Event Location: 
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, Kuwait
Event Date: 
10-11 December 2019
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H.E. Mr. Marc Tejtel

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H.E. Mr. Marc Tejtel
Deputy Chief Counsel, Strategic Initiatives, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
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Marc Tejtel is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC)’s Gold Award. He has been with USDOC’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) since 2002. Since September 2019, Marc Tejtel has been CLDP’s Deputy Chief Counsel for Strategic Initiatives and Mentoring.

Between 2008 and September 2019, Marc Tejtel was CLDP’s sole Deputy Chief Counsel. In this capacity, he had two main responsibilities:

  • Laying a foundation for CLDP assistance in countries where CLDP had no prior activities (e.g., Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo,….)
  • Providing program input in domains where he has had practical experience (Energy Law, Technology Law, State-owned Enterprises reform, SME financing)

In addition Marc Tejtel was in charge of CLDP’s Iraq team.

From 2002 to 2008, Marc Tejtel was first an Attorney-Advisor International in charge of CLDP's activities in the Balkans and, later, a Senior Counsel in charge of CLDP’s activities in the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia).

Prior to joining CLDP, Marc Tejtel was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. His last assignment with the State Department was in Algeria where he served as the Commercial, Economic and Energy Officer at the American Embassy in Algiers. Marc Tejtel received several awards from the State Department, among which an award for "sustained superior performance as an Economic and Commercial Officer" in Algeria, an award for “outstanding work as pre-visit negotiator, as site coordinator….and as facilitator for the bilateral talks held by the U.S. Secretary of State with three Heads of State…”.

Prior to joining the State Department, Marc Tejtel was, for close to 10 years, the founder and CEO of a small U.S. subsidiary of the world's largest electric utility, a State-owned enterprise. This subsidiary specialized in forming technology partnerships between North American and European firms. It also provided assistance in local economic development.

From 1972 to 1985, while serving in France, Marc Tejtel held executive positions with government agencies specializing in the financing of technological innovation and of small business. In particular, from 1978 to 1985, Marc Tejtel was the second in command of INODEV (Innovation et Développement), a joint-venture between France’s State-owned small business development bank (BDPME/OSEO) and France’s National Agency for the Commercialization of Technology (ANVAR). INODEV specialized in funding technology development and commercialization projects of SMEs through long-term financing and quasi-equity.

The co-author of three collective books about banking and finance, and an often published economist (his first article published in March 1970 dealt with the Lieberman reform in the Soviet Union’s state-owned enterprises), Mr. Tejtel has always taught, in parallel to his professional activities. His teaching has mostly been focused on the management of intellectual capital, on SME financing, and on international negotiations.

An attorney-at-law, a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and of the American Law Institute, Marc Tejtel holds a Masters’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s graduate school of business, as well as graduate degrees from Europe. (HEC Paris, Sorbonne).

Marc Tejtel and his wife Frances live in Northern Virginia.