XXIX LA JOLLA ENERGY CONFERENCE

May 20-21, 2020

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

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FEATURING

More topics, more breakout roundtable sessions, more debate and discussion, and more networking. We also added several pre-conference activities.

• Workshops led by international experts focused on issues such as the future of lithium and the lithium triangle in Latin America, stranded assets and community and stakeholder engagement

• Team building and networking activities including kayaking at La Jolla Cove and a guided hike at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. We look forward to your participation in these exciting additions to the La Jolla Conference in 2020.

AGENDA (2019)

 

Tuesday, May 21

4:00pm-6:00pm

Teambuilding and Networking for early arrivals – transportation provided to and from the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

  • Kayaking at La Jolla Cove
  • Guided nature hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

Wednesday, May 22

11:00-12:45

Opening Workshops – held at the Institute of the Americas and transportation provided to and from the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on the BYD electric bus

 Safety Transformation as a Pathway to Operational Performance: In an era of energy transformation, organizations are rethinking how to deliver better safety and operational outcomes.  Join the discussion to get a firsthand look at how 120 companies are addressing this transformation challenge and moving from a cost center to a value creator

Lead Expert Presenter: Paul Taylor, Partner, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Expert Discussant: Luis Vera, Executive Director, ASEA Mexico

The Lithium Triangle in Latin America: Discussion of developments in Bolivia, Chile and Argentina of a critical natural resource input for energy storage and Electric Vehicles

Lead Expert Presenter: Emily Hersh, Managing Partner, DCDB Group

Expert Discussants: Jose Luis Manzano, Chairman, Integra Capital, Juan Carlos Zuleta, Lithium Economics Analyst, Premium Author, Seeking Alpha, and Andrew Miller, Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI)

 12:45-2:00

Post-workshop networking lunch on the IOA Plaza

1:45      

First BYD electric bus to IOA from Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

2:00      

Second BYD electric bus to IOA from Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

2:00      

Registration and Welcome Coffee

2:45      

Welcoming Remarks

  • Jorge Rosenblut, Chairman, Institute of the Americas
  • Theodore Gildred III, President, Institute of the Americas

 3:00      

Investing in Latin America’s Energy Sector: Where is the money coming from? What is it going toward? How will it foster development?

  • Read Taylor, Executive Director of Upstream, Sierra Oil & Gas
  • Lucas Aristizabal, Senior Director, Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
  • Representatives from: Baker Botts and Credit Suisse invited

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

4:00      

Tomorrow’s Power Sector Today: Digitalization, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage and the Rapidly Changing Electric Sector

  • Andres Chambouleyron, Chairman, National Electricity Regulator (ENRE) of Argentina
  • Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) of Mexico
  • Rolando Gonzalez Bunster, Chairman & CEO, InterEnergy
  • Katya Somohano, Energy Director, Deacero

Moderated by: Jorge Rosenblut, Chairman, Institute of the Americas

5:00      

Energy Transition: Debating Grid Flexibility and Resiliency and the Integration of Renewables

  • Cesar Butron, Chairman, COES-SINAC Peru
  • Silvia Martinez Romero, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
  • Erwin Beckmann, Commercial Origination & System Intelligence, Zuma Energía
  • Diego Mesa, Vice Minister of Energy of Colombia invited
  • Adrian Katzew, CEO, Zuma Energía invited

Moderated by: Cecilia Aguillon, Director, Energy Transition Initiative, Institute of the Americas

6:00      

Presentation of Pre-Conference Workshop Safety Transformation Survey Results

  • Paul Taylor, Partner, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

6:15      

Cocktail and Reception on Institute of the Americas Plaza

7:30      

First shuttle returns to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

7:30      

Nightcap Roundtable – Informal and off-the-record moderated conversation

Venezuela: Where do we go from here?

Chair: Raul Gallegos, Associate Director, Control Risks

Discussant: Francisco Javier Guerrero Aguirre, Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Organization of American States (OAS)

8:30      

BYD electric bus returns to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

 

 

 Thursday, May 23

All Sessions on May 23 at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines; sessions prior to coffee break in main Fairway Ballroom

 8:00       

Breakfast Panel – Colombia’s Oil & Gas Outlook and Market Development

  • Luis Miguel Morelli, President, National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia
  • Diego Mesa, Vice Minister of Energy of Colombia invited
  • Jared Cutright, Manager, International Government & Political Risk ConocoPhillips

9:00       

Announcing the Madrid Energy Conference: Facilitating Debate of the Global Energy Transition

  • Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas
  • David Voght, Managing Director, IPD Latin America

 9:15       

Latin America’s Upstream Outlook: How much oil for how long?

