“Where Europe and Latin America Meet for Energy Dialogue”









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The virtual Madrid Energy Conference brings together senior business executives and government officials from Latin America, Europe, and the world to explore the vast cross-regional opportunities at the intersection of E&P, infrastructure, renewables, and finance.

The inaugural edition of the Madrid Energy Conference in September 2019 was a ground-breaking assembly of top-level executives and government officials from Latin America, Europe, and the world. Discussion centered on the vast cross-regional opportunities at the intersection of infrastructure, renewables, natural gas, regulation and finance. A general consensus emerged that the global energy transition demands cooperation, not competition and, moreover, oil and gas companies must lead the way.

MEC2020 will feature a wealth of content, solutions, an abundance of virtual networking opportunities and provide the region with an invaluable platform from which to drive investment, growth and prosperity in Latin America. The conference gathers the brightest minds and the most engaging and well-respected commercial, policy, and regulatory thought leaders to discuss trends, gain perspective, and explore opportunities for the next year.

MEC 2020 will give participants the opportunity to:

• Understand COVID-19’s impact on global energy markets, Latin America’s energy sector & the energy transition.
• Cultivate open dialogue and connect with newly-appointed energy officials and
other key decision-makers to catalyze industry connections and partnerships across the energy value chain.
• Explore the increased challenges to financing amid the COVID chaos and understand how to get from intention to reality.
• Debate innovative approaches on energy transition, regulatory and financial challenges, and government plans to support sector investment.
• Experience a tailor made virtual platform offering our community the best possible
online event and networking.


Hosted by recognized industry leaders:

  • The Institute of the Americas, with 27 years of experience actively cultivating energy development through its showcase La Jolla Energy Conference.
  • IPD Latin America, LLC, with 20 years of on-the-ground consulting for a wide array of global energy decision-makers.
  • Global Event Partners, a specialist international event organizer who host a market leading portfolio of Oil & Gas, Power, Utilities & Renewable events across Latin America, the Middle East & Africa.



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Agenda (2019)


7:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m Conference Welcome Cocktail and Networking

Meliá Serrano Madrid Hotel Rooftop

8:30 Coffee/Light Breakfast Networking


9:00 Conference Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address

José Domínguez Abascal, Secretary of State for Energy, Spain

9:20 Keynote Opening Panel: Latin America Outlook for Energy Transition

Thiago Barral Ferreira, CEO, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica, Brazil
Thore Kristiansen, Co‐COO/Executive Director, Galp Energia
Nicholas Lawson, Low Carbon Strategy Director, BP

Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas and David Voght, IPD Latin America

10:15 Coffee Break


10:45 Panel Discussion: Political Leadership in the Americas – A New Era in Policy?

The 2018 political shifts throughout the region will drive near‐term policy evolution across the region. This panel will give investors a first look at the new administrations’ vision, and their potential impact on energy policy.

Thiago de Aragao,Partner, Arko Advice and Senior Associate, CSIS
Nick Panes, Senior Partner, Control Risks
Juan Verde, Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe and President, Advanced Leadership Foundation

: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

11:45 Panel Discussion: Latin America’s Energy Transition, the 3 D’s (Decentralization, Decarbonization, and Digitalization) and How Companies Can Address Global Energy Transformation

As the world moves toward sustainable energy sources, traditional oil and gas producers have begun to reinvent themselves. This discussion will showcase why the world’s major energy producing companies are fundamentally changing their businesses — and how they intend to shape the future.

Leonardo Sempertegui, General Legal Counsel, OPEC
Agustín Delgado, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Iberdrola
Andrea Villa, Head of Market Studies for Energy Transition, Enel
Alvaro Villasante, Power Generation Vice President – Grupo Energia Bogota

: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

1:00 Networking Luncheon


2:30 Panel Discussion: Where do National Oil Companies Fit into Latin America’s Energy Future?

