Jean-Francois Seznec


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Jean-François Seznec
Dr. Seznec is Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His research centers on the influence of the Arab-Persian Gulf political and social variables on the financial and oil markets in the region. He is focusing on the industrialization of the Gulf and in particular the growth of the petrochemical industry. He is Senior Advisor to PFC Energy in Washington, DC. He holds a MIA from Columbia University [1973], a MA and his 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.

Dr. Seznec has 25 years experience in international banking and finance of which ten years were spent in the Middle East, including two years in Riyadh at SIDF and six years in Bahrain covering Saudi Arabia. Dr. Seznec is a founding member and Managing Partner of the Lafayette Group LLC, a US based private investment company. He uses his knowledge of business in the Middle East and the United States to further his analysis of the Arab-Persian Gulf.


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  • Ph.D. (1994) Yale University, Political Science
  • M.Phil (1993) Yale University, Political Science
  • MA (1993) Yale University, Political Science
  • MIA (1973) Columbia University, International Affairs
  • BA (1970) Washington College, International Affairs


  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (read)