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Foreign Affairs Live: Mexico's Energy Future

New York

Council on Foreign Relations
58 E 68th Street


Foreign Affairs LIVE: Mexico’s Energy Future is a full-day, multi-faceted examination of Mexico's overhaul of its energy policy featuring high-ranking viewpoints on investment, ecological impact, and the energy legacy of the Peña Nieto administration. 

Panel discussions will explore the first steps toward the implementation of the reform, and evaluate the outcome of Round Zero and Round One as well as prospects for Round Two. Opportunities and challenges will be highlighted in the fields of oil & gas exploration, refining, and logistics, with special attention to deep water and shale. The forum will explore the future of the power sector and the potential for renewables, project finance instruments and the role of public private partnerships.

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8:15- 9:00am | Check-in & Breakfast 

9:00- 9:05am | Opening Remarks from the Foreign Affairs Editorial Team 

Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs  

9:05- 10:05am | Mexico in the Global Energy Landscape    

•Mexico as part of a regional energy bloc—its impact on regional and global energy markets
•Mexico within global energy space: What’s different? What’s attractive? 
•Incidence of falling oil prices, new technologies, shifts in supply-demand balance
•Can there be a North American Energy Strategy? 

Carla Gabriela González, 
Executive Secretary, National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH)
Christine Healy, Vice President of Exploration, Statoil Mexico 
Ernesto Marcos, Founding Partner, Marcos y Asociados 
Pablo Múlas del Pozo, Executive Director and Secretary, Board of Directors, Mexico National Committee, World Energy Council   

Moderator: Kassia YanosekAssociate Partner, McKinsey & Company   

10:15 -11:15am   Viva Las Reformas: Mexico's Multi-Sector Reform Plan       

•The Promise of Mexico's Energy Reform, towards a competitive model generator of economic growth 
•How this energy reform fits within broader reform context in Mexico 
•Highlighting Mexico's assets as an investment destination

Francisco Acuña, InTrust Global Investments, LLC 
Juan Acra, President, COMENER
Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group 
Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary of Planning & Energy Transition, Ministry of Energy (SENER)

Moderator: Verónica Irastorza, Principal, National Economic Research Associates


11:25-12:00pm | Influencer's Interview: Conversation with Lourdes Melgar

Lourdes Melgar, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy (SENER)

In conversation with Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs 

12:00-1:15pm | Networking Lunch       

1:15-2:20pm | Checkpoint: Mexico’s Oil & Gas Today     

•Outcome of Round Zero and Round One: assessing investment strategies and profitability
•Challenges: Incidence of regulatory and legal environments, local infrastructure, security and human capital 
•Pemex, joint ventures and market access

Xenia Baumgarten, General Manager, LUKOIL Upstream Mexico 
Elisabeth Eljuri, Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Negotiator, Sierra Oil & Gas 
Lourdes Melgar, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy (SENER) 
Adam Sieminski, Administrator, Energy Information Administration (U.S.) 

Moderator: Pablo Medina, Analyst, Latin America Upstream Research, Wood Mackenzie  

2:30-3:30 pm Checkpoint: Mexico's Power Sector Today  

•Competitive electricity prices and the “missing money problem”
•Implications of the reform in the national and North American electricity and gas network
•Joint ventures, market access, and the CFE
•Implications for renewable energy

Fernando Alonso, Head of Government Affairs, Fermaca 
Nick Panes, Senior Managing Director, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Control Risks
Jeff Pavlovic, Managing Director, Electric Industry Coordination, Ministry of Energy (SENER) 
Guillermo Turrent, Director of Modernization, Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)   

Moderator: Adi Blum, Managing Director, First Reserve

3:40 – 4:30 pm Constructive Capital: Financing The Reforms    

Adi Blum, Managing Director, First Reserve 
Juan Carlos Lugo Escoriza, Deputy Director General, Chubb 
Enrique Perret, Regional Director, North America Promexico
José Pablo Rinkenbach, President, Ainda Consultores

