Online Event: Fifth Annual Latin America Energy Conference – Transition and Recovery


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2021 has been a year of transition for Latin America’s energy sector. Midterm elections in Mexico altered political dynamics, while major votes are on the horizon next year in Brazil and Colombia—ushering in changes to energy policy in these countries. Rising social unrest and local opposition to energy projects have impacted investments throughout the region. As economies seek to rebuild in the wake of Covid-19, the energy sector will be paramount for economic recovery and growth. Advances in the energy transition also bring new opportunities for Latin America, from biofuels to carbon capture and storage. The start of the Biden administration this year has led to increased cooperation on areas such as clean energy technology and climate finance.

In this context, the Fifth Annual Latin America Energy Conference will convene energy company executives, US and Latin American government officials, and international and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the most pressing energy policy issues in the hemisphere.

We invite participants to submit questions through the Q&A function in Zoom.



9:00am – 9:05am


Opening Remarks




Lisa Viscidi, Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue


9:05am – 9:30am


Keynote Presentation





Jake Levine, Chief Climate Officer, US International Development Finance Corporation





Lisa Viscidi, Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue


9:30am – 10:15am


Low Carbon Technology for the Oil and Transport Sectors



Beatriz Pupo, Senior Biofuels Analyst, S&P Global Platts



RoseAnne Franco, Partner, Corporate Sustainability and Climate, Environmental Resources Management



Marco Margheri, Head of U.S. Relations, Eni SpA



Zdenka Myslikova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Climate Policy Lab, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


10:15am – 10:45am




10:45am – 11:30am 


Political Risk in Latin America’s Oil Sector




Sylvia Escovar, Chair, Board of Directors, GeoPark



Jimena Blanco, Research Director and Head of Risk Insights, Americas, Verisk Maplecroft



Ixchel Castro, Research Director, Head of Refining and Assets, Wood Mackenzie





Alexandra Valderrama, Senior Director, International Government Affairs, Western Hemisphere, Chevron


11:30am – 12:15pm 


Social Movements and the Energy Sector




Felipe Bahamondez, Founding Partner, DLA Piper



Thomas Singh, Director, University of Guyana, GREEN Institute; Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Guyana 



José Zapata, Partner, Holland & Knight





Laurie Fitzmaurice, Executive Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University


12:15pm – 12:30pm




12:30pm – 1:00pm 


Fireside Chat: The Energy Transition in Latin America



Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist, Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina



Gabriel Prudencio, Head of Sustainable Energies Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile



Lisa Viscidi, Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue


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Energy & Resources Committee Members       

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