Past Events

The Trump Administration, Latin America and Energy: Mexico, Natural Gas and LNG Exports

Date: December 15
Time: 8:30 Welcome Coffee and Registration
9:00 – 10:45 Panel discussions
Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 13th Floor - 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Diana Rodriguez


As global energy trade grows and the United States looks to expand oil and gas exports, Latin American countries provide significant commercial opportunities for exporters and investors alike.

The latest estimates point to the United States becoming the world’s second or third largest LNG exporter by 2020. Indeed, the boom in development of LNG export facilities will only enhance the US’s regional and global commercial energy ties. The first ever LNG exports from the US Gulf Coast shipped to Brazil while other cargoes have landed in Mexico this year. The expansion of the Panama Canal will further facilitate LNG trade and the export of US LNG cargoes to markets in the hemisphere and beyond.

Meanwhile, natural gas exports from the United States to Mexico have quadrupled over the last six years. According to the EIA, by 2019, US pipeline export capacity to Mexico is projected to almost double. Renewable energy will also be a key sector for US investment in Mexico and other countries in the region.

It remains imperative that Latin American countries and the United States strive to find mutually beneficial opportunities in order to boost energy ties and expand energy cooperation.

Join us for panel discussions aimed at understanding the role of LNG for US energy exports and commercial ties in Latin America, as well as the US-Mexico energy relationship.


  • John McCarrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, United States Department of State
  • Elizabeth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas, Office of International Affairs, United States Department of Energy
  • Mark Nelson, Regional Vice-President, Director, Issues Management, Sempra Energy
  • Leslie Palti Guzman, Director Global Gas, Rapidan Energy Group, LLC
  • Carlos Sole, Partner & Co-Chair Latin America Practice, Baker Botts, LLP
  • Edmar Luiz de Almeida, Professor, Institute of Economy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas
  • Lisa Viscidi, Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue

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Sponsored by

Inter American Dialogue  
Sempra Energy



Quality Health Care Practices in the California Bi-National Region

Date: January 19, 2018
Schedule: 8:30am-1:00pm
Location: Institute of the Americas’ Malamud Room in the Weaver Conference Center
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Language: This event will be held in Spanish and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
* Event is Free to the public, but you must register in advance. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided

The Institute of the Americas and UC San Diego Health are honored to welcome Mexico’s Deputy General Manager and Chief of the National Patient Safety Certification System, Dr. Sara Fonseca-Castañol, during her presentation on quality health services in Mexico and the Council’s contribution to the National Strategy Against Noncommunicable Diseases, with California’s Bi-national health systems and other local health stakeholders. Another topic to be covered is obesity and diabetes.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Sara Fonseca-Castañol, Deputy General and Chief of the National Patient Safety Certification System, Mexico
  • Margarita Baggett, R.N., MSN Chief Clinical Officer, UC San Diego Health
  • Dr. Eduardo Jaramillo Navarrete, General Director of Health Promotion, Secretary of Health, Mexico
  • Dr. Arturo Morales Martínez, Deputy Director of the Sub-Directorate of Postgraduate Studies of Nuevo Leon Autonomous University
  • Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA, Business Development for Qualcomm Life, San Diego





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Webinar: State Intervention in the Natural Gas Sector: Lessons Learned from Argentina

Webinars 2017Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 10:00am San Diego (3:00 pm Buenos Aires; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez




Given the evolution of its policy environment over the last 25 years, Argentina provides an excellent case study of the role of the government in managing the energy sector.

In the 1990’s, Argentina was a pioneer in terms of the development of its natural gas industry, and particularly in terms of the role and impact of the State. The Menem administration embraced the tenets of the Washington Consensus and liberalized the natural gas market and fostered a boom in upstream, midstream and downstream infrastructure helping remove supply/transportation bottlenecks. After achieving self-sufficiency, Argentina subsequently signed a series of agreements with regional partners for offtake of its increasing natural gas surplus.

The economic crisis of 2001-2002 brought many changes in Argentina’s energy sector, including the well-known cuts of natural gas exports to Chile starting in 2004. But from a policy standpoint, it also was a period of heavy government intervention in planning and markets, particularly due to tariffs frozen during the emergency period, and then unchanged for years.  

These elements and issues are at the core of an analysis prepared by Raul Garcia, a non-resident fellow at the Institute of the Americas. Raul is the president of R. Garcia Consultores and was a founding Chairman of ENARGAS, the regulator created in Argentina during the market opening in the 1990’s.

Join us for a webinar presentation of his analysis and conclusions on Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00am San Diego (3:00 pm Buenos Aires; GMT/UTC - 8 hours). Garcia’s formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.





Opportunities in Engineering & Business – What can STEM do for you?

Date: December 6, 2017
Schedule: 9:30am-11:30am
Place: Institute of the Americas, Hojel Auditorium & Malamud Room in the Weaver Center
Contact: Luisa Reyes


The Institute of the Americas is collaborating with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, the San Diego Unified School District, lead sponsor the Moxie Foundation, and others, in a major event in December 6, 2017, in order to underscore the importance of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the future careers of the youth of the region – from all sectors of society.

Three-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM will participate in this event.

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals will showcase their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential.
The participants will learn about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts.
We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region.  Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities.
Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.


  • Amb. Jamal Khokhar, President & CEO, Institute of the Americas
  • Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego
  • Wendy Martinez, Chief Engineer, Manager, Electrical Engineering Raytheon
  • Luisa Reyes, STEM Programs Manager, Institute of the Americas
  • Felipe Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Jelp, Software Engineering Visionary
  • Guillermo Mejia, Director Tijuana’s Mind HUB, Consortium of Software and IT Startup Companies
  • Gabriela Dow, Co-founder, “Plug & Play,” Business Incubator
  • Adriana Herrera, Entrepreneur, Consultant/Advisor, Co-founder of GrandIntent and FashioningChange
  • Miguel Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Centro Ventures
  • Adriana Heldiz, Reporter, Digital Editor, Voice of San Diego


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       SD Foundation                 KEC    Midway  

  Farrell Family Foundation            Samuel Lawrance Foundation

Webinar: LNG and Natural Gas in Central America: El Salvador and the Energía del Pacífico Project

Webinars 2017

Date: Tuesday, November 21
Time: 12:00pm San Diego (2:00 pm El Salvador; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez



Central America continues on a path to diversification of its energy matrix with important projects that will move the region away from its traditional oil dependency. In addition to major renewable energy developments, the long anticipated introduction of natural gas into key markets in the region is moving closer to fruition.

Two major liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals and associated gas-fired power stations are under development in Panama and El Salvador. These projects will radically change the energy outlook for those countries and the region more broadly particularly as the regional electric market continues to mature.

Located at the El Salvadoran port of Acajutla, the Energía del Pacifico project will bring LNG into the Salvadoran market. The LNG terminal will be anchored by a 378MW natural gas combined cycle power station that will begin delivering electricity to the Salvadoran market in 2020/2021 in accordance with a 355MW tender won in 2013. The project continues on the path to development and signed an LNG supply agreement earlier this year with Shell.

Join us for a webinar presentation featuring Alejandro Alle, Executive Director of Energía del Pacífico (EDP). Alle will present an update on the LNG and power project in El Salvador, insights on the role for natural gas in El Salvador, and the Central American market more broadly.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 12:00pm San Diego (2:00 pm El Salvador; GMT/UTC - 8 hours). Alle’s formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.




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