Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Valerie Marcel

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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.

Areas of expertise

  • 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

Past experience

2014-16Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, World Economic Forum 
2008-PresentConsultant, KPMG LLP
2004-07Principal Researcher (energy), Chatham House
2002-04Senior Research Fellow (energy), Chatham House
2001-02Adjunct Professor in International Relations and Geopolitics, Institut d'Études politiques de Paris
2001Doctorate in International Relations, Institut d'Études politiques de Paris
1997-99Research Fellow, CEDEJ (Cairo)
1997-99Lecturer in International Law, Cairo University