(EnergyAsia, June 6 2011, Monday) — Douglas-Westwood, a leading UK-based energy business advisor, said it recently opened its Singapore office to manage the group’s advisory and research business across the Asia Pacific region.

It has appointed Jason Waldie, who previously worked as group head of business development with an energy advisory firm in Singapore, and with Samsung Corporation in Seoul, South Korea, as associate director of the new office.

Mr Waldie has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Regina in Canada, an MBA from the University of Melbourne and a master degree in energy management from the Institut Français du Petrole/ESCP Europe and Norway’s Handelshoyskolen BI joint programme.

Andrew Reid, Douglas-Westwood’s group chief executive officer, said:

“Establishing in Singapore is core to our continued internationalisation strategy and provides our organisation with a global presence, building on the investment in expanding our European and North American offices in previous years. Our clients already span the region from China to Australia and we anticipate a growing appetite for our leading advisory and research offerings in Asia.

“Jason has considerable experience of the energy sector and an outstanding academic background.

Douglas-Westwood is an independent employee-owned company and a leading provider of business strategy, research and analysis and commercial due-diligence on the global energy sectors. The firm is headquartered in Canterbury in England, with offices in Aberdeen in Scotland and New York City in the US.

In its 21st year of trading and described as a “top energy research group” by the Financial Times, the company has provided services to over 400 clients in 70 countries across the energy sector, including energy majors, military contractors, equipment manufacturers, financial institutions, research organisations and government departments.

Douglas-Westwood work for the international energy and maritime industries includes the world market potential for all the significant sectors of the offshore energy industry.