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Featuring Guillermo Nielsen, Chairman, YPF and Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President Energy & Sustainability Program at the Institute of the Americas

La Jolla Virtual Energy Conference


Last year the La Jolla Conference went tieless, this year we are going virtual.

Due to travel and meeting restrictions to manage the Coronavirus, the XXIX La Jolla Conference will break new ground as a weeklong virtual conference.

We will not be able to offer the pre-conference hike at Torrey Pines or the spectacular setting for networking and cocktails with a Pacific sunset, but we will still offer our usual high-level policy and investment discussions focused on the key trends and outlook for the energy sector in Latin America.

We have much to discuss this year with the implications of the Coronavirus but also the massive shock to the global oil market and its impact across the hemisphere. What do these issues mean for Latin America? What are the policies governments should be considering for the ‚Äúday after?‚ÄĚ What does it signify for the energy transition?

We will mix analysis and discussion of these critical cross-cutting themes together with our usual country-focused panels.

And we will also mix in creative virtual networking and the first ever virtual nightcap roundtable.

We look forward to having you join us online this May. Stay tuned for further details, as well as speaker and agenda updates.

IN THE MEDIA

 

AGENDA

 

Monday, May 18

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 

Plenary Sessions

 8:00       Welcome

Theodore E. Gildred III, President, Institute of the Americas

8:15       Discussion Panel

COVID-19, Global Trends and Latin America’s Energy Sector

Have habits temporarily or permanently changed? Will we travel less, commute less, consume less energy?

  • Leonardo Sempertegui, General Legal Counsel, OPEC
  • Christoffer Mylde, Senior Vice President, Sproule
  • Andres Chambouleyron, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas & Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group (BRG)
  • Claudia Pessagno, Associate Director, Upstream Company Research, IHS Markit
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas

9:15    Break

10:30    Discussion Panel

Energy Transition in a time of Low Oil Prices: Assessing the Outlook for Electric Vehicles, Renewables and Energy Efficiency

  • Alfonso Blanco, Executive Secretary, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)
  • Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Vice President; Director and Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Roberto Herrera, Managing Director, Head of Dominican Republic, InterEnergy
  • Jamie Hall, Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors
  • Moderator: Jorge Rosenblut, Chairman, Institute of the Americas

 11:30    Break

11:45   Interactive Roundtable

Latin America’s Lithium Outlook: What makes a market competitive?

  • Pablo Tarantini, CEO, Integra¬†Recursos Naturales
  • Emily Hersh, Managing Partner, DCDB Group

12:30   Day One Close

Tuesday, May 19

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 

Focus on the Southern Cone

 Brazil Sessions Co-Hosted with Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

 8:00       Welcome

Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas

8:15       Discussion Panel

Brazil Energy Update ‚Äď Production Cuts, Natural Gas, Power Market and Policy Developments and Brazil-US Energy Forum

  • Clarissa Lins,¬†Senior Fellow. CEBRI‚Äôs Energy Program and Founding Partner, Catavento
  • Elizabeth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Asia and Americas, US Department of Energy
  • Decio Oddone, Former Director General, National Petroleum Agency (ANP) of Brazil
  • Moderator: Nelson Narciso, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas, Former Director ANP and President NNF Energy Consultancy

9:15      Break

10:00    Keynote Address

Brazil’s Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Outlook

Jose Mauro Coelho, Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil

 Argentina Session Co-Hosted with Center for Study of Energy Regulatory Activity (CEARE) at the University of Buenos Aires

10:30    Discussion Panel

Argentina Energy Outlook

  • Jose Luis Manzano, Chairman, Integra Capital
  • Juan Jose Carbajales, Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Production of Argentina
  • Jorge Milanese, Regional Director, Latin America, Sproule
  • Thomaz Favaro, Director, Control Risks
  • Saverio Minervini, Director, Latin American Corporates, Fitch Ratings
  • Moderator: Raul Bertero, President, Center of Studies¬†of Energy Regulatory Activities, (CEARE) at the University of Buenos Aires

11:30

Chile Energy Policy Update

  • Francisco Javier Lopez, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Energy of Chile
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

12:00    

Argentina Hydrocarbons Outlook ‚Äď A view from YPF

  • Guillermo Nielsen, Chairman, YPF
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas


12:30   
 

Argentina Hydrocarbons Outlook ‚Äď A view from the government

  • Juan Jose Carbajales, Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Production of Argentina
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

1:00       Day Two Close

 

Wednesday, May 20

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 

Focus on the Andes

8:00     Welcome

  • Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas

8:15     Discussion Panel

Colombia Energy Update ‚Äď Energy Transition, Fracking, Power Market and Policy Developments

  • Armando Zamora, Chairman, ANH of Colombia
  • Ana Maria Duque, Country Chair, Shell Colombia

 Moderator: Jared Cutright, Manager, International Government & Political Risk, ConocoPhillips

9:00     Break

10:30   Ministerial Discussion

Ecuador Energy Update

  • Rene Ortiz, Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

11:00   Break

11:30   US Energy and Minerals Diplomacy Update

US diplomatic efforts to address critical energy minerals, support for US energy business in the Americas and US policy on Venezuelan energy

  • Francis R. Fannon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

12:00   Break

12:30  

Peru Oil & Gas Update

  • Seferino Yesquen, Chairman, PERUPETRO
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

1:00     Interactive Roundtable

Regional Natural Gas and LNG Outlook

  • Alvaro Rios Roca, Founding Director, Gas Energy Latin America

1:30     Day Three Close

Thursday, May 21

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 

Focus on Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Outlook for Latin America’s NOCs

8:00      Welcome

Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas

8:15    Discussion Panel

Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago Update ‚Äď Political Context, Oil Production, Institutional and Policy Developments

  • Lisa Viscidi, Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Kevin Ramnarine, former Minister of Energy of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Thomas B. Singh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Guyana
  • Moderator: David Voght, Managing Director, IPD Latin America

9:15   Break

10:30  Discussion Panel

Outlook for Latin America’s NOCs

  • Marta Jara Otero, Former President, ANCAP of Uruguay
  • Francisco Monaldi, Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy; Interim Director, Latin America Initiative, Rice University‚Äôs Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Lucas Aristizabal, Senior Director, Latin America Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
  • John Padilla, Managing Director, IPD Latin America
  • Moderator: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas

11:30    Break

12:00    US Election and Latin America

Virtual Cocktail and Nightcap Roundtable Sponsored by

Control Risk

 

Co-Chaired by: Jonathan Wood, Director and Raul Gallegos, Director at Control Risks

1:00       Day Four Close

Friday, May 22

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 

Mexico Focus

Co-Hosted with the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

8:00       Welcome

Mexico Energy Outlook   

  • Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas
  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

 

8:15       Discussion Panel

Oil & Gas Update ‚Äď Price, Upstream and Production, Storage, Downstream and Dos Bocas

  • Warren Levy, CEO, Jaguar E&P
  • Rosanety Barrios, Independent Energy Analyst
  • Chris Sladen, ltd
  • Pablo Zarate, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
  • Moderators: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas & Duncan Wood, Mexico Institute

9:15       Break

10:30    Discussion Panel

Gas and Power Update ‚Äď Pipelines, Power Markets and Renewables

  • Juancho Eekhout, Vice-President of Development, Sempra LNG
  • Leonardo Beltran, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas & Former Deputy Secretary of Energy in Mexico
  • Gerardo Serrato, Managing Director, Hartree Partners
  • Guillermo Zuniga, International Energy Transition Attorney, Earthjustice
  • Moderator: Montserrat Ramiro, former Commissioner, CRE ¬†

11:30    Break

11:45    Interactive Roundtable

Energy Well-Being: Changing the Conversation

  • Carlos De Regules, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Spanish Latin America
  • Moderators: Jeremy M. Martin, Institute of the Americas & Duncan Wood, Mexico Institute

12:30   Close of XXIX La Jolla Conference

SPEAKERS

 

Rene Ortiz
Rene Ortiz
Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador

Through Executive Decree 1014, signed on March 9, 2020, the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno appointed René Ortiz as the new Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources.

René Ortiz is an engineer by profession. He has completed his postgraduate studies at various universities and higher institutes in Ecuador and the United States. He has more than 40 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and energy industries.

He held important positions such as: Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Minister of Energy and Mines of Ecuador, founder and President of the Association of the Hydrocarbon Industry of Ecuador (AIHE), Chairman of the board of the Entrepreneurs National Association, member of the Institute of the Americas board, Vice President of the Council of Chambers and Associations of Production, among others.

The new Minister of Energy has affirmed that during his administration he will give priority to the most relevant issues of the sector, which are important for the country, according to the Government of President Lenín Moreno policies.

Francisco Javier Lopez
Francisco Javier Lopez
Deputy Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Energy of Chile

Ingeniero comercial de la Universidad Cat√≥lica y m√°ster en Administraci√≥n de Empresas y m√°ster en Administraci√≥n P√ļblica de la Universidad de Harvard.

Su trayectoria profesional se inició entre 2000 y 2010 en la empresa asesora de finanzas corportivas Asset Chile.

El a√Īo 2010 se uni√≥ al primer gobierno del Presidente Sebasti√°n Pi√Īera como jefe de gabinete del ministro de Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter, donde ocup√≥ un rol preponderante en el Comit√© de Emergencia creado para enfrentar la reconstrucci√≥n del pa√≠s tras el terremoto de febrero de 2010.

El 29 de julio de 2011 asumió como subsecretario de Vivienda, donde continuó con la labor de reconstrucción, potenciando el rol de desarrollo urbano del ministerio.

Posteriormente, el 24 de julio de 2013 asumi√≥ como ministro de Trabajo y Previsi√≥n Social, desde donde se aboc√≥ a extender la Sala Cuna a todas las mujeres trabajadoras, misi√≥n que defini√≥ entonces como un proyecto que ‚Äúempareja la cancha entre los ni√Īos‚ÄĚ.

Tras desempe√Īar diversas labores en el sector privado, en enero de 2019 asumi√≥ la responsabilidad de dirigir el Fondo de Infratructura, una nueva empresa del Estado que tiene el objetivo de desarrollar nueva infraestructura p√ļblica como carreteras, trenes y puertos.

Ahora asume un desaf√≠o a√ļn mayor. Encabezar el ministerio de Energ√≠a que tiene por misi√≥n conducir a Chile hacia una nueva matriz energ√©tica, m√°s verde, descarbonizada, con √©nfasis en las energ√≠as renovables no convencionales y con la misi√≥n de encaminar a Chile a ser neutro en emisi√≥n de carbono.

Tiene 43 a√Īos y est√° casado con la historiadora Luz Mar√≠a Diaz de Vald√©s.

Juancho Eekhout
Juancho Eekhout
Vice-President of Development, Sempra LNG

Juancho Eekhout is Vice-President of Development with Sempra LNG based in San Diego, California.  He recently took this position to lead the development of LNG projects serving customers in the Pacific basin.  Juancho is the Vice-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber in Mexico and a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of the Americas.

Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Juancho was the Chief Development Officer of IEnova based in Mexico City.  Prior to that, he held various roles with the Sempra family of companies in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, power and gas origination, strategic planning, and commercial development.

Juancho started his career with BP where he held various roles internationally in the refining & marketing and commodity trading organizations.

Juancho holds a BA in Economics from the UCAB in Venezuela and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

 

Chris Sladen
Chris Sladen
Founder/director, Reconnoitre Ltd.

Chris offers insights to inform, shape a decision, policy & regulation, and guide the next steps for energy ventures, acquisitions & divestments, energy technology applications, new technologies, energy efficiency, the energy transition and climate strategies.

Chris has a unique global experience having worked in over 40 countries. This is underpinned by extensive knowledge of petroleum systems and where and how best to find oil and gas, notably in the Gulf of Mexico & nearby areas, Europe and NE & SE Asia. He has worked on dozens of oil and gas field developments. His experience also covers the development of midstream, downstream market development & renewables investments in many emerging economies.

Chris’ insights help decide what to invest in, when & how much, and also when to divest or exit, and how to maximise their value. Chris has extensive experience acquired on the Boards of companies, dozens of subsidiaries, also business chambers & energy committees.

Chris is author of over 25 professional papers on energy trends, National Oil Companies, petroleum systems, petroleum exploration & development in SE Asia, energy technologies, sedimentology and climate changes as revealed by mineralogy in the geological rock record.

His contributions to the energy and education sectors have been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE, and also the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government ‚Äď the first foreigner in the energy sector to achieve this award.

