Roberto is the acting director of the Oil and Gas Program at KAPSARC. Previously, he worked at the OPEC Secretariat, Curtin University (Australia), IIASA (Austria) and Servipetrol (Canada). He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.Com. from the University of Calgary.
His publication record includes dozens of papers in top peer-reviewed journals and an acclaimed book, The Price of Oil (Cambridge University Press). He has participated in numerous energy initiatives, including with the World Petroleum Council, the U.S. National Petroleum Council and the UN Expert Group on Resource Management.
In 2018-19, he was a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer, a program that took him to around 30 cities worldwide. He is currently a member of SPE’s Reservoir Advisory Committee and Asia Pacific Regional Technical Advisory Committee, and is a director of the SPE Management Technical Section.
Roberto has been a regular commentator on energy issues via broadcast and print media.