President, National Institute of Ecology, Government of Mexico
Dr. Francisco Barnes is a Chemical Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and doctorate in energy and environmental policy from Imperial College, London University in 2001.
Dr. Barnes was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he served as a consultant from 2001 until his appointment to serve as the President of the National Institute of Ecology in February 2011. Throughout his career at McKinsey, Dr. Barnes was been part of the company’s global leadership in sustainability and energy practices advising governments, NGOs and private and public sector companies throughout Latin America in the areas of energy, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), water, oil, and other key issues.
As a consultant, he specialized in developing strategies for low‐carbon growth, adaptation to climate change, energy and other sustainable development issues, such as water pollution and solid waste. He has also served as a visiting professor at Boston University and participated in multiple international forums on environmental and energy policy. Dr. Barnes has received numerous awards for his academic work and is a published author with several articles in magazines .