Mexico Oil & Gas Summit 2019 - Speakers
Rocío Nahle was appointed Minister of Energy on Dec.1, 2018 by the newly elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Nahle is also a member of the National Committee of Energy Studies (CNEE) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to her appointment, Nahle served as a MORENA leader in Congress and as deputy representative for the State of Veracruz. She graduated from Autonomous University of Zacatecas as a chemical engineer, majoring in petrochemistry, and was a member of the Energy Commission at the Latin America Parliament.
Oscar Roldán was the Head of the National Hydrocarbons Information Center. His career in the oil and gas industry began in 2001 at the Ministry of Finance, where he was part of the team involved in the development of PEMEX’s new fiscal regime. 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 has 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.
Adam Seitchik became General Manager of Exploration and New Ventures at international offshore and North American onshore exploration company Murphy Oil in June 2010. He previously acted as the Senior Advisor in Deep Water Exploration at Devon Energy and before this worked as an Exploration Geophysicist at ExxonMobil. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth sciences and geosciences from Denison University and a Master’s degree in geological and Earth sciences from the University of Alabama.
As General Manager Mexico, Rossy Pérez has been in charge of Beicip-Franlab’s sales and operations since March 2016. Pérez has over 15 years of industry expertise, having worked on business process improvement and project development within several other firms, including Schlumberger, Ipm Oil Services, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies and Venezuela’s national oil company PDVSA. She holds a Bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
As Commercial Director of Schlumberger Mexico and Central America (MCA), Alejandro Scheffler is responsible for ensuring MCA’s growth within the global market and implementing Schlumberger’s local strategy. During his 22 years in the company, Scheffler has held over 10 positions including Transformation Manager in Saudi Arabia, Mexico Marine Manager and Testing Services, as well as Marketing Manager. He holds a BSc in civil engineering from ITESM and an MSC in management of the oil and gas industry from the Heriot Watt University.
James Buis joined Nalco Champion in 2001 as technical representative for Mexico and South America. A year later, his duties expanded to include providing technical support to the Gulf of Mexico region. Between 2006 and 2012, he was technical manager of the Gulf Coast region, overseeing onshore, offshore and deepwater projects for the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico. In 2012, Ecolab acquired Champion tecnologies, thus creating Nalco Champion. Buis then became the company’s District Manager for Mexico.
Graciela Álvarez Hoth founded NRGI Broker more than 30 years ago. Under Hoth’s leadership, the specialist insurance company has promoted a prevention culture within the country’s oil and gas industry, while delivering risk and insurance services to many major players within the energy sector. Hoth has provided consultancy services to the industry’s environmental safety agency, ASEA, and works closely with other government entities. She created the Voices of Energy initiative, bringing together public and private industry leaders to analyze the country’s oil industry.
Sergio Suarez is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Marinsa and has more than 20 years' experience in business consulting, strategy design and business transformation. Suarez has been responsible for the development and deployment of Marinsa's strategic plan since 2016 and has played an important role in strengthening the company's position in the market and obtaining the Prime Certification granted by BMV. He holds an MBA and Senior Management Diploma from IPADE.
Francisco Noyola has over 30 years of experience working in the international oil and gas industry. As Talos Energy’s Country Manager - Mexico, he leads the company’s efforts in the country and is responsible for the development of upstream and midstream infrastructure at the Zama discovery. Prior to joining Talos Energy, Noyola served as Vice President of Williams Energy de México. Noyola has held executive positions at SBM, McDermott and Wison, and has led the development of fixed platform, FPSO, Spar, TLP and semi-submersible projects globally.
Prior to working at ERM Mexico, Alberto Sambartolomé worked in Lima, Peru, for seven years and became Managing Director of the local business unit. He has over 20 years' experience in applied environmental sciences and consulting. He has managed complex projects for the oil and gas industry, including the Camisea Gas Project’s ESHIAs in Peru and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline Project in Greece, Albania and Italy. Sambartolomé is now in charge of the recent ERM GoM Initiative directing the recently opened office in Villahermosa, Tabasco.
Fausto Álvarez Hernández was appointed Head of the Exploration and Production Compliance Unit at CNH in August 2016. He is responsible for the supervision and administration of all awarded contracts to private companies, as well as exploration and extraction leases assigned to PEMEX. Before taking on this role, Hernández held other managerial roles at CNH and at the American oilfield service provider Schlumberger. Hernández brings over 17 years of industry experience to his role. He has a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from UNITEC and an MBA from ITAM.
Javier López is an expert in digital transformation and since 2003 has held various positions in Schlumberger, including Informational Technologies Transformation Program Manager and Management Consultant for Schlumberger Business Consulting. He has executed projects throughout Latin America and has specialized in the development of value generating strategies, economic models and analysis focused on the new digital environment. López holds a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Javeriana University and an MBA from INALDE Business School.
