Leslie Palti-Guzman is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Polciy. She is Director of Global Gas at The Rapidan Group (as of May 1st 2015). She leads coverage on global natural gas markets, liquefied natural gas (LNG), cross-border pipeline politics, and unconventional gas. She has over seven years’ experience as a global gas market research analyst, energy market journalist, and political risk advisor. Leslie's expertise is global, with a strong regional focus on Asia, North America, the European Union, Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, and Qatar.
Leslie has established a strong professional reputation and is regularly asked to appear as a featured speaker at gas conferences and events. Leslie frequently appears on television and in leading print media as an expert commentator on global gas politics and has been widely cited in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters, Dow Jones, CNN Money, and Associated Press.
Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Leslie was a senior analyst at Eurasia Group in the Global Energy & Natural Resources team, where she led the global gas coverage with a particular emphasis on geopolitics, suppliers' export strategies, pricing evolution, and regulatory framework. Leslie has also served as the senior natural gas and LNG correspondent at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. She covered LNG markets in the Atlantic Basin, European unconventional gas, and European security of gas supply. Her articles were published in the company's several publications, including World Gas Intelligence, International Oil Daily, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, andEnergy Compass.
She has also worked for French broadcasting channel TV5, where she interviewed key French policymakers. During her graduate studies, Leslie interned in the political affairs department at the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, DC, at Foreign Policy as an editorial assistant, and at the United Nations Department of Public Information as a writer.
Leslie holds an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied international law and business and wrote her master's thesis on the geopolitics of energy. Leslie also holds both an MA and BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, with a focus on European Studies and Security Studies. Leslie has lived in Paris, Madrid, Boston, Washington, DC, and New York. She is fluent in French and Spanish.