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Martín Pérez de Solay

Orocobre Limited

CEO & Managing Director

Martín Pérez de Solay, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Orocobre Ltd., was appointed to this position in January 2019. Orocobre is a mineral resource company based in Brisbane, Australia. The company’s present focus is on lithium and borax mining operations within Argentina. In partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and JEMSE, Orocobre has built and is now operating the world’s first commercial, brine-based lithium operation constructed in approximately 20 years. After 12 years in the investment banking business, including the successful restructuring of Citi’s portfolio in Argentina, which was impacted by the 2001 Corralito Crisis, Mr. de Solay decided to endeavor new horizons to further develop his engineering knowledge and general management skills. His 15 years tenure in the oil and gas industry include establishing Geopark Holdings Ltd. As Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development Head, Mr. de Solay successfully led the public listing in 2006, developed key strategic alliances, and started up a profitable gas operation in southern Chile. In September 2011, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Petróleos Sudamericanos Energy S.A. The mandate from Grupo IF, a Spanish-owned group, was to create a South American E&P company, leveraging existing assets and acquiring new assets. The company evolved into a profitable operating platform in Argentina, Ecuador, and Colombia, producing 10,000 boe/d, with reserves in excess of 20 MMbbl. Mr. de Solay holds a degree from Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBE) as well as postgraduate studies at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Empresariales (IAE) and Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University.

SESSIONS WITH Martín Pérez de Solay

Tuesday, 12 March

  • 04:00pm - 05:00pm (EST) / -

    Innovation Agora

    EV Battery Supply Chain: Scale, geography & recycling

    Panel Transportation/Mobility

    Increased sales and penetration of EVs and the leading battery technology are creating pockets of suppliers dominating the market. Small clusters of mining and refining infrastructure are concentrated - creating risks of potential supply interruptions. How will geopolitical concerns factor in the battery supply chain? Is there room - and a resource base - for new entrants to disrupt the status quo? How will recycling and re-use impact the current system?