Kevin Ramnarine
Kevin Ramnarine
Former Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago & Senior Consultant with IPD Latin America

Kevin Ramnarine served as Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago from June 2011 to September 2015.

During his tenure he created a positive climate for investment which resulted in major investments in deepwater exploration, the expansion of the petrochemical sector and new port infrastructure. Under his watch, Trinidad and Tobago attained country compliant status with the EITI in addition to the first IPO of a State-owned energy company (TTNGL).

Prior to being appointed Energy Minister, he held positions in the Energy Chamber and at British Gas where he worked as the Lead Economist. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, a M.Sc. in petroleum engineering and an International MBA with distinction.

Since leaving Ministerial office, he has worked as a consultant for major companies in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the consulting firm IPD Latin America. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is a media commentator on energy related matters in his native Trinidad and Tobago and in Guyana. He is also a lecturer in two MBA programmes at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago.

For his contribution to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector he received the award of ‚ÄúEnergy Executive of the Year‚ÄĚ from the Petroleum Economist magazine in 2014.

Carlos de Regules
Carlos de Regules
Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Spanish Latin America

Mr. de Regules is an expert in regulation, strategic planning, safety and environmental risk management and climate change, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector. He is a partner at Deloitte, focusing on risk management in the energy sector across Latin America

As a consultant, he recently helped the Government of Guyana build new institutional capacities for the oversight of petroleum operations and advised the Water Industry Commission of Scotland in the implementation of new collaborative approaches in the regulatory process. He also participated as a peer reviewer in regulatory assessments in the transportation sector in Peru and the energy sector in Ireland.

In 2014-18, Mr. de Regules led the creation of Mexico¬īs ASEA, the national agency for safety and environmental protection in the hydrocarbon sector, responsible for regulating, permitting and supervising a 22 thousand regulated entities industry. In this capacity, he was responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive risk-based, performance-oriented regulatory model, and issued, among other regulations, the first methane emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry at the national level in Latin America.

Prior to that, during his 18 years career at Petróleos Mexicanos he held different responsibilities, namely as Deputy Director for Strategic and Operational Planning, responsible for the development of the strategic planning process and the integration of the business plan, and as Environmental Protection Manager, responsible for the development of the sustainability portfolio of initiatives.

Mr. de Regules holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management from √Čcole Nationale Sup√©rieure des Mines de Paris.

He is a fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International Network, and a frequent participant at OECD‚Äôs Network of Economic Regulators, Chatham House¬īs New Petroleum Producers Group and the International Energy Agency¬īs Methane Guiding Principles Network.

Clarissa Lins
Clarissa Lins
, Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute (IBP)

Clarissa is the founding partner of Catavento, a consultancy on strategy and sustainability, and Senior Fellow at CEBRI’s Infrastructure and Energy Program. Since November 2019, Clarissa is the President of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP).

Clarissa is also a member of Suzano’s Sustainability Committee and the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum. She served on Petrobras’ Board of Directors (2018 to 2019), chaired the HSE Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee. She also served on the Sustainability Committee of Vale’s Board of Directors (2017 to 2019) and on Shell’s External Review Committee (2012 to 2015).

Clarissa is an economist by training and holds her bachelor and master’s degrees from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Elizabeth Urbanas
Elizabeth Urbanas
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas, United States Department of Energy

Beth Urbanas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Urbanas is responsible for managing DOE‚Äôs bilateral and multilateral engagement with Asian and American countries. Ms. Urbanas is also responsible for DOE’s work in several multilateral fora including the North Amerian Leaders’ Summit, APEC and ECPA. Prior to her current position, she was the Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role she was also responsible for DOE’s work in the G20 and G7. Prior to working at DOE, Ms. Urbanas spent 14 years at the U.S. Treasury Department where she created and directed the Office of Environment and Energy and represented the United States on the boards of several international organizations including the Global Environment Facility, the Clean Technology Fund, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas started her career in investment management on Wall Street and has also held a staff position at the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, and an M.B.A from George Mason University.

Francis R. Fannon
Francis R. Fannon
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State

Francis R. Fannon serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State. He oversees U.S. foreign policy in the critical intersection of energy and national security and promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability, and prosperity around the world. Assistant Secretary Fannon advises the Secretary on strategies to promote universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources and to strengthen energy security through policies that advance diverse, transparent, and secure global markets for all energy types.

Prior to this role, Mr. Fannon was the managing director of BHP’s Washington, DC Corporate Affairs office, where he developed a comprehensive U.S. strategy for the world’s largest diversified resources company. Before BHP, Mr. Fannon was a senior director at Murphy Oil Corporation in Washington, DC.

Mr. Fannon previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In that capacity, he drafted, negotiated, and helped pass into law key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He also served as counsel to Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Pete V. Domenici (R-NM).

Mr. Fannon earned a J.D. from the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law, a M.A. in International Affairs (Economics & Trade) from DU’s Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. from Radford University.

Montserrat Ramiro
Montserrat Ramiro
former Commissioner, CRE

Montserrat Ramiro served as a Commissioner at Mexico‚Äôs Energy Regulatory Commission, or CRE, beginning from September 2014 for a period of five years. From 2013 to 2014, she served as Director of Energy at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). She began her career work in the public sector within the Undersecretariat for Planning and Environmental Policy of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. Later in the private sector as a consultant on energy and environmental issues in both Mexico and the United States. Between 2005 and 2013, she worked in different areas of Petr√≥leos Mexicanos (Pemex), such as Planning and Evaluation of Economic Performance of the Corporate Finance Directorate, the Coordination of Advisors of the Corporate Finance Directorate and the Finance Subdirectorate of the subsidiary PMI Comercio Internacional. She is an economist with a degree from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She holds a Master’s in Economics from University College London, where she also earned a specialty in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources. She also holds degrees in Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard University.

Guillermo Nielsen
Guillermo Nielsen
Chairman, YPF

Mr. Guillermo Nielsen became Chairman of YPF, Argentina’s leading energy company, in December 2019. With an extensive experience in both the private and public sector, in Argentina and abroad, he is also a Member of the Board of Grupo San José (Spain) and of Carlos Casado (Argentina).

