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Virtual Panels and Discussions

Every Friday in May from 8:00am-11:00 San Diego time we will be hosting live panels and presentations

Virtual Networking

Every Friday before, during and after the virtual panels

Virtual Roundtables and Breakout Sessions

Every Wednesday in May and organized on an invite-only basis

Full Month Access to Related Conference Content

Pre-recorded deep dive interviews with government officials, regulators, executives and other thought leaders and other content that will be available on-demand for registered participants

Welcome Message

Jeremy M. Martin

Vice President, Energy & Sustainability

2021 Speakers

Updated daily!

Armando Zamora Reyes
Armando Zamora Reyes
President National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), Colombia

Mechanical Engineer and Specialist in High Government from Los Andes University; Armando Zamora Reyes, current President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). He has a Master of Science and Doctorate in Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from IMD (Lausanne). He is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mining Studies of the University of Dundee (Scotland), where he was Deputy Director.

Mr. Zamora was the first Director of the National Hydrocarbons Agency from 2003 to 2011, emphasizing in the creation and strengthening of the new regulatory authority of the hydrocarbon sector in Colombia, as well as the adoption of a new model for concession contracts. He organized and executed six area bid rounds for exploration and production of the hydrocarbon sector, derived as modern, competitive and fair. Among other achievements, he has also served as Senior Advisor to Accenture Strategy Energy and Schlumberger Business Consulting, Senior Consultant to the Boston Consulting Group, and Consultant to the IDB, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the International Finance Corporation. He previously worked at Mobil de Colombia, the Institute of Nuclear Affairs, Carbocol and CorporaciĂłn Invertir en Colombia, currently Procolombia.

Jorge Rivera Staff
Jorge Rivera Staff
Secretary of Energy of Panama

Jorge Rivera Staff has been the National Energy Secretary of Panama since July 2019. Since that date, he has also been President of the Board of Directors of the Electricity Transmission Enterprise (ETESA), member of the Rural Electrification Office Executive Committee and member of the National Authority Public Services Board of Directors.

He has a degree in Law and Political Science, with a PhD in Administrative Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Law from the Superior Institute of Energy (ISE) of Spain.

He has more than 10 years of experience advising governments and private companies on legal, regulatory and public policy issues in the energy sector.

His academic preparation includes a specialization in Globalization and General Interest Public Services, as well as a specialization on Integration Processes in Europe and America at the Carlos III University of Madrid. He also has Postgraduate MBA in Strategic Management, from the Inter-American University of Panama.

He studied at the Institute for Social Development (INDES) from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Public Management results oriented for Development, and has a Diploma in Political Management and Governance from the George Washington University and the University of Panama. Knowledge that he reinforced in the Regional School of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on Public Policy Analysis from the Human Development perspective.

Within his public career, he served as Legal Advisor of ETESA and Legal Adviser officer in the Electricity Direction of the National Energy Secretariat during its organization period.

He obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Superior Teaching at the Specialized University of the Americas, and ventures as an academic in public and private universities, by teaching Electrical Law for a Master in Administrative Law at the Latin University of Panama. Also taught for a Diploma in Electric Market of the Technological University of Panama, as well as Administrative Procedural Law and Economic Law at the Santa Maria la Antigua University (USMA).

While  exercising his political life, he held the Presidency of the Energy and Telecommunications Commission of the National Bar Association for the period 2015-2017, and the Representation of large clients in the Operational Committee of the electricity market during the period 2016- 2018. He is a member of the Ibero-American Forum of Administrative Law, of the Latin American CAF Governance Network, as well as of the Network of Ibero-American Energy Experts of the CEDDET Foundation.

Founder and director of Enlex consultants, specialists in legal, regulatory and public policy aspects of the Panamanian energy sector with an emphasis on the electricity market.

Advisor, consultant and facilitator for private companies, public entities, NGOs and United Nations agencies. Speaker or moderator in various forums on law and energy, among other topics. He is the author of recognized publications, as well as multiple articles of socio-political opinion in newspapers and magazines with national circulation.

Author of “Fundamentals of Electrical Law”. Editorial Barrios & Barrios. 2017 After performing various tasks in public and private sectors, in July 2019 he assumed the responsibility of directing the Ministry of Energy. Among his main challenges is working for energy security and energy transition, promoting renewable energies and continuing to regulating the hydrocarbon sector, fundamental axes for the social and economic development of the country.

