Hugo Quevedo, Chairman. Mr Quevedo graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1987 with a law degree, and obtained a Master of Laws (LLM.) at London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK, in 1995. He also attended courses on regulation of financial markets at King’s College, London, financial law at Queen Mary & Westfield College, London, and energy law at the Centre of Petroleum of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland. Mr Quevedo has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He has advised several important public and private companies, banks and organization in connection with cross-border and domestic corporate, energy and financial transactions, matters and litigation. He has represented companies in M&A transactions and financings in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation and distribution, natural gas transport and distribution, mining, forestry, fishing, pharmaceutical, and retail, among others. Mr Quevedo has also acted as arbitrator and as expert witness in international investment treaty arbitrations. In the public sector he served in different positions at the office of the President of Argentina, including Director General of Organisation and was advisor to several public officers, including the Argentine Secretary of Energy.
Nicolas Acuña, Board Member. Mr. Acuña has +20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Colombia in the finance and administrative areas. Previously he worked for Cepsa Colombia as Finance, Administration and IT Manager and held various senior management positions in Petrocolombia S.A., including Finance and Administration Manager and General Manager of an affiliate operating company. He holds an MBA from Inalde, a MSc in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes.
German Ranftl, Board Member. Mr. Ranftl is a Public Accountant from the University of Buenos Aires, graduating in 1990, and has a Master’s in Business Administration from CEMA. He spent nearly 11 years in the banking sector, including eight years at ING Barings as a Vice President in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, previous to that he had work for Bank of Boston. Since 1998 and for five years he was CFO of Supercanal SA, the third largest cable company of Argentina, with also operations in Spain, Bolivia and Dominican Republic. After that period of time he was Vice President of Integra Investment SA, a consulting firm with many international and Argentine transactions in M&A and Capital markets and debt restructuring. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of EDEMSA and restructured a debt of USD 160 million, consequently EDEMSA was part of a reverse take-over of a listed company in AIM London Stock Exchange, and German was CFO of that listed company for 11 years, mainly Andes Energia PLC was primarily operating EDEMSA and HASA, electrical distribution of Mendoza Province and oil areas in Argentina and Colombia, that have been acquired by International Bidding process. German has also participated in the exchange process of the Debt of Supercanal and the company was finally sold last year to an international player. As of today he is also working in the restructuring of the debt of EDEMSA with the regulatory Entity and has also participate in a new reverse take-over of Mercuria in Andes Energia PLC.
Laura Mármol , Board Member. Ms. Marmol has served eight years as a corporate lawyer with Argentinian oil & gas companies. She has previously worked at several law firms in the City of Buenos Aires. Ms Marmol holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Law from the University of La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007) and a Bachelor Degree in Certified Translation from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015).
Carmela Saccomanno, Board Member. Ms. Saccomanno is a qualified communications and institutional relations professional. She graduated from Austral University, Argentina, as a Bachelor in Media & Communications with a specialisation in journalism. She has obtained her Master’s Degree in Digital Management at Hyper Island, Teesside University, United Kingdom.
Isabel Valado Ramudo, Board Member. Ms. Isabel Valado Ramudo holds a degree in Business Accountancy and Finance from the Universidad de Vigo, Spain. She has worked for several companies in Spain having served in different managing capacities including Accounting and Administrative Head and Madrid Office Manager. She also served as Madrid Officer Account Manager of the Spanish Royal Sport Federation. Ms. Valado Ramudo lives in Madrid, Spain, and speaks Spanish, English and French.
Ricardo Romero, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Romero has extensive background having served as Finance Manager, Director and CFO for companies based in Europe and with commercial activity and operations in Latin America, including companies engaged in the food and beverage industries and in media-related services. Mr. Ricardo has an accounting degree from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, a Master of Business Administration degree from Universidad Católica de Córdoba and is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.
Leandro Carbone, Chief Executive Officer. Mr Carbone has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and brings over 20 years of experience in leading oil and gas projects. He started as a field engineer working for TOTAL for ten years in Europe, North Sea and Latin America. In recent years Mr Carbone has been a Latin American Executive Director for many private and public companies. He has extensive experience across Latin America and has been involved in a number of significant discoveries and transactions across Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. Mr Carbone is a Petroleum Engineer from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires.
Juan Verde, Vice-President Energy Transition and Strategy. Mr. Verde holds Master´s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Political Science and International Relations from Boston University. During the administration of President Obama, Juan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the United States Department of Commerce. In the private sector, Juan has advised multiple prestigious companies, such as Google, Cisco, SAS, Santander Bank in the United States, etc. Additionally, Juan has collaborated with diverse world renowned institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard University and the World Bank. As a passionate defender of environmental causes, sustainability and the fight against climate change, Juan Verde collaborated with former Vice President Al Gore to establish and lead subsidiaries for his foundation “Climate Reality Project” in Spain and Argentina.