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Speakers 2020

George Oliva

Decommissioning & Restoration Lead
Shell Brasil

George Oliva has joined Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. in 2001 and his current role is Decommissioning & Restoration Lead. Prior to that assignment, he has worked in Upstream Development, Commercial, Projects & Technology, Energy Efficiency and Research & Development management positions.  Besides the Oil & Gas industry, he has previous work experience in the Power and the Steel industry sectors. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineer from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and an MBA from FGV.

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Michel Frédeau

Managing Director & Senior Partner

Michel Frédeau leads BCG’s Climate and Environment impact area globally and is a member
of BCG’s Social Impact Practice leadership team. He has over 30 years of experience in the
energy, industrial goods, consumer goods, and retail industries, working across issues
related to vision, strategy, governance, and large global transformation programs. His work
also includes a focus on sustainability, leadership development, culture and change
Michel joined the Paris office of The Boston Consulting Group in 1985. He was the Head of
the Paris office from 2000 to 2007, and a member of BCG’s Executive Committee, leading
the Global HR function from 2007 to 2012.

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Carlos Tunes

Business Development Leader

Carlos Tunes is an engineer with MBA in Business Management, with 35 years of experience in technology applied to business. Worked at various segments such Automotive, Chemical, Health, Industrial, Oil&Gas, Agrobusiness and Government, providing EAM solutions, IoT, Supply Chain, Big Data & Analytics and Cognitive Solutions on Latin America market. Since 2007 in IBM, working as Asset Management Executive in Latin America, Big Data & Analytics Executive in Brazil, Latin America Watson IoT Executive and currently Business Development Leader in Brazil, leading transformational digital transformation and Industry 4.0 projects.

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Carolina Rio

Game Changer

Carolina Rio is part of the global team for Shell GameChanger and Shell Research Alliance, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently focused on nurture strategic partnership with universities and research institutions in the country, and on develop projects with early-stage start-ups with the potential to impact the future of O&G and Energy sector.
With master and PhD in Science and Technology Policies, Carolina has experience in innovation strategy, innovation management, project management on regulated sector and startup analysis for investment.

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Clarissa Lins


Clarissa is the founding partner of Catavento, a consultancy on strategy and sustainability and has been appointed President of the Brazilian Institute for Oil and Gas (IBP) as of November 2019. Her principal areas of expertise are strategy, energy transition and climate change.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Petrobras since May 2018, chairs the HSE Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Clarissa is fellow at the Energy and Infrastructure Center of the Brazilian think tank CEBRI and a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum.
She served on the Board Committee of Sustainability of Vale (2017-2019) and on the External Review Committee – ERC of Royal Dutch Shell – RDS (October 2012 to June 2015), being chair of the Committee for two years.
Previously, Clarissa acted as Executive Director of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development – FBDS (2004-2013), a non-profit organization promoting sustainable development in Brazil.
Clarissa is an economist by training and holds her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC Rio (1988 and 1990).

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Claudia Diniz

Diretora Executiva
Mining Hub

Executive with solid experience in innovation, project management and intellectual property, with a great history of working for the mining industry. Chemical engineer with master’s and doctorate in Mineral Technology, with extensive experience abroad. MBA from FDC. Currently, she works as executive director of MiningHub, where she acts in the dictorship (strategic, stakeholders, operational and financial) of the first open innovation hub in the mining sector in the world.
In addition, she is pleased to be one of the founders and director of the Women in Mining Brasil movement. Mother, woman, professional and happy!

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Felipe Perez

Consulting Director, Oil Markets Midstream & Downstream Energy
IHS Markit

Felipe Perez is the Director and Strategist for Americas Downstream in IHS Markit with over 15 years of experience in refining mainly in Latin America. His experience includes energy efficiency, operational performance improvements, configuration and market studies, and strategic initiatives. Recently, his work focuses on the relationship of crude oil and refined products markets between North and South America as well as the impact of energy transition on the future of oil refineries. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade de São Paulo and a Master’s degree from University of Manchester in England.

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Flavio Jacociunas

Diretor de Operações
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Gordon Carlile

Gordon Carlile has over 35 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry.  With a degree in civil engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Gordon has gained major offshore project experience from the perspectives of an engineering consultancy, an EPC contractor and bp.  This experience has included fixed platforms, gravity based structures and FPSO projects in a variety of international locations.
From 2014 to 2019, Gordon was bp’s engineering manager for decommissioning projects, which included the removal of the UK North Sea Miller production platform.  This major project saw the safe removal of 40,000Tonnes of facilities using highly innovative methods and team collaboration.

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Jacob Duer

Presidente and CEO
Alliance to end plastic waste

Jacob Duer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste,
a global non-profit organisation that brings together industry, government, civil society,
development agencies and investors to help end plastic waste in the environment. The
Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters across the world’s leading
organisations in the plastic value chain.
Jacob leads the strategic visioning and direction of the Alliance that targets to invest $1.5
billion over five years to develop, accelerate and scale technologies and solutions focussing
on integrated waste management systems, engaging communities and catalysing capital
towards a circular economy.
Jacob has more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations, focusing on chemicals
and waste management, environment and sustainable development. Currently based in
Singapore, he has lived and worked with the United Nations in Austria, Senegal, Kenya and

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João Rampini

Head of Future Cities Programme | Prosperity Fund Brazil
Prosperity Fund Brazil British Consulate-General

João Rampini is an internationalist specialized in public policy and urban development. He holds a MA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a MA in Urban Planning from the “École d’Urbanisme de Paris”. Throughout his professional background, he had several experiences in the field of international cooperation and project management. Among the institutions he has worked with are the General Consulate of France in Rio de Janeiro, the BRICS Policy Center and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). Most recently he was a consultant of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), where he had the opportunity to participate in sustainable urban development projects in Kenya and Mexico. Since 2019 he works for the British Government in Brazil leading the implementation of the Prosperity Fund Future Cities programme in Recife, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

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Marcelo Paiva Fontenele

Coronel / Diretor do Departamento de Segurança da Informação do GSI-PR
Ministério da Defesa/IME

PhD in Cybernetics – University of Reading, UK, holds a a postgraduate lato sensu degrees in Politics and Strategy Studies, in Criptography and Network Security and in Information and Communications Security Management. Participated in the workgroup on Security on the Information Critical Infrastructure, in the Joint Armed Forces Workgroup for Implementation of the Cyber Sector, as well as in the workgroup for implementing the Cyber Sector by the Brazilian Army and headed the National School of Cyber Defence nucleus. At GSI-PR, acted as Director of the Department of Information and Communications Security and General Coordinator for Information Security Management. Nowadays acts as Director of the Department of Information Security at GSI-PR.

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Coordenador do Comitê de Diversidade

Coordenador do Comitê de Diversidade

Marcos Galvão coordinates, since May/2019, Petrobras Integrated Pipelines Protection Program (PRÓ-DUTOS). A Petrobras and Transpetro corporate initiative which aims to mitigate related risks to the theft of crude and refined oil products from onshore pipelines. Galvão belongs, for 35 years, to the Petrobras geologists’ teamwork force. Has a technical background in Petroleum Geology and a master degree in Structural Geology. He started his professional life performing operational activities on offshore rigs, at exploratory areas and oil and gas fields in Brazil. Has 21 years of managerial experience, and throughout his career he has had the opportunity to lead Exploration & Production projects in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and West Africa.

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Marcus Dias

VP, Brazil
The RepTrak Company

Marcus Dias is the VP, Brazil at The RepTrak Company, where he leads a team responsible for the delivery of insights, guidance and community services in the region. He has spent the past 15 years providing reputation intelligence and counsel to many of the largest companies in South America as well as to other operations across North America, Europe and Middle East. He holds a bachelor in Public Relations from PUC-MG and a Master of Science in Corporate Communications from the Rotterdam School of Management.

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Marina Grossi

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Renata Emery

Stocche Forbes Advogados
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Leo Almeida

Key Account Director
Google Cloud

Leo Almeida has a 23-year of experience in the Technology industry ranging from programming to architecture including key players such as Sun, BEA, Oracle, and SAP.

Leo Almeida is responsible for leading Google Cloud strategy for the Energy sector including develop R&D projects and manage strategic customers such as Petrobras Group.

Academic and executive background in Science Computer at Universidade Carioca, Artificial Intelligence at Berkeley,  Exponential Thinking at Singularity University, and Leadership at ISE Business School.

For the past 13 years, he has been a Sales Executive ready to overcome business challenges and offer value propositions to customers.

In 2018 Leo Almeida founded IDK Digital, a startup that has developed a wearable solution for hazard prevention in the Energy sector.

His background holds implementing innovation process, digital transformation, value engineering proposition, and startup mindset.

Leo Almeida is also an advisory member helping other startups to scale up.

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Bernard Pinatel

President Refining & Chemicals

Bernard Pinatel began his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton, later joining Total in 1991, where he held a number of positions in operations and general management in the top Group Specialty Chemicals Division. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik. He became a member of the Group’s Management Committee in 2011 and of the Refining & Chemicals Management Committee in 2012.

In February 2015, when Bostik was acquired by Arkema, Bernard Pinatel became a member of Arkema’s Executive Committee, in charge of the High Performance Materials Division.

In September 2016, Bernard Pinatel rejoined Total as President Refining & Chemicals and a member of Total’s Executive Committee.

Bernard Pinatel is a graduate of École Polytechnique and Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) in Paris, and holds an MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He is also a statistician-economist (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique – ENSAE).

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Antonio Joyanes

Senior Vice-President Refining
Cepsa Refining

Responsible and result oriented professional with a solid technical and managerial background in oil & gas, Engineering & Construction and Petrochemical businesses, covering a range of activities that goes from exploration and production and refining up to trading activities. The professional experience is full of successful projects supporting this statement in Europe, Africa and America. The experiences abroad and the intercultural exchange grant the adaptability and ability to lead teams and close deals in a global business. Inspiring leader with the ability to develop the company’s vision and professional skills of the team.

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Fred Arruda

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Ricardo Yogui

Business Advisor and Mentor in Strategic Innovation Programs. Author of the Innovation Framework, an open model, adopted by Companies, Business Schools and Innovation Hubs. Combining business experience in disruptive businesses and solid academic training, it collaborates in the integration of the actors of Industry, Academy and Government Innovation to generate impacts on business, industry and society. It supports initiatives such as Open Innovation BR, ECOA / PUC-Rio, Inovativa Brasil, Conecta Startup Brasil among others. He is a member of the PUC-Rio Innovation Agency and a visiting professor at Ibmec, FGV and FIA. He is an advisor in the FDC Trekker program. Before a sabbatical (2010/2012), he served as head of operation in national and multinational organizations for business development based on emerging technologies in South America, collaborating in the introduction of technologies such as 3D printing and Laser Scanning, among others.

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Symone Christine de Santana Araujo


Symone Araújo is Director of the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels – ANP. She is a Member of the Public Policy and Government Management Specialist career and had previously served as Director of Natural Gas at the Ministry of Mines and Energy and as member of state companies’ fiscal councils.
Mrs. Araújo has a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Brasília (UnB) and a Master’s degree in Development and Environment from the Federal University of Sergipe Foundation (UFS), where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She also holds the title of Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management by the Brazilian National School of Public Administration (Enap).

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Bruno Rondani

Founder and CEO
100 Open Startups

Bruno Rondani is founder and CEO of 100 Open Startups, considered the largest business platform in Brazil among startups and large companies. Creator of the Open Innovation Center – Brazil and Open Innovation Week. Angel investor in more than 20 startups. Professor and researcher in innovation ecosystem management. Graduate and Master in Electrical Engineering from Unicamp and PhD in Business Administration from FGV.

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Ricardo Yogui

Business Advisor and Mentor in Strategic Innovation Programs

Author of the Innovation Framework, an open model, adopted by Companies, Business Schools and Innovation Hubs. Combining business experience in disruptive businesses and solid academic training, it collaborates in the integration of the actors of Industry, Academy and Government Innovation to generate impacts on business, industry and society. It supports initiatives such as Open Innovation BR, ECOA / PUC-Rio, Inovativa Brasil, Conecta Startup Brasil among others. He is a member of the PUC-Rio Innovation Agency and a visiting professor at Ibmec, FGV and FIA. He is an advisor in the FDC Trekker program. Before a sabbatical (2010/2012), he served as head of operation in national and multinational organizations for business development based on emerging technologies in South America, collaborating in the introduction of technologies such as 3D printing and Laser Scanning, among others.

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José de Sá

Bain & Company

José de Sá is a Director at Bain & Company in the São Paulo office. He joined Bain in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting.
José has worked with top management of large national and multinational groups in several sectors such as oil & gas, petrochemicals and utilities, financial investors involved in these sectors and with the public sector in the federal, state and municipal levels, and trade and development institutions, in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Specifically in the O&G Downstream sector, José has led assignments in Strategy (corporate and business unit strategy, digital strategy, energy transition strategy, strategic due diligence), Margin Optimization (downstream integration, crude-to-product slate optimization, value chain integration), Cost & Productivity Enhancement (operational excellence, logistics optimization), M&A (commercial due diligence, M&A, divestment / shutdown strategy) and Organizational Improvement.
He is frequently invited to share his perspectives on the Downstream sector at world class conferences, like the US Fuels Markets and Refining Strategy Conference, the European Refining Summit and the Asian Refining Technology Conference.
He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil), and holds an MBA from Johnson School at Cornell University (USA).