How will NOCs throughout Latin America evolve to stay relevant operationally, financially, and strategically as the world shifts its energy focus?

Joe Amador, Managing Director, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Rafael Santamaria, Independent Consultant, Former Commercial Lead, International New Ventures M&A, Ecopetrol

: David Voght, IPD Latin America

3:30 Panel Discussion: Regulatory Risk

The strength and predictability of a country’s regulatory framework impacts the direction of investment flows. Three‐fourths of total energy sector investment originates from the private sector. This panel will focus on the steps various Latin American countries are taking to strengthen their regulatory framework, and which of those efforts will have the biggest impact.

Andres Chambouleyron, Chairman, National Electricity Regulator (ENRE), Argentina
Jose Vicente Zapata, Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano, Partner, Enix; Former Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) (Mexico)

Moderator: John Padilla
, IPD Latin America

4:30 Panel Discussion: Energy Transition – Identifying Priorities for Capital Investors

The competition for capital in Latin America’s energy sector has never been greater. Several countries are hosting competing bid rounds, there is an urgent need for major infrastructure, and renewable energy investment has gained significant traction. Many firms that have long focused on oil and gas have pivoted to include electricity and renewables as part of their revised strategic vision. What is the model that will deliver shareholder and investor returns in a market with tight margins and growing competition? Where is capital flowing, and what are the principal factors driving decision‐making?

Maria Lahore, Principal Executive, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
Dr. Roland Roesch, Deputy Director Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Bart Doyle, Chief Operating Officer, Mainstream Renewable Power 

Moderator: John Padilla
, IPD Latin America

5:30 Roundtable Discussion

The EU ‐ Mercosur Trade Agreement: Partnership for Prosperity

8:00     Coffee/Light Breakfast Networking


9:00    Panel Discussion: The Future Customer 

The way consumers think about energy is changing rapidly.  More and more consumers are demanding that their energy come from renewable sources.  They have a clear preference for environmentally friendly options, and they expect the options to purchase energy to be as innovative as the means by which they consume energy.

Gerard Bel, CEO, Pylon Network
Carlos Sanz Alonso, IBM Spain Energy & Utilities Partner
Andrea Course, Venture Principal, Shell

Moderator: David Voght
, IPD Latin America

10:00  Panel Discussion: The Renewable Energy Wave in Latin America – Assessing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), the Role of Long-Term Auctions, and What Governments are Doing to Drive Sustainable Business Prospects

Renewables are sweeping across Latin America. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) states that solar, geothermal, and wind sources now provide more than 10 GW of installed capacity across the region. Over the last three years, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico have ranked among the top ten global renewable energy markets for investment. Long-term auctions have spurred competition and positioned renewables as a competitive component of the energy supply mix. Many countries have set specific clean energy goals and policy direction. In some cases, they have also defined financing support to ensure that renewables are deployed. But important questions remain: Will projects be delivered on time? Will they come in at the auction-determined prices?

Leonardo Beltran, former Undersecretary for Energy Transition, Secretary of Energy, Mexico and Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas 
Enrique Sira Martinez, Managing Partner, Upside Value Group
Pablo del Rio, Senior Researcher, Head of the Environmental Economics Unit Institute for Public Policies and Goods, Spanish  National Research Council | SCIC

Arcadio Gutiérrez Zapico, Director General, Club Español de la Energía

11:00   Coffee Break

11:30  Panel Discussion: Latin America’s Natural Gas Outlook – Assessing Market Development, Overcoming Infrastructure Challenges, and Seizing Midstream Growth and Opportunities

Energy consumption in Latin America has burgeoned. With access to some of the cheapest natural gas in the world, the region’s need to build more robust and redundant infrastructure has become critical. As natural gas has become the transition hydrocarbon of choice, this panel will examine:

  • Where Latin America will source its energy
  • How much gas production will cost
  • How supply and demand can be balanced regionally to create economies of scale
  • What and where the major investment opportunities in the region will be

