An economist and an international IP lawyer, Marc Tejtel served for 19 years with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), from which he retired in October 2021 as Deputy Chief Counsel for Strategic Initiatives and Mentoring.

CLDP, part of the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S.Department of Commerce, helps developing countries create legislative, regulatory, and judicial environments conducive to trade and investment; in the process, CLDP creates a level playing field for US firms overseas.

At CLDP, in particular, Marc Tejtel created and conducted capacity building programs focused on helping foreign lawyers and commercial officers acquire the knowledge and hone the skills required for successful international business negotiations leading to the formation of international joint ventures or to foreign investment.

Before joining CLDP, Marc Tejtel had been, for a few years, a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. His last assignment was in Algeria where he served as the U.S. embassy’s commercial officer, economic officer, energy attaché, and agriculture attaché.

Prior to joining the Department of State, he had been the founder and, for ten years, the CEO of a very small US subsidiary of a large European utility. This small subsidiary was specialized in helping European high-tech SME license advanced technologies to large US firms.

For 13 years prior to creating this subsidiary, Marc Tejtel had worked, as an economist, for a European state-owned bank, where, in the last seven years, he was in charge of the risk analysis department of a subsidiary specialized in the financing of the commercialization of new technologies.