Moderator: Eliecer Palacios, Chief Executive Officer, PetroRock Energy LLC

4:30-5:30pm |  Networking reception

(fully confirmed names below; updated regularly)


Juan Acra López holds a degree of Mechanical Industrial Engineer by the Anahuac University. He initiated his professional carreer as financial executive for the development bank PROAGRO. Later, in 1998 he became part of Banamex as Corporate Executive Jr. were he worked as financial analyst of strategic projects of Mexican Petroleum (PEMEX), Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE), and Petrochemical Industry.

In 2002, he founded his own company, Secner, dedicated to the Procurement & Maintenance Services for the Energy industry, for which, he received an award of the United States Department of Commerce for fostering the international commercial opportunities between Mexico and the USA.

In 2012, he was designated as representative of the Mexican Delegation for the “World Dialogue regarding the labor market of the Oil and Gas Industries”” at the International Labour Organization (Switzerland).

In 2014, he was elected as Member of the Binational Committee of the Texas A&M University. Actually, he is a Member of the Advisory Councils of the National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH), and the Energy Ministry (SENER).

In 2016, he was designated as representative of the Mexican Delegation at the UK Mission to the Forum “Experiences of financing and implementation of low carbon projects”.

In the private sector, he was elected as Vicepresident of the Corporate Coordinating Council (CCE, from 2011 to 2015), and as President of the Energy Committee of the Mexican Republic Employers Confederation (COPARMEX, from 2011 to January 2016). Actually, he holds a chair in the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, specialized in the Energy Industry.

In December 201, he was elected as President of the Mexican Council of Energy (COMENER), the private organization coordinating the interests of the Energy Industry in Mexico.


Francisco Acuña leads InTrust Global Investments. A businessman, investor, and social entrepreneur his experience includes a wide range of strategic projects in Mexico, from mobilizing finance through private and public sources to advising companies and governments on investments and strategic alliances with rural and indigenous communities.

Mr. Acuña is the Founder of INDI Fund, the first financial vehicle concept that promotes the investments in renewable energy and agribusiness projects in Mexico and emerging markets, through real equity and educational partnerships with indigenous and rural communities in the region.  The initiative received the award as best financial initiative for Latin America, by the Inter-American Development Bank.

His firm implemented a Program, first of its kind, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and  Harvard University, through which 300 Professors from 120 Rural universities  where trained to partner with communities and international investors on large scale energy projects.    The initiative received the award as best financial initiative for Latin America, by the Inter-American Development Bank..

Before InTrust, he was Managing Director of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. During his time at Manatt, he advised one of the largest U.S. insurance companies and a multinational security company on their expansion strategies. He has assisted U.S. and foreign companies to realize new projects in Latin America, by securing financing and helping expand their operations, in energy, infrastructure and related sectors. Francisco serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Health and Global Environment, at Harvard University and is  a licensed attorney in the State of New York and in Mexico.  

EDUCATION: JD Universidad Iberoamericana (With honors), LLM Georgetown Law Center;  MPA Harvard Kennedy School of Government; MBA Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Fernando Alonso has acted as the Head of Government Affairs of Fermaca since 2007.

Prior to this position, he consulted for several companies in the areas of storage, LNG projects and power plants.

He also held the position of Head of Investment Promotion Unit at the Department of Energy, from 2000 to 2003.  He was responsible for supporting private projects in the sector. He was a member of the board of Petroquimica and Gas in Pemex and their representative in drafting the Puebla-Panama Plan.

From 1997 to 2000 he was Minister of the Department of Energy at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alonso holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and other finance studies.


Xenia Baumgarten joined the oil industry in Argentina in 1992, working for Bridas International, moving to Russia later that year. She actively participated in negotiations with representatives of the governments of Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

In 2000, Ms. Baumgarten joined LUKOIL Overseas where she has held a variety of management positions with overall responsibility for the Company entities in Colombia and Venezuela. 

