Armando Zamora

Armando Zamora

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.

 

Marta Jara Otero

Marta Jara Otero

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

Jamie Hall

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 Hersh

Emily Hersh

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).

For additional Information please see her Linkedin profile below:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-hersh-3a6b60a/

 

Jorge Rosenblut

Jorge Rosenblut

After working for decades as an executive leader in private industry and government, Jorge Rosenblut now works as an independent consultant to help clients incubate growth, encourage evolution from legacy practice, and transition business models to manage disruption and re-emerge in their industries.

From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Rosenblut acted as president and held Chairman of the Board roles within Enel Group (Endesa Spain), a global energy leader. One of his key accomplishments was helping to direct the $16 billion split of Enersis into two separate entities – Enersis America and Enersis Chile, the largest corporate split ever executed in Latin America.

Prior to joining the ranks of corporate executives, Mr. Rosenblut held leadership roles in the Chilean government in the 1990s. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1985, and that year joined the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Mr. Rosenblut has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas since 2014 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He is based in Miami, Florida, and is the proud parent of a daughter who is currently completing her MBA at Columbia University in New York City, and a son who recently completed his BA at Washington University, Saint Louis, and is now exploring his early roots in Chile.

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