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Fernando Benalcázar

Former Viceminister of Mines of Ecuador
Mining and Energy Advisor at APDProyectos Cia. Ltda.
Quito, Ecuador

Fernando is an experienced professional in the extractive industry with a career that has taken him to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Over the last 29 years, he has held Senior Government and Management positions and has served twice as Vice Minister of Mines, Board Member and Director in Joint Operating Companies (JOC). He is skilled in Operations and Asset Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity and Emergency Management, Corporate Governance, Strategic Communications, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Sustainability. Additionally, Fernando has a complete understanding of current business needs related to operations, services, administration and sustainable development, as wells as, the top policy making perspective.

Fernando maintains a strong, international network. He has a proven track record for delivering tangible results under challenging conditions and is respected for his integrity and work ethic.

Multilingual/International experience: Syria, France, Canada, Ecuador, Oman, United States, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil.

Positions held include Vice-minister of Mines of Ecuador (twice), Senior Adviser, Acting Country Manager, General Manager, VP Latin America, Member of the Board, Corporate Services Director, HSE Director, HSE and Community Affairs Manager, Field HSE Supervisor, Field Safety Engineer.

Professional Memberships:
CSP (Certified Safety Professional) in the USA; SPE-Society of Petroleum Engineers:
2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer; Sustainable Development Technical Section Board Member; 2018-2020 Chairman (President) SPE Ecuador Section; ASSP – American Society of Safety Professionals – USA: Past President and Founder ASSE Ecuador 2004 & 2011