Former Minister of Energy & Mines
Alirio A Parra was Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Mines from 1992 to 1994 and head of its OPEC delegation. He is a past President of the OPEC Conference and of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). As Minister of Energy and Mines he was Chairman of the Stockholders Assembly of PDVSA. As a member of the Presidential Commission on Oil Nationalisation in 1975, Dr Parra participated in the smooth transition of the Venezuelan oil industry to the then newly created Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., of which he became a founding Board Member. During Dr Parra’s 15-year tenure on the Board of PDVSA he helped shape the national oil company into a highly efficient entity that significantly increased the reserves position of the country, initiated the development of Orinoco heavy crudes, modernised the downstream including the revamping of the refinery sector in Venezuela and integrated abroad both into US and European markets. Dr Parra is a previous President of the International Association of Energy Economists (1988), and a past Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics (1997) and the Oxford Energy Policy Club (1984-95). He has also been a Member of the International Advisory Board of Total S.A. He is currently a Director and Senior Associate of The CWC Group and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Energy Intelligence Group (EIG), Washington DC. He is Vice-President of the Anglo-Venezuelan Society, London. In October 2006, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Energy Economics.