Guest Contributors

Annette Hester Annette Hester is a Brazilian born, Canada based economist, independent scholar and writer who specializes in western hemisphere energy politics and regulatory systems, as well as Canadian foreign and international trade policy, and Latin American economics and politics. She works in association with leading edge institutions and writes for a number of publications and think-tanks. She is a frequent contributor to Oxford Analytica and is also the author of numerous articles in the Oil and Gas Journal, the Estey Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, as well as a variety of newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, and the Financial pages of the National Post and magazines such as Macleans and Alberta Oil. She is respected by the electronic media as an expert in Latin American political and economic issues and hemispheric energy integration.
Timmy Rebecca Stuparyk Timmy Rebecca Stuparyk is currently a Master of Science Student in integrated coastal zone management at the Autonomous University of Campeche (UAC), Center for Ecology, Fisheries and Oceanography in the Gulf of Mexico (Centro EPOMEX). She has worked as an assistant to Annette Hester for energy policy research. Timmy has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Archaeology and Latin American Studies at the University of Calgary. She has a history of community work and activism including Between Friends Club for youth with special needs and Students for a Free Tibet projects. She is also an emcee and singer known as “Rebecca Dawn” in the hip hop community.
Innovation, Communication, Energy, and the Planet from a Different Perspective
Böhri5 Quijano Böhri5 Quijano is a reggaeton and hip hop producer, songwriter, beatmaker and performer, based in Campeche, Mexico, where he was among the first to produce these styles and mix them with salsa and electronic dance beats. He hosts a weekly television program, which showcases new talents. Böri5 has toured Mexico with his group EVÖLU5IÖN, performing at various music festivals, concerts, competitions, fundraisers for local charities, high schools and political rallies, alongside international artists such as Cartel De Santa, Don Omar, and Daddy Yankee. His lyrics explore the world we live in and the human condition.
Innovation, Communication, Energy, and the Planet from a Different Perspective
Sidney Weintraub Sidney Weintraub holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is Professor Emeritus at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, where he was Dean Rusk Professor from 1976 to 1994, and he also teaches at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A member of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1949 to 1975, Dr. Weintraub held the post of deputy assistant secretary of state for international finance and development from 1969 to 1974 and assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1975. He was also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His latest book, Unequal Partners: the United States and Mexico, is pending publication.
The Costs of Questionable Policies
Caroline Stauffer Caroline Stauffer is a second-year student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, where she concentrates in International Media and Communication, focusing on Latin America. She is also a policy intern with Americas Society and The Council of the Americas in New York.
Press Freedom an Important Debate for the Entire Region
Duncan Wood Duncan Wood is Full Professor, Director of the Program in International Relations and also Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. He is also a researcher in the Centro de Derecho Economico Internacional (CDEI) at ITAM. Between 2007 and 2009 he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. From August 2009 to July 2011 he is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, writing his next book on Mexican, Venezuelan and Brazilian energy policy, to be published by Lynne Rienner Press in 2010.

Pulling the Plug on Luz y Fuerza del Centro: Between Economic Efficiency and Political Expediency

Raúl Zibechi
Raúl Zibechi is an international analyst for Brecha of Montevideo, Uruguay, lecturer and researcher on social movements at the Multiversidad Franciscana de América Latina, and adviser to several social groups. He writes the monthly “Zibechi Report” for the Americas Program ( Ecuador: Water Wars…The Battle for Natural Resources Deepens
David Fleischer David Fleischer is a US born Political Scientist who has lived and worked in Brazil since the early 1960s. He had a distinguished carreer at the University of Brasilia where he now holds the title of Emeritus Professor. He has been a visiting professor at several US universities and has conducted research and consulting on Legislative Development and Election Systems in Latin America and Africa. Fleischer has published widely on Brazilian politics (Congress, elections, political parties, and political corruption), and North-South Relations including a weekly report on Brazilian politics and economics — Brazil Focus. He is the President of a new NGO, TCC-Brazil (Transparency, Consciousness and Citizenship) founded in Brasília in 1996. In 2000, TCC-Brazil joined other NGOs to found Transparency Brasil. Brazil Votes: Venezuela as Full Member of Mercosur?Brazil Foreign Minister Celso Amorim setting the tune for “Musical Chairs” at Itamaraty
David RunnallsDavid Runnalls is President of IISD. He is a member of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Export Development Canada; a member of the Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada; and a member of the Ivey Business School Leadership Council. Dr. Runnalls is an occasional writer and broadcaster, he has served as environment columnist for the CBC radio program, As it Happens and for CTV’s Canada am. He was a member of the Discovery Channel’s regular environment panel and political columnist for the Earth Times, the paper of record for the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992.The G20 to phase-out fossil-fuel subsidies – a breakthrough
Siobhan Sheils Siobhan SheilsSiobhan Sheils is a graduate student of public diplomacy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. During summer 2009, she interned at the Council of the Americas, where she assisted the director of energy policy and North American affairs. From 2003-2007, Sheils taught eighth grade English at public and charter schools in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. In 2005, she earned a master’s of science in teaching from Pace University.
