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The Latin America and Caribbean Region Energy Opportunities Virtual Conference 2021 includes a series of executive level presentations and panel discussions featuring topics of interest for companies, organizations and governments working in the energy sector, particularly in the areas related to the energy transition, new technologies and sustainable development.

Conference Schedule

All times are listed in US Central Standard time (GMT -6)

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7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 1

Wednesday, November 10

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 1 Session 1

Geopolitical Context and Sustainable Development Framework

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony

Denise Cox, President, Storm Energy Ltd, General Chair
Trey Meckel, Founder and CEO, Monteverde Energy, General Chair
Elvira Gómez, AAPG Vice President of Regions
Emily Smith Llinás, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region Manager, Energy Opportunities Project Director

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Current Energy Outlook and Future Projections

Leopoldo Olavarría, Counsel, CMS Rodríguez Azuero, Mexico
Denise Cox, President, Storm Energy, USA


Ivan Sandrea, Former Founder and CEO of Sierra Oil, Costa Rica
Jorge Milanese, Regional Director Latin America, Sproule, USA
Liliana Díaz, Managing Director, FTI Consulting, USA
Ernesto Díaz, Senior Vice President – Business Development Latin America, Rystad Energy, Argentina

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Policy Trends and Impacts

Pablo Ferragut, Senior Project Manager, Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL), Uruguay
Miriam Winsten, President, AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences, Retired Global Director Social Responsibility & ESG Reporting, Schlumberger, USA


Dave Abeleven, Director, Suriname Energy Authority, Suriname
Mónica Tangarife, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights Lead, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Alex MacGillivray, Evaluations Director, CDC Group, United Kingdom

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
What’s in a Name? Transforming from Oil and Gas to Energy Companies

Sunday Shepherd, General Manager of Corporate Strategy, Chevron, USA
Flover Rodríguez, Executive Director, Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP), Colombia


Allison Kennedy Thurmond, Asset Manager, US Gulf of Mexico Exploration, Equinor, USA
Frederico Miranda, Head of Exploration, Eneva, Brazil
Diana Sanclemente, Partner, Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados S.A.; Vice President of Education, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Colombia

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Country Snapshots: Presenting Licensing Updates and Investment Opportunities

13:00 – 13:20
Exploration Opportunities in Belize and an Update of the Fiscal Regime
Raymond Thompson, Petroleum Geologist, Geology & Petroleum Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum, Belize

13:20 – 13:40
Exploration Opportunities in Barbados
Jamar White, Director, Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Barbados

13:40 – 14:00
Current Exploration Opportunities and Activities Offshore South Africa
Jonathan Salomo, Divisional Geologist, Petroleum Agency SA, South Africa

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Developing Infrastructure in Harmony with Communities and Nature

Camilo Morales, General Secretary, Naturgas, Colombia
Natasha Morrison, AAPG Canada Region President, Canada


Sandra Martínez, Corporate Manager, Pluspetrol, Argentina
Gordon McIntosh, Director at Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), Scotland
Brandon Grosvenor, Vice President Strategic Development – Americas, OPITO, USA
Albert Garcia, Chairman, Belize Natural Energy Trust, Belize

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Value of Offshore Resources in Energy Self-Sufficiency

Cindy Yeilding, Retired Senior Vice President, BP, USA
Jorge Calvache, International Oil and Gas Consultant, Colombia


Hugo Pelliza, Offshore Exploration Manager, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Patrick Brunings, Exploration and Subsurface Offshore Asset Manager, Staatsolie, Suriname
Mike Power, Exploration New Ventures Manager – Core Basins, Shell Brazil, Brazil
Ivan Sandrea, Former Founder and CEO of Sierra Oil, Costa Rica

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 2

Thursday, November 11

7:10 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 2 Session 1

Resources and Technologies Fueling Latin America’s Energy Transition

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Disruptive Technologies and their Impact on the Energy Sector

Sylvia Anjos, Executive Director, ABGP, Brazil
Roderick Pérez, Research Scientist, University of Vienna, Austria


Marta Abrao, General Manager of Exploration Planning, Business and Operations, Petrobras, Brazil
Rich McAvey, Research Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, USA
Liz Dennett, Vice President of Data Architecture, Wood Mackenzie, USA
Claudio Makarovsky, Director – Energy Industries, Enterprise Business, Microsoft Brazil, Brazil

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Potential for Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen in Latin America and the Caribbean

John Kaldi, CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist, Professor Emeritus, Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources, University of Adelaide, Australia
Lorena Moscardelli, Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, USA


