Fourth Annual Latin America Energy Conference: Upheaval and Opportunity


2020 has been a year of great upheaval for the energy sector in the Americas. The global coronavirus pandemic has led to a sharp decline in demand and prices of oil and natural gas throughout the region. Latin American national oil companies face major financial challenges. With presidential elections around the corner in the United States, the future of US energy diplomacy in the region is unclear. Yet there are also many new opportunities in this disrupted environment. Newer technologies like battery storage are advancing and will support the growth of variable renewable energy as electricity demand recovers. Oil companies are revising their investment strategies to focus on the most profitable assets. In this context, the Fourth 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.

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9:00am – 9:05am


Opening Remarks




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


9:05am – 10:00am


What’s Next for Latin American National Oil Companies?



Alejandra León, Director, Latin America Upstream, IHS Markit



Jeremy Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas



Sylvie D’Apote, Founder and Managing Partner, Prysma E&T Consultores Associados (Brazil)



Nate Graham, Program Associate, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue


10:00am – 10:30am


Keynote Presentation




Diego Mesa, Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia


10:30am – 12:00pm




12:00pm – 1:00pm 


Energy Storage and the Future of Latin American Power Grids 




Rebecca Boll, Chief Product Officer, Fluence – A Siemens-AES Company



Mitalee Gupta, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie



Ariel Yépez, Energy Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank





Sandra Chávez, Renewable Energy Consultant, The World Bank


1:00pm – 2:00pm




2:00pm – 3:00pm 


Election 2020: The Next US Presidency and the impact for US-Latin America Energy Ties



George David Banks, Former Special Assistant to President Trump, International Energy & Environment



David Goldwyn, Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs (2009-2011), US Department of State



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


3:00pm – 3:30pm


Keynote Presentation




Francis R. Fannon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State


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