John Padilla

Managing Director, IPD Latin America


John Padilla is managing director and partner at IPD Latin America, where he leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.

Padilla led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, Padilla is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011 he relocated to Bogotá in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.

Padilla co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong pragmatism and tactical expertise to support project risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and legislative and regulatory analysis services to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. Padilla is frequently quoted in the US and international press, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining IPD, Padilla was Vice President and a Global Relationship Manager with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in its NY-based Energy, Utility and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America, the United States, and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).

Padilla earned his bachelor of science from Boston College with a major in finance. 

Padilla was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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