We believe that reliable information, presented in the right way, can empower stakeholders to make smart decisions. Our large, on-the-ground network synthesizes solid facts and unbiased insight into high-impact analysis. Iraq Oil Report's mission is to deliver this information to enable this empowerment.

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The Team

Ben Lando | Publisher & Editor-at-Large

Ben Lando is founder, Publisher and Editor-at-Large of Iraq Oil Report, the best source for news, analysis and information from about Iraq. He built a network of local and international reporters and researchers to cover stories about Iraq's energy, politics and security. Ben has briefed public and private investor groups, diplomats and American and other political leaders about Iraq. Ben has reported from a dozen countries on energy, political and security issues, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Time Magazine. He is currently also a Contributing Editor at Platts.

Ben Van Heuvelen | Editor-in-Chief

Ben Van Heuvelen manages our editorial team and is responsible for all news content. He coordinates Iraq Oil Report's news coverage, which includes reporting from Iraq and the region. Prior to his role as Editor-in-Chief, Ben was Managing Editor of Iraq Oil Report. His reporting and analysis also frequently appears in Bloomberg, The Washington Post and Foreign Policy. Ben has briefed investors, diplomats, and NGOs on Iraq's political and business environment. Prior to joining Iraq Oil Report, Ben was a research fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC., and the chief researcher for two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll’s new book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”.

Jared Levy | Director of Research Services

Jared Levy is the director of our Research Services division. Splitting his time between Iraq and New York City, Jared oversees a team of data collectors and analysts that provide private sector clients with a range of subscription products and bespoke research services. Prior to joining Iraq Oil Report, Jared ran the Iraq operations of an emerging markets market research company, and provided a range of research services to Fortune 500 companies as an independent consultant focused on Iraq.

Ground truth, journalists, researchers and analysists

Our more than two dozen journalists, researchers and analysts located in every province of the country have years of experience in Iraq. They know and have built relationships with the decision makers and policy influencers in the country.

Commitment to Independence

Iraq Oil Report strives to provide thoroughly vetted reporting and fair-minded analysis that enables readers to understand the dynamic events of Iraq. To meet this goal, we always seek to gather first-hand information on the ground, verify facts from multiple angles, and solicit input from every stakeholder involved in a given story.

We view our independence as an integral piece of our competitive advantage. Whereas many media entities in Iraq are owned or heavily influenced by political parties, Iraq Oil Report is wholly owned by several of its employees. In a landscape that is often polarized and politicized, we are able to gather and corroborate information from an unusually wide array of sources because we can speak with all of them in good faith.

To fund this enterprise, Iraq Oil Report depends on revenue from both advertising and subscriptions. Some of our advertisers and subscribers — including companies, governments, and NGOs — are also subjects of our reporting. Consistent with journalistic best practices, Iraq Oil Report maintains a strict firewall that removes business considerations from editorial decision-making. When we are choosing which stories to report and how to write them, our readers always come first.