  • Seferino Yesquen, Chairman, Perupetro
  • Kevin Ramnarine, former Minister of Energy of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Jose Antonio Cepeda, Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador and Ecuador’s Representative to OPEC

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

 10:15    

Bolsonaro’s Brazil Energy Outlook

  • Nelson Narciso, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas & former Director at Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP)
  • Timothy Stephure, Director, Latin America Gas & Power, IHS Markit
  • Lisa Viscidi, Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Moderated by: Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

11:00    

Unconventionals and the Evolving Global Market: Debating Green Fracking, Technology and Natural Gas’s Role for Combating Energy Poverty

  • Leigh Lyons, Global Development Manager, Unconventional Resources, Solar Turbines
  • Ajay Kshatriya, CEO, Biota
  • JC Thomas, Director of External Affairs, Sempra North American Infrastructure
  • John Melby, Director, xpansiv

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

11:45 

Coffee Break

Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Roundtables – Off-the-record moderated conversations

Fairway A

12:00    

Cyber Risk and Cyber Security

Chair: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

Expert Discussant: Hubert Hafner, Manager of Information Security, California ISO

12:45    

Does Transparency Still Matter: The Rule of Law, Combatting Corruption and the Energy Sector

Chair: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

Expert Discussant: Francisco Javier Guerrero Aguirre, Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Organization of American States (OAS)

Fairway B

12:00    

Renewables: Debating Utility Scale vs. Rooftops

Chair: Cecilia Aguillon, Institute of the Americas

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

12:45    

Natural Gas and Renewable Energy: Friends or Foes?

Chair: Cecilia Aguillon, Institute of the Americas

Expert Discussants:  Cesar Butron, Chairman, COES-SINAC Peru & David G. Victor, Professor & Director, Laboratory on International Law & Regulation, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego

1:15       

Lunch – Featuring Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Executive Chef’s Tasting Stations in Fairway Gardens      

All sessions after lunch in main Fairway Ballroom

2:30       

Venezuela: Policies and Plans to shape its Energy Future

  • Elizabeth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas, United States Department of Energy
  • David Voght, Managing Director, IPD Latin America
  • Raul Gallegos, Associate Director, Control Risks

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

 3:30       

Argentina and Reigniting Regional Integration in the Southern Cone

  • Alfonso Blanco, Executive Secretary, OLADE
  • Mauricio Roitman, Chairman, National Natural Gas Regulator (ENARGAS) of Argentina
  • Chris Spaulding, CFO, Pan American Energy
  • Saverio Minervini, Director, Latin America, Fitch Ratings
  • Alvaro Rios Roca, Founding Partner, Gas Energy Latin America

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

4:30       

Conference Closing Panel: The Lopez Obrador Government and Mexico’s Energy Self-Sufficiency Goals

  • Luis Vera, Executive Director, ASEA Mexico
  • Maria Adamelia Burgueño Mercado, General Director for Statistics & Economic Evaluation, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) of Mexico
  • Chris Sladen, Reconnoitre.ltd
  • Neil R. Brown, Director, KKR Global Institute
  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Moderated by: William Candelaria, Partner, DLA Piper

5:30       

Closing Reception overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course – Featuring San Diego Craft Beer Tasting and Cornhole Tournament

 

SPEAKERS (2019)

 

Luis Miguel Morelli
Luis Miguel Morelli
President, National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia

Luis Miguel Morelli is a lawyer from Universidad Externado de Colombia, with a Master Degree in Comparative Law from New York University (New York), Macroeconomic Policy and Planning studies in Northeastern University (New York) and Public Affairs Management in Universidad Externado de Colombia and Columbia University (New York). Morelli worked four years for the State oil Company, Ecopetrol, in the legal and associated operations areas, and nearly fifteen years for Occidental de Colombia, Inc., an affiliate of Northamerican Occidental Petroleum Corporation. In 2003, the Conservative Party proposed him to be the only candidate running for Governor of Norte de Santander, a challenge that he accepted as a contribution to the country. He was elected by popular vote in October 2003, with 192,500 votes, performing this role until January 2008. Following his service to the public sector, Morelli went back to the oil industry, this time as member of three boards of directors of Canadian companies operating in Colombia and as executive director of Azabache Energy Inc., in Colombia. He was appointed President of the National Hydrocarbon Agency – ANH, on 20 September 2018.

