Born on an Argentinian cattle ranch to scientist parents
Torres spent the first 29 years of her career looking for oil. A geologist by education, she quickly was swept up in the exploration and later development side of the oil and gas industry, devoting the dominant part of her career to British energy giant ‘bp’.
Torres’ future was a product of her parents’ own vision for a new reality. They left Argentina when Torres was six years old (in the 1970s), to begin again in Berkeley, Calif. It was a brave transformative move and perhaps planted the seeds for Torres’ pursuit of improvement in everything she has done since.
“I’m a futurist by nature,” she says. “My mind automatically envisions how something could be improved, how I can convey that vision to others, and how I can work with others to make it a reality.”
Image: Carolina Torres outside of Houston, Texas 2021. At bp, she injected an element of innovation and greener thinking into everything she did, whether it was as complex as oil field development or as simple as saving paper. “In one building, I built a forest by stacking reams of printer paper in the lobby to show everyone how much paper we used in a month,” explains Torres. “We upgraded to swipe-enabled printers after that, so we could track usage better, and eliminate wasted prints.”