Mauricio Roitman, President, Ente Nacional Regulagdor Del Gas, Argentina
Jaqueline Meneghel Rodrigues, Infrastructure Analyst, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil
Guadalupe Vargas Giraldo, Business Development Manager Repsol Wholesale & Gas Trading
Kenna Bravo, Latin American Senior LNG specialist, GNL Global

Moderator: Jeremy Martin,
Institute of the Americas

12:30  Final Remarks and Closing Coffee

Speakers (2019)


2019 Lineup
2019 Lineup
José Domínguez Abascal
José Domínguez Abascal
Secretary of State for Energy, Ministry of Ecological Transition of Spain

Mr. José Domínguez Abascal serves as an Executive President of Abengoa SA. Mr. Domínguez Abascal served as Chief Technology Officer at Abengoa SA. He served as Technical General Secretary and Engineering Vice President at Abengoa SA. He served as Assistant General Secretary of Abengoa SA. He was responsible for Abengoa’s research, development and innovation activities. He served as Technical General Secretary of Abengoa SA since 2008. He served as an Executive Chairman of Abengoa SA from September 27, 2015 to March 2016 and served as its Executive Director from September 27, 2015 to April 18, 2016. He served for four years as the General Secretary for Universities Research and Technology in the regional government of Andalusia, Spain. Additionally, he served for 22 years as a Full Professor in the Structural Engineering Department of the University of Seville, Spain. During this time, he served as a Vice-Rector (from 1990 to 1992) and Dean of Engineering (from 1993 to 1998). He serves as Director of Abeinsa Ingeniería y Construcción Industrial, S.A. and Omip – Operador Do Mercado Ibérico De Energia, S.a. He served as a Director of Telvent Git S.A since May 2008 and Operador del Mercado Ibérico de Energía – Polo Español, S.A. since February 4, 2016 until June 16, 2016. He is a member of the European Academy in the Physics and Engineering Section and a member of the Real Academy of Sciences in Seville, Spain. In 2004, he received the Spanish National Award of Investigation in Engineering, Leonardo Torres Quevedo. Mr. Abascal obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 both at the University of Seville. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom while he worked on his Ph.D. thesis during 1976 and Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar and Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1977 to 1978.

Bart Doyle
Bart Doyle
Chief Operating Officer, Mainstream Renewable Power

Bart was appointed to the position of Group Chief Operations Officer of Mainstream in 2018 where he has overall responsibility for the Group’s project development, construction and operational activities. This appointment follows his secondment to Mainstream Chile as General Manager for three years.

Previous to his appointment in Chile, Bart was Chief Operating Officer for global onshore developments in Mainstream during which time he led the development of more than 8,000MW of wind and solar projects around the world.

Prior to this, he was in charge of the Irish construction team at Airtricity, a global renewable energy company, where he led the construction of a large number of windfarms.

Bart graduated as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA from University College Dublin. He holds PfMP, PgMP, PMP, RMP and SP certifications from the PMI and has a higher diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration from Trinity College Dublin, and a Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Irish Management Institute.

Jaqueline Meneghel Rodrigues
Jaqueline Meneghel Rodrigues
Infrastructure Analyst, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil

Jaqueline is a Chemical Engineer with a specialization in Public Policy. She is currently infrastructure analyst for the Department of Natural Gas at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Nicholas Lawson
Nicholas Lawson
Low Carbon Strategy Director, BP

Nick is heavily involved in the development of BP’s portfolio of lower carbon businesses across a wide range of investments from advanced biofuels, electric charging to carbon trading.

Nick currently chairs the oil and gas industry association IPIECA’s climate change and adaptation task force.

In prior roles Nick established BP’s group risk function and before joining BP worked in KPMG’s energy team. Nick is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in economics from the University of Bristol.

Arcadio Gutiérrez
Arcadio Gutiérrez
Director General, Club Español de la Energía, (Enerclub)

Cursó la carrera de Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Madrid, especialidad Hidráulica y Energía, finalizando en el año 76.

