Dr Valérie Marcel

Associate Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

Valerie Marcel


Dr Valérie Marcel is the project lead for the New Producers Group, a South-South knowledge-sharing network of 30 emerging oil and gas producer countries. She is an established expert on national oil companies, petroleum-sector governance and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector.

She is the author of Oil Titans: National Oil Companies in the Middle East (Chatham House/Brookings, 2006). Recent publications include Fostering Resilience in Emerging Oil Producers in 2020 and The Cost of An Emerging National Oil Company, the most read Chatham House publication in 2016, with 41,000 downloads.

She advises governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, South America and the Caribbean on petroleum sector policy and governance.

Valerie’s long-standing focus has been on designing projects in which producer countries drive the agenda and delivery. She is Deputy Chair of the Governing Board of REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and the Lebanese NGO LOGI. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s group of strategy officers and Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives.

Past experience

2014-16 Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, World Economic Forum 
2008-13 Consultant, KPMG LLP
2004-07 Principal researcher (energy), Chatham House
2002-04 Senior research fellow (energy), Chatham House
2001-02 Adjunct professor in international relations and geopolitics, Institut d’Études politiques de Paris
2001 Doctorate in International Relations, Institut d’Études politiques de Paris
1997-99 Research fellow, CEDEJ (Cairo)
1997-99 Lecturer in international law, Cairo University