conferences and topics (2024)

Universidad de Salamanca

Competition for energy resources in international relations creates strategic alliances as well as geopolitical conflicts. At the ‘Geopolitics of Energy and Energy Security’ conference, we will examine the key players in the global strategic landscape and how their actions and policies affect global stability. Join us for a day of learning and brainstorming with expert Olga Khakova, Deputy Director of Energy Security at the Atlantic Council!


Olga Khakova
Director of European Energy Security at the Global Energy Center (GEC) of the Atlantic Council.

Olga Khakova is the Deputy Director of European Energy Security at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center (GEC), where she leads transatlantic cooperation to synchronize climate and energy security. She has spearheaded initiatives such as the GEC’s Innovation Stream and the Model COP26 competition, addressing these issues through high-level reports and conferences.

A prominent contributor to various media outlets, she is a frequent guest on major networks and has been published in reputable outlets. Previously,

Khakova coordinated programs at the US Energy Association and led initiatives such as the Western Balkans Electricity Market. She also directed programs at The Climate + Energy Project, focusing on clean energy advocacy and stakeholder engagement. Her expertise extends to organizing aviation security programs at Bombardier Aerospace and serving on the Board of Directors ofthe Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. Khakova holds a Master of Science in Environmental Assessment from the University of Kansas.

Ángela Suárez Collado
Professor of General Public Law at the Universidad de Salamanca

Ángela Suárez Collado is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Universidad de Salamanca. She holds a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad de Granada, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Mediterranean Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has done research residenciesat the Middle East Centre of St. Antony’s College (Oxford University), the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University), the Centre Jacques Berque pour le Développement des Sciences Humaines et Sociales au Maroc (CNRS-Rabat) and the College of Europe in Bruges. She has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Her research interests are related to North African politics, social movements, and the study of diasporas and migrations.