adviser to UK management consultancy.

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  • Coverage of and Run Up to COP28 - United Arab Emirates

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates Business, Politics, Current Affairs, Risk Analysis, Climate Change 02 Jun 2023

    Later this year, the UAE will host COP28, the first time a major oil producer has hosted the event. In many respects the meeting will be unique opportunity to question the veracity of the region's hydrocarbon based economies' commitment to reducing carbon emissions. I am based in the UAE and... Read more

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