Reynol graduated from Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1985 as an engineer in Instrumentation and Control of Nuclear Power Plants and holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the same institution. For several years he taught lessons as Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology of the University of Havana. Later, he became a Leader Auditor of quality Management and conducted quality audits for onshore petrochemical facilities.

In November 2012, Reynol started working at the National Center for Chemical Safety (CNSQ) as Senior Specialist in Regulation, Control and Chemical Safety and took part in drafting chemical safety regulations and regulatory reviews of Drilling Contractor's Safety Cases and Operators' Safety Case Addendums as required by local regulations. At present, he is carrying out audits and inspections and reviewing Safety Case outlines for major hazard facilities.

Reynol Diaz Veliz, MSc. Eng.

Maritza is a professional with long expertise in environmental protection sciences. She graduated in 1985 as a Forest Engineer from the University of Pinar del Río. She got her Master´s degree in Ecological Sciences from the Institute of Ecology and Systematics in 1999. She holds a PhD in Forestry and Tourism Sciences from the Universities of Alicante, Spain and Pinar del Río, Cuba in 2007. She is currently the President of the Committee of Man and Biosphere (MAB) at UNESCO in Cuba. She served for 22 years as Director of the Biosphere Reserve Sierra del Rosario until November 2007. Then she was promoted to National Director of Protected Areas under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

Maritza has participated and coordinated more than 22 scientific research projects and Project Development, under international financing from GEF/UNDP, FAO, WWF, and COSPE. She has been an active participant in more than 130 national and international congresses and events. She has published 18 publications as the first or second author. She has received numerous national and international awards during her career, and headed the Cuban delegation at the official talks with the US/NOAA on marine protected areas issue.

Maritza García García Ph.D.

Lee Womble

Lee Womble is Vice President of Sales for Cameron, Drilling Systems Division, with responsibility for global sales of Pressure Control Equipment, Rig Equipment, Complete Rig Solutions and Services. He joined Cameron in 1988 as a Product Design Engineer after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.  Lee has since held numerous positions throughout his 27 year career such as Design Engineer, Repair and Sales Manager, Regional Manager, Director and now Vice President since 2007.  He has worked in both the US and overseas in locations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Fidel holds an MSc. degree in Nuclear Science from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1986 and, prior to his involvement in the offshore industry was responsible for drafting of nuclear safety regulations, undertaking safety reviews and carrying out inspections of nuclear facilities.

He has been instrumental in the development and application of the offshore regulatory regime applied to deep water exploration drilling offshore Cuba. Fidel has been responsible for framing regulatory review and assessment processes, from the first deep water exploration in 2004 onwards and has further refined and developed the regulatory process and guidance in light of experience gained from these activities.

In 2011/2012, he assisted a number of Well Operators and Drilling Contractors in the preparation of Safety Case Addendum as required by local regulations, facilitating the Bow-Tie Workshops which are integral to this process.Presently, he is facilitating Bow-Tie Workshops for Companies working in major hazard sectors

Dr Lee Hunt was President and Chief Executive from 1990 - 2012 of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Where he was responsible for managing IADC’s worldwide operations. Dr. Hunt joined IADC in 1984 and held various positions including Manager for State Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Human Resources.

Dr Hunt holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Before joining IADC, Dr Hunt was a training coordinator for National Supply Co., operated his own management company and was a professor of political science at Wayne State University and the University of Houston.

Jay Hakes has a long history working on energy issues, including assistant to Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus during the Carter administration, Director of the Governor's Energy Office for Florida Governor (later U. S. Senator) Bob Graham, Administrator of the highly regarded, nonpartisan U.S. Energy Information Administration during the Clinton administration, and Director for Research and Policy for President's Obama's BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. He writes and speaks widely on contemporary energy issues and the modern presidency, combining both interests in his book, A Declaration of Energy Independence (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008).  Hakes began his career teaching political science at the University of New Orleans and holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.  From 2000 to 2013, he served as Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum  in Atlanta.

Ulises Fernandez: Graduated in the Higher Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Havana in 1986 as nuclear engineer. For 5 years he was involved in the development of the nuclear research infrastructure in Cuba. He graduated in 1995 from the National Defense College in Havana. In 1996 he was assigned to the National Center for Nuclear Safety, as a Director till 2002.