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Ana Zambelli

Membro do Conselho Administrativo
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John Suzuki

Director of Planning and Control

John graduated in aeronautical mechanical engineering at ITA, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA, focused on finance and entrepreneurship.

He is now director of Planning and Control at Ipiranga, responsible for financial and strategic planning, which includes Ipiranga’s innovation hub, Turbo, for Compliance and Information Technology. He worked as vice president of Operations, Finance and IR at Portobello, and also in the financial and consultancy markets at companies such as Itaú BBA and Angra Partners. John has already been elected as Professional of the Year in Finance by ANEFAC.

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Marcelo Alfradique

Deputy Head of Oil and Gas Department

Marcelo Alfradique is the Deputy Head of Oil and Gas Department in the Energy Research Office – EPE (in Portuguese), which is a governmental body responsible for carrying out studies and research to assist the Ministry of Mines and Energy in elaborating the energy planning of Brazil. Marcelo Alfradique is a Chemical Engineer and he holds Master and Doctoral degrees in Technology of Chemical and Biochemical Processes from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Alfradique has more than 10 years of professional experience in natural gas sector, having expertise in supply and demand analysis, LNG, simulation of pipeline infrastructure, technical and economic feasibility studies, gas to power, as well as market design and regulatory issues. Author of technical papers in publications in the Natural Gas and Oil sector.

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Anelise Quintão Lara


Anelise Quintão Lara is a chemical engineer and a PhD in Earth Sciences from
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France, 1994. She has also completed
advanced executive programs at IBMEC and COPPEAD in Rio de Janeiro city.
Mrs. Lara has joined Petrobras in 1986 as a reservoir engineer. In 2013 she was
appointed Executive Manager for Libra Block, one of the biggest pre-salt area in
Brazil. In April 2016, Anelise became Head of M&A responsible for the
Divestment Program globally. Since March 2019, she is acting as Chief Refining
and Natural Gas Officer for Petrobras.
Anelise served as a member of SPE International Board from 2014 to 2017 and
Chair of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute Board (IBP) in 2019.

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Arja Talakar

Vice President of the Industrial Applications Products business
Siemens Energy

Arja Talakar is Senior Vice President of the Industrial Applications Products business unit at Siemens Energy. As a member of the Siemens Energy leadership team, he is responsible for the new products business which includes rotating equipment and solutions for customers in the Oil and Gas industry.
Arja has extensive leadership experience, which covers more than 23 years with Siemens in multiple global roles in the U.S., Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, where he led large international joint ventures with a focus on projects, manufacturing, solutions and services. Over the past decade, jointly with his team, Arja has worked on several turnarounds and driven the profitable growth of organizations.  

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Carlos Alberto Pereira de Oliveira

Chief Exploration and Production Officer

Carlos Alberto Pereira de Oliveira has been Chief Exploration and Production Officer of Petrobras since January 2019.
Carlos Alberto has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Militar de Engenharia do Rio de Janeiro (IME) and also in Business Management from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a specialist diploma in Petroleum Engineering and holds a master’s degree in Finance and Investments from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC-RJ. In 1997, he studied Petroleum Finance and Accounting at the University of Texas, in the United States.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Oliveira joined Petrobras in 1981 and has held various positions since then. In 1998, he became General Manager of Reservoirs and one year later he was appointed Executive Manager of the Exploration and Production Corporative department. In 2003, he was nominated Director of E&P at Petrobras Energia in Buenos Aires and stayed in this position until 2008, when he came back to Brazil as Executive Manager of Technical Support for International Affairs. From 2012 to 2016, he was in charge of the E&P Investment Management Programs in Drilling Rigs and Stationary Production Units and Production Development Projects. From 2016 to 2019, he held positions as Executive Manager of Strategy and Organization and General Manager of E&P Integrated Asset Management.

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Carlos Pascual

Senior Vice President
Global Energy & International Affairs

Carlos Pascual, joined IHS in January 2015 as Senior Vice President to focus on global energy issues and international affairs.
Mr. Pascual was previously US Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine and was Special Assistant to the US president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council. Mr. Pascual created the position of coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization in the State Department, establishing the first civilian response capacity to conflicts.
As the former US Energy Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Pascual established and directed the Energy Resources Bureau and served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. In that role, he led the negotiations on Iranian oil sanctions with China, India, and other countries.
Ambassador Pascual has held board positions in energy companies as well as energy and power-focused private investment firms. Mr. Pascual is also part of the GE Ecomagination Advisory Board and board member of the Atlantic Council.
Ambassador Pascual holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Christian Schöck

Head de Industrial Applications
Siemens Energy Brazil

Christian Schöck is graduated in Business Administration from Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Campinas and has Masters Degree from Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
Since 2001, Christian has been developing his career in Oil & Gas market. Christian had progressive project management roles including Project Director on Pre-Salt Replicantes with Dresser-Rand Brazil. As Global Localization Director, Christian has managed Siemens O&G localization developments, implementing local content programs, infrastructure, supply chain and staff development in countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Pakistan, amongst others. Currently as Head of Industrial Applications at Siemens Energy Brazil, Christian is responsible for the Oil & Gas operations, from upstream to downstream, plus Energy Solutions businesses.

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Igor Calvet

Agência Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial

Currently, Igor Nogueira Calvet holds the position of president of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), before that he was the Deputy Special Secretary for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness at the Ministry of conomy.
He is a career public employee, Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management. Master and PhD student in Political Science from the University of Brasilia (UnB), he graduated in International Relations at the same institution. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Between 2015 and 2018, he held several positions in the Secretariat for Development and Industrial Competitiveness at the now extinct Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC): he was General Coordinator for the Automotive Complex Industries; Director of Industrial Competitiveness in the Department of Industrial Competitiveness; and Secretary of Development and Industrial Competitiveness.
In the Ministry of Health, he held the position of Chief of the Advisory on Regulatory and International Affairs and Adviser to the Secretary of Science, Technology and Strategic Inputs.
He worked as a Business Analyst and Project Analyst at the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and accumulated professional experience at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES-Brasil) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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Jessica Conser

SVP Global Products and Solutions

A dynamic human capital partner and executive coach with 15+ years of progressive leadership experience. Jessica has supported the development of more than 19,000 employees globally through her leadership of the people, development and change aspects of major business transformations. Jessica maintains a strong track record of success designing and delivering impactful programs across a range of industries including financial and professional services, media and entertainment, manufacturing and academia. She has deep experience in the areas of Coaching, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and M&A.

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Mahendra Singhi

Managing Director and CEO
Dalmia Cement

Mr. Mahendra Singhi is an Affable and positive person. He is one of the five global Climate Defenders recognised by BBC World. Mr. Singhi is Managing Director and CEO of Dalmia Cement, a prominent cement manufacturing group in India which is ranked no.1 globally by CDP on Low Carbon Economy Transition and appreciated by UN Secretary-General on climate innovation.
He has represented business and cement sector globally in the most recognized multi-country platforms such as Climate Action Summit of UN General Assembly on 23rd Sept. 2019 on invitation of UN Secretary-General; Paris Climate Agreement Ceremony on invitation from Ex. UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban ki-Moon; Global Climate Action in COP-24 on invitation of UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa; High-Level Govt.-Business dialogues invited by French Presidency.

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Mechthild Wörsdörfer


Mechthild Wörsdörfer (@MWorsdorfer) joined the IEA on 1 October 2018 as
Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks (STO). Ms Wörsdörfer plans
and co-ordinates the IEA’s work on energy sustainability, encompassing clean
energy technologies and climate change policy. Previously, Mechthild held several
senior management positions in the European Commission, where she coordinated
the work on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework, the Clean Energy Package
and the 2050 Energy Roadmap. She had been involved with the IEA for a number
of years as IEA Governing Board Representative for the EU, and served in the
Cabinet of Commissioners, in charge of industry, competitiveness, trade and digital

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Michael Stoppard

Chief Strategist
IHS Markit

Michael Stoppard, IHS Markit chief strategist for Global Gas and vice chair for CERAWeek, is a 25-year specialist in the international gas business.
Mr. Stoppard is responsible for the development and coordination of IHS Markit’s global and interregional coverage of pipeline gas markets and LNG. His expertise also includes long-term scenario planning and the role of natural gas in the Energy Transition. Mr Stoppard has advised some of the world’s largest LNG projects across continents. He is a regular speaker and moderator at major C-suite conferences including ADIPEC, the ATCE, CERAWeek, GasTech, SPIEF, and the World Gas Conference. He is the author of numerous IHS Markit reports, including “Two Visions of the Future of LNG,” “European Natural Gas: The New Configuration, and “The New Map of Global Gas.” He is co-author of the landmark paper “Exploring the Efficient Frontier: A Global Perspective on the Gas & Renewables Partnership”. Previously he led the global gas team at IHS Markit CERA (now part of IHS Markit), where he set up the research and consulting business of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Earlier, he had been a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) where he led the gas program. In addition, he served as a parliamentary special advisor for the House of Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee in the United Kingdom, and as a consultant to the World Bank. Mr. Stoppard holds an honors degree from the University of York, United Kingdom.

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Michelle Pflueger

General Manager Asset Development

Michelle Pflueger is leading the Gulf of Mexico Asset Development team for
Chevron. Michelle’s team is responsible for maximizing asset lifecycle returns
through asset opportunity development and reservoir management.
Michelle’s 20 year career with Chevron has given her the opportunity to work
in multiple countries, with leadership responsibilities ranging from roles in field
operations (Offshore Installation manager on Agbami FPSO, Nigeria), to
petroleum engineering (Lead Production Engineer in Block 2, Angola), to
central technology groups (Petroleum Engineering consultant in Chevron’s
Technical Center), to corporate leadership (GM of Digital Innovation and
Acceleration). By furthering her education through a Master’s degree in
Applied Statistics, she expanded her knowledge in advanced data analytics
and complimented her experience in Chevron’s efforts around Digital and
Lean Six Sigma. Michelle has passion around being an eternal learner and
driving business value through the combination of engineering, innovation,
and agility.
A native of California, Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from University of California Berkeley in 2000 and a
Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Texas A&M in 2011. Michelle is a
member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Petroleum
Engineers. Michelle Pflueger is leading the Gulf of Mexico Asset Development team for
Chevron. Michelle’s team is responsible for maximizing asset lifecycle returns
through asset opportunity development and reservoir management.
Michelle’s 20 year career with Chevron has given her the opportunity to work
in multiple countries, with leadership responsibilities ranging from roles in field
operations (Offshore Installation manager on Agbami FPSO, Nigeria), to
petroleum engineering (Lead Production Engineer in Block 2, Angola), to
central technology groups (Petroleum Engineering consultant in Chevron’s
Technical Center), to corporate leadership (GM of Digital Innovation and
Acceleration). By furthering her education through a Master’s degree in
Applied Statistics, she expanded her knowledge in advanced data analytics
and complimented her experience in Chevron’s efforts around Digital and
Lean Six Sigma. Michelle has passion around being an eternal learner and
driving business value through the combination of engineering, innovation,
and agility.
A native of California, Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from University of California Berkeley in 2000 and a
Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Texas A&M in 2011. Michelle is a
member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Petroleum

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Rafaela Guedes

Chief Economist

Rafaela Guedes is Petrobras´ Chief Economist. In this role, she is responsible for developing and monitoring Petrobras’ corporate scenarios, macroeconomic forecasts, oil and oil products demand outlook and the development of strategic competitive analysis. Her main areas of interest are strategy, energy and climate change. She is currently member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Executive Committee. Rafaela joined Petrobras in 2006, since than she progressed through a number of assignments having worked in the Corporate E&P segment, in Investor Relations and in the International New Businesses Development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Master’s degree in International Management by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

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Ricardo Marquini

R&D Partnership Lead

Seasoned professional focused on Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation management in the Oil & Energy industry. Electronic engineer from UFRJ with a master degree in production engineering at COPPE/UFRJ, he began his career as a junior entrepreneur at Fluxo Consultoria and continued his entrepreneurial skills development being responsible for starting and managing three companies, two consultancies and one subsea robotics startup. In early 2019, he accepted Total’s invitation to participate in the creation of the company’s research center in Brazil and took over the area of Research and Development Partnerships. He has a solid and proven experience in the innovation management process at large and small technology-based companies. Skilled in Negotiation, Competitive Intelligence, R&D projects, Business Development and Oil & Energy. Studious and interested in the dynamics of the Brazilian innovation ecosystem and enthusiastic about the ability of entrepreneurs to turn dreams into reality.

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Roberto Castello Branco

Chief Executive Officer

Roberto Castello Branco has been Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board
of Directors at Petrobras since January 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics,
with a PhD from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV EPGE) and a postdoctoral fellowship
from the University of Chicago. He participated in executive training programs at the
Sloan School of Management (MIT) and the International Institute for Management
Development (IMD).
Prior to joining Petrobras, Castello Branco was affiliated professor at School of
Economics and Finance (EPGE) and Acting Director at the Center for Economic Growth
and Development, both at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
From 1999 to 2014 he was a Managing Director at Vale S.A., one of the world´s largest
mining company. Previously, he hold managerial positions at some private banks, as
well as the Brazilian Central Bank.
Castello Branco served at several boards of directors, including Petrobras’ (between
May 2015 and April 2016). He has also been Director of the American Chamber of
Commerce (RJ), President of the Brazilian Institute of Investor Relations and Vice
President of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Under his leadership, Petrobras achieved expressive net income (US$ 10.2bi) and
EBITDA (US$ 32.7bi) results in 2019. Castello Branco put forward a strategic plan
focused on Oil and Gas exploration and production while actively managing the
company’s portfolio. In 2019 Petrobras ranked amongst the top oil company in total
investments. Another undertaking is a large scale cultural and digital transformation
agenda driven towards value creation, resiliency and meritocracy.