Es Master por el Programa de Alta Dirección de Empresa (PADE) del IESE.

En este mismo año, 1976, inició su vida profesional en el sector de la energía, en concreto en el campo nuclear en plena expansión en la década de los 70.

En 1987 ingresó en el Cuerpo de Técnicos de la Administración Civil del Estado donde ha sido Subdirector General en los Ministerios de Trabajo y Seguridad Social y de Industria y Energía.

En 1992, regresa al sector de la energía como Director General de UNION FENOSA INGENIERIA, S.A., posteriomente denominada SOCOIN Ingeniería y Construcción Industrial, S.L., en la que ostenta el cargo de Presidente.

Ha sido Consejero en SOLUZIONA, S.A. y en PROINTEC, S.A..

Durante los años 2000-2002, fue Presidente de la Asociación Española de Empresas de Ingeniería, Consultoría y Servicios Tecnológicos (TECNIBERIA), que actúa como la patronal nacional del sector de ingeniería.

Entre 2004 a 2010 ha sido Vocal en la Junta directiva y Presidente de la Comisión de Consultoría y Ejercicio Libre en el Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, actualmente es Consejero del mismo.

Junto a sus funciones como Director de Ingeniería y Tecnología de Gas Natural Fenosa y Presidente de Gas Natural Fenosa Engineering, S.L.U. desempeñó los cargos de:

Consejero en GHESA Ingeniería y Tecnología, S.A. y Empresarios Agrupados.

Desde 2013 es Director General del Club Español de la Energía.

Asimismo es Presidente de la Fundación Agustín de Betancourt y miembro de la Fundación de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos.

Andrea Course
Andrea Course
Venture Principal, Shell

Andrea Course works in Shell Ventures as a Venture Principal. She has more than 12 years of experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Shell, Andrea worked as Venture Principal at Schlumberger Technology Investments and this year she was named one of 100 Global Corporate Venturing Rising Stars – profiling the industry’s top 0.5%.

Andrea has been working on research and new technology development for over eight years. She held the positions of Product Manager, Senior Product Analyst, engineering manager and product design engineer. She holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Aerospace Engineering and an executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Mauricio Roitman
Mauricio Roitman
President, Ente Nacional Regulador Del Gas (ENARGAS), 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.

Carlos Sanz Alonso
Carlos Sanz Alonso
Partner, IBM Spain Energy & Utilities

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Roland Roesch
Roland Roesch
Deputy Director, Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Dr. Roland Roesch is Deputy Director at the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Before Roland became in October 2010 a Professor for Energy Economics at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt he worked for 15 years in the Oil&Gas and Utilities Industry for Shell and E.ON in his last position as General Manager Power at Shell and for E.ON as Head of Division, Project Leader, Project Executive and Technical Project Developer. Before he joined E.ON he worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as researcher for renewable energies. Roland has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and energy strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing. He currently leads IRENA´s work on RE Project Development known as IRENA Project Navigator, RE Innovation, Grids and Flexibility for the Power Sector Transformation and the Gas Sector Transformation.

Guadalupe Vargas Giraldo
Guadalupe Vargas Giraldo
Business Development Manager Repsol Wholesale & Gas Trading

Guadalupe is a Business Development Manager of Repsol Wholesale & Gas Trading. She is responsible for the development of gas monetization projects inside the WGT division of Repsol. She has more than 20 years of experience in the company and has spent half of it in the gas and LNG sector. She has held different positions technical and commercial in Exploration, Upstream Business Development and LNG business. She studied Structural Geology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Petrophysics at the  Institut Francais du Petrole, Paris and has an MBA from the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) of Madrid.

Agustín Delgado Martín
Agustín Delgado Martín
Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Iberdrola

Agustín Delgado (Spain, 1972) holds an MSC in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Superior Industrial (ICAI) of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). He has also completed the School of Management Programme designed specifically for Iberdrola by IESE and the Global Leadership Programme at IMD.