Mission:

His mission is to conduct the country’s energy policy, within the current constitutional framework, to guarantee a competitive, sufficient, high-quality, economically viable and environmentally sustainable supply of energy resources for Panama´s development. The National Energy Secretariat attached to the Presidency of the Republic, has the mission of establishing and promoting the country’s Energy Policy to:

  1. Guarantee the energy security supply,
  2. Achieve access to electricity throughout the country,
  3. Promote the rational and efficient use of energy and electricity,
  4. Promote research and development of Panama natural resources with potential to produce energy, including mainly renewable and cleaner energies,
  5. Promote the use of energy in a sustainable manner,
  6. Support in the implementation of the regional electrical interconnection,
  7. Comply with the time commitments for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

These objectives are in accordance with the National Development Plan of Panama and comply with the economic, competitive, and quality parameters.

Vision:

A population with full access to energy supplies, at competitive prices, operating within an adequate legal and regulatory framework. Based on a strong drive for the efficient use of energy and technological research and development; with broad promotion of the use of alternative energy sources; and with security of supply.

Changes in an increasingly globalized world affected the direction of Panama’s economy, and made it necessary to modernize and strengthen the structure, to respond to new world trends and the demands of an increasingly participatory Panamanian society, which demands better services.

The restructuring process mainly sought the specialization of the National Energy Secretary in two (2) sectors: hydrocarbons and electricity, without losing sight of the importance and necessary role of the national energy policy formulation.

In 2011, strategies and actions for restructuring and resizing of the National Secretariat of Energy were established, which are specified in a flatter organizational structure and in accordance with the development policy of the National Government.

The new structure was established in Law No. 43 of April 25, 2011 (Official Gazette No. 26771 of Monday, April 25, 2011) which reorganizes the National Energy Secretary and dictates other provisions. (Repeals Law No. 52 of July 30, 2008). With this new structure and with the application of strategies of innovation, quality, modernization and optimization of resources, it is how the National Secretariat of Energy orients its work to design energy public policies.

Functions

Among the primary functions of the National Energy Secretary are:

  • Promote the sector growth, towards a diversified energy matrix, capable of reducing: costs, adverse social and environmental impacts, vulnerability and dependence on limited resources
  • Promote a competitive market
  • Maximize the energy efficiency of the national energy system;
  • Promote a regulatory framework which facilitates the rules for a modern and efficient electricity system
  • Work in a consultative manner with all elements and stakeholders of the national energy sector, whether from the public or private sector nationwide.
Fiona Clouder
Fiona Clouder
Regional Ambassador, Latin America & Caribbean COP26

Fiona was appointed as the UK Government’s Regional Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean, COP26 in Mar 2020. Find out more about COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Conference.

Fiona joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (now FCDO) in 2001, from the Research Councils (now UKRI) to build and lead the FCO’s global Science and Innovation Network (UKSIN). In 2006 she went to India as Director of Corporate Services, returning to London in 2009 to work on Migration issues. From 2011, as Deputy Director, Americas, Fiona led the FCO’s strategy on Latin America (the Canning Agenda). Fiona served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile from Feb 2014 to Jun 2018. On return her work included Americas, Overseas Territories, Climate Diplomacy and preparations for COP26.

Silvia Alvarado
Silvia Alvarado
President, Energy Intelligence Consulting
Michelle Foss
Michelle Foss
Fellow in Energy, Minerals & Materials Center for Energy Studies Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D., is the fellow in energy, minerals and materials at Rice University’s Baker Institute, developing policies and conducting research to help build capacity on non-fuel minerals supply chains. She has nearly 40 years of experience in senior positions in energy and environmental research, consulting and investment banking with early career exposure to mining and mined land reclamation.

Over the past three decades, Michot Foss developed and directed research on energy value chain economics and commercial frameworks to support worldwide investment while serving in several positions at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. She previously served as the chief energy economist and head of the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also a UH Shell Interdisciplinary Scholar with grants on North American gas and power integration and national oil companies. Her career research highlights include reviewing oil, gas and minerals markets for local, national and international government bodies, including the Texas Comptroller, U.S. Energy Information Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Japan’s External Trade Organization and other institutions.

Michot Foss also led a university-based LNG industry consortium for North America. In addition, she implemented energy development assistance and engagement programs sponsored by USAID and the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources in more than 20 countries and regions, including Central Asia, Ukraine, West Africa, Uganda, India, Bangladesh and Mexico. She built and led the New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation program for energy sector professionals from more than 40 countries. She also was previously a director of research at Simmons & Company International and at Rice Center.