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Susan Farrell

Vice President
IHS Markit

Ms. Farrell heads the IHS Markit Energy and Climate Scenarios practice, which projects five different trajectories for oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, nuclear, and other energy sources out to 2050, including three that that meet the Paris Climate targets. She also directs the Executive Briefings: Oil and Gas and Executive Briefings: Climate and Cleantech services.
Ms. Farrell has extensive experience with presentations to executive teams and boards of directors discussing the outlook for industry drivers, markets, and company strategies.
Previously, Ms. Farrell led the global strategy groups of two global service sector companies, Brown and Root (then a division of Halliburton) and McDermott. She lived and worked in Europe for more than 10 years, in addition to time in Houston and New Orleans. She is currently located in Washington, DC. Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University and an MBA with a specialization in finance from Boston University.

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Vicente F. Assis

Latin America Leader for Energy and Infrastructure

Vicente is a Senior Partner at the São Paulo Office of McKinsey. He joined
McKinsey as an Associate in 1997 and, since then, has focused on clients in the
industrial sector, serving them in a wide range of topics, primarily corporate
strategy, M&A, governance and corporate transformations. Vicente is currently the
Latin America B2B Leader
Prior to joining McKinsey, Vicente worked for Petrobras, where he was responsible
for developing new equipment for deep-water crude production.
Vicente has an MBA with Distinction from The Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania, and a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University in
Minas Gerais (UFMG), where he graduated first in his class.
He is on the board of MASP, the São Paulo Art Museum, and the Portuguese
Chamber of Commerce in Brazil.
Vicente is a native speaker of Portuguese. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Ricardo Mussa

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Marcelo Araujo

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Cristina Pinho

Chair da Rio Oil & Gas 2020, Diretora Executiva Corporativa
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Alexandre Citvaras

Diretor de Desenvolvimento de Negócios
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Alex Dal Pont

Gerente de Inovação em Ecossistemas Empreendedores

Alex Dal Pont is Innovation Manager at Petrobras’ Research and Innovation Center – CENPES and leads the company’s Startups Engagement Program. He acts also as Director of the Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento das Empresas Inovadoras (ANPEI).

He has 19 years of experience in research and innovation, with more than 11 years leading innovation projects at Petrobras in partnerships with universities, research institutions, O&G operators and suppliers, in Brazil and abroad. During this time, he has been at the forefront of the development of subsea processing systems for offshore oil production, the qualification of subsea pipelines and umbilicals for the Pre-salt and the development and implementation of various technologies to optimize subsea activities. He worked on several fronts of collaboration in the industry, having been a representative of Petrobras in the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and organized several national and international technical events in the area of ​​O&G.

He is a mechanical engineer from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, a master in Scientific and Industrial Metrology from UFSC and an MBA in Investment in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Startups, from FGV.

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Bjørn Otto Sverdrup

Senior Vice President Operation Sustainability

Bjørn Otto Sverdrup is Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Sustainability and a member of the management committee in the Global Strategy and Business Development business area. Since 2007 he has been a Vice President and member of several of Equinor’s top Management Committees, including Exploration and Development Norway, Development and Production International.

Following the 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway, Sverdrup served as chief of staff for the government-appointed commission investigating the attacks. Sverdrup also served at The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) as advisor and National expert to the EU Commission on corporate social responsibility. He was part of the integration planning committee for the merger between Statoil and Hydro Oil and Energy in 2007.

Sverdrup is a member of the Board of Directors at Norway’s largest university, NTNU and a member of the advisory board at the master program of the Grantham Institute of the Imperial College in London. Sverdrup is a political scientist and former research fellow from the University of Oslo. He lives in Oslo and is the father of three children.

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Fabio Abrahão

Diretor de Infraestrutura, Concessões e PPPs

Fábio Almeida Abrahão holds a degree in Mechanichal Engeneering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a master’s degree from the COPPEAD/UFRJ Institute. He also attended specialization in Management, Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Sloan.

Mr. Abrahao worked as special advisor to the Minister of State for Economy. Before joining the government, he worked for over 10 years structuring infrastructure investments and founded 2 tecnologic-based logistics operators, generating about 1000 direct jobs, operating in all Brazilian regions and many Latin America markets.

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Francisco Francilmar

Diretor de operações

Francilmar held several positions since joining the Company, such as Well Engineer, Drilling Manager and Operations Manager. He is a professional with over 16 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry who has actively participated in PetroRio’s turnaround. He was also responsible for the 2016 workover and the successful 2018 drilling campaign, both of which took place in Polvo Field. Before joining PetroRio, Francilmar held the position of Rig Manager at Perbras – Empresa Brasileira de Perfuração. Francilmar has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UFPB where he also studied Business Administration. He also has specialization in Petroleum Engineering from UNP and an MBA in Project Management from FGV.

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Jerome Schmitt

Chairman of the OGCI Executive Committee
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Jerome Schmitt is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Executive Committee. He is responsible for advancing and implementing the strategy set by the OGCI CEOs and building consensus among the team of senior executives representing OGCI’s member companies. Jerome holds a Civil Mining Engineer (S.E.).

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José Mauro Ferreira Coelho

Secretário de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustível
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Lorena Dominguez Espido

Repsol Sinopec
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Maiza Pimenta Goulart

Gerente Executiva de Projetos de Desenvolvimento da Produção

Maiza Pimenta Goulart, is currently Executive Manager of Production Development Projects, leading the team responsible for the implementation of Petrobras Capital Projects for Upstream and Downstream segments.
She joined Petrobras in 2003, and she has since then assumed several leadership positions in Operation and FPSO Project Engineering areas.
Maiza is graduated with a Master degree in Naval Architect and Marine Engineer from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also has Executive MBA and a Master in Administration from Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil, and a post MBA from Kellog School of Management, in Chicago.

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Marc Gerrits

Executive Vice President Exploration

Marc was appointed to the role of Executive Vice President Exploration in
February 2017. In this role, Marc has global accountability for exploration
operations and new business opportunities worldwide, as well as overseeing all
technical aspects of exploration.
Marc’s career has spanned a variety of exploration roles since joining Shell in
Australia as a geologist in 1986, bringing over thirty years of experience and
leadership expertise to the Shell Group. This includes the position of Vice
President Exploration – Asia and Australia from 2009 to 2014. From 2004 to
2009, Marc was the General Manager Exploration and Board member for Shell
in Libya. He has also worked in technical and commercial roles in Angola, the UK
North Sea and Egypt.
From February 2015, prior to his current role; Marc held the position of Vice
President Strategy and Portfolio, Upstream and Integrated Gas.

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Paulo Henrique Van Der Ven

Vice-President for Safety, Security and Sustainability

With solid experience in multinationals in different sectors and locations, Paulo Henrique Van Der Ven started at Equinor in 2012 as leader of Climate and Environment. He is currently Vice President of Safety and Sustainability in Brazil, being responsible for the areas of security, human rights, environment and climate, emergency response, business continuity, in addition to health and the work environment. Graduated in Biological Sciences at Santa Úrsula University, Paulo has MBAs in Environmental Management and also in Project Management, both from Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), in addition to having a master’s degree in Marine Biology from Fluminense Federal University (UFF).

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Raphael Moura

Diretor Geral

Raphael Moura is the interim Director General of the Brazilian National Agency of
Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels – ANP, where he has previously served as
Superintendent of Exploration, Superintendent of Gas Infrastructure, Superintendent
of Operational Safety and Environment, and as a Senior Advisor to the Board of
Mr. Moura is Honorary Research Fellow and Industrial Supervisor at the University of
Liverpool, where he pursued his Ph.D. in Engineering after obtaining a Master’s degree
in Risk Management from Cranfield university. He is also editor of the ASCE-ASME
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems Part B: Mechanical Engineering
and author of several technical articles in the fields of engineering, risks and

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Raquel Filgueiras


Raquel Filgueiras – MsC in Energy Planning at Coppe-UFRJ with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UnB – University of Brasilia. Her bachelor was followed by three years of experience on Brazilian public sector. At first, at SPE – Secretariat of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Finance, monitoring macroeconomic indicators and supporting Minister’s decisions on economic matters. Afterwards, she was invited to be part of a research group for analysis of micro-data concerning government investments and infrastructure at Ipea – Institute of Applied Economic Research, where she stayed for two years. Her master´s was followed by a three-year experience on consulting at QuestManager, implementing and managing projects for large-scale companies of various sectors including retail, energy, and communications. In 2017, she joined IBP´s Economic Analysis team, coordinating research, studies, modeling, projecting key indicators and scenarios for the O&G and energy sectors.

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Támara García Bermejo

R&D Manager
Repsol Sinopec Brasil

Támara has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and innovation area of oil & gas business. She started her career in the Technology Center of Repsol in Madrid, Spain as part of the Technology Alliances team and later on developed most of her career as responsible of the E&P R&D portfolio management. Since 2017 she has been leading the R&D team in Repsol Sinopec Brasil.

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Vicente Ferreira

Diretor Executivo
Parque Tecnológico UFRJ

Executive Director of the UFRJ Science Park, Vicente Ferreira has a PhD in economics, besides having master’s degree and a specialist degree in administration. Vicente has been a professor at the Coppead Institute of Administration for 22 years, where, in addition to teaching various disciplines in the area of corporate finance, he was deputy director of executive education and director of the institute. He currently holds the position of coordinator of the lato sensu specialization courses Executive MBA and Coppead Finance.

He did some research in the areas of business performance assessment and accounting systems for managerial decision making. Currently, his main interests are related to the theme of valuation of early stage ventures. Vicente has experience in the areas of purchasing, planning, management control and business performance evaluation in public and private companies.

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Carlos Tadeu Fraga


Graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in 1980, he joined Petrobras in 1981, where he remained until 2015, having held several technical and managerial functions, among them the Executive Manager for Exploration and Production of South and Southeast (Campos and Santos Basins), Executive Manager of the Petrobras Research Center – CENPES and Executive Manager for Pre-Salt Developments. He is specialized in Petroleum Engineering by the University of Alberta, Canada, in Business Administration by Columbia University, in the USA, and in Technological Management by INSEAD, in France.

After leaving Petrobras, he served as Executive Director of GranEnergia, as CEO of Porto do Açu and as a member of the Boards of Directors of Grupo Ultra and IBP.

Since June 2019 he has served as CEO of Prumo Logística, and as a member of the boards of directors of Porto do Açu, Ferroport, Açu Petróleo and Gás Natural do Açu (GNA), subsidiaries of the Prumo Group.

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Daniel Carocha

Head de Transformação Digital e Indústria 4.0
Comitê de Inovação da Câmara de Comércio Noruega Brasil

Transformation architect at LEAP and partner at KPMG in Brazil, Daniel has two decades of
experience in multisectoral companies (oil and natural gas; renewable energy; and electronic
products) as Master Black Belt & Digital Innovation leader. Graduated in Industrial/Production
Engineering with an MBA in Petroleum Engineering, he is currently Head of Digital
Transformation and Industry 4.0 at the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation
Committee. He has founded five startups in Brazil and China and led Chevron’s first international
drone / UAV project, where he was also recognized as the leader in innovation and digital
acceleration for Latin America in 2019. He has won innovation awards such as the Chevron
Digital Dojo 2 worldwide championship.

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Décio Oddone


Décio Fabricio Oddone da Costa is an electrical engineer from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He studied petroleum engineering at Petrobras, the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Program at Insead (Institut européen d’administration des affaires). Among other recognitions, he was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa in Education at the Universidad de Aquino.

He was CEO of Petrobras Bolivia, President and CEO of Petrobras Energia, Vice President of Braskem, Director of Prumo Logística and General Director of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas, in the USA, and chaired the Bolivian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Argentine Chamber of the Petroleum Industry.

He assumed the position of CEO of Enauta in September 2020.

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Heiko Meyer

Senior Vice President Strategy, Sustainability and M&A
Wintershall Dea

Heiko Meyer holds his current position as Senior Vice President Strategy, Sustainability and M&A of Wintershall Dea since May 2019.
He has 30 years of experience in the E&P industry with several long-term international assignments in The Netherlands, Oman, Syria, and Argentina.
He has a proven record of accomplishment in various New Business Development and M&A functions. From 2014 until 2019 he has been Vice President Global Strategy and Portfolio Management at Wintershall. In the recent past, Heiko Meyer headed different major projects of organizational and cultural change, and has been responsible to develop Wintershall Dea´s recently announced sustainability strategy.
Heiko Meyer has a background as a petroleum engineer with special focus on reservoir engineering, field development and business planning. He holds a M.Eng. Petroleum Engineering having studied at the Technical Unviersity Clausthal in Germany and at Imperial College London.

