Juan José Aranguren

Minister of Energy and Mining

Energy and Mining Minister Juan José Aranguren was appointed in December 2015, after serving as President of Shell Argentina (2003-2015), a company he joined after graduating in 1977. 

His administration has immediately set about to increase confidence in the energy sector and create the right conditions for long-term investment and a robust path towards energy security. Aranguren is a strong advocate of renewable energy and of reducing the impact of climate change. In May he set out rules for Argentina’s first planned auction for renewable energy, expected to spur as much as 1 GW of new capacity led by wind and solar farms and drive as much as $2 billion in investment.

Aranguren held several positions in Shell before becoming Energy & Mining Minister, from Technical Auditor in the Dock Sud refinery and economist at the Shell refinery in Geelong (Australia), to a number of managerial positions in Shell’s commercial wing in Argentina (1986-1995) and in Africa and Latin America (1995-1997). In 1997, he was appointed Vice President for Supplies & Marketing; in 2000 he became Vice President for the Automobile Market for countries of the Southern Cone. He was appointed President of Shell Argentina Petroleum Company and Vice-President of the Supply Chain in 2003, serving until 2015. 

Amongst several notable accolades, Aranguren received the Konex Platinum Prize in the Industry Executive category (2008), and was awarded the Business Leader Award in Industry from the Association of Business Leaders (2009). He was designated CEO of the Year in 2013 by Cronista Comercial and its magazine Apertura. 

Aranguren has a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.