Dr. Jean-Francois Seznec is a founding member and managing
partner of the Lafayette Group, a U.S.-based private investment company.
Seznec has 25 years of experience in international banking
and finance, of which 10 years were spent in the Middle East, including two
years in Riyadh at SIDF and six years in Bahrain covering Saudi Arabia. He uses
his knowledge of business in the Middle East and the United States to further
his analysis of the Arab-Persian Gulf.
Previously, Seznec served as a visiting associate professor
at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His research
centered on the influence of the Arab-Persian Gulf political and social
variables on the financial and oil markets in the region. He focused on the
industrialization of the Gulf and in particular the growth of the petrochemical
industry. He is senior adviser to PFC Energy in Washington.
Seznec holds master’s degree from Columbia University
(1963), and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University ([1994).
He has published and lectured extensively on petrochemicals
and energy-based industries in the Gulf and their importance in world trade. He
is interviewed regularly on national TV, radio and newspapers, as well as by
the foreign media.