He served as Secretary of Finance of Argentina’s Ministry of Economy and Production (2002-2005). In that role, he led the restructuring of Argentina’s public debt and two stand-by agreements with the IMF, which was at the time the largest and most complex restructuring in history. He was later appointed Minister of Treasury of the City of Buenos Aires (2006) and Argentina’s Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany (2008-2010).

Previously, he was President & CEO of UNITEC SemiCondutores (Brazil), and an executive of Socma Americana and The Campbell Soup Company. He also served as Trade Negotiator in GATT РGeneral Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and with the EEC РEuropean Economic Community (Belgium), and was Chief Economist at the Argentine thinktank FIEL РFundación de Investigaciones Económicas Latinoamericanas.

He obtained a degree in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and he is a Ph.D. Candidate and holds a M.A. in Economics from Boston University. He currently serves as Consulting Member of the Argentine thinktank CARI – Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales.

Juan Jose Carbajales
Juan Jose Carbajales
Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons Ministry of Production of Argentina

Subsecretario de Hidrocarburos de la Naci√≥n – Secretar√≠a de Energ√≠a – Ministerio de Desarrollo Productivo de la Rep√ļblica Argentina.

Representante de la Secretaría de Energía ante los foros: OPEP+, EITI y Grupo de Cambio Climático.

Abogado, Licenciado en Ciencia Política y Magister en Derecho Administrativo.

Docente universitario en UBA (CEARE), FLACSO y UNPaz.

Autor del libro: Las sociedades anónimas bajo injerencia estatal (SABIE).

Representante del Estado Nacional en puestos directivos y alta gerencia en empresas energéticas: YPF, ENARSA, Transener y EBISA.

Pablo Zarate
Pablo Zarate
Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

Pablo Z√°rate is a managing director within the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. He is based in Mexico City.

Mr. Zárate heads the firm’s Strategic Communications team in Mexico, focusing on special situations: public affairs, regulatory issues, litigation processes, complex financial transactions and crisis situations. He originally joined FTI Consulting in Washington, D.C., and eventually moved back to his native Mexico City, founding the Strategic Communications practice in the country.

Mr. Zárate’s practice focuses on energy and industrials. During his time at FTI, he has provided strategic advice to senior teams within a broad range of companies, from leading Mexican groups to Fortune 100 companies. He has conceptualized and developed analysis, communications, and rapid response platforms for prominent trade associations and industries in Mexico, often acting as their chief spokesperson.

Pablo writes a weekly column at El Economista and is a regular contributor to Letras Libres. He has been member of editorial committees at leading outlets, like Reforma. His commentary is regularly featured by leading Mexican opinion shows, such as those led by Carlos Loret De Mola, Leo Zuckermann, Sergio Sarmiento, among others. In 2019, Mr. Zárate was named to the 100 most influential individuals in energy list, compiled by Líderes Mexicanos.

Before joining FTI Consulting, Pablo served as independent political consultant to candidates and governments at the state and municipal level in Mexico; as advisor and chief speechwriter to two Mexican cabinet agency heads, and as international advocacy fellow at Blue Star Strategies LLC, a public affairs boutique firm in Washington D.C.

Pablo holds an M.A. from the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, a B.A. in Economics by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), and a B.A. in Political Science, also by ITAM.

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Jose Mauro Coelho
Jose Mauro Coelho
Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil

Jos√© Mauro Ferreira Coelho ¬†holds a degree in Industrial Chemistry, a Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) and a PhD in Energy Planning from the Energy Planning Program (PPE) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Career employee at Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) since 2007, where he held the positions of Deputy Superintendent of Petroleum, Deputy Superintendent of Natural Gas and Biofuels, Advisor to the Directorate of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Studies (DPG) and Director of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Studies.

He has more than twenty-five years of professional experience, working in the oil, natural gas and biofuels sectors. He has also worked for several years in the undergraduate and graduate teaching area, with three books published and more than thirty scientific papers presented or published in journals or annals of national and international congresses.

He received the Correia Lima Award Medal awarded by the Brazilian Army, a Motion of Congratulations and Praise of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, the RENOVABIO Award: National Biofuels Plan granted by DATAGRO and the Tiradentes Medal granted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ). In 2017 and 2018 it was elected one of the 100 most influential people in Energy by the Media Group.

He is currently the Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil.

Seferino Yesquen
Seferino Yesquen
Chairman, Perupetro

Seferino Yesquen is a Petroleum Engineer, with a Masters in Engineering Oil and Gas from the National University of Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Management and Administration EOI from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and a Diploma in Advanced Management Program for Executives in Oil and Gas Arizona – USA. Seferino Yesquen has 33 years of experience in management and operations of exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in fields of Peru, Argentina and Brazil. He has 18 of experience years in managerial and leadership positions in Perez Companc, PETROBRAS and China National Petroleum Corporation. He is a former manager of PETROBRAS in Reservoirs, Technical Support, Production Asset of Block X and Exploratory Asset of Block 58, and former consulting partner in Hidrocarburos Consulting. Seferino Yesquen has extensive experience in the development of projects for an increase of oil and gas reserves and production; strategic planning, reserves management and resources according to PRMS-SPE, exploration and production projects management. He currently acts as Chairman of the Board of PERUPETRO, state company of private law of the energy and mines sector, which is responsible, among other functions, to promote investment in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons activities, as well as negotiation, execution and monitoring of license and service contracts for hydrocarbons.

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.

Jose Luis Manzano
Jose Luis Manzano
Chairman, Integra Capital

José Luis Manzano is an Argentine businessman with a deep understanding of Latin American public policy and global emerging markets. He possesses significant experience in the investment, media, energy and distress industries. He speaks frequently across the world on these issues. Dr. Manzano founded the international firm Integra Capital, a private equity and merchant banking firm. Integra also provides services such as mergers and acquisitions, financial structuring, IPOs, due diligence procedures, debt and company restructuring, among others.

Dr. Manzano and his family are relevant shareholders of Phoenix Global Resources, a company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed in the London Stock Exchange, AIM Market, and the Stock Exchange of Buenos Aires, produces 10.000 barrels of oil per day and has more than 60 million barrels of proven reserves and 300 million barrels of unconventional resources. Dr Manzano is also a relevant investor in Interoil, an exploration and production company listed in the Oslo stock exchange that produces 1600bopd in Colombia.