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Jerome Schmitt

OGCI Executive Committee

Jerome Schmitt is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Executive Committee. He is responsible for advancing and implementing the strategy set by the OGCI CEOs and building consensus among the team of senior executives representing OGCI’s member companies. Jerome holds a Civil Mining Engineer (S.E.).

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Joelson Mendes

Gerente Executivo de Águas Ultra Profundas

Mr. Joelson Falcão Mendes currently holds the position of Ultra-deep Water Executive Manager, in the Exploration and Production area at Petrobras. For the past 15 years, always for Petrobras, he held the position of General Manager of the Exploration and Production Units such as Amazonas; Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará; the Campos Basin, and also held the position of South and Southeast Exploration and Production Executive Manager. He graduated in mechanical engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and has a specialization in petroleum equipment engineering, from Petrobras University and an MBA in Business Management from FGV.

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Leonardo Caldas

Diretor de Relações Institucionais
Perenco do Brasil

Graduated from a Bachelor of Business Administration at Veiga de Almeida University and with a postgraduate degree in Business and Project Management with focus on Energy, Oil and Gas from Fundação Dom Cabral, Leonardo Caldas delivered a Course Conclusion Paper approved with merits by Dom Cabral, on the theme “Mapping, Classification and Engagement of Stakeholders”.
At the beginning of his professional career, he worked for a long time as a trader of futures contracts for oil and derivatives in New York and London, at the New York Mercantile Exchange and at the International Petroleum Exchange.
Back in Brazil after 13 years abroad, he joined ANP where he served for many years as Executive Manager of the Supply area, Superintendent of Management and Acquisitions, Advisor to the Board of Directors and Executive Secretary. He acted as the Agency’s representative in the Federal Government Programs BRASIL EFICIENTE, as responsible for “ANP’s Regulatory Stock Management” project, and REATE, as a member of the executive committee and coordinator of the subcommittee on “Incentives to P, D & I, Policy Guidelines Energy and Regulatory Improvement ”.
Since July, he holds the position of Institutional Relations Director at Perenco do Brasil, a company with extensive worldwide experience in the operation of mature fields that took over, in October 2019, the operation of Pargo Polo in the Campos Basin.

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Luiz Costamilan

Secretário Executivo de Gás Natural

Luiz Costamilan ‐ 40 years of comprehensive experience in leadership positions in international energy and infrastructure activities, with strong background in Brazil’s offshore exploration & production, natural gas industry and business development across multiple segments.
Presently he is Executive Secretary, Natural Gas at IBP (Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo), an independent Board Member of Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção, Operating Partner of the global private equity firm Advent International and Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company.
Previously he had been in the Advisory Board of Huisman Brasil, before this and for 10 years President of BG Brasil, a branch of BG Group plc and for 23 years a long career in Petrobras where he occupied several leadership positions, including E&P Managing Diretor and Executive VP of Braspetro, the international branch of Petrobras.

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Mariano Vela

Chevron Brasil

Mariano L. Vela is the President of Chevron Brasil, based in Rio de Janeiro, since July 2018.
Mariano holds a B.S. in Geology from University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an
M.S. in Geology from University of South Carolina, United States. He has 22 years of oil & gas
energy industry experience worldwide.
He joined Chevron in 1998 as a Geologist and has held various positions of increasing
responsibility working various Chevron assets in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela,
Thailand and Myanmar. Mariano was the President of Chevron’s subsidiary in Myanmar from
2012 to 2015, when he was appointed President of AmCham and the Business Council of U.S.
ASEAN. Before holding Chevron Brasil President position, Mariano was a leading sponsor on
Chevron’s Global Earth Sciences Group, managing Chevron’s Global Earth Science Personnel
Development Committee, connecting company’s earth sciences technology programs with the
development of the workforce.
Prior to his career at Chevron, Mariano was a Research Assistant at the Energy and Geosciences
Institute at the University of Utah and at the Earth Sciences and Research Institute at the
University of South Carolina, working in regional Oil & Gas projects in Argentina. Since 2019
Mariano is a member of the Board of Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo, Gás Natural e
Biocombustiveis-IBP and a director of AmCham Brasil.
Mariano L. Vela is married and has three children.

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Paloma Lima


Paloma possui expertise regulatória e contratual em projetos de infraestrutura de larga escala em diversos setores, incluindo energia, petróleo e gás, estaleiros e transportes (metrô, ferrovias, rodovias, portos e aeroportos). Além disso, tem extensa experiência junto a instituições financeiras, organismos multilaterais, investidores e grandes companhias atuando principalmente em financiamento de projetos (project finance) e operações estruturadas.
Graduou-se pela Faculdade de Direito do Largo São Francisco (USP) e tem especialização em Governança Corporativa pela Stanford University.

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Thiago Barral


Thiago Barral has been an employee of the Energy Research Office (EPE) since 2007. In
February 2019, he was appointed CEO.
Prior to this position, he also worked at the EPE as Director of Economic and Energy Studies
and Head of the Power Generation Projects Department. His works ranged from the
guidelines and calculation of cap price for the energy auctions and supply planning for
isolated systems, to energy demand studies, distributed generation and energy efficiency,
and socio-environmental studies associated to the expansion of energy infrastructure.
Thiago holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UFJF, a Master in Water Resources and
Environment from COPPE / UFRJ and a post-graduate degree in Public Administration from

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Valéria Lima

Executive Director of Downstream
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Viviana Coelho

Executive Climate Change Manager

Viviana Coelho is a chemical engineer from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), a biologist from PUC-PR, with a master’s degree in environmental technology from Imperial College in London, an MBA in advanced administration from COPPEAD, a postgraduate degree in innovation from Unicamp and extensive executive training at institutions such as INSEAD, IMD, Cambridge University, IBGC, London Business School and Columbia University. At Petrobras for 18 years, she also currently represents the company in the Executive Committee of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and in the IPIECA Climate Change group. She previously acted in several roles in the Downstream and in the Research Center (Cenpes) areas, among them, as general manager of gas, energy and sustainable development innovation. Before Petrobras, she acted as a consultant in projects for multinational companies of several segments in various countries.

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Victor Bomfim

Açu Petróleo

Graduated in mechanical engineering from Escola de Engenharia Mauá – SP, with an
MBA in Management from COPPEAD-UFRJ, Victor has a vast experience in the oil and
gas segment. In over 30 years at Subsea 7, he was responsible for several projects,
focusing on deepwater technologies. For 17 years he has been the company leader for
South America, responding directly to the executive team and board of Subsea7 in
Europe. Since 2017 he has been the CEO of Açu Petróleo, a Prumo and Oiltanking
company acting on the crude oil midstream segment. Victor also serves as board
member in Porto do Açu, Dome and BP Prumo and as member of the Advisory Board of

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Alvaro Ranero

Project Director B29 Mexico Exploration Americas Div. Upstream

Alvaro Ranero has just been appointed Project Director for Block 29 Mexico. Prior to this role, he was Vice President for Decommissioning & Investment Management at Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, recipient of the Excellence in Decommissioning award by the OGUK and currently serves on the Board of Decom North Sea. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the International Oil and Gas Industry. He began his career as a Production Engineer at Anadarko Petroleum and holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Alvaro joined Repsol in 2005 and since then has held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to arriving in the UK in 2015, he was Asset Director in Venezuela for 4 years. He has a wide range of experience in mature assets management and projects delivery. Throughout his career he has held international assignments in the US, Guatemala, Canada, Libya, Algeria, Venezuela and now in the UK.

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Amure Pinho

Investidor Anjo e Presidente
Associação Brasileira de Startups

Amure Pinho is the President of Brazilian Startups Association (ABStartups), a non profit organization helping more than 5.000 startups around the country. Invested in more than 20 startups and sold one of his companies to B2W, one of the biggest retail groups in Brazil. Serial entrepreneur, passionate about the Brazilian startup ecosystem, he is a mentor on many acceleration programs and speaker at global events such as SXSW, TechCrunch, TEDx and Campus Party.  

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Artur Nunes Da Silva

VP E&P Deepwater

Artur Nunes Da Silva was appointed Vice-President of Total E&P Deepwater & Subsea Product Line on October 1, 2018. In his role, Mr. Nunes da Silva leads the Development Studies and Technical Support to Total E&P worldwide Assets and Opérations.
Mr. Nunes Da Silva joined Total in 1996 as a Production Engineer in Pau, France, and has since worked his entire career in the Group’s Exploration & Production branch. As an engineer he has held positions in well performance, project development, pre-project studies and site management in Angola, France and Qatar.
From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Nunes Da Silva returned to his home country of Angola to take the position of Block 32 Asset Manager, wherein lies one of Total E&P Angola’s flagship projects, Kaombo, one of the largest subsea network ever installed. In September 2014, he was appointed Managing Director of Total E&P Uruguay, where he brought a rich experience in the ultra-deep offshore sector with a water depth world record achieved with Raya exploration well.
More recently, Mr. Nunes da Silva was President & CEO of Total E&P Canada in charge of Group’s long-term assets in the Athabasca Oil Sands region.
Mr. Nunes Da Silva graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. He is fluent in four languages: English, French, Portugese and Spanish.

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Carlos Arruda

Professor e Diretor do Núcleo de Inovação e Empreendedorismo
Grupo FDC - (Hub de Inovação)

Professor in the field of Innovation and Competitiveness and Director of the Fundação
Dom Cabral – FDC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.
At FDC, he is the former Associate Dean for Business Partnerships, Director of
International Affairs, Executive Director of the International Advisory Council, and
Development and Finance Director, Director of the Corporate MBA Program, and
Coordinator of the Internationalization and Competitiveness Center.
Council Member of HUB Network (Austria), The Advisory Board of the Kellogg
Innovation Network (USA) and the Technical Board of Fundepar (Brazil).
Former member and chairman of UNICON (USA) and the Council on Global Talent and
Diversity (Switzerland).
Coordinator for Brazil for the following studies: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook,
and World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report.

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Carlos José Travassos

Gerente Executivo de Águas Profundas, Unidade de Negócio da Bacia de Campos e do Espírito Santo.

Carlos Travassos is Mechanical Engineering, he is for more than thirty years in the Oil and Gas Industry, with operations in Brazil, North America, Europe and Asia in infrastructure development activities.  In Brazil, he also participated in operational areas, having worked for more than 15 years in Offshore Production Units.  He currently holds the position of Executive Manager for Deep Water, responding for the Campos Basin and Espírito Santo Business Unit.

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Claudio Rogerio Linassi Mastella

Gerente executivo de Comercialização

Claudio Mastella is the head of Marketing and Sales in Petrobras, being responsible for the oil products business in Brazilian markets. He has 32 years of experience in the oil industry, where he held various management positions in the supply chain of crude and products, being the former Executive Manager of Logistics in Petrobras. Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Post Graduated in Management and with a Master Business Administration course, Mastella concluded in 2018 the Executive Development Program from Kellogg-North Western and has a plenty background in the oil industry, considering technical and management aspects.

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Daniel Carocha


Head of Digital Transformation/Industry 4.0 Committee at NBCC -Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce;
Frequent speaker – Digital events & forums;
Guest Professor of Lean Six Sigma/Data Science for Complex Problem Solving at UFRJ-COPPE.

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Duperron Ribeiro

PhDsoft Technology Inc.

CEO PhDsoft, Director Assespro-RJ, Naval Architect Poli / USP, Navy Officer, Former Professor Poli / UFRJ, Pilot of airplane and helicopter.

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Edson Silva

Membro do Comitê Executivo

Engenheiro Eletricista, com experiência de 40 anos no segmento de Energia Elétrica, é graduado pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), com mestrado e doutorado na mesma área, também pela UFSC.
Iniciou sua carreira profissional na Eletrosul, em 1982 onde atuou nas áreas de Operação e Planejamento. Em 1994, ingressou no Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica da UFSC, como professor dos cursos de graduação e pós-graduação, tendo publicado diversos artigos em periódicos internacionais.
Autor do livro “Formação de Preços em Mercados de Energia Elétrica”, prestou consultorias a diversas empresas e instituições do Setor Elétrico Brasileiro, incluindo ONS e ANEEL.
Em 2000 juntou-se à Engie Brasil Energia, onde foi Gerente do departamento de Assuntos Regulatórios e de Mercado e, posteriormente, Diretor de Estratégia e Regulação, sendo responsável pelas áreas Regulatória, Gestão de Portfolio Tecnologia da Informação, Estratégia e Inovação. Foi Presidente do Conselho de Administração da APINE, tendo participado ativamente de discussões sobre assuntos regulatórios do Setor Elétrico Brasileiro.
Realizou cursos orientados à gestão de negócios, com destaque para o “General Management Programme”, no European Centre for Executive Development – CEDEDP/INSEAD.
Atualmente é Diretor Presidente da Jirau Energia e membro do Comitê Executivo da Engie no Brasil.

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Eduardo Costa

Ouro Negro

Eduardo Costa held executive positions in technology start-ups and large companies before becoming the CEO of Ouro Negro, in January 2015, with the objective to develop and provide innovative solutions for the E&P sector of the oil & gas industry. Eduardo graduated in Electrical Engineering from PUC-Rio. He holds an MSc in Production Engineering also from PUC-Rio and an MBA from ESADE Business School of Barcelona.

