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Director, Latin America , Eurasia Group
Risa Grais-Targow leads Eurasia Group’s coverage of Venezuela, Ecuador, Central America, and the Caribbean. In this capacity, she helps clients to understand riskier markets that are often characterized by opaque institutions and volatile politics. She worked closely with clients to help them navigate the post-Chavez era in Venezuela, including the prospect for meaningful economic reform and the government’s commitment to servicing its debt amid rising liquidity constraints. She is currently focused on Venezuela’s deepening economic and political crisis and the preferences of key stakeholders. She is also working with clients to navigate opportunities and challenges in Cuba as it gradually opens. Her sectoral expertise includes the oil, gas, electricity, and mining sectors.
Risa, who holds a master’s degree in international economics and Latin American studies from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, previously covered Latin America for the US Department of Treasury, Alcoa Inc., the Albright Stonebridge Group, the Institute of International Finance, and Dow Jones Newswires. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies from Bard College. A native Californian who is fluent in Spanish, Risa is an avid cook who enjoys traveling off the beaten path.
The National Council Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE) held a public online event on July 1, 2020 to discuss current challenges facing Venezuela’s energy sector, including US sanctions, declining crude output, gasoline shortages, and relations with Iran and Russia. Lisa Viscidi, Director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, moderated the event and Risa Grais-Targow, Director of Latin America at Eurasia Group, appeared as the featured speaker.