Oscar Aníbal Vicente is one of those people who do not forget their past. He remembers it and turns that memory into a thing of pride, a driving force in his life. His story is the typical case of a child born into an environment of necessity, who, through sheer will and hard work, managed to successfully break into the wider world of business. What sets aside this corpulent and candid man from the rest is his constant return to a part of his life which he does not dismiss because he understands that there lie his roots, the very essence of his true being.
Since 1993 as Vice-President of the non-governmental organization Casa Argentina en Jerusalem and since 1997 at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, he has put together, in an exemplary way, activities that are geared toward an issue that is constantly spoken and written about but is very seldom marked by any substantial actions: the co- operation between a business corporation and a non-governmental organization.
It is in this environment of achievement and constant reflection on complex problems in which Vicente creates an educational and harmonious organizational profile. He does this together with two other entrepreneurs for whom life wasn’t always a bowl of cherries either: Baruch Tenembaum, an Argentine ‘gaucho’ born in Las Palmeras, one of the Baron Hirsch colonies in the Santa Fe province and Natalio Wengrower, head of SICA, a leading electro-mechanical company.
Fruits of this labor produced other events such as the Raul Soldi fresco at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth; the ”Righteous Among the Nations” and ”Diplomacy and the Holocaust” programs, initiatives that seek to make known deeds of non-Jewish people who saved Jews during the Holocaust; the 1995 interview with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican along with Emilie Schindler; his presence in 1996 at the Organization of American States in Washington DC along with Argentine author, Adolfo Bioy Casares in order to present a new educational program and the unveiling, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa, of the Mural dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust erected inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires in April 1997.
- 1938: Was born in Cañuelas on July 4. Married Perla Rocco. Two children.
- 1965: Obtains the title of Mechanical Engineer at the La Plata University.
- 1966: Engineer of Petroleum Mining at the National University of Buenos Aires.
- 1966-1970: Works for YPF in the Salta and Mendoza provinces. Drilling, Termination, and Reparation of Petroleum Wells Division.
- 1970: Enters Perez Companc Shipping Company as Neuquén Camp Operations Superintendent.
- 1978-1982: General Manager of Perez Companc S.C.
- 1982-1997: Vice-President of Perez Companc S.A.
- Since 1988: President of the Chamber of Hydrocarbons Producing Companies.
- 1992: Co-founder of the BCSD (Business Council of Sustainable Development) in Argentina. President up to the beginning of 2000.
- Since 1997: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Perez Companc S.A.