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Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group. Mr. McNally has over 20 years government and market experience as an international energy market consultant, investment strategist and White House policy official. Mr. McNally’s background and expertise spans the convergence of energy with economic, security, and environmental sectors, from global oil market fundamentals to regulatory policies. He has testified to Congress on energy markets and national security, published on energy in Foreign Affairs (co-authored with Michael Levi) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, NPR, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS’ Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News and other leading journals and programs.  He is a non-resident fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.  From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council.  Mr. McNally started his professional career as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for 12 years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990. He earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Jared Anderson joined The Rapidan Group in February 2016 as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Anderson analyzes market and policy issues related to oil, gas and power sectors. He also contributes to the firm’s energy policy, geopolitical, and market analyses and reports. Prior to joining the Rapidan Group, Jared worked as an independent journalist and analyst covering energy and environment issues. From 2012 to 2015, he was an Editor then Managing Editor at Breaking Energy – an online energy news and analysis hub. From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Anderson analyzed international oil and natural gas market fundamentals and geopolitics as an Analyst and Senior Analyst on Energy Intelligence’s Research team, where he managed client relationships, led EIR’s extensive data service and regularly contributed to the company’s suite of oil and gas publications. Jared received his Master’s degree in international relations with a focus on energy from New York University prior to joining Energy Intelligence. Earlier in his career, Jared spent several years working in the environmental consulting industry and holds an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Oregon.


Allyson Cutright joined The Rapidan Group in November 2014 as an Energy Market Analyst.  Ms. Cutright researches, collects and analyzes global oil market data and related energy and economic information. She also contributes to the firm’s energy policy, petroleum market, and geopolitical reports. Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Ms. Cutright served as a government affairs liaison for a non-profit healthcare policy organization. Ms. Cutright began her career in 2011 serving as an intern in the office of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) where she assisted a Legislative Aide in banking and tax policy. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Ms. Cutright earned her B.A. in Classics (Greek and Latin Linguistics, History, and Philosophy) from the University of Kentucky and completed post-baccalaureate coursework in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky.

Cutright, Allyson

Mariah Deters joined The Rapidan Group in April 2016 as an Energy Analyst, focusing on market dynamics and policy affecting the downstream oil sector. Ms. Deters provides analysis and research on global refining developments and domestic and international petroleum product markets. Before joining The Rapidan Group, Ms. Deters worked in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she focused on Chinese energy sector reforms and the evolving role of water in the energy industry. Ms. Deters graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, earned a minor in Statistics from the Wharton School, and studied Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Mariah Deters

Fernando Ferreira joined The Rapidan Group in February 2015 as an Energy Policy Analyst.  Mr. Ferreira contributes to the firm’s energy policy, petroleum market, and geopolitical research and analysis.  Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Mr. Ferreira was as a Research Intern in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he focused on oil markets and geopolitics.  Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he earned his MA in International Commerce & Policy and his BS in Economics from George Mason University.

Fernando Ferreira

Garrett Golding joined The Rapidan Group in 2012 as an Energy Market and Policy Analyst and in April 2014 was promoted to Vice President.  Mr. Golding heads the firm’s new office in Dallas, Texas and contributes to the firm’s energy policy, geopolitical, and market analyses and reports.  Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Mr. Golding spent six years working at the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives. As a Professional Staff Member, Mr. Golding was the policy advisor for upstream and midstream oil and natural gas, energy markets, and global energy security issues.  His efforts at the Committee centered on LNG exports, offshore drilling, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, hydraulic fracturing, and pipeline infrastructure policy, including the Keystone XL pipeline.  In 2011 he was selected for a fellowship with the Partnership for a Secure America, a nonprofit organization that advances bipartisan solutions to US national security and foreign policy challenges. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a council member with the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association for Energy Economics. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he earned his BA in Political Science at Baylor University and his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College.

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Sabine Leffler is Executive Assistant and Office Manager.  Ms. Leffler received her B.A. in Linguistics from the Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France in 1990 and her Masters in economic translation from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germersheim, Germany.  From January 1995 to February 1997, Sabine worked as a Program Coordinator for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington, DC. In that capacity she organized visitor programs for German officials with American think tanks and non-profit organizations.  From July 1997 to September 2007, Ms. Leffler worked as Office Manager for Tudor Investment Corporation in Washington, DC.  From September 2007 to May 2012 Ms. Leffler has been the Admissions Coordinator at Silver Spring Day School, Silver Spring, Maryland.  Ms. Leffler is fluent in German (native language) as well as in English and French.


