Dr Francisco J. Monaldi

Doctor Francisco J. Monaldi is a Visiting Professor of Energy Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States and Senior Fellow of the Geopolitics of Energy Project of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs.

He is on leave as full professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela. He is the founder and Director of IESA’s Centre on Energy and the Environment and has been Chief Oil Advisor to Henrique Capriles, Venezuela’s opposition presidential candidate in 2012-2013.

Dr Monaldi is Professor of Political Economy at Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB) in Caracas and Visiting Lecturer at Uniandes in Bogota, Colombia, and ESAN in Lima, Peru.

In 2008-2009, he was Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in the US. He has been a consultant to numerous international institutions and companies, including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS-CERA, Revenue Watch Institute, and the Eurasia Group.

He is in the board of directors of several leading Venezuelan companies and institutions including Mercantil, the largest Venezuelan financial group.

He has numerous academic publications and recent ones include Institutional Collapse: The Rise and Breakdown of Governance in Venezuela (2013) Venezuela Before Chavez, Penn State University Press; Oil Fueled Centralism in Venezuela (2012) Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, Oxford University Press; The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela (2010) and The Natural Resources Trap, MIT Press.

He has a Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Economy) from Stanford University, a Masters in Development Economics from Yale University, and a BA in Economics from UCAB. He is currently teaching a graduate course at Harvard University on the political economy of oil and doing research on national oil companies in Latin America.