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.
Francis R. Fannon serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State. He oversees U.S. foreign policy in the critical intersection of energy and national security and promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability, and prosperity around the world. Assistant Secretary Fannon advises the Secretary on strategies to promote universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources and to strengthen energy security through policies that advance diverse, transparent, and secure global markets for all energy types.
Prior to this role, Mr. Fannon was the managing director of BHP’s Washington, DC Corporate Affairs office, where he developed a comprehensive U.S. strategy for the world’s largest diversified resources company. Before BHP, Mr. Fannon was a senior director at Murphy Oil Corporation in Washington, DC.
Mr. Fannon previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In that capacity, he drafted, negotiated, and helped pass into law key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He also served as counsel to Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Pete V. Domenici (R-NM).
Mr. Fannon earned a J.D. from the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law, a M.A. in International Affairs (Economics & Trade) from DU’s Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. from Radford University.
Montserrat Ramiro served as a Commissioner at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission, or CRE, beginning from September 2014 for a period of five years. From 2013 to 2014, she served as Director of Energy at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). She began her career work in the public sector within the Undersecretariat for Planning and Environmental Policy of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. Later in the private sector as a consultant on energy and environmental issues in both Mexico and the United States. Between 2005 and 2013, she worked in different areas of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), such as Planning and Evaluation of Economic Performance of the Corporate Finance Directorate, the Coordination of Advisors of the Corporate Finance Directorate and the Finance Subdirectorate of the subsidiary PMI Comercio Internacional. She is an economist with a degree from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She holds a Master’s in Economics from University College London, where she also earned a specialty in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources. She also holds degrees in Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard University.
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.