En febrero de 2019, el Presidente Interino Juan Guaidó designó al abogado Carlos Vecchio como Embajador de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante los Estados Unidos, con el aval de la Asamblea Nacional. Durante la ceremonia de aceptación de credenciales diplomáticas, realizada en el 8 de abril de 2019, el Presidente Donald Trump afirmó que Carlos Vecchio era “el primer Embajador de Venezuela en Estados Unidos en 8 años y su nombramiento se da en un momento histórico en el que el Presidente Guaidó ha fijado con coraje una ruta para los venezolanos”.
Carlos Vecchio es abogado egresado de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, con postgrado en Derecho Tributario en la misma casa de estudios superiores. Tiene una Maestría en Administración Pública de la Escuela Kennedy de la Universidad de Harvard. Gracias a su alto desempeño académico, recibió la beca Fullbright y obtuvo un Master en Leyes en la Universidad de Georgetown en Washington D.C. En 2013 obtiene el título del programa Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow Program de la Universidad de Yale.
En junio de 2014 salió al exilio en los Estados Unidos, luego de que el 17 de febrero de ese año el régimen de Nicolás Maduro emitiera una infame orden de captura en su contra, por su lucha junto a Leopoldo López en contra de la dictadura. Antes de partir al exilio Carlos Vecchio permaneció en clandestinidad durante 108 días.
Desde el exilio se convirtió en uno de los principales voceros y actores internacionales por la restitución de la democracia en Venezuela y contra el régimen de Nicolás Maduro. Su trabajo estuvo enfocado en denunciar la grave situación humanitaria y de violación de derechos fundamentales en su país, sosteniendo reuniones y encuentros internacionales del más alto nivel, al tiempo que se dedicó a organizar y movilizar a la diáspora venezolana en favor de la lucha por la libertad de Venezuela. Su esfuerzo y compromiso durante estos años ha sido factor clave en el reconocimiento y apoyo de la comunidad internacional a la lucha que está librando el pueblo venezolano por restablecer la democracia en el país, en la presión que la comunidad internacional ha establecido contra el régimen usurpador en Venezuela, y el reconocimiento mundial al drama humanitario del pueblo venezolano y las acciones para llevar ayuda humanitaria a los millones de venezolanos que hoy sufren.
Carlos Vecchio es cofundador del partido político Voluntad Popular, junto a Leopoldo López y Juan Guaidó, en el cual se ha desempeñado como Coordinador Nacional Político desde que fue electo en 2010. Bajo su coordinación política, Voluntad Popular se ha convertido en símbolo de lucha por los derechos políticos y sociales en Venezuela. Ha sido coordinador en las campañas presidenciales de los candidatos de oposición Henrique Capriles Radonski y Leopoldo López. Fue precandidato a la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela en las primarias de la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática de 2010 y precandidato a la Alcaldía de Chacao en 2008. En momentos de necesaria unidad para el país, su renuncia a la candidatura reflejó de manera aleccionadora su talante íntegro y profundamente democrático, pero sobre todo su convicción de que solo con la Unidad de todos sería posible poner fin a la dictadura.
A través de la Asociación Civil “Ciudadanía Activa”, la cual fundó en 2002, Vecchio ha sido activista por los derechos humanos desde donde asumió la promoción y defensa de los derechos, civiles humanos y políticos de todos los ciudadanos, así como la preservación y la restitución de los principios y valores democráticos en Venezuela.
Carlos Vecchio nació el 6 de junio de 1969 en la ciudad de Caripe, en el estado oriental de Monagas. Como Excelentísimo Embajador de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante los Estados Unidos ha jugado un rol clave en convertir la causa humanitaria y libertaria de Venezuela en una lucha bipartidista, logrando resultados concretos contra el régimen usurpador y avanzando hacia el cese definitivo de la dictadura en Venezuela.
Dr. Pacheco has 38 years’ experience in the energy sector, including 17 years in the Venezuelan oil industry (PDVSA) where he held a number of senior positions including: CEO of BITOR (PDVSA’s heavy oil affiliate) and Executive Director of Corporate Planning. From 2008 to 2016, he held the position of Senior VP of Strategy and IT in Pacific Exploration and Production, the largest private oil & Gas Company in Colombia and Peru. Dr. Pacheco got his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zulia, Venezuela; he also holds a M.Sc. degree from Manchester University (1976) and a PhD from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London (1980).
Dr. Pacheco is a Nonresident Fellow at the Baker Institute and has lectured at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and has also been a guest lecturer at IESA, UNIANDES, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Harvard University and Georgetown University.
After acquiring more than thirty years of experience in the field of economics, as a professor, consultant and researcher; Alejandro Grisanti decided to join efforts for a peacefully transition in Venezuela, accepting Guido’s nomination as director of the Ad-Hoc administrative board of PDVSA, and member of the Presidential advisory team for debt re-structuration. Since 2011, Dr. Grisanti is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Latin American Board at Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Grisanti was the CEO of Ecoanalítica, and obligated source of political and economics analysis in Venezuela. Dr. Grisanti worked in Knossos Asset Management; a firm engaged in managing investment funds, specializing in Venezuelan financial assets, where he won the Investor Choice award as the best multi-strategy emerging market fund in 2016.He worked at Barclays as Managing Director, Head of Latin America Research; and before that he was the Chief Economist of Banco de Venezuela, Santander Group. Mr. Grisanti also worked in the Inter-American Development Bank. Institutional Investor has awarded 5 times Dr. Grisanti as the best research team: for Latin America in 2015 and for the Andean region, four years in a row, from 2001 to 2004.
