Francisco Monaldi

Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Adjunct Professor of Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and an adjunct professor of political economy of oil at Rice University. He is an associate in the geopolitics of energy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty associate in energy policy at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he directs the Program on Oil and Gas Management and Policy.

Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2015, he was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Roy Family Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2014, he was an adjunct professor of international energy policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting professor of the political economy of oil at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva; the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota; and at the Universidad ESAN in Lima.

Between 2002 and 2012 Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. He 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, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, Ministry of Petroleum of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Kazakhstan and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Eurasia Group and Medley Global Advisors.

Monaldi is on the board of directors of Mercantil, Venezuela’s leading financial group, and other Venezuelan companies and institutions. He has authored numerous academic publications, recently including “Institutional Collapse,” in Venezuela before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse, R. Hausmann and F. Rodriguez, eds. (Penn State University Press, 2014); “Oil Fueled Centralism,” in Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, G. Anderson, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2012); and “The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela,” in The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment, W. Hogan and F. Struzenegger, eds. (MIT Press, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in political science (political economy) from Stanford University, a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB).

Past Appearances

Knowledge @Wharton: February 17, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Francisco Monaldi (Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Adjunct Professor of Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University), Meta Brown (Senior Economist, Microeconomic Studies Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Evan Siddall (Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), Gary Burtless (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute), and Charles Mason (Associate Dean in College of Business; H. A. “Dave” True, Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics , The Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming) on the Wednesday, February 17, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Host Dan Loney is joined by Steven Rogelberg (Chancellor’s Professor; Professor of Managment, University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Wayne Guay (Yageo Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School), Francisco Monaldi (Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Adjunct Professor of Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University), Charles Mason (Associate Dean in College of Business; H. A. “Dave” True, Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics , The Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming), Jennifer Blouin (Associate Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School), and Emilie Feldman (Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, February 5, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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