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’s 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.

Francisco Javier Guerrero Aguirre
Francisco Javier Guerrero Aguirre
Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Organization of American States (OAS)

Francisco Javier Guerrero Aguirre (ciudad de México, 1 de noviembre de 1965) es un abogado, político y académico mexicano, designado consejero del Instituto Federal Electoral1​del 15 de agosto de 2008 al 30 de octubre de 2013, donde preside la Comisión del Registro Federal de Electores y es integrante de la Comisión de Organización Electoral.

Licenciado en Derecho por la entonces Escuela Nacional de Estudios Profesionales Acatlán de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983-1987), cuenta con la maestría en Análisis de Conflictos Internaciones por la Universidad de Kent, en Canterbury, Inglaterra (1989-1990) y el Doctorado en Relaciones Internacionales por la misma institución (1991-1995), a través del Consejo Británico y del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología respectivamente, amén de recibir la Beca Eisenhower en los Estados Unidos y de ser investigador invitado en las Universidades de Harvard, George Washington y de California, San Diego, así como en la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico.

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.

Andres Chambouleyron
Andres Chambouleyron
Chairman, National Electricity Regulator (ENRE) of Argentina

Dr. Chambouleyron has a PhD in Economics (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1995). He studied Industrial Engineering (National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, 1990) and Master in Economics (M. A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1992). He was a fellow of IMPSA in the area of Control and Production Programming (1990), Senior Economist and Chief Researcher in the Mediterranean-IERAL Foundation in the areas of Public Services Economics and Regulation (1995-2005). He served as Advisor to the Secretariat of Communications (2000-2001) and the Cabinet of the Ministry of Economy (2001), in this latter position he worked on issues related to the regulation of services and competition policies. He was a Consultant in the areas of regulation of services, antitrust and valuation (Affiliate, LECG, 1998-March 2011) and Senior Consultant in the same areas for Compass Lexecon (March 2011-December 2015). From December 2015 to January 2018, he has been the Undersecretary of Public Utility Pricing of the Government of Argentina. He currently serves as president of Argentina’s electric power regulator.

Chris Spaulding
Chris Spaulding
Chief Financial Officer, Pan American Energy

Chris currently is the Chief Financial Officer for Pan American Energy in Argentina. With 39 years of experience in the oil and gas industry working and living in 7 different countries and 5 continents, he has an established track record in major oil and gas ventures that include Colombia Country Manager & VP of Latin American Business Development for Talisman; Sr. Vice President, Business Acquisition & Sales, Wellstream International; Vice President and Business Unit Leader, TNK–BP (50% BP JV in Russia); Commercial Manager for BP Angola In Luanda, Commercial Manager for Pan American Energy in Argentina; Gas Commercial, Marketing & Project Negotiations Manager in Amoco Production Co. among others. His responsibilities through his career have also included representation and negotiations with host governments, national oil companies, joint venture partners and NGOs. Chris has a record of negotiating mutually beneficial business deals while strongly focused on safe, environmentally responsible operations.

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 “Energy Executive of the Year” from the Petroleum Economist magazine in 2014.

Jose Antonio Cepeda
Jose Antonio Cepeda
Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador & Ecuador’s Representative to OPEC

José Antonio Cepeda currently serves as the Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources in Ecuador. Before this position, from 2016-2018 he served as Adviser to the Minister of Hydrocarbons in the former Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Ecuador. Mr. Cepeda is the OPEC National Representative since 2017 and is a Member of IEF Executive Board since 2018. He holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and industrial management from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

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 with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed on 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 Oslo stock exchange that produces 2300 bopd 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, La Capital, the oldest newspaper of the country and El Cronista Comercial, the most prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina.
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 until 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 Cámara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana. He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires and was member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr. Manzano is a regular participant

Read Taylor
Read Taylor
Executive Director of Upstream Sierra Oil & Gas

 

Read Taylor is currently Upstream Executive Vice President and a Founding Partner of Private Equity backed Sierra Oil and Gas Exploration. Sierra, having corporate headquarters in Mexico City, is engaged in evaluating upstream and midstream business opportunities as part of the comprehensive reform of the energy sector in Mexico.

