Latin America Chapter Connects Council Members with Ambassador, Operators, Energy Leaders

The Energy Workforce & Technology Council’s Latin America Chapter hosted a reception at U.S. Ambassador Marc Stanley’s residence, Palacio Bosch, in Buenos Aires during the Argentina Oil & Gas Expo.

The Chapter, led by Juan Garavaglia, Baker Hughes, and Santiago Pojmaevich, GD Energy Products, and key Argentine energy leaders, including Governor of Neuquen Omar Gutierrez and Provincial Minister of Energy Alejandro Monteiro, were welcomed to the residence of newly appointed Ambassador Stanley for an opportunity to connect and network after a hiatus. Also in attendance were leading regional executives from the energy industry, including Eric Dunning, Country Manager, Chevron; Daniel de Nigris, Argentina Country Manager, ExxonMobil; and Sergio Affronti, CEO, YPF.

In his remarks, Ambassador Stanley noted how the innovation of service and technology companies is a great complement to the work the government is doing in the energy sector. Given the current geopolitical and energy crisis, the Ambassador said there was no better time to support U.S. companies given their new technologies and expertise. Ambassador Stanley also commended the Council for its focus on diversity, equity and inclusion within all levels of the energy sector.

Council COO Molly Determan highlighted the continued partnership between the Council and U.S. State Department through its Foreign Service Officer training and how energy services companies have a critical role in the responsible development of energy around the world. She emphasized the sector’s expertise, technology, workforce and innovation in providing oil and natural gas in a cleaner, more reliable and responsible way and the necessity for investment in infrastructure, and long-term commitments to all forms of energy. 

At the Argentina Oil & Gas Expo, supported by Council Members ChampionX, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, and Cummins;  GD Energy Products and Tenaris showcased their technologies used throughout basins in the region.

The Chapter plans to host a workshop on Vaca Muerta this fall and is engaging on resource access issues across the region. If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please reach out to Maria Suarez.


Maria Suarez, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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