Minister of Energy and Renewable Natural Resources
H.E. René G. Ortíz has held a range of ministerial, public, and private industry roles throughout his career. Most recently, in 2020, he has been appointed Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador. He has also served as Ecuador’s Minister of Energy and Mines (appointed in 1999). Mr. Ortíz is also the former Secretary General, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), serving from 1979 to 1981. In the private sector, Mr. Ortíz has founded and served as President of the Association of the Hydrocarbon Industry of Ecuador (AIHE) from 2002 to 2009. From 1980 to 1999 and from 2009 onward, Mr. Ortíz has served as an International Energy and Investment Consultant for a number of companies, including Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), later acquired by IHS Markit, and The Petroleum Finance Company. In addition, Mr. Ortíz has held several board roles, including on the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas (IOA) in La Jolla, California, 2003–19; Vice President and President of the Council of Chambers and Associations of Production/Consejo de Cámaras y Asociaciones de la Producción (CCAP), 2019–20; Director, Member, and Vice President of the Board of the Quito Chamber of Commerce/Cámara de Comercio de Quito (CCQ), 2012–20; Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Entrepreneurs/Asociación Nacional de Empresarios (ANDE), 2012–20; and Strategic Adviser to the Board of Directors of Equitable Origin (EO) LLC, 2012–15. Mr. Ortíz holds a degree in chemical engineering from the National Polytechnic University/Universidad Politécnica Nacional in Ecuador, as well as a degree in industrial engineering and systems analysis from the University of Miami, Florida, United States. He has also been a Fulbright Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University in the United States.