Lisa Viscidi

United States  |  Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries

+1-202-463-2571 ˙ lviscidi@thedialogue.org

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.


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Yo creo que [Maduro] siempre va a echar la culpa a Estados Unidos. Es verdad que el Presidente Trump ha hablado de la posibilidad de una intervención militar, que es preocupante. Pero ya no estamos en los tiempos de la Guerra Fría, cuando realmente hubo muchos atentados contra líderes latinoamericanos.
I don't expect any change in Venezuela...There's no sign [Maduro] is going to be ousted. But the government has many payments due this year, it can't get any more credit, and creditors may try to seize its assets and are considering trying to seize shipments.