Dr. Alberto Lavaller

Dr. Alberto Cisneros Lavaller is CEO and President of Global Business Consultants in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1998, he has also been Professor in the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Law and Political Science at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.

Dr. Cisneros Lavaller worked at Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) for 20 years. From 1992-2003, he was Senior Advisor, International Energy and Politics, Corporate Planning. Prior to this, from 1983-1992, he was Head, International Energy Policy, Corporate Planning at Maraven (a former PDVSA affiliate).

He served as an advisor to the President of Venezuela on international negotiations. He also held several academic positions, including that of Professor in the Doctoral Program at the Center for Development Studies in Caracas. In addition, he was Associate Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the United States.

He has authored several book chapters, articles and book reviews on the geopolitics of oil, international relations and negotiations, and been a frequent commentator on oil policies of Middle Eastern countries. He is a member of several editorial boards, including International Interactions, Revista Latinoamericana, and Geopolitics of Energy.

Dr. Cisneros Lavaller earned a degree in law and qualified as an attorney-at-law. He holds an Master's degree in Political Science from the School of Law and Social Science at La Plata University, Argentina. He holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.