Justin Dargin is one of the world's leading Middle East energy experts specializing in energy markets, regional geopolitics, emergent carbon markets and regional industrialization. He was a former Research Fellow with The Dubai Initiative/Harvard University, where he won a Harvard award for his research on the region. And, he is a Fulbright Scholar on the Middle East/North Africa. Mr. Dargin is also a specialist in international law and energy law with a focus in carbon trading, the global oil and gas market, the legal framework surrounding the Gulf energy sector, and Middle Eastern geopolitics. Mr Dargin has advised some of the leading international and national energy companies, governments and multilateral organizations as to strategic investment and geopolitical issues in the energy sector.
He 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 Gulf Research Centre. He is the author of several well regarded books on the Middle East and the energy market. Currently, Mr. Dargin sits on a variety of boards, such as the board of directors of the International Energy Foundation, was on the review committee for Fulbright Scholars, and is a Middle East-North Africa and Energy Regional head for Oxford Analytica. He is also a senior member of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations as a global energy expert.
Mr. Dargin has spent long periods of time living and traveling in the Gulf and North Africa. Before coming to Harvard, 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 of 2005, and in structuring relations with its Saudi Arabian and South African joint ventures. Mr. Dargin also worked in the legal department at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and was 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, Russia Today, the New York Times, and Al Hurra, among other major global media. He is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English.
Speaking on a panel at the FT-Shell Energy Pathways Forum with President Director of Shell, Dick Benschop and Senior Consultant of the Arab Petroleum Investments Corp., Ali Aissaoui.