Dr. Manzano is the major shareholder of Integra Oil & Gas, an oil production company that produces 4000 bopd in Venezuela. He is also a major shareholder in Integra Gas Distribution in partnership with Mercuria Energy Trading. Integra Gas Distribution is a significant shareholder of Metrogas, the gas distribution company of Buenos Aires serving more than 10 million people. He is also a relevant shareholder of Edemsa, the distribution electricity company of the province of Mendoza, HIDROELECTRICA AMEGHINO, a hidroplant producing 60 megas and Altus, a winery producer of premium wines in Argentina.

In relation to the media industry, Dr. Manzano is a major shareholder of Grupo America, the second by size argentine media group he co-founded in 1996. The group owns TV stations, news channels, radios and newspapers, including America Tv, the national leader on live television and El Cronista Comercial, the more prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina and radio La Red, leader in sports and news.

In mining, Integra has invested extensively in uranium exploration in the province of Chubut in Argentina and in lithium in Jujuy and Catamarca, at the lithium triangle where is developing over 400.000 has.

Prior to his business career, Mr. Manzano was active in the Peronist party where he was Secretary General. He served as majority leader in the lower house of Argentina’s National Congress from 1983 to 1991 and was appointed as Homeland Security Minister under President Carlos Menem between 1991 and 1993.

Dr. Manzano is a relevant donor to several educational organizations and charities. Dr. Manzano is the President of Universidad de Congreso, where he is actively involved in academics and research activities. He has developed activities with the climate change organization of Novel Awards Al Gore and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also active with the UK Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and the C√°mara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana.

He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires. He was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society. Dr Manzano is a member of the Energy Steering Committee of the Institute of The Americas, and also a board member of the Institute of The Americas at UCSD.

Since 2019, Dr Manzano is the Chairman of the European Chapter of the Eisenhower Fellowships. Furthermore, he advises and cooperates with IPS Latin America and IPS Consortium, a global news agency member of the UN system of which University of Congreso is one of the anchor institutions.

Dr. Manzano received his Medical Doctorate and his Post Degree specialization in Occupational Health from the National University of Cuyo. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego.

He has received an International Business Certificate and an International Finance Certificate from Georgetown University. He has received a diploma in Leadership from Oxford University and lectured at prestigious universities in Argentina, Japan, Europe and the United States.

Ana María Duque Vallejo
Ana María Duque Vallejo
Country Chairwoman for Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean, Shell

Ana Mar√≠a Duque Vallejo,¬† started in Shell as a government relations advisor for Colombia.¬† In December of 2017 she was appointed as Country Chairwoman for Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and the¬† Hispanic Caribbean. ¬†Ana Mar√≠a is a lawyer from the Universidad de los Andes with a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Before being part of Shell, Ana worked in the oil and gas industry, as well as, the public sector across the country with grassroots groups in human rights issues for approximately 10 years.¬†¬† She is a founder member of the ‚ÄėColombian Academy of International Law‚Äô.

Ana Mar√≠a Duque Vallejo inicio su carrera en Shell como gerente de relaciones con el gobierno. En Diciembre de 2017 fue designada como Presidente de la compa√Ī√≠a para Colombia, Ecuador, Centroam√©rica y el Caribe Hispano.¬† Ana Mar√≠a es abogada de la Universidad de los Andes con una maestr√≠a en asuntos internacionales de la Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Previo a Shell, trabajo con la industria de hidrocarburos y el sector p√ļblico alrededor del pa√≠s en temas de derechos humanos por aproximadamente 10 a√Īos.¬† Es fundadora y parte de la Academia Colombiana de Derecho Internacional.

Raul Bertero
Raul Bertero
President, Center of Studies of Energy Regulatory Activities, (CEARE) at the University of Buenos Aires

Ra√ļl D. Bertero¬†graduated as Civil¬†Engineer from the University of Buenos Aires. In 1992, the¬†School of Engineering of the University of California at Berkeley granted him¬†the degree of Master of Science in Engineering. In 2002 he earned¬†a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.

Mr. Bertero is currently a member of the following professional associations: Professional Council of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineers Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute (ACI).  Since November 2009 he is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in Argentina.

Mr. Bertero serves as Vice-dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires (elected for the 2018-2022 period). He is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Master in Energy of the University of Buenos Aires (from 2011 up to present) and President of the Center of Studies of Energy Regulatory Activities (CEARE).

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.

Roberto Herrera
Roberto Herrera
Managing Director, Head of Dominican Republic, InterEnergy

Roberto is the CEO of CESPM and its operator Basic de la Rep√ļblica Dominicana. He is also the Executive Director and Vice President to the Board of CEPM and a member of the InterEnergy Board.

Roberto has over 20 years’ experience working in the Latin America energy sector. Previously, he was the Deputy Country Manager in the Dominican Republic of Basic Energy; Vice President for Administration of EGE HAINA and CEPM; and Regional Manager for the Americas of Scotia Energy Ltd.

Roberto has an economics degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo and an MBA (based on the University of North Carolina programme), magna cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In 1997 he was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to study a master of science in business economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

 

 

Jorge Milanese
Jorge Milanese
Regional Director, Latin America, Sproule

Jorge Milanese is Sproule’s Regional Director of Latin America responsible for developing and executing Sproule’s client engagement strategy in the region.  Jorge is an experienced oil and gas professional with expertise in domestic and international business development, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate development and upstream assets management. He had a leading role in a wide range of conventional and unconventional energy projects in North and South America. His areas of expertise include upstream investment opportunity identification, both in conventional and unconventional reservoirs, financial and technical evaluation, strategy development and contract negotiation and administration of operated and non-operated joint ventures. Jorge’s previous experience includes engagements with major global oil and gas operating companies as business development Vice President and Assets Vice President. Jorge has proudly served in the Argentinean Navy as a Naval Aviation Officer. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a degree in aeronautical engineering. Jorge maintains membership in several professional organizations and societies.

Decio Oddone
Decio Oddone
Former Director General, National Petroleum Agency (ANP) of Brazil

Décio Fabrício 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 Logística 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.

Guillermo Zuniga
Guillermo Zuniga
International Energy Transition Attorney, Earthjustice

Guillermo is an International Energy Transition Attorney at Earthjustice, based in the San Francisco headquarters, he has over 20 years of work experience  in the energy sector at national and international levels.

Since 2013 and until 2019 Guillermo served as National Commissioner at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) of Mexico, Presidential appointee with Senate confirmation. For three of those years, he was also vice-president of the Iberoamerican Association of Energy Regulators (ARIAE). He also has held leadership positions at CFE, PEMEX, Energy Ministry of México and the Federal Competition Commission of México.

Guillermo holds law degrees from Mexico (ITAM) and Spain (UNIR), with a Master Degree in Regulation from the London School of Economics (UK), and a Master Degree in Laws from the University of Chicago(USA).

Duncan Wood
Duncan Wood
Director, 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. РSee more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/duncan-wood#sthash.07iTOPV1.dpuf

Lucas Aristizabal
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.

Armando Zamora
Armando Zamora
Chairman, ANH of 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 Corporación Invertir en Colombia, currently Procolombia.

 

Marta Jara Otero
Marta Jara Otero
Former President ANCAP of Uruguay

Advisory Board Member at Wilson Center Latin American Program
‚ÄĘ Ex President of ANCAP (Administraci√≥n Nacional de Combustibles, Alcohol y Portland)
‚ÄĘ After more than 20 years international experience at Royal Dutch Shell, Marta left her position as President of the Shell companies in Mexico to join the energy industry in her native Uruguay
‚ÄĘ Chemical Engineer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires
‚ÄĘ MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University, UK, executive education programs at IMD in Lausanne and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has accepted an invitation to the upcoming Georgetown Leadership Seminar 2019 at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service
‚ÄĘ Committed to an inclusive workplace, she is an advocate for making organizations aware of unconscious biases and has delivered several talks on the matter, including one hosted by the UN Women local branch
‚ÄĘ Enjoys diversity and change, having spent student years in Germany and Italy and held professional positions in Argentina, UK, Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay
‚ÄĘ Married with a son and a daughter

 

Jamie Hall
Jamie Hall
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy General Motors

Jamie Hall is a manager on the global public policy team at General Motors, where he leads regulatory efforts in California to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, including but not limited to infrastructure considerations and vehicle-grid integration. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in relevant groups such as the California Electric Transportation Coalition and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Jamie has extensive experience working across sectors on policies related to advanced technologies, transportation, energy, and the environment. Prior to GM, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives in the clean transportation space. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

 

Emily Hersh
Emily Hersh
Managing Partner, DCDB Group & Co-host of The Global Lithium Podcast

Emily Sarah Hersh is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she serves as Managing Partner of DCDB Research. Emily is a well-known lithium and battery industry expert. She hosts The Minerals Manhattan Project podcast and the Weekly Recharge video series. Emily manages projects in South America for companies in the mining, energy, oil and gas industries. Her specialization in lithium includes project due diligence, country risk assessment and emerging battery technologies..

Emily has given keynote speeches on lithium, energy storage, renewable energy in Latin America, and emerging battery technology at events hosted by The Institute of the Americas, Metal Bulletin, Fastmarkets, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Euromoney, GFC Media, Greenpower Conferences, SolarPlaza, Real Clear Politics, and many others.

She appears on CNN and Al-Jazeera America in relation to Argentina’s economy, and her work is frequently featured in Business Insider, The Bubble, Wolf Street, and InfoBAE. She is regularly quoted in The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Quartz, and Reuters related to lithium and battery materials.

In 2018, Emily was a founder of AMES Argentina, the Association of Women in Energy and Sustainability in Argentina. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma international sorority, and a member of the Electrochemical Society.

Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Tulane University, a MA in International Affairs from American University, and has done graduate coursework in Renewable Energy at the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

For additional Information please see her Linkedin profile below:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-hersh-3a6b60a/

 

Jorge Rosenblut
Jorge Rosenblut
Chairman, Institute of the Americas

After working for decades as an executive leader in private industry and government, Jorge Rosenblut now works as an independent consultant to help clients incubate growth, encourage evolution from legacy practice, and transition business models to manage disruption and re-emerge in their industries.

From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Rosenblut acted as president and held Chairman of the Board roles within Enel Group (Endesa Spain), a global energy leader. One of his key accomplishments was helping to direct the $16 billion split of Enersis into two separate entities ‚Äď Enersis America and Enersis Chile, the largest corporate split ever executed in Latin America.

Prior to joining the ranks of corporate executives, Mr. Rosenblut held leadership roles in the Chilean government in the 1990s. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1985, and that year joined the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Mr. Rosenblut has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas since 2014 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He is based in Miami, Florida, and is the proud parent of a daughter who is currently completing her MBA at Columbia University in New York City, and a son who recently completed his BA at Washington University, Saint Louis, and is now exploring his early roots in Chile.

Gerardo Serrato
Gerardo Serrato
Managing Director, Hartree Partners

Development and execution of Hartrees’s strategy in energy related advisory services in Mexico.
Provide strategic advice to the global advisory services Director and other Managing Directors in New York so that they have accurate view of the Mexican energy market and the company’s future
Identification, development and closing of new business opportunities in energy trading activities in Power (either renewable or fossil fuel) Natural Gas, Liquid Fuels.
Prepare and implement Hartree’s business initiatives by planning cost-effective operations and market development activities

Thomas B. Singh
Thomas B. Singh
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics University of Guyana

Currently Director of the University of Guyana GREEN Institute and Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Economics, University of Guyana, I  have worked in academia, the public sector (the Guyana Forestry Commission, Bank of Guyana, and Privatisation Unit) and the private sector (with an environmental and economics consulting company in the US).  At the University of Guyana, my teaching and research have been in the general areas of applied microeconomics and econometrics, with a particular interest in environmental and natural resource economics and management, institutional and behavioural economics; and econometrics.  Most recently I have organised an annual green economy workshop series, and was responsible for the establishment of a green institute at the University of Guyana.  I have a PhD in Economics from the University of Kent (UK), my Dissertation having been titled To Trust or Not to Trust Others: Norms, Interactions and Institutions.

Outside of my professional activities, I am an active member of Guyana’s civil society and am also the founding president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Guyana.

Rosanety Barrios
Rosanety Barrios
Analista Independiente de Energía/Independent Analyst on Energy Matters

Rosanety Barrios, Degree in Finance by the Universidad Tecnológica de México, Master in Finance by the National Autonomous University of México and Master in Economic Regulation of  Net Systems by the Barcelona University.

Rosanety developed herself in the Mexican financial sector, working for 15 years as a stock market analyst. From 2000 to 2013, she was head of the Natural Gas and LPG Transport Department at the Energy Regulatory Commission.

In 2013, she joined the Ministry of Energy as General Director of Electricity Generation, one year later, she became the first Head of the Industrial Transformation Policies Unit. From this position, she was member of the board of Cenagas (Mexico¬īs ISO for natural gas) and PMI Internacional.

Rosanety collaborated actively in the conformation of current Mexico¬īs legal framework for the Energy Sector. She was a key person for the creation of Mexico¬īs natural gas and oil products markets, and their storage policy.

Since December 2018, Rosanety is an independent analyst on energy matters. She is member of the board of ‚ÄúVoz Experta‚ÄĚ, a very high-profile women¬īs collective group that promotes the visibility of women in every energy forum. Also, she is an editorial board member for energy issues of ‚ÄúReforma‚ÄĚ a national news paper and columnist at magazines Energy & Commerce and Energ√≠a Hoy.

Claudia Pessagno
Claudia Pessagno
Associate Director, Upstream Company Research, IHS Markit

Claudia Pessagno is an Associate Director of Companies & Transactions Research at IHS Markit within the Upstream division. She is responsible for international company research, focusing on the equity analysis, valuation, and capital & portfolio strategies of oil and gas companies in Latin America. Her coverage includes most major National Oil Companies (NOCs), Integrated Oil Companies (IOCs), and E&P companies in the region. Ms. Pessagno joined IHS Markit in 2006. She is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Pessagno holds a B.A. (Spanish Language/Latin American Studies) and an M.A. (International Political Economy & Development) from Fordham University.

Jonathan Wood
Jonathan Wood
Director, Control Risks

Jonathan Wood is Control Risks’ lead analyst for the United States and Canada, as well as the Deputy Global Research Director, providing analysis and consultancy on political, operational, security and integrity risks to multinational organizations in the oil and gas, mining, insurance, financial services, retail, construction and technology sectors. Jonathan’s subject matter expertise encompasses geopolitics, global governance, economic development and transnational security issues. 

Francisco Monaldi
Francisco Monaldi
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Interim Director, Latin America Initiative Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies and the Center for the United States and Mexico, the interim director of the Latin America Initiative, and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University. In addition, he is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. He is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela.

From 2013 to 2016, Monaldi 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 political economy 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. .

Monaldi 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, Saudi Aramco, PDVSA, Shell, Chevron, Total, Equinor, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Harvard Center for International Development, Eurasia Group, and Medley Global Advisors.

Monaldi has authored numerous academic publications, including ‚ÄúThe Political Economy of Oil Taxation in Latin America‚ÄĚ in The Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America, G. Flores-Macias, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2019); “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 Cat√≥lica Andr√©s Bello.

Thomaz Favaro
Thomaz Favaro
Director, Control Risks

Thomaz Favaro is the Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Analyst for Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks’ market-leading political, operational and security risk analysis and forecasting team. Thomaz provides daily updates for Control Risks’ online services, and writes detailed reports on political, operational and security risks across the Southern Cone. 


Highlights of Thomaz’s recent projects include:
  • An in-depth analysis of security threats in Brazil and Paraguay, focusing on crime, terrorism and political instability, for a major Western government.
  • A comprehensive market overview for a major oil and gas company examining potential entry in Argentina and Brazil. The project included an assessment of geopolitical, political, social, economic policy, fiscal and environmental issues, as well as detailed mitigation recommendations on market entry viability. It also included recommendations for the client‚Äôs internal decision-making process.
  • A pre-entry threat assessment for a farming company interested in investing near the Amazon rainforest, focusing on social, operational and integrity risks. This included an analysis of the threats posed by environmental NGOs, indigenous groups, landless movements and other social groups. The report included background checks and discreet enquires into potential project partners.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Thomaz worked as Assistant Editor at Veja, Brazil’s largest weekly news magazine. In his role, Thomaz travelled around South America and conducted interviews with major international figures, including heads of state. He also worked as a freelance correspondent for several Brazilian media outlets in Buenos Aires and London.

Thomaz holds an MSc in Comparative Politics of Latin America from the London School of Economics and a BA in Journalism from the University of S√£o Paulo. His postgraduate academic work focused on trade policymaking in Brazil and Argentina during the global financial crisis. Thomaz is a native Portuguese speaker, and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Pablo Tarantini
Pablo Tarantini
CEO, Integra Recursos Naturales

Tarantini, Pablo has an extensive professional experience in strategic advice, private equity and general management. For two years, he has served as the Executive Director of Investments at the Argentine Agency for Investments and International Trade, coordinating investment initiatives and contributing his vast experience in various industries and countries. In this role, Pablo worked with the mining companies established in the country while supporting the development of investments and contributed to the promotion of mining in Argentina together with the Secretary of Mining. Previously, Pablo Tarantini was President and CEO of SAPISA and Minera Don Nicolás, an Argentine private fund and one of its investments in the mining sector, respectively. Minera Don Nicolas is the first mining project of Argentine capital. He also served as Director of Latin American Mergers and Acquisitions for General Electric and Advent International Corporation, and as Regional Manager for A.T. Kearney. In all these positions, he carried out business and projects at the regional level. Pablo majored in Public Accountancy and is a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School.

Warren Levy
Warren Levy
CEO, Jaguar E&P

 

 

Sarah Ladislaw
Sarah Ladislaw
Senior Vice President, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Sarah Ladislaw is senior vice president and director and senior fellow of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program, where she leads CSIS’s work in energy policy, market, and technology analysis. Ladislaw is an expert in U.S. energy policy, global oil and natural gas markets, and climate change. She has authored numerous publications on the geopolitics of energy, energy security and climate change, low-carbon pathways, and a wide variety of issues on U.S. energy policy, regulation, and market dynamics. Her regional energy work includes publications on Chinese, European, African, and Western Hemisphere energy issues. She has spearheaded new work at CSIS on climate change, the electricity sector, and energy technology development.

