ELIZABETH ROBBERECHTS /// LEAD INVESTMENT OFFICER - IIC’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY DIVISION
Elizabeth Robberechts is a Lead Investment Officer in the IIC’s Infrastructure and Energy Division, based in Washington, D.C. Her focus is on the origination and structuring of financings for utility-scale renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. For three years, Elizabeth was based in the IDB Group’s office in Santiago, Chile, where she met with dozens of renewable energy developers and witnessed first-hand the dramatic evolution of the solar sector. She has experience in the origination and negotiation of financings for energy projects utilizing wind, PV solar, concentrated solar and geothermal technologies, with a recent emphasis on PV solar financings in Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Since 2012, Elizabeth has participated in the financing of five PV solar projects in Latin America, including the first project financing of a PV solar project in Chile, as well as the structuring of financing for solar projects exposed to merchant risk. Elizabeth speaks Spanish and English and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University.
ELIZABETH ROBBERECHTS ///
LEAD INVESTMENT OFFICER /// IIC
PARTHO SANYAL /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
Partho Sanyal, Director General del Grupo Bancario de Inversión de América Latina Merrill Lynch, tiene aproximadamente 19 años de experiencia en inversiones y banca comercial en el Bank of America Merrill Lynch y la Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC, por sus siglas en inglés), y ha trabajado en más de 25 países. Se incorporó al bufete en 2001 y ha pasado gran parte de su tiempo cubriendo el sector de las infraestructuras más amplio, en el que se incluye la generación y distribución de energía, agua y aguas residuales, la transmisión eléctrica, las energías renovables y los servicios de residuos y medio ambiente. Desde 2013, Partho asumió la responsabilidad de cubrir los sectores de servicios públicos e industriales en América Latina.
Partho tiene experiencia en asesoramiento, captación de capital y transacciones financieras estructuradas. Desde 2001, Partho ha participado en más de 80 transacciones en los mercados de capitales que suman aproximadamente $100 mil millones en capital. Su experiencia incluye €4,5 mil millones de la OPV de Iberdrola Renovables, €1,6 mil millones de la OPV de EDP Renováveis, €2,3 mil millones de la OPV de Enel Green Power, la OPV de NRG Yield, $431 millones de la OPV de Abengoa Yield y los $828 millones de aumento de capital para CPFL Energía, Renova Energía, Ameresco, Invenergy, US Geothermal, Clean Energy Fuels, Fuel Systems Solutions, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Abengoa, TAESA, Rotoplas, Aguas Andinas, Pampa Energia y Covanta.
Antes de unirse a Merrill Lynch & Co., Partho pasó unos 5 años en el Grupo Banco Mundial, donde se centró en asesorar a gobiernos de todo el mundo en la privatización de sus activos de infraestructuras en los mercados emergentes.
PARTHO SANYAL
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
CRAIG O'CONNOR /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - EXIM BANK
Craig currently serves as the Director of Business Development – Renewable Energy within the Project and Structured Finance Division. Craig works closely with renewable energy exporters, international customers, and project developers to create “Bankable” project structures. Craig began his career at the Bank in January 1993, as the Loan Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, was appointed as the Bank’s Environmental Liaison Officer in 1994, and also served as a Director for International Business Development from 1998-2008, where he covered the Asia Pacific and Latin America Regions. In 2008, he created the Bank’s Renewable Energy Business Development Initiative. In the 5 years since this Initiative was launched the Bank has authorized over $2 billion in support of renewable energy exports. In addition to his position at the Bank, Craig has served as an Adjunct Professor of International Business, and International Project Finance at Georgetown University since 1997.
CRAIG O'CONNOR
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - EXIM BANK
PAUL CENTENO LAPPAS /// REGIONAL HEAD - PROPARCO
Paul initiated his professional career with Skanska, where he contributed to developing a USD 1.5B worth of greenfield toll-roads and power plants. He joined Proparco in 2011. As head of agri-business, Paul led Proparco’s first MLA syndicated agri-transaction and completed the first (successful) exit of FISEA, a mid-cap African fund managed by Proparco. He moved to Mexico in 2014 to head Proparco’s operations in the region. Engineer by training, Paul holds a masters’ degree in public administration from SciencesPo Paris.