Read has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Latin America, Asia and Africa driving highly successful outcomes in exploration and new ventures growth, technology development, field development and operational oversight. Prior to joining Sierra, he led a successful campaign of substantial gains with Brazilian private company Petra Energia as Executive Vice President Board Member. Prior to that, he served as General Manager and President of Devon Energy Brazil where he led a team ultimately responsible for several significant discoveries in shallow and deep water offshore Brazil. Read has also worked in various international field locations in geo-technical and commercial management positions at UNOCAL and Anadarko. He holds a BS in International Business from Pepperdine University, a BS in Geophysics and an MS in Geology from University of Southern California. Read also holds a diploma from Harvard Business School in Executive Management.

Read is also Chairman and founder of RICE International Relief Organization an international humanitarian relief agency and domestic charity organization. RICE provides medical supplies, clean water, and other necessities in over 26 countries in partnership with local efforts and shelters.

Raul Gallegos
Raul Gallegos
Associate Director, Control Risks

Raul Gallegos is Associate 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.

G. Leigh Lyons
G. Leigh Lyons
Global Development Manager, Unconventional Resources, Solar Turbines

Leigh Lyons is the Global Development Manager for Unconventional Resources with Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar.

Leigh career spans over 30 years of cross-functional experience in the international upstream and midstream O&G sectors, primarily in Latin America. Leigh has performed as a Petroleum Geologist, Planning Director, VP of Corporate Development, VP of E&P, COO, Board member and as an Independent Consultant.

As Project Director in 1993, his team’s recommendations led to the successful acquisition of Gas del Estado and what is now TGN (Argentina). As COO for Gas TransBoliviano (Bolivia) in the early to mid-2000’s, he managed the capacity expansion and completion of the Bolivian section of the Bolivia-to-Brazil gas pipeline.

Leigh joined Solar Turbines in 2013 and has held various market-facing roles in New Equipment Sales, Business Development and Field Operations primarily focused on Latin America and Mexico.

Leigh graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Earth Science and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program 2004).

 

Neil Brown
Neil Brown
Director, KKR Global Institute

Neil R. Brown (New York) joined KKR in 2014 and is a Director in the KKR Global Institute. Mr. Brown is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Brown served for over eight years as a senior staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he concurrently led energy security efforts for Senator Richard G. Lugar. He has also served as a senior advisor at Goldwyn Global Strategies, on the U.S. Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative advisory committee for the U.S. Secretary of Interior, and as a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mr. Brown currently serves on the boards of The Lugar Center, Merton College Charitable Corporation, Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and Columbia University Energy Journalism Initiative. An Iowa native, Mr. Brown is an honors graduate of Harvard University and received graduate MSc and MPhil degrees from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

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.

Cesar Butron
Cesar Butron
Chairman COES-SINAC, Peru

Mr. César Butrón has 30 years if experience in the Peruvian electrical sector. Graduated in 1984 from National Engineering University as a Electromechanical Engineer, he completed studies of Master in Regulation of Pubic Services in the Pontifical Catholic University in 2008. He has been general manager or board member in many distribution, transmission and generation companies in Perú. Mr. Butrón also worked as adviser to the ViceMinister of Energy and had significant participation in the developing the 2nd Generation Reform of the regulatory framework that lead to a new law for the generation and transmission activities in Perú published in 2006. Being member of the board of the Systems Operator, COES from 2004 to 2006 at the present he holds the position or Chairman of COES since 2008.

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.

William Candelaria
William Candelaria
Partner, DLA Piper

William Candelaria has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border financings in emerging markets, with particular focus on Latin America and Spain. He advises corporations, commercial and investment banks, private issuers, underwriters and family offices on bank and trade financings, debt and equity placements, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in many sectors, including financial services and investment management, media and communications, food and beverages, hospitality, real estate and tourism, infrastructure and transportation and oil and gas. He counsels US institutional investors regarding investments in emerging market companies that are publicly traded abroad. Bill has significant board experience and he advises clients on corporate governance and compliance matters from time to time. Clients commend Bill for being “highly responsive” as well as a “problem solver and solution presenter,” who provides top-flight “professional service” built upon “excellent market knowledge and understanding” in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 Latin America. Legal 500 USA also recognized him as a leading US practitioner for mergers and acquisitions (middle-market) in 2017. A frequent speaker on legal and financing issues, Bill has for several years chaired the Mexico panel at the Institute of the Americas’ annual La Jolla Conference, the Western Hemisphere’s most highly regarded energy policy forum. He has also chaired corporate governance panels at the New York State Bar Association International Meetings in Lisbon and Panama. In addition to those engagements, Bill participated in the White House Business Council’s Inaugural Hispanic Business Leaders Forum. He currently serves as a trustee of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and on the boards of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

David G. Victor
David G. Victor
Professor & Director, Laboratory on International Law & Regulation School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego

David G. Victor is co-director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR), and Center for Global Transformation Endowed Chair in Innovation and Public Policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. His research focuses on highly regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets.

Victor is the author of “Global Warming Gridlock,” which explains why the world has not made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, where he was a professor at Stanford Law School and taught energy and environmental law. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations and led the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Victor’s research interests surround energy policy — the future role of natural gas, electric power market reform and rural energy development — genetically modified plants and the related trade policy, climate-change policy, and the role of technology, innovation and competition in development.

Hubert Hafner
Hubert Hafner
Manager, California Independent System Operator (California ISO)

Hubert is the Manager of Information Security, and CIP Senior Manager Delegate, of the California ISO. Prior to joining the ISO, Hubert worked for SIEMENS in Minneapolis in the Smartgrid Division, which develops and deploys substation automation, SCADA and Energy Management Systems worldwide. Hubert was born and raised in Madrid, Spain where he completed High School. He has a Diploma of Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Vienna, Austria and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

At the ISO, Hubert manages a team of eight security analysts and four technical administrators. Since Hubert joined the ISO in July 2012, the ISO has been working on improving its Information Security related processes to be ISO 27000 compliant with the goal of reaching maturity level 3 and higher. As part of this process, the team has been measuring improvements through different metrics such as SIEM events, threat hunting exercises, vulnerability scores, malware detections and monthly phishing awareness test results. Through continuous improvement in the form of best practice technologies, processes and user awareness programs, some of these metrics have been continuously improving to near zero averages.

The ISO collaborates nationwide on cyber security matters with the DHS/FBI, US-CERT, E-ISAC, MS-ISAC, California Cybersecurity Integration Center and actively participates in DOE, North Transmission Forum, the ISO/RTO Council, GO15 Reliable and Sustainable Power Grids, and the WECC Cyber Security Work Groups. The ISO is also an active participant of NERC GridEx, a bi-annual national sector-wide grid security exercise.

The California Independent System Operator (California ISO) is a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) serving California. It oversees the operation of California’s bulk electric power system, transmission lines, and electricity market generated and transmitted by its member utilities.

Furthermore the California ISO operates the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), is a real-time wholesale energy market, the first of its kind in the western U.S. The footprint now includes portions of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, even extending to the Canadian border.

Due to its vital function to the electric grid the ISO is required to meet NERC’s CIP requirements. The NERC CIP ( North American Electric Reliability Corporation critical infrastructure protection) plan is a set of requirements designed to secure the assets required for operating North America’s bulk electric system.

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

Emily Hersh is based in Buenos Aires and serves as Managing Partner of DCDB Research. Emily manages South America projects for companies in the mining, energy, oil and gas industries. She has worked extensively in evaluating supply chain and compliance in the physical gold space. Her specialization in lithium includes due diligence associated with country risk assessment and analyzing challenges in rural and off-grid sites. She was responsible for off grid and hybrid project development in South America for Leclanche, a Swiss lithium battery manufacturer 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. Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Tulane University and a MA in International Affairs from American University. She is doing graduate coursework in Renewable Energy at the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

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.

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 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.

JC Thomas III
JC Thomas III
Director of External Affairs, Sempra North American Infrastructure

John (J.C.) Thomas III serves as Director of External Affairs for Sempra North American Infrastructure, which develops and builds energy infrastructure in North America and Mexico. In his position, Mr. Thomas is responsible for governmental affairs, community relations and stakeholder engagement strategies for the company.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Thomas has held positions with Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries Sempra International and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). His career has spanned international affairs, regulatory affairs, customer service, public affairs and fire safety preparedness. Before joining SDG&E in 2002, Mr. Thomas served as regional director of government relations for a broadband telecommunications company. Prior to that, Mr. Thomas spent over seven years chief of policy and advisor to a San Diego City Council Member. He began his career as an intern with the Mayor of San Diego in 1993.

Mr. Thomas’ community service includes President of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, Smart Border Coalition Board of Directors, U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation Board of Directors and Institute of the Americas Energy Steering Committee. Mr. Thomas is a graduate of San Diego State University and resides in Solana Beach, California.

About Sempra Energy
Sempra LNG develops, builds and invests in natural gas liquefaction facilities and is pursuing the development of five strategically located LNG projects in North America with a goal of delivering 45 Mtpa of clean natural gas to the largest world markets, making Sempra Energy one of North America’s largest developers of LNG export facilities.