nicole-spencer Nicole SpencerNicole Spencer is director of energy policy at the Council of the Americas, where she manages the Council’s Energy Action Group, a high-level public and private sector working group on energy and climate issues in the Americas.
eric-farnsworth Eric FarnsworthEric Farnsworth has been Vice President of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas since early 2003. He is a recognized expert on US foreign and trade policy, specializing in hemispheric and pan-Pacific affairs. He has given Congressional testimony on numerous occasions and is a frequent commentator in the media. He has lectured at leading universities including his alma mater, Princeton. Eric has worked for the private sector and for the US State Department, US Trade Representative office, as well as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of the Special Envoy for the Americas.Australia’s Natural Gas Project Calls Into Question Latin America’s Energy Tactics
jeremy-martin Jeremy MartinJeremy is a frequent commentator and writer on Latin American and energy issues speaking at international conferences and appearing in both print and broadcast media. He has testified before the US Congress on energy issues in Latin America. As director of the Institute of the Americas’ Energy Program, Jeremy is responsible for researching, writing and tracking energy industry trends and policy issues across the region, as well as developing content and agendas for roundtables and conferences. Jeremy has an undergraduate degree from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Masters in International Affairs/International Development from the American University in Washington, DC.Change at Pemex: Shuffling deck chairs or deepening reform
carin-zissis Carin ZissisCarin Zissis is managing editor of AS/COA Online, the website of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, which highlights the organizations’ programmatic activities. She authors and edits analysis of issues affecting the Western Hemisphere, with topics including security, democracy, energy, trade, and immigration. Previously she worked as a staff writer for and has reported for publications such as The Boston Globe and Amnesty International magazine. She holds a master’s in journalism and Latin American studies from New York University.Petrobras CEO Gabrielli on: Brazil energy outlook, the deal with China, biofuels and more…
stephen-clarkson Stephen ClarksonFollowing graduate studies at Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar) and the Sorbonne (doctorat de recherches), Stephen Clarkson has taught political economy at the University of Toronto. His main expertise is the dynamics of Canada’s integration in North America. He has had fellowships at Columbia University and the European University Institute and is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.The Three Amigos Summit tell the Canadian Story: Creative Destruction or Simply Self-Destruction?
shannon-oneil Shannon O’NeilShannon O’Neil is the Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of LatIntelligence. Her main areas of interest and expertise include globalization, policy reform, democratic stability and governance, and Latin American immigration to the United States. In addition to her position at the CFR, she is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies and teach Latin American Politics in the political science department at Columbia University.Portal for North America
stephen-blank Stephen BlankStephen Blank is Co-Chair of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council and a member of CIGI’s Portal for North America Steering Committee. He recently retired as a professor of international business and management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Previously, he served as director of the Lubin Center for International Business Development and founded the Pan American Partnership for Business Education, an alliance of four North American business schools. Dr. Blank is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on Integration.Portal for North America
sarah-ladislaw Sarah LadislawSarah Ladislaw is a fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, where she concentrates on the geopolitical implications of energy production and use, energy security, energy technology, and climate change. She manages the CSIS end of a partnership on energy security and climate change with the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She also works on the implications of global energy trends, prospects for greater energy integration, U.S. leadership on climate change, and carbon management strategies and technologies.CSIS Energy and National Security Program
sergio-garcia Sergio GarciaSergio is a San Francisco based corporate lawyer with Reed Smith. He chairs his firm’s Global Technology Transactions Team. He counsels companies in industries as diverse as clean technology, renewable energy, biotechnology, medical devices, internet and ecommerce. Sergio assists clients in structuring and negotiating complex technology transactions, including international and domestic strategic alliances, joint ventures, licensing arrangements and other transactions involving intellectual property.Protectionism and the US Stimulus Package
Profile Picture Placeholder Steve TibbetsSteve practices law with Reed Smith out of the Washington office. He has broad experience representing clients engaged in complex commercial litigation before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. He has counseled government contractor clients regarding various aspects of regulatory compliance under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the rules of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Steve also has experience advising clients regarding export control compliance.Protectionism and the US Stimulus Package
