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Dr. Luisa Palacios is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She comes to the center after a multidisciplinary career in the intersection of energy, finance and policy.

In March 2021, she completed a two-year period in the Board of Directors of Houston-based Citgo Petroleum Corporation, the 5th-largest independent U.S. refiner during most of which she served as Chairwoman. She and her board colleagues led the company during a critical period in its history, as it faced significant geopolitical, financial, operational, and legal challenges. As Citgo’s first-ever chairwoman, Palacios also shaped efforts to strengthen corporate governance, ethics, and social responsibility, including the publication of the company’s first-ever ESG report.

Before her time at Citgo, Palacios was a Senior Managing Director and member of the management committee of Medley Global Advisors, a macro policy research firm. She headed Medley’s Latin America’s economic and energy practice and later the firm’s emerging market research efforts. She previously worked at Barclays Capital as a Director in the emerging markets research department in New York, and as an economist in the risk department at Société Générale in Paris. She also worked as a senior economist at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and was a consultant in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

She graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; and obtained a Ph.D. in international affairs from The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where she wrote her dissertation on Latin America’s national oil companies.

Dr. Palacios co-heads the ESG/Energy Transition Finance working group and co-leads the initiative on the Financing of the Energy Transition at CGEP. She is Adjunct Faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and affiliated faculty at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Americas Quarterly and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She co-Chairs the Financial Working group (FWG) of the Methane Abatement Financing Taskforce (MAFT) and is the Deputy Chair of the 2024 B20 Finance and Infrastructure Task Force.

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