George Baker

George Baker, Managing Principal, Baker & Associates

GEORGE BAKER is the long‐time editor of MEXICO ENERGY INTELLIGENCE, a Houston‐based newsletter that addresses matters of commerce, institutional development, law and regulation. In parallel, he directs his firm’s web portal: ENERGIA.COM, where visitors may read interviews with stakeholders and analysts, and download reports on topics of public interest.

Career highlights. He is regarded as an honest broker of international and Mexican concerns about energy policy and, in particular, about Pemex’s relationship to the global oil and gas industry.

In addition to preparing reports for subscribers, he occasionally writes in English and Spanish for other publications, principally ones in the U.S. and Mexico. A recent opinion essay on issues of energy reform was published in REFORMA (Mexico City) on October 24, 2013. An article on Pemex’s 2011 bid round for the redevelopment of mature fields was published in THE MEXICO LAW REVIEW (Fall, 2012). In another vein, an essay on the lessons of the Macondo accident appeared in THE JOURNAL OF ENERGY AND DEVELOPMENT (Spring, 2011). His articles on Mexico in OIL & GAS JOURNAL go back over 20 years.

He is also the creator and leader of two language‐proficiency workshops for oil and gas professionals. His workshop on ADVANCED ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION has been given in Pemex (Villahermosa and Poza Rica), IMP, CNH and CRE, among other organizations. As a community service in Houston, he recently offered a workshop on HOW GRINGO IS YOUR SPANISH?

His vocation as an energy analyst, consultant and language instructor grew out of earlier employment in journalism and academia. He learned much of the craft of energy journalism at LUNDBERG SURVEY, INC., in the Los Angeles area in the early 1980s, where he was at first a researcher and later an editor.

George Baker was the first Fulbright Exchange Scholar at Mexico’s National University (UNAM), where, in the School of Philosophy and Letters, he lectured in Spanish. Other academic appointments have been at California State University, Fullerton, New Mexico State University, and University of Maryland, Far East Division, where he lectured in Japan, Korea and Thailand.

He holds a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, and a M.A. in Social Sciences from California State College, Fullerton.

Selected articles and presentations by George Baker:

Pemex’s Mature Awards: The First Bidding Round Under the New Pemex Law

“The Political Science of Industrial Safety: Have the Deeper Lessons of Deepwater Horizon Been Learned?” by George Baker