Experts listed in this section have no affiliation with the Cuba Study Group.

Environment and Sustainability Experts

Jorge R. Piñon|University of Texas at Austin

Associate Director
Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program
Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
2275 Speedway  MC C9000
Austin, TX 78712-1722
512-232-4988 office
305-926-6910 cell
512-475-7117 fax

Jorge R. Piñón began his thirty year career in the energy sector when he joined Shell Oil Company.  He was president and CEO of Transworld Oil USA prior to joining Amoco Corporation in 1991 as president of Amoco Corporate Development Company Latin America.  In this position Mr. Piñon represented the business development and joint venture efforts in the region between Amoco Corporation and state oil companies.

In 1994 he was transferred to the downstream oil sector to serve as president of Amoco Oil de México and president of Amoco Oil Latin America, based in Mexico City.  After the 1999 merger between Amoco and BP, Mr. Piñon was transferred to Madrid, Spain, to manage BP Europe’s western Mediterranean petroleum supply and logistics operations.

In 1997, when vice-president and member of the board of directors of  the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico -AMCHAM-, Mr. Piñon received the “Yiacatecutli” award for distinguished service in the promotion of U.S.-Mexico business relations. 

Mr. Piñon retired from BP in 2003 and is currently an international energy consultant, as well as an Associate Director at the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. With international experience in emerging markets and a network of senior energy contacts in Latin America, he is an independent analyst of regional and global energy issues, as well as the politics of oil and natural gas in Latin America.   

He is also recognized as an expert on Cuba’s energy sector, as well as on the island’s future economic transition challenges and opportunities.  He is an advisor and a member of the Cuba task forces at The Brookings Institution and The Council of the Americas, and a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy -ASCE-.

Mr. Piñon is a frequent guest energy analyst on CNN En Español, CNN International, Bloomberg Financial News Services and other news organizations.  He holds degrees in International Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida.