Tomás González Estrada

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Tomás González Estrada
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Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia
In office
11 August 2014 – 7 March 2016
PresidentJuan Manuel Santos
Preceded byAmilkar Acosta
Succeeded byMaría Lorena Gutiérrez [es]
Personal details
Born1969 (age 48–49)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political partyColombian Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of London
OccupationEconomist, politician

Tomás González Estrada (born 1969) is a Colombian economist. He was an Economic Counselor in the government of Andrés Pastrana Arango and the Minister of Mines and Energy in the second government of Juan Manuel Santos. On 7 March 2016, his resignation from the position was accepted due to the country's energy crisis.[1]


González Estrada was born in Bogotá. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Los Andes, with a Master's and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London.[2] He was a researcher and professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Los Andes.

Political career[edit]

Tomás González was an Economic Counselor in the government of Andrés Pastrana from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 and 2002 he was Deputy Director of National Planning under the direction of Juan Carlos Echeverry. He has been technical secretary of the National Council of Economic and Social Policy (CONPES), External Affairs Manager of BP Colombia, member of the Council of Ministers, and a board member of ISA, ISAGEN [es], FEN, IPSE, and UPME.

González was appointed Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy under Ministers Carlos Rodado Noriega, Mauricio Cárdenas, and Federico Renjifo.[3] He was program coordinator of the Good Government Foundation.[4] In 2014, in the second term of Juan Manuel Santos, he was appointed Minister of Mines and Energy.

Minister of Mines and Energy[edit]

Among González Estrada's initiatives were the elaboration and execution of Plan 5 Caribe – seeking to improve the provision of energy service in the Colombian Caribbean coast – the expansion and coverage for interconnected and non-interconnected areas of the country, and the production of crude oil in excess of one million barrels, that the country sustained for nine consecutive months for the first time in history. His pillars of management were supply, competitiveness, and equity.

In March 2016 the Inspector General of the Nation opened a formal disciplinary investigation against González for contracts made between the Presidency of the Republic and a polling company, leading to his resignation.[5]


  1. ^ "Por no tomar medidas, Santos acepta renuncia de Ministro de Minas" [For Not Taking Action, Santos Accepts Resignation of Minister of Mines]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 7 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Tomás González, nuevo ministro de Minas" [Tomás González, New Minister of Mines] (in Spanish). Caracol Radio. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Tomás González asume como ministro de Minas y Energía" [Tomás González Takes Office as Minister of Mines and Energy]. El Universal (in Spanish). Bogotá. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Tomás González" (in Spanish). La Silla Vacía. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Renuncia Tomás González, ministro de Minas" [Tomás González, Minister of Mines, Resigns]. El Espectador (in Spanish). 7 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2018.