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

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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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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



Alexandra Valderrama, Director, International Government Affairs, Chevron



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




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




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



David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies



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