Dr. Grisanti is a professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) and at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA). He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from the Economic Institute in Boulder. He also has a degree in computer engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolivar and a degree in economics from UCAB.
Beth Urbanas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Urbanas is responsible for managing DOE’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with Asian and American countries. Ms. Urbanas is also responsible for DOE’s work in several multilateral fora including the North Amerian Leaders’ Summit, APEC and ECPA. Prior to her current position, she was the Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role she was also responsible for DOE’s work in the G20 and G7.
Prior to working at DOE, Ms. Urbanas spent 14 years at the U.S. Treasury Department where she created and directed the Office of Environment and Energy and represented the United States on the boards of several international organizations including the Global Environment Facility, the Clean Technology Fund, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas started her career in investment management on Wall Street and has also held a staff position at the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, and an M.B.A from George Mason University.
Ali Moshiri retired from Chevron at mandatory age as President of Chevron Africa and Latin America in March 2017.
Currently, he is the CEO and President of Amos Global Energy, a newly formed company in Houston, Texas. Ali Moshiri graduated from the University of Tulsa with bachelors and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering.
He joined Chevron in 1978. He was appointed Managing Director of the Latin America business unit, where he was responsible for Chevron’s upstream operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. He became the President of Chevron Africa and Latin America in 2008 until his retirement.
Carlos E. Jordá is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. He has 47 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry. Prior to this position, he served as a Director at Delek US Holdings, Inc., a refining and marketing firm, and as a Consultant in Gaffney, Cline & Associates, where he advised oil companies in both upstream and downstream operations in the United States and abroad. He started his professional career in the 1970s in Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) where he held several top executive positions in refining, corporate planning, finance and upstream, including Vice President of Refining, Vice President of PDVSA, and President of PDV America. He also served as chairman of the CITGO Board of Directors from 1999 – 2002.
Mr. Jordá holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Michigan Technological University and Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Joaquin Sarria is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana (1982) located in Caracas, Venezuela. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), Cambridge, United States. He studied Offshore Exploration and Deep Foundation Design.
He was the on site Exploration Manager in Geohidra Consultores, C. A. from 1984 to 1990. After, he worked as Director of Liquid Carbonic de Venezuela, S. A. from 1991 to 1996 and President and Shareholder of NEWCO S. A., owner of the Cindu Group, a company with operations in 36 countries, from 1997 to 1999.
From 2003 to 2013, he was Director and Shareholder of Geohidra Consultores, C. A.
Geohidra is an EPC Venezuelan Company with more than 39 years of experience in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Business, a worldwide leader company in Offshore and Onshore Site Characterization. As an engineer, he was part of the PMT in EPC Projects achieving Five (5) worldwide records in engineering and construction, like the EPC of the largest Power Generation Plants in Tacoa, Venezuela, 342 MW, 2011.
Joaquin Sarria has held a variety of technical and management positions. His expertise covers site surveys for Metocean, Geophysical, Geotechnical and Environmental Assessment, including soil behavior and earthquake simulation, deep foundation analysis and design for offshore platforms, subsea pipelines, ports and bridges.
Joaquin Sarria has also experience managing infrastructure projects, compressed gas plants and has been responsible for ports operation for sulfur, coke, ammonia, urea among other chemical products.
He was Director and shareholder of Petrocor AG, from 2013 to 2018, a Swiss multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, that oversees and manages its own companies while having equity shares in several globally recognized firms.
From 2018, he is President of Petrocor C. A., a Venezuelan IPC & OM company that incorporates financing schemes, guarantying on time execution.
Petrocor C. A. sustainability strategy comprehensively covers all stages of the energy sector’s value chain, from oil & gas fields ownership, project financing, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, to well services. The company is backed by many years of experience of each of its equity partners and strategic allies and it has successfully undertaken an internationalization process that has given it presence in more than six countries.
Joaquin Sarria is Director and Treasurer of the Venezuelan Chamber of Petroleum and Vice President of the Venezuela’s MIT Association, both positions held from 2018.
Dr. Monaldi is the Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy and Director of the Latin American Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston. He is the Founding Director and Professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Caracas. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford, and Tufts; and a Fellow at Hoover Institution, the Center for Global Energy Policy, and the Belfer Center. He has been a consultant to governments, multilateral agencies, and corporations. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a Masters from Yale University.
Mr. Szabo is a professional engineer, with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical/Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston, with 49 years of experience in the petroleum industry.
He has worked in the Service Industry, at major Integrated Oil companies, an NIOC’s, at small and mid-cap listed and private oil companies in several parts of the world.
Has advised on energy matters, oil companies, investment funds and multilateral institutions.
However, most of his career was dedicated to the Venezuelan Oil Industry in drilling, reservoir management, planning, petrochemicals finance and mergers and acquisitions. Highlights of his tenure in PDVSA was heading the offshore exploration campaign in 1978, acquisition of the now Citgo assets and the “Apertura” process in the 90’s.