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One of the icons of energy economics, Dr. Alirio Parra passed away March 9 at the age of 90. He led an extremely distinguished career and was a strong and reliable contributor to the IAEE and its various affiliated especially the USAEE. Dr.Parra was the President of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) in 1989. He chaired the British Institute of Energy Economics in 1997.

Alirio Para also played an important role in the development of oil markets over his long career, Early in his career he was an assistant to Venezuela’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo who was the driving force in the founding of OPEC in 1960. Dr Parra went on to become a founding Board Member of Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) in 1975 and spent 15 years shaping PDVSA’s future. He was the front runner to become Opec’s Secretary General in the mid-1980s until Iran’s scuttled his candidacy. However, Dr Parra was Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Mines and Opec representative from 1992-94 and served as President of the OPEC Conference.

Dr Parra was a man of deep intellectual curiosity and spent his later years advising many organizations and speaking at conferences around the world including many IAEE events.

Most of all Dr Parra was a kind and considerate man who mentored many young people and was always available to support his friends when needed. He will be enormously missed by all who knew him.

Guy Caruso and David Knapp