Francisco Montano, 2011, Mexico

Federal Commission of Electricity, Renewable Energy Adviser - Mexico City, Mexico

The Federal Commission of Electricity provides service to 93% of the Mexican population. I am working to improve the regulatory framework to allow clean energy projects to enter the electricity mix in Mexico, and am also developing government programs to reduce excessive consumption of electricity generated by subsidies in electricity tariffs. I work with communities, state governments, national and international companies, as well as federal offices to implement large scale generation projects that use clean technology such as wind turbines, solar plants, and small hydro.

Fletcher Thesis: Mexico's Energy Sector

How Fletcher helped prepare me for my career: Every week I have meetings with people from all around the world who are interested in participating in the Mexican Electricity Sector. It is my responsibility to develop the strategies to foster this collaboration to bring new technologies to a developing country which is committed to contribute to reduce CO2 emissions. Because the MIB program balances business with policy, I was able to focus on how government and business can advance development by collaborating -- something that I am very passionate about. I am able to apply this Fletcher experience every day.

On the diversity of the school: I came to Fletcher expecting to strengthen my professional profile by absorbing as much as possible from the MIB curriculum. However, my experience has gone well beyond my expectations as I have learned that classes represent a fraction of the learning process at Fletcher. Negotiating oil prices with peers from numerous nationalities, reaching consensus in a team assignment with lawyers and engineers, and projecting the financial performance of various companies with faculty are examples of the rest of this process. Agreements and disagreements happen at Fletcher daily as in the world; that’s the most interesting part of being a member of this cultural and professionally diverse community. While strengthening my academic preparation I am working with my peers, faculty, and alumni to promote collaboration in the international community. 


Favorite newspaper:

Reforma 

Favorite book:

Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment 

Favorite landmark:

Sumidero Canyon - Chiapas, Mexico 

Issue you know nothing about but you find fascinating:

China's political structure and rapid development

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Richard Thoman

Fields of Study

  • International Political Economy
  • International Finance and Banking

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Green
  • Research about Solar Energy Potential in the Northwest Region of Mexico

Education before Fletcher

  • B.A., Economics, Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM)
  • Diploma, Political Analysis, Research and Teaching Economics Center (CIDE)

Experience before Fletcher

  • Executive Office Coordinator for the Chair of the Council, Council of Economic and Political Advisers, Presidency of Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
  • Statistical Analyst, Council of Economic and Political Advisers, Presidency of Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
  • Researcher for Social Development and Environmental Proposals, Electoral Campaign of President Felipe Calderon, Mexico

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

State Electrical Commission, Sonora State Government - Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico