For over 25 years the Institute of the Americas has established a reputation as being an honest broker of dialogue and debate on key energy and sustainability trends in the Americas. On May 24-25 at the XXVI La Jolla Conference, we will carry forward that proud tradition and once again convene thought leaders, investors, government officials together with leading industry players in La Jolla for intense dialogue and policy debate, and take advantage of our world-renowned setting for networking.
This May, we will contemplate the current outlook for the region and look over the horizon as to the future trends, developments and their impacts that policymakers, investors and citizens in general must consider in the coming months.
In-depth analysis of energy trends from global thought leaders.
Exposure for your brand and expertise.
Unparalleled opportunities to network with clients and new partners.
May 24 (All Sessions after lunch at the Institute of the Americas on campus at UC San Diego)
No Host Lunch - Torreyana Grille at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Torreyana Grille at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
First Shuttle to IOA from Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Second Shuttle to IOA from Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Registration and Welcome Coffee
Venue: Institute of the Americas
Welcoming Remarks Jamal Khokhar,President and CEO, Institute of the Americas and Jeremy Martin,Vice President Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas
Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium
Venue: Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium
United States-Latin American Energy Cooperation Presentation of CAF-IOA White Paper
Venue: Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium
The Trump Administration and Hemispheric Energy Policy: Surveying US Energy Policymaking, Border Adjustment Tax and Regional Energy Trade
Venue: Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium
Stakeholder Engagement: Managing Complexity for Successful Outcomes
Venue: Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium
Keynote/Plenary Session - The Exercise of Regulation: Balancing Oversight and Investment
Venue: Institute of the Americas Complex
Cocktail and Sushi Reception on Institute of the Americas Plaza
Venue: Institute of the Americas Plaza
First shuttle returns to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Venue: Institute of the Americas
Nightcap Roundtable – Informal and off-the-record moderated conversation US-Mexico Energy Trade and Outlook
Venue: Institute of the Americas
Shuttle returns to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Venue: Institute of the Americas
May 25 (at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines)
Industry Breakfast – Brazil’s Energy Reset
Oil & Gas Plenary Session: Latin America’s Upstream Prospects and Outlook
Argentina: Vaca Muerta, Renewable Energy and Beyond
Lunch Featuring Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Executive Chef’s Tasting Stations
Mexico: Consolidating the Reform Measures
Disruptors, Digitalization, Industrial Internet of Things and Cyber Security: The Future is Now
Low Carbon Economies: Climate Action, Carbon Tax and Distressed Assets
Latin America’s Renewable Energy Wave: Alternative Energy is No Longer Alternative
Keynote Address and Closing Remarks
Closing Reception overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course – Featuring San Diego Craft Beer Tasting and a Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Neighborhoods
Thought leaders from across the Western Hemisphere present policy updates and outlooks on the key energy trends and issues for the Americas.
Director General National Petroleum Agency (ANP) Brazil
Juan Carlos Zepeda
Chairman, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) Mexico
Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Victor C. Urrutia
Secretary of Energy of Panama
Chairman and CEO, InterEnergy
Director of Prospective Resources, Reserves and Associations, Pemex Exploration & Production
Carlos de Regules
Executive Director, Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment(ASEA), Mexico
Chief Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Non-Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Director - Energy Analysis and Strategy, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America
Ashley C. Brown
Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Managing Director, Solar Turbines
Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
President, NNF Energy Consultancy and Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas
President, R. Garcia & Associates
Director, Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue
CEO, Atlas Renewable Energy
Director of the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Partner, Co-Chair Latin America Practice, Baker Botts
Associate Director, Gas and Power IHS Markit
Alvaro Rios Roca
Partner/Director, Gas Energy Latin America & DrillingInfo
Director of Natural Gas, Medley Global Advisors
California ISO Board of Governors
Director, National Petroleum Agency (ANP) Brazil
Managing Director in Berkeley Research Group’s Energy Practice
Senior Director, Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
Juan Carlos Zepeda Chairman, National Hydrocarbons Commission(CNH Mexico
Juan Carlos Zepeda holds a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of the Warwick, and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgetown where he studied for a Ph.D in Economics. Within the Mexican hydrocarbons industry, Juan Carlos has worked for the Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público-SHCP) and the Ministry of Energy (Secretaría de Energía-SENER). Juan Carlos’ duties at the Ministry of Finance included: evaluating Pemex’s investment projects; designing the Pemex tax system; evaluating and providing follow-up on the Pemex budget and its finances and designing and setting pricing policies in the oil industry. At the Ministry of Energy, he was Head of the E&P Department where he was in charge of technical evaluations of E&P projects. In May 2009, he was appointed President Commissioner of the National Hydrocarbons Commission CNH (For its Spanish acronym) for a five year period. On April 30 2014, Congress appointed him as the CNH President for a second five year period. Comisionado Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos El Maestro Juan Carlos Zepeda cuenta con amplia experiencia en la industria petrolera. Dentro de la Secretaría de Energía y de la Secretaría de Hacienda ha tenido a su cargo diversas responsabilidades en el campo de la economía del petróleo. Se mencionan algunas de ellas: En la Secretaría de Hacienda, la evaluación de proyectos de inversión de Petróleos Mexicanos; diseño del régimen fiscal de Pemex; evaluación y seguimiento del presupuesto y finanzas de Pemex, y diseño de la política de precios de la industria petrolera. En la Secretaría de Energía, como Director General de Exploración y Explotación de Hidrocarburos, tuvo a su cargo la evaluación técnica de los proyectos de exploración y explotación Es egresado de la Licenciatura en Economía por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Es maestro en Economía y Finanzas por parte de la Universidad Warwick, en Reino Unido y maestro en Economía por la Universidad de Georgetown en Washington, misma en la que realizó estudios Doctorales en Economía. En 2009 fue nombrado Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos por un periodo de cinco años. El 30 de abril de 2014 el pleno de la Cámara de Senadores lo designó como Comisionado Presidente por un segundo periodo de cinco años.
Mauricio Tolmasquim Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Non-Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Graduate in Production Engineering and Economics, with a Master's in Energy Planning and Doctorate in Economics, France. Former Executive Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil; coordinated the work team that elaborated a new electricity sector for the nation. President, EPE - Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (Energy Research Office). Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Coordinated the Technical Committee at the Brazilian Science Academy. Former President, Brazilian Society for Energy Planning. Has served as Counsellor, Furnas Electricity and Itaipu Binacional companies. Author of 20 books and dozens of articles published in national and international newspapers.
Francisco Monaldi Fellow.James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University. He is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a senior faculty associate at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2016, he was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project and the Roy Family Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2014, he was an adjunct professor of international energy policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting professor of the political economy of oil at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and Universidad ESAN in Lima. Between 2002 and 2012 Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. He is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, Ministry of Petroleum of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Kazakhstan and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Eurasia Group and Medley Global Advisors. Monaldi is on the board of directors of Mercantil, Venezuela’s leading financial group, and other Venezuelan companies and institutions. He has authored numerous academic publications, including "Institutional Collapse," in Venezuela before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse, R. Hausmann and F. Rodriguez, eds. (Penn State University Press, 2014); "Oil Fueled Centralism," in Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, G. Anderson, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2012); and "The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela," in The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment, W. Hogan and F. Struzenegger, eds. (MIT Press, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in political science (political economy) from Stanford University, an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
Carlos de Regules Executive Director, Agency for Security,Energy and the Environment(ASEA), Mexico
Fue subdirector de Planeación Estratégica y Operativa en Petróleos Mexicanos, donde tuvo a su cargo el desarrollo sustentable de la empresa. Cuenta con una larga trayectoria en materia ambiental y seguridad industrial en el sector hidrocarburos al haber ocupado diversos puestos de alta responsabilidad en estos campos, donde destaca la definición y evaluación de la estrategia ambiental y el Plan de Acción Climática de Petróleos Mexicanos. Es ingeniero químico por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Cursó la Maestría en Ingeniería y Gestión Ambiental en la École des Mines de Paris, Francia, y el Programa LEAD de Estudios Avanzados en Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo del Colegio de México.
Amal-Lee Amin Chief Climate Change and Sustainability Division,Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Amal-Lee is Chief of the Climate Change and Sustainability Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she manages an extensive portfolio of climate change adaptation, mitigation and knowledge activities for all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her return in August 2015 follows a previous two year role leading on design and implementation of the Climate Investment Funds from 2008 – 2010. Previously Amal-Lee was Associate Director at E3G leading a programme on international climate finance. In-country work focused on design and implementation of financing strategies for low carbon and resilient development in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Work in China led to launch of a Dialogue on China’s Green Finance Pathway to 2030 which is being co-chaired by senior representatives of the National Development Research Council, the Ministry of Finance and the People’s Bank of China. International work included serving as a member of the Private Sector Advisor Group to the Green Climate Fund; co-facilitator of the OECD DAC task team on the Rio Markers for tracking environmental finance and advising Governments, the UNFCCC and private sector initiatives on use of climate finance for mobilising long-term investment. From 2001 – 2011 Amal-Lee worked at the heart of Government developing UK and EU policy on climate and sustainable energy. Achievements include the design of a new Green Investment Bank for the UK, developing strategy for negotiations under the UNFCCC, UNGA and Rio+10 and pioneering several high profile initiatives for increased UK and EU cooperation with developing countries on climate technology and finance. Amal-Lee’s PhD, which focused on policies and institutions for increasing investment in renewable energy in developing countries, has been central to her 15 year professional career.
Lisa Viscidi Director, Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program,Inter-American Dialogue
Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy. Her articles have been published in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, the Harvard Review of Latin America and Foreign Affairs. Ms. Viscidi frequently presents at conferences throughout the United States and Latin America and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. Previously, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group and a manager for Deloitte’s energy practice. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Viscidi conducted her undergraduate work in History at the George Washington University and the University of Barcelona and completed a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on economic development and public policy from New York University. Viscidi speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Francisco Xavier Salazar Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas Former Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano is the inaugural Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of the Americas, an inter-American public policy think tank located at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The Institute of the Americas Energy Program works to foster a deeper understanding of the most critical energy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Salazar’s term as a non-resident fellow will include analysis of key public policy issues for the energy sector in the Americas; he will conduct research and provide insights and analysis on energy and regulatory issues with an emphasis on Mexico, Central America and the countries of the Pacific Alliance. Since 2015, Salazar has served as Chair of the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council. From 2005 to 2015 he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of the energy reform in Mexico. In 2006 he was elected as Vice-President of the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE), and from 2011 to 2015 he was the Chair of the same association. Prior to being a regulator, he served as a Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies. He also was involved in the Chemical Sector for several years. Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, and Diploma studies in Law and Economics from Universities in Mexico and the United Kingdom. He has taught courses on Public Finance and Monetary Economics at local universities in San Luis Potosi, and written on the use of economic instruments in environmental public policy, as well as on energy policy and regulation. Mr. Salazar has also participated as member of editorial boards from major newspapers and business magazines in Mexico.
Tim Duane Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz & Visiting Law Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
Tim Duane is an attorney with more than three decades of professional experience in the fields of energy, climate, land use, natural resources, water, and environmental policy, planning, and law. He began working in the renewable energy industry in 1979 and published his first reports discussing climate change in 1990. He is a leading expert on “greening the grid” and the regulatory permitting challenges of renewable energy development. He is admitted to practice with the state bar of California, all four federal courts in California, and the 9th and 10th Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeal. Tim Duane is also professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and visiting professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches energy and environmental law and policy. He was previously associate professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Berkeley from 1991-2009. Prof. Duane has also been visiting professor of law at the Seattle University and Vermont Law Schools. He holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in energy and environmental planning from the department of civil engineering at Stanford University.
Robert J. Gruendel Partner, DLA Piper, Global Co-Chair, Energy Sector Co-Chair, Latin American Practice Chair
Bob Gruendel serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy practice and oversees a wide-ranging sector that includes over 100 partners worldwide and covers oil and gas, power, renewables and nuclear. Bob also leads the US-based maritime and shipping practice. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Latin American practice, which covers activities across all of Central America, South America and the Caribbean and includes DLA Piper’s presence in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. Bob concentrates his own practice in energy project development, principally in oil and gas, and in related maritime sectors. He has spent considerable time on such projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Bob is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo in Latin America. Among his other key areas of practice are transportation infrastructure development and related project finance; government concession agreements in energy, transportation, waste and other sectors; project work in such areas as water, power, petroleum and gas; infrastructure privatization; marine insurance; commodities trading; and pollution. Bob is a past member of the board of directors of the US Maritime Law Association and past chairman of the board of New York Maritime, Inc. He has written extensively on LNG, port development and energy-related transportation and has gained a reputation with respect to the production, transportation and storage of LNG. He has frequently spoken before professional groups on LNG, oil and gas, port development and shipping matters and Latin America legal developments.