Kevin McNally joined The Rapidan Group in 2014 as Director of Business Development.  Before joining The Rapidan Group, Mr. McNally spent eight years with Fidelity National Financial, the world’s leading provider of title insurance, technology and real estate transaction services, focusing on business development and creating and adding long term value for commercial and residential clients.  Prior to that, Mr. McNally worked for six years at Stewart Title Guaranty, a Houston, Texas based national provider of real estate services.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut.  He earned his BA in Criminal Justice from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  Mr. McNally resides in Connecticut and is a licensed attorney.

Kevin McNally

Scott Modell is the Managing Director of The Rapidan Group.  Scott is an uncommonly talented and seasoned expert on Iran and the broader Middle East and offers unparalleled insight into geopolitical and energy related developments and trends in that region, as well as Latin America and Europe. He is a highly decorated former Central Intelligence Agency officer who served for 13 years in the Directorate of Operations, with five tours conducting operations in Latin America, Western Europe, and the Middle East.  He also participated in post 9-11 operations in Afghanistan, serving on the battlefields in the southern and southeastern regions of the country as a member of paramilitary counterterrorism teams composed of CIA officers and local Afghan forces.  In addition to his Rapidan Group responsibilities, Scott is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies focusing on security issues related to Iran and the Middle East and a senior advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command on Counter Threat Finance operations.  Scott is fluent in Spanish, Farsi, and Portuguese, and received his M.A. from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Scott Modell

Campbell Palfrey is a Vice President at The Rapidan Group. Mr. Palfrey is based in the Washington office, where he monitors and analyzes supply/demand fundamentals, geopolitical risks, and policy developments that impact the global oil market. Prior to joining The Rapidan Group in 2009, Mr. Palfrey was the Project Director for an international market research firm, where his team focused on identifying and analyzing consumer trends in the technology and telecommunication sectors. Mr. Palfrey earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Haverford College and his M.A. in International Economics and Energy, Resources & Environment at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Leslie Palti-Guzman is the Director of Global Gas at The Rapidan Group and leads the firm’s coverage on global natural gas markets, liquefied natural gas (LNG), cross-border pipeline politics, and unconventional gas. Leslie is also a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University. She has nearly ten 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. She has established a strong professional reputation and is regularly asked to appear as a featured speaker at gas conferences. Leslie frequently appears on television and in leading print media as an expert commentator on global gas politics.

Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Leslie was a senior analyst at Eurasia Group in the Global Energy & Natural Resources team. Leslie has also served as the senior natural gas and LNG correspondent at Energy Intelligence Group in New York.

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 Institute 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.

Leslie Palti-Guzman

Neil Quilliam is a Senior Advisor at The Rapidan Group and is based in London. Dr. Quilliam served as Senior Energy Adviser to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London for the past 4 years. In this capacity, Neil advised the FCO and other Whitehall ministries, including the Cabinet Office, Department of Energy & Climate Change, Ministry of Defence, Her Majesty’s Treasury, and UK Trade & Industry. Prior to working with the UK government, Dr. Quilliam led Control Risks’ Middle East and North Africa practice and advised governments, and multinationals, including IOCs, on political risk. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East throughout his career, having taught at the United Nations University in Amman, Jordan; Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Amman; King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools in Bethlehem. Dr. Quilliam holds a PhD in International Relations from Durham University (UK) and wrote his thesis on ‘Syria and the New World Order.’ He has published several books on Syria and contributed many chapters in edited volumes on Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Gulf Co-operation Council. He also serves as Acting Head of Middle East & North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Neil Quilliam

Weijia Yao joined The Rapidan Group in September 2015 as a research assistant. Originally from China, Ms. Yao contributes to the firm by collecting data on Chinese oil and gas market and tracking related policy developments. Ms. Yao earned her M.A. in International Economics and Energy, Resources & Environment at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She also has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Sun Yat- sen in China and a BCom degree from University of Victoria in Canada.

Weijia Yao