Ms. Baumgarten was responsible for Business Development in Latin America from 2005 to 2009. From 2009 until the end of 2014, Ms. Baumgarten acted as the General Manager for the National Petroleum Consortium LLP (NPC) as a representative for PSJC LUKOIL. NPC negotiated and signed a contract with national oil company of Venezuela (PDVSA-CVP) for the development of an extra heavy oil block in the Orinoco Belt.

Ms. Baumgarten has been leading PJSC LUKOIL’s interests in Mexico since December 2013 identifying new business opportunities in line with the reforms in the energy sector.

Ms. Baumgarten holds an MBA in Business Administration from IMD (Switzerland) and has a degree in Public Relations from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Argentina).


Adi J. Blum is a Managing Director with First Reserve, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, the Firm has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised approximately USD $31 billion of aggregate capital since inception.  First Reserve has completed more than 550 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions), creating several notable energy companies throughout the Firm’s history. Its portfolio companies operate on six continents, spanning the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure.

Mr. Blum joined First Reserve in 2011, and his responsibilities include deal origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exit strategy, focusing on the targeted areas of investment for the Energy Infrastructure Funds. Prior to joining First Reserve, Mr. Blum was a Vice President at High Road Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to High Road Capital Partners, he was an Associate in Citigroup Markets & Banking’s Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Blum holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. from New York University, Stern School of Business.


Pablo Mulas del Pozo obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Sciences from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1960 and a PhD in Engineering from Princeton University in 1965. He has held teaching appointments at the Graduate Schools of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico in Nuclear Engineering and Physical Chemistry and at the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has also held the following appointments: Director of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratories of the Nuclear Research Center of Mexico (1970-1973), Director of the Energy Resources Division (1976-1991) and President (1991-1996) of Mexico's Electric Power Research Institute. After a short period as Chief Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, in March of 1997 he was appointed Director of the Energy Program at the National University of Mexico; from February 2001 to March 2002, he was appointed Director of University Programs at the same institution. In April 2002, he joined the Metropolitan University in Mexico City as advisor to the President. Starting in 2006, he rejoined Mexico’s Electric Power Research Institute as a member of the research staff. From April 2002 until March 2004, April 2010 until March 2013, and since April 2015, he was appointed Coordinator of the Engineering Sciences Section of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. From January 1999 to December 2001, the World Energy Council appointed him Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and from January 2002 to September 2004,  He was the Chairman of its Energy Market Reforms Study group. In December 2003, he was appointed Secretary of the Board of Directors as well as Executive Director of the association “Consejo Mundial de Energía, Capítulo México A.C.”, which is the Mexican Committee of the World Energy Council. Since 2008, he is a member of the Citizens Participant Group that advices PEMEX on its Social Responsibility Annual report. In 2013, he was appointed to the Mexican National Council for Climate Change. In 2015, he was made a Fellow of the Mexican Academy of Engineering. Besides participating in various professional scientific and engineering national and international associations as well as in various advisory and standing committees in academic, industrial and publishing institutions, Dr. Mulás received an honoris causa doctor’s degree in science from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, in 1993.


Elisabeth Eljuri is a member of the executive team of Sierra Oil & Gas. She holds the position of Vicepresident, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel. She is a senior energy negotiator and lawyer with significant experience in the upstream and midstream business in Latin America. Until recently, Elisabeth was Head of Latin America of the global firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

In Latin America, Elisabeth focused most of her career on corporate and transactional work involving high-end sophisticated transactions for major energy companies as well as international dispute work related to energy, projects and infrastructure. Elisabeth has worked in Mexico since the early 2000s and has been very active in the upstream sector in particular. She regularly advised oil and gas producers and service companies engaged in high level transactions across the region. She has extensive experience in profit/production sharing agreements, licenses, JOAs, JSBAs, farm-outs, upstream joint venture companies as well as midstream and downstream related and major projects. On the dispute side, she acted as co-counsel in international arbitrations, including ICC and ICSID procedures. She has spoken and published extensively in the area of energy and resources investment disputes and investment treaty law as well as political risk management in such industries.