A professional with twenty years of experience, he began his career in different companies from the rail and energy sectors. He joined Iberdrola in 2006 as Innovation Director. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer for the Iberdrola Group. He is also responsible for the venture capital program in IBERDROLA (PERSEO), where he coordinates PERSEO´s investment in technology companies related to new sustainable energies and business models.

Former member of the Gamesa board of directors and some other startup companies. He is also member of the World Economic Forum, Global Future Council for Advanced Energy Technlogies.

Gerard Bel
Gerard Bel
CEO, Pylon Network

Founder of Pylon Network, a company focused on creating business models for the energy market through its digitalisation.
I am highly active and driven by my curiosity to always be looking for new challenges, specialised in developing innovative client based business models which employ emerging technology. Through the digitalisation of the energy market, it is possible to improve customer engagement, improve company performance and at the same time generate exceptional social and environmental impact.
We believe data neutrality to be the key to the energy transition for the empowerment of the end consumer.

Kenna Bravo
Kenna Bravo
Latin American Senior LNG specialist, GNL Global

Kenna Bravo is an economist with more than fifteen years’ experience in the oil and gas sector. She has worked on financial assessments of gas and oil projects, downstream regulations and has made researches and studies on natural gas and LNG markets. Over the past six years, she worked in the Middle East, as LNG & Gas Market Analyst, at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum headquarters in Doha, Qatar. Kenna is known for her expertise on LNG market fundamentals, value chain, and trade with emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean markets. Currently, she is the project leader of an online platform to facilitate information and news related to the LNG business for Spanish speaking audience.

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

Jeremy M. Martin is Vice President, Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas, an inter-American public policy think-tank located at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Program works to foster a deeper understanding of the most critical energy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Jeremy spends his time delving into the geopolitics of energy and closely following energy industry trends and policy issues across the Americas, and is a frequent commentator and writer on Latin American and energy issues. Jeremy has testified before the US Congress on energy issues in Latin America, teaches a graduate course in Latin American Energy Policy at UCSD and the University of San Diego (USD) and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor newsletter. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Diplomacy Council and is a member of the host committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation San Diego Chapter annual Bet on Cures event. Thanks to his upbringing, he is a diehard Red Sox fan, Civil War buff, and news junkie. Jeremy graduated with honors in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Masters in International Affairs/International Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He has yet to achieve his lifelong dream of being a Stand-Up Comic.

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).

Bachelor of Science, Boston College, 1991 – Major: Finance

Languages Spoken
English (native), Spanish (fluent)

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.

Andrea Villa
Andrea Villa
Head of Market Studies on Energy Transition, Enel

Andrea Villa is Head of Market Studies on the Energy Transition in Bogotá for Enel where he focuses on the market design and the integration of renewable and new technologies in the electricity sector.

He previously worked as Head of European Regulation for Enel SpA in Brussels during the introduction of the Clean Energy Package.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Competition and Market Regulation issued by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Alvaro Villasante Losada
Alvaro Villasante Losada
Power Generation Vice President, Grupo Energia Bogota

Alvaro Villasante Losada graduated from University of Salamanca in Business Management and Administration, and holds a Master’s in Strategic Management and Human Resources as well as a Master’s in International Trade.
Before joining Grupo Energía Bogotá in 2018, he held several positions in companies focusing on renewable energy investments in Latin America, among others as Business Development Manager for Central America and the Caribbean in Acciona Energy or Senior Business Developer in the PE Investment Fund Grupo ECOS.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Transportadora de Gas Internacional -TGI, the Colombian Association of Power Generators -ACOLGEN, and MGE Transmissão and Goiás Transmissão , and is an alternate member on the Board of multiple companies in the Latin American energy sector, including Emgesa and Cálidda.

