Teneo hauled in $1.6M for three months of communications counsel and strategy development work for Masdar, the renewable energy unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil company.

The representation concerned the United Nations climate conference (COP28) that is set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.

It is to be held in United Arab Emirates (Dubai’s Expo City). Teneo’s COP28 effort included email outreach to Mike Allen (Axios), Ben Smith (Semafor), and Daniel Lippman (Politico).

Geoff Morrell, president of Teneo’s global strategy & communications practice, led the PR that began in July following receipt of a $700K sign-on payment.

He was executive VP-communications & advocacy for British Petroleum, serving in London and DC. While posted in Washington, Morrell led the PR effort to rebound from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to BP, Morrell was Pentagon press secretary and he joined Teneo from Walt Disney Co., where he was senior EVP & chief corporate affairs officer.

Cassandra Simpson, SVP at the strategy & communications unit; and former Tulchan Communications executives Ed Cropley and Jackson Wild also handle work for Masdar.

Teneo acquired Tulchan, UK, financial PR shop, in March.