Marie-Claire AOUN

Director, Center for Energy


Marie-Claire AOUN is director of the Center for Energy at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) and lecturer at Paris Dauphine University.

She began her carrier in the energy sector in 2004 at the Center for Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (CGEMP) at Paris Dauphine University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the same university and is the author of a thesis on the oil rent and the economic development of oil exporting countries.

Between 2008 and beginning 2014, she served as Economist for the French energy regulator (Commission de Régulation de l’Energie), where she contributed to the elaboration of key policy documents on the European gas markets and the implementation of the third energy legislative package. She worked on gas transmission capacity allocation mechanisms, investments in gas infrastructures, transmission tariffs structures and the congestion management procedures in the European gas transmission pipelines.

She speaks fluently French, Arabic and English.

Her current research areas focus on geopolitics of energy and climate, the oil and gas markets, the EU energy security and the energy policies of hydrocarbons producing countries.


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By: Marie-Claire AOUN, Saïd NACHET

With 266 billion barrels of proved oil reserves (16% of world total), Saudi Arabia holds the world's largest (conventional) crude oil reserves, was the largest exporter of total petroleum liquids in 2013, and the second largest petroleum liquids producer behind the United States

By: Marie-Claire AOUN, Quentin BOULANGER

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are often presented as an effective instrument for managing hydrocarbon rents, reducing the impact of the volatility of oil or gas revenues on the economy, separating expenditure from income, and promoting a more transparent management of the rent. 

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