Diana E. Páez

Senior Director, Energy & Mobility

William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan

Diana E. Páez is Senior Director, Energy & Mobility at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), an independent, non-profit research and educational organization focused on unlocking the power of business to provide lasting economic and social prosperity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 

Diana leads WDI’s efforts to help energy and mobility businesses in LMICs create value and adapt to changes brought about by the energy transition. Her focus for the past few years has been on the transition to electric mobility, and she has advised private and public sector stakeholders on the business opportunities related to the electric vehicle value chain, as well as the bigger picture implications of this transition, including workforce, infrastructure and policy considerations. She also works to highlight business innovations related to e-mobility and other clean energy and climate solutions in emerging markets.

Before joining WDI, Páez held positions at the Higher Education for Development office of the American Council on Education; the National Democratic Institute; and The World Bank Institute, among others. Diana holds a JD in Law and Social Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico, a master’s degree in Public International Law from Université de Paris II, Panthéon Assas, and a Master’s degree in Prospective for International Studies from Université de Paris V, René Descartes. More recently, she completed Rice University’s Global Energy Leadership Program and a Foundations of Mobility Certificate from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.