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Albert Bressand

Albert BressandSpecial Advisor to the Commissioner for Development, EU Commission

  • Europe

Prof. Albert Bressand is Senior Fellow at Vancouver Community College and Special Advisor to Andris Piebalgs, the Commissioner for Development at the EU Commission in Brussels. He is also a Member of the Faculty of the World Economic Forum and has contributed to several major Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) studies on the world energy scene.

From 2006 to 2012, he was a professor and the Executive Director of the Centre for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at Columbia University. From 2003 to 2006, he led the Global Business Environment Department in Royal Dutch Shell's global headquarters in London.

Previously, he was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Promethée, a non-profit, Paris-based think tank specializing in the emerging global networked economy.

Earlier in his career, he served as Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France; Deputy Director of the French Council on Foreign Relations (IFRI); and was member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of Robert McNamara at the World Bank.

Bressand obtained his advanced scientific degrees from École Polytechnique, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Paris-Sorbonne. He also holds a Master's in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His publications include 'Foreign Direct Investment in Oil and Gas: Recent Trends and Strategic Drivers', (2009) and 'The Future of Producer-Consumer Cooperation: A Policy Perspective’ (2010).