Sempra Energy’s mission is to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. With 2018 revenues of more than $11.6 billion, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 20,000 employees are focused on delivering energy with purpose to approximately 40 million consumers worldwide. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, social responsibility and investment value, and is a member of the Dow Jones Utility Index.

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.

Timothy Stephure
Timothy Stephure
Director, Latin America Gas & Power IHS Markit

Experienced energy sector professional with over 10 years of experience providing insight and consulting services for power sector investors and developers around the world. Leveraging a diverse background of industry experience, I have taken pride in working closely with clients to deliver solutions for the energy industry’s most challenging problems. I currently lead IHS Energy’s Latin America Gas & Power advisory and consulting service and am responsible for the planning, execution, and growth of our research and consulting business. My professional focus includes analyzing technology cost trends, power and utility sector competitive positioning, investment due diligence, and policy analysis across the region.

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

Álvaro Ríos Roca es actualmente socio director de Gas Energy Latín América. Dirige estudios y lleva a cabo servicios de consultoría en energía en América Latina con foco en la cadena de gas natural, energía eléctrica y petroquímica. Fue secretario ejecutivo de Organización Latinoamérica de Energía (OLADE) entre 2006 y 2007 y Ministerio de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia entre 2003 y 2004.

Se graduó como Ingeniero Químico en la Universidad de Texas A & M y más tarde realizó estudios de posgrado en Ingeniería Química en la Universidad de Houston en Ingeniería Química. Como académico, ha apoyado y diseñado programas de pregrado y posgrado en Ingeniería de Petróleo en la Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) y ha dictado varios cursos de energía a nivel de postgrado en programas de maestría en algunas universidades latinoamericanas. Con frecuencia es invitado a dar conferencias sobre y moderar paneles en temas de energía en toda América Latina, América del Norte y Europa. Tiene publicaciones, artículos y entrevistas sobre el sector energético con enfoque en Latinoamérica.

Nelson Narciso
Nelson Narciso
Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas & former Director at Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP)

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.

Ajay Kshatriya
Ajay Kshatriya
CEO, Biota

Entrepreneur. Former venture capitalist. Chemical engineer. Kshatriya focuses on the commercialization of biotech products.

Chris Sladen
Chris Sladen
Reconnoitre.ltd

Chris runs a bespoke private advisory service offering insights to inform, shape a decision, and guide the next steps for an individual, organisation or country. Chris has a unique network of global relationships and access to key influencers and decision makers, having worked in more than 40 countries. This is underpinned by extensive knowledge of petroleum systems and where best to find oil and gas, notably in the Gulf of Mexico & nearby areas, and NE & SE Asia, as well as the development of midstream, downstream & renewables investments in many emerging economies. Chris has extensive experience acquired on the Boards of companies, subsidiaries, business chambers and organisations in many countries.

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller
Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI)

Andrew Miller holds the position of Head of Price Assessments at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Ltd (Benchmark), a London based research and consultancy firm focusing on critical raw materials and energy storage supply chains. Andrew manages a team that collect market data and pricing for opaque mineral markets such as lithium, graphite, cobalt and nickel chemical. This information is provided to Benchmark subscribers in regular market reports, research notes and price indices.
At Benchmark, Andrew regularly gives market-focused presentations and travels to active mines and processing plants across the world. He has also advised some of the world’s leading institutional investors, auto OEMs, battery producers and mining companies, and manages a portfolio of subscription services which provide in-depth market data and reference pricing for the lithium ion battery supply chain. Andrew’s previous role was as an Analyst with Industrial Minerals / Metal Bulletin. Prior to this position, Andrew started his career analysing financial markets for UK-based Invesco Perpetual and graduated with a first-class honours degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, UK.

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.

