Marc Tejtel is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel. In addition, Marc Tejtel serves as Senior Counsel for CLDP’s Iraq team.
Marc Tejtel joined CLDP, in March 2002, as an Attorney-Advisor International in charge of CLDP’s activities in the Balkans. Since 2006, much of his work at CLDP has had to do with creating legal, fiscal, and judicial environments conducive to SME development in countries in transition. Marc Tejtel’s achievements were recognized in 2015 by a Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal, the Department’s highest award.
Prior to joining CLDP, Marc Tejtel was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. His last assignment with the State Department was in Algeria where he served as the Economic, Commercial, and Energy Officer at the American Embassy in Algiers. A Consular Cone Foreign Service Officer, Marc Tejtel had a consular commission in Algeria and, in addition to his other duties, also served as Acting Consul when the Consul was away.
While with the State Department, Marc Tejtel received several awards among which an award for “sustained superior performance as an Economic and Commercial Officer” in Algeria, an award for “outstanding work as pre-visit negotiator, as site coordinator….and as facilitator for the bilateral talks held by the U.S. Secretary of State with three Heads of State…”, and an award for his role as Post Security Officer while Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary, Canada. In this capacity, Marc Tejtel also received a special plaque from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the first U.S. Vice Consul in Calgary to be so distinguished.
As Economic Officer in Algeria, Mr. Tejtel worked with Algerian technology incubators to help develop technology- based SME.
Prior to joining the State Department, Marc Tejtel served for close to 10 years as the CEO of an SME that he had created. This SME, a U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest electric utility, specialized in helping European high-tech SMEs license technology to large North American firms.
From 1972 to 1985, while serving in Europe, Marc Tejtel held executive positions with state-owned organizations specializing in the financing of small business.
From 1978 to 1985, Marc Tejtel was the second in command of INODEV (Innovation et Développement), a joint-venture between France’s State-owned small business development bank (BDPME/OSEO) and France’s National Agency for the Commercialization of Technology (ANVAR). INODEV specialized in funding technology development and commercialization projects of SMEs, through long-term financing and quasi-equity. Marc Tejtel had been part of the two-person team that founded INODEV in 1978. At INODEV, Marc Tejtel was, in particular, in charge of the team conducting the risk assessment of all technology development and commercialization projects of high-technology SMEs.
From 1972 to 1978 (with a 15-month break for military service as a Navy officer), Marc Tejtel worked as an economist at a State-owned bank (CNME/CEPME) specialized in the financing of investment needs of SMEs, as well as in the financing of SMEs awarded government contracts. In this capacity, Marc Tejtel was, in particular, the de-facto editor of, and the main contributor to, CNME’s quarterly journal, at the time one of Europe’s most respected banking journals. Marc Tejtel’s papers published in this journal were mainly focused on the financing of SMEs, on banking risk analysis, and on government procurement. During this period, Marc Tejtel often represented CNME in Brussels at meetings of the European Association of State-Owned Enterprises.
The co-author of three collective books about banking and finance (one of which about SME financing) and an often published economist (his first article published in March 1970 dealt with the Lieberman reform in the Soviet Union’s state-owned enterprises), Marc. Tejtel has always taught, in parallel to his professional activities. His teaching has mostly been focused on SME financing, on the management of intellectual capital, and on international negotiations.
Since his first methodology (“How To Assess The Risk of A New Technology Commercialization Project”) was published in 1985 in a leading European economic daily, Marc Tejtel has created about ten decision-making methodologies, all based upon lessons learned from his professional experience. As an educator, Marc Tejtel has also created more than twenty case studies.
An attorney-at-law, a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and of the American Law Institute, Marc Tejtel holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, as well as graduate degrees from Europe. (HEC Paris, Sorbonne).
Marc Tejtel and his wife Frances live in Northern Virginia.