Second Annual Latin America Energy Conference: Market Tailwinds, Political Headwinds

Energy policy changes are on the horizon in Latin America. In the wake of presidential elections in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, new governments may look to adjust the state’s role in oil production and electricity generation and address the economic impacts of rising fuel prices. Chinese investment and oil-for-loan deals have been critical to developing natural resources in many countries in the region. Meanwhile, Central American and Caribbean countries have reduced their reliance on oil imports and diversified their energy sources to include more renewables and natural gas from the United States. Yet, access to clean, affordable and reliable energy remains a challenge.

Will Latin American governments succeed in enacting policies to increase oil production and keep fuel subsidies in check? What is the outlook for natural gas markets and trade in the region? What are the prospects for expanding electricity infrastructure and integrating more renewable energy into the grid? Will China continue to increase lending and investment in Latin American energy sectors?

The Second Annual Latin America Energy Conference will convene Latin American and US government officials, corporate executives, and international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the most critical energy policy issues facing the region. The conference is by invitation only and on the record.

To view an agenda and summary of last year’s inaugural conference click here

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Agenda

9:00am – 9:15am

 

Opening Remarks

 

 

 

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

 

9:15am – 9:45am            

 

Keynote Address

 

 

 

Fluvio Ruiz Alarcón, Advisor to Mexican President-elect López Obrador and former Pemex Board Member

 

9:45am – 10:45am

 

Panel 1: The Politics of Oil in Latin America

 

    Moderator       

Alexandra Valderrama, Director, International Government Affairs, Chevron

 

    Panelists           

Fernanda Delgado de Jesus, Research Coordinator, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Energia

 

     

José Vicente Zapata, Partner, Holland & Knight Colombia

 

     

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

 

10:45am – 11:00am

 

Coffee Break

 

11:00am – 12:00pm           

 

Panel 2: Natural Gas & Power Markets in the Americas

 

   

Moderator      

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

 

   

Panelists        

Elizabeth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas, Office of International Affairs, US Department of Energy

 

     

Liliana Díaz, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

 

     

Libby Owen, Sales Director North America, APR Energy

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm 

         

 

Panel 3: Chinese Investment in Latin American Energy

 

    Moderator     

David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies

 

    Panelists           

Susana Moreira, Oil and Gas Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank

 

     

Margaret Myers, Program Director, Asia & Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue

 

     

Andrew Holland, Chief Operating Officer, American Security Project

 

1:00pm – 1:30pm

 

Lunch and Networking

 

Energy & Resources Committee Members