Katya Somohano
Katya Somohano
Energy Director, Deacero

Katya Somohano was designated as Chief Executive Officer of the CFE´s Qualified Supplier Company. Since September 2016, Mrs. Somohano is part of the Advisory Board of IPADE Business School, Panamericana University. Since March of 2014, Mrs. Somohano was appointed as Head of the Investment Promotion Office and since august of 2015 she became Head of the Office of the Transformation at the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). During 2013, Mrs. Somohano was General Director for the Board and Committee of the Hydrocarbon Sector at the Ministry of Energy (SENER). From this position, she was involved in the team that pushed forward the enactment of the Energy Reform, presented by the Mexican Federal Government. Katya Somohano had been invited to participate with the Government of the United States and the European Union in their Regional Development and Creation of Clusters courses. She has lectured at the School of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Mrs. Somohano is member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs (COMEXI) and has been independent adviser of Reforma newspaper twice. She has worked in different governmental entities such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development (SE), as part of the Commercial Promotion and Foreign Investment Department, at the Foreign Affairs Commission as Advisor of the President; at Puebla Panama Plan as Manager of the International Affairs. Mrs. Somohano has performed different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of State where she headed one of its decentralized agencies. During 2000, she has worked at Solana Consultores, and from June 2005 to January 2007, she was International Project Director at Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo de América Latina, S.A. (IDEAL). Katya Somohano obtained her law degree from UNAM with honors. She has a master´s degree in Law by the University of Cambridge where she also completed studies in European Law. Moreover, she holds graduate studies by Escuela Libre de Derecho and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Juan Carlos Zuleta
Juan Carlos Zuleta
Lithium Economics Analyst, Premium Author, Seeking Alpha

Juan Carlos Zuleta is a Bolivian economist with a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota and PhD studies at the New School for Social Research in the US. He has worked as a consultant in the areas of lithium market and policy analysis, industrialization projects of strategic natural resources (iron and lithium), implementation processes of equity financial instruments, institutional development in strategic state organizations, preparation and evaluation of projects and anticorruption systems, hired by companies and organizations in Chile, China, Germany, USA, Spain, Norway and Bolivia, as well as international organizations (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, Michelsen Institute, and Food and Agriculture Organization). Zuleta has a long history as a lithium economics analyst which can be traced back to the early 1990s. He has since published numerous scholarly articles on lithium, lithium batteries, electric vehicles, petroleum, natural gas, diesel and technological innovation on recognized websites in the US (such as EVWorld.com, and Seeking Alpha)  and the UK (such as Industrial Minerals), as well as in various newspapers and magazines of Bolivia. In 2014 he was appointed by the Government of Chile as a member of the National Commission of Lithium. In the last ten years he has participated as a speaker and panelist in international conferences on lithium in China, Germany, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

Mauricio Roitman
Mauricio Roitman
Chairman, National Natural Gas Regulator (ENARGAS) of Argentina

Mauricio Roitman holds a master’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, a diploma in energy economics and energy planning from Copime-IAE General Mosconi, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE). Mr. Roitman has taken several executive education courses including economics for regulation at the Center of economics studies for regulation (Centro de Estudios Economicos de la Regulación) of Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE) and the World Bank. Before assuming his current position as Chairman of ENARGAS, he served as Undersecretary for Scenarios and Project Evaluation at the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Prior to that he worked at the consulting firm Montamat & Asociados and was Consulting Projects Director at Energy Consulting Services. He was also parliament advisor in the Commission for Energy and Mines at the Argentine Senate and parliament advisor in the Energy and Fuels Commission at the Chamber of Deputies.

Maria Adamelia Burgueño Mercado
Maria Adamelia Burgueño Mercado
General Director for Statistics & Economic Evaluation, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) of Mexico

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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. – See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/duncan-wood#sthash.07iTOPV1.dpuf

Erwin Beckmann
Erwin Beckmann
Commercial Origination & System Intelligence, Zuma Energía

Finance professional with experience in energy, telecommunications and consumer products sectors.

Erwin has twelve years of experience involved in the analysis of renewable energy and natural gas projects. During that time, he has participated in numerous tenders for CFE, PEMEX and CENACE, doing regulatory, economic, legal and risk analysis for the projects, as well as coordinating the elaboration of proposals.

Erwin has experience in the development of renewable projects and Power Purchase Agreements.

Specialties: Auctions, regulation, financial modeling, project valuation, risk analysis, due diligence, contract management.

German Chullmir
German Chullmir
CEO, OREL Energy Group

German is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of international experience. Passionate about the environment and conscious about the crucial role clean energy plays in Latin America’s development, German has been advocating for the diversification of the energy matrix while facilitating social development through technology innovation.

German has founded and managed numerous investments in real estate, construction and renewable energy.

Foreseeing the market trends in the Renewable Energy sector, German founded Orel Energy Group in 2015 to focus on opportunities in Latin America developing a unique perspective on the specific dynamics of the market while cultivating a strategic vision about private-public partnerships in the energy sector.

Luis Vera
Luis Vera
Executive Director, ASEA Mexico

He received a Law Degree from the Fre School of Law, a Master Degree in Environmental Law and Energy from the University of Tulane, for which he obtained scholarships for the Fulbright and Ford MacArthur foundations and as a Doctor in Environment and Development from the National Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he completed a postgraduate course in Economic and Corporate Law at the Universidad Panamericana.