Michot Foss remains an executive instructor for the Texas Executive Education program at UT’s McCombs School of Business, and she was named an Exxon Mobil Instructor of Excellence.  She has served on the advisory committees for the UTA Jackson School of Geosciences Energy & Earth Resources graduate program and Jackson School Endowment.

She is a member of the advisory boards for Haddington Ventures LLC and Energy Intelligence Group.  She is past president of the International Association for Energy Economics; past president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics; and was named USAEE Senior Fellow for service. Michot Foss is a partner in Harvest Gas Management LLC, and she created and leads a nonprofit organization, Friends of Briargrove Park Green Space LLC, to coordinate activities with Harris County Flood Control District for post-Harvey rehabilitation.

Michot Foss received her B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an M.S. from Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

For background on the CES Energy & Minerals program, see https://www.bakerinstitute.org/energy-minerals/.

Tristan Abbey
Tristan Abbey
President, Comarus Analytics LLC
Carlos Sarmiento
Carlos Sarmiento
Managing Director - Ecuador, Colombia & Peru Schlumberger

Ecuatoriano, nacido en Ibarra el 17 de julio de 1970. Ingeniero Mecánico – graduado de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional de Quito; MBA – RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam-Países Bajos; Certificado de Estrategia Disruptiva – con Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School. Casado con Deasy Chavarro; padre de tres hijos: Sofía, Filipe y Arantxa.

Ha ocupado diferentes puestos en la industria petrolera, desde ingeniero de campo hasta gerente general, pasando por otros departamentos, tales como Recursos Humanos, Ventas, Comercial, CapacitaciĂłn y Operaciones, en todas partes desde Alaska hasta la Patagonia.

Carlos cree que el trabajo en equipo es un elemento clave del liderazgo situacional y avizora un futuro en el que podrá comunicarse con las personas y quienes lo rodean con respecto a los negocios en el área geográfica. Carlos trabaja constantemente por mejorarse a sí mismo, buscando el nuevo Everest, creyendo que es el problema el que necesita ser eliminado, no la consecuencia. Lo más importante, es que quiere centrarse en lo que tiene a la mano para encontrar oportunidades y no centrarse en lo que falta para evitar problemas.

A lo largo de su carrera, ha visto crecer a otras personas y su mayor orgullo es verlas mejorar, no solo como individuos, sino también como empleados. Carlos se esfuerza constantemente por dejar una marca en todo lo que emprende.

Marcelino Madrigal
Marcelino Madrigal
Principal Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Dr. Marcelino Madrigal is a principal energy specialist and electric mobility leader at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of electricity markets and power systems planning, operations, and regulation. Dr. Madrigal graduated with a Master of Science from the Morelia Technology Institute and received his PhD in Electric Power and Markets from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Thorsten Dradrach
Thorsten Dradrach
Head of Power Region America, MAN Energy Solutions

Thorsten Dradrach is currently the Head of Sales — Region Americas for Power Plants for MAN Energy Solutions. He is responsible all commercial and sales aspects of the Americas power business. Before working for MAN, Thorsten held positions with Siemens in Germany, Russia, China, and Mexico. He has more than twenty years of experience in operations, project management, and business development at global facilities. Thorsten has a Business Administration degree from the University of Cooperative Education Karlsruhe.

Thorsten Dradrach es el Director Comercial para la Región de las Américas, en la unidad de Negocios de Plantas de Energía. Thorsten es responsable de todos los aspectos comerciales y de desarrollo del negocio eléctrico de MAN Soluciones Energéticas Américas. Antes de unirse a MAN Soluciones Energéticas, Thorsten fue empleado por Siemens en Alemania, Rusia, China y México. Tiene más de veinte años de experiencia en operaciones, gestión de proyectos técnicos y comerciales, y desarrollo de negocios en instalaciones en todo el mundo. Thorsten tiene un título de Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de Educación Cooperativa de Karlsruhe.

Leonardo Beltran
Leonardo Beltran
Non-Resident Fellow

Leonardo Beltran was Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition en the Administration of President Peña Nieto (2012-2018). As part of his responsibilities he was appointed non-executive director of CFE and Pemex. He was the Chief Planning Officer and the Chief Technology Officer in the Mexican Energy Sector. He studied a Master´s in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and studied Law in the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México.

In 2005, Mr. Beltran joined Secretaria de Energia (SENER) as Director for International Negotiations, participating in high level meetings of the Energy Working Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mechanism (APEC), the International Energy Agency, the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, and in bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, India, New Zealand, Spain, and United States of America.

