Lydia El Bouazzati was raised in Morocco where she lived until age of 20. She then left for France to continue her engineering studies and then started working in Paris as an engineer in a major oil & gas company. She was then expatriated in Angola for more than three years, first in the capital Luanda then on an FPSO – Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit- located one hundred miles from shore in the Gulf of Guinea and producing more than 250 kbpd. After that, she came back to Paris to develop the design of new oil & gas installations. During her nine-year career, Lydia developed her expertise in oil, water and natural gas process design and exploitation, deep offshore wells, subsea technologies, FPSO exploitation, troubleshooting and optimizing production systems. Lydia speaks Berber, Arabic, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. She loves Near Eastern antiquities, 19th and 20th century European paintings, piano concerts and operas, French and Arab literature. She also likes swimming. At Yale, Lydia plans to study energy policies development. She is interested in contributing in solving global energy issues like energy poverty, environmental pollution, increase in energy consumption, etc. and she aims to approach these issues from multiple angles: engineering, law, economics and policy.