PAUL CENTENO LAPPAS
REGIONAL HEAD /// PROPARCO
GIAN FRANCO CARASALLE /// LEAD INVESTMENT OFFICER - CII
Gian Franco Carassale es Oficial Líder de Inversiones en la Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones. Posee amplia experiencia en el análisis, estructuración y financiamiento de proyectos de energía renovable y de infraestructura en varias jurisdicciones de América Latina. Dentro del Grupo BID ha liderado o participado en la financiación de los primeros proyectos de energía renovable no convencional desarrollados en Chile, Uruguay y El Salvador. Gian Franco lideró también el desarrollo del primer Bono B emitido por una institución multilateral para movilizar inversores institucionales bajo el programa de préstamos A/B, el cual fue aplicado para financiar el proyecto hidroeléctrico Reventazón en Costa Rica. Gian Franco posee una experiencia substancial en asesorar a gobiernos de la región en el lanzamiento y perfeccionamiento de programas de energía renovables. Gian Franco es Licenciado en Economía de la Universidad y posee una Maestría en Finanzas de la Universidad Di Tella, ambas en Buenos Aires, Argentina.
GIAN FRANCO CARASSALE ///
LEAD INVESTMENT OFFICER /// IIC
ALEJANDRO DE LA VEGA /// RESPONSIBLE FOR PROJECT & ACQUISITION FINANCE MEXICO - SANTANDER
  • Mr. De la Vega joined Santander in 2004 as part of the Project & Acquisition Finance team where he focused mainly on infrastructure transactions.
  • In 2008 he was made responsible for the Energy & Oil Gas team where he structured various landmark transactions in the Mexican Market.
  • Currently, Mr. De la Vega is responsible for Project & Acquisition Finance Mexico.
  • Previously, Mr. De la Vega performed in the finance area of telecommunications, for companies such as TV Azteca, Unefon and Cablevision.
  • Mr. De la Vega has a BA in Economics from the Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia, where he specialized in finance.
ALEJANDRO DE LA VEGA
PROJECT & ACQUISITION FINANCE MEXICO /// SANTANDER
ANNE GERSET /// SENIOR IMPACT INVESTMENT MANAGER - ENGIE
Strong of 17 years of experience in the energy sector I had the opportunity to work on the whole energy value chain within the ENGIE Group (from energy sales to supply including trading and gas transportation). Then, three years ago, I joined as investment manager ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, ENGIE’s corporate impact venture fund, which invests in profitable, local enterprises providing B to C, sustainable and relevant energy access solutions to poor and remote populations. By the end of 2016, 5 years after its creation, the fund has achieved 18 investments on 4 continents, covering a wide scope of activities, ranging from access to electricity through solar solutions, to access to clean cooking solutions or to energy efficiency Today, in charge of Latin America, I represent the fund in Boards of Directors of two young companies engaged in the energy services to the Base of Pyramid in Mexico (home solar system for off-grid populations and biogas solutions for small farmers). Additionally, I'm in charge of measuring social and environmental impact of ENGIE Rassembleurs d'Energies' portfolio.
ANNE GERSET
SENIOR IMPACT INVESTMENT MANAGER /// ENGIE
MICHAEL OTT /// VICE PRESIDENT - BLACKROCK
Michael Ott, Vice President, is a member of the North American Renewable Power Team within BlackRock's Infrastructure Investment Group. He is responsible for sourcing and executing new equity investments for the Global Renewable Power Fund platform and supporting existing renewable power portfolio investments.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, Mr. Ott was a member of both the equity sales and project financing teams at EDF Renewable Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electricite de France S.A. At EDF, Mr. Ott was responsible for managing the company's sell-side relationships for utility scale wind and solar power asset sales and project financing for one the largest North American renewable power developers. Mr. Ott began his career in 2007 in structured finance and fund compliance at Sidley Austin LLP and Citadel Investment Group in New York.
Mr. Ott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Systems from University of Michigan and a Masters of Business administration from University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
MICHAEL OTT
VICE PRESIDENT /// BLACKROCK
GREGORY CARDENAS /// SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE - CANADIAN SOLAR
Greg is responsible for leading Canadian Solar’s project and structured finance activities throughout Latin America. Canadian Solar has recently closed financing for the first utility scale PV Project in Brazil and will close two more project financings in Brazil and at least one in Mexico during 2017.
