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.
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 and gas with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed in 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 the Oslo stock exchange that produces 1600bopd 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 and El Cronista Comercial, the more prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina and radio La Red, leader in sports and news.
In mining, Integra has invested extensively in uranium exploration in the province of Chubut in Argentina and in lithium in Jujuy and Catamarca, at the lithium triangle where is developing over 400.000 has.
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 between 1991 and 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. He was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society. Dr Manzano is a member of the Energy Steering Committee of the Institute of The Americas, and also a board member of the Institute of The Americas at UCSD.
Since 2019, Dr Manzano is the Chairman of the European Chapter of the Eisenhower Fellowships. Furthermore, he advises and cooperates with IPS Latin America and IPS Consortium, a global news agency member of the UN system of which University of Congreso is one of the anchor institutions.
Dr. Manzano received his Medical Doctorate and his Post Degree specialization in Occupational Health from the National University of Cuyo. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego.
He has received an International Business Certificate and an International Finance Certificate from Georgetown University. He has received a diploma in Leadership from Oxford University and lectured at prestigious universities in Argentina, Japan, Europe and the United States.
Ana María Duque Vallejo, started in Shell as a government relations advisor for Colombia. In December of 2017 she was appointed as Country Chairwoman for Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Ana María is a lawyer from the Universidad de los Andes with a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Before being part of Shell, Ana worked in the oil and gas industry, as well as, the public sector across the country with grassroots groups in human rights issues for approximately 10 years. She is a founder member of the ‘Colombian Academy of International Law’.
Ana María Duque Vallejo inicio su carrera en Shell como gerente de relaciones con el gobierno. En Diciembre de 2017 fue designada como Presidente de la compañía para Colombia, Ecuador, Centroamérica y el Caribe Hispano. Ana María es abogada de la Universidad de los Andes con una maestría en asuntos internacionales de la Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Previo a Shell, trabajo con la industria de hidrocarburos y el sector público alrededor del país en temas de derechos humanos por aproximadamente 10 años. Es fundadora y parte de la Academia Colombiana de Derecho Internacional.
Raúl D. Bertero graduated as Civil Engineer from the University of Buenos Aires. In 1992, the School of Engineering of the University of California at Berkeley granted him the degree of Master of Science in Engineering. In 2002 he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.
Mr. Bertero is currently a member of the following professional associations: Professional Council of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineers Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute (ACI). Since November 2009 he is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in Argentina.
Mr. Bertero serves as Vice-dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires (elected for the 2018-2022 period). He is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Master in Energy of the University of Buenos Aires (from 2011 up to present) and President of the Center of Studies of Energy Regulatory Activities (CEARE).
Chris Mylde is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sproule in Calgary. As part of the senior leadership team at Sproule, he drives the company’s global growth strategy. Chris has over 20 years experience and speaks frequently at industry events and conferences around the world on key trends in global energy markets. Prior to joining Sproule, Chris spent 10 years in corporate finance and advisory with HSBC in London, Hong Kong and Toronto and Simmons, a boutique advisory firm focused exclusively on the energy sector. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Warwick and an M.Sc. in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Chris has been pleased to serve as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Southern Alberta since January 2019.