Lourdes Melgar



Chicago, Illinois


Katrin Klingenberg


President, Mexican Chapter, International Women's Forum

Lourdes has served as Mexico's deputy secretary of energy for Hydrocarbons, and under-secretary for Electricity. She held various positions in the Foreign Service, including that of minister at the Mexican mission to the OECD. 

Lourdes has served on the boards of directors of Pemex, the Mexican Petroleum Fund, and the national utility CFE. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Mexico’s recent energy reform. Her work has begun to transform Mexico’s energy sector into a modern and competitive environment aimed at enhancing energy security, developing regional value chains, and positioning Mexico as an energy hub. 

Lourdes was the founding director of the Center for Sustainability and Business at EGADE Business School. She was the 2016-17 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT. She is the current president of the Mexican Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, an ambassador to the C3E Women in Clean Energies Initiative, and a member of MIT´s Corporation visiting committee for the Department of Political Science.

Lourdes received the Mujer de Retos Award in 2015 and has been named to the list of 100 most influential people in Mexico´s energy sector seven times. She won the Logro Energético Award and was the recipient of the Vasco de Quiroga Citizen´s Leadership Award both in 2012

Lourdes holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and MIT.  


Katrin Klingenberg

United States of America

Trip: Chicago, Illinois