Juan Verde
Juan Verde
Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe and President, Advanced Leadership Foundation

Juan Verde is a business and social entrepreneur as well as arenowned international advisor to governments and companies.

Mr. Verde is also a senior partner at the US consultancy firm MAPA Group, an international business development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. In 2009, Mr. Verde was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the US Department of Commerce where he served until 2011. In this capacity, he led the department’s efforts to solve trade policy and market access issues faced by US firms, seeking to grow their business operations in Europe and Eurasia. He was responsible for developing and recommending policies and programs with respect to US economic and commercial relations with 52 countries in Europe and Eurasia.

Previously, Mr. Verde founded and presided over the American Chamber of Commerce in the Canary Islands and founded PASS Inc., a strategic advisory firm providing market expansion advice to US companies entering the European market. From 1999 until 2003, he was Director for Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula for the Corporate Executive  Board, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEB), a Washington, DC – based strategy consulting and research firm serving 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Verde has worked on 14 different national, regional and local election campaigns in the United States and Latin America, including those of President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Senators Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. In 2012, he was the International Co‐ Chair for the Obama campaign, where he developed and implemented a strategy to mobilize over six million American citizens residing outside of the United States to vote.

Mr. Verde is also the President of the Advanced Leadership Foundation, an American 501c3 not for profit organization. The mission of the Advanced Leadership Foundation is to train the next generation of future leaders through professional skill and workforce development. A longtime advocate for environmental causes, sustainability and the fight against climate change, Mr. Verde partnered with former Vice President Al Gore to establish and lead “The Climate Project Spain.”

He also serves as president of the Fundación Biosfera and continues to promote environmental values, sustainability and the fight against climate change. Mr. Verde has held positions in a number of corporate and advisory boards including the Government of Lithuania’s International Advisory Committee; Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., a Spanish biotech ethanol company, and Andes Energy Corp., a global diversified energy corporation, Sovereign Bank (Banco Santander´s US division). He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was also a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University. In 2012, he was elected to the Alumni Board of Directors at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Verde currently splits his time between Washington DC, Galicia, Spain, and New York City where he lives with his wife and two children.

Nick Panes
Nick Panes
Senior Partner, Control Risks

Nick Panes serves as a Senior Partner for Control Risks and is based in London. Nick’s work has focused on political risk and regulatory compliance advisory work. Prior to returning to London in 2017, Nick was based in Mexico and was responsible for running Control Risks’ operations for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In this role he worked with clients in the development and implementation of risk management solutions, with a particular emphasis on the design of regulatory and anti-corruption compliance systems.

Nick’s recent projects include:

  • Designing and implementing pre-transaction due diligence and anti-corruption risk assessment tools as part of an assessment of a company’s compliance system. The project focused on ensuring efficient internal systems and compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation.
  • Strategic business intelligence and stakeholder mapping for an infrastructure project in Mexico, providing a comprehensive threat and security analysis of the potential operating environment and a map of the key project stakeholders and their potential impact on the project.
  • A fraud and corruption risk assessment for an international healthcare firm, including an FCPA compliance audit of its India operations.
  • An anti-money laundering audit of a client’s banking and exchange house operations to ensure compliance with relevant national financial authorities’ statutory requirements.

Nick has a Master’s of Arts degree in Latin American Politics from the Institute of Latin American Studies, London. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Nick is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and also completed the Investigators’ Course run by the Centre for Investigative Studies & Crime Reduction at Charles Sturt Universit

Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano
Partner, Enix & Former Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)

Chemical engineer from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, master in economics and public finance, and a diploma in global markets from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Diploma in parliamentary law from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Coordinator of the International Conference of Regulators. Fellow of the Institute of the Americas at the University of California, San Diego and the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary.

He was president of the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC), of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Entities (Ariae), and vice president of the International Relations Committee of the North American Association of Regulators

Co-author of several books on energy regulation and environmental policy and frequent speaker at international conferences.

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.

