Mexico Oil & Gas Forum Speakers 2016
Lourdes Melgar was appointed Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy in 2014, where she previously served as Undersecretary of Electricity. She is part of PEMEX’s and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)’s Board of Directors. She was 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 also participated as National Researcher of the Mexican Council for Science and Technology and as a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. Melgar holds a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In November 2014, Salvador Ugalde was appointed Director of the Income Unit of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Finance where he is responsible for the legislative and institutional framework necessary for the implementation of Mexico’s New Energy Reform. Previously he served as Director General of the Non-Tax Income Policy Unit. Before joining the Ministry of Finance, Ugalde served in the Ministry of Energy as Director of New Projects where he contributed to the design and implementation of Mexico’s E&P contracts model and collaborated in the negotiation of the bilateral agreement to regulate the exploration of trans-boundary reservoirs with the US.
Mauricio Herrera has been the Director General of the FMP since 2014. The following year he was appointed Executive Coordinator of the Technical Committee of the FMP. Herrera’s career in Banco de México (BANXICO) started in 1992 and he has since held various positions in the Directorate of Operations and Risk Management ranging from Risk Assessment Management to Financial Risk. From 2013 to 2014 he was Risk Management Director. Herrera has a B.S. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master’s in Public and Private Administration from the University of Yale.
Alma América Porres is an expert in geological and petrophysical reservoir characterization, oilfield evaluation, and hydrocarbon resource and reserves assessment. She was appointed as Commissioner of CNH for the period of 2010 to 2015 and ratified until 2022. Porres has conducted and overseen deepwater exploration assessments, exploration projects, surface exploration permit evaluations, prospective resources regulation, and has given technical support for Round Zero and Round One. She has a B.S. in Geophysics Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) where she received the Gabino Barreda medal.
Oscar Roldán is the head of the National Hydrocarbons Information Center. His career in the hydrocarbons industry began in 2001 at the Ministry of Finance where he was part of the team involved in the new fiscal regime for PEMEX. Later in 2007, while at the Ministry of Energy, he participated in the first Energy Reform. In 2009, he was among the founding members of CNH. Roldán holds a B.A. in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Master’s degree in Statistics and Econometrics from the University of Essex in the UK.
Marco Vázquez is the Geophysical Studies Manager at PEP, PEMEX'S exploration and production. Before entering PEP in 1993, he taught Earth Sciences at UNAM’s Engineering Faculty and worked in the Mexican Petroleum Institute. Among his achievements is the 2015 Professional & Academic Trajectory Awards from the Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysics (AMGE). A geophysical engineer trained at UNAM, he completed post-graduate studies for underground resources management and has an Enterprise Direction Program diploma from Mexico City’s IPADE business School.
Since 2011, Karim Lassel has contributed to the CGG group’s growth as Senior Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In September 2015, he relocated to Mexico City to serve as CGG Country Manager and Geomarket Director. Lassel spent the first 17 years of his career at Schlumberger in various positions ranging from Regional Operations Manager to Global Account Manager. Between Schlumberger and CGG, he worked at Spectraseis, a company innovating LF seismic monitoring and advanced processing where he was Vice President of Sales for Europe and North Africa. Lassel holds a Master’s degree from Paris School of Mines.
Christiaan Vermeijden was appointed CEO of EMGS in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as Global Offshore Geotechnical Director of Fugro, where he was part of the Executive Management Team. Vermeijden worked for Fugro from 2000-2015 in several management positions around the world, and brings with him extensive international experience and knowledge of the oil and gas services industry. Vermeijden holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
David Enríquez is Coordinating Partner of the Maritime and Offshore Energy Practice Group for GRA specializing in Maritime, Oil & Gas, and Infrastructure cases. He is a lecturer in Law at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a National Research Fellow at the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Enríquez has authored various articles and eight books on Maritime, Energy, and International Economic Law published by Oxford University Press and Foreign Affairs, among other publishing companies. He represents Mexico on maritime issues before seven international organizations.
Prior to becoming Director General at Sierra Oil and Gas, Iván Sandrea was an upstream strategy advisor to global oil and gas companies and co-headed the global team for emerging markets practice for EY. Sandrea’s previous positions include Upstream M&A advisor at Petra, President of Energy Intelligence, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Statoil, Technical Director of Pan Andean Resources, Officer at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and Exploration/Operations Geologist at BP. He is an active member of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Energy Policy Research in Washington D.C.
Vicente González is founder and Director General of Geo Estratos, with 25 years’ worth of experience in the oil industry and scientific research. He has experience in a variety of positions including operational, services, engineering, planning and senior and C-level management. He has authored numerous technical papers and is responsible for 19 patents focusing on the development of a sustainable oil industry. Geo Estratos includes numerous companies and two research institutes. He has a track record of creating alliances with local and international companies in order to develop synergies for the development of oil projects.
