About

I am a senior analyst for consulting firm Control Risks based out of Bogota, and author of the upcoming book Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela, to be published by Potomac Books on October 1, 2016 (Pre-order the book: . Before joining Control Risks I worked as a contributing analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit. I have also been a featured Latin America opinion writer for Bloomberg View, the editorial division of Bloomberg, and have worked as a financial columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, the analysis and commentary unit of Thomson Reuters.

For five years, I served as Caracas-based correspondent for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal covering Venezuela’s economy and its oil industry, and as a member of Dow Jones’ OPEC coverage team in Vienna. For several years I covered U.S. financial markets and emerging markets corporate and sovereign fixed income, and led a team of journalists covering Wall Street for Institutional Investor in New York.

My columns and articles have appeared in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald and Slate, as well as newspapers across Latin America, Europe and Asia. I have also appeared as a guest commentator on CNN en Español, the Spanish language division of CNN. I hold a BA in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International Affairs, and a second master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School. I was a 2010 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Business School. I grew up in El Salvador during a time of civil war and currently live in Bogota, Colombia.