In 2010, Mr. Beltran was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies at SENER, where he took part in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the Technology and Science Research Information System of the National Science and Technology Council, as well as the Special Program on Science and Technology. He also coordinated the interdepartmental working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage, and the working group to develop the Sustainable Building Mexican Voluntary Standard.

Leonardo Beltran has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He was part of the International Affairs division of the campaign and transition team of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Leonardo Beltran has been part of the World Economic Forum´s Council of the Future of Electricity (2014-2016), and the Council of the Future of Energy (2016-2018). Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Partnering to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation Project. Since 2017 is a member of the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), and in 2018 he joined the Board of Fundacion por Mexico. He is also a consultant to the World Bank.

Andres Chambouleyron
Andres Chambouleyron
Non-Resident Fellow

Andres Chambouleyron is non-resident fellow at the Institute of the Americas. He has worked extensively in the private sector as an economist and consultant for public utilities (electricity, natural gas, water and sanitation, and telecommunications) and other regulated and non-regulated businesses. His work involves economic analysis, pricing and rate setting, valuation, business advisory, regulatory design and analysis mostly in the energy sector.

In the public sector, Dr. Chambouleyron has been economic advisor to Argentina’s Secretary of Communications (2000), where he helped design and implement the country’s new regulatory framework (i.e., interconnection, spectrum management, universal service, and licensing regimes); and advisor to Argentina’s Minister of Economy (2001) on regulatory and energy issues.

Before joining the Institute of the Americas Dr. Chambouleyron was Chairman of the Board of Argentina’s National Electricity Regulator (ENRE, 2018-2020) that regulates rates and quality of service for two electricity distribution companies in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (six million users), one 500 KV electricity transmission company (fifteen million users), and seven 132 KV regional transmission companies. He has also been Undersecretary of Tariff Policy at Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining (2015-2017), where he designed and implemented a subsidy reduction program to both electricity generation and natural gas production and a social tariff regime for low-income families.

Dr. Chambouleyron has provided written or oral testimony as an expert in more than twenty arbitration cases in sectors ranging from electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas production, transportation and distribution, to water and sanitation services, telecommunications and satellite services. He has provided consulting services to both private companies and regulatory authorities throughout Latin America on regulatory issues such as interconnection rates and tariffs for both fixed and mobile telecommunication operators, X factors, and tariff calculation for price-cap regimes in telecoms; natural gas distribution companies and electricity and natural gas distribution and transportation companies.

Dr. Chambouleyron holds MA (1992) and PhD (1995) degrees in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and his research on pricing and regulatory issues has been published in several professional journals. He has collaborated in writing two chapters in two books related to the economics of crime and price and quality discrimination practices by unregulated monopolies. He has taught courses in microeconomics, industrial organization, and regulation at both undergraduate and graduate levels in local universities.

Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano
Non-Resident Fellow

Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano is a partner at Gadex, Enix and Trust Mexico. Gadex is a consulting firm specialized in the natural gas market in Mexico, Enix is devoted to energy regulation while Trust Mexico analyses socio political risks for infrastructure projects in the country.

Francisco is also the Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER).

In 2016, he was appointed as the first “Institute of the Americas Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow” and as executive fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary.

During 2015-2017, he was Chair of the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC). In 2017 he became a member of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

From 2005 to 2015, he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of energy reform in Mexico. During 2011-2015 he chaired the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE).

Prior to being a regulator, he was a congressman for two terms. In Congress he served as a Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies.

At the beginning of his professional career, he also was involved in the Chemical Sector.

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 other universities.

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.

Chris Sladen
Chris Sladen
Founder/director, Reconnoitre Ltd.

Chris is an advocate for better energy solutions than the ones we have used so far!

Chris is well known across the energy sector, particularly for laying a framework for co-investment between public and private sector energy companies, whilst explaining the different elements of project, contract and country risk. He has a track record of helping governments and regulators to optimise private and co-investment.

His focus as a non-resident fellow at the Institute includes low carbon and zero carbon policies and energy technologies, particularly geothermal and hydrogen, being implemented across the globe, especially in Latin America, Europe/UK and Australasia.

Chris is author of the widely read ‘Energy Matters’ op-ed that tackles big energy issues using real-life personal experiences, extensive research and verification. Chris contributes to numerous media articles and research pieces, and is frequently quoted on energy and climate issues by both the energy press and mainstream media. His articles reflect his passion for the energy sector and how to achieve better outcomes. He has published extensively over five decades.

