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Mexico Oil & Gas Forum Speakers 2017

Miguel Messmacher
Miguel Messmacher
Deputy Finance Minister for Revenues for the Ministry of Finance

Miguel Messmacher obtained a Bachelor’s from ITAM and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in the field of economics. He has been Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue since December 2012. He was involved in the Fiscal Reform of 2013 and in the negotiation and implementation of the historic Energy Reform. Before that, Messmacher was Chief Economist of the ministry from 2007 to 2012. He has held positions at the Ministry of Finance, Banco de México and the IMF. Messmacher has also published several articles on macroeconomics.

Rogelio Montemayor
Rogelio Montemayor
CEO of Strata BPS

Rogelio Montemayor has more than 17 years of experience in a range of management, strategy, corporate finance and leadership positions. For the last six years, he has been working on oil and gas projects in Texas and Mexico. Before founding Strata BPS, he was the CEO of Industrial de Carbón Signum, a mining company operating in Northern Mexico. Montemayor is a founding member of Asociación Nacional de Productores de Hidrocarburos (ANPHI). He earned an MBA from Stanford University in 2002.

Timothy Duncan
Tim Duncan
Founder, President and CEO of Talos Energy LLC

Tim Duncan was Senior Vice President of Business Development and a founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP before coming to Talos Energy.  Prior to Phoenix, he was Manager of Reservoir Engineering and Evaluations for Gryphon Exploration Company.  Duncan has a BS in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was honored in 2012 as a Distinguished Fellow of the College of Engineering. Duncan also earned an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at the University of Houston.

Alberto de la Fuente
Alberto de la Fuente
President of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Association of Hydrocarbons Companies (AMEXHI)

Alberto de la Fuente holds undergraduate degrees in economics and in international relations, both from ITAM. He also completed a Master of Philosophy in Economics and History at Oxford University, UK, and an MBA from the Australian School of Business in Sydney, Australia. He has worked in the Presidency Office, at the Ministry of Energy and at the Energy Regulatory Commission. De la Fuente was named President of AMEXHI in 2016.

Jaime Martinez
Jaime Martínez
Business Development Director of ERM-México

Jaime Martínez has a BS in chemical engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico and an MS in environmental sanitation from the State University of Ghent in Belgium. He has over 39 years of experience in environmental and safety matters including process safety, design and operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants, hazardous-waste management, site investigation and remediation of large projects, large M&A projects, environmental impacts studies, Mexican environmental regulations as well as corporate advisory services

Daniel Zuluaga
Daniel Zuluaga
Director General Mexico of Tiger Engineering

Daniel Zuluaga has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, working in Colombia, Italy, Taiwan, US and now Mexico. He has been project manager for international capital projects and in January 2017 he was appointed Director General Mexico of Tiger Engineering, which is the engineering services division of the SUMMUM Group in Mexico. Zuluaga’s main goal is to contribute to Mexico’s Energy Reform. He holds a B.S in electronic engineering, a PMP certification and an MBA from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

David Madero
David Madero
Director General of the National Center for Natural Gas Control in Mexico (CENAGAS)

David Madero was previously Corporate Director of Finance and Administration at the Service of Administration and Disposal of Goods, and Director of Credit at the National Bank of Infrastructure and Public Services. He has also held management positions in the Ministry of Energy. Madero was on the Board of Directors of PEMEX and has held positions related to macroeconomic and financial analysis as well as public-policy design. Madero holds a Bachelor’s in economy from ITAM and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California

Jan Frowijn
Jan Frowijn
Director, Mexico and Central America of ROSEN Group

Jan Frowijn received a Bachelor’s degree in business economics from the Saxion Hogeschool and an MBA from TSM Business School (both in Enschede, The Netherlands). An accomplished professional with more than 15 years of progressive international experience in a technologically driven business field. Frowijn joined ROSEN Europe in 2000 at the company’s office in Oldenzaal, The Netherlands. He was transferred to the U.S. in 2006 and has been in his current role in Mexico since 2013.

