C. Derek Campbell
Fellow description here.C. Derek Campbell is the Executive Chairman of AlphaSierra Advisory Limited (www.alphasierra.co), a bespoke advisory firm in London with a presence in Dubai, whose experienced team works with investors and executives seeking growth in emerging and frontier markets - with expertise across Africa. In addition to leading AlphaSierra, Derek is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc. (ENRS - www.enr-security.com), an international security company providing "best-in- class" physical and cyber risk mitigation solutions for Critical Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resource assets.
Derek has enjoyed a distinguished career in the public and private sectors, with focus on the energy, extractive industry, and security/defense fields. In the private sector, Derek has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He served as the Managing Director of Accession International, Inc. where he guided his team in developing business for multinational extractive industry and infrastructure development firms throughout Western and Central Africa/the Gulf of Guinea, with particular focus in Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, and Gabon. Derek later served as the Chief Executive Officer of TransGenerational (TransGen) Energy, Inc. (www.transgen-energy.com), where he led all strategic engagements of the company and managed all strategic corporate activity until the corporation was sold.
In the public sector, Derek spent many years in the U.S. Department of Defense as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, with distinction - earning the Bronze Star in Afghanistan. Derek served as the U.S. Marine & Naval Attaché to Nigeria, where he developed deep cooperative relationships with multinational corporations and captains of industry, as well as a keen understanding of the region and its diplomatic and commercial sensitivities. Chief among those were the maritime and port security concerns around the Niger Delta, where he was primary portfolio manager and point of contact for all U.S. maritime and oil & gas security initiatives. He also served as the Chief of Military Plans for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – a Chapter VII Peace Enforcement Mission headquartered in Juba, South Sudan. Additionally, Derek served as the Marine Liaison Officer to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) based in the U.S. National Capital Region, where he oversaw all Marine Corps Counter-Threat initiatives. As a civilian in service to the U.S. Government, Derek served the U.S. State Department as a Special Security Advisor for the U.S. Special Envoy's Office on South Sudan.
Derek is a regular on the international Oil & Gas/Energy lecture circuit, speaking as an authority on topics such as Energy Security and the Extractive Industry geo-political and market dynamics in Africa. He is currently a principal committee member on the U.S. EXIM Bank’s (www.exim.gov) 2020-21 Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. Derek is also an Advisory Board Member of the African Energy Chamber (www.energychamber.org), where he sits on the premiere U.S.-Africa Energy Subcommittee. Additionally, Derek is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Technology & Management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Strategic Studies (M.S.S.) from the U.S. Army War College, with an elective concentration in Energy & National Security.