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Diego Rivera Rivota is a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He has over 10 years of experience working on the intersection of energy, policy and international cooperation across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Diego’s research and practical experience focuses on energy policy and geopolitics in Latin America, particularly on natural gas and LNG markets, critical minerals supply chains, and their role in the low-carbon energy transition.

Prior to joining CGEP, Diego was a visiting researcher at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) based in Tokyo, Japan for five years. He was a lead author of the APERC Gas Report and also co-authored several other APEC reports and publications, including the 7th and 8th editions of the APEC Energy Outlook, APERC´s flagship publication. Diego also coordinated cooperative projects related to natural gas, LNG markets, energy security and energy efficiency. He presented APERC´s research extensively across the Asia-Pacific region.

In previous roles, Diego worked on natural gas pipeline and electricity infrastructure development as advisor to the CEO at Mexico’s state-owned utility, CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad). Prior to this, Diego completed an internship at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and worked at Mexico’s Office of the President as a junior staffer.

Diego holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master’s in public policy with a specialization in Energy and the Former Soviet Union region from Sciences Po Paris. Diego speaks Spanish, English, French, Russian and Portuguese.

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