Gonzalo Robles Tapia
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Gonzalo Robles Tapia

Strategic planning
Economic and quantitative analysis in antitrust and regulation
Economic expert opinions
Foreign trade and value chains

Gonzalo has over twenty years of professional experience in economic and public policy matters, having worked both in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia.

He joined SAI Law & Economics in 2002, where he has headed the Economic Consulting practice of the firm. He has successfully completed a great number of projects for major corporations with a sizable presence in the economy, as well as for federal regulatory agencies of Mexico.

Said projects have mostly covered antitrust (economic competition), regulation, strategic planning (including pricing and costing design and implementation), foreign trade, and global value chains. Gonzalo has specialized in energy, railways, financial services, telecommunications, retail, and consumer goods.

From 1995 to 2002, he served as Chief Advisor to the Undersecretary for Standards and Services for Industry and Foreign Trade in what today is Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy. During his tenure, he actively participated in committees in which decisions were made to determine pricing formulae for natural gas, LPG, petrochemicals, and refining products of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). In all cases, market and operating conditions were carefully analyzed. He also took part in the regular review of Mexico’s crude oil pricing formulae for the various world refining markets.

He served as educational planning advisor for the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education between 1993 and 1994, and was an Associate at McKinsey & Company from 1989 to 1991. Additionally, he researched on industrial restructuring projects for the World Bank in 1988.

As an academic, Gonzalo directed the Master’s in Public Policy Program at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) from 1991 to 1993, where he was also a full-time professor of economic and public policy courses, as well as researcher at ITAM’s Center for Competitiveness Studies.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree (Licenciatura) in Economics from ITAM with High Honors, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University, as a Fulbright Scholar and a Harvard Kennedy Fellow.

He has been a board member of PEMEX subsidiaries. In addition, he has been a board member of public applied technology centers in Mexico, and a committee member of bodies entrusted with granting credits and tax incentives for R&D.

He is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and a member of the Advisory Board (Hydrocarbons) of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission.