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Energy Policy in Mexico Under President López Obrador

With the presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico is facing its first political transition after implementing a landmark energy reform. In the past, López Obrador was an outspoken critic of the reform, but he tempered his objections during the 2018 presidential race. 

At this event, Fluvio Ruiz Alarcón, former Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) board member, discusses the issues facing Mexico’s energy sector and the new administration’s energy policy options. Following the presentation, Ruiz Alarcón participated in a conversation with fellow Francisco J. Monaldi and nonresident fellow Benigna C. Leiss of the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, and  answered audience questions

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and the Baker Institute Mexico Center. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy.


8:00 a.m. — Private meeting
10:00 a.m. — Presentation (Click here to view a PDF of the PowerPoint)





Featured Speaker

Fluvio Ruiz Alarcón, Ph.D., is a former Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) board member. At Pemex, Ruiz Alarcón also served as committee president and independent advisor during the last two Mexican presidential administrations. He has held several academic positions, including research assistant in engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), professor at the Panamerican University and technical instructor and deputy head at the Regional Railway Training Institute in Mexico. He has further worked as an advisor for the Civil Protection Commission of the Federal District Legislative Assembly and as an energy policy advisor for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Ruiz Alarcón is an advisor to President-elect López Obrador on energy issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering at UNAM. He also completed a master’s degree in energy economics at the Pierre Mendès-France University and a doctorate in energy economics at the New Sorbonne University in Paris.



Wed, Sept. 19, 2018
10 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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