Justin Dargin, Ph.D., is a global energy and carbon market expert at the University of Oxford and is one of the world's leading Middle East energy experts specializing in energy markets, regional geopolitics, emergent carbon markets, and regional industrialization. He is a former Harvard University research fellow, where he spearheaded regional energy and carbon market research and won a prestigious Harvard Business School award for his groundbreaking research on the region. At Harvard, he published the seminal-and to date, the only-research on Middle East carbon market development. And, he is a Fulbright Scholar on the Middle East/North Africa and a former nonresident fellow in Middle East energy/climate affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He has advised some of the leading international and national energy companies, governments and multilateral organizations as to decarbonization policy implementation, as well as strategic investment and geopolitical issues in the energy sector.
Dr. Dargin has published over a hundred book chapters and articles in such publications as the Middle East Economic Survey, the Oil & Gas Journal, the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and the Harvard Journal of Middle East Politics and Policy. He is the author of several well-regarded books on the Middle East and the energy market. Currently, Dr. Dargin sits on a variety of boards, such as the board of directors of the International Energy Foundation and was on the review committee for Fulbright Scholars. He is also a senior member of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations as a global energy expert.
Dr. Dargin has spent long periods of time living and traveling in the Gulf and North Africa. Before coming to Oxford, he worked at Owens Corning Global Headquarters in the international legal department, as an integral part of the compliance team for adherence to the Energy Policy Act, and in structuring relations with its Saudi Arabian and South African joint ventures. Dr. Dargin was a legal advisor at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) where he played a leading role in the legal aspects of the accession proceedings for Angola to enter as a full member and in advising senior leadership about the US and EU energy market regulatory frameworks. He was also a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he pioneered the first major substantive work on transnational gas trade in the form of the Dolphin Project. He has been featured extensively for his expert opinion on Al Jazeera, Emirates 24/7, USA Today, the Financial Times, Time Magazine, the New York Times, The Economist, and Reuters, among other major global media. He is fluent in Arabic, Spanish and English.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and his graduate law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Magna Cum Laude).