May 2, 2014

AJ Ross,

The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that David Goldwyn, one of the United States’ foremost authorities on energy, is joining the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center as a nonresident fellow.  Goldwyn brings a leading assessment of comprehensive energy reforms in Latin America, as well as an understanding of the geostrategic implications for the United States. 

“Goldwyn’s knowledge of the Western Hemisphere is deep and multidimensional,” says Peter Schecter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.  “He has worked in a number of Latin countries and intimately knows the region’s authorities, politics, and is keyed into vital business interests,” says Schechter.

On May 7, 2014 Goldwyn will lead an expert call on Mexico’s proposed secondary laws and reforms to implement the constitutional energy reforms passed in December 2013.  He will discuss an overview of the legislation and its impact on Mexico, as well as the global energy market.  Goldwyn is also preparing to issue a report on Venezuela’s rapidly declining economy and the possible risks associated with losing Venezuelan subsidized fuel in the Caribbean economies, as well as solutions and cautionary steps the United States could take.

“David offers expertise on a wide array of crucially important energy issues for Latin America.  He provides valuable insight which helps policymakers navigate a rapidly changing energy landscape in the region,” says Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s deputy director Jason Marczak.  

Goldwyn’s expert analysis was featured in his initial work for the Council in a report entitled Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?, which outlines the biggest commercial opportunities for investors to watch short-term. 

Goldwyn served as the US State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011, directly under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he conceived and developed the Global Shale Gas Initiative and the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative.  Goldwyn has held multiple government posts including secretary of energy for international affairs (1999–2001), counselor to the secretary of energy (1998–99); and national security deputy to US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997–98). He has advised think tanks, universities, energy companies, as well as American and foreign governments.  Goldwyn’s latest publication is Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition (Johns Hopkins University Press/Woodrow Wilson Center Press 2013).

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center is dedicated to broadening awareness of the transformational political economic and social changes throughout Latin America.  Follow the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Twitter @ACLatAm.

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