Greg has closed more than 20 project financings and has worked in both project finance and development roles in Latin America, Asia, Australia, India, North Africa and the US on the successful development of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass projects as well as other utility and natural gas infrastructure.
Greg holds a Masters of Science in Taxation, and a MBA from Golden Gate University.
GREGORY CARDENAS
SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE /// CANADIAN SOLAR
SARAH CHAPMAN /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - FARO ENERGY
Sarah Chapman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Faro Energy, which sources, develops, and finances clean energy systems for commercial and industrial customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Sarah’s experience includes renewable energy finance and global climate policy. As start-up Chief of Staff for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, she built a coalition of world leaders, global institutions and researchers to analyse and communicate the economics of climate change. At Climate Bridge, Sarah led renewable energy structured finance transactions in London, and subsequently launched Climate Bridge’s Australia business. She started her career at McKinsey & Company, and holds a BA and MMath in Mathematics from Cambridge. She was named one of the “35 under 35” top businesswomen in the UK in 2015.
SARAH CHAPMAN
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// FARO ENERGY
ANA VERENA LIMA /// SOUTH AMERICA LEAD ANALYST - BNEF
Ana Verena Lima is the South America lead analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She focuses on power markets, looking at policy and regulation, clean energy financing, strategies and future trends for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, among others. Ana Verena previously worked at Itau BBA, looking at project finance for Brazilian power projects. She graduated from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) with a BS in Industrial Engineering.
ANA VERENA LIMA
SOUTH AMERICA LEAD ANALYST /// BNEF
HECTOR OLEA /// PRESIDENT & CEO - GAUSS ENERGIA
Con más de 22 años de experiencia en el sector energético mexicano, Héctor Olea ha participado activamente en la promoción y desarrollo de las energías renovables en el país. Desde 2004, Héctor Olea es Presidente y CEO de Gauss, una firma de desarrollo de proyectos especializada en el sector energético de México. Las actividades de Gauss se centran en la identificación, desarrollo y estructuración de oportunidades de inversión en proyectos de energías renovables, lo que ha permitido inversiones por más de US$700 millones. Antes, se desempeñó como CEO de Suez en México, donde dirigió su transformación en una empresa nacional de energía. De 1995 a 2000, fue Presidente de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía de México (CRE). Actualmente funge como Presidente de la Sección Mexicana del Consejo de Negocios de Energía Mexico‐Estados Unidos y Presidente de la Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex). Héctor Olea es economista del ITAM (México), obtuvo su Maestría y Doctorado en Economía en la Universidad de Rice (EEUU). En 1989, fue distinguido con el Premio Banamex de Economía.
HECTOR OLEA
PRESIDENT & CEO /// GAUSS ENERGIA
CAMILO PATRIGNANI /// CEO - GREENWOOD ENERGY
Camilo Patrignani is the CEO of Greenwood Energy. With over 20 years’ experience, principally in finance, he brings considerable financial, analytical and planning skill to his current role. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and also holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Camilo was formerly Head of Americas for Greenwood Energy’s parent company, the Libra Group and had responsibility for the strategic direction of Libra’s interests across North, South and Central America.
Before joining the Libra Group, Camilo was Vice President of Fortress Investment Group, and prior to that was a Director of UBS Investment Bank. He also sits on the board of Riverkeeper, Inc.
CAMILO PATRIGNANI
CEO /// GREENWOOD ENERGY
ROBERT CONSTANTINO /// DIRECTOR - DWM
Robert es Director de Developing World Markets (DWM), un fondo de inversión líder de impacto global, donde es responsable de las operaciones de deuda privada dentro de la región de América Latina.
Antes de unirse a DWM, Robert trabajó para Citigroup, donde era responsable de la creación, estructuración, negociación y ejecución de transacciones financieras estructuradas para los prestatarios soberanos y corporativos en toda América Latina, en sectores como petróleo y gas, energías renovables, infraestructura de transporte e instituciones financieras.
Robert obtuvo su MBA en la Universidad de Chicago Booth School of Business y posee un Máster de Ciencias de la Universidad Torcuato di Tella de Argentina, donde estudió como becario embajador de Buena Voluntad de la Fundación Rotaria. Además, se graduó como Phi Beta Kappa en la Universidad de Wisconsin con una licenciatura en Economía y domina el español y el portugués.
