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. 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.

From 2013 to 2016, Monaldi was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, 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 political economy at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and Universidad ESAN in Lima. Between 2002 and 2012, Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. .

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.

Monaldi has authored numerous academic publications, including “The Political Economy of Oil Taxation in Latin America” in The Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America, G. Flores-Macias, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2019); “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, an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.

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