Chris also has experience acquired on Boards of companies, advisory boards, and business chambers, including the Board of Directors of the Institute of Americas from 2014 through 2021. He has a doctorate in geoscience from the University of Reading and has researched lake systems and their economic importance for over 40 years. His contributions to energy and education have been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE, and also the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government – the first foreigner in the energy sector to receive this.

Rodolfo Lacy
Rodolfo Lacy
Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

On 1 August 2018, Dr. Rodolfo Lacy was appointed Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Dr. Lacy holds a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Universidad AutĂłnoma Metropolitana (Mexico), a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidad AutĂłnoma Metropolitana (Mexico) and a certificate in Leadership on Environment and Sustainable Development from El Colegio de MĂ©xico.

Dr. Lacy has been Vice Minister of Environmental Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (2012-2018), Chief negotiator of Climate Change (COP19-COP23), Co-chair of the Global Methane Initiative, Member of the High-Level Group of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6), and Board Member of the Climate Action Reserve in California, USA.

Dr. Lacy has had extensive experience in policy making in the field of environment. He held the following positions:

• Technical Director at Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environmental Strategic Studies (2005-2012), a policy research NGO lead by Dr. Mario Molina, a chemist Nobel Prize laureated for his scientific work in the depletion of the ozone layer;
• Chief of Staff for the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (2000-2003);
• Founder President of the Mexican Environmental Engineering Association CINAM (1996-1998);
• General Director of Environmental Projects and Studies and of Environmental Pollution Control and Prevention – Mexico City Government (1989-1997);
• Director of Environmental Planning at the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology (1982-1987); among other relevant assignments.

Dr. Lacy is a Mexican national.

Thiago Barral Ferreira
Thiago Barral Ferreira
CEO, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica EPE, Brazil

Thiago Barral is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Energy Research Office (EPE), where he joined in Dec 2007 as Energy Research Analyst. He leads a team of experts in charge of the analysis of feasibility studies of various energy sources, like wind, solar, hydro, biomass, natural gas, coal, etc., especially for the federal energy auctions. He is also involved in various technical studies to support the design and implementation of energy policies.

Thiago holds a degree in civil engineering and a MSc degree in water resources and environmental issues, as well as an MBA in public administration.

Alfonso Blanco
Alfonso Blanco
Executive Secretary, OLADE

Since the beginning of 2017, Alfonso Blanco Bonilla has held the position of Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization, elected by the Meeting of Energy Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 2017-2020. He holds a degree in Industrial Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the ORT University and a Diploma in Economics from UdelaR. He has a broad background as an Energy specialist in Latin America with an emphasis on regulatory issues, energy policy, project formulation and evaluation, business development and financing models. Prior to his current position at OLADE, he was a consultant for the World Bank, IDB, CAF and the United Nations and held senior positions within the Uruguayan government, leading various components of Uruguay’s energy transformation that began in 2005. He has participated in the formulation, evaluation, execution, start-up, and management of programs and projects for the public and private sectors and in direct liaison with international organizations.

Christoffer Mylde
Christoffer Mylde
Senior Vice President, Sproule

Chris Mylde is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sproule in Calgary. As part of the senior leadership team at Sproule, he drives the company’s global growth strategy. Chris has over 20 years experience and speaks frequently at industry events and conferences around the world on key trends in global energy markets. Prior to joining Sproule, Chris spent 10 years in corporate finance and advisory with HSBC in London, Hong Kong and Toronto and Simmons, a boutique advisory firm focused exclusively on the energy sector. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Warwick and an M.Sc. in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Chris has been pleased to serve as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Southern Alberta since January 2019.

Decio Oddone
Decio Oddone
CEO, Enauta

DĂ©cio FabrĂ­cio Oddone da Costa has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and has studied Petroleum Engineering. He has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Programme at Insead. He was awarded an honorary PhD in Education from Universidad de Aquino. He was the CEO of Petrobras Bolivia, the Chairman and CEO of Petrobras Energia, a Vice-president of Braskem, an Officer of Prumo LogĂ­stica and the General Director of the Brazilian National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency. He was a member of the Board of the Institute of the Americas and the President of the Bolivian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and President of the Argentine Chamber of the Oil Industry.

Tania Ortiz Mena
Tania Ortiz Mena
CEO, IEnova

Tania Ortiz Mena has been serving as Chief Executive Officer for IEnova since September 2018 and has served on the Board of Directors since January 2019. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Development Officer for IEnova, heading both the Business Development and the Commercial divisions in 2016-2018. Tania began her career at IEnova in 2000, having held positions as General Manager, Project Director, Director for Government and Regulation Affairs, Chief Foreign Affairs Officer, and Chief Foreign Affairs and Business Development Officer. In 1994-1999, Tania worked at PMI, a Pemex subsidiary, as Deputy Commercial Manager for Refined Products, heading the international trade of heavy oil products.

