José María Lujambio Irazábal worked for many years in several professional positions in the Mexican government. From 2009 to 2012, he served as General Legal Counsel of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, where he was responsible for leading the implementation of Mexico’s 2008 energy reforms, both in the gas and renewable energy sectors. From 2005 to 2009, he worked as an attorney within the Legal Counsel’s Office of Mexico’s President, concentrating on legislative and presidential rulings, and constitutional matters. At the beginning of President Felipe Calderón’s administration, he coordinated a multidisciplinary group of advisers working with the General Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute. He also served as legal adviser to the Undersecretary of Political Development at the Mexican Department of the Interior from 2001 to 2002, and for the President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1999 to 2000.
In the academic arena, Mr. Lujambio taught Energy Law at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and he coordinated the energy research agenda of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), both in 2013. He has published essays and articles on energy regulation and constitutional law topics. During his years at the ITAM, he worked as a research assistant to Professors Rodolfo Vázquez, José Ramón Cossío and Fernando Franco.