Governor before the OPEP
Mr. Orellana is a chemical engineer graduated from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in 1975. He has postgraduate studies in Strategic Planning at the Brunel University (London, 1994), Oil and Natural Gas Provision and Trade at the College of Petroleum Studies (Oxford, United Kingdom, 1994), Administrative Law at the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain, 2003) and International Private Law at the same institution in 2004.
He began his career at the hydrocarbons sector in 1975. From 1988 he was the Advisor at the Coordinación de Exploración y Producción of PDVSA Gas. In 1994 he was assigned as the Planning Manager of PDVSA Gas, and from 1997 to 2001, he was the Senior Planning Advisor of the Executive Planning Direction of PDVSA. He has been the national representative of Venezuela at the Commission of Economics of the OPEP since 2003, as well as the President of the Board of Governors of that organization. Since the year 2004, he has been the General Director of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy and Oil. He also has been the Advisor of the President of the Ente Nacional de Gas, of the Ministry of Energy and Oil, and of PDVSA.
He was appointed External Director of PDVSA in January 2005.