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.
Jorge Brown, Board Member. Mr Brown holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration, a Master’s degree in Law and Economics from Ghent University and Stockholm Universitet and a PhD at the Ortega and Gassett Institute of the Complutense University of Madrid. Mr Brown has more than 15 years of experience in corporate internationalization and political consultancy at both a national and international level. He has developed most of his career as an advisor to numerous business and political leaders in Europe and Latin America, specializing in growth strategies, business development, human resources and corporate strategies. He served as Senior Advisor to the Mexican Ambassador in Belgium and held numerous posts in the Mexican government including the 2000 Mexican presidential transition team. He was also a development coordinator for The Climate Reality Spain, the Spanish branch of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s climate change nonprofit project. Jorge is PASS Group’s Chief Executive Officer, a strategic consultancy firm specialising in the internationalisation of companies. He is also partner at the US consultancy firm, MAPA Group, an international business development consulting firm headquartered in Washington DC and a partner in several start-up companies that range from new technologies to fashion retail.
Natalia Mariani, Board Member. Ms Mariani graduated from the National University of Cuyo, Argentina with a public administration and political science degree. Natalia is experienced professional with a strong background in international business management. Ms Mariani has led and managed an array of a diverse range of projects across European markets, developing efficient teamwork as a key strength. Natalia is results oriented with a multicultural background and diverse professional experiences and broad range of skills.
Mimi K. Berdal, Board Member. Ms Berdal runs an independent legal and corporate counseling business. She has extensive experience as board member of listed companies, including previous directorship in Rocksource ASA (Chairman), Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (Chairman) and Copeinca ASA. Ms Berdal currently holds the directorship in several companies, such as Itera ASA, Gassco AS, Gjensidige Pensjon og Sparing AS and EMGS ASA. She has previously served as a legal advisor with Total Norge and partner in the Arntzen de Besche law firm. Ms Berdal holds a Cand.jur (law) degree from the University of Oslo and is admitted to the Bar, Norwegian Bar Association.
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.
Pablo Creta, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Creta has a Bachelor degree from Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His professional experience includes positions in private equity and capital markets in Latin America and Australia.
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.