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.
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 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.
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.
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.