Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy issues, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy in the region.
Before joining the Dialogue, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group and subsequently a manager in the energy practice at Deloitte. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Ms. Viscidi’s articles have been published in the Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Foreign Affairs. She frequently presents at conferences and universities throughout the United States and Latin America and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. She was called to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in 2017. Viscidi received a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 to teach a course on climate change and environmental policy at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.
Viscidi conducted her undergraduate work in History at the George Washington University and the University of Barcelona and completed a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on economic development and public policy from New York University. Viscidi speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in the Brazilian presidential election was widely seen as promising for the country’s oil sector, which has been revitalized by reforms that opened the upstream market under the Temer administration, but many questions remain unanswered as the January 1 inauguration approaches. Lisa Viscidi spoke with Meghan Gordon and Brian Scheid of the Capitol Crude podcast about the future of Petrobas and its subsidiaries, fuel subsidies, and deepwater exploration under Bolsonaro.
In an interview with Benjamin Gedan, director of the Wilson Center’s Argentina Project, Lisa Viscidi discusses the current conditions and outlook for three key components of the Argentine energy sector.
Lisa Viscidi, directora del programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractoras del Diálogo Interamericano comenta con Gustau Algret para Poder Latino de NTN24 sobre la desaparición del periodista saudí Jamal Khashoggi y las consecuencias del poder petrolero de Arabia Saudita.
We are probably going to see a faster growth in the countries that are already further ahead [on renewable energy], like Brazil and Mexico, because they already have well-established policies for renewables and they are starting to get scale.