Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies and the Center for the United States and Mexico, the interim director of the Latin America Initiative, and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute. In addition, he is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. He is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela.
Monaldi is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, Saudi Aramco, PDVSA, Shell, Chevron, Total, Equinor, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Harvard Center for International Development, Eurasia Group, and Medley Global Advisors.