Our Team

Alberto Cisneros LavallerCEO / President

Alberto is currently CEO/President of Global Business Consultant (GBC). An attorney by training he is also a professor at the Doctoral Program of the School of Law and Political Science in Central University , Caracas. He has been Senior Advisor on Geopolitics of Oil at the Planning Coordination of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

His primary responsibility in that position was to advise international political matters and their mid- and long-term implications for oil markets. From 1989 until 1992 he was advisor on International Negotiations to the president of the Republic of Venezuela
Dr. Cisneros-Lavaller, who holds a PhD in Political science and International Relations from the University of North Carolina, began work in the oil industry in 1983, first as Head of International Politics in Corporate Planning at Maraven (a PDVSA affiliate); he has authored numerous articles in specialized journals and a book on “Latin American Conflict and Cooperation”

He previously served as Director of the Masters in Latin American Integration, at the Institute of Higher Administrative Studies (IESA), in Caracas, Venezuela (1981-1983); Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, in Urbana Champaign, USA (1984); and Full Professor at the Doctoral level in the Center for Development Studies (CENDES)

Exploration & ProductionAssociate Expert

Expert has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Instituto Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Sociales (ILDIS). Presented a paper at the World Energy Congress (Rome 2007)

National and international analyst & lecturer and has been invited to the US, Italy, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia and El Salvador to present its works on Reserves, Heavy Crude and Production Planning; Regulatory Matters and Legislation in Oil and Gas.. He teaches in graduate programs at Simón Bolívar and Monteávila universities and, Institute of Higher Administration Studies (IESA)

He served for 38 years in the Venezuelan oil industry: Ministry of Energy, Shell Company (assigned), Maraven, SA, PDVSA Corporative, and PDVSA Gas, where he held supervisory and managerial positions in the areas of Operations, Reservoir Engineering, Engineering Gas, Planning and Regulatory Issues. He led the teams that drafted the Gaseous Hydrocarbons Law, its Regulations and the creation of the National Board of Gas

Author of book for teens Venezuelan Oil (2007), co-author of The Natural Gas Industry in Venezuela published by the National Academy of Engineering and Habitat (2009), and the Series Paper Barrels of oil

Petroleum Engineer from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, and the University of Zulia, Venezuela and a graduate of the Institute of Higher Administration Studies (IESA), Caracas. Took courses in Engineering, Economics, and Business Planning in Dallas, New Orleans, The Hague, Oxford and London. Retired in 2001 from PDVSA

Marketing & RefiningAssociate Expert

Executive that provides consultancy services to banks and oil companies that trade crude and products, both physical and paper barrels. Business Executive with more than 25 years of significant oil trading and supply experience. Value creation through building cross organizational task teams down to the establishment of physical, personnel as well as financial structure. Founder and General Manager of PDVSA Trading office in Houston.

Extensive knowledge of the American supply and trading petroleum scenery. A sizeable work experience in Europe including Business Manager for the Joint Venture PDVSA-Veba Oel and Operating Manager of PDVSA Bunker retail business in Rotterdam. Fully acquainted with the Latin American and Caribbean oil supply-demand sector

He was a teacher for several years at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. A chemical engineer holding two MSc. degrees. Advanced Chemical Engineering in Manchester UK and Petrochemical Processes in Venezuela

Downstream & RefiningAssociate Expert

Chemical Engineer, Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and University of Zulia (´LUZ) 1974 He held various technical, professional and management positions in Shell Company of Venezuela , Maraven , ´Interven , PDV Europe Headquarters, Proesca and PDVSA. He served as a junior chemical engineer in Shell Company of Venezuela, and then Maraven as an assistant engineer in the Production Chemistry Department of Production Operations Division in Lagunillas , Edo. Zulia

He was a Planning Analyst and Technical Auditor at Cardon Refinery in Maraven SA, Punto Fijo, Falcon state, then occupying post of Technologist Major in Distillation and Thermal Conversion of this refinery. He was later transferred to the Head Office to integrate the first team Maraven – Lagoven intersonship who performed technical and economic evaluation of interconnection via pipelines of refineries Amuay and Cardon
He was Senior Advisor Investment Plans for New Developments Department in Maraven SA, being successively transferred to ´Interven, Manager of Planning and Investment Control, and then for three years to PDV Europe office in The Hague , Netherlands, as Manager of Operations and Supply