David Victor Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
David Victor is a professor of international relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR). Prior to joining the faculty at University of California, San Diego, Victor was a professor at Stanford Law School where he taught energy and environmental law. His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He has a dual understanding of the science behind climate change and how international and domestic public policy work. Victor authored "Global Warming Gridlock" (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. The book was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011. Victor is a leading contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations-sanctioned international body with 195 country members. Victor’s expertise was recently tapped by the Southern California Edison to lead the company’s community engagement panel for decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. According to utility officials, he was chosen to lead the panel because he has the vision, leadership, and experience to bring together a diverse group of concerned people. Victor co-founded and directs the ILAR research center at Univeristy of California, San Diego. ILAR’s work in understanding regulation, from climate change treaties to human rights accords, aims to have a significant impact on all players in international relations––those working in the global economy in multinational firms, aid, and development as well as nongovernmental organizations. ILAR, and by extension Victor himself, study how regulation, international and domestic, actually work. His doctorate is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.
Nelson Narciso President, NNF Energy Consultancy and Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas
Nelson Narciso Filho holds graduate degrees in Industrial Administration and Economic Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an undergraduate degree in Mechanic Engineering from Souza Marques University. He has held multiple senior executive positions at Exploration and Production (E&P) companies and service providers in the oil and gas industry, such as HRT Africa, Halliburton, ABB, Vetco Gray and Hughes WKM. He has accumulated over 35 years of solid experience and extensive knowledge of management and business development in E&P, as well as start-up operations in Brazil, Angola and Namibia. In addition, he was Director of the Brazilian regulatory agency for oil, natural gas, and biofuels (ANP) from 2006 to 2010, when developed a broad vision of the sector’s regulation, having participated in numerous international forums where he was responsible for introducing the Brazilian market dynamics and promoting investment in the country. During his term, he led the creation of the Local Content Coordinating Body, led the Gas Flaring Reduction program, Improvement of Production Fiscal Metering program, Bidding Rounds and Integrated System for products movement
Duncan Wood Director of the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
DUNCAN WOOD is the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center. Prior to this, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. He has been a member of the Mexican National Research System, an editorial advisor to both Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow and, between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. He has been a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on Mexican energy policy, including renewable energy, and North American relations. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his PhD in political studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship. - See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/duncan-wood#sthash.07iTOPV1.dpuf
Carlos Barrera CEO, Atlas Renewable Energy
Raul Garcia President, R. Garcia & Associates
Victor C. Urrutia Secretary of Energy of Panama
Víctor Carlos Urrutia Guardia, es ingeniero eléctrico, egresado de Purdue University, Indiana, Estados Unidos. Cuenta con un postgrado y maestría en física. Se ha desempeñado como docente de Ingeniería Electrónica y Comunicaciones, y física en la Universidad de Panamá. Además, ha sido consultor independiente. Ha realizado estudios de factibilidad, estudios de mercado, peritajes y otros proyectos de Ingeniería. Desde abril de 2006 hasta agosto de 2009, fungió como administrador de la Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (Organismo estatal regulador de los servicios públicos de Electricidad, Telecomunicaciones, Radio y Televisión, y Agua Potable y Alcantarillado Sanitario). Entre sus logros se destacan: el ordenamiento de los procesos de asignación de concesiones y licencias de generación eléctrica y la reintroducción de subastas para la asignación de los recursos. También implementó las licitaciones de largo plazo para el suministro de energía eléctrica. Estas y otras medidas resultaron en un importante desarrollo de la inversión privada en proyectos de generación. Su trabajo fue vital en la implementación y adjudicación de licencias para dos nuevos operadores, para un total de cuatro, de telefonía celular en el país. Participó en la comisión que preparó el anteproyecto de la Ley que creó el Marco Regulatorio e Institucional para la prestación del servicio público de Electricidad de la República de Panamá (Ley 6 de 1997). Urrutia Guardia se ha desempeñado como perito en Procesos Legales y Arbitrajes relacionados con el Sector Eléctrico y cuenta con una membresía de la Sociedad Panameña de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (SPIA) y del Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Rolando Gonzalez Bunster, Chairman & CEO, InterEnergy.
Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster Chairman and CEO, InterEnergy
Mr. Gonzalez Bunster is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of InterEnergy Holdings. Prior to founding InterEnergy, he founded and managed InterEnergy’s predecessor, Basic Energy Ltd. (Bahamas), a holding company that owned and operates electrical generation and distribution assets in the Dominican Republic, Panama and Jamaica. Mr. Gonzalez Bunster is a pioneer of the electric sector of the Dominican Republic, being credited with the signing of the country’s first state utility PPA, as well as being one of the key participants in the privatization of the state controlled electricity businesses. His track record in the country dates back to the late 1980’s, when he developed the country’s first barge mounted power plant in partnership with Seaboard Corporation. Since then, Mr. Gonzalez Bunster has successfully developed, acquired and managed over 1,500MW of generating capacity in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Jamaica and Panama. In addition to overseeing the management of all group operating companies, he led all significant aspects of project development, financing and the relationship with governments and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to founding Basic Energy, Mr. Gonzalez Bunster was the International Vice President of New York-based multi-billion dollar conglomerate Gulf & Western Industries Inc., reporting directly to its Chairman and CEO Charles Bludhorn. Mr. Gonzalez Bunster is a the Chair of the International Initiatives Committee of Georgetown University, a member of the Latin American Board of Georgetown University, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, his alma matter, class of 1968. He is also a director and trustee of the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Energy Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on clean and renewable energies. Further to this, Mr. Gonzalez Bunster is a board member of the Institute of the Americas as well as serving on the board of The Walkabout Foundation – a non-profit organization focuses on funding research to find a cure for paralysis and donating wheelchairs to people in need around the world.
Ashley C. Brown Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Ashley Brown is the Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG), a program of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. HEPG provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of electricity issues in the United States. Mr. Brown has served as an advisor on infrastructure regulatory issues to governments such as Brazil, Tanzania, India, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines, Zambia, Namibia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Hungary. From 1983-1993, he served as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, appointed twice by Governor Richard F. Celeste. Prior to his appointment, he was the coordinator and counsel for the Montgomery County [Ohio] Fair Housing Center, managing attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, Inc. and legal advisor to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, also in Dayton. Mr. Brown has specialized in litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies. He has taught in public schools and universities, frequently lectures at universities and conferences throughout the world, and publishes articles on subjects of interest to American and foreign electricity sectors.
Carlos Sole Partner, Co-Chair Latin America Practice, Baker Botts
Carlos Solé serves as co-chair of the firm’s Latin America practice and concentrates his practice on domestic and international corporate and finance transactions, with a particular focus on the energy industry. Mr. Solé represents clients in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a diverse range of energy-related project development, merger and acquisition, financing and commodity sales transactions in the natural gas, petroleum and power sectors. In 2014, Mr. Solé was named one of Latin America’s Top 100 lawyers by Latinvex, and Legal 500 Latin America 2014 recognized Mr. Solé for his Projects & Energy practice. Mr. Solé is a native speaker of Spanish.
David Crisostomo Associate Director, Gas and Power IHS Markit
I am an associate part of the Latin American Gas & Power team. My research and analysis focus on Mexico and Andean power markets and recently in the gas sector from Mexico. My background is in power engineering and master studies focused on the power sector and policy analysis.
Alvaro Rios Roca Partner/Director, Gas Energy Latin America & DrillingInfo
Socio Director de GAS ENERGY LATIN AMERICA y Drillinginfo para América Latina y El Caribe. Lidera estudios y realiza asesoramiento en temas de hidrocarburos con foco en la cadena de gas natural, energía eléctrica y petroquímica. Fue Secretario Ejecutivo de OLADE entre 2006 y 2007 y Ministro de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia entre 2003 y 2004. Se gradúo como Ingeniero Químico de la Universidad de Texas A&M (1983) y posteriormente realizó estudios de postgrado en Ingeniería Química en la Universidad de Houston. Como académico ha apoyado y diseñado diplomados y postgrados en el área de Petróleo y Gas en la Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) y ha dictado varios cursos para diplomados y maestrias en varios países de Latinoamérica. Es frecuentemente invitado a dar conferencias y charlas sobre temas energéticos y gas natural en particular en América Latina y el Caribe, Norte América y Europa. Tiene publicaciones y reportajes en varias revistas técnicas y medios de comunicación..