ROBERT CONSTANTINO
DIRECTOR /// DWM
JOHN PADILLA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - IPD LATIN AMERICA
John es Socio y Director Gerente de IPD Latin America, una consultora independiente de energía con sede en EE. UU. especializada en riesgos no técnicos de la industria del petróleo y gas en Colombia, México, Perú y Venezuela. John ha estado directamente involucrado en la expansión de la compañía en México, en 2001, Colombia, en 2009, y Perú, en 2013. Tras pasar 20 años en Nueva York, John se trasladó a Bogotá, Colombia, donde se encuentra desde abril de 2011. Sus diez años de experiencia en energía estructurada y negociación de acuerdos y financiación de infraestructuras en Wall Street proporcionan una perspectiva única a los servicios de consultoría de IPD. Actualmente, dirige una amplia gama de servicios de consultoría en IPD, como debida diligencia, previsión y otras iniciativas estratégicas orientadas al cliente.
JOHN PADILLA
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// IPD LATIN AMERICA
JUAN FERMÍN RODRIGUEZ /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - KINGO ENERGY
CEO and Co-founder; Launched Kingo Energy in 2013. Kingo turns lives ON in off-grid communities through a prepay solar energy service that is cheaper than candles/kerosene/diesel. Kingo is a global company that has gone from 450 customers in January '15, to 33,000 customers in January '17. Kingo will turn ON 1,000,000 homes by 2020. Juan Fermín has been named 2011 Schwabb Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Runner up; 2011 Agora Partnerships Fellow; 2012 Unreasonable Institute Fellow; 2013 Young Manager of the Year Runner up by the Guatemalan Manager Association; 2013 Forbes Nominee ’30 Under 30’ Publication; 2014 MIT's 30 Top Innovators under 35 in Central America.
JUAN FERMÍN RODRIGUEZ
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// KINGO ENERGY
JOSÉ ORDÓÑEZ /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - USRG MESOAMERICA CLEAN ENERGY FUND
José has over 20 years of experience as CEO of independent power producers, as well as a senior investment banker, private equity and venture capital investor and entrepreneur. Currently, he is a Managing Director of USRG Mesoamerica Clean Energy Fund, a private equity fund which invests in renewable and clean energy in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He is Co-Founder of several cleantech and technology startups, including HYBRICO Energy Technolgies, Ltd., which designs and manufactures “hybrid power” equipment for off-grid and bad-grid telecom sites, Chopinmol.com, an electronic retailer targeting Latam migrants living in the U.S. and Bitmec, an online healthcare and health insurance management platform. José is Executive Advisor of Kingo Energy, a start-up provider of pay-as-you-go solar power for off-grid communities. Previously, José was CEO of Pan American Hydro Corporation, a Canadian developer of run-of-river hydropower projects in Latin America. He was Managing Partner of Grevillea Capital, a Spanish boutique investment and advisory firm focusing on the European clean energy and renewables markets. He was also CEO of Global3 Energía, a Spanish independent power producer owned by ArcLight Capital, and head of Citigroup´s Latin American Power Group base in NY, where he completed over $12 billion in M&A and capital-raising transactions. José has an MBA and JD from Stanford Business School and Stanford Law School, respectively, and a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland.
JOSÉ ORDÓÑEZ
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// USRG MESOAMERICA CLEAN ENERGY FUND
SANTIAGO MORALES /// PARTNER - BECQUEREL CAPITAL
Santiago is an energy specialist with nine years of experience working in energy technology and finance.
In 2013 he co-founded Becquerel Capital, an investment boutique specialized on solar PV infrastructure in Mexico. He was a consultant in France where he advised large energy players such as Total, GDF Suez and Schneider Electric on strategy and innovation. He also worked in London for BP Alternative Energy Ventures, CarbonDesk and Temporis Capital, assessing and executing investments into large scale renewable infrastructure.
Santiago holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Iberoamericana University in Mexico, where he has been a professor of alternative energy, and has an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.
