Lisa Viscidi

United States  |  Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue

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Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, clean technologies, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy.

Before joining the Dialogue, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group. Subsequently, as a manager in the energy and emerging markets groups at Deloitte, her work focused on business development and market intelligence for public and private sector clients. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Viscidi’s articles have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Foreign Affairs. She frequently presents at conferences and universities throughout the world and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. She has testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and 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 also served on the Leadership Council for the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association for Energy Economics from 2018 to 2020.

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.


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Lisa Viscidi on Voice of America Video

El impacto del cambio climático en el Triángulo Norte

La región del Triángulo Norte es extremadamente vulnerable a los efectos del cambio climático y merece una atención especial. Los huracanes y muchas veces las sequías agravan las crisis humanitarias y económicas en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador. Lisa Viscidi compartió sus comentarios sobre las consecuencias del cambio climático en la región y lo que pueden hacer tanto los gobiernos del área como Estados Unidos para mitigar y adaptarse a los impactos climáticos.

Lisa speaking at CAF event Video

Los efectos de la descarbonización en Latinoamérica

El 14 de septiembre, el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) realizó un seminario web sobre la transición energética en Latinoamérica. En ello, Lisa Viscidi, la directora del programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractivas, habla del estado de la descarbonización en Latinoamérica, y explica cómo la transición energética influirá en otras industrias de estos países. 

Viscidi on CGTN Video

Climate Change in Latin America: present and future impacts

Across the Latin American region, state governments are pursuing climate adaptation plans to stymie the pronounced impacts of climate change. In an interview with CGTV’s The Heat, Lisa Viscidi discusses current impacts of climate change on migration, economies and natural resources in the region. With COP 26 around the corner, questions of climate finance and international cooperation take on a new urgency.


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Colombia: To Frack or Not to Frack?

For over a decade Colombians have been debating whether or not to allow oil companies to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to produce oil and gas from shale rock, a technique that has been controversial in many countries. The high court’s decision last week to uphold a moratorium on fracking suggests the increasingly polarized debate is far from over.

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