Dr. Roberto Ferreira da Cunha, a director in BRG’s Energy practice, has over twelve years of international industry and academic experience in global energy and environmental matters.

His experience encompasses upstream, natural gas, power, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and climate change, with an emphasis on how issues on these domains shape natural gas markets in Latin America. He has provided expert assessments, due diligence, economic modelling, and consulting expertise to many of the world’s leading energy companies, as well as to financial institutions and the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Dr. Ferreira da Cunha provides independent and informed viewpoints of the actual market in his work in high-level litigation, disputes, and due diligence, and notably of the underlying market trends that guide business decisions. His approach to research questions combines his proven track record as an observer and monitor of industry trends and his proficiency in quantitative methods and models. Together these create a unique combination of practical and theoretical research, translating state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge into clear-cut and actionable recommendations.

Before joining BRG, Dr. Ferreira da Cunha was a director at a large energy research and consulting company, leading its team for South American natural gas markets. He was responsible for developing the company’s long-term scenarios for natural gas supplies, demand, prices, and infrastructure in the Southern Cone and Andean regions, in coordination with global upstream, LNG, and power storylines. His scenarios for the region underpinned several consulting projects, the scopes of which ranged from market screening, monetization strategies, scenario planning, and strategic decision support through to asset due diligence and valuation.

Employment History

IHS Markit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017 – 2019
2010 – 2013

IHS Markit, Paris, France
Associate director
2015 – 2017
2013 – 2015

Energy Economics Group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Research Associate
2008 – 2009

Professional Affiliations

International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

French Association of Energy and Resource Economists (FAERE)

Community/Civic Involvement

Colégio de São Bento do Rio de Janeiro (ALUMNI CSB-RJ), alumnus

Areas of Expertise


École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
PhD, Economics, 2017

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
MA, Economics, 2010

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
BA, Economics, 2007 


Young Economists Award, Mercosur Economic Research Network, 2009