Michael Stott is the Latin America editor of the Financial Times based in London. He was previously in Tokyo as managing editor of the Nikkei Asian Review, a sister publication covering Asian business and politics. Prior to that he was the FT’s UK news editor. Michael reported from Latin America between 1990-1998, living in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Formerly Moscow bureau chief and Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reuters, he joined the FT in 2014. Michael graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Modern Languages and speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Russian.
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.
Until his appointment as Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, he was director of the UCU Business School.
In 1990 he founded an engineering and automation services company for industry. In 1995 he settled in the department of Paysandú to assume the position of director of the company Paylana S.A., where it generated an innovation in textile technology. Between 2001 and 2003, back in Montevideo, he joined Antel’s ITC consultancy. From 2003 he was dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Uruguay and later served as vice-rector of Economic Management and Development.
Minister Paganini holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Republic and holds a master’s degree in Business Management from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. He has also completed coursework in Entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley Universities, as well as the Global PON program at Harvard University.
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.