As Managing Director and partner at IPD, John leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.
John led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, John is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011 he relocated to Bogota in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.
John co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong pragmatism and tactical expertise to support project risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and legislative and regulatory analysis services to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. John is frequently quoted in the U.S. and international press, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.
Prior to joining IPD, John was Vice President and a Global Relationship Manager with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in its N.Y. based Energy, Utility and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).
Bachelor of Science, Boston College, 1991 – Major: Finance
English (native), Spanish (fluent)
As Managing Director and founding partner of IPD, David has built the firm’s client-focused services on a platform of efficient, precise, and timely knowledge transfer. He developed IPD’s core consulting methodology to provide high value analysis, based on ethically and locally collected intelligence, for clients navigating highly complex investment environments. David has worked in energy and general infrastructure development with a focus on business strategy, market analysis, political and economic risk, financing, and business-to-government relations for 23 years. Having resided in Venezuela from 1991 to 2011, David is one of the premier experts on that country’s energy industry. In 1999 he founded IPD, which has offices in Caracas, Mexico City, and Bogota, and provides a network of consultants who advise clients on energy investment throughout the region. From IPD’s base in Madrid, Spain today, David oversees the company’s regional business, which furnishes advisory services to multi-national energy developers, oilfield service companies, foreign governments, and financial institutions. David publishes and speaks regularly on the Latin American energy industry with particular focus on legislation, regulatory and government issues impacting the day-to-day operations of the oil, gas and power industries, and scenarios for the build-out of new energy infrastructure. Prior to founding IPD, David was employed at a Washington, DC based consulting firm advising the U.S. Government and multi-lateral banks on infrastructure investment throughout Latin America.
Andrea Villa is Head of Market Studies on the Energy Transition in Bogotá for Enel where he focuses on the market design and the integration of renewable and new technologies in the electricity sector.
He previously worked as Head of European Regulation for Enel SpA in Brussels during the introduction of the Clean Energy Package. He holds a Master’s Degree in Competition and Market Regulation issued by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Alvaro Villasante Losada graduated from University of Salamanca in Business Management and Administration, and holds a Master’s in Strategic Management and Human Resources as well as a Master’s in International Trade.
Before joining Grupo Energía Bogotá in 2018, he held several positions in companies focusing on renewable energy investments in Latin America, among others as Business Development Manager for Central America and the Caribbean in Acciona Energy or Senior Business Developer in the PE Investment Fund Grupo ECOS.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Transportadora de Gas Internacional -TGI, the Colombian Association of Power Generators -ACOLGEN, and MGE Transmissão and Goiás Transmissão , and is an alternate member on the Board of multiple companies in the Latin American energy sector, including Emgesa and Cálidda.
Juan Verde is a business and social entrepreneur as well as arenowned international advisor to governments and companies.
Mr. Verde is also a senior partner at the US consultancy firm MAPA Group, an international business development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. In 2009, Mr. Verde was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the US Department of Commerce where he served until 2011. In this capacity, he led the department’s efforts to solve trade policy and market access issues faced by US firms, seeking to grow their business operations in Europe and Eurasia. He was responsible for developing and recommending policies and programs with respect to US economic and commercial relations with 52 countries in Europe and Eurasia.
Previously, Mr. Verde founded and presided over the American Chamber of Commerce in the Canary Islands and founded PASS Inc., a strategic advisory firm providing market expansion advice to US companies entering the European market. From 1999 until 2003, he was Director for Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula for the Corporate Executive Board, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEB), a Washington, DC – based strategy consulting and research firm serving 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Verde has worked on 14 different national, regional and local election campaigns in the United States and Latin America, including those of President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Senators Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. In 2012, he was the International Co‐ Chair for the Obama campaign, where he developed and implemented a strategy to mobilize over six million American citizens residing outside of the United States to vote.
Mr. Verde is also the President of the Advanced Leadership Foundation, an American 501c3 not for profit organization. The mission of the Advanced Leadership Foundation is to train the next generation of future leaders through professional skill and workforce development. A longtime advocate for environmental causes, sustainability and the fight against climate change, Mr. Verde partnered with former Vice President Al Gore to establish and lead “The Climate Project Spain.”
He also serves as president of the Fundación Biosfera and continues to promote environmental values, sustainability and the fight against climate change. Mr. Verde has held positions in a number of corporate and advisory boards including the Government of Lithuania’s International Advisory Committee; Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., a Spanish biotech ethanol company, and Andes Energy Corp., a global diversified energy corporation, Sovereign Bank (Banco Santander´s US division). He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was also a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University. In 2012, he was elected to the Alumni Board of Directors at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Verde currently splits his time between Washington DC, Galicia, Spain, and New York City where he lives with his wife and two children.