SANTIAGO MORALES
PARTNER /// BECQUEREL CAPITAL
ANDRES PACHECO /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TESLA
During his time at Tesla, Andres has been managing sales and business development efforts focused on deploying energy storage projects with electric utilities across the Americas. He successfully managed the commercial efforts for the 20MW/80MWh Mira Loma project built for Southern California Edison, a project that was completed within 4 months of contract execution. Prior to joining Tesla, Andres was part of the Origination and Structuring team at Recurrent Energy, a utility-scale solar developer. Prior to that, Andres was a consultant with Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) where he focused on the cost-effectiveness evaluation of different technologies and renewable incentive programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Swarthmore College.
ANDRES PACHECO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TESLA
LEANDRO BORGO /// FOUNDER - ABGD
Leandro is the founder of SmartSolar and of ABGD, the Brazilian Association of Distributed Generation. He developed his career in the public sector, financial market and the renewable energy sector. He has excellent knowledge in new business development. He puts his emphasis on teamwork and experience in top-management reporting and communication. He is used to work under pressure and with heavy workloads, used to executing through teams or alone. He has green field expertise development thru many success cases. Leandro is used to different challenges, with experience with more than 08 cities over 03 countries and 06 different economy sectors.
LEANDRO BORGO
FOUNDER /// ABGD
ANDY BINDEA /// FOUNDER & CEO - SIGORA INTERNATIONAL
A consummate entrepreneur, Andy has dedicated his career to environmental and social causes. In 2011 he founded Sigora Solar in Virginia, and led the company to become the #8 fastest growing energy company in the United States and an Inc.500 company recognized as the “cleanest” in its field. Shifting his focus to deploying renewables in frontier markets, he founded and financed Sigora Haiti which established the country’s first private utility company providing clean, reliable and fairly-priced electricity. Recognizing the replicability and scalability of the Haiti micro-utility business, he created Sigora International, an energy technology development and micro-utility company set to take electrification to the 1.2BN people without energy access.
ANDY BINDEA
FOUNDER & CEO /// SIGORA INTERNATIONAL
ALBERTO CUTER /// GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
Alberto Cuter lleva en el sector de la energía solar desde 2008. Trabajó como director de ventas en Phoenix Solar y HelioSphera y, en 2010, se unió a Jinko Solar, donde abrió la rama italiana y posicionó a Jinko en el mercado italiano como proveedor líder de módulos en 2011 y 2012. En 2013 fue nombrado Director de Ventas de Mercados Emergentes (LATAM y MEA). Desde entonces, ha desarrollado y colocado a Jinko como líder de mercados importantes, como Sudáfrica y Chile, con más del 30% de la cuota de mercado, lo que lo convierte en el proveedor líder de módulos en la región.
En cuanto a la nueva estrategia de gestión de Jinko, en julio de 2015, fue nombrado Gerente General de Latinoamérica e Italia, para dirigir un equipo de altos directivos profesionales en 7 países de la región. De hecho, Jinko ha sido reconocido como líder del mercado en Chile, Brasil y Centroamérica, con más de 600 MW vendidos en la región.
Antes de entrar en la industria solar fotovoltaica, Alberto Cuter trabajó en la industria de las telecomunicaciones como Director de Ventas en empresas como Telecom Italia, Wind y Deloitte Consulting. Alberto tiene una licenciatura de Ingeniería Electrónica de la Universidad Politécnica de Milán (Italia) y un Máster en Telecomunicaciones de SSGRR (Italia).
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY /// JINKO SOLAR
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT /// HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT - THESAN
Coralie Carrier-Clerambault ocupa actualmente el puesto de Directora de Desarrollo de Thesan USA Corp., donde es responsable de la implementación de estrategias de crecimiento para América Latina y del fortalecimiento de la presencia de la Compañía en esta región. Lleva en el sector de la energía solar desde el año 2011, y ha explorado más de 30 países de todo el mundo.
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT /// THESAN
VIRGILIO BARCO /// LATIN AMERICA DIRECTOR - ACUMEN
Virgilio joined Acumen as Director of Latin America in September 2013. He is responsible for all Latin America related investments, operations and business development activities and is the Managing Director of the Acumen Latin America Early Growth Fund.