Juan Carlos Zepeda
Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina
President Commissioner of the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

Juan Carlos Zepeda holds a BA in economics from ITAM, a Master’s in economics and finance from the University of the Warwick and a Master’s in economics from the University of Georgetown, where he studied for a Ph.D. in economics. Zepeda has worked for the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy. His duties at the Ministry of Finance included evaluating various financial elements at PEMEX. At the Ministry of Energy, he was Head of the E&P department. Zepeda was appointed to a second five-year term as President Commissioner of CNH on April 30, 2014.

Stefan Lepecki
Stefan Lepecki
Director General of Braskem Idesa

Stefan Lepecki is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and holds an MBA from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. He has 30 years of experience in the petrochemical business and has been involved in activities in the areas of engineering, planning, finance and IT. Lepecki was responsible for the implementation of the Braskem Idesa Petrochemical Complex Project, from its inception in 2010 to the launch of operations in 2016

Alejandro carabias
Alejandro Carabias
Head of the Regulatory Unit of ASEA

Alejandro Carabias has been a federal and local Deputy of the State of Guerrero, participating as Minister and President, respectively, of the Legislative Commissions related to Environment and Natural Resources. His analyses on regulatory management processes and diagnosis of the Mexican regulatory framework in environmental matters were highlighted in the book, The Elements for an Inductive Process of Environmental Management of the Industry. He holds a degree in industrial Engineering from the University of the Americas in Puebla.

Alejandro Lupiañez
Alejandro Lupiañez
Vice President of Mexico Operations for Wood Group

Alejandro Lupiañez has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically, working on projects in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the US and Mexico. At Wood Group, Lupiañez has served as an Account Executive, Commercial Manager and Business Development Director. In 2016, he was appointed Vice President of Operations for Mexico. Lupiañez holds a degree in Information Systems, specializing in Systems Audit and Security, as well as a postgraduate degree in models and simulations.

Carlos Morales
Carlos Morales
CEO of PetroBal

Carlos Morales is a Petroleum Engineer from the University of Mexico. He earned a Master’s from Stanford University and a diploma on project appraisal and management from Harvard University. Morales served at PEMEX for 32 years where he held executive positions. From 2004 to February 2014 he was CEO of the Exploration and Production division. In February 2015 he was appointed CEO of the new Mexican oil company PetroBal. Morales is a member of Mexico´s Engineering Academy, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the World Energy Council.

Esau Sasso
Esaú Sasso
Director, Mexico and Central America of Baker Hughes

Esaú Sasso is an Industrial Engineer with 15-plus years of experience as an oil and gas professional, including 14 years with Baker Hughes in which he has held roles in operations, marketing and sales, business development, engineering, finance and supply chain. Sasso has served as Director for Mexico and Central America since June 2016. His experience includes participation in the development and introduction of technologies and methodologies for the optimization and maximization of results in the value chain, mainly in offshore operations.

Ixchel Castro
Ixchel Castro
Manager of Latin America Oils and Refining Markets Research for Wood Mackenzie

Ixchel Castro joined Wood Mackenzie in December 2012 and leads the research practice for Latin American Refining and Oil Product Markets. Ixchel has extensive knowledge in the region, having worked in oil and refined products analysis for PEMEX, electricity projects in South America for the World Bank and macro-energy analysis for Wood Mac Houston. Ixchel holds an MPA in international energy policy from Columbia University and a BSc in economics and political sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

James Buis
James Buis
District Manager Mexico of Nalco Champion

James Buis joined Champion Technologies in 2001 as Technical Representative for South and Central America. A year later, his duties expanded to include providing technical support to the GMO Region. Between 2006 and 2012, he was Technical Manager of the Gulf Coast Region, overseeing onshore, offshore, and deepwater projects. In 2012, Ecolab acquired Champion Technologies, thus creating Nalco Champion. During the merger process, Buis became the company’s District Manager for Mexico.