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Frederic Gimenez

CDO @Total & CEO of the Total Digital Factory

Frederic Gimenez, Total Group Chief Digital Officer and Chairman of Total Digital Factory.
Total Digital Factory is a new Total entity with a wide range of technological skills serving the Group. This entity, a true development and production hub, is responsible for delivering bespoke digital solutions to all Group métiers, accelerating the digital transformation and stimulating new ways of working.
Frederic Gimenez has occupied a number of positions in Europe where he has supported the transformations of the Group’s IT organisations.
He joined the Downstream division (Refining & Marketing operations) of the Total Group in 1994 after having worked on the development and support of computer applications.
In 2012, he was appointed CIO of the newly-created Chemicals Refining division before becoming Group CIO in 2015.
In 2018, he became General Secretary and member of the executive committee for the Chemicals Refining division.
He was appointed to his current position in September 2019.

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Gustavo Araújo

Co-founder & CEO

Gustavo Araujo é empreendedor e investidor de startups. É co-fundador e CEO do Distrito, maior ecossistema independente de startups do país e da consultoria de inovação Leap KPMG Distrito. Seu portfólio inclui startups como Banco Neon e Solfácil, 1a banco digital e 1a fintech solar do Brasil, além de outros destaques como Monetus (Robot Advisor), GrowthHackers (Content Marketing), RankMyApp (App Search Optimization), MEI Fácil (Finanças para Micro Empreendedores), Ali Crédito (Crédito PF e PJ), Atta (Home Equity) e Blue365 (Data Analytics).  

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Haleema A. Alamri

R&D program leader

Haleema A. Alamri, is an R&D program leader at Saudi Aramco working on the development of innovative materials for sustainability in plastics, she also works as a research affiliate at MIT (Chemistry department). Haleema hold a PhD in chemistry and polymer science from KAUST and she works with a range of organization in designing scientific projects and building competitive products that can both be commercially successful and at the forefront of new technologies. She also works with multiple organizations and stakeholders seeking to leverage the ideas of a wide range of internal scientists and external innovators through “Open Innovation” mechanisms.
Haleema has around 10 years’ experience in the field of polymer science and composites through her applied research in different organization (University of Waterloo, KAUST, MIT, and Aramco), with a big focus on the applications of these materials in different sectors.

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Helder Queiroz


Dr. Helder Queiroz Pinto Jr. is an economist from UFRJ, with a Master’s Degree in Energy Planning from COPPE / UFRJ, and a PhD in Energy Economics from the University of Grenoble, France. He is Associate Professor at the Economics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and member of the Energy Economics Group since 1994. In the period 2002-2003, he was Director of Research at IE / UFRJ. He was visiting professor of the Universities of Oxford (2001) and Paris Dauphine (2009 and 2016). He was also a professor of postgraduate courses for energy professionals from the University of Sherbrooke-Montreal in Canada (from 2003 to 2007). In 2010, he was appointed Academic Chair of the 33rd International Conference of the Association of Energy Economists held in Rio de Janeiro in June of the same year. He has published several publications in academic journals and books. In 2012, he published, with Professor Mauricio Tolmasquim, the book titled Regulatory Markings of the World Oil Industry, by the publisher Synergia. In 2016, he coordinated the revision and updating of the second edition of the book Economia da Energia: economic fundamentals, historical evolution and industrial organization, published by Elsevier Publishing. Between 2011 and 2015, he was director of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels – ANP and responsible, among other attributions, for the coordination of the 11th and 12th Round of Petroleum Block Bidding and Round 1 of the Pre-Salt. During the same period, he was a Member of the Electric Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE).

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José Augusto Pereira da Silva


Founder and CEO of PipeWay Engenharia a Brazilian pipeline inspection company with operation in 4 continents. Has a Msc degree in Communication Engineering and has been working in Oil & Gas technology development for 30 years with several patents and papers in conferences and technical magazines.Resaerch Consultant for Catholic University of Rio and member of Pipeline division of Brazilian Oil & Gas Institute

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José Carlos Pinto

Professor Titular

José Carlos holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia (1985), a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1987) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1991). He is currently Full Professor of the Chemical Engineering Program at COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a permanent member of the Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Process Engineering at the School of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is a member of Editorial Boards and Committees of several scientific journals, full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 2010 and full member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2014. He has experience in the area of Chemical Engineering, with a general emphasis on chemical reactors, and particular emphasis in the area of modeling, simulation and control of polymerization systems. José Carlos has conducted hundreds of R&D projects with industrial partners, published more than 440 technical articles in scientific journals and has more than 8000 citations in technical and scientific articles, with an H factor of 45 (on 08/01/2020).

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José Firmo


José Firmo has over 30 years of experience in the Oilfield Services industry. Since 1992 when he joined Schlumberger, he has worked in numerous positions ranging from Testing & Wireline Field Engineer offshore Brasil, Field Manager positions in the North and South America, Segment Global Human Resources Director, Vice President of Operations Latin America and President of Schlumberger Brasil.
Firmo was also Western Hemisphere Senior Vice President of Seadrill Operations from 2014 to 2019, President of IBP – Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute from 2017 to 2019 and President of ABESPETRO – Brazilian Oil and Gas Association of Service Companies from 2016 to 2017.
Currently, Firmo is CEO of Porto do Açu, a Prumo Group company, responsible for the development and management of Port of Açu, the largest Brazilian private port-industry asset.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Firmo holds a Master in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

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Juliano Dantas

Gerente Executivo

Juliano Dantas is an executive in the Energy industry, having a broad range of experiencies in the field, from  Wells construction, Flow assurance, Off Shore Asset management to Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and HR. Currently heads the R&D at Petrobras (CENPES). Throughout his career worked in innovation and new business models, transforming teams, processes and structures as well as leading operational efficiency and acceleration programs beyond initiatives in Renewables and Urban Moblity.  
He earned a Mechanical Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and a Project manager certificate at FGV, later joining the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at INSEAD and the Exponential Technology and Leadership Program from Singularity University after a Master’s Degree in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB).

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Livia Valverde


Livia Valverde has been our Director for Brazil since 2018. Mrs. Valverde previously served as our Legal Manager and has been with our company since 2013. She is a lawyer graduated from the Catholic University of Salvador in Brazil and holds a Master´s Degree in Corporate Law from the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets – IBMEC  and an MBA in Environmental Management from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. With more than 17 years of experience in the industry of oil and gas exploration and production, she has served as Legal and Environmental Manager for international E&P companies based in Rio de Janeiro, where she was responsible for  the legal, environmental and regulatory areas of such companies.

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Marcelo Fernandes Bragança

Diretor Executivo de Operações, Logística e Sourcing
BR Distribuidora

Has a bachelor’s degree as mechanical engineer from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), with a post-graduate degree in Maintenance Engineering and an MBA in Business Logistics from FGV. He has been in BR since 1998 and has held other executive positions in logistics, marketing and commercial activities at the company, including the position of Chief Commercial of the Network Stations and Retail Officer.

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Maria Clara Cardona

Principal Consultant Development and Deployment
Equinor Brasil

Graduated in Social Communications in the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and post-graduated in Public Relations and Marketing in Concordia University, in Canada, Maria Clara has worked in several communication agencies, government and non-profit organizations in different fields such as insurance, health, economy and energy throughout 12 years. Her last position was Head of Relationship Marketing at Brazilian, Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP), managing the initiative Youth IBP, focused on attracting talents to the energy industry. In 2019, Maria Clara started her journey in Equinor, the Norwegian that is one of the major energy companies in the world, in charge of the Employer Branding, Onboarding and Recruitment areas.

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Michael Deal

Vice President, Digital Transformation
ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company

Michael Deal is the Vice President of Digital Transformation at ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company where he is focused on helping the upstream businesses to identify and execute high value digital opportunities and drive digital capabilities into the business.
He has more than 20 years of upstream oil and gas experience with ExxonMobil research, exploration, development, production companies and the corporate headquarters.
Prior to his current role, Michael was the Asia Pacific Vice President for Exploration and New Ventures. Other positions have included upstream advisor to the corporate Management Committee, research manager for geophysics, and multiple subsurface roles across development and production.
Michael holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Geophysics.

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Nivio Ziviani

Professor Emérito

Nivio Ziviani is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Computer Science (DCS) of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Member of the Administrative Councils of Kunumi and Petrobras, and Member of the Digital Transformation Advisory Board of IBP. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and is a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the National Order of Scientific Merit in the classes Comendador and Gran Cruz. As an entrepreneur he founded companies from knowledge generated within the DCS/UFMG, namely: Kunumi (co-founded in 2016), Neemu (acquired by Linx in 2015), Akwan (acquired by Google Inc. in 2005) e Miner (acquired by Folha de São Paulo/UOL Group in 1999). He is the author of the book Design of Algorithms and co-author of over 180 scientific articles in the areas of algorithms, information retrieval and artificial intelligence.
[Photo: Léo Ramos Chaves/Research FAPESP]

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Pedro Leal Noce

Executivo de Inovação

Manager of Digital Innovation at Raízen, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Cosan, Pedro Noce is graduated in Industrial Technology (IT) in the Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais (CEFET). Professional dedicated to the development of new technologies and digital transformation, Noce has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology and more than 10 years in leadership positions, seeking to align and direct IT resources to the strategic objectives of organizations. In its trajectory, it has passed through several market segments, such as Telecom, Education, Mining, Consumer Goods, Retail, Engineering and Construction.

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Peter Seiffert

Managing director
Valetec Capital

Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics (UDESC / UFSC), Master and Doctor of Production Engineering (UFSC). He worked in New Business and Strategic Planning at Embraer, later taking over as Head of Corporate Venture Capital. Pioneer in Corporate Venture Capital in Brazil, internationally awarded by Global Corporate Venture (Raising Star 2016 and Power List 100 in 2017 and 2018). He is a fund manager accredited by the CVM and founder of Valetec Capital. He is an entrepreneur, having founded the fintech of Allgoo (Artificial Intelligence), author of 3 books, among them Entrepreneurship in Corporations. Structured and implemented Funds totaling more than R $ 550 million in Committed Capital. At Embraer, he developed the Executive Aviation business with annual revenue of US $ 1.5 billion in 2019. He is also a post-doctor in administration at FEA / USP with specialization in new business development. And professor at the FGV VC & PE MBA.

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Robert Prueser

VP Director & Operations Manager
ExxonMobil Brazil

Robert Prueser is the Vice President Director & Operations Manager at ExxonMobil in Brazil with aim on oil & gas exploration and production activities.
He has over 25 years of experience across ExxonMobil’s global upstream business lines.
He has held leadership positions in many of the company’s core project areas such as: Angola, Nigeria, US Gulf of Mexico, Sakhalin Island, and East Canada, with a particular focus on deep water.
Since 2018 he has been focused on building ExxonMobil’s operational capacity in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives as an expatriate.
Robert holds geoscience degrees from the University of South Carolina and Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Laszlo VARRO

Laszlo Varro

Economista Chefe

Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency’s Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015.

As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro leads the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to offer sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the Agency’s work. EIO also provides strategic support for the Executive Director’s agenda.

Prior to assuming his new role, Mr Varro served as IEA Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets. In this post he was responsible for gas market and supply security analysis, LNG markets, gas market reforms and infrastructure policy. He led the Electricity Security Action Plan, the IEA work programme that provides comprehensive coverage of the policy, market design, infrastructure regulation and investment aspects of maintaining electricity security during the transition to a low-carbon power system.

Before joining the IEA, Mr Varro was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as the Head of Price Regulation at the Hungarian Energy Office. A Hungarian national, Mr Varro started his career at the National Bank of Hungary after completing his graduate degree at the University of Cambridge and the Corvinus University of Budapest.

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Agnes Maria de Aragão da Costa

Chefe da Assessoria Especial em Assuntos Regulatórios

Mrs. Agnes Maria de Aragão da Costa is the Head of the
Regulatory Special Advisory Office of the Ministry of Mines and
Energy – MME, with a specialty in Energy and Mining Economics.
She has been working at MME for 15 years, formulating public
policy recommendations and monitoring the results of these
policies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences from
the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a master’s
degree in Energy from the University of São Paulo (USP). She is a
public servant, career member of the Specialists in Public Policy
and Government Management. She is a member of Petrobras’
Oversight Board (Conselho Fiscal). From 2014 to 2015, she was a
member of the Board of Directors of CEAL and CEPISA. Then she
bacame a member of Eletrobras’ Oversight Board (Conselho
Fiscal) from September 2015 to May 2019. She was an alternate
member of Petrobras’ Oversight Board from April 2015 to July
2020. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Norte
Energia S.A. from July 2019 to July 2020.

