Clear Future maintains strong affiliations with the academic research community. We are proud to have highly credentialed specialists in econometrics, energy, and mining. They bring both applied research expertise, as well as industry experience to CFC.

Robert McKnown, Ph.D.

Robert McNown is Professor of Economics and Faculty Research Associate with the
Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his BA in
Economics from UCLA and his PhD in Economics from UC San Diego. His primary areas of
research and teaching interest are Econometrics, Time Series Analysis, Demography, and
International Economics. He has published over sixty research articles in academic journals
covering these fields of specialization.

Dr. McNown has held visiting faculty positions at Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu,
Nepal) as a Fulbright Lecturer, People’s University (Beijing) under World Bank sponsorship,
Semester at Sea, the Department of Econometrics at Sydney University (Australia), and at the
National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition, he has
lectured on his research and led econometrics workshops at universities in Vietnam, Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Namibia, Libya, Norway, Slovakia, and Egypt.

Ronald D. Ripple, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald D. Ripple is the Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance in the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa. Ron took up his current position lecturing in the TU Master of Energy Business Program in 2013 after spending nearly fourteen years in Australia, with another year in Hong Kong. Dr. Ripple has studied oil and natural gas markets for over 35 years, getting his start in the Office of the Governor of Alaska. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Alaska North Slope natural gas, and recently authored a chapter on the Geopolitics of Australia Natural Gas Development for the joint Harvard-Rice Geopolitics of Natural Gas Study. In between these two studies, Ron has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, trade press articles, and reports, typically focusing on oil and natural gas markets and the financial derivatives markets that support them.

Arturo L. Vasquez Cordano, Ph.D.

Arturo L. Vasquez Cordano is Vice Minister of Energy in Peru. He is also Associate Professor of Economics, Finance and Business at GĚRENS Graduate School of Business and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, Peru. 

In addition, he has been appointed as Member of the Arbitration Roster of URSEA (Uruguayan Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Water) since 2015 and Member of the Dispute Resolution Experts Roster of OSIPTEL (Peruvian Supervisory Agency of Investment in Telecommunications) since 2013. He has also been designated as Qualified Researcher by CONCYTEC (Peruvian National Council for Science and Technology) since 2016.