Ladislaw formerly worked in Office of the Americas in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in North America, the Andean region, and Brazil. While at the department, she also worked on comparative investment frameworks and trade issues, as well as biofuels development and use both in the Western Hemisphere and around the world. She also spent a short period of time working Statoil as their senior director for international affairs in the Washington office. Ladislaw is frequently invited to speak at public conferences, advise companies and policymakers, and testify before congress. She is a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Strategic Analysis Technical Review Panel, the Strategic Advisory Council for Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Initiative, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has taught graduate courses on energy security as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University and is a frequent guest lecturer at other universities. She also comments frequently in print, radio and television media outlets. Ladislaw received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs/East Asian studies and Japanese from the George Washington University and her master’s degree in international affairs/international security from the George Washington University as part of the Presidential Administrative Fellows Program.

John Padilla
John Padilla
Managing Director, IPD Latin America

As Managing Director and partner at IPD, John leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.

John led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, John is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011 he relocated to Bogota in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.

John co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong pragmatism and tactical expertise to support project risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and legislative and regulatory analysis services to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. John is frequently quoted in the U.S. and international press, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining IPD, John was Vice President and a Global Relationship Manager with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in its N.Y. based Energy, Utility and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).

Education
Bachelor of Science, Boston College, 1991 ‚Äď Major: Finance

Languages Spoken
English (native), Spanish (fluent)

Leonardo Sempertegui
Leonardo Sempertegui
General Legal Counsel, OPEC

Leonardo is an international consultant with 18 years of professional and academic experience in energy and extractive industries sector, across 4 continents. He has provided professional services to governments, private clients, international organizations, academia and NGOs. His practice focuses on energy law (transaction, litigation, mediation and international arbitration), public procurement, negotiation in complex transactions, government liaison, conception and drafting of new regulation.

David Voght
David Voght
Managing Director, IPD Latin America

As Managing Director and founding partner of IPD, David has built the firm’s client-focused services on a platform of efficient, precise, and timely knowledge transfer. He developed IPD’s core consulting methodology to provide high value analysis, based on ethically and locally collected intelligence, for clients navigating highly complex investment environments. David has worked in energy and general infrastructure development with a focus on business strategy, market analysis, political and economic risk, financing, and business-to-government relations for 23 years. Having resided in Venezuela from 1991 to 2011, David is one of the premier experts on that country’s energy industry. In 1999 he founded IPD, which has offices in Caracas, Mexico City, and Bogota, and provides a network of consultants who advise clients on energy investment throughout the region. From IPD’s base in Madrid, Spain today, David oversees the company’s regional business, which furnishes advisory services to multi-national energy developers, oilfield service companies, foreign governments, and financial institutions. David publishes and speaks regularly on the Latin American energy industry with particular focus on legislation, regulatory and government issues impacting the day-to-day operations of the oil, gas and power industries, and scenarios for the build-out of new energy infrastructure. Prior to founding IPD, David was employed at a Washington, DC based consulting firm advising the U.S. Government and multi-lateral banks on infrastructure investment throughout Latin America.

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.

Andres Chambouleyron
Andres Chambouleyron
Non-Resident Fellow Institute of the Americas & Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group (BRG)

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.

Jared Cutright
Jared Cutright
Manager, International Government & Political Risk, ConocoPhillips

Jared Cutright joined ConocoPhillips in January 2016 as Manager, International Government Affairs & Political Risk in Washington, DC.

In this role, he is responsible for assessing and generating corporate positions on the political risk dynamics affecting ConocoPhillips’ international operations and investments, and for designing and executing advocacy strategies intended to mitigate those risks in concert with the company’s overseas business units.

Before joining ConocoPhillips, Jared spent 11 years with the U.S. intelligence community where he held a variety of analytic, executive support, and operational support roles culminating as Director, Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs for naval intelligence programs.

Jared earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and history from Centre College (KY) and holds a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University.

Saverio Minervini
Saverio Minervini
Director, Latin America Fitch Ratings

Saverio Minervini is a director in Fitch Ratings’ Energy & Utilities Latin America corporate team.
Saverio joined Fitch in 2015. Prior to joining Fitch, Saverio was an Associated Director on the Latin American Investment Banking team at Nomura. He also worked for UBS in New York and Sao Paulo.
Saverio has a BBA from Pace University and an MS in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Leonardo Beltran
Leonardo Beltran
Non-Resident Fellow Institute of the Americas & Former Deputy Secretary of Energy in Mexico

Leonardo Beltran¬†was Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition en the Administration of President Pe√Īa 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¬īs 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 M√©xico.

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 Pe√Īa Nieto.

Leonardo Beltran has been part of the World Economic Forum¬īs 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.

Lisa Viscidi
Lisa Viscidi
Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program Inter-American Dialogue

Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy issues, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy in the region.

Before joining the Dialogue, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group and subsequently a manager in the energy practice at Deloitte. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Ms. Viscidi’s articles have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Foreign Affairs. She frequently presents at conferences and universities throughout the United States and Latin America and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. She was called to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in 2017. Viscidi received a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 to teach a course on climate change and environmental policy at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.

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.

Alvaro Rios Roca
Alvaro Rios Roca
Founding Partner Gas Energy Latin America

√Ālvaro R√≠os Roca es actualmente socio director de¬†Gas Energy Lat√≠n Am√©rica. Dirige estudios y lleva a cabo servicios de consultor√≠a en energ√≠a en Am√©rica Latina con foco en la cadena de gas natural, energ√≠a el√©ctrica y petroqu√≠mica. Fue secretario ejecutivo de Organizaci√≥n Latinoam√©rica de Energ√≠a (OLADE) entre 2006 y 2007 y Ministerio de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia entre 2003 y 2004.

Se gradu√≥ como Ingeniero Qu√≠mico en la Universidad de Texas A & M y m√°s tarde realiz√≥ estudios de posgrado en Ingenier√≠a Qu√≠mica en la Universidad de Houston en Ingenier√≠a Qu√≠mica. Como acad√©mico, ha apoyado y dise√Īado programas de pregrado y posgrado en Ingenier√≠a de Petr√≥leo en la Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) y ha dictado varios cursos de energ√≠a a nivel de postgrado en programas de maestr√≠a en algunas universidades latinoamericanas. Con frecuencia es invitado a dar conferencias sobre y moderar paneles en temas de energ√≠a en toda Am√©rica Latina, Am√©rica del Norte y Europa. Tiene publicaciones, art√≠culos y entrevistas sobre el sector energ√©tico con enfoque en Latinoam√©rica.

Nelson Narciso
Nelson Narciso
Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas, Former Director ANP and President NNF Energy Consultancy

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.

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