Lucas Aristizabal is a senior director in Fitch Ratings’ Latin American corporates group and heads the region’s electric-power utilities and energy (oil and gas) team. Mr. Aristizabal began his career at Fitch in 2002. While at Fitch, Lucas has worked in a number of rating transactions with different levels of complexity, ranging from single-unit power plants to multinational corporations with diverse risks and business lines. Mr. Aristizabal has authored several credit analysis and special reports focusing on electric-power and energy in Latin America. Mr. Aristizabal earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce and Economics from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. He also earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Economics, and Accounting.
Mechanical Engineer and Specialist in High Government from Los Andes University; Armando Zamora Reyes, current President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). He has a Master of Science and Doctorate in Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from IMD (Lausanne). He is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mining Studies of the University of Dundee (Scotland), where he was Deputy Director.
Mr. Zamora was the first Director of the National Hydrocarbons Agency from 2003 to 2011, emphasizing in the creation and strengthening of the new regulatory authority of the hydrocarbon sector in Colombia, as well as the adoption of a new model for concession contracts. He organized and executed six area bid rounds for exploration and production of the hydrocarbon sector, derived as modern, competitive and fair. Among other achievements, he has also served as Senior Advisor to Accenture Strategy Energy and Schlumberger Business Consulting, Senior Consultant to the Boston Consulting Group, and Consultant to the IDB, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the International Finance Corporation. He previously worked at Mobil de Colombia, the Institute of Nuclear Affairs, Carbocol and Corporación Invertir en Colombia, currently Procolombia.
Advisory Board Member at Wilson Center Latin American Program
• Ex President of ANCAP (Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcohol y Portland)
• After more than 20 years international experience at Royal Dutch Shell, Marta left her position as President of the Shell companies in Mexico to join the energy industry in her native Uruguay
• Chemical Engineer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires
• MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University, UK, executive education programs at IMD in Lausanne and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has accepted an invitation to the upcoming Georgetown Leadership Seminar 2019 at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service
• Committed to an inclusive workplace, she is an advocate for making organizations aware of unconscious biases and has delivered several talks on the matter, including one hosted by the UN Women local branch
• Enjoys diversity and change, having spent student years in Germany and Italy and held professional positions in Argentina, UK, Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay
• Married with a son and a daughter
Jamie Hall is a manager on the global public policy team at General Motors, where he leads regulatory efforts in California to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, including but not limited to infrastructure considerations and vehicle-grid integration. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in relevant groups such as the California Electric Transportation Coalition and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
Jamie has extensive experience working across sectors on policies related to advanced technologies, transportation, energy, and the environment. Prior to GM, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives in the clean transportation space. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Emily Sarah Hersh is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she serves as Managing Partner of DCDB Research. Emily is a well-known lithium and battery industry expert. She hosts The Minerals Manhattan Project podcast and the Weekly Recharge video series. Emily manages projects in South America for companies in the mining, energy, oil and gas industries. Her specialization in lithium includes project due diligence, country risk assessment and emerging battery technologies..
Emily has given keynote speeches on lithium, energy storage, renewable energy in Latin America, and emerging battery technology at events hosted by The Institute of the Americas, Metal Bulletin, Fastmarkets, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Euromoney, GFC Media, Greenpower Conferences, SolarPlaza, Real Clear Politics, and many others.
She appears on CNN and Al-Jazeera America in relation to Argentina’s economy, and her work is frequently featured in Business Insider, The Bubble, Wolf Street, and InfoBAE. She is regularly quoted in The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Quartz, and Reuters related to lithium and battery materials.
In 2018, Emily was a founder of AMES Argentina, the Association of Women in Energy and Sustainability in Argentina. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma international sorority, and a member of the Electrochemical Society.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Tulane University, a MA in International Affairs from American University, and has done graduate coursework in Renewable Energy at the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).
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