Elisabeth was President worldwide of the Houston-based Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is co-chair and an instructor of the prestigious International Oil and Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiation Course held in Houston each year.

Elisabeth received her law degree from Universidad Católica and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and Venezuela.

Juan Carlos Lugo Escoriza is the Regional Deputy of Surety at CHUBB. Previously, he was Adjunct Director General at CHUBB. He received his bachelors in Actuarial Science at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and his Masters Degree in Risk and Insurance Management at ITAM. He has also received AD1 degrees in 2009 and 2010 from IPADE.


Christine Healy is Vice President, Exploration Mexico at Statoil. Despite a background as a lawyer and an economist, she has a deep love for the geosciences and the thrill of the hunt that comes with exploration.

Christine has held a variety of leadership positions in Statoil in exploration, development and production, and business development. Prior to leading Statoil’s exploration efforts in Mexico, Christine was Vice President, Business Development North America. She was also Vice President of land and negotiation activities for Statoil’s exploration activities in North America and was the head of commercial affairs for Statoil’s offshore operations in Canada.

Prior to joining Statoil, Christine worked in the public and private sectors in Canada. She was a senior advisor to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador where she led an interdisciplinary negotiation team negotiating fiscal, benefits and equity terms for offshore oil developments. She also worked as a lawyer in private practice in Canada.

Christine was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40TM for 2009, and received the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service Award of Excellence.

Christine is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and is a past President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Christine lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children.


Veronica Irastorza is a Principal at Natiional Economic Research Associates. Until December 2012 she was Undersecretary of Energy Planning and Transition in Mexico, where she was in charge of the renewable energy and energy efficiency policies as well as long-term planning. Her planning work included developing the National Energy Strategy and producing the Energy Outlooks. Her work resulted in the publication of the mandated methodology to include externalities on the national utility's planning and dispatch processes.

In the area of energy efficiency, she led the design and implementation of the large-scale efficient lighting program, replacing more than 45 million inefficient incandescent bulbs (IBs) with more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and worked on the development of corporate average fuel efficiency standards for Mexico. She also led the research and development policy through the management of sectorial funds, with a budget of 400 million dollars.    

Ms. Irastorza was Deputy Director of Planning for Pemex Gas, were she was responsible of the planning and regulatory issues for Mexico`s national gas company. Before joining Pemex, Ms. Irastorza was Director General of Energy Planning at the Secretary of Energy in Mexico. She was responsible for the first National Energy Strategy with a 15-year outlook. She also coordinated the energy outlooks (oil, natural gas, LPG, oil products, and electricity).
Before moving to Mexico, Ms. Irastorza was a consultant at NERA, focusing on regulatory issues in the electricity, gas, and water sectors. She has extensive experience in electricity and gas tariffs, market design, pricing, and retail access and provided analysis for NERA electricity sector projects in California, Canada, Mexico, New England, and Ireland. Her water sector experience includes water valuation for the state of California and the development of a tariff adjustment factor to be applied under a concession contract in Honduras. Ms. Irastorza also evaluated damages for environmental projects in the US.

Prior to joining NERA, Ms. Irastorza served as an advisor to the Energy Secretary in Mexico, where she was involved in several projects pertaining to the privatization of natural gas transportation, investment incentives in electricity plants, and other public policy issues. She also taught economics to undergraduates at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. While attending the University of California at Berkeley, she worked for the California Public Utilities Commission, analyzing transmission investment incentives for the restructured electricity industry.

Ms. Irastorza received the Public Service Award 2012 from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

During 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Environmental Public Policy at UC Berkeley, working on energy efficiency, renewable integration, and potential shale gas impacts in Mexico.



