Luis Miguel Morelli

Colombia  |  President, National Hydrocarbons Agency

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Luis Miguel Morelli is the president of Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). He holds a law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and master’s degrees in comparative law from New York University and in macroeconomic policy and planning studies from Northeastern University.

Morelli has worked for 28 years in various oil company positions, including four years at Ecopetrol, 14 at Occidental de Colombia, six at Azabache Energy, and four as a member of the boards of directors of Solana Petroleum, Petromagdalena, and Azabache Energy. During almost three decades of corporate work, he has stood out for playing several roles related to environmental law and management of indigenous communities.

He served as governor of Norte de Santander from January 2004 to December 2007. His work over his tenure included addressing fiscal management in 2005, winning the National Culture Prize in 2007, building 40 irrigation districts (the same number constructed in the department’s previous 97-year history), recovering the department’s energy and mining sector, and managing relations with Venezuela.

Morelli then returned to the hydrocarbons sector, this time as an advisor and member of the boards of directors of several Canadian oil companies, including Solana Resources, Petromagdalena (by then acquired by Pacific Rubiales), and Azabache Energy, where he worked as director and country manager from 2011 to 2016. Beginning in 2017 he led LMK Energía SAS, a company dedicated to the promotion of investment in hydrocarbons exploration and production in Colombia and Argentina.

He has served as president of the ANH since September 2018.

Morelli was an event speaker at the Dialogue.


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