From 2002 to 2014 Ulises was the Director General of the newly created Office for the Environmental Regulation and Nuclear Safety (ORASEN), the regulatory body in Cuba in charge of regulatory matters in the fields of environment, biological, chemical and nuclear safety. From 2010 to 2013 he led the process of institutional reforms of the Cuban regulatory framework for major hazards facilities, toward adoption of a system more based on Safety Case approach and the experience of the nuclear safety regulatory framework, based on environmental licensing regime. The new regulatory framework was successfully put in place during the last Cuban offshore drilling campaign from 2011-2013.

Presently Ulises is a senior specialist of the International Affairs Directorate in the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment.

Ulises Fernández Gómez MSc. Ing.

George Baker

Fidel Ilizastigui Perez, MSc.

Juan Torres is the General Director of Unión CubaPetróleo (CUPET) since 2012. He holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the French Petroleum Institute and a Drilling Engineering Degree from the Russian Technical State Oil & Gas University of Ufa. Previously he was the General Director of CUPET Drilling enterprise EMPERCAP for several years. His professional experience comprises drilling operations, completion, well control, and drilling supervision. Previous specialized training includes Management of Offshore Operation in Norway and practical training on Offshore Drilling with Petrobras.

Juan Torres Naranjo MSc. P.Eng.

Roberto Suarez is the Deputy General Director of Unión CubaPetróleo (CUPET) since 2013. He held several corporate positions like Planning Director from 2007 till 2013 and Training & Development Manager till 2007. Alternating with other responsibilities like IWCF Assessment Center Manager, and Vice Director of Petroleum Polytechnics. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Capital Management from the Technical University of Havana and a Petroleum Engineering Degree from the Russian Technical State Oil & Gas University of Ufa. Other specialized training includes Business Management and International Trade Management from the Foreign Trade Institute.

Roberto Suárez Sotolongo MSc. P.Eng.

Daniel M. Sobieski

Dan has over 40 years of Industrial experience in leading, planning and managing personnel on multiple activities. Dan’s recent roles on the Deepwater Horizon MC252 response in the Mobile AOR included Planning Section Chief, Strategic Planning Unit Leader and Operations Liaison to Strategic Planning. Dan’s experience includes emergency preparedness, response management, crisis management, health/safety, engineering/construction, corporate organization and human resources.  Dan has participated in numerous responses related to oil spills, petroleum fires and hazardous materials in roles ranging from Incident Commander to Section Chief.  Dan has planned and conducted drills related to homeland security, oil spills, hazardous materials releases and country evacuations.  Dan is a former Chairman of the National Petroleum Refiners Association Fire & Accident Prevention Committee, former Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Safety and Fire Protection Operations Subcommittee and former Chairman of Western States Petroleum Association Fire & Safety Subcommittee. Dan was awarded his Bachelor Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1972 and his Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace in 1978. Dan lives in the Los Angeles California area.

Dr. Quenton Dokken, President/CEO of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, has spent the entirety of this life living, working, and playing in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Mexico.  Over the past 40 years he has been a shrimp boat owner/captain, commercial diver, environmental consultant, research scientist, and environmental activist.  Former professional positions include Associate Director of the Center for Coastal Studies Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium.  Dokken has served on advisory boards to the Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Interior.  He is currently on the Board of Gulf Wild and the Advisory Board of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.  The Gulf of Mexico Foundation ( has an incorporated affiliate in Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation Mexico, and has supported habitat restoration projects in all eleven Gulf States.

Dr. Quenton Dokken, Ph.D.

Bill Mahler

Bill Mahler is Executive VP and General Manager for Wild Well Control, Inc., a Houston, Texas based company specializing in worldwide firefighting, well control, engineering and training services.  Bill has over 40 years in the oilfield service industry – over sixteen years at Wild Well Control.  His experience encompasses well control and hydraulic snubbing operations, well control training, other business development, marketing, strategic planning and  market analysis.

Bill received his BBA in Finance from Texas A & M University.  He is also a member of SPE, IADC and AADE.

Deane Pierce

Deane Pierce has over 30 years experience in drilling, production operations and facilities in a variety of operating areas including the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, West Texas, Mid-Continent and Rockies.

