Mr. Leonardo Beltran

Pronouns: He/him

Adjunct Senior Research Scholar , Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), School of International and Public Affairs

1255 Amsterdam Avenue
Center on Global Energy Policy
New York, NY 10027
USA

BIOGRAPHY:

Leonardo Beltran has over 20 years of experience. He is the Advisory Group Chair of the Evaluation and Learning Initiative of the Climate Investment Funds; a member of the Board of Fundacion por México; a member of the technical advisory group of World Bank´s ESMAP; member of the World Economic Forum´s Accelerating Clean Hydrogen Initiative and of the Expert Network; and mentor of the Latin America regional program of the Global Women´s Network for the Energy Transition.

 

Mr. Beltran is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy of the University of Columbia; Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of the Americas; Executive Fellow and member of the Advisory Committee of the Extractive Resources Governance Program of the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary; associate member of the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI); Lecturer of and member of the editorial committee of Enerlac from the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE); member of the Assembly of IPS News; and a member of the Harvard Club of Mexico.

 

Mr. Beltran is currently consulting with the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He served in the government of Mexico as Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition (2012-2018), Director-General for Information and Energy Studies (2010-2012) and Director for International Negotiations (2005-2010). In the private sector, he was a consultant to BBVA Bancomer (2000-2003). Mr. Beltran has also been a consultant to the Latin American Energy Organization; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; and the World Bank.

 

He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), and studied Law at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).

PUBLICATIONS

2023

 

INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE

  • What Challenges Face Mexico’s New Energy Minister? Q&A
  • How will a drop in credit rating affect Mexico´s Pemex? Q&A

 

INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS

  • The Key Role of Seafarers in National Economies in a Net-Zero World. Report
  • 2023 Energy Landscape and Outlook: Perspectives from the Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Non-Resident Fellows. Essay

 

IPS News

  • Hearts and Minds: We Need to Understand the Critical Role of Human, Social, and Institutional Leadership to Achieve the Goals of the 2015 Paris Agreements. Op-ed

 

MEXICO BUSINESS NEWS

  • Can CFE and PEMEX Benefit from Decarbonization of Transport? Op-ed
  • G7 Pledges US$600 Billion to Hit Net-Zero: What Will Mexico Do?. Op-ed
  • Electric Mobility: Can Mexico Lead in Latin America. Op-ed

 

2022

 

AMERICAS QUARTERLY

  • Mexico: When Trade and Energy Policy Collide. Op-ed

 

Columbia University | SIPA | Center on Global Energy Policy

  • Can North America Transform from a Conventional Automaking Hub to an EV Powerhouse? Commentary
  • Scaling Clean Energy Through Climate Finance Innovation: Structure of an Exchange Rate Coverage Facility for Developing Countries. Policy Note

 

INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE

  • Is Pemex Taking Good Advantage of High Oil Prices? Q&A

 

INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS

  • Latin America Energy Transition Workforce Readiness Assessment. Report
  • 2022 Energy Landscape and Outlook: Perspectives from the Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Non-Resident Fellows. Essay

 

MEXICO BUSINESS NEWS

  • Americas Summit: Paving the Way to a Just Energy Transition. Op-ed
  • COP27 the preamble of a North American Energy Market? Op-ed
  • Democratize CFE if it is to lead the Energy Transition. Op-ed
  • Sustainable Mining of Critical Minerals an Opportunity for Mexico. Op-ed

 

University of Calgary | SPP| Extractive Resources Governance Program

  • The Potential for North American Energy Markets – A Continental Carbon Exchange. Research Paper

 

2021

 

Columbia University | SIPA | Center on Global Energy Policy

  • Energy Takeaways from the North American Leaders Summit. Q&A

 

University of Calgary | SPP| Extractive Resources Governance Program

  • The Key Role of No-Carbon National Oil Companies In Global Climate Action: Leveraging the G20 Forum to Accelerate Energy Transition. Research Paper

 

El Heraldo de México

  • La descarbonización global, una oportunidad para México. Op-ed

 

Just Transition Initiative

  • COP26: The Perfect Opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean to Champion a Just Transition to Net Zero. Commentary

 

OLADE

  • The Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Op-ed

 

INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS

  • Western Hemisphere 2021 Energy Landscape and Outlook. Mexico Energy Outlook and Scenarios. Essay

 

MEXICO BUSINESS NEWS

  • National Electric Grid Key to Faster Economic Recovery. Op-ed
  • Gauging the Agenda for Mexico-US Economic Talks. Op-ed

 

2020

 

OLADE

  • To face the perfect storm, energy integration. Blog

 

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

  • The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Process of Decarbonization. Blog

 

INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS

  • COVID-19 and Latin America´s Energy Sector: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond the Crisis. Mexico. Essay

 

INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE

  • Has Progress on Latin America´s E-Mobility Stalled? Q&A
  • Is López Obrador Eroding Mexico´s Business Climate? Q&A

 

MEXICO BUSINESS NEWS

  • Energy Integration Key after the Pandemic. Op-ed
  • Investing in the ‘Hidden Fuel’ the Smartest Alternative. Op-ed
  • Collaborative Clean Energy Innovation for Economic Recovery. Op-ed