Matt McCarroll is the founder, President, and CEO of Houston-based Fieldwood Energy. Fieldwood is focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico and is the largest operator and leaseholder in the shallow water US Gulf of Mexico. The company was recently awarded a production sharing contract from the Mexican government to develop two fields in the shallow water Mexican Gulf. Prior to Fieldwood, McCarroll was founder, President and CEO of Dynamic Offshore Resources, President of Maritech Resources, and Senior Vice President of Plains Resources.
In 2010, Gaspar Franco joined CNH as Subdirector General of Opinion for Production Projects. Since then, he has held various positions at the Commission until being elected by the Mexican Senate as Commissioner in May 2016. He has been a member of the Engineering Faculty at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) since 2011 and has published various papers related to Mexico’s oil industry. He is a member of the Mexican Association of Petroleum Engineers (AIPMAC). Before joining CNH, Franco worked for 14 years in several engineering positions at PEMEX.
In August 2014, Carlos de Regules was appointed Director General ASEA by Juan José Guerra, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources under instruction from Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. Prior to his appointment, he worked for 18 years at PEMEX in various positions specializing in industrial safety and environmental protection in the hydrocarbons industry. His final post at PEMEX was as Subdirector of Strategic and Operational Planning. De Regules is also an associate advisor to the LEAD Program for Advanced Studies on Environment & Development at Colegio de México (COLMEX).
Juan Carlos Zepeda’s career in the hydrocarbons industry includes positions at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy, where he was Head of the Exploration & Production department and in charge of technical evaluations of E&P projects. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of PEMEX subsidiaries for Exploration & Production, Refining, and Gas. In 2009, he was appointed President Commissioner of CNH by former President Felipe Calderón. In April 2014, Mexico’s Congress re-appointed him to a second five-year term as President Commissioner of CNH. Zepeda holds various degrees in Economics from universities in Mexico and the UK.
Rodulfo Figueroa joined Pemex Gas and Basic Petrochemicals (PGBP) in 2003. From 2006 to early 2013 he served as Information and Evaluation Manager and as Planning Manager. In 2013, he was appointed as Planning Deputy Director at PGPB. Figueroa holds an Economics degree from UNAM, a Diploma in Applied Econometric Time Series from Anahuac University and a Diploma in Senior Management of Public Entities from the National Institute of Public Administration. Over the past 30 years, he has held positions in the federal public administration at SENER, SCT, Liconsa and SHCP
Gustavo Hernández was appointed as Acting Director of Pemex E&P in February 2014. Later that year the Mexican President appointed him as Director General of Pemex E&P. In June 2015, the Board of Directors appointed him Director of Operations in Pemex E&P and as of December 2015, he was appointed Director of Prospective Resources, Reserves, and Associations He joined PEMEX in 1992 and recently led the team tasked with preparing the Round Zero request. Hernández holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and an M.S. in Reservoir Engineering, both from UNAM
Ernesto Marcos Giacoman is not only the President of AMESPAC, but he also founded Marcos y Asociados, Infraestructura y Energía, an investment banking consultant active in the Mexican market since 1995. From 1989-1994 he worked as the Head of Finance for PEMEX and previously he worked for three years as Director General of the state industrial development lender, NAFIN. He has been the President and Member of the Board of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC). Marcos has a Ph.D in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Salvador Ayala currently serves as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Schlumberger in Mexico and Central America. He has 20 years’ leadership experience in the hydrocarbons industry with the company. Ayala has held numerous global and regional positions working in various operations, technology development, and management roles in Latin America, North America, and Africa. Prior to taking up his present role in Mexico, Ayala was the Global Pressure Pumping and Chemistry Technology and Product Group Manager, and prior to that, he was the Global Vice President of Marketing & Technology for Well Production Services.
An experienced executive and industry representative for the oil and gas sector, William Waggoner, President and CEO of Mexico Petroleum Company has been involved in drafting oil laws at the state and federal level in the US and was central to the negotiation of a treaty allowing for bilateral exploration and recovery of hydrocarbons along the maritime border between Mexico and the US, ratified a few years ago. He is a Doctor of Law with studies on the University of New Mexico and Oxford, and holds a B.S. in Petroleum Management and Petroleum Geology from the University of Oklahoma.
Mike Martínez is an experienced bilingual and bi-cultural business executive with more than 30 years of hands-on senior management experience. He has led several companies in the US and abroad in the chemical, power, military, manufacturing, and oil and gas markets. Currently, Martínez holds the position of Vice President of Business Development OPF of Wood Group. From 2010-2013 Martínez was General Manager for the Wood Group Mustang Colombia operations, delivering on several key infrastructure engineering projects including pipelines, pumping stations, and receiving terminals for Ecopetrol and Oleoducto Bicentenario.