Javier Zambrano
Javier Zambrano
Executive Director of JAGUAR

Javier Zambrano joined Topaz in 2014 as Vice President of Topaz’s energy division. He serves as Executive Director for JAGUAR, Topaz’s E&P subsidiary, where he is responsible for the company’s overall management. Before joining Topaz, Zambrano was a Consultant for Schlumberger Business Consulting in Mexico. Zambrano holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in industrial engineering from ITESM Monterrey and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

José María Bermúdez
José María Bermúdez
President and General Manager of Dow Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

Jose Maria Bermudez started his career in Mexico and has served in a variety of senior leadership roles with Dow Chemical Co. for more than 28 years. His professional career includes roles in operations, human resources, geographic leadership and business management. Bermudez holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in quality management from Tampa College and a B.S. in industrial chemical engineering from University of Las Americas Puebla Mexico. He has also completed executive programs at The Wharton School and at Cornell University.

Lorena Patterson
Lorena Patterson
President of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas (AMGN)

Lorena Patterson is responsible for TransCanada’s institutional relations and corporate affairs in Mexico. Canadian by birth, Patterson was the government representative of Alberta in Mexico at the Canadian Embassy. She is the energy representative of the private sector coordination board at the Mexico-Canada Alliance and is also on the Mexico-US Energy Council. Patterson holds a Bachelor’s degree in international development from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree from both the University of Texas at Austin and the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Gregiry Hebertson
Gregory Hebertson
Vice President, Western Hemisphere Expol for Murphy Exploration and Production Company

Gregory Hebertson is leading the restructuring and repositioning of Murphy’s exploration business. Prior positions include: Senior Vice President – Exploration and Geoscience for Midstates Petroleum Company and Vice President - Global Exploration New Ventures for Talisman Energy. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology from Brigham Young University as well as business and leadership certifications from Rice University – Jesse H. Jones School of Management.

José Anronio Escalera
José Antonio Escalera Alcocer
Director of Exploration at PEMEX E&P

José Antonio Escalera Alcocer joined PEMEX Exploration and Production in 1982, where he began his career as a wellsite and operations geologist. He has held various technical and management positions. He was Deputy Director of Exploration from 2007 to 2015. Escalera has been Director of Exploration at PEMEX E&P since 2015. He holds a geology degree from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and has training in Play and Prospect Evaluation, Total Quality Management and Business and Asset Management.

Victor Oliveros
Victor Oliveros
Director of Business Development, Mexico for WorleyParsons

Victor Oliveros holds an undergraduate degree in international business and economics from St. Edwards University and an MBA from Texas A&M Mays Business School. For the last six years he has been working in the oil and gas industry, mostly focused on engineering and consulting. Initially, he was part of the business development team at INTECSEA, the offshore specialized division of WorleyParsons, before becoming the Business Development Director for WorleyParsons in Mexico.

Bruno Lima
Bruno Lima
Country Manager for Project Management, Mexico and Central America of Halliburton

Bruno Lima is a mechanical engineer graduated from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University in Brazil and holds a Master’s in management of oil and gas. Lima has nearly 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, occupying various management positions in North and South America, with short assignments in Africa and the Middle East, among others. Currently, he is the Mexico and Central America Country Manager for Project Management at Halliburton.

Ivan Sandrea
Ivan Sandrea
Founding Member and CEO of Sierra Oil and Gas

Ivan Sandrea has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His previous positions include: Co-head of the global O&G emerging markets practice for EY, President of Energy Intelligence Group, Vice President of Upstream Strategy and Business Development for Statoil, Board Member of Pan Andean Resources and Officer of OPEC. Sandrea holds a BSc in Geology from Baylor University, an MSc and MBA from Edinburgh University and attended the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program in Stanford.

