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GEM’s Gems July 2013 – Camilo Lopez

July 15, 2013
Camilo Lopez

Camilo Lopez

The GEM Program is excited to honor alumnus Camilo Lopez as GEM’s Gem for July! Lopez, 33, who is a native of Colombia, rapidly received a promotion upon completing the Global Energy Management program. He is currently employed as an Operations Officer at Energy and Extractive Industries, World Bank Group.

“After GEM, I was promoted and reassigned to the Oil, Gas, Mining and Energy unit,” said Lopez, who was a member of Cohort IV. “The program opened my eyes to the broad spectrum of the energy field as in the past I was solely focused on power projects.”

Camilo Lopez is engaged to Julie Hughes, who was also a member of Cohort IV and was featured in “GEM’s Gems” in February.

“We had met before the GEM Program, but the relationship started while doing GEM,” Lopez said. “So we both have very fond memories of GEM and Denver.”

 Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities.

Structuring of financial guarantees for energy projects in developing countries.

Julie and Camilo

Camilo Lopez and Julie Hughes began dating while in the GEM Program and are getting married later this year!

How has the GEM program benefited you and your company? Have you been promoted since you began the program?

After GEM, I was promoted and reassigned to the Oil, Gas, Mining and Energy unit. The program opened my eyes to the broad spectrum of the energy field as in the past I was solely focused on power projects.

What were some of your favorite things to do during cohort weekends?

I enjoyed going out for dinner with my classmates. The local students would take us to different restaurants in the area. It was a good opportunity to bond with them and get to know Denver better.

What were some of the things that you never forget to bring to cohort weekends?

I always brought by workout clothes. There was always plenty of food and snacks during the 4-day meetings at the Westin Denver Hotel, and every night we would go out for big meals after class. Also, Denver is a great city to go for a run.

Please share a story about GEM that will entertain other students.

One night we went to the Buckhorn Exchange, which is a traditional steak house in Denver. One of our classmates ordered “rocky mountain oysters,” and I ate a whole basket thinking they were breaded calamari. Only after I finished eating them they told me what they really were.

Why did you choose the GEM program at CU Denver?

I wanted to enroll in an energy program that focused on the business side and not only on the technical or policy aspects of energy. Also, I was very interested in making contacts with energy professionals that worked in the U.S. energy market. The blended format of GEM was a good fit for my work schedule.

Has GEM changed your perspective? If so, how so?

My sole focus before doing the GEM program was on power. After meeting so many talented individuals that work in the oil and gas industry I gained a better understanding of this field and became more interested in it. I learned what a land man does for a living and have since had the opportunity to work on some upstream gas projects.

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