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With the participation of Hydrocarbons Regulators from the Americas including the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP); the Security, Energy and Environment Agency (ASEA) of Mexico; the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE's) of the United States; the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy; and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago.

8:00 am


8:30  am 

Welcoming Remarks

8:45 am - 10 am 

First Panel
Offshore Technology I -Security, Data and Automation in Offshore O&G Operations

Indira Rampaul-Cheddie, Senior State Counsel in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago; Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Energy Chief Officer at the University of Houston; Adjunct Professor Ricardo Colmenter, Director of Entra Consulting; and Mr. Pablo Perez President & CEO, Bardasz, Oilfield Technology Solutions Provider.

10:00 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Second Panel
Regulatory Issues I - How Regulators Manage the Evolution of Offshore Technology?

Douglas Morris, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Program Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); Alejandra Nohemi Rodriguez Higuera, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia (TBC); Magda Chambriard, Energy Visiting Scholar, University of Houston.

12 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Keynote Presentation by Tim Duncan, CEO of Talos Energy LLC, Offshore Operator of Zama-1, the first offshore exploration well drilled by the private sector in Mexico's history.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Third Panel
Offshore Technology II - Human Factor and Hardware in Offshore Platforms

Tiago Jacques, Regulation Specialist, Brazilian Petroleum Agency (ANP); Professor Camille Peres, Assistant Professor, Public Health, Texas A&M University; Mark Denkowski, Vice- President of Accreditation Operations, International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Fourth Panel
Regulatory Issues II - The Enforcement of Industry Practices and the Regulator's Role

Alicia Elias-Roberts, Professor at the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago; Alfredo Orellana, Chief Legal Counsel of the Mexican National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector; Research Professor Julian Cardenas, University of Houston; and Tom Mitro, Co-Director of Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development and Sustainability, University of Houston.

5:00   pm

Closing Remarks


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Who should attend

Energy In-house attorneys, arbitrators, professionals, academics and students interested or involved in oil and gas international transactions.

Registration Fee

Practitioners      $199

Academics          $80

Members of Brazilian Texas Chamber of Commerce (BTCC);
Colombian Texas Chamber of Commerce (CTCC);
Argentinean Texas Chamber of Commerce (ATCC)  (20% Discount)    $160

Students             Free through the link:

These fees include conference attendance, materials, refreshments and lunch.


UH Hilton Hotel, University of Houston 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004 (Parking is available in hotel under- ground garage)

For inquiries

Contact Prof. Julian Cardenas at

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