 

FUTURENERGY

  • “Samba” Auctions, A Model for Latin America. Op-ed

 

IPS NEWS

  • Walking the Talk on Climate Change after the Pandemic: Reorienting State-Owned Enterprises towards Sustainability. Op-ed
  • Pros and Cons of a Super Regulator – The Case of the Spanish Regulator. Op-ed

 

2019

 

FUTURENERGY

  • Mexico takes a bold step towards e-mobility. Op-ed

 

LATIN AMERICA POLICY JOURNAL

  • Energy Innovation: The Case for Regional Leadership and the Tool to Boost Productivity to Advance Long-Term Growth. Commentary

 

REFORMA

  • Impulsando la Competitividad Eléctrica. Op-ed

 

2013-2018

 

MEXICAN SECRETARIAT OF ENERGY

  • North American Cooperation on Energy Information. International initiative between Canada, US and Mexico to exchange information, and improve coordination and understanding of the national energy outlooks and modeling systems.
  • Energy Sector Program 2013-2018. Policy document outlining the strategy and coordination activities across the energy sector to promote energy security and economic competitiveness in Mexico.
  • Special Program the Use of Renewable Energy 2014-2018. Policy document outlining the strategy and coordination activities within the energy sector to promote the development and uptake of clean power.
  • National Program for the Sustainable Use of Energy 2014-2018. Policy document outlining the strategy, actions and goals to meet an optimal use of energy across the energy sector´s value chain.
  • Strategic Program for Human Resource Development in the Energy Sector. Policy document outlining the strategy and coordination activities within the energy and education sectors to develop the talent and research needs across the energy sector´s value chain, and to consolidate it as the levers for competitiveness in the sector.
  • Energy Sector Outlooks. Policy documents outlining the annual scenarios used to carry energy planning. The outlooks cover oil, natural gas, LPG, refining, oil-related products, power, and renewables.
  • Annual Report of the Mexican Department of Energy. Annual publication outlining the activities carried out by the Mexican Department of Energy.
  • National Energy Balance. Annual Energy data from all commodities used in the country to understand how products are transformed into one another, highlight the various relationships among these products, and show how all energy types are ultimately used.
  • Renewable Energy Balance Report. Semi-annual publication to update the status of installed capacity and clean power generation to meet the national targets.
  • CCUS and Renewable Energy Technology Roadmaps. Policy documents outlining the strategy and coordination activities within the energy sector to develop specific technologies to decarbonize the energy sector and promote the competitiveness of clean energy in Mexico.
  • Clean Energy Bulletin. Monthly newsletter presenting the updates in the promotion and deployment of clean energy technologies in Mexico.
  • Annual Statistical Handbook. Annual publication detailing information of the operation of the energy sector in Mexico.

 

2013

 

IADB / UNEP / UNIDO

  • Mexico Green Economy Report. Mimeo.
  • Green Industry Policy Study: Mexico. Mimeo

 

2012

 

ASOCIACIÓN MEXICANA DE ESTUDIOS INTERNACIONALES

  • La visión de los estudiantes universitarios sobre México en el 2050: Resultados de los foros “Participa, twittea e influye”

 

SECRETARIAT OF ENERGY/COMISION FEDERAL DE ELECTRICIDAD

  • Atlas de Almacenamiento Geológico de CO2, México. Technical document quantifying the potential of CO2 storage in Mexico.

 

2011

 

SECRETARIAT OF ENERGY/COMISION FEDERAL DE ELECTRICIDAD

  • Estado que guardan las tecnologías de captura y almacenamiento de carbono y su aplicación en México. Policy document outlining the status of the activities of carbon capture and storage and its potential application in Mexico.

 

2010

 

ASIA PACIFIC ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE

  • Compendium of Energy Efficiency Policies of APEC Economies. Energy efficiency policy information for all APEC economies.

 

2009

 

ASIA PACIFIC ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE

  • APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook – 4th Edition. Research report on the perspectives for the energy market in the APEC economies.

 

2005

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

  • Air Pollution in the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City. Research paper to fulfill partial requirements for the degree of Master in Public Administration in International Development.

 

2000-2003

 

BBVA BANCOMER

  • Economic Report. Monthly research report on domestic and international variables. Various Issues. Collaborator.
  • Regional Economic Report. Research report of the macroeconomic and social variables within the Mexican States. Main contributor.
  • Serie Propuestas. Public policy proposal to advise various governmental entities. Various Issues. Collaborator.
  • Diario Económico. Daily newsletter about the day to day economic and financial variables influencing the operations at different areas of the institution. Main contributor.
  • Informe Inmobiliario. Research report on the perspectives of the housing market in Mexico. Collaborator.

 

2002

 

ITAM

  • Preventing financial crises caused by “Herd Behavior”. Research paper to fulfill partial requirements for the degree of Licenciado en Economía (B.S. in Economics).

 

2001

 

EDITORIAL LIMUSA, S.A. DE C.V.

  • Economía del Crimen. Academic opus about the economic analysis of crime and various public policies to address insecurity in Mexico. Collaborator in the chapter on Corruption (2000).