Third Annual Latin America Energy Conference: Assessing the Investment Outlook

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Latin America has abundant energy resources. In Brazil, the “Transfer of Rights” auction alone will open up billions of barrels of reserves for oil exploration. In Colombia, the government proposed a royalties reform that could improve local community buy-in for energy projects. And clean energy auctions have led to increased capacity for wind and solar projects, particularly in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. But policies in many countries also pose challenges to investment. Mexico’s decision to renegotiate a natural gas pipeline contract alarmed investors. Argentina’s upcoming presidential election increases uncertainty for energy investments. Meanwhile, Venezuelan oil production is plummeting amid US sanctions, though PDVSA’s US subsidiary CITGO, run by the Juan Guaidó government, has succeeded in sourcing crude from other countries.

What is the outlook for energy supply, demand and trade in Latin America? The Third Annual Latin America Energy Conference will gather policymakers from the US and Latin America, industry players and energy experts to discuss the region’s key energy policy issues.

The conference is by invitation only and on the record.

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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




Luisa Palacios, Chairwoman, CITGO


9:45am – 10:45am


Panel 1: Upstream Challenges and Opportunities



Jason Fargo, Latin America Team Leader, Energy Intelligence



Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State



RoseAnne Franco, Former Director, Head of Oil & Gas Risk, Verisk Maplecroft



Juan Carlos Echeverry, Founding Partner, Econcept; Former President, Ecopetrol



Risa Grais-Targow, Director, Latin America, Eurasia Group

10:45am – 11:15am


Coffee Break


11:15am – 12:15pm           


Panel 2: Power Sector and Renewable Energy




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




Leonardo Moreno, Senior Vice President, AES



Héctor Castro Vizcarra, Non Resident Senior Fellow, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue; Former Minister for Energy Affairs, Embassy of Mexico to the United States 



Tirso Selman, Senior Director of Business Development and Sales, APR Energy


12:15pm – 12:45pm 





12:45pm – 1:45pm 



Panel 3: Natural Gas and LNG



Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security, CSIS



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



Antero Alvarado, Partner and Regional Director, Gasenergy



David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies


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


1:45pm – 2:00pm


Closing Remarks

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