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Alejandro Segura

General Manager Nature-Based Solutions

Alejandro Segura is Shell’s General Manager for Nature Based Solutions in Latin America. Alejandro joined Shell in 2016 as New Business Development Manager Brazil and successfully led and closed a number of upstream projects during his tenure, most notably the acquisition of several exploration blocks in Brazil’s bidding rounds. Before joining Shell Alejandro held roles in legal, compliance, deal delivery and asset commercial with regional accountability throughout Latin America; first at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., and later at BG based in its Rio de Janeiro and Houston offices. Alejandro is both a Mexican and Brazilian national, a lawyer by training, and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Bernard Appy

Bernard Appy


Bernard Appy is a director at Centro de Cidadania Fiscal (CCiF), an independent think tank created to contribute to the improvement of the Brazilian tax system.
From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Appy was Deputy Minister, Secretary for Economic Policy and Secretary for Fiscal and Economic Reforms in the Ministry of Finance in Brazil. During this period he was also chairman of the board of Banco do Brasil.
From 1995 to 2002 and from 2011 to 2014, Mr. Appy was a partner and director at LCA Consultores, a consultancy firm in Brazil.
From 2009 to 2011, he was a director at the Brazilian Stock and Futures Exchange (BM&FBovespa).
From 1996 to 2002 he was a professor in the Economics Department at the Catholic University (PUC) in São Paulo.
Mr. Appy holds a B.A. in economics from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

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Francisco Ganzer


Francisco Ganzer is the COO of Ipiranga Produtos de Petroleo. He has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions in the commodities businesses.
Prior to joining Ipiranga in June 2020, Francisco spent 32 years in the global Agribusiness industry – commodities, food and ingredients – with Bunge. He led the Bunge’s Food and Ingredient business in South America, and earlier as the Managing Director of the businesses in Italy, the Middle East and Africa, where he led the development and implementation of the company’s entrance strategy in that region.
He also served as the Global Technical Director for Bunge in a moment of strong global growth.
Francisco leads today Ipiranga’s trading, operations and logistics. He holds an BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Parana, and an Executive MBA from IMD / Lausanne-Switzerland.

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Helio Mattar

Instituto Aatu

President and Chief Executive Officer from Akatu Institute
Helio Mattar holds a degree in Production Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Stanford. He served as executive of national and multinational companies, as well as of his own companies. He is co-founder of Instituto Ethos and founder of Instituto Akatu, entities which reinforce his belief that companies have an outstanding role in building a better society and that consumers should use the power of their actions to recognize more sustainable brands and to choose, use and dispose of products with the best impact on the environment and society.

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Heloisa Borges Esteves

Diretora de Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis

Heloisa Borges Esteves holds a PhD, a master degree and a BA in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is also a lawyer, holding a BA and an LLM degree from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Heloisa was a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia Law School and a fellow at Columbia Women´s Leadership Program from the Columbia University.
She has authored or co-authored research papers and book chapters on energy economics, economic regulation, law and economics and antitrust.
Heloisa served in several positions in the Brazilian Public Administration (as a teacher, researcher and federal public servant) and joined the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels in 2005, as a Regulation Specialist. At ANP, she acted as Technical Advisor in the Antitrust Coordination and Superintendent Advisor, Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent of Licensing Rounds.
While serving in ANP Heloisa was responsible for the Brazilian bidding rounds held by ANP in the years 2018 and 2019, and for the modeling and review of the Brazilian tender protocols, concession and PSC contracts between 2017 and 2019.
Since May 2020, Heloisa joined the Energy Research Office (EPE) as the Director for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Studies.

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Jayme Meier

Vice President Deepwater Project Delivery
ExxonMobil Global Projects Company

Jayme Meier has been Vice President of Deepwater Project Delivery in ExxonMobil’s Global Projects Company since October, 2019. She is focused on delivering deepwater projects in Guyana, Brazil, Australia and UK.

Jayme earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa. She joined ExxonMobil in 1990 and has held a variety of production, development, commercial, environmental and technology roles.

Jayme’s recent accomplishments include leading the transition of people, processes and systems for the sale of ExxonMobil Norway operated assets in 2017. Later that year she took on the position of Engineering Vice President of ExxonMobil Research Company, leading 300 researchers and technologists.

Jayme and her husband Tom live in The Woodlands, Texas and have two children.

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Leandro Basílio

DeepSeed Solutions

With over 25 years of experience in the mechanical industry, Leandro has advanced knowledge in design and manufacturing of equipment for the Automotive and Oil and Gas industries, accumulating solid experience in small, medium and large companies. Over the past 15 years, Leandro has developed his career leading projects in the oil and gas industry, with special emphasis on the development of offshore capital projects. As founder and executive director of Deep Seed Solutions since 2016, Leandro has supported the digital transformation in the oil and gas industry, with remarkable achievements leading the development of the expert system FLOCO® (Field Layout Concept Optimizer) and leveraging the development of Research, Development and Innovation in Country.

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Lelio Souza


Since 2016 Lelio has been CEO of Intelie, a company which delivers Operational Intelligence solutions mainly for the O&G industry.

Before Intelie, Lelio worked for 8 years as a Director in different areas of Totvs. His professional career had been started in Accenture, where he worked from 2000 to 2008 in several consultancy projects for resource industry customers, especially in Petrobras Downstream Business Unit. 

Lelio has also been an active board member and angel investor. He has a Mechanical Engineer bachelor degree, Process Engineering specialization by IETEC-MG and CPIM certified by APICs. Lelio has also participated in executive trainings in Isper and Wharton School and MIT, both in USA.

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Livia Valverde


Livia Valverde é a representante da GeoPark no Brasil desde 2016, e desde 2019 a atual presidente da ABPIP – Associação Brasileira do Produtores Independentes. Advogada, graduada pela Universidade Católica de Salvador- Bahia, com LLM em Direito Empresarial pelo IBMEC e MBA em Gestão Ambiental pela Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV. Possui mais de 18 anos de experiência na área de exploração e produção de petróleo e gás, tendo assumido funções como Gerente Jurídica e de Meio Ambiente para multinacionais com sede no Rio de Janeiro.

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Patricia Grabowsky

Head de Inovação

Patricia Grabowsky, selected by McKinsey as one of the Next Generation Woman Leaders Latin America in 2019, is a Materials Engineers graduated in UFRJ, with executive education certificates in Innovation & Strategy by MIT Sloan and Insper. With more than 10 years’ experience in the Oil&Gas sector, occupies today the position of Head of Innovations in Subsea 7 Brazil. After working with national and international clients as Coating and Project Engineer, in 2017 has taken the challenge to structure the Innovation Department and develop intrapreneurship and Ecossystem connexion programs. Is also the Coordinator of IBP’s Committee for Innovation Culture.

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Renato Bertani

Barra Energia

Renato T. Bertani holds B. Sci degree in Geology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and a PH. D. in Sedimentary Geology and Geochemistry from the University of Illinois, USA. He has over 40 years of international experience in exploration and production projects, acquisitions and divestments in several Latin American countries, West Africa, UK, and the USA Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Bertani took over as the CEO of Barra Energia, a E&P company with focus in oil and gas industry of Brazil in May 2010 and has since then developed the company’s strategy, assembled a team of high quality and experienced industry professionals and implemented a very successful business plan.
He previously served for 31 years in various technical and high level managerial positions with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company. Among such positions were President of Petrobras America, Inc., Managing Director of Petrobras UK and Director of International E&P activities for the Petrobras Group.
Mr. Bertani served as President of the World Petroleum Council, an organization that congregates 65 member countries, from 2011 until 2014, and as Vice – President from 2005 through 2011. He served as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston from 2003 to 2006, as President of the Brazil Texas Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2007. He is currently serving as Director of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute.

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Ricardo Savini

3R Petroleum

Geólogo pela UnB, Mestre em Estratigrafia pela UFRGS com 33 anos de experiência na indústria petrolífera. Trabalhou na Venezuela, nos Estados Unidos e na Argentina, além do Brasil. Exerceu diferentes funções na Petrobras (CENPES, E&P na Bahia e E&P Corporativo), na Pérez Companc (empresa operadora argentina), na Deloitte e na Georadar (empresa de serviços para óleo & gás e mineração). Fundador e atual CEO da 3R Petroleum, operadora independente de óleo e gás com foco em revitalização de campos maduros.

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Ricardo Rezende Ramos

Consultor de Inovação Aberta

Ricardo is an Open Innovation Consultant at Petrobras Research Center. He recently coordinated the conception of the program Petrobras Connections for Innovation – Startups Module, leading the initiative since its launch in 2019. He has 21 years of experience with technology development, working in Brazil and Switzerland for COPPE-UFRJ, CERN, IPqM, Petrobras, in the areas of: Particle Physics, Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation Policies and Open Innovation. He holds an electronics engineering degree from UFRJ, a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from COPPE-UFRJ and a PhD in public policies, strategies and development from the Institute of Economics of UFRJ. He is certified for the management of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems by Babson College and MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Robert Antônio Cosmo Nunes

Gerente Geral de Transformação Digital

Mr. Robert Antônio Cosmo Nunes currently holds the position of General Manager Digital Transformation. Graduated in Computer Science with an MBA in Strategic Business Management from FGV and specializing in Economics and Business Management at ISE Business School, he works for more than 18 years in the technology area, and in the last 8 years focusing on innovation and digital transformation, during this period he worked in large organizations with the challenge of transforming himself digitally, forming agile teams, bringing the Bimodal concept, applying open and closed innovation methodologies and processes. He created Botilabs, a technological innovation laboratory, with a focus on accelerating innovation, digital culture and the creation of strategic products while looking at the value chain.

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Rodrigo Chamusca

Technology & Innovation Manager

Rodrigo graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2010 at University of Campinas, São Paulo, with specialization in Energy and Production at Ecole Centrale de Lyon.  He also holds a MBA of Business Management in FGV Institute.
He joined Ocyan in 2011 as a trainee engineer and has followed up the construction and commissioning of four 6th generation Drilling Units in South Korea, DSME Shipyard.
In 2013 he was promoted to Assistant Rig Manager of a drill ship where he worked for 5 years. He was responsible for Ocyan Decision Support Center in Macae for 1,5 year, and since last year he is leading the Digital Transformation Program of Drilling Business Unit as Technology and Innovation Manager.

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Shira Paulson

Interim head of Upstream

Shira Paulson became the interim head of upstream, Brazil in July 2020. She has spent 18 years working in bp, primarily within exploration, most recently as exploration manager for Brasil. In this role, she led a team of industry professionals in the successful access of exploration acreage in the prolific Pre-Salt and progressed bp’s strategy in upstream Brazil.
Prior to this role she held a variety of positions including, global Advisor and head of discipline – petroleum systems, Western Hemisphere basin analysis manager, and various technical contributor roles in Cairo, Sunbury, and Houston as an applied geoscientist.
Shira holds a Master of Science degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Soichi Ide

Chief Digital Officer e Vice Presidente de Operações

Soichi Ide is MODEC group Chief Digital Officer and the Vice President of Operation in LATAM and Ghana. He holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering from University of Tokyo and has more than 25 years professional experience. In his career in MODEC, he assumed project development and project management for 15 years to deliver FPSOs for several charter projects. In the last 5 years, he took the role of Vice President of Operation where MODEC holds 17 FPSOs to operate, including 6 under construction. He has driven deep/wide breakout-sessions in production service for operational excellence, safe and sustainable production and leading into digital breakout-sessions.

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Tania Cosentino

Microsoft Brasil

Tania Cosentino has been Microsoft Brazil General Manager since January 2019 and has more than 30 years of professional experience. She worked 16 years at Siemens, spent two years at Rockwell and in January 2000 she went to Schneider Electric, where she developed a successful career for 19 years. She held several positions in the commercial area, lived and worked in Paris for a year and in 2009 she was the first Brazilian woman to assume the presidency of Schneider Electric subsidiary in Brazil. After that, she was promoted to President of the company in South America and held the position of Vice President of the company’s global quality & customer satisfaction. Tania was also a member of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.

Cosentino earned national and international recognition, thanks to her work in sustainability, especially on issues related to energy efficiency, digital transformation, human rights, female empowerment and diversity and inclusion.

Tania is an active and inspiring leader of the HeForShe and WEP (Women Empowerment Principles) programs, also of the ONU Women and the Global Compact. For her work in South America, Tania was recognized as one of the 10 pioneers by working in the Sustainable Development Goals of the ONU Global Compact, in 2017. She also received the Women’s Leadership Award from CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for the Sustainable Development) and she is considered one of the 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders magazine.

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Anders Opedal

President and CEO

Anders Opedal was appointed President and CEO of Equinor on 2 November 2020.

Anders joined Equinor in 1997 as a petroleum engineer in the Statfjord operations. Since then, he has held a range of technical, operational and leadership positions in the company.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chief Procurement Officer. In 2011, he took on the role as Senior Vice President in Technology, Projects and Drilling; where he was responsible for Equinor’s entire project portfolio.

Anders also served as Equinor’s Chief Operating Officer before taking the role as Senior Vice President for Development, Production International Brazil. From August 2018 to October 2018, he was Executive Vice President for Development, Production Brazil. 

From 2018 to 2020, Anders held a position as Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling.

Prior to Equinor, he worked for Schlumberger and Baker Hughes.

Education: MBA from Heriot-Watt University and Master degree in Engineering (sivilingenior) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim.

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Patrick Pouyanné

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

A Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Chief Engineer of the French Corps des Mines, Patrick
Pouyanné held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from
1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime minister from
1993 to 1995 and Chief of Staff to the information technology and space minister from 1995 to
Patrick Pouyanné joined Total in January 1997, with positions in Angola and Qatar in 1999.
In August 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information
Systems in Exploration & Production, then Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development
and R&D in Exploration & Production in 2006.
In January 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive
On October 22nd, 2014, the board of directors of Total appointed Patrick Pouyanné Chief
Executive Officer.
On December 16th, 2015, Total’s board of directors appointed Patrick Pouyanné as Chairman of
the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Total.
He is member of the Board of Cap Gemini, of AFEP, of Institut du Monde Arabe, of Ecole
Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique of Paris. Patrick Pouyanné is also President of the
Alliance for Education, French association against dropping out of school.
He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor.

