Blas Pérez Henríquez

Associate Principal

Blas is an expert in low-carbon innovation and smart infrastructure policy.

Blas founded and serves as director of the California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative at Stanford University, sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Precourt Institute of Energy. He is the faculty director of the Local Governance Summer Institute @ Stanford (LGSI), a program for local government executives about technological advance and the urban context to support smarter, clean and prosperous communities. He also serves as “Star” Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, where he created and directs the Innovation Implementation Lab to support commercially viable innovation, entrepreneurship for low-carbon business transformation in the North American region.

From 2002 to 2015, Blas directed UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Public Policy, which he founded, and was a faculty member of the Goldman School of Public Policy. He has also served as Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and as Guest Professor at the Centre of Economics Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the author of “Environmental Commodities and Emissions Trading: Towards a Low Carbon Future,” and has co-edited books on carbon governance and sustainable infrastructure investment. He has written on public-private environmental and energy collaboration in Silicon Valley, and on the use of information technology to support environmental markets and smart policy-making.

Blas holds a Masters and a PhD in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a diploma in Public Policy from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and a certificate in Compared Environmental US – EU Law & Policy from Indiana University, in partnership with Leiden & Rotterdam Universities.

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