May 5, 2017 — The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center is launching an "Energy Visiting Scholar" research program with two former Latin American government officials as its first participants.
The joint initiative with UH Energy is a unique effort to promote exchanges and research on best regulatory practices in the oil and gas industry in the Americas.
The initial visiting scholars are Magda Chambriard, former president of the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP), and Dr. Yvonne Fabara, former Secretary of Hydrocarbons of Ecuador (SHE).
They will be affiliated with the Law Center for one year, conducting research, participating in lectures, and sharing their expertise on specific concerns that affect the oil industry in the western hemisphere
"We are very fortunate to have these two outstanding experts and energy leaders from the Americas, who will help us disseminate both fact-based research and policy recommendations to government, decision-makers and the general public on vital energy issues," said UHLC Research Professor Julian Cardenas, who is coordinating the program.
The energy scholars program is an offshoot of the "Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue," an initiative started by the EENR Center in 2016 that seeks to bridge the gap between the oil and gas industry, national hydrocarbon agencies and academia.