Joe Amador
Joe Amador
Managing Director, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Joe Amador is Managing Director and Head of Latin America for investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. He is responsible for the origination and execution of upstream, midstream, oil field services, and power assignments in the region. Joe has participated in over 20 mergers and acquisitions mandates, representing in excess of $25 billion in value. Prior to joining TPH, he was a Director at Scotia Waterous, the oil and gas investment banking division of Canada’s Scotiabank. He was at international consultancy firm Gaffney, Cline & Associates for 11 years, where he provided board-level advice to energy companies. Joe began his career as an Operations / Analytical Engineer with ARCO Oil and Gas Company, which was subsequently acquired by BP. Joe holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.

Thore Kristiansen
Thore Kristiansen
Co-COO/Executive Director, Galp Energia

Thore E. Kristiansen is the COO at Galp Energia, Portugal’s oil and natural gas integrated operator. Mr. Kristiansen is responsible for Galp Energia’s global Exploration and Production activities and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Galp’s activities span from exploration and production of oil and natural gas to refining and marketing oil products, natural gas marketing and sales and power generation. Galp Energia E&P activities are expanding strongly worldwide and are predominantly located in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

Previously, Mr. Kristiansen has served in a wide range of key international leadership positions for Statoil ASA, one of the world’s leading energy suppliers and deep water operators.

As Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Development and Production in South America and President for Statoil Brazil, Mr. Kristiansen was responsible for one of Statoil’s largest offshore operatorship outside Norway. Kristiansen’s key objectives were to maximize production in a safe and efficient manner, develop new projects, optimize portfolio and secure new business development opportunities for Statoil in the region.

Mr. Kristiansen’s previous company experience includes Senior Vice President for Development and Production in South America and Sub-Sahara Africa, President of Statoil Venezuela, Head of US Investor Relations, Vice President and Head of Corporate M&A and President of Statoil Deutschland GmbH.

His assignments for Statoil have provided Mr. Kristiansen with a valued opportunity to live and work in a variety of countries and cultures, including Brazil, Venezuela, Denmark, the U.K., the U.S., Germany and Norway. Mr. Kristiansen earned his Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Stavanger University and his business degree from The Norwegian School of Management.

Maria Lahore
Maria Lahore
Principal Executive, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

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

Leonardo Beltran was Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition en the Administration of President Peña Nieto (2012-2018) and current Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas. 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.

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

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

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

Thiago de Aragao
Thiago de Aragao
Partner, Arko Advice and Senior Associate, CSIS

Thiago is the director of Strategy of Arko Advice. He has given presentations about the Brazilian and Latin American political environment in over a dozen countries and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. A specialist in political risk analysis and political network analysis, through his work he has advised over 100 companies, rating agencies and investment funds from Brazil and abroad. He is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Research Associate at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (France) and Co-editor and Co-presenter of the Brazilian Politics Podcast. (www.brazilianpoliticspodcast.com).

Andres Chambouleyron
Andres Chambouleyron
Chairman, National Electricity Regulator (ENRE), 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.

Jose Vicente Zapata
Jose Vicente Zapata
Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia

José Vicente Zapata is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Bogotá office with more than 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the environment, energy and natural resources, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as in corporate compliance and liability cases, including FCPA. Mr. Zapata co-chairs the firm’s Venezuela Focus Team, a group of partners who assists clients with interests in the country.

Mr. Zapata represents electric, oil, gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial companies. In addition, he regularly advises clients in the structuring of foreign investment transactions, corporate reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions as well as matters of environmental liability and judicial proceedings such as class action and international claims.

Throughout his career, Mr. Zapata has served on various boards of directors and has headed numerous successful companies. He has represented clients in many of the largest transactions made in Colombia to date in the energy, mining, oil and gas sectors, in addition to assisting a range of companies in entering the energy market, obtaining mining and oil and gas concessions and structuring the contractual arrangements for such purposes. More recently, Mr. Zapata has been very active in renewable energy projects, and has led both wind farm and solar ventures. Mr. Zapata has also participated actively in key financing and structuring of transactions in these sectors.