Before joining Acumen, he was the Executive Director of the non-profit Social Investment Bank (Banca de Inversión Social), which has helped lead the development of the impact investing space in Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Founding Director of Invest in Bogota, a public-private partnership that promotes foreign direct investment to the Greater Bogota region. In 2009, Invest in Bogota was ranked as the top non-OECD investment promotion agency in the world by the IFC. Virgilio also headed the privatization unit at the Colombian Ministry of Finance and was an advisor on local economic development for the Bogota Planning Department. He has worked in private equity with FondElec Group, as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Brazil and as a financial analyst at Citibank Spain. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College, an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an M.A. in Economics from NYU.
VIRGILIO BARCO
LATIN AMERICA DIRECTOR /// ACUMEN
FELIPE ZARATE /// GENERAL PARTNER - FCP INNOVACIÓN
Felipe Zarate is the General Partner of FCP Innovacion, the corporate venture fund of Grupo EPM, Colombia´s largest utility. In numbers, EPM is a ~US$ 6 billion sales conglomerate, with 50 operating companies across 6 countries in Latin America, serving 22 million clients with energy, water, waste management, and ICT services.
Felipe´s career spans 22 years of experience in top management, private equity & venture capital, and business development in South America, North America, Europe and South East Asia. Specifically in private equity, Felipe has participated in structuring, due diligence, investment and exit of an aggregate ~US$ 1 billion across 4 Funds in the USA and Colombia.
Felipe holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from EAFIT University in Colombia and an MBA from HEC School of Management in France.
FELIPE ZARATE
GENERAL PARTNER /// FCP INNOVACIÓN
WERNER NIKOWITZ /// GLOBAL HEAD RENEWABLE ENERGY - STORMHARBOUR
Werner has been focusing on the global power, renewable energy, and infrastructure sector for 29 years advising clients on M&A, structured financing and tax equity investments in the US, Europe, Latin America and Africa with a total transaction record in excess of $30Billion. He is currently the Global Head Renewable Energy at StormHarbour, a global investment bank headquartered in London and New York. Werner has extensive experience in raising capital for renewable energy assets in Latin America.
He represented pension funds and institutional investors acquiring infrastructure, transportations and renewable energy on-shore and off-shore portfolios and worked with utilities, IPPs and developers disposing asset portfolios and raising tax equity in the US. Before that, Werner was at CIT Capital Markets and BNP Paribas/Capstar responsible for domestic and cross-border power, infrastructure, equipment finance, telecom and transportation capital markets. He was also a Managing Director at Global Capital Finance and Reva Capital as Head of Renewable Energy and Infrastructure.
For 10 years, Werner worked at Shearman & Sterling's New York, Paris, London and Frankfurt offices, where he advised domestic and international clients on M&A, public and private initial and secondary securities offerings, structured finance, and leasing investments and at Mayer, Brown & Platt in New York where he worked on public structured finance and leasing transactions, tax-advantaged offerings, registered placements and private placements.
Werner is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MITx), the University of Vienna Law School and the Vienna University School of Economics.
WERNER NIKOWITZ
GLOBAL HEAD RENEWABLE ENERGY /// STORMHARBOUR
TODD E. ALEXANDER /// PARTNER - CHADBOURNE
Todd Alexander’s practice includes representing developers of and lenders to energy-related projects, including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, biofuel, fertilizer, desalinization and clean coal facilities. He has participated in limited recourse financings in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has represented both the sellers and purchasers of ownership interests in several power projects and biofuel facilities.
TODD E. ALEXANDER
PARTNER /// CHADBOURNE
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL /// DIRECTOR - FICUS CAPITAL
Mathias Möhrpahl cuenta con más de 8 años de experiencia en Latinoamérica y en el sector financiero de consultoría internacional. Durante los últimos años, ha estado trabajando en Ficus Capital, una de las principales boutiques de banca de inversión enfocada puramente en el cono sur de América Latina, con capacidad de ejecución de transacciones completas y desarrollo de proyectos en Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y otros países de América Latina. Ha trabajado en varias transacciones importantes en los sectores de energía renovable, alimentos y bebidas, transporte y en el sector de servicios financieros en países como Uruguay, Argentina y Brasil.
Actualmente, está muy implicado en estructuraciones de acuerdos de energía renovable y en el desarrollo de proyectos en Argentina, donde Ficus Capital ha establecido recientemente una nueva oficina.