Profile Picture Placeholder Jose CavaliereJose Cavaliere, was born in Brazil and emigrated to New York City in 1970. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with an MBA, a Masters in Civil (Structural) Engineering, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in economics in 1979. Presently, Mr. Cavaliere has a Hedge Fund that specializes in Sugar-Based ethanol investments. He publishes a weekly newsletter on energy in the Americas.A new gas pipeline in Argentina… at least, those are the plans…
credit to Deborah Stalford of UC Berkeley Carol MimuraCarol Mimura is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation (of the National Academies Institute of Medicine). She was an Executive Director of U.C. Berkeley’s Office of Technology Licensing, served on the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Oakland, CA and as a board member (the Chancellor’s alternate) of BayBio, the regional voice of biotechnology in Northern California.Nuanced Management of IP Rights: Shaping Industry-University Relationships to Promote Social Impact
Profile Picture Placeholder Marcel BiatoCareer diplomat. Has held a variety of positions including being advisor to the Brazilian principal during the Peru-Ecuador peace negotiations (1995-1998). Since 2003, he has been a foreign policy advisor to President of Brazil. Mr. Biato holds a Masters in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics (1989). A Vision from the South
Profile Picture Placeholder Lila Barrera HernandezA lawyer and consultant in the sustainable development practice and an Adjunct Professor of law with the University of Calgary, Canada, and Hastings College of the Law, US. She has worked extensively in resource, energy, and infrastructure development in Latin America. Peruvian Indigenous Land Conflict Explained and Hydroelectric Energy in the Peruvian Amazon: the Inambari Puzzle
Profile Picture Placeholder Jennifer Jeffs Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian International Council. Dr. Jeffs is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where her research focuses on the evolution of the international payment system and international financial regulatory standards in light of global power shifts. Harper’s Free Trade Agenda Leaves Canada Out of Synch
Profile Picture Placeholder Thomas O’KeefeThomas Andrew O’Keefe is the President of Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., a legal and economic consulting firm that assists companies with their strategic business planning for South America as well as advises Latin American firms exporting to the United States. A Cohesive American Vision?
Profile Picture Placeholder Christopher SabatiniSenior Director of Policy and Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas’ (AS/COA) in New York. Previously Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia. Obama at the Summit of the Americas
Profile Picture Placeholder Andrew CooperAssociate Director and Distinguished Fellow at CIGI, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Andrew teaches International Political Economy, Global Governance and Comparative Politics. Holding a D.Phil from Oxford University, his recent research activity has focused on G8 reform, Latin American cooperation, and small states. Navigating a Crowded Field: Canada and the Summit of the Americas
Profile Picture Placeholder Navin SeeterramA businessman and a research consultant of development issues related to net energy exporting developing economies. Over the last ten years, his research has evolved into a concern for peace and stability in oil and gas producing developing countries; past traverse the areas of the resource curse, industrial development in Trinidad and Tobago and the illicit drug trade through the CARICOM region. Treating the Violence of the Resource Curse
Profile Picture Placeholder Lisa ViscidiA journalist with Energy Intelligence Group, a global publishing house specialized in oil and natural gas. Lisa is responsible for coordinating coverage of the Latin American energy industry. She has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in history from George Washington University. from Port of Spain for Oil Daily
Profile Picture Placeholder Carla Angulo-PaselJoined CIGI in May 2005 and is now a Research Officer for the Global and Human Security Program. She completed a Master of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Carla’s research interests include peace and conflict in Latin America, Human Rights, and International Development. Security Issues in the Americas
Profile Picture Placeholder Andrew SchrummResearch Officer at CIGI. Andrew coordinates projects related to global economic governance, emerging economies and South-South relations. His policy-relevant research activity focuses on the rise of BRICSAM countries, the G8 and G20 summits, and international energy relations. Summitry and the Energy Debate
Profile Picture Placeholder Bob JohnstoneMr. Johnstone retired from a distinguished career with the Government of Canada where he served in a variety of positions including, deputy minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Special Representative of the PM for three G7 Summit meetings, and Consul General in New York. Since then he has had a variety of interests, corporate and non-profit. What Makes for a Successful Summit

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