Valerie Marcel led energy research at Chatham House from 2002 to 2007. She became an associate fellow in 2007, based in Dubai and Toronto, before returning to London in 2014.
She previously taught international relations at Sciences Po Paris (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the University of Cairo. She is the author of Oil Titans: National Oil Companies in the Middle East, and a number of publications on national oil companies and governance of the petroleum sector.
She carries out unique fieldwork in the Middle East, North Africa and Africa through interviews with national oil company executives and government officials.
She is a recognized speaker and facilitator at academic and oil industry conferences, expert workshops and executive strategy workshops.
She also advises governments on energy sector governance, as a member of KPMG’s Global National Oil Companies (NOC) team.
- National oil companies
- Petroleum sector governance
- Emerging oil and gas producers, with particular focus on Africa, Lebanon, Timor-Leste
- Oil and politics in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Iraq
- Strategic changes in the industry, involving oil companies, service companies and national oil companies
|2014-16||Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, World Economic Forum|
|2008-Present||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|
- A Local Content Decision Tree for Emerging Producers Research paper
- Guidelines for Good Governance in Emerging Oil and Gas Producers 2016 Research paper
- The Cost of an Emerging National Oil Company Research paper
- Oil and Gas Mismatches: Finance, Investment and Climate Policy Research paper
- Governance Challenges for Emerging Oil and Gas Producers Research paper
- What Next for the Oil and Gas Industry? Chatham House Report
- Trends in Asian National Oil Company Investment Abroad Working Paper
- Good Governance of the National Petroleum Sector Chatham House Document
- Good Governance of the National Petroleum Sector Chatham House Report
- Investment in Middle East Oil: Who Needs Whom? Report
- Is Lebanon Set for an Oil Bonanza? 10 January 2018
- Middle East Oil Outlook Unsettled Amid Security Vacuum 04 February 2015
- ISIS and the Dangers of Black Market Oil 21 July 2014
- Governance Prospects for Lebanon's Petroleum Sector 09 May 2013
- Prospects for Good Governance in Lebanon’s Nascent Petroleum Sector Energy Strategy Reviews, April 2013
- Institutional Design in Low-Capacity Oil Hotspots with Patrick Heller, Revenue Watch Institute, August 2012
- Creating a National Oil Company in East Timor: Building on the Experience of Other Producers Dubai School of Government, January 2011
- States of Play: National Oil Companies Control 80% of the World's Oil. But They're Not all the Same Foreign Policy, Sept/Oct 2009