Maria LiconPresidentAssociate, Thompson & KnightMaria Luisa Licón is an associate at Thompson & Knight, S. de R.L. de C.V. and focuses her practice on international energy. She assists and represents national and foreign companies in their corporate and operational design for the development of oil and gas projects. She provides general legal advice on energy regulations, and represents clients before governmental bodies and regulatory agencies in Mexico. She assists in day-to-day operations of service companies and operators that have entered into license agreements or productions sharing agreements with the National Hydrocarbons Commission. She also assists with the filing of permits related to the import, export, commercialization and transportation of hydrocarbons, petrochemicals, and petroleum products.
Maria Luisa assisted and represented various clients in relation to the first four international public bids called by the National Hydrocarbons Commission and the first Pemex Farmout bid process; and is currently assisting clients in Round Two Bids and Pemex Farmouts.
She participated in the representation of a winning company for the award of the Mexican License Agreements for the Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons in Deepwaters in the Cinturón Plegado Perdido area and participated in the representation of the wining consortium for the award of the first Mexican production-sharing contract for the extraction of hydrocarbons in the Southeastern Basin.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, a Masters Degree in Energy Law and Sustainability from the Nuevo León State University and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Mexican Academy of Energy Law (AMDE), and a member of the International Legal Society Phi Delta Phi.
Clara Valles GomezPresident ElectNew Venture Manager, Enicon Energy and Infrastructure CoClara Valles is the New Venture Manager for Enicon Energy and Infrastructure Co, the first Non-supplier marketer, participating in the Wholesale Electricity Market (MEM) in Mexico’s history.
Before joining Enicon, she worked for over two years at the Judiciary, specializing in Administrative Law. Clara holds a Law degree from ITESM Campus Monterrey.
In addition to WEN, Clara is the director of Guerreros en la Vida y en la Cancha, a non-profit organization that provides education and values though sports to teenagers from vulnerable areas in the state on Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Maria Jose TrevinoSecretaryBusiness Development Director Mexico, Acclaim Energy AdvisorsMaria Jose Treviño studied at Trinity University, graduating with two degrees, Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and her second in Mandarin Chinese. Because of her exposure to foreign business cultures and speaking four languages, English, Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese, she has focused much of her professional life supporting and facilitating foreign investment and international business operations in Mexico.
Maria Jose has recently taken the role of Business Development Director in Mexico for Houston, Texas based consulting firm, Acclaim Energy Advisors, advising industrial and commercial clients on energy supply and management. The previous four years, Maria Jose has specialized in projects related to the energy sector. In early 2014, she founded Mexico Green Energy, a company focused on Consulting and local Project Development. MGE Energy has mainly focused on renewable energy projects such as upscale wind and solar. In the past months, Maria Jose has been involved in more than 20 national and international energy conferences and industry related seminars, participating as a panelist on various occasions.
She actively contributes in writing articles for the energy industry, being published numerous times throughout the past couple of years. In early 2015, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council network of Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico´s National Development Bank, being the youngest national Council Board Member. She also participates in the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI), and is involved in both the Energy Group and the NAFTA negotiation Group within the Council. For the second consecutive year, she has been invited to participate in the Energy Editorial Board for Grupo Reforma´s national newspaper, El Norte. Last year she began her MBA studies at the IPADE business institute for high level management.
Marinette Gomez EscobedoTreasurerAssociate, Rodriguez Davalos & Sotomayor AbogadosMarinette Gómez is an associate of Rodríguez Dávalos & Sotomayor Abogados, a specialized law firm in the energy industry, where she focuses her practice primarily on the areas of Corporate and Real Estate Law. She has experience in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, incorporation and governance of companies, securities, foreign investment, and the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts.
She has participated in several business acquisitions and financing transactions, corporate restructuring, and creation of joint ventures. She has also contributed to the establishment of securities in Mexico derived from loans granted by U.S. banks.
She is currently a member of the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi y and the Nuevo Leon Lawyers Association.
Marinette earned her degree a Bachelor in Law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey.
Samantha Lizbeth Garnica GonzalezPrograms DirectorDeputy Manager of Contracts and Agreements, Blackstrat EnergySamantha Garnica is Deputy Manager of Contracts and Agreements at Grupo R, a conglomerate of companies dedicated to the oil, gas and energy sector in México, which principal activities include: onshore and offshore drilling including ultra-deep water, operation of gas fields, offshore construction and maintenance services, Oil & Gas infrastructure, EPC projects and exploration.
Samantha has a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Business Law from the Universidad Anahuac and a Master`s Degree in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She is currently a member of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi.
