La Jolla Interviews

In the lead-up to the XXIII La Jolla Energy Conference, we will be chatting to speakers to get their take on key energy trends and outlooks in the Western Hemisphere. Our mini-interviews aim to give you a sneak peek into what the experts will be discussing at the Conference in May 2014. You can also submit your questions for the speakers via Ask the Experts.


Jorge Piñon
Interim Director - Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas at Austin

Jorge PiñonIn our discussions with La Jolla Conference speaker Jorge Piñon, he has always maintained that what we are looking at is not merely a “North American Energy Security Question” but a Hemispheric issue. So when we caught up with Mr. Piñon, from the University of Texas at Austin, to talk about the upcoming conference, the interview ranged from North America’s potential as an energy super hub, to the changing nature of regional oil markets, to energy domino scenarios for the Western Hemisphere and beyond. Jorge Piñon will be discussing North American energy security – and more – at the La Jolla Energy Conference on May 21 – 22.



Rose Anne Franco
Manager of Global Markets, Wood Mackenzie

RoseAnne FrancoSouth America has become a hub of unconventional attention thanks in large part due to abundant shale gas reserves in Argentina highlighted by the Energy Information Administration’s reports and the Vaca Muerta discovery. We spoke to RoseAnne Franco, Manager of Global Markets at Wood Mackenzie to get her take on the unconventional outlook for Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. RoseAnne Franco will be discussing the challenges and opportunities for unconventionals in South America at the La Jolla Energy Conference on May 21 – 22. 




Amy Myers Jaffe
Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Davis

Amy Myers JaffeIn a 2011 essay in Foreign Policy magazine, Amy Myers Jaffe argued that the Americas was wresting the global energy crown away from the Middle East and taking over as the world’s energy capital. We caught up with Ms Jaffe, the Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis to get an update on her thesis and the broader geopolitical elements facing the Western Hemisphere’s energy outlook and specifically her take on the debate in the United States over LNG and crude oil exports, public perceptions of fracking and the sustainability of the US’s energy renaissance. Amy Myers Jaffe will be discussing the US Energy Revolution and its implications for Latin America at the La Jolla Conference on May 21 – 22.




Ed Morse
Global Head of Commodities Research, CitiGroup

Ed MorseWe are at an historical moment in global energy, with the US shale boom leading a hydrocarbons resurgence. Here in the US it has also given rise to intense debate over the management of oil and gas reserves, and the opportunity to export both crude and LNG. We caught up with Ed Morse, Global Head of Commodities Research at Citigroup to discuss the geopolitical implications of the changing energy landscape for the US and beyond. Ed Morse will be discussing North American energy security at the La Jolla Conference on May 21 – 22.














Contact Information

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Energy Team

Jeremy Martin
Director, Energy Program
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Alexis Arthur
Energy Policy Associate

Rita Oliveira
Energy Program Associate & Office Manager

Diana Rodríguez
Energy Program Associate & Facilities Manager

About the Institute of the Americas

The Institute of the Americas is an independent, inter-American organization that promotes cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve economic, political and social well-being across the Americas.

Founded in 1983 as an impartial, non-profit organization the Institute has focused its efforts in five  program areas: energy, journalism, community & border relations, trade, and China-Americas relations. The Institute hosts roundtables and professional workshops at its home on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, and throughout Latin America. The Institute prides itself on providing independent analysis to help shape policy on the most critical economic, political, and social issues across the Western Hemisphere.

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