Mr. Zapata has participated in critical environmental liability cases and class action litigation in Colombia. Of particular importance is his participation in complex cases where communities and companies discuss their corresponding rights and in prior public consultations, and environmental permits and authorizations.

Mr. Zapata has acted as co-counsel in major international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, involving sensitive international judicial matters of Colombian interest under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rules. These matters focus in energy and natural resources concerning disputes across the oil and gas, electricity, infrastructure and mining sectors.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Zapata has served as professor of corporate responsibility, environmental liability and sustainable development at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Universidad de Los Andes and Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Rafael Santamaria
Rafael Santamaria
Independent Consultant, Former Commercial Lead, International New Ventures M&A, Ecopetrol

Rafael Santamaria is an Independent Senior Consultant in Upstream Oil & Gas with 15 years of international experience. His background includes a MSc in Energy Economics from Colorado School of Mines and a BSc in Petroleum Engineering. Rafael worked for more than 10 years at Ecopetrol, the Colombian National Oil Company (NYSE:EC, #300 Forbes Global 2000). From 2013 to 2018, he was a commercial lead for the International New Ventures and M&A team based in Houston, TX, USA. During that period, Ecopetrol evaluated opportunities around The Americas and West Africa and was awarded with upstream assets in USA, Mexico and Brazil. Rafael has been officially acknowledged by Ecopetrol’s high management in 2009, 2010 and 2017 for his active role.

Rafael has also been a University professor at Universidad de America (Bogota, Colombia) and Researcher in Geomechanics (Colombian Petroleum Institute). He’s member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Colombian Association of Petroleum Engineers (ACIPET), and the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). In the latter, he’s been an e-mentor to undergraduate students.

He enjoys travelling, and has lived in Houston (USA), Denver (USA), Manchester (UK), Bucaramanga and Bogota (COL). He and his British wife are currently based in Madrid (SPA).

Pablo del Rio
Pablo del Rio
Senior Researcher, Head of the Environmental Economics Unit Institute for Public Policies and Goods, Spanish National Research Council | SCIC

Pablo del Río is senior researcher in the Environmental Economics Group at the Institute for Public Goods and Policies in the Consejo Superior Científicas (CSIC), the main public research centre in Spain and the third largest in Europe. He completed his Degree in Economics and Business Administration in the Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM) and holds a PhD in Economics by UAM (2002). His areas of research and interest are related to environmental economics, management, energy economics and innovation economics. He has more than 70 international publications in these areas. He has participated in 6 European-funded research projects on several topics in Environmental Economics and Energy and he is on the Executive Board of the Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE). Furthermore, he has an extensive, 13-year teaching experience at the undergraduate level and he usually collaborates with several institutions in Masters related to Environmental Economics, Energy Economics and Climate Change. He was associate professor of Environmental Economics and Econometrics between 1999 and 2008 in the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and he was Vice-dean of external relationships in this university between 2005 and 2007.

Enrique Sira Martinez
Enrique Sira Martinez
Managing Partner at Upside Value Group

Seasoned Oil&Gas and Power executive with more than 20 years of experience globally. Highly driven leader with strong commitment to growth and track record of consistently delivering results and reaching objectives. In depth technical, commercial and strategic industry knowledge as a distinct advantage.
Areas of expertise:
Company Business and strategic planning
Renewables – Wind, Solar, Biomass
Co-Generation development
Upstream Oil and Gas
Uncertainty Driven Oil, Gas and Generation Asset Valuation and Portfolio Optimization
Energy Asset Portfolio Management and Optimization
Energy Investment Decision Analysis
Oil and Gas Corporate Strategy and Planning
Heavy and EHO Monetization and Development
Gas Monetization Strategies
New Product Strategy and Development
Market Assessment and Evaluation
Market Strategy

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