He started with Hunt Energy Company after graduating from Texas Tech University in Petroleum Engineering, and progressed from various engineering assignments to Gulf Coast Operations manager. From there he transitioned to International with ARCO Oil and Gas in the late 1990’s working in West Africa, Asia and the North Sea. He later joined the predecessor to the EOG Resources working on Offshore oil and gas fields in various engineering and operations assignments.

He joined Vanco Energy in 2000 as Drilling Manager and completed a number of West Africa projects in Deep Water. He joined El Paso Oil and Gas in 2005 as Operations Manager responsible for a number of offshore development projects offshore Brazil. After El Paso sold its International Division Deane joined Odebrecht Oil and Gas, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.

Deane has invented some key horizontal inflow and completion devices which have helped increase oil production and reduce water and gas cut. He has utilized state of the art perforating and inflow technology to improve marginal field performance and reduce operating cost.  He is a registered Petroleum Engineering and has authored a number of technical papers dealing with improving well performance, completion technology and reducing well costs.

Mr. Stanton is a retired Coast Guard Captain who served 36 years of active duty in the Coast Guard.  He has served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team, a specialized oil and hazmat team; Chief of Port Operations and Executive Officer of Marine Safety Office, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Chief of the Response Division of Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans; Chief of the Office of Response at Coast Guard HQ; Vice Chair of the National Response Team; Co-Chair of Regional Response Teams in Federal Regions VI, VII, and VIII; Deputy Commander and Commander, Sector Mobile, Alabama; Commander, Sector New Orleans.  He was Incident Commander for the Macondo well blowout in Houma, LA.  He has responded to anthrax contamination; the Tanker JESSICA oil discharge in the Galapagos Islands; the crash of the shuttle COLUMBIA; Hurricanes HUGO, KATRINA, GUSTAV; the discharge of oil from the Motor Vessel WESTCHESTER in the Mississippi River; the discharge of oil from the T/V MEGA BORG; the discharge of oil into Galveston Bay from the Tank Barge APEX; and many others.  He was the Coast Guard subject matter expert in environmental response for the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum for three years and has lectured on emergency response and oil spill response in many forums, domestic and international.

Edwin M. Stanton

Brian T Petty served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the International Association of Drilling Contractors. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.A. in literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining IADC, he served in Washington as the State of Texas Energy Counsel. He previously practiced law in New York, then headed the Houston office of Warburg Paribas Becker, an international investment banking firm. He has represented the international drilling industry before the US Congress, European Commission and World Trade Organization (WTO). He is a member of the District of Columbia and State of Virginia Bar Associations. He is based in Washington, DC.

While with IADC, he served for 10 years as chairman of the US federal Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods, appointed jointly by the US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative to advise on US international trade initiatives and policy. 

Brian T. Petty

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James (Jim) Watson is ABS Americas Division President and COO. He is responsible for all operations of ABS in the Western Hemisphere.

Prior to joining ABS, Watson served as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the US Department of the Interior. In this role he provided regulatory oversight for energy exploration and production on the US Outer Continental Shelf. Before becoming BSEE Director, Watson served as the US Coast Guard’s Director of Prevention Policy for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, where his responsibilities included commercial vessel safety and security, ports and cargo safety and security and maritime investigations. He was also designated as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the government-wide response to the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watson earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1978. He received his Master of Science in Naval Architecture and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985. Watson earned an additional Master of Science in Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in 2001.

James A. Watson

Robert Muse is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. with substantial experience in U.S. laws regarding Cuba. He has written widely and testified on those laws before the Senate and House of Representatives; the Canadian House of Commons; the International Trade Commission and the External Economic Relations Committee of the European Parliament (Brussels).  

A native of Southern Arizona, Mr. Muse is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Law School (LL.M. in International Law).  Before beginning legal studies and practice in Washington, D.C., he was called to the bar of England and Wales as a barrister-at-law (Middle Temple).

Robert L. Muse

An active duty Coast Guard Commander, Paul serves as a senior International Maritime Organization consultant to the United Nations at the Regional Activity Center located in Willemstad, Curacao. His duties include assisting 29 Caribbean Nations and Territories to prevent and respond to pollution from ships and enforce international environmental standards.