Ernesto Ríos has been Director General of the IMP since January 2015. In 2010, he was in charge of the Corporate Engineering and Project Development Office. Prior to that, he was Subdirector for Project Development in Corporate Operations at PEMEX for five years. From 2005 to 2010, he served as Corporate Director of Planning and Institutional Development at the IMP. Ríos has also worked as Associate Consultant at McKinsey and Company. He has a Chemical Engineer degree from UNAM and a Master’s and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Juan Pablo Newman has been PEMEX’s CFO since February 2016. Previously, he was Deputy Financial Director General at NAFIN. He also served as Director of Risk Management and Deputy Director General of Collection at SHCP. He also was Head of Recruitment and Placement Analysis at the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB) and Subdirector of Risk Methodology at Banco Santander. He has a B.S in Applied Mathematics from ITAM and has a Master’s in Operations Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ovidio Noval is Director General of API Coatzacoalcos. Previously, he was a Research Economist at BANXICO, Director General of Government Accounting, Director General of Sectorial Information at the Ministry of Energy, Operations Coordinator at IMSS, and Operational Director of Airports and Auxiliary Services, among other positions. Noval is highly committed to the Transistmic Corridor project hoping to improve economic and social conditions for the local population. Noval has a B.S in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de Mexico (UNAM) and completed postgraduate studies in Holland.
Juan Marcelo Parizot is the Commercial Director of PEMEX's Industrial Transformation division. His career in the state-owned oil company stretches back to 1989 and has included leadership positions in operative and commercial areas in the Basic Petrochemicals and LNG departments, as well as in PEMEX’s refining subsidiary where he led the service station’s unit management team. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Mexico’s ITESM university, with a Master’s Degree from Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX) and has completed doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Abraham Baruch Zepeda is a 15-year veteran in engineering process control and site supervision lead. Previously, he held the position of Grupo Hosto's Business Development Director. He is currently one of the shareholders of Grupo Hosto, which is due for an IPO on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV). Grupo Hosto is also planning a US$300 million investment to build infrastructure for the sector and is hoping to spur its growth. Zepeda is shareholder at Productora Mecanz. Zepeda sits on the boards of various companies including Constructores y Proveedores Siglo XXI, Productora Zerey, PCMM, TBN Tactical Equipment, and Anyer Oil & Gas.
Constantine Galanis has nearly 20 years of experience leading Química Apollo, the prestigious combustion additive company, as its Director General. Before that, Galanis was Commercial Director for Apollo Technologies from 1982 to 1987. For four years previously, he also served as a Consultant on Environmental and Energy Issues on a Global Scale at Apollo Chemical Corporation. His qualifications in the environment and business strategies can be seen by the fact that Galanis received a B.S in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1978 as well as a MBA from the same institution in 1981.
Vernon Murray was appointed General Manager of Emerson Process Management Mexico in January 2015. Murray has extensive hydrocarbons industry experience, having served in roles of increasing responsibility at Emerson for more than 17 years. He joined Emerson in 1998 working with its Micro Motion product portfolio and in 2007 was appointed Strategic Sourcing Director for this brand. From 2012 to 2014, Murray was Director for the Micro Motion product line in Latin America. Most recently, he was Vice President of Flow Technologies for Emerson Process Management Latin America. Murray holds an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Jaime Martínez has more than 37 years of experience in a wide variety of environmental and safety roles with a specialization in process safety, design and the operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants, hazardous waste management, site investigation and remediation of large M&A projects. His extensive portfolio includes Environmental Impact Studies, Mexican Environmental Regulations, and Corporate Advisory Services. He has been with ERM Mexico since 2010 where he currently serves as Business Development Director. Martínez has a B.S in Chemistry and an M.S in Environmental Sanitation.
Before taking up his current position as Director of Oil & Gas at PwC Mexico, Estrada served as CNH Commissioner for three years following a seven year period as Commissioner of CRE. Previously, he was Director General for Energy Planning and Information at the Ministry of Energy and has been involved in different PEMEX Committees and Boards. He is the founder and has been Director of Analítica Energética. He worked for 14 years in Norway, at the Norwegian Business School, at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, and at Saga Petroleum, a company for which he also was the Country Manager for the US.
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 took on the position of Technical Manager of the Gulf Coast Region, overseeing onshore, offshore, and deepwater projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Southern Texas, and Mexico. In 2012, Ecolab acquired Champion Technologies, thus creating Nalco Champion. During the merger process, Buis became the company’s District Manager for Mexico, where he is in charge of budgets, product development, and technical sales.
César Acosta is currently Analysis, Regulations, and Public Affairs Manager of Statoil México. He is also part of the Finance and External Affairs Committees of Mexican O&G association AMEXHI, where he leads the External Affairs Committee’s regulation task force. Prior to this, Acosta served as Director of New Projects at the E&P Division and E&P Contracts Division at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy. Before that Acosta was Manager for Regulatory Affairs and Economic Analysis at Infraestructura Energética Nova, a consultant at energy consulting firm IPD Latin America, and Financial Researcher at the Financial Analysis Division of Mexico’s Central Bank, Banco de México.
Guillermo García Alcocer was nominated by President Enrique Peña Nieto and appointed as Chairman of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission by the Senate on May 28, 2016. Previously, García was Head of Public Policy on Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons at the Energy Ministry. As such, he was in charge of designing both the contract and the technical aspects of the biddings for Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons under Mexico's new energy framework. García got his Bachelor's Degree in Economics at ITAM and studied several post graduate courses at Oxford, Harvard and George Washington Universities, as well as at ITAM.