Brenda Velásquez is economist of infrastructure and networks. She holds a Master of Science of Industrial and Network Economics from the University of Technology Berlin. She is alumni of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Brenda received her Bachelor degree in Economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City.
Brenda has worked in the sectors of energy and telecommunications. Within these, she has focused on competition, regulation and infrastructure policies. She has also analyzed to what extent new technologies and innovative services are transforming the markets and what are the challenges and opportunities.
Working for the Federal Institute of Telecommunications in Mexico, Brenda characterized the markets and their stakeholders. She helped to identify practices unduly restricting competition in the telecommunication sector and leading to consumer welfare losses. Specifically, she studied mergers and abusive practices like collusion, monopolization, predation and restraints that may impose undue entry barriers and foreclose and leverage market power.
During her work for the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, Brenda was involved in the economic (de-) regulation of transport, storage and distribution of natural gas and oil. Within this, she mainly collaborated with the rate-setting of concessionaires. Brenda was also involved in the analysis of policies and methodologies for the national regulatory framework and new projects for the expansion of the network –coverage and capacity.
Brenda is interested in how new technologies and network services are transforming the markets. Focused on the transportation sector, she is addressing how to benefit from this new economy, what are the challenges and would be the role of the government.
She is convinced that there are huge opportunities for improving mobility of passengers and freight in urban areas. For this, governance of cities needs to improve beyond their boundaries. She is also inquiring about the analysis and modelling of elements that are relevant to transport engineering and operations, especially intelligent transport systems and travel behavior.
Brenda’s goal is to plan and create an urban future through innovative, sustainable and comprehensive projects for transportation systems. For the planning, design, and operation of those systems, she is interested in developing new paradigms that improve quality of life, sustainability and competitiveness.