Prior to this tour Commander Lattanzi most recently served as the the Prevention Department Head of Sector Southeastern New England responsible for ship and facility compliance with safety and security regulations, waterways management and marine casualty investigations in a two state area.

Commander Lattanzi is a licensed Merchant Marine Officer and has a Bachelors of Science in Marine Science from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master's of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Paul R. Lattanzi

Dr. Lee Hunt

Jay Hakes

Osvaldo López Corzo, MSc. Ing.

Osvaldo López Corzo is currently the project leader of Offshore Cuban Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the last few years he has been involved in operation and drilling activities, extended reach wells planning and geological control, seismic interpretation, reservoir modeling and characterization, and carbonate sedimentology. In 1997 he started to work for Unión CubaPetróleo (CUPET) in the (Oil Research Center) as a sedimentologist and wellsite geologist in the Cuban oil fields. From 2003 he integrated reservoir modeling groups in complex naturally fractured carbonates, in Cuban folded belt. He has led exploration projects and technical services conducted both for CUPET and foreign companies operating in Cuba. Mr. Corzo graduated as a geologist in 1996, from Pinar del Rio University, in western Cuba

Alexander V. Soloviev

George Baker is publisher of MEXICO ENERGY INTELLIGENCE, a subscription-based research service in Houston that reports on legal, policy and institutional frameworks in jurisdictions bordering the Gulf of Mexico, with particular attention on Mexico. As publisher, he has issued several reports on the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement of 2012. Other reports concern the Energy Reform of 2013-14 in Mexico and its sequel.

He published a report on Formation Influx at the Macondo Wellbore Influx: Findings and Recommendations from a Forensic Analysis (2015), based on the research of Ronald Sweatman, with whom, also, there is an interview available online:

He is an advisor to international oil and gas and pipeline companies, as well as to regulators, among them in Mexico are CNH and the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is the energy columnist of MILENIO, a daily newspaper in Mexico City. His column is “La Energia de Baker,” published bi-monthly.

He is a frequent panelist in industry and academic forums, speaking in English or Spanish.

Claudio Pineda is the managing director for PetroEd Multimedia, Inc., located in Houston, Texas. PetroEd offers a number of accredited courses that combine a suite of innovative manpower development and management tools for the Oil and Gas industry. Claudio was born and raised in Chile, South America. He has a Bachelor’s in Arts from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Business from Tulane University.

Mr. Pineda’s bicultural competencies provide him with an advantageous understanding in today’s business environment, particularly in adult training and education. Through this avenue he is involved in several initiatives to instruct and deliver knowledge to a variety of target audiences such as Houston Medical Museum, Prentice Hall, Schlumberger, Chevron, IFP and other fortune 500 companies.

Claudio has received industry recognition for participating in GLO-BUS, a fully-automated business simulation that focuses on a cooperative global tragedy exercise on a “learn by doing” approached.  He is also involved in several community based projects such a career path development for graduating high school students. Claudio has been a guest speaker at the American Association of Petroleum Geologist AAPG chapter, University of Houston Technical College and the University of Southern California Petroleum Engineering.

Claudio Pineda

Alexander Soloviev is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Dania Beach, Florida, USA. He is teaching graduate courses, Concepts in Physical Oceanography and Biophysical Interactions in the Ocean, and conducting research. Dr. Soloviev is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He was previously a Visiting Scientist at the University of Hawaii and University of Hamburg and a Scientist in the two leading institutions of the former Soviet Academy of Sciences: P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and A.M. Oboukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics.
Dr. Soloviev participated in several major oceanographic (POLYMODE, JASIN, FGGE, TOGA COARE, GASEX) and oil spill (GoMRI) experiments. He is the author and co-author of more than 70 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In co-authorship with Prof. Roger Lukas from the University of Hawaii, he wrote a monograph "The Near-Surface Layer of the Ocean: Structure, Dynamics, and Applications", published by Springer.
Alexander is a naturalized US citizen. He received his Diploma of Engineer from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1976 and the Ph.D. and Habilitation (Dr. Sci.) degrees from the former Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1979 and 1992, respectively. In 2010, he received his MBA degree from the University of Florida.
Dr. Soloviev has been PI and co-PI on a number of research projects funded by the US Federal Government and private industries.