La Jolla Interviews

In the lead-up to the XXIV 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 2015.


Dan Restrepo
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Dan RestrepoThe US energy revolution has been one of the defining geopolitical trends in the Western Hemisphere over the last half decade. But with oil prices low, has it come to an end? How will this play into debates over lifting the US crude oil export ban and the 2016 presidential election? The Institute of the Americas spoke to Dan Restrepo, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former advisor to President Obama, to untangle the issues.




Mark Zoback
Director, Stanford Natural Gas Initiative

Mark ZobackAfter years of an uninterrupted shale oil and gas boom in the United States, unconventional resource production is starting to show signs of decline. The Institute of the Americas spoke to Mark Zoback, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative about the outlook for unconventional oil and gas in the United States, what the new fracking rules mean for the industry, and prospects for crude and LNG exports.




Francisco J. Monaldi
Visiting Professor of Energy Policy,
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Francisco MonaldiConsumers in the United States are giddy over low prices at the pump, but what does this mean for the Western Hemisphere? The Institute of the Americas caught up with Francisco Monaldi, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School to help us understand what $50/barrel oil means, not just the US economy but the implications for Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and, of course, Venezuela.




Jake Levine
Director of Strategy & Chief of Staff Opower, Inc.

Jac LevineThe Latin American power matrix is changing and so are its consumers. The Institute of the Americas spoke to Jake Levine, Director of Strategy & Chief of Staff at Opower about the new, empowered consume and their relationship with traditional utilities, as well as how big data can help governments and utilities better communicate with each other and end users.


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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

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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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