Deputy Secretary, Energy for Hydrocarbons, Mexico

Lourdes Melgar is currently Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons. From December 2012 until February 2014, she served as Under-Secretary for Electricity. In those positions, she has played a key role in the design and implementation of Mexico’s historic energy reform, participating in and then heading the technical group that defined the new model from a comprehensive perspective, including the creation of a liberalized wholesale power market and the establishment of Clean Energy Certificates. She is a Member of PEMEX Board of Directors and has been a member of the board of CFE, Mexico’s public utility company.

As member of the Mexican Foreign Service (1997-2005), Dr. Melgar held various diplomatic positions both in Mexico and abroad, and was seconded to the Ministry of Energy between 1998 and 2002, where she served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. During her tenure, she participated in the efforts to stabilize the international oil market, negotiated the first trans-boundary Treaty with the United States, and fostered North American energy relations.

In the academic realm, Dr. Melgar was Founding Director of the Center for Sustainability and Business at EGADE Business School of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM). She has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy of the University of Texas at Austin. She has authored articles on energy security, transboundary reservoirs, sustainable development, and the transition to a low carbon economy. She is a National Researcher of the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).
In 2012, Melgar was distinguished with the Achievement on Energy Award for her academic and scientific accomplishments by Petroleo&Energía; she was also a recipient of the Vasco de Quiroga Award to Women in Leadership; and named Mujer de Retos in 2015, in the framework of the International Women’s Day celebrations. She is currently Vice-President of the Mexican Chapter of the International Women´s Forum (IWF) and a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI). She is a former member of the Trilateral Commission.
Dr. Melgar is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Mount Holyoke College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).