Blas L. Pérez Henríquez
Visiting Senior Fellow
Blas L. Pérez Henríquez serves as Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment. Blas founded and directs the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP). He is a faculty member of the Goldman School of Public Policy and affiliate of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies.
Pérez Henríquez also serves as a visiting professor at Mexico’s Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE). He has served as an ex-officio member of the Goldman School advisory board (2002 -2012), and as a Quarterly Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum.
Pérez Henríquez’s research is distinguished by a focus on the interaction of policy implementation with policy adaptation and evolution in the context of emission trading; and the use of information technology to support environmental market creation and collaborative efforts between business and government to enable the low carbon economy. His current work is aimed at providing guidance for policymakers and advocates in the broader context of climate, energy and environment. He is particularly interested in creating innovative and cost-effective policy frameworks to address global environmental problems in both the developed and developing world.
As an academic observer, Pérez Henríquez participates regularly at the Climate Change Expert Group of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), a support group at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that develops policy alternatives to address global climate change, as well as the United Nations (UN) Conference of Parties (COP). He has served as external advisor to the Mexican delegation to the UN climate negotiations process, and more recently as part of the California delegation to the COP15, COP16 and COP17 summits, to conduct research on carbon markets, sub-national and regional policy climate action developments, business and energy systems transformation and on financing innovation to support clean and prosperous green growth.
Pérez Henríquez holds a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. He also holds a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).