Tip Meckel, Senior Research Scientist at Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Lorraine Sobers, CO₂ Emission Reduction Mobilization (CERM) Project Coordinator and Lecturer, University of the West Indies – St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Brandon Schwartz, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University, USA
Alberto Escofet, Vice President, Mexican Hydrogen Association, Mexico

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Role of Geothermal in the Search for Clean Energy

Trey Meckel, CEO and Founder, Monteverde Energy, Australia
Elvira Pureza Gomez, Vice President of Regions, AAPG, Colombia


Catherine Hickson, CEO Alberta No. 1 and Vice President, Geothermal Canada, Canada
Andy Wood, Subsurface Manager, CeraPhi Energy, UK
Alison Isherwood, Chief Subsurface Engineer, CausewayGT, UK
Dina Lopez, Professor Emeritus, Ohio University, USA/El Salvador

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Country Snapshots: Presenting Licensing Updates and Investment Opportunities

13:00 – 13:20
Integrated Interpreting of Madre de Dios Basin Geophysical Data
Leonardo Ramirez, Geologist, Potential Evaluation Analyst, Exploration Management, PERUPETRO, Peru

13:20 – 13:40
Open Uruguay Round - Offshore and Onshore Frontier Exploration Opportunities
Santiago Ferro, Head of E&P Administration and Contracts, ANCAP, Uruguay

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Critical Minerals Powering the Energy Transition

Ashley Douds, Core2Core Geologic Consulting, USA
Guillermo Garcia, Director, Blue Falcon Consulting Group, Mexico


Bautista Vermal, Vice President of Mining, Pluspetrol/Lítica, Uruguay
Emily Hersh, CEO, Luna Lithium, USA
Mike Bingle-Davis, President-Elect, AAPG Energy Minerals Division, USA
Lindsay Ross, Director of Oil, Gas and Critical Minerals, Cherryvale Partners, Australia

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Path Forward: Tools and Strategies Illuminating the Region’s Energy Future

Open discussion with conference participants and General Chairs Denise Cox and Trey Meckel

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 3

Friday, November 12

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
EOC 2021 Day 3 Session 1

U-Pitch Technology Showcase
Presenting Cutting-Edge, Innovative, Transformative Technology and Services

8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Introduction and Opening Remarks

Emily Smith Llinás, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region Manager, Energy Opportunities Project Director
Elvira Pureza Gómez, Vice President of International Regions, AAPG
Denise Cox, President, Storm Energy, Energy Opportunities Conference General Chair
Susan Nash, Director of Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology, AAPG

8:10 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Investor Panel: Success Factors for Commercialization and Investment in Innovation

Susan Nash, AAPG Director of Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology
César Patiño, Chairman, EOR Technology Collaboration Program, International Energy Agency


Amy Henry, CEO, Eunike Ventures
Sean Ebert, Partner, Altira Group
Isaac Aviles, Digital and Business Incubation Manager, Schlumberger
Alex Rozenfeld, Managing Director and Founder, Climate Impact Capital
Taha Syed Hussain, Venture Partner, Delek US Holdings

9:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
U-Pitch Presentations

9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Fiber Optic Applications: Traditional Geophysics for O&G, Seismology, and Near Surface Analysis
Andres Chavarria
, Optasense

9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
A Novel IoT-based Method for Real-time Detection of Spontaneous Leaks in Pipelines, Gathering Systems, and Offshore Risers
Scott Bauer
, Proflex Technologies

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Geomechanics Without Logs
Hamed Soroush
, PetroLearn, USA

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Field Development Optimization through Asset-scale Machine Learning Analysis. North American Shale Play Case Study
Igor Kuvaev and Andrei Popescu
, ROGII, Inc.

10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Accessing, and Managing Geotechnical Data Using Low-cost Easy-to-Use Services, Apps, and Storage that any Small Company Can Use
Bryan McDowell
, Sabata Energy Consultants

11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Geologically Predicting Critical Minerals in Fine-grained Sediments: Evaluating Drilled Shale Reservoirs
Ashley Douds
, Wildlands Research

11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Mining Produced Water for Critical Minerals
Thomas Smith
, US Strategic Minerals Exploration, LLC

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Turning Liabilities into Assets: An Advanced Geothermal Solution for Repurposing Wells
Karl Farrow
, CeraPhi Energy

12:20 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Automated Well Log Digitizing Using Machine Learning
Scott G. Comegys
, IntelliLAS

12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Delivering Transformative Data Solutions in the Cloud
Jess Kozman
, Katalyst Data Management

12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks