Through Executive Decree 1014, signed on March 9, 2020, the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno appointed René Ortiz as the new Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources.
René Ortiz is an engineer by profession. He has completed his postgraduate studies at various universities and higher institutes in Ecuador and the United States. He has more than 40 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and energy industries.
He held important positions such as: Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Minister of Energy and Mines of Ecuador, founder and President of the Association of the Hydrocarbon Industry of Ecuador (AIHE), Chairman of the board of the Entrepreneurs National Association, member of the Institute of the Americas board, Vice President of the Council of Chambers and Associations of Production, among others.
The new Minister of Energy has affirmed that during his administration he will give priority to the most relevant issues of the sector, which are important for the country, according to the Government of President Lenín Moreno policies.
Ingeniero comercial de la Universidad Católica y máster en Administración de Empresas y máster en Administración Pública de la Universidad de Harvard.
Su trayectoria profesional se inició entre 2000 y 2010 en la empresa asesora de finanzas corportivas Asset Chile.
El año 2010 se unió al primer gobierno del Presidente Sebastián Piñera como jefe de gabinete del ministro de Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter, donde ocupó un rol preponderante en el Comité de Emergencia creado para enfrentar la reconstrucción del país tras el terremoto de febrero de 2010.
El 29 de julio de 2011 asumió como subsecretario de Vivienda, donde continuó con la labor de reconstrucción, potenciando el rol de desarrollo urbano del ministerio.
Posteriormente, el 24 de julio de 2013 asumió como ministro de Trabajo y Previsión Social, desde donde se abocó a extender la Sala Cuna a todas las mujeres trabajadoras, misión que definió entonces como un proyecto que “empareja la cancha entre los niños”.
Tras desempeñar diversas labores en el sector privado, en enero de 2019 asumió la responsabilidad de dirigir el Fondo de Infratructura, una nueva empresa del Estado que tiene el objetivo de desarrollar nueva infraestructura pública como carreteras, trenes y puertos.
Ahora asume un desafío aún mayor. Encabezar el ministerio de Energía que tiene por misión conducir a Chile hacia una nueva matriz energética, más verde, descarbonizada, con énfasis en las energías renovables no convencionales y con la misión de encaminar a Chile a ser neutro en emisión de carbono.
Tiene 43 años y está casado con la historiadora Luz María Diaz de Valdés.
Juancho Eekhout is Vice-President of Development with Sempra LNG based in San Diego, California. He recently took this position to lead the development of LNG projects serving customers in the Pacific basin. Juancho is the Vice-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber in Mexico and a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of the Americas.
Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Juancho was the Chief Development Officer of IEnova based in Mexico City. Prior to that, he held various roles with the Sempra family of companies in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, power and gas origination, strategic planning, and commercial development.
Juancho started his career with BP where he held various roles internationally in the refining & marketing and commodity trading organizations.
Juancho holds a BA in Economics from the UCAB in Venezuela and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Chris offers insights to inform, shape a decision, policy & regulation, and guide the next steps for energy ventures, acquisitions & divestments, energy technology applications, new technologies, energy efficiency, the energy transition and climate strategies.
Chris has a unique global experience having worked in over 40 countries. This is underpinned by extensive knowledge of petroleum systems and where and how best to find oil and gas, notably in the Gulf of Mexico & nearby areas, Europe and NE & SE Asia. He has worked on dozens of oil and gas field developments. His experience also covers the development of midstream, downstream market development & renewables investments in many emerging economies.
Chris’ insights help decide what to invest in, when & how much, and also when to divest or exit, and how to maximise their value. Chris has extensive experience acquired on the Boards of companies, dozens of subsidiaries, also business chambers & energy committees.
Chris is author of over 25 professional papers on energy trends, National Oil Companies, petroleum systems, petroleum exploration & development in SE Asia, energy technologies, sedimentology and climate changes as revealed by mineralogy in the geological rock record.
His contributions to the energy and education sectors have been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE, and also the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government – the first foreigner in the energy sector to achieve this award.
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.