Hector Rocha
Héctor Rocha
Partner, Energy Segment at EY

Hector Rocha develops business opportunities for all services across EY, focused on the energy sector for both public and private companies. Prior to joining EY, Rocha was a Manager with Schlumberger Business Consulting, where he identified production optimization opportunities in shale gas assets, and a Case Team Leader, USA and Mexico, for Bain & Company. He holds a Master’s in civil engineering from Purdue and an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Leonardo Cuneo
Leonardo Cuneo
Energy Director in Mexico of Capgemini

Leonardo Cuneo has over 16 years of experience in information and communication technologies and business consulting. His international vision for project management and deep knowledge of key business processes for energy and utilities are best reflected in his participation in diverse projects in countries such as Spain, Mexico and Uruguay, where he analyzed and defined strategy objectives for the business units. Cuneo started his managerial career in 2004 when he became Industrial Manager for Soluziona.

David Enriquez
David Enriquez
Energy Partner at Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

David Enríquez entered GRA in 2000. He holds Master degrees in maritime law, one from the European Institute of Maritime Studies in Spain and another from Southhampton University in England. He also has a Ph.D. in juridical sciences from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico. Enríquez is the author of a number of articles and books on maritime and energy law. He was Director of the Mexican delegation before IMO, UNCISTRAL and other international maritime organizations from 2002 to 2005.

Andres Brugmann
Andrés Brügmann
Country Manager Mexico for Fieldwood Energy

Andrés Brügmann is Country Manager for Fieldwood Energy in Mexico. He previously served as Country Manager at Quantum Reservoir Impact, LLC.  Prior to Quantum, Brügmann worked at PEMEX as Head of Procurement, Finance and Administration for one of its business lines. During his career at PEMEX, Brügmann was also responsible for investor relations and strategic project evaluation. Brügmann holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from UNAM and an MBA from IPADE.

Juan Carlos Gay
Partner at Bain & Company

Juan Carlos Gay is a member of Bain & Company’s Global Energy Practice and has worked in energy and resources across geographies for over 16 years. His work has covered strategy, performance improvement with a specific emphasis on revenue improvement and cost-efficiency identification and execution across the oil and gas value chain. Gay holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, an MSc in industrial engineering from McCormick School of Engineering and a BSc in mechanical and electrical engineering from ITESM.

Alfredo Carvallo
Director General of Mexico of McDermott International, INC.

Alfredo Carvallo is responsible for supporting the strategic growth of McDermott in Mexico. He has spent almost 20 years of his career in multiple assignments in Asia, Europe and Latin America while working with Emerson Process Management, where he also accumulated strong executive experience in roles such as Director and Vice President. Carvallo holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MBA from Duke University.

Ernesto Marcos
Founding Partner at Marcos y Asociados

Ernesto Marcos is a founding partner of Marcos y Asociados, a law firm offering investment banking and business development services for the infrastructure and energy sectors. He is a member of numerous economic, energy and international associations, such as COMEXI, COMENER and IMEF. Marcos holds a Ph.D. in economics from Notre Dame University and has been professor of economic analysis, business economics and economic planning for several universities in Mexico and the US.

Marcelino Madrigal
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission

Marcelino Madrigal was a Senior Energy Specialist at the Central Energy Unit of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Vice Presidency before being appointed Commissioner by the Mexican Senate. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank. He has held several positions within the Mexican government, including Deputy Director General of the Electrical Restructuring Unit at CRE.  Madrigal holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Morelia Technology Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Héctor Moreira
Commissioner of CNH

Héctor Moreira holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical sciences and chemical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He holds a diploma in university management from the University of Warwick. Before CNH, Moreira held senior positions with PEMEX, where he was Professional Counselor on the Board of Directors, and at the Ministry of Energy. He has been Academic Vice Chancellor of ITESM and is also an Associate Researcher at Arizona State University.

