Mr. Alberto Reyes is the current and very first Vice-Minister of Hydrocarbons (Oil & gas) of the Dominican Republic. He was designated by his Excellency, President Danilo Medina on April 24th, 2014. As Vice-Minister of Hydrocarbons, Mr. Reyes is tasked with the implementation of the public policy in matters associated with hydrocarbons, as established by Law, and as defined by the Minister of Energy and Mines. These include but are not limited to ordering and/or conducting all necessary studies to evaluate the potential of hydrocarbon extraction on land and sea, national registration and management of any concessions/permits in matters associated with hydrocarbons, coordination with the National Energy Commission and other institutions within the scope of the Ministry in matters associated with hydrocarbons and its use in the Energy sector, implementing the national policy with regards to renewable fuels and/or bio-fuels and the policy for the efficient use and conservation of hydrocarbon resources and, in general, supporting the overall economic, social and environmental sustainability of the sector. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Reyes served as Legal Manager of an oil distribution mayor in the Dominican Republic, and prior to that served as both an attorney at the corporate department of an energy generation conglomerate, and at a storied local law firm. His main practice revolved around contractual and administrative matters related to the energy sector, business, as well as advising M&As within the sector. Mr. Reyes received a bachelor of law (LL.B) magna cum laude from Universidad Iberoamericana, a Masters of Civil Procedure (Litigation & Remedies) from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and completed a professional Masters of Business Administration (MBA, Energy) from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Northwestern University.