Eneida GongoraMembership DirectorSr. Oil and Gas Project Manager, Optimum Projectus ConsultingEneida has 25 years of professional experience. She is an economist and holds a Master Degree in Project Management from the University of International Cooperation (UCI), and Diplomas in Competitive, Business Intelligence, and Economic Clusters from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with extensive knowledge and solid experience in the Oil and Gas industry in Latin America and Energy Sector in Mexico.
She worked as Latin America Business Development Manager for Geocenter de Colombia, Senior Project Manager for service providers companies and consultant for National Oil Companies (NOCs) and private independent oil and gas companies, also worked for the Ministry of Energy in Mexico as an Upstream Economic Analysis Director. Other key position she performed include Oil and Gas Specialist for the UK Embassy in Mexico based in Tabasco. Has experience with innovation and entrepreneurship applied programs with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum in Mexico.
Nowadays is part of the academic sector as member of the Faculty of UCI (Costa Rica) for the Master in Project Management, and had special contributions in the publications: “The project revolution – How to succeed in a project driven world” (2019) as well “Inteligencia Competitiva y Vigilancia Tecnologica: Experiencias de Implantacion en Espana y Latinoamerica” (2006). Member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and Project Management for Results (PM4R) an initiative of the International Development Bank (IDB) and joined Women’s Energy Network – Mexico Chapter in 2018.
Tania Elizabeth Trejo-GalvezCommunity Initiatives DirectorMaster, Sanchez Devanny Eseverri, S.C.Tania has more than 4 years of professional experience. Among the services that she offers within her professional practice, should be highlighted the analysis and preparation of different types of contracts related to the energy sector (electricity and hydrocarbons). In addition, Tania provides legal advice to national and international clients regarding the implementation of the new energy industry regulatory framework in Mexico, and the development and implementation of projects in upstream, midstream and downstream, as well as in conventional and unconventional energies.
Due to her experience and academic background in the energy sector, she is at the forefront in the knowledge of the regulation corresponding to the whole value chain of the energy matter in Mexico. The aforementioned allows her to inform clients, in a timely manner, on the impact that they regulations will have on their current or future projects. Before joining Sanchez Devanny, Tania was part of a distinguished Mexico City law firm specializing in energy law. In addition, she worked as a lawyer in a State productive company developing new Mexican energy industry business and projects. She was named as “Expert Panel 2018” by The Law Reviews for her participation in the Mexico Chapter of The Oil & Gas Law Review.
Janet Elorza MartínezMarketing DirectorErnst & Young (EY)Janet Elorza is a Client Manager at EY for the Energy Segment since 2008. She was the person in charge of the Executive Development Center where she had relationships with clients from different industries, later she was assigned as marketing planner of the services line Tax, Legal, Transaction, Real Estate and Energy. Her experience includes relations with the media, press, digital media, event management and sponsorships, internal and external communication strategy, positioning campaigns, public and private tenders, among others. Nowadays she is focused on the development of sales strategies and operations for the energy industry, which include activities with clients and professionals from Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities and Mining & Metals.
Janet has a degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad España México. She previously worked at El Palacio de Hierro. She has more than 10 years of experience in administration, marketing and Business Development.
Edna OsunaOil & Gas Projects Coordination DirectorOffice Coordinator, BHP Billiton PetroleumEdna Osuna is Office Coordinator at BHP Mexico, main extractive Company in the world. She coordinates high level meetings and engagements with communities, local and federal governments. She collaborates with the upstream industry in several initiatives and assists on security intelligence services. Edna Osuna previously worked as project manager of AMEXHI, the upstream association industry in Mexico that represents almost 50 O&G companies where she organized the National Oil Convention, coordinated transparency and social initiatives, media, communications and managed the engagement with regulators, government and academia. She has been the spokesperson for AMEXHI Agenda 2040 and has promoted gender equality in the O&G industry, the latest where she is actively committed. She holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, ITAM.
Ruth GuevaraDirectorCEO, Zumma Energy ConsultingRuth Guevara is founding partner of Zumma Energy Consulting since 2009, assisting clients in a broad range of energy projects in Mexico. Ruth has experience in power market regulation, assessing data-driven market sizing for natural gas and power projects, energy purchase regulation and government affairs. She has participated in several energy purchases process under the new and past regulation. She holds a BS in Economics from ITAM and a Diploma on International Business and Finance from New York University (NYU). Has worked for the United Nations (UN), The Economist Group and the Mexican Ministry of Economy. Has over 10 years of consulting experience in finance and energy.