Gustavo Hernandez Director of Prospective Resources, Reserves and Associations, Pemex Exploration & Production
With 37 years of professional experience he started his professional career at the Mexican Petroleum Institute in 1979 with research interest in applied geostatistics and history matching of reservoir simulators. In 1992 joined Pemex where he had held several positions including head of the department of reservoir characterization, exploitation vice manager, planning manager, asset manager, vice president of an offshore region, and Vice President for Planning in Pemex E&P. In February 2014, he was appointed as Acting Director of Pemex E&P. On June 2014 the President of Mexico appointed him as General Director of Pemex E&P. Since June 2015 the Board of Directors appointed him as Director of Operations in Pemex E&P and as December 2015, was appointed as Director of Prospective Resources, Reserves and Associations in Pemex E&P. Within his professional development he has been National President of the College of Petroleum Engineers of México, President of the Petroleum Engineering Comission at the Academy of Engineering where he serves as Academic and was the 2011 Mexico´s National Petroleum Engineering Award recipient. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was appointed as the General Chairperson of the 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. He has written over 60 technical papers presented in domestic and international forums and with more than 110 interventions is a well known lecturer and speaker of topics such as Planning, E&P Strategy, Hydrocarbon Reserves and E&P Regulatory issues in México and abroad. He was the team leader within Pemex to prepare the round zero request (exploratory areas and production fields that Pemex is able to operate) as well as leading the strategy for partnerships in the migration of existing public works financed projects and integral contracts of E&P, farm outs and Round One potential JV´s. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and a M.Sc. in Reservoir Engineering, both from the U. of Mexico.
Angelina Galiteva California ISO Board of Governors
Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California’s Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to the 5-member Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Corporation in 2011 and again in 2014 and 2017 respectively. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the power grid in the state of California and for the efficient operation of the electricity market, including the integration of renewable energy project as mandated by State Law. Ms. Galiteva works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. She is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as an Expert Renewable Energy Speaker for the US Department of State. She has been sent on numerous missions around the world in this expert capacity. Ms. Galiteva’s industry experience spans from serving as a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design firm to the utility sector where she worked as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.
Erin Blanton Director of Natural Gas, Medley Global Advisors
Erin Blanton has headed MGA's global natural gas coverage for the last 10 years, with a focus on gas and power markets as well as the LNG industry. Erin joined MGA in 2004 after receiving her M.A. in international energy policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to that she worked for several years on Wall Street as a trader for NASDAQ. Erin also has a B.A. in economics from Cornell University.
Walter Pesenti Managing Director in Berkeley Research Group’s Energy Practice
Walter Pesenti is a Managing Director in Berkeley Research Group’s Energy Practice. His focus is on leading Berkeley Research Group’s energy and oil and gas prominence across all industry sectors, with a particular focus on operational excellence, asset management, and capital projects programs that sustainably drive bottom-line impact for our clients. Walter has worked extensively across the globe with downstream, chemicals, and upstream companies assessing, developing, and implementing a plethora of capital projects, asset management and operations transformations, which resulted in greatly reducing risk exposure and savings, ranging from $50 million/year up to $1,400 million/year. He has firsthand experience in management and budgetary responsibility for projects to include capital projects, turnarounds, operations and maintenance in excess of $ 2,300 million. Walter was instrumental in developing, implementing and managing Operations Integrity Management System and Global Reliability System at 2 global integrated oil companies. Prior to joining Berkeley Research Group, Walter spent 30 + years in downstream and petrochemicals with ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and a big 4 consulting firm, where he acquired deep industry knowledge, holding leadership positions in capital projects, turnarounds, reliability, maintenance, operations, and consulting. He holds an MBA Pepperdine University and Industrial Engineering degree from University of California – Los Angeles.
Mauricio Garron Director - Energy Analysis and Strategy, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America
Mauricio Garrón es director de análisis y estrategia de energía en CAF - banco de desarrollo de América Latina-. Antes de unirse a CAF fue director de proyectos estratégicos de la Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE) y director de regulación del Ministerio de Energía de Bolivia, entre otros cargos. Mauricio tiene un MBA en Economía y Administración de Negocios de la Universidad de Viena, un Master en Desarrollo y Economía Internacional, de la Universidad Notre-Dame de la Paix, y es licenciado en Económicas de la Universidad Católica Boliviana.
Lucas Aristizabal Senior Director, Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
Lucas Aristizabal is a senior director in Fitch Ratings’ Latin American corporates group and heads the region’s electric-power utilities and energy (oil and gas) team. Mr. Aristizabal began his career at Fitch in 2002. While at Fitch, Lucas has worked in a number of rating transactions with different levels of complexity, ranging from single-unit power plants to multinational corporations with diverse risks and business lines. Mr. Aristizabal has authored several credit analysis and special reports focusing on electric-power and energy in Latin America. Mr. Aristizabal earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce and Economics from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. He also earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Economics, and Accounting.
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