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Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman
IHS Markit

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, a leading information and advisory firm with 16,000 employees worldwide, and chairman of IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC has called “the Super Bowl of energy”.
Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” The New York Times called him “America’s most influential energy pundit.”
Dr. Yergin’s new book The Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations is described by the London Sunday Times as a “wonderful book”. The Wall Street Journal observes “Daniel Yergin turns his considerable talents to explaining how the world continues to be shaped by oil.” USA Today said, “At a time when solid facts and reasoned arguments are in full retreat, Daniel Yergin rides to the rescue.” Another review simply called it “a page turner”.
Dr. Yergin is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, described as “a fantastic book” by Bill Gates in his review. Dr. Yergin’s book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was a number one New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into 20 languages.
He co-authored Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy, of which the Wall Street Journal said “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award- winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC, which Dr. Yergin co-produced, co-wrote, and narrated.
Dr. Yergin has served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under four presidents. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Energy Think Tank of the government of India, of Singapore’s International Energy Panel, and of the Energy Governors of the World Economic Forum.
He holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

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Adriano Pires


Adriano Pires founded the CBIE in 2000 and is the Director. Between 1998 and 1999, Adriano served ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo) as Assistant of the General-Director and General Manager of Trade and Supply.
Adriano Pires received his D.Sc. from the University of Paris XIII, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the University of Rio de Janeiro. He lectured at the Energy Planning Program from 1983 to 1997.
Over the last ten years, Adriano has published many articles in the main periodical (Gazeta Mercantil, Valor Econômico, Brasil Energia Magazine, Conjuntura Econômica of FGV, Brasil Econômico, Estado de São Paulo e Think Tank Maganize) and spoken extensively at various public forums about energy issues.

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Adyr Tourinho

VP & Oilfield Equipment Latam

Experient executive, managing gender diversity, international teams
with multinational workforce and several different backgrounds.
25 years experience working for Oil Company as well as for Oilfield
Services Company

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Alexandre Szklo


Alexandre Szklo is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic School of Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE / UFRJ, since 2003. COPPE is the largest engineering research center in Latin America. Alexandre holds a PhD in Sciences from the same institution and a Chemical Engineer degree from the School of Chemistry at UFRJ. He is the author of numerous books and about 140 articles in scientific journals. Alexandre’s H-Scopus index is equivalent to 28. Alexandre supervised around 150 doctoral, master’s and undergraduate theses in engineering. Alexandre leads the development of National and Global Integrated Assessment Models for analysis of land-use and energy systems at Cenergia laboratory (http://www.cenergialab.coppe.ufrj.br /). Alexandre led projects supported by the IDB, World Bank, WRI, European Commission, Greenpeace and the British Embassy. He is the technical coordinator of the UFRJ-Institut Français du Pétrole Cooperation Agreement, by UFRJ.

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André Lopes de Araujo


With over 30 years of experience in O&G industry, André Araujo has been serving as Country Chair for Shell in Brazil since 2010, period during which the company witnessed its largest growth period in the country in over 100 years of operations. Milestones achieved during his leadership include the consolidation of the Raízen JV, the participation in the first Production Sharing Contract for the giant pre-salt field Libra and the combination with BG-Group.
André is a Board Member of the Petroleum Brazilian Institute – IBP, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development – CEBDS (WBCSD branch), Ethos Institute and of the Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro.

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André Clark


André Clark is the General Manager of Siemens Energy Brazil, having previously been President and CEO of Siemens in Brazil and also CEO of ACCIONA for Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay. He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Escola Politécnica of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and MBA in Finance and Operations Management from New York University Stern School of Business. He has 17 years of experience in Energy, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Logistics and Industry areas. With an active role in several associations and entities from different business segments, he is present in the most important discussions about infrastructure in Brazil.

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Carla Lacerda

ExxonMobil Brazil

Carla Lacerda is President of ExxonMobil in Brazil, as well as leader of the Brazil Deepwater Business Unit with a focus on Exploration and Production activities.
Throughout her 30 years in the Company, she has worked in Exploration, Gas Commercialization and Strategy. Before the presidency, she has worked as the New Opportunity Manager for offshore South America and Americas Commercial Manager, within ExxonMobil’s Exploration Company.
Lacerda is a member of the Board of Directors of ABEP, related to IBP (Brazilian Petroleum Industry Association) and Board Member of the Brazil Texas Chamber of Commerce (BRATECC) and Brazil US Business Council, headquartered in Washington D.C.
Carla has a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Chemical Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, respectively.

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Carlo Rodrigo Faccio

Instituto Combustível Legal

With 28 years of experience in the oil and energy sector, Carlo’s background includes companies such as: Shell, Esso, ExxonMobil, Cosan and Raízen. Being an eletronic engineer from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Carlo started the Combustível Legal project as manager of the Sindicom Fuel Chamber, an institution where he was responsible for developing the initiatives defended by the movement against fraud in the fuel sector. In 2020 it became Instituto Combustível Legal (ICL).

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Carlos Langoni

Diretor do Centro de Economia Mundial
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Christiano Lins Pereira

Analista de Inovação

Petroleum Engineer and Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Universidade Federal Fluminense, works with Open Innovation, Digital Transformation and Ecosystem of Startups since 2018. Today, he is an Innovation Analyst at Subsea 7 Brasil and member of the Youth Committee of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP). In addition, he is a digital entrepreneur and founder of a content platform that teaches career management, soft skills and the future of work for young people who are in a hurry to enter and grow in the market, but do not know how to start.

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Claudia Brun

Senior Advisor New Value Chains Brazil

Currently a Senior Advisor, New Value Chains, at Equinor, Claudia joined the company in
January 2018 to develop gas marketing opportunities to enable the monetization of Equinor’s
upstream assets in Brazil. With a career spanning 25 years as an experienced negotiator of
complex energy joint ventures, Claudia has a solid understanding of the entire energy value
chain, with substantial experience in upstream E&P projects, oil, gas and power marketing,
terminal storage and loading operations, and powerplant development. Prior to joining
Equinor, Claudia has served as Business Division Manager at Qatargas’ Ras Laffan Terminal
Operations in Doha, served Commercial Director at El Paso Brasil, where she spent 14 years of
her career, represented El Paso as a TBG Board member, served as Director at Enron South
America negotiating power trading transactions, and Manager of Project Finance at
EnergyWorks. Claudia has an MBA from Thunderbird, Arizona, and a BA from Eckerd College,

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Edison Terra


Edison Terra is vice president for Braskem Olefins & Polyolefins Business in South America. He leads Braskem initiatives on Circular Economy as well. Edison is also president of APLA (Asociación Química y Petroquimica Latinoamericana), of INP (Instituto Nacional do Plástico, in Brazil) and of SIRESP (Sindicato da Indústria de Resinas Plásticas do Estado de São Paulo).

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Erick Portela Pettendorfer


Erick Portela is a Materials Engineer with a master’s degree in Engineering from Rio’s Pontifical
Catholic University (PUC/RJ). He has three MBAs: IAG Master in Finance (PUC/RJ), Energy
Economics and Management (Coppead) and a specialization program in Business Management
(Dom Cabral Foundation). He also attended courses abroad, in the field of Natural Gas, at
Oxford University, the Chicago Business School and the London Business School.
During his 21 years of experience working in the natural gas chain, he was CEO of Petrobras
Bolivia for four years; General Manager of the main natural gas processing plants in Brazil, with
responsibility for all the natural gas logistics contracts; and worked on the development of the
GASBOL business model. From 2017 to 2019, he was Strategic Analysis manager at Petrobras,
responsible for the company’s Strategic Plan and Business Plan.
Erick has also been a member of the supervisory boards of Transportadora Associada de Gás
S.A. – TAG (2016-2019) and Nova Transportadora Sudeste – NTS (2017-2019). From 2001 to 2006
he had responsibility at the TBG for the implementation of the Economic and Fee Model and
for coordination and implementation of the pipeline integrity risk analysis model, among other
activities. He is currently the CEO of the TBG.

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Fabio Costa


Fabio Costa is senior vice president and general manager for Salesforce Brazil, where he has been working since February 2019. The executive leads the Brazilian operations of the Salesforce to support companies of all sizes and segments in the country in their digital transformation journeys that enhance the customer experience.

In this position, Fabio is also an ambassador for Salesforce’s values: trust, customer success, innovation, and equality. With a bachelor’s degree in data processing at PUC-RJ, Fabio has a PhD and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the same institution, in addition to having graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Faenna Karolidis

Estagiária em Business Development

Faenna Araujo Karolidis, 21, Mechanical Engineering student at UFRJ, Origination and Business Development intern at Gás Natural Açu, youth committee member at IBP since august/2020, mediator of e-learning courses at the University of the Oil and Gas Sector (UNIBP) since july/2020, participant of Rio Pipeline Conference & Exhibition (2019) where she won the YPPlay Brazil 2019 competition arranged by Young Pipeline Professionals (YPP) Brazil and community member of YPP since 2019. Former director of Marketing and Communication at E-Fest South America, the 1st Festival for Engineering Students in South America, an ASME event (2018) and main manager of IV Mechanical Engineering Week at UFRJ (SEMEC – 2019), current advisor at V SEMEC (2021).

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Fernanda Delgado

FGV Energia

Professor and Strategic Advisor at FGV Energia. Professor of the Graduate Program at the Brazilian Naval War College and Army Command and Staff College, via an agreement with FGV. PhD in Energy Planning, Master in Information Technology and two published books on Petropolitics. Professional experience in relevant companies, in Brazil and abroad. At FGV Energia, she is responsible for coordinating the MBA in Management in the Oil and Gas Sector, all over the country, and for the research lines in oil, gas, biofuels and energy transition, notably: Decommissioning, Downstream, Low permeability reservoirs, Natural gas reserves, Energy planning and Geopolitics of energy resources.

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José Fernando de Freitas

Executivo de O&G

José Fernando de Freitas is a seasoned professional with 40 years of experience in the
international energy sector with over 20 years working in a professional role as a CEO
and Chairman of the Board level.
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Petrópolis (UCP),
attended the MBA program at PDG-EXEC in 1992, and advanced management programs
at M.I.T. in 2002 and at INSEAD in 2011.
He was employed at Petrobras until 2016, having been the CEO of company’s
subsidiaries in Argentina, Bolivia and Portugal. He also served as Chairman of the Board
of Petrobras subsidiaries in eleven countries in Latin America.
Between 2017 and 2020 he was responsible at the ANP for the reactivation of E & P
onshore activities in Brazil.

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Geraldo Luiz Rochocz


Graduated in Chemical Engineering from IME-RJ and Master in Chemical Engineering from COPPE-UFRJ, founder of Chemtech in 1989, where remained until 2010.

Founder partner of Radix in 2010, where he holds the position of CTO, whose responsibility includes RD&I projects, technological partnerships, IT management, Performance Management and definition of the of Radix’s portfolio evolution strategy, with emphasis on Digital Transformation.

He held the position of Director of ANPEI (Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento das Empresas Inovadoras) between 2017 and 2019. Former Director of ASSESSPRO-RJ between 2012-2016, Member of the executive board of CTDUT – Pipeline Technology Center between 2013-2016, as the chairman of the Business Council. Member of the Board of Directors of Radix.

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Gustavo Robichez


Professor and Central Coordinator of Distance Learning at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is an enthusiast of multidisciplinarity, with an emphasis on the application of technology to transform society. Examples of recent initiatives involve Legalite (www.puc- rio.br/legalite), the promotion of digital transformation initiatives in the insurance and reinsurance sector, in the media and entertainment sector and in the Oil and Gas sector (Technological Innovation Programs at PUC-Rio – www.puc-rio.br/pit), an ECOA digital education initiative (www.puc-rio.br/ecoa), and Digital Transformation Courses (www.puc-rio.br/ecoa/mdt) .Bachelor in Computer Engineering, Master and Doctor in Informatics PUC-Rio.

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José Formigli

Forsea Engenharia

José Formigli worked for 32 years as petroleum engineer in Petrobras Exploration and
Production, having been responsible among other tasks for the implementation of Pre-salt
projects since the first discoveries, as well as acting as Managing Director of E&P till
beginning of 2015, when retired from the company. Since then he works through his own
consultancy, Forsea Engenharia, as well as being member of some Advisory Boards. Formigli
is graduated in Civil Engineering from IME and has MBA from COPPEAD, is a member of
SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) and SUT (Society for Underwater Technology), among
others academic qualifications, besides receiving awards from SPE.

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Ludmila Sampaio

Drilling Engineer

Ludmila Sampaio is a Drilling Engineer at Chevron Brasil, where she started as drilling and completions intern in 2017. She is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 2013, having served as President of the SPE PUC-Rio Student Chapter for 2 years. Ludmila represents Chevron Brasil on the IBP Youth Committee since 2019, and was nominated by the World Petroleum Council National Committee as Brazil’s delegate at the VI World Petroleum Council Youth Forum – Future Leaders Forum, held in Saint Petersburg – Russia in June of 2019.

Ludmila has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from PUC-Rio and Montana Tech (USA), and is currently an MBA candidate in Oil & Gas at MPB-COPPE/UFRJ, in Rio de Janeiro.