Dr. Ernesto Marcos is the founding partner of a financial consulting and business development, Marcos y Asociados. He is a Mexican national and a resident of Mexico.

Ernesto served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), President of Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico’s development bank and held Undersecretary for State Owned industry within the Ministry of Industry, back in the 80’s.

Ernesto holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and has been professor at universities in Mexico and the United States. He has served as Chairman or member at the board of a number of major Mexican companies and also of Fina Oil and Chemical Company, in the U.S. and Repsol, in Spain.

He also held a position as Adjunct Governor of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Interamerican Development Bank and the Interamerican Investment Corporation. 


Pablo Medina joined Wood Mackenzie in 2012 as part of the Latin America Upstream Research team. Pablo focuses mostly on Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Within his role, Pablo is responsible for valuing  upstream assets in the region as well as following the energy markets, fiscal regimes and future developments in the region.

He has presented about the Mexican Energy Reform to numerous audiences and frequently shares his views with the international media. Pablo is a member of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. He is also part of the Energy Workgroup within COMEXI. The group published the report “Mexico and the Energy Revolution”, which was quoted in President Peña Nieto’s energy reform proposal.

He is also a member of the University of Southern California’s US-Mexico Network, the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program and the Gas Mexico Forum Technical Committee. Pablo holds an Economics degree (BA) from the University of Texas – Austin.


Lourdes Melgar is Mexico's Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons. Prior to this appointment, she served as Under-Secretary for Electricity from December 2012 to February 2014. She is a Member of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Board of Directors and has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Dr. Melgar has held various diplomatic positions. In the academic realm, she was Founding Director of the Center for Sustainability and Business at EGADE Business School of the Monterrey Institute of Technology. She has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy of the University of Texas. She is a National Researcher of the Mexican Council for Science and Technology; and member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Women’s Forum, where she currently serves as Chair of the Mexican Chapter. Dr. Melgar holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Antonio Ortiz-Mena is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where he provides strategic counsel and assistance to clients across Latin America. 

Prior to joining ASG, Dr. Ortiz-Mena served for over eight years as the Head of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, advising U.S. companies with a presence in Mexico and Mexican companies with a presence in the U.S. on regulatory and government issues. In this role, he served as the Embassy Liaison with the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the G20 and the Mexico-U.S. High-level Economic Dialogue. He was also responsible for U.S.-Mexico energy, telecommunications, and aviation issues, and oversaw trade and investment promotion.

From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Ortiz-Mena was a Professor of International Political Economy at one of Mexico’s leading research and policy analysis institutions, the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City. 

Dr. Ortiz-Mena began his career in the Mexican government, where he held multiple senior advisory roles in the NAFTA Negotiation Office of the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Budget and Programming Ministry. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus on International Political Economy, from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar and a M.A. from the University of London. 

Dr. Ortiz-Mena is fluent in Spanish and English and is conversant in French and Portuguese. 

He is based in Washington, D.C.


Eliecer Palacios is the founder and CEO of PetroRock Energy LLC. Eliecer has served as a non-executive Director on the Board of EnerGulf Resources (TSXV: ENG), a West Africa-focused exploration & production company. Eliecer has been an advisor to several oilfield services companies including, Key Energy Services, Hornbeck Offshore and several Mexican companies. Prior to founding PetroRock Energy, he was the Energy Strategist with Maxim Group in NY, a boutique investment bank, where he focused on investments in the oil and gas space across the capital structure. He managed a proprietary portfolio of equity and equity derivatives in oil & gas companies. Prior to Maxim Group, he was the energy analyst with Carrelton Asset Management, a natural resources-focused long/short equity hedge fund, where he invested in mid & small cap exploration & production, refining, offshore drilling and services companies. Prior to Carrelton, he traded crude oil, refined products and natural gas for Citigroup Energy, Citigroup's commodity derivatives trading unit based in Houston. Prior to Carrelton, he covered refining companies for a +$1bn long/short equity energy/utilities hedge fund at Tribeca Global Management. He received an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.