Luis Vera was appointed Executive Director of ASEA. This administrative body is in charge of ensuring environmental protection and operational safety in the country’s hydrocarbon sector. Vera brings significant legal expertise to his role, having been Managing Partner of the social-environmental law firm Vera & Asociados from 1997 to 2018. He holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a Master’s in law and environment (LL.M) and another one from Tulane University, as well as a Ph.D. in environment and development from IPN.
Before becoming Director General, Marco Antonio Osorio was the Product Technology Director of IMP. He participated in the integral energy analysis of the Tula and Cadereyta refineries and in the analysis of cogeneration alternatives for the modernization and expansion of the Minatitlan refinery in Veracruz. Osorio has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from UNAM and a Bachelor’s in industrial chemical engineering from IPN. He has experience in project management working with various companies such as Texaco, TECO Power, Alstom, GE and Babcock.
A Paraiso native, Adán López Hernández has had a significant role in Tabasco’s politics, eventually being elected Governor of the state in July 2018. He studied law and political science extensively before taking on numerous leadership roles, such as President of the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Board, as well as Deputy Minister of Civil Protection. He was part of the local congress from 2006 to 2009, became a federal Congressman in 2010 and Senator in 2012.
Manuel Rodríguez González was appointed President of the Energy Commission in the Chamber of Deputies in September 2018. Before this, Rodríguez held several high-level political positions including Deputy Minister of the Government of Tabasco and Deputy Minister of Government and Political Development of the State of Tabasco. Rodríguez has a law degree from Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco and a Master’s in political science and community law from Sorbonne University.
David Enríquez joined Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados in 2000. He holds two Master’s in maritime law, one from the European Institute of Maritime Studies in Spain and another from Southampton University in the UK. He also has a Ph.D. in juridical sciences from Panamerican University 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.
Juan Acra has over 15 years’ experience working in the energy sector. His commitment to the Mexican market led him to be Vice President of CCE and President of COPARMEX, where he also acted as counselor. In 2002, Acra founded SECNER, a company that provides specialized maintenance services and energy asset automation. He also founded the International Energy Cluster Tamaulipas-Texas. Acra has a degree in electrical-mechanical engineering from Northern Anahuac University and completed the Senior Management Course 2 at IPADE.
Sergio Charles González has a Bachelor’s in business administration from ITESM campus Monterrey. He entered Grupo Protexa in 2000 as Commercial Manager of Arrendadora Sipco. In 2002, he was promoted to Manager of Land and Maritime Maintenance Shops in Cardenas, Tabasco. Between 2004 and 2008, González was Manager of Productivity and Process Reengineering. He then moved to the position of Commercial Manager of Maritime Operations for Grupo Protexa’s north region and, eventually, internationally.
Luis Ocejo has worked for Grupo TMM since 1982 and is the currently Senior Managing Director of the Maritime Business, being responsible for the operations and results of the group’s maritime business lines. These include the administration of the company’s shipyard in Tamaulipas and managing relationships with authorities, clients and related companies in the sector. Ocejo also participates in the boards of CONCAMIN, the Mexican Transportation Council, ASOMAR and COMPORT.
Cesar Vera has over 30 years of international experience in the oil and gas sector working for world-class organizations including Schlumberger, Nabors, GE and Siemens. He has technical expertise in areas related to offshore and onshore well drilling and production, including drilling fluids, cementing, downhole tools, waste management, stimulation, coiled tubing, wellhead pressure control, digitalization and automation. Vera holds an MBA and a Bachelor's degree in engineering. Currently, he is the CCO of Naviera Integral.
In 2010, Gaspar Franco joined CNH as Deputy Director General of Opinion for Production Projects. He then 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 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 and held several engineering positions at PEMEX.
Steve Hanson has been Director of Tonalli Energía since founding the upstream company in 2015. His directorship has led to the rapid success of the onshore Tecolutla Block in Round 1.3 and has been marketing crude to PEMEX since late 2018. Hanson has over 25 years of finance and corporate development experience, including four years serving as Chairman and Managing Director of award-winning equity money management firm Van Arbor Asset Management, which he founded in 2003.
Yann Kirsch has significant experience working in the Mexican drilling sector, accruing experience in the chartering, crewing, operation, maintenance and general management of offshore rigs and vessels. As Vice President of Business Development at Grupo Goimar-Goimsa, he was in close contact with PEMEX’s offshore regulatory and training standards. He also gained knowledge of the complicated economics of the Gulf of Mexico’s drilling market, which he later applied to fulfilling his responsibilities as Chief Business Development Officer of Perseus.
