José Luis Cordeiro is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited, and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents.
Following his graduation, Mr. Cordeiro worked as an engineer in petroleum exploration for the French company Schlumberger. For several years, he served as an advisor for many of the major oil companies in the world, including Agip, BP, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, PDVSA, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Shell and Total. Later, in Paris, he initiated his relation with the international consulting company Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he specialized in the areas of strategy, finance and restructuring.
In Latin America, served as an advisor for some of the most important regional corporations and has taken part in the transformation and privatization of a number of oil companies in the continent. His experience and studies in monetary policy, currency boards, dollarization and monetary unions have taken him to participate in several monetary changes in Eastern Europe and Latin America (most famously in Ecuador, where he is publicly recognized as one of the main promoters of dollarization).
Besides his extensive work as an expert in economic policy, he has also worked as an energy advisor in several Latin American countries, particularly in the privatization of Petroperú, and the technology policies of Honduras, Panamá, Venezuela and other Latin American countries. He is also a space enthusiast, and was one the first “Astrolanders” for the first Mars analog mission “Made in Spain” by Astroland Agency. Mr. Cordeiro has also been involved in politics, for example, as an energy advisor during the 1998 Venezuelan presidential elections with candidate Irene Sáez Conde, former Mayor of Chacao, Caracas, and as a Spanish Candidate to the European Parliament in 2019.
Thanks to his extensive work in technological foresight, futures studies, globalization, economic integration, long-term development, energy trends, education and monetary policy, Mr. Cordeiro has authored and coauthored several books. El Desafío Latinoamericano, his first book, was a continental bestseller originally published by McGraw-Hill and used in more than 100 universities in the hemisphere (see introductory pages). The second Spanish edition is now available completely free in electronic form by the author, who is also donating his book royalties. Arturo Uslar Pietri, the most universal and respected Venezuelan of the 20th century, described the other two books of Mr. Cordeiro with the following words: “as important to Venezuela as the independence battle of Carabobo” (The Great Taboo) and “an impressive work that describes the grave economic malady… of Venezuela” (La Segunda Muerte de Bolívar). He has authored other books about Ecuador (La Segunda Muerte de Sucre) and Mexico (¿Pesos o Dólares?), and about special topics like education (Benesuela vs. Venezuela), energy (Cenários Energéticos 2020, in Portuguese) and transhumanism (2020: Transhuman & Economy of the Future, in Korean). Among his most recent books are Latinoamérica 2030 with the Millennium Project and his international bestsellerLa muerte de la muerte (The Death of Death), published in several languages like Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with his British coauthor David Wood, coinventor of the Symbian operating system that was later acquired by Nokia. He has written more than 10 books and co-written over 20 more in five languages, including sections of the State of the Future with the Millennium Project, and his articles and books have been quoted by international publications like The Economist and The New York Times.
Mr. Cordeiro has a fortnightly opinion column in the largest and most prestigious Venezuelan general newspaper (El Universal) and has also written and has been interviewed in major media (press, radio and TV) including ABC, BBC, CNN, Chosun Ilbo (Korean Daily), El Comercio (Ecuador), El Comercio (Peru), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Universal (Mexico), El Universal (Venezuela), Los Andes (Argentina),O Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Mainichi Shimbun (Japan Daily News), La Tribune (France), The New York Times, Univision and The Washington Times (USA). He has also participated in documentaries with Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographicamong several other international media network