Nick Panes currently serves as Senior Managing Director for Control Risks’ Mexico operations and also leads the Global Client Services department for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In addition to overall management responsibilities for Control Risks’ Mexico City office, Nick supports our clients in the development and implementation of risk management solutions as they relate to their operations in the region, with a particular emphasis on the design of regulatory and anti-corruption compliance systems.

Since joining Control Risks in January 2001, Nick has focussed on corporate investigations and political and security risk analysis. Nick joined Control Risks Americas from the company’s India office, where he led the India and South Asia corporate investigations practice. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Consultant in the Sydney office on a variety of investigations including probity and due diligence reviews, business intelligence reports and asset misappropriation investigations. As Senior Americas Analyst, based in London, Nick was responsible for analysing political and security developments in Latin America for Control Risks’ online information service, Country Risk Forecast, as well as for providing customised risk assessments for Control Risks’ clients with specific interests in the region.

Nick has a Masters degree in Latin American Politics from the Institute of Latin American Studies, London. His thesis investigated post-1990 Nicaraguan politics and corruption. He earlier graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in Geography and Politics. Nick is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and also completed the Investigators’ Course run by the Centre for Investigative Studies & Crime Reduction at Charles Sturt University. Nick speaks fluent Spanish and proficient French and Portuguese.

Jeff Pavlovic is Managing Director of Electric Industry Coordination in the Undersecretary of Electricity in the Mexican Ministry of Energy. He holds degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Duke University, a masters degree in Business Administration from Stanford University and a masters degree in Economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. Previously, he was Managing Director of Generation and Transmission in the Ministry of Energy and Unit Leader of Modernization in the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). In the United States, he was Manager of Generation Control and Dispatch for Xcel Energy in Denver, Colorado. He began his career as a financial analyst at LEK Consulting, where he specialized in the unbundling of electric utilities. He has earned a NERC system operator certification and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Enrique Perret Erhard is Minister for North America of ProMexico, the foreign investment and export promotion agency of the Mexican Federal Government. For the last eight years, Enrique has worked in the public sector. In 2007, he joined ProMéxico as Executive Director for State and Local Governments Relations. From January 2008 to June 2009, was the Private Secretary of the Director General of ProMéxico, and later was promoted to Head of the International Affairs Unit. In April 2011, he was appointed Technical Secretary of Competitiveness at the Ministry of Economy and two years later, as Trade Commissioner in Chicago. 

In 2012, and prior to holding his current position in ProMexico, he was appointed Spokesman and Chief of Staff at the National Banking and Exchange Commission (CNBV).

He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Commerce from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and a Master Degree in Economics and Government from Universidad Anáhuac.


José Pablo Rinkenbach is founding partner of Ainda Energía & Infraestructura and Ainda Consultores, companies in the investment fund and energy consultancy sector. He worked at Mercer Management Consulting in the energy and operations practice. Ainda is a leading company in the Mexican energy sector. In 2014, Ainda Consultores, headed by José Pablo as Director General received the Mexican Company of the Year award from the Latin American Quality Institute.

He has a degree in Business Administration from ITAM, with honorable mention and a MBA from Rochester University where he graduated among the top 1%. He currently studies a Masters Degree in Energy Business at Tulsa University, Oklahoma. He has international studies in Shared Production Contracts, Contractual Models in Hydrocarbons and Global Taxing Systems in Oil and Gas.

He is a professor for the Bachelors Degree in Corporate Finances at ITAM and founder and coordinator of the executive program for Energy Investments at ITAM, the first program of this kind in Mexico. He also is an advisor at the Jackson School of Geosciences of the University of Texas for a research and training program in the upstream sector in Mexico.