He currently serves as General Coordinator of FONDESIBO (Student Development Fund of Simon Bolivar University) and is a consultant in the area of ​​refining at Global Business Consultants Company

He is a member of College of Engineers of Venezuela (63212), Board member of the Society of Chemical Engineers for the period 1988-1990 and currently Manufacturing Committee Coordinator (Refining, Petrochemicals and Crude Upgrader Units) of Energy Orientation Center (COENER)

Environmental IssuesAssociate Expert

An industrial engineer graduated at the Institut National des Sciences Apliquees, Toulouse, France, in 1975, with a Doctor degree at the same institute in 1982. In 1979 joined the Venezuelan oil industry as Head of the Environmental Research Group INTEVEP, S.A. (PDVSA)

From 1985 to 2001 worked as an environmental advisor at the Corporate Integral Protection Department in PDVSA. From 1989 to 2001 was appointed by PDVSA as a technical advisor of the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to participate in the negotiation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

He was the technical coordinator of the Venezuelan National Greenhouse Gases Emission Inventory and a Leading Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Currently is an independent environmental consultant and has held various teaching positions at the Environmental Post-Graduate Department of the Central University of Venezuela and Simon Bolívar University

Petroleum EconomicsAssociate Expert

Consultant for the energy industry. In 1988 he joined the Venezuela state oil industry, becoming a member of the corporate planning team at Maraven, one of the former Petróleos de Venezuela affiliates. From 1995 to 2003 he worked at the corporate planning department at the headquarters of Petróleos de Venezuela

His main areas of work includes macroeconomic analysis of the Venezuelan economy, the formulation of world and Venezuelan energy scenarios and financial evaluation of corporate business plans

A Mechanical engineer, graduated from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, USA in 1982. He earned his M. S. in economics from the same university in 1998

Exploration & Production Division

Currently an Exploration and Production Research Associate at GBC. He is in charge of constantly updating GBC Latin America Exploration and Production Databook

In his working experience He has been with Schlumberger in an internship program in the artificial lift segment where he performed activities related with installation and removal of electric submersible pumping equipment and downhole sensors CTS. In his thesis, he developed a production optimization plan to PDVSA in Dacion field

He earned his Petroleum Engineer Degree from Venezuela Central University, Caracas

Downstream Division

Currently a Downstream Research Associate at GBC. She is in charge of updating GBC Latin America Refining Databook

In her working experience She has been with INTEVEP in an internship program where she developed the determination of organic and inorganic bases formulae with possible application in EOR. In her professional endeavor she has been a Petroleum Engineer- Project Manager

She earned her Petroleum Engineer Degree from Venezuela Central University, Caracas

New Business Development Division

The Associate is currently in charge of new business development at GBC.

She has a Petroleum Engineering Degree from Venezuela Central University and a Master Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M and Specialization in International Petroleum Economics and Business from IFP. Also has a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy

In her work experience, she was part of PDVSA for 26 years in the areas of Exploration and Production, new business, Strategic Planning and Educational Agreements, among others. He has experience in evaluation of exploratory opportunities, development of integrated studies, exploitation plans of new developments, reserves analysis, project management and planning projects for heavy crude fields. Professor at the Central University of Venezuela in the faculty of Engineering.

Our Locations

Avda. Sur de Altamira
Edif. Dumas, piso 7, ofic 38
Urb. Altamira Sur
Caracas –Venezuela
COP 1010
+58 212 2671687

Ayacucho 1165
Piso 6 "D"
COP 1111
Buenos Aires - Argentina

+54 911 2894-9956

GBC is headquartered in Caracas; it has a branch in Buenos Aires and a staff of talented associated professionals in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston, that has allowed it to develop a trajectory of more than 20 years of experience in energy consulting, especially in the field of oil and gas in Latin America