Day 1: Tuesday, 3 October 2017


07.00 – 08.00

Registration Opens for Getenergy Latin America 2017

08.00 – 08.15

Welcome Address: The role of education and training in ensuring a sustainable energy industry in Colombia

Dr Orlando Velandia, President, ANH 

08.15 – 08.30

Speech by British Ambassador

H.E Peter Tibber, British Ambassador to Colombia


08.30 – 09.15

2017 Opening Summit: Investing in Latin America and the Caribbean’s energy future

  • The importance of workforce preparation and ensuring local ownership of the region’s energy industry
  • Learning from the downturn: Towards a sustainable, long term approach to education and training
  • Looking ahead to the evolving energy mix in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Outlining the investment opportunities in the region: National strategies to attract FDI into the energy industry
  • Examining partnerships and alignment between Latin American and Caribbean neighbour countries

Dr Orlando Velandia, President, ANH

09.15 – 09.45

VIP speaker tour of the Learning Arena


09.45 – 10.15

Building local education capacity as a shared responsibility between governments & industry

  • Creating a fiscal regime conducive to local investment in skills and supply chains
  • Ensuring transparency between government and operators
  • Improving communications between public and private stakeholders to ensure a collaborative effort towards localisation

Dr. Ezequiel Acosta, Head of University,  Ecopetrol University

10:15 – 10:45

Networking Coffee in the Learning Arena

10:45 – 11.45

Lessons learned from partnerships between the oil & gas industry and education

  • Beyond MoUs: How can partnerships develop into meaningful action?
  • What makes a successful partnership between industry and education institutions?
  • How can partnerships respond to the evolving energy mix?


John William Grimaldo Guerrero, Professor, Department of Energy, Universidad de la Costa
Javier Páez, Decano, Universidad del Norte
Cristian Gonzalez, Regional Manager Americas, University of Alberta


Spotlight Session


Amanda de Lourenzi Santana, Application Engineer Software, Simulation and Training, Schneider Electric

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch Break and Extended Networking


Developing a technically competent workforce through technical and vocational education

  • Technical skills in numbers: where is investment needed? How many people do we need to train?
  • The role of local technical colleges and institutions
  • Making technical and vocational roles aspirational – communicating the opportunities and value
  • Identifying transferable and skills and industries to ensure continued employment


Jacqueline Rojas, Regional Director, SENA
Jairo Cabrera , Master’s Director Naval and Oceanic Engineering, Universidad Tecnológica Bolívar


Networking Coffee in the Learning Arena


Overcoming the challenges to doing business in Latin America

  • Guidance notes on how to do business in Latin America with experiences from Colombia, Mexico and Brazil
  • Access routes, the dos and don’ts and how to approach business


Hugo Martelli, Director. Martelli Abogados
Diana Sanclemente, Partner, Sanclemente Fernández Abogados
Carlos Solórzano, Partner, SMPS Legal


 Achieving realistic and achievable localisation targets: Strategies to fill the local content gap and increase local participation

  •  Exploring the investment strategies that will enable the local supply chain to meet the needs of the oil & gas industry
  • Strategies to attract and identify local talent across the full spectrum of the workforce
  • Projecting skills supply and demand – looking ahead to the numbers required for each project stage
  • Opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs to increase local participation


Susan Morrice, CEO, Belize Natural Energy
Rene Roger Tissot, Local Content Consultant, Consultancy


Drinks Reception Welcome to Barranquilla

  • Establishing Baranquilla as the hub of the Latin American offshore industry – how will Barranquilla become the “City of Energy”?
  • An invitation to do business in Baranquilla


Eduardo Verano De la Rosa, Governor Barranquilla
Alejandro Char Chaljub , Mayor  of Barranquilla