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Luis Henrique Guimarães


Luis Henrique Guimarães is the CEO of Cosan Limited since April 2020. He is
also CEO of Cosan S.A. e Cosan Logística S.A., and board member of Raízen,
Comgás and Rumo.
The executive had previously worked as Raízen’s CEO from April 2016 to
March 2020, and Comgás’ CEO from April 2013 to December 2015. In April
2015, Guimarães started to accumulate the position of Investor Relations
Officer at Comgás and CEO at Distribuidora de Gás Participações S/A. He has
served as Commercial Vice President for Raízen for two years and has taken
part of transition board that formed the company.
Guimarães is graduated in Statistics Sciences with a MBA in Marketing by
Coppead – UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro Federal University). He has more than 20
years of professional experience, with most of them at Shell, where he has
worked in various positions in Brazil, USA and England.

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Márcia Tosta

Gerente Executiva de Segurança Cibernética

She has an undergraduate in Data Processing, a Graduate degree in Information Security Management from USP – IPEN and MBA in Business Management with emphasis in Information Technology from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. For over 30 years working in the IT area, 14 years focused on Information Security. She has solid experience working on the following topics: implementation and management of Information Security governance processes, handling and preventing incidents, vulnerabilities and risks, in addition to IT service management and strategic planning with a focus on Information Security. Currently is the Executive Manager of Information Security in Petrobras.

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Mario Carminatti

Gerente Executivo de Exploração

Mario Carminatti was born in Brazil and graduated in Geology at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1977. Working for Petrobras since 1978, he began as well-site geologist in the Amazon region. In the early 1980’s he joined the exploration team of Campos Basin, when PETROBRAS discovered the first giant oil fields in deep waters. In 1991 completed his Ph.D. program on Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at the University of Parma, Italy.
Returning from Italy he joined the interpretation team in the Campos Basin. From 1996 to 1998 he coordinated the Deep-Water Petroleum System Evaluation Program in the Brazilian Atlantic sedimentary basins. From 1998 to 2008 he had been the Exploration Manager of New Frontier Areas and of South Coast Brazilian basins, conducting the exploratory activities in the Santos Basin.
Currently he is the Petrobras Exploration Executive Manager.

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Mauro Andrade

Vice President Supply Chain International

Mauro Andrade joined Equinor in Brazil in early 2009 as Commercial Manager responsible for the economic evaluation and tax structure of E&P projects in Brazil. In November 2011 he became VP of Public and Regulatory Affairs for Equinor Brazil. In December, 2015 took the position of head of Supply Chain Management for South America. Since August 2018 he is the VP of Supply Chain for the International area at ​​Equinor.
Andrade has 21 years of experience in the upstream industry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Has worked for 3 years at the National Petroleum Agency in Brazil and for 7 years in the advisory business for the oil and gas upstream industry in Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche in Brazil, UK and US.
An economist by background, Andrade has a MSc. in Economics and an Executive Program in Oil and Gas, both from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro UFRJ. He also has an MBA in Economic Theory at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Rio de Janeiro. Since Jan. 2016, Andrade is President of E&P Executive Committee of IBP (Brazilian Petroleum Institute).

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Nathan Biddle

Brazil Project Manager
Premier Oil

Nathan Biddle is the Director of Premier Oil do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., responsible for project management and new business development in Brazil.
Nathan began his career working onshore development operations across the United States. He later worked in Angola on deepwater projects, prior to beginning his now extensive career in Brazil. Since moving to Brazil in 2008, he has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from onshore developments to deepwater pre-salt exploration across 6 different basins.
As an elected Director of the Brazilian Association of Exploration and Production (ABEP/IBP) in 2018, 19 & 20, Nathan has promoted industry initiatives for the growth and diversification of the Brazilian O&G Industry. In his role as Director, he has been a key player in pushing forward recent abandonment, decommissioning, financial guarantee and cessation of asset regulations that have assisted in generating investments from small and mid-cap independents in Brazil.
Nathan holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro COPPEAD School.

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Roberto Furian Ardenghy

Chief Institutional & Sustainability Officer

Mr Ardenghy is a Brazilian diplomat currently on leave. He holds a B.A. in Law and a master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. He also did post-graduation studies in Oil and Gas at Rio de Janeiro Federal University. He held senior positions in the Brazilian Government and worked in different countries such Argentina and United States. He joined Petrobras last year and became Institutional Relations executive board member with responsibilities to oversee Communications, Social Responsibility, Government Affairs and Safety, Health and Environment. Previously he worked at the oil and gas regulator (ANP) and at BG E&P Brasil a British Oil and Gas company. He was a member of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP) and Board Member at the American Chamber of Commerce.

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Roberto Monteiro


Mr. Roberto Monteiro has been in the Company since 2014, having held the positions of Chief Operations Officer, in addition to Chief Financial Officer and New Businesses Director, currently cumulated with that of Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations at OGX Petróleo e Gás and Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations for OSX, in the shipping and offshore business. Mr. Monteiro held various previous positions at America Latina Logística – ALL, including Operations Director and Executive Director for Argentina. Mr. Monteiro holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP – São Carlos), and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School.

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Rodrigo Costa

Gerente Executivo de Gás e Energia

Working at Petrobras since 2005, he holds a degree in Business from PUC/BA, with an MBA in Corporate Finance from FGV/SP and a master’s degree in business from IBMEC. Previously, worked in KPMG in external audit.
Through his career at Petrobras worked as business analyst in the Strategy and
Planning area, having been expatriated to work for Petrobras Argentina. He temporarily held a position as Executive Manager of International E&P area. He held a position as Executive Manager in the Natural Gas area and Executive Manager in the Strategy area. Currently he is Executive Manager in Gas and Power area.

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Telmo Ghiorzi

Diretor de Relações Institucionais

Telmo Ghiorzi is director of institutional relations of the Brazilian Association of Industrial Engineering (ABEMI). He has 30 years of experience in the sectors of energy and petroleum. He worked in companies such as Aker Solutions, Camargo Correa, Shell and is director of business relations of the UTC group. He holds a MSc in petroleum engineering, a PhD in public policies and a posdoc in business administration.

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Wong Loon


Wong Loon has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Engineering School of Mauá (1975). He has a specialization in Terminal and Pipeline Engineering, awarded by Petrobras, a postgraduate degree in Energy Business Management from FGV and a Senior Executive Program at Columbia University, in New York, USA. Mr. Wong Loon joined Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras in 1976 as a pipeline engineer and was later appointed supervisor, regional manager and general manager of the Department of Transportation. In 2000, Mr. Wong Loon was appointed Director of Pipelines and Terminals of Petrobras Transporte S.A. – Transpetro, which operates in the transportation and logistics sector of fuel in Brazil, with a particular focus on profitability. Wong led Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados ​​- OCP Ecuador, a company that operates in the oil transportation sector, as CEO from 2007 to 2010, being responsible for a new strategic planning and cost reduction program. In 2011, he joined Logum, which operates in the ethanol transportation sector, being responsible for the construction and operation of Brazil’s first ethanol pipeline, as COO.

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Arnaud Breuillac

President Exploration and Production

Arnaud Breuillac, 62, graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1981.
He joined TOTAL in 1982 and has served in various positions in its Exploration & Production Division, including Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Angola as well as the Refining Division in France.
From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of Vice President, Middle East ‐ Iran. In December 2006, he was appointed to the Management Committee of the Exploration & Production Division, concurrent with a new role as Senior Vice‐President, Continental Europe & Central Asia.
In July, 2010, he was appointed President, Exploration & Production, Middle East and in January, 2011, became a member of the Group’s Management Committee.
In 2014, Arnaud Breuillac became Member of Total Executive Committee and President, Exploration & Production, responsible for the Company’s increasingly diverse portfolio around the world.

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Mark Wiseman

Chair of the board of directors
Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Mark Wiseman is a Canadian investment manager and business executive and an industry-leading expert in alternatives and active equity investments. Among his advisory roles with various organizations, Mark serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, and as a part-time Senior Advisor to Hillhouse Capital and Boston Consulting Group.

Until the end of last year, he was a Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, Global Head of Active Equities, Chairman of its alternatives business, and Chairman of BlackRock’s Global Investment Committee. He also served on BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Mark was President & CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Mark joined CPPIB in June 2005 as the organization’s Senior Vice-President, Private Investments. He was later named Executive Vice-President, Investments, responsible for managing all of the investment activities of CPPIB. He was named President & Chief Executive Officer in 2012.
Prior to joining the CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Previously, Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, practicing in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a law degree and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the University of Toronto, and is an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
Mark was a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which advised the Canadian Finance Minister on economic policies to achieve long-term sustainable growth. He is co-founder and former Chair of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative. Mark also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Alpine Canada, the United Way of Greater Toronto, Sinai Health Services, the Capital Markets Institute and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is also a co-founder and Chair of the Century Initiative, an organization dedicated to growing Canada’s population. Mark is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. Previously, he chaired the United Way of Toronto’s 2015 Campaign and Youth Without Shelter and is a past Board Member of Right to Play International and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

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Andrew Gould

Former Chairman and CEO

Andrew Gould is a Partner in CSL Energy a Private Equity firm investing in Oilfield services.
He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the BCG Center for Energy Impact based on his broad experience of the global oil and gas industry.
He serves on the Boards of Occidental Petroleum and McDermott and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Kayross, a start-up company applying advanced analytic techniques to energy data.  
From May 2012 until its sale to Royal Dutch Shell Mr. Gould was Non-Executive Chairman of BG Group, a multinational natural gas company. Prior to this, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schlumberger Limited and had previously served in many other positions across a 37-year career.

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Wael Sawan

Upstream Director, member of the RDS Executive Committee

Wael Sawan was appointed Upstream Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell on July 1, 2019.
Wael joined Shell in 1997 and has worked in each of Shell’s core business units: Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In 2008, Wael was appointed Shell’s Vice President for Commercial, New Business and LNG in Qatar. In April 2012, he became Managing Director and Chairman of the Qatar Shell companies, including Pearl GTL, one of the largest oil and gas projects in the world. From 2015 to 2019, he served as Executive Vice President of Shell’s Deepwater Business, based in Houston.

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Erik J. Oswald

Vice President, Exploration and New Ventures
ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company

Erik Oswald is Vice President, Exploration & New Ventures Americas for ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Geoscience from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Erik joined ExxonMobil in 1991, and in 2008, Erik became Middle East Area Manager, ExxonMobil Exploration Company. In July of 2009, Erik transitioned to Region Operations Manager for Exploration in Europe and Greenland, based in London.
Erik was appointed Vice President of Business Development for ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston in 2011. In May of 2014, he was appointed Vice President, Americas, ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

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Ieda Gomes

Senior Visiting Research Fellow
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Ieda Gomes has an international career spanning 35 years in the energy and infrastructure industry. She spent nearly 14 years as a group leader with BP plc in various commercial roles in L. America, M. East and S. Asia. Prior to BP Ieda was the CEO of the Sao Paulo Gas Company.
Ieda is currently an independent director at Saint-Gobain Group, Exterran Corporation, Bureau Veritas and Prumo Logistica. She is a senior visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and FGV Energia. Ieda is a Councillor at Women in Leadership in Latin America and at the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. She is also a regular columnist at Brazil Energy.
She has a degree in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Environmental Engineering (EPFL-Lausanne) and Energy (USP). Ieda received the 2001-2002 Veuve Clicquot Award Business Woman of the Year.

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Mauricio Cárdenas

Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
Center on Global Energy Policy

Mauricio Cárdenas is Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, where he also teaches public finance. He is currently a member of https://theindependentpanel.org, that is assessing the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As Colombia’s minister of finance from 2012 to 2018, Cárdenas oversaw a successful adjustment program during the oil shock of 2014-2016. Despite a 50% reduction in exports and the loss of one-fifth of government revenues, Colombia preserved its investment grade status and was able to achieve remarkable social and economic progress. While in office, Cárdenas led a series of reforms that resulted in a significant expansion in formal employment and foreign investment. He was also responsible of coordinating efforts for Colombia’s accession to the OECD, which was completed in 2018.
Cárdenas was Chairman of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four (G-24). He was chosen by Euromoney, as finance minister of the year in 2015, and received several awards as best finmin in Latin America.
Before becoming finance minister, he served as minister of mines and energy. Earlier in his career he was Director of National Planning, Minister of Economic Development, and Minister of Transport.
Cárdenas has twice been the executive director of Fedesarrollo, Latin America’s premier economic and social policy think tank. He has also been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he led the Latin American Initiative.
Cárdenas holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of the Andes. He is married and has three daughters.

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Jason Bordoff

Founding Director
Columbia SIPA

Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world’s top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. At Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, Bordoff is a professor of professional practice and serves as founding Director of SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International, the New York Energy Forum and the Association of Marshall Scholars. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.

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Rafael Grisolia

BR Distribuidora

Graduated in Production Engineering, with an MBA at Coppead/UFRJ, Rafael Grisolia has more than 30 years of experience, mainly in the Oil & Gas sector. He has worked in the financial area of Esso, of Cosan and held the positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Investor Relations Officer (IRO) at Cremer, CFO at Grupo Trigo, CFO and IRO at Inbrands. In August 2017, he assumed the position of Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer at Petrobras Distribuidora, where he remained until June 2018, when he was invited to assume the same role at Petrobras. In March 2019, Grisolia was confirmed as CEO of BR Distribuidora.

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