Bruno Verdini Trejo

Bruno Verdini’s research focuses on:

  1. Cognitive and emotional insights from the fields of negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution 
  2. Management strategies from the practice of adaptive leadership and collaborative decision-making 
  3. The narrative structure of compelling public speaking and political communication

Dr. Verdini received MIT’s first ever interdisciplinary and interdepartmental Ph.D. in Negotiation, Communication, Diplomacy, and Leadership. His research, which explores how to improve the practice of transboundary water, energy, and environmental negotiations, won Harvard Law School’s Award for the best research of the year in negotiation, competitive decision-making, mediation, and dispute resolution. Selected from studies across diverse fields including business, economics, law, government, and psychology, this is the first time that the annual award has been given to an MIT alumnus, as well as the first time it has been awarded to someone from Latin America.

Bruno Verdini teaches MIT’s popular undergraduate course, The Art and Science of Negotiation. He has been a guest lecturer on negotiation and conflict resolution at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, and MIT Metropolitan Lab. He has served on the teaching team for training sessions at the National Science Foundation Water Diplomacy Program, Harvard School of Public Health, MIT Center for Real Estate, and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

As Executive Director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, under the mentorship of Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Lawrence Susskind, Dr. Verdini is spearheading the creation and development of an Executive Negotiation Teaching and Training Program. The mission is to further support the skills and strategies available to public, private, and non-profit sector stakeholders involved in natural resource management negotiations in Mexico, fostering effective transition and planning, addressing the impacts associated with the siting of infrastructure, and improving resilience in the face of climate change.

During his time at MIT, Bruno Verdini has conducted work at the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and the MIT Environmental Policy and Planning Group. His latest research, to be presented at the 2016 Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and to be published as a book in 2017, explores the negotiation and decision-making strategies by which government, corporate, and non-profit practitioners can effectively:

  • Increase river-basin supply 
  • Re-think the possibilities of irrigation and storage infrastructure
  • Restore ecosystems and habitats
  • Enhance coordination between publicly traded and state owned energy companies
  • Improve the adoption of new technologies
  • Re-define the scope and impact of diplomatic partnerships between developed and developing countries

Dr. Verdini is a Mexican and French national, who has been trained in international affairs, political science, and public policy in Mexico City (CIDE), Paris (Sciences-Po), and Cambridge (MIT). He has collaborated with partners in Washington D.C., London, Tokyo, Riyadh, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Madrid, and Vienna.

Prior to coming to MIT, Bruno Verdini was Deputy Director for International Affairs at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, where he was involved in the negotiations regarding the Ministerial meetings of the International Energy Agency (IEA), International Atomic Nuclear Agency (IAEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Energy Forum (IEF), Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Latin America and Caribbean Energy Organization (OLADE), and World Economic Forum (WEF). He was involved as well with the teams negotiating financial, technical, and scientific cooperation agreements with Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the World Bank.