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Strategic Program Speakers
Luis Miguel Morelli is a lawyer from the Universidad Externado de Colombia with a master’s degree in Comparative Law from the University of New York (New York), and Macroeconomic Policy and Planning Studies at Northeastern University (Boston).
He has worked in various positions in oil companies for 28 years: four in Ecopetrol, 14 in Occidental de Colombia, six in Azabache Energy and four as a member of the Board of Director of Solana Petroleum, Petromagdalena and Azabache Energy. During his almost three decades of corporate work, he stood out for playing several roles related to environmental law and indigenous community’s management.
He was elected by popular vote as Governor of Norte de Santander, a position he held between
January 2004 and December 2007. His work was highlighted on several fronts: he took first place
in fiscal management in 2005; he was National Culture Prize in 2007; built 40 irrigation districts in the four years, the same number that the department had in its 97-year history; significantly
recovered the department's energy mining sector; and had timely management of relations with
Venezuela, among others.
After completing his responsibilities as governor, Morelli returned to the hydrocarbons sector, this
time as an advisor and member of the boards of directors of several Canadian oil companies,
including Solana Resources, Petromagdalena (at the time acquired by Pacific Rubiales) and
Azabache Energy, where he worked as director and country manager from 2011 to 2016. Since
2017, he led the company LMK Energía SAS, dedicated to the promotion of investment business of hydrocarbon exploration and production projects in Colombia and Argentina.
Currently, he holds the presidency of the National Hydrocarbons Agency since September 2018.