Research Fellow at the Ifri Center for Energy from 2010 to 2014 and Associate Researcher from 2014 to 2016

Research Areas:

  • Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons
  • Geopolitics of Energy
  • Downstream oil & transport 
  • Middle East

Maïté de Boncourt focuses on hydrocarbon research and also on Middle East, the Gulf and Mediterranean, and extensively covers the region’s hydrocarbons and renewable developments, energy governance and geopolitics. As part of this research axis, she currently focuses on eastern Mediterranean new resources, the shift of power for traditional oil and gas producers in the region, and ongoing energy reforms.


Before joining Ifri's Centre for Energy in February 2010, Maïté de Boncourt worked as lobbyist and policy analyst for a major IOC in Brussels, covering European energy policies. She also worked for the European Commission’s Delegation in Syria, Damascus. She started at Ifri's Brussels office, where she covered european energy policies.

Her work at Ifri now focuses on oil and gas markets, including the development of unconventional hydrocarbons, downstream oil developments such as refining, energy geopolitics and transportation. She specifically focuses on Middle Eastand Mediterranean, and extensively covers the region’s hydrocarbons and renewable developments, energy governance and geopolitics.

In 2012, she was teaching european energy policy at Science Po Paris, and she is now occasionally giving lectures on the geopolitics of energy.

Maïté holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs from the College of Europe (Bruges), a Master’s degree in Public Management from the Katholieke Universteit Leuven, and a Master’s degree in Contemporary History from the Sorbonne (Paris). She is fluent in both English and French.

All my publications

Over the last ten years, Kuwait's power consumption has doubled. This rising need for electricity has been mainly driven by the fast population growth rate, the increasing need for desalinated water, accounting for 93% of water consumption, and the economic development of the country.


The futuristic green city of Masdar in the United Arab Emirates or the latest announcements of Saudi Arabia which might now well become the new Eldorado for solar energy companies have a clear marketing varnish. But if they are showcases of green ambitions, they nonetheless reflect the...


Europe is seeking ways to decrease the growing negative impact of passenger cars on climate, currently responsible for up to 12% of total EU CO2 emissions. After biofuels in the nineties and hydrogen in 2000, the new answer to climate change appears to be electric. But contrary...


The development of the electric car market, supported by public funding, needs to be monitored closely. Currently, except for Renault benefiting from its electric partnership with Nissan, batteries for electric vehicles will most likely be outsourced. A lot of joint ventures are being signed...


China is looking ahead and thinking electric. The Chinese government recently announced the release of $15 billion in a “Manhattan-style” venture to support electric vehicle (EV) research, standardization and development as part of its five-year plan and to meet its seemingly unattainable...

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