En el pasado, Mathias Möhrpahl ha ocupado cargos de Director de Gestión de Activos e Instituciones Financieras, centrado principalmente en la identificación y financiación de las diferentes inversiones, así como en la gestión de las operaciones y la información de los flujos transfronterizos y los procesos de decisión, sobre todo entre instituciones alemanas y nórdicas, y sus filiales en Chile.
Mathias posee un Máster de Ciencias en Economía de la Universidad de Londres, Reino Unido, y ha estudiado Economía en Colonia y Kiel, Alemania.
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL
DIRECTOR /// FICUS CAPITAL
MICHAEL SHEA /// HEAD STRUCTURED AND PRINCIPAL FINANCE - ATLAS RENEWABLE ENERGY
Before joining Atlas, Michael worked at SunEdison Brazil, holding the position of Head of Equity and Debt Finance for LatAm.
Prior to that time, Michael served as an Executive Director in Goldman Sachs Structured and Principal Finance Team, as well as a Director within Deutsche Bank’s Credit Opportunity Team.
Michael holds a BSc. in Chemistry from William & Mary, Master of Engineering from Univ. of Virginia and an MBA from Columbia University.
MICHAEL SHEA
HEAD STRUCTURED & PRINCIPAL FINANCE - ATLAS RENEWABLE ENERGY
RUY CAMPOS DUGONE /// PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR - QUANTUM GROUP
Mr. Campos Dugone is an accomplished International Business Development and Sales Executive, with a distinguished track record of successfully managing all facets of business development, technical sales and general business operations within the Renewable Energy, Agricultural and Environmental Technologies sectors.
Mr. Campos Dugone has led the operation in 12 countries with more than 3.0 GW developed in renewable energy worldwide, including Latin America, Africa and India. Specialized in Project Development, Finance and Applications for Agriculture, Mining & Utilities ensured power with renewables.
Mr. Campos Dugone former SunEdison (Head of Intl. Business Development, Latin America & Africa, Micro Grid and Solar Water Pumps Business Unit), former Bhaskar Solar - formerly Shell Solar Asia – (Mercosur Managing Partner) and former Latam Agro Asia Holding (Asia Managing Director &Partner).
Mr. Campos Dugone is a Master in Business Administration – focus in Marketing -, a System Engineer and a retired naval officer. Currently he is Partner & Managing Director at Quantum Power Group in Latin America & The Caribbean, responsible for Quantum Tech Land Development Platform.
RUY CAMPOS DUGONE
PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR /// QUANTUM GROUP
DAVID SALVO /// CEO - POWER ELECTRONICS
Mr Salvo has more 15 years of experience in operations and general managing at Power Electronics, being one of the shareholders and member of the family owning the company founded in 1987 by his father and two brothers.
Since 2004 he has been acting as CEO, managing the holding and achieving both the international and national growth based on 15 new world wide subsidiaries and strong investment in R&D for added value product development with 24hrs service. His international background goes back to 1992 where he finished the senior high school in Del City, Oklahoma. Graduated in Business Administration in the University of Valencia, and MBA by IEM Business School, he joined Power Electronics in 1997, starting in administration and developing new quality and procurement department structures during two years. Altogether with the product knowledge gained during his 5 years of apprentice while in university, made him responsible in 1999 of the Operations Department, including Production, Quality and Logistics till 2004.
DAVID SALVO
CEO /// POWER ELECTRONICS
ABE CAMBRIDGE /// CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
Abraham Cambridge, emprendedor solar y tecnólogo revolucionario británico, ha establecido varios negocios y proyectos en todo el mundo que utilizan la energía solar como medio para crear un cambio positivo. En 2010, fue pionero de la industria solar a gran escala en Gran Bretaña, y una de sus empresas, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, fue nombrada “Cooperativa Internacional del Año” en 2012, el año de las Cooperativas de las Naciones Unidas. Actualmente, Abe vive en África, un continente rico en luz solar, pero pobre en energía, desde donde, en 2014, puso en marcha la primera compañía financiera solar del mundo basada en el concepto de cadena de bloques (blockchain), The Sun Exchange.