He has an extensive professional career in Socio-Environmental Law including national and international experience in legislative matters and consulting.

He is a founding partner of Vera & Asociados Ambiental Legal, S.C. which is the first firm in Latin America dedicated exclusively to Environmental Law, Sustainable Development, Biotechnology and other related areas. In academic matters, he has been a professor coordinator of various master’s degrees and diplomas. Currently, he also serves as the representative for Mexico of the Program of Science and Technology for Development (CYTED) of the UN and is Secretary of the Fulbright Scholars Association in Mexico. Since December 1, 2018, he is the Executive Director of the Safety, Energy and Environment Agency (ASEA).

Silvia Martinez Romero
Silvia Martinez Romero
Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank

International experience as Project Manager. European Commission Research Projects on nuclear and renewable energy. Speaking fluently Spanish, English, Italian, German & good level of French contributed to obtaining valuable information & networking.

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Major in Energy Sources & Power Generation), postgraduate Diploma on Fluid Dynamics at von Karman Institute having 8 years of experience in the Oil & Gas and Power Generation field.
  • Strong technical background on Fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, nuclear reactors, renewable energy sources and power plant design and optimization.
  • MBA degree at Instituto de Empresa Business School. Experience on market research, marketing activities, cost analysis and strategic management for energy generation industry.
Hector Garces
Hector Garces
Digital Transformation Expert, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Hector Garces is a Digital Transformation expert at ERM with a focus on Environmental Health, Safety & Social solutions for Latin America. Hector has supported top companies in the Forbes 500 in automating and modernizing processes using technology and harvesting the data produced by these systems. His experience includes working with companies in the Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Mining and other sectors with global operations. Hector has almost 20 years of experience in designing, implementing and sustaining technology solutions, with the goal of maximizing the return on the investment and generating digital assets.

Rolando Gonzalez Bunster
Rolando Gonzalez Bunster
Chairman and CEO, InterEnergy

Rolando founded the business in 1988 and has over 40 years of experience in project management and business development.

He began his career at Gulf & Western Industries where he started out as a special assistant to chairman and founder Charles Bluhdorn, eventually becoming its youngest corporate Vice President and Head of International Operations. After Gulf & Western, Rolando went on to establish his own companies to acquire and operate assets in the region.

Rolando, Georgetown University College Class 1968, serves on many of his alma mater’s boards. He was Chair of the International Initiatives Board and is currently a trustee on the Board of Advisers of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Latin American Board.

He is a Director and Trustee of the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. He is also a member of the Energy Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on the development of clean and renewable energy. Rolando is proud to be a founding member of the Walkabout Foundation which has distributed 21,000 wheelchairs to date.

Phil LaDuke
Phil LaDuke
Partner, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Phil LaDuke is a Principle with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), He has over 30 years of experience in the field of Organizational Development, Worker Safety, Executive Coaching, and Training.  Mr. LaDuke is an internationally renowned executive consultant, safety expert, speaker, blogger, trainer, and author. He has over 350 published magazine and two books and is published on all inhabited continents.  An iterant thinker he writes and speaks extensively on organizational change and worker safety. He frequently guest lectures; including presentations at Tulane, Wayne State, the University of Michigan—Dearborn, Loyola School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University. In 2018 Mr. LaDuke was named to Thinkers360’s exclusive list of the top 20 Global thought leaders in sustainability, and in 2019 he was also included in its list of the top 20 global thought leaders in technology. He also has been appointed to three biomedical safety boards.

Paulo Sotero
Paulo Sotero
Director, Brazil Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An award winning journalist, from 1989 to 2006 he was the Washington correspondent for Estado de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. Sotero began his career at Veja in the late 1960s and worked for the magazine in São Paulo, Recife, Brasília, and Paris, until he was named its correspondent in Portugal after the democratic revolution of April 25, 1974. Sotero has been in Washington, D.C., since 1980, where he has been a correspondent for Istoé weekly magazine and the financial newspaper Gazeta Mecantil. He is a frequent guest commentator for the BBC, CNN, AlJazeera, Voice of America, National Public Radio, Globo News Television and the Brazilian Radio Network – CBN. He also contributes regularly to Brazilian and international newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. A native of the state of São Paulo, Sotero holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Catholic University of Pernambuco, and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University, in Washington, D.C. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

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