Tania Ortiz Mena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

She currently serves on the Boards of the AsociaciĂłn Mexicana de Gas Natural and the World Energy Council-Mexico Chapter, and is a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. In 2015-2016, Tania was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the AsociaciĂłn Mexicana de Gas Natural. In addition, she served on the Consulting Council of the Energy Regulatory Comission.

Rene Roger Tissot
Rene Roger Tissot
Non-Resident Fellow

Rene Roger Tissot is an economist, MBA and a CPA with deep experience in international energy policy and geopolitics. Roger started his career at the Canadian Energy Research InsĆźtute (CERI), where he led the Institute’s international research, particularly in Latin America. He also worked as international government relations for a large Canadian oil company with largely focused on Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Later at Washington based consultancy he advised energy corporaĆźons on LaĆźn America’s energy policy issues. More recently, Roger led program at Kapsarc, a Saudi energy economic think-tank research on policy evaluation and design on in-country value addition and local content in the oil sector. His research focused on East Africa, parĆźcularly Uganda and Mozambique. Since completing his assignment in Saudi Arabia, Roger has advised different organizations and recently completed a study for the Sultanate of Oman on the In-Country Value-added and local content policies. Roger is also engaged in work on a PhD in Global Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).

Raul Gallegos
Raul Gallegos
Director, Control Risks

Raul Gallegos is Director for Control Risks’ Global Risk Analysis in the Andean region, and an expert on Venezuela. He provides clients with a view of future economic, political and security risks and how they may impact businesses in the Andean region.

Raul previously worked as a contributing analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, as a featured Latin America columnist for Bloomberg, and as a financial columnist for Thomson Reuters. For five years, Raul served as the Caracas-based oil correspondent for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal where he also covered OPEC meetings in Vienna. He led a team of journalists covering Wall Street for Institutional Investor in New York. He is the author of Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela (Potomac Books 2016).

Raul holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was a 2010 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Business School.

Agenda

Public/Live Sessions – Fridays in May– Private Roundtable Sessions – Wednesdays in May
Wednesday, May 5

Scenario I: Elections and Energy

9:00     Opening Remarks/Context – Short Framing Presentations

9:30     Moderated Discussion

10:15   Close

Friday, May 7

Getting to Net-Zero – Technology, Critical Minerals and Energy Transition

7:30     Networking Lounge Opens

8am     Plenary – Latin America on the Road to Glasgow and COP26

8:30     Panel I – Hydrogen as a Building Block

9:30     Networking Break

10:00   Panel II – Electrifying Transport in Latin America

11:00   Networking

12:00   Platform Close

Wednesday, May 12

Scenario II: Future of Transport

9:00     Opening Remarks/Context – Short Framing Presentations

9:30     Moderated Discussion

10:15   Close

Friday, May 14

Country Updates

7:30     Networking Lounge Opens

8am     Plenary – Biden Administration Energy & Climate Vision for the Americas

8:30     Panel I – Southern Cone Natural Gas Outlook – Focus on Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia

9:30     Networking Break

10:00   Panel II – Andes Oil and Gas Outlook – Focus on Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

11:00   Networking

12:00   Platform Close

Wednesday, May 19

Scenario III: Electrifying Everything

9:00     Opening Remarks/Context – Short Framing Presentations

9:30     Moderated Discussion

Friday, May 21

Country Updates

7:30     Networking Lounge Opens

8am     Plenary – Building Back Better and Charting a Post-Covid Recovery

8:30     Panel I – Central America and the Caribbean Outlook

9:30     Networking Break

10:00   Panel II – United States-Mexico Energy Cooperation – Shaping a Sustainable, Affordable and Accessible Sector  

11:00   Networking  

12:00   Platform Close

Wednesday, May 26

Scenario IV: Future of Hydrocarbons

9:00     Opening Remarks/Context – Short Framing Presentations

9:30     Moderated Discussion

10:15   Close

Friday, May 28

Financing Recovery

7:30     Networking Lounge Opens 8am     Plenary – Low Carbon Goals and Bridging the Finance Gap

8:30     Panel I – ESG – Divestitures, Green Bonds, Investment and Directing Capital

9:30     Networking Break

10:00   Panel II – IFI’s and Export Credit Programs

11:00   Networking

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