Ángel Casán is Managing Director of Topaz, a family office group that invests in education, energy and real estate. He is also Vice President of the Board of Directors Administration at Jaguar E&P and Member of AMEXHI. Casán held several leading positions at Grupo Alfa, one of Latin America’s largest corporations with worldwide operations in petrochemicals, automotive parts, food and telecommunications. Casán has also been a member of industry associations such as CCE and COPARMEX and has held leadership positions at CONCAMIN and CAINTRA.
Robert Pérez has over 35 years of experience in different areas of the oil and gas industry. He first joined Baker Hughes in 2011 as the GE Energy Mexico Country Executive, being responsible for GE Energy’s growth strategy in Mexico. Between 2013 and 2016, Pérez was GE Global Account Managing Director, before becoming Vice President at Pipeline & Gas Processing for BHGE’s Turbomachinery & Process Solutions business when GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes merged.
As Director General of AMESPAC, Antonio Juárez is responsible for supporting businesses related to processing, storage, transport and commercialization of oil and gas derivatives. Juárez is also Partner at Marcos y Asociados Infraestructura y Energía. He has over 40 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector and has held positions in the Ministry of Energy and PEMEX. In the private sector, he has worked in ALVI and as an external consultant for many other players.
As a distinguished professor and researcher in economics, Marcos Ávalos has been recognized as a specialist in the areas of competition, economic regulation and industrial organization. After extensive studies in UNAM, CIDE and the University of Essex, he has worked for 15 years as a consultant in Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. He has also been a consultant for the OECD.
Ángel Sánchez is currently responsible for the performance chemicals division at BASF in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. His focus is on business development through innovative products and solutions that allow customers to increase their market competitiveness. Sánchez has been working in BASF since 1997 and has ample international experience having participated in specialized projects in Italy, Germany and the US. He has a degree in chemical engineering from UNAM and an MBA from EGADE Business School.
Vernon Murray became President Latin America of Emerson Automation Solutions in 2018. He oversees operations related to commercial facilities, customer service and service centers in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru and Puerto Rico. Murray is a member of the US-Mexico Energy Business Council, serving as a private sector representative. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
Luis Felipe Echavarría has over 17 years of technical, operational and commercial experience in the liquid fuels, lubricants and VNG distribution markets. Echavarría was President of the Sustainable Development and Energy Commission in COPARMEX and President of the Natural Gas Committee at AMGN. He specializes in areas such as energy markets and corporate social responsibility and holds an MBA from INALDE in Colombia. He has also been advisor to the Colombian and Ecuadorian governments for the development of ethanol and biodiesel strategies.
Jan Frowijn joined ROSEN Group Europe in 2000 as Finance Manager. In 2006, he was transferred to ROSEN USA’s Houston office. In 2014, he moved to ROSEN Group Mexico to fill the role of Managing Director. In April 2018, Frowijn took over the role of Vice President of USA, Mexico & Central America. He received a Bachelor’s degree in business economics from the Saxion Hogeschool and an MBA from TSM Business School. Frowijn has more than 15 years of progressive international experience in the technology driven business field.
David Madero has been Director of Energy Solutions at strategic energy management consultancy Acclaim since February 2019. Prior to this, he was Director General of CENAGAS, where he oversaw major developments in the country’s natural gas pipeline system for four years. Madero has extensive experience working within the oil and gas sector and has held numerous senior management positions within the Ministry of Energy. He also participated in PEMEX’s Board of Directors. Madero is based in Mexico City and holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.
José García Sanleandro has spent his career in the natural gas sector, joining natural gas and electricity integration company Naturgy in 1988. García Sanleandro is an industrial engineer who has worked on natural gas and electricity distribution projects in both Europe and Latin America. He is currently serving a two-year term as Vice President of the Mexican Natural Gas Association, having been elected in November 2018, and is also Vice President of AMGN.
Previously, Merlin Cochran worked at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy where he was Deputy General Director of the upstream division. Before working in the Ministry, Cochran was managing drilling rigs both onshore and offshore. He started in Brunei as a trainee in Schlumberger and worked in countries like Venezuela, Iraq and Saudi Arabia working as a drilling contractor for clients such as Shell, BP and ENI. Cochran is a civil engineering graduate of ITESM and holds an Executive MBA from both London Business School and Columbia Business School.
Sergio Pimentel was appointed Commissioner at CNH in 2014. Before this, Pimentel held a number of high-ranking positions within Mexico’s energy sector, including Deputy Director General of Legal Regulation and Director General of Legal Affairs at CRE. Pimentel was also Deputy Advisor for Consultation and Constitutional Studies and was in charge of drafting the energy constitutional reforms. His vast experience in the energy sector is backed by a law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.