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Equitable Origin

The world's first and only market-based certification for responsible oil and gas production.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Other
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2009
  • Employees 14
  • Website

Company Summary

Equitable Origin is dedicated to the transformation of the oil and gas industry into a sector known for its high standards, accountability and social and environmental performance. Our independent certification distinguishes oil and gas operations managed to the highest international standards while empowering users of oil and gas through a certificate trading and ecolabel program to influence how these resources are produced.


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    Stephen T Newton
    Chief Executive Officer

    Vocal advocate for good governance social equity throughout his 40+ year oil and gas industry career. Prior to joining EO, held executive leadership positions at Vetra Energia SL, Transmeridien Exploration, Inc., Solana Resources Limited, Alberta Energy and Occidental Petroleum (OXY). At OXY, he was VP, Worldwide Engineering, Technical Services and Health, Environment and Safety, after serving as the President of Occidental Colombia.

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    David S Poritz
    Founder and Co-President

    David has nine years of experience working to promote environmentally and socially responsible oil and gas exploration and production within the Ecuadorian Amazon. A graduate of Brown University, he is a recipient of the Henry David Thoreau, Harry S. Truman and Rhodes Scholarships.

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    Christian A Seale

    Leveraging his experience as a social entrepreneur, Christian leads EO's strategic and business development efforts. Prior to joining EO, he worked for Teach for America and Goldman Sachs and founded a not-for-profit committed to preventing childhood obesity in low-income communities. Christian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, is a Harvard Business School MBA candidate and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

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    Malcolm A Fox
    Chief Operating and Financial Officer

    Malcolm has worked in the environmental and social sustainability field for 25 years as Director of Sustainability for NSF International, as a contractor for the U.S. EPA, ERM and Tetra Tech, and as the founder and president for two of his own companies. He graduated from the Global Executive MBA program jointly run by Columbia and London Business Schools supplementing a degree in chemistry from the University of Salford.

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    Fernando L Benalcazar
    VP Global Implementation

    Fernando Benalcazar has over 20 years of experience in Senior Management, Board of Directors and Environmental, Health, Safety, Community Affairs working for Encana Corporation, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation and APD Proyectos in both North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Fernando is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering.

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    Assheton Stewart Carter
    VP Global Engagement

    Assheton Carter has over 18 years of experience leading business and sustainability initiatives, having built two CSR consulting practices serving Fortune 100 extractive industries companies . He holds a first class honors degree from the Royal Agricultural College, U.K. and a Ph.D. from University of Bath School of Business and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of standard setting bodies.

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    Rene G Ortiz
    Senior Advisor

    Rene is an international oil & gas consultant and energy investment strategist. Formerly the Secretary General of OPEC in Vienna and Minister of Energy and Mines of Ecuador, Rene is a renowned specialist in the energy industry of Latin America, the Middle-East and Asia. He possesses more than 30 years working in the oil and gas industry and holds multiple higher education and post graduate degrees from Universities in Ecuador and the United State

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    Manuel Pallares
    VP Stakeholder Engagment

    Manuel is a biologist who established and served as Director of the Environmental and Social Reparation Fund within Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment. With 20 years of experience in the northern Amazon region of Ecuador, Manuel is an authority on the relationship between oil production and indigenous populations. From 2000 to 2005, he coordinated the Reunification and Cultural Revalorization Project of the Secoya people of Ecuador and Peru.

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    Soledad Milius
    Director Standards, Governance and Accountability

    Soledad is a human rights and corporate social responsibility expert with over 10 years of experience overseeing due diligence assessments against the IFC Performance Standards for Underwriters Laboratories (UL)’s Responsible Sourcing division. Soledad holds a Master’s Degree of International Affairs from Columbia University.


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