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Energy Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean

Council of the Americas hosts an expert panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities of an energy transition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Overview

The transition to a zero-carbon future in Latin America and the Caribbean will be difficult. This public program will examine the challenges the region faces in reducing its carbon output while meeting its growing energy needs. Despite challenges, there are opportunities to meet rising energy demand using existing and future energy sources in ways that maintain affordability, reliability, and sustainability while expanding access to growing communities and industries in the region.

Please join the Council of the Americas for a virtual conversation on the energy transition in Latin America and the Caribbean. Experts and practitioners will discuss the impact of ongoing global events, the role of various energy sources in the transition and how governments—with the support of the private sector and local communities—can stimulate needed investment and develop policies that maximize energy, economic, and climate security.

Speakers

  • Omar Paganini, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay
  • Beth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Asia and the Americas, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ariel Yépez-García, Manager, Infrastructure and Energy Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Julie Mulkerin Ortiz, General Manager, Decarbonization Strategy, Chevron
  • Sean Porter, Development, New Businesses and Commercial Director, Energy Unit, Capital Business Group, CMI
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas( Moderator)

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Speakers

Omar Paganini
Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay

Omar Paganini is the current minister of industry, energy and mining in the Government of the Republic of Uruguay. In 2003, he became dean of the engineering faculty of the Catholic University of Uruguay. Then, he served as vice chancellor of economic management and development...

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Beth Urbanas
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Asia and the Americas, U.S. Department of Energy

Beth Urbanas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Urbanas is responsible for managing DOE’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with Asian and American countries. She is also...

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Ariel Yépez-García
Manager, Infrastructure and Energy Sector, Inter-American Development Bank

Ariel Yépez-García is the manager of the Infrastructure and Energy sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Previously, Mr. Yépez-García was the Energy Division Chief at the IDB. In this position, he led the implementation of energy projects to promote energy...

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Julie Mulkerin Ortiz
General Manager, Decarbonization Strategy, Chevron

Julie Mulkerin Ortiz is the General Manager, Decarbonization Strategy at Chevron and is based in the Bay Area in California. She leads cross-functional teams in setting external and internal incentives for driving a lower carbon future, like GHG targets including net zero...

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Sean Porter
Development, New Businesses and Commercial Director, Energy Unit, Capital Business Group, CMI

Sean Porter is the Development, New Businesses and Commercial Director of the Energy Unit of the Capital Business Group of CMI-Corporación Multi Inversiones. CMI is a Latin American multinational family corporation which came to life in Central America investing and creating...

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Eric Farnsworth
Vice President, AS/COA, Washington DC Office

Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, heading the Washington, DC, office since 2003. The organization is the leading voice on the hemisphere, where the public and private sectors meet to discuss and promote an agenda based on...

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