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 a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University. He is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a senior faculty associate at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2016, he 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.
Working for the US Peace Corps in Honduras, Michael would often hitchhike to community meetings, sometimes riding with gravel haulers, sometimes in the butcher’s truck. These meetings focused on the basic building blocks of governance; the work was deliberate and improvements gradual, leading to new water systems, organic farms and other businesses growing up in the region. For Michael, Actis works with its partners in a very similar way, patiently building trust and effecting change – it is just that the scale of impact is much larger. In an average month, Michael can find himself working with Ministries of Energy or Finance to reduce household energy bills, visiting the site of the largest installation of wind-sourced electricity in Central America, or building a business plan with the next generation of entrepreneurs, committed to tackling the energy deficit. For Michael, Actis is a firm willing to lead in growth markets private equity; its people invest time to develop strategies in challenging, high-growth markets, outside of the BRIC economies. Michael’s early career was at Arthur Andersen and NM Rothschild & Sons, based in Mexico. He undertook an internship at Actis in 2007 and then rejoined the firm in 2008. Michael holds an MBA with distinction from the London Business School; was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and has a Major in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
William Candelaria has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border financings in emerging markets, with particular focus on Latin America and Spain. He advises corporations, commercial and investment banks, private issuers, underwriters and family offices on bank and trade financings, debt and equity placements, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in many sectors, including financial services and investment management, media and communications, food and beverages, hospitality, real estate and tourism, infrastructure and transportation and oil and gas. He counsels US institutional investors regarding investments in emerging market companies that are publicly traded abroad. Bill has significant board experience and he advises clients on corporate governance and compliance matters from time to time. Clients commend Bill for being “highly responsive” as well as a “problem solver and solution presenter,” who provides top-flight “professional service” built upon “excellent market knowledge and understanding” in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 Latin America. Legal 500 USA also recognized him as a leading US practitioner for mergers and acquisitions (middle-market) in 2017. A frequent speaker on legal and financing issues, Bill has for several years chaired the Mexico panel at the Institute of the Americas’ annual La Jolla Conference, the Western Hemisphere’s most highly regarded energy policy forum. He has also chaired corporate governance panels at the New York State Bar Association International Meetings in Lisbon and Panama. In addition to those engagements, Bill participated in the White House Business Council’s Inaugural Hispanic Business Leaders Forum. He currently serves as a trustee of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and on the boards of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
El Dr. Flores Quiroga fue nombrado Subsecretario de Hidrocarburos el 1 de agosto de 2016. Anteriormente fue Secretario General del Foro Internacional de Energía (IEF, por sus siglas en inglés) – cuya sede se encuentra en Riad, Arabia Saudita – de enero 2012 a julio 2016. Durante su gestión al frente del IEF, el Dr. Aldo Flores lideró los trabajos asociados a múltiples reuniones energéticas internacionales, entre otras, las Ministeriales del IEF en Kuwait (2012) y Moscú (2014), el Foro Ministerial de Gas de París, el Foro de Ministros de Asia (2013) y las reuniones de expertos bajo el programa de cooperación entre el IEF, la OPEP y la AIE. Previamente fue Director General de Asuntos Internacionales en la Secretaría de Energía y Director General de Relaciones Económicas Bilaterales en la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. El Dr. Flores Quiroga es un experto en materia energética y cuenta con estudios en Economía por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León y de Doctorado en Ciencias Políticas, con especialización en teoría formal y economía política internacional, por la Universidad de California, Los Ángeles (UCLA). De 1996 a 2011, fue profesor en el Departamento de Política y Economía de la Claremont Graduate University, en California, donde impartió asignaturas en economía política internacional, políticas públicas en perspectiva comparada, análisis institucional y desarrollo de América Latina. En México fue profesor visitante en el ITAM y el CIDE. Sus investigaciones sobre política comercial y asuntos energéticos han sido publicadas en inglés y español.
Graduated in geology from Southampton University and holds a doctorate from Reading University. During his 28-year career with BP he has lived and worked in more than 40 countries, including Russia (Siberia), Vietnam, Mongolia and China. He is author of more than 25 publications on energy, including industry trends and technology and is a sought-after keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide. In 2001, he was made Professor Emeritus at the State University of Irkutsk in Russia and in 2002, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to promoting investment and commerce.