In recent years, Latin America has experienced dramatic changes in the economic, political and social forces that influence national and regional energy policy. This conference brings together policymakers, energy industry officials and analysts, and scholars to discuss the emerging trends and influences that are shaping Latin American energy policy. Through a wide range of topical panels and presentations from the region's experts, the conference will address competing paradigms for sustaining energy sector investment, the increased role of alternative energy, the changing role of national oil companies, and energy reform and privatization.
Event Agenda and Presentations
Erika de la Garza, Program Director, Latin American Initiative, Baker Institute
Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Panel I: Energy Policy in the Americas
Moderator: Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, Baker Institute
"The Cardoso-Lula Brazilian Model"
David Mares, Baker Institute Scholar for Energy Studies, Baker Institute
"Argentina"s Federalization of Energy Policy Experiment"
Mark Jones, Professor of Political Science, Rice University
"Venezuela: Oil Sector Perfomance 1997-2008"
Ramon Espinasa, Consultant, Integration and Regional Programs Department, Inter-American Development Bank
Laurence Whitehead, Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University
Panel II: Renewable Energy
Moderator: Ronald Soligo, Baker Institute Rice Scholar and Professor of Economics, Rice University
"Outlook for Alternative Energy"
Juan Pablo Bonilla, Coordinator, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank
"Renewable Energy Trends in Latin America"
Brent de Jong, Founder and Vice Chairman, Ashmore Energy International
Lunch Keynote Address
Fidel Herrera Beltrán, Governor, Veracruz, Mexico
With an introduction by Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Washington, D.C., Office
Panel III: Energy Reform in Mexico
Moderator: Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Washington, D.C., Office
"PEMEX/Oil and Gas"
Jed Bailey, Managing Director, Asia and Latin America Energy Groups, CERA
Tania Ortiz Mena, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Sempra Energy Mexico
Paul Isbell, Director, Energy Program; Senior Analyst, U.S.-Spain Relations Project, Real Instituto Elcano
Panel IV: NOCs in a New Oil Price Environment
Moderator: David Mares, Baker Institute Scholar for Energy Studies, Baker Institute
"Capital Markets Perspective on Latin American Energy Companies"
Thomas Langford, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
"Energy, Policy and Politics: NOCs and Latin America"
Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, Baker Institute