Claudio de la Cerda
Director General for Hydrocarbons Exploration and Production at the Ministry of Energy

Claudio de la Cerda started his career as Reservoir Engineer at Schlumberger in 1997, developing his professional career over 18 years with the company in cities such as Houston, Caracas and Paris, where he was Project Manager, Country Manager and Area Vice President, respectively. De la Cerda holds an MBA from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His interests include production optimization, heavy and extra-heavy oil, business administration, planning and strategy.

Jeroen Posma
Jeroen Posma
Director General of Mexico Business Publishing

Jeroen Posma is the Founder and Director General of Mexico Business Publishing, Mexico Business Events and New Energy Strategy Consulting. Prior to moving to Mexico, Posma prepared reports for International Business Daily, the newspaper of the Ministry of Commerce of China and Oil & Gas Financial Journal. He has interviewed global leaders such as Christine Lagarde and John Howard. Posma holds Master’s degrees in international business from Maastricht University in The Netherlands and Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.

Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani
Head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones

Gerardo Gutiérrez has an Economics degree from the Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey. From 2009-12 he was President of the Mexican Confederation of Business Owners and from 2012-15 he served as President of the Business Coordinating Council. Gutiérrez was the business sector’s designated negotiator for the 11 structural reforms approved during the present administration. In July 2016 he was appointed Head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones.

David Vizcarrondo
David Vizcarrondo
Commercial Director Mexico of Automation Solutions for Emerson

David Vizcarrondo is responsible for commercial strategy development and managing the company´s commercial organization in Mexico. From 2014 to 2015, Vizcarrondo was Country General Manager in Peru, where he was responsible for the management and oversight of the company´s operations and development of business growth strategies in key industries. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Masters’ degree in finance from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, in Venezuela, and an MBA in logistics from Penn State University.

Lorena Patterson
Lorena Patterson
President of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas (AMGN)

Lorena Patterson is responsible for TransCanada’s institutional relations and corporate affairs in Mexico. Canadian by birth, Patterson was the government representative of Alberta in Mexico at the Canadian Embassy. She is the energy representative of the private sector coordination board at the Mexico-Canada Alliance and is also on the Mexico-US Energy Council. Patterson holds a Bachelor’s degree in international development from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree from both the University of Texas at Austin and the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Carlos Murrieta
Director General of PEMEX Industrial Transformation

Carlos Murrieta is a chemical engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He was appointed Director General of PEMEX Industrial Transformation on Sept. 1, 2016. From 2009 to April 2015, Murrieta served as Corporate Director of PEMEX Operations, where he was responsible for strategic planning, operational coordination of subsidiaries and consolidation and implementation of supply strategies. Previously, he worked for McKinsey & Co., where over a period of 18 years he held various positions, rising to the level of managing partner.

David Rosales
Director of Natural Gas and Petrochemicals for the Ministry of Energy

David Rosales is in charge of the design and implementation of public policy in the natural gas and petrochemicals sectors, in coordination with the Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Center for Natural Gas Control, PEMEX and the private sector. He previously worked for IEnova, PEMEX Gas and Basic Petrochemicals, the Energy Regulatory Commission and for Banobras. He is currently studying a Ph.D. in strategic management and development policies at Anáhuac University, with a research line in the industrial organization of natural gas.

Juan Javier Hinojosa
Juan Javier Hinojosa
Director General of Development and Production for PEMEX E&P

Juan Hinojosa joined PEMEX in February 1980. During his 35 years in the company he has served in a number of capacities, starting as Operations Engineer and rising through the ranks in various management roles. Among the projects in which he has participated are: Tsimin-Xux, Ayatsil-Tekel and Lakach, as well as Cantarell's productive optimization. In 2007, he received the Miguel Ángel Zenteno Award from the Association of Oil Engineers in Mexico and in 2008 he received the National Petroleum Engineering Award. Hinojosa is an engineering graduate from UNAM and also holds a diploma in strategic planning, finance and administration from ITESM.