Lucas is co-founder and Managing Partner of Quipu, where he regularly advises multinational companies, governments and international organizations on matters of international trade, international investment, regulatory affairs and public policy. He has worked with clients in the petrochemical, energy, information technology and financial services sectors and with multilateral blocs and mechanisms such as the G20, Mercosur, the Pacific Alliance, and the European Union
He was previously Director of Strategic International Trade Affairs of Argentina where he acted as Chair of the G20 Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity helping to successfully deliver a consensus report amidst international tensions on tariffs (2018). In that role, Lucas also designed and oversaw the implementation of the first private sector engagement mechanism for a WTO Ministerial Conference – the MC11 Business Forum – working in close collaboration with the WTO, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum and the B20.
Before his appointment as government official, Lucas was an advisor to the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank where he supervised technical cooperation projects in the areas of private sector led integration, trade facilitation and trade in services. There, he proposed and steered public-private efforts to support implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and succeeded in integrating the Americas Business Dialogue both in the Summit of the Americas process – working with the OAS and the Governments of Panama and Peru – and in the Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors.
Lucas holds a law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires, with honors, and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, where he pursued a concentration in international law as a Fulbright Scholar. He has held senior academic positions as administrator at Universidad de Buenos Aires and as law professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad de Palermo.