He has authored articles on energy that were published in specialized magazines, such as:

•Energía a Debate
•Oil & Gas Financial Journal
•Oil & Gas Review
•The Oil & Gas Year

He coauthored the book “El Desarrollo Industrial en México en el marco de la Reforma Energética 2013-2014” (The industrial development in Mexico in the framework of the Energy Reform 2013-2014) carried out by the Senate and the Institute for Legal Research of UNAM.

The following list mentions some of the most relevant projects he has participated in:

•Support to the federal authorities in the energy reform process that involved the design of new shared production models, profit-sharing, licenses, assessment of different businesses and transformation schemes for Pemex.
•Specialized support for CNH (National Hydrocarbon Commission) on new regulations and estimates of the economic impact.
•Identification and support during the implementation of structural transformation projects at Pemex by means of strategy definition and implementation in the field
•Design of the business, economic and contractual model for Integrated Field Laboratories for Shale and Chicontepec.
•Development of a new generation of national contractual strategy for the drilling of exploratory wells and the development of Tsimin Xux and oils
•Development of a technical economic simulator to perform the financial assessment of exploratory and production blocks used by Pemex the CNH and the participants of Round 1
•Definition of the focal points for the development of national content in the supply of goods and services in the hydrocarbon sector. 



Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez is Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at the Secretariat of Energy of Mexico. He was appointed on December 10, 2012 by the President of Mexico. Deputy Secretary Beltrán holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and studied Law at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In 2005, Deputy Secretary Beltrán joined the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) as Director of International Negotiations. Under this capacity, he participated in high level meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-Energy Working Group (EWG), the International Energy Agency, the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, and the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), and he conducted bilateral negotiations with Australia, Canada, Denmark, Spain, the United States, Iceland, India, and New Zealand. In 2010, he was appointed Director General for Information and Energy Studies at SENER, where he participated in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the Information System of Technology and Scientific Research of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), as well as in the development of the Special Program of Science and Technology. He also coordinated the inter-sectorial working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and a working group for the development of a Sustainable Buildings’ Mexican Standard. He was responsible for the organization of the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum held in Mexico City on September 2010. Mr. Beltrán has been consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Deputy Secretary Beltrán collaborated in the International Affairs Coordination Division with the campaign and governmental transition team of President Enrique Peña Nieto. He is married and has two children.



Adam Sieminski is the eighth Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). He was sworn in on June 4, 2012. EIA is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA also prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest. From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation as EIA administrator, Mr. Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council. From 1998 until March 2012, he served as a senior energy analyst for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank's global research and trading units. Drawing on extensive industry, government, and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices. Mr. Sieminski has served in leadership positions for the International Association for Energy Economics and the affiliated U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He also has acted as a senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think tank in Washington. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski as a member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an industry-government advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., investment professional society, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.


Kassia Yanosek is an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Oil and Gas practice.  She has 15 years of corporate strategy and principal investment experience in the energy and industrial markets, with a focus on upstream oil and gas.  At McKinsey, Ms. Yanosek leads McKinsey’s Oil and Gas Strategy service line for the Americas.   She has a special focus working with IOCs and Latin America NOCs on growth strategy, portfolio risk, and joint venture transactions.  

Prior to joining McKinsey, Ms. Yanosek founded Tana Energy Capital, an energy investment and advisory firm, and was a principal with Quadrant Management, an investment firm with $3 billion under management.  Previously, Ms. Yanosek worked at BP plc in corporate strategy, and at Bechtel Enterprises, the project finance arm of Bechtel Corporation, where she structured equity investments in privatized energy assets.  

Ms. Yanosek has testified before Congress and has published articles in Foreign Affairs and elsewhere on energy topics.  In 2005, she served in the George W. Bush White House as an advisor on energy and economic policy at the National Economic Council and National Security Council.  

Ms. Yanosek holds a joint MBA/MPA from Stanford Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia.


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