John Padilla
Advisory Board Member 

John Padilla is a Managing Director and partner at IPD. John leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.

John led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, John is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011 he relocated to Bogota in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.

John co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong pragmatism and tactical expertise to support project risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and legislative and regulatory analysis services to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. John is frequently quoted in the U.S. and international press, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining IPD, John held positions within Dresdner Kleinwort Benson’s Energy, Utility, and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).


Luis Fernando Manrique
Advisory Board Member 

Luis Fernando Manrique is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tier-One Properties, a full service boutique real estate company in Miami, Florida.  Luis Fernando is responsible for the overall management of the firm as well as managing investor relations.  Over the course of the years, he has been able to foment relationships with both domestic and international real estate investors, developers and financial institutions. 

Before creating Tier-One Properties, Luis Fernando worked over five years as an Associate for Location 3 Investments and W Properties. There he contributed to the company’s expansion strategy and to the management of investor relations. Prior to entering the Real Estate sector, he competed on the ATP Tour as a tennis professional and played division one tennis for the University of Miami.  

Luis Fernando is a Licensed Real Estate Broker of Florida. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese, French, and Italian. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.