ABE CAMBRIDGE
CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
VITOR RODRIGUES /// REGIONAL MANAGER - TÜV RHEINLAND
Vitor Rodrigues is Regional Manager for TÜV Rheinland's solar energy activities, in the South American region. He is a qualified factory and field inspector with over 10 years experience in the PV sector. Vitor has inspected factories in China, Europe and South Africa and PV plants worldwide. Besides this, he is teacher for a post graduate course on Renewable Energies.
Vitor started his carreer at TÜV in 2006 in Portugal, starting as Junior Project Manager, eventually in the role of Business product manager Product certification. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University Of Aveiro, in Portugal.
VITOR RODRIGUES
REGIONAL MANAGER /// TÜV RHEINLAND
ARTURO HERRERO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALTERPOWER AG
Arturo, con sus 15 años como ejecutivo en la industria FV, es uno de los líderes del mercado con más conocimiento y experiencia. Ha sido Director de Estrategia, Director de Marketing y Jefe de Mercados Emergentes para empresas FV a nivel mundial, como Jinko Solar, Trina Solar y BP Solar, aportando experiencia de primera mano en casos exitosos de energía solar en mercados emergentes.
ARTURO HERRERO
MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALTERPOWER AG
FERNANDO ALVARADO /// CEO Y PRESIDENTE - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
Fernando Alvarado tiene una carrera de más de 25 años de experiencia internacional en banca inversión, banca comercial y banca de desarrollo. Tiene 15 años de experiencia directa en evaluación y construcción de portafolios de proyectos de energía renovable en América Latina y El Caribe, habiendo realizado más de 40 transacciones por más de US$100 millones. Su experiencia financiera, de crédito, y de inversiones incluye trabajar con financiamiento de IFC, BID, Citibank, Finnfund, BIO, Triodos, BCIE y FOMIN, así como con varios bancos comerciales en Centro América.
Participa en la Junta Directiva de Fundación Veragua de Costa Rica y como Asesor de Cleantech Methods de Estados Unidos, un consorcio de desarrollo, incubación, inversión y gestión de políticas en energías limpias en América Latina y El Caribe. Ciudadano residente de Costa Rica, tiene un MBA en Banca y Finanzas cum lauda de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Sus pasiones incluyen el buceo (PADI Rescue Diver) y el ciclismo de montaña.
FERNANDO ALVARADO
CEO Y PRESIDENTE - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
CARLOS URUETA /// DIRECTOR ANDES REGION - FARO ENERGY
Carlos joined Faro in May 2015 to launch Faro Andes. As the General Manager of Faro Andes, Carlos is responsible for leading Faro's strategy and business operations in the region. Prior to joining Faro, Carlos helped Avantel S.A.S. a new entrant mobile operator in Colombia raise capital for the deployment of LTE infrastructure. Between 2005 and 2013, Carlos was an investment banker in New York City first with Merrill Lynch and later with Rothschild, where he focused on cross-border mergers & acquisitions. Carlos began his career at McKinsey & Company in the Corporate Finance Practice. He has an MBA from Georgetown University and a Masters from Université Libre de Bruxelles.
CARLOS URUETA
DIRECTOR ANDES REGION /// FARO ENERGY
LAURA SUNDBLAD /// PROGRAM ADVISER - GOGLA
Laura serves as the Program Adviser for GOGLA’s ‘Facilitating Access to Finance’ program. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification. Prior to joining GOGLA, Laura worked at Arc Finance, where she oversaw staff training and consumer education efforts related to consumer financing for energy products and services, and led Arc Finance’s conferences and workshops on innovations in financing off-grid clean energy. Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM ADVISER /// GOGLA
MARKUS VLASITS /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAZIL - FARO ENERGY
Markus joined Faro Energy from his role as Managing Director of Yingli Brazil, Brazil's market-leading solar module supplier. Markus initiated Yingli's sales operations in Brazil and supplied modules to more than 250 solar projects across Brazil. He also played a key role in Yingli's sponsorship of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Under his leadership Yingli achieved a local market share of more than 30%.
Previously, Markus was Vice-President of Sales Operations and Director of Crystallization and Wafering for Q-Cells SE in Germany and spent 7 years with McKinsey & Company in Berlin, São Paulo and Detroit, specializing on strategy and transformation projects for automotive and high-tech clients.
Markus holds Masters degree from Harvard University and the Vienna University of Commerce and Business Administration.
MARKUS VLASITS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAZIL - FARO ENERGY