PROGRAM /// DAY 1
15 June 2017
 
Session 1: Plenary Opening
Drivers, barriers and outlook for Latin America’s off-grid, utility-scale and commercial & industrial PV segments
08:00 - Welcome coffee & registration

08:45 - Opening words of the conference chairman

09:00 - Word of Welcome IIC
09:15 - Key Trends Shaping the Development of Latin American PV Markets
  • • Latin America in the global context - How will global developments impact the development of solar PV in the region?
  • • Market drivers and barriers in markets with highest potential
  • • Impactful developments in Distributed Generation (DG), off-grid and utility scale market segments
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
09:45 - Panel: Keys to Making Solar Bankable in Latin America: Setting the Stage
  • • Addressing key macro drivers and barriers for the development of solar in the region (regulatory measures, economic/political stability, corruption, access to financing etc.)
  • • Identifying bankable opportunities by market and segment (utility, off-grid, commercial & industrial, and residential)
  • • Impactful global and regional macroeconomic and geopolitical trends with an impact on solar PV
  • • How to share experiences and knowledge between international and local stakeholders in a mutually beneficial and effective way?
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.
MODERATOR
TODD E. ALEXANDER
PARTNER /// CHADBOURNE
ARTURO HERRERO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALTERPOWER AG
With a combined 15 years of executive work in the PV industry Arturo is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced market leaders. He has been Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Emerging Markets for global PV players like Jinko Solar, Trina Solar and BP Solar. Thus, drawing on hands-on experience in making emerging markets success stories for solar energy.
ARTURO HERRERO
MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALTERPOWER AG
10:30 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Session 2: Financing Latin America’s Solar Future
Keys to unlocking access to low-cost capital for solar PV projects and overcoming financing hurdles
11:15 - Keys to Unlocking Capital for PV Projects
  • • Overview of financing sources for solar PV in the region by market/segment
  • • Understanding the pros and cons of local vs. international financing for projects
  • • Identifying and mitigating risk to ensure project bankability
11:45 - Panel: Strategies to Lower Cost of Capital for PV Projects
  • • How to increase and diversify access to low-cost capital (institutional investors, pension funds, corporate finance, FinTech etc.)
  • • The impact of global and local merger & acquisition activity on Latin America’s solar markets
  • • Identifying key risks and hedging against them (currency fluctuations, political/economic instability, technical etc.)
  • • The importance of understanding risk appetite of different types of lenders and sponsors
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL /// DIRECTOR - FICUS CAPITAL
Mathias Möhrpahl has more than 8 years experience in the LATAM & international financial and consulting sector. For the last years, he has been working at Ficus Capital, one of the leading pure focus investment banking boutiques in the Southern cone of Latin America, with full transaction execution and project development capabilities in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and other LATAM countries. He has worked on and lead several transactions in the renewable energy, food & beverage, transport and financial service sector in countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Currently, he is strongly involved in renewable energy deal structurings and project developments in Argentina, where Ficus Capital has recently established a new office.
Prior to that, Mathias Möhrpahl has acted as Director for Asset Management and Financial Institutions with a principle focus on the identification and the funding of different investments as well as managing the operations and the cross-border information flows and decision making processes, mostly between German and Nordic institutions and their subsidiaries in Chile.
Mathias holds a MSc. in Economics from the University of London, UK and has studied Economics in Cologne and Kiel, Germany.
MODERATOR
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL
DIRECTOR /// FICUS CAPITAL
PARTHO SANYAL /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
Partho Sanyal, Managing Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Latin America Investment Banking Group, has approx 19 years of investment and merchant banking experience at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and has worked in over 25 countries. He joined the Firm in 2001 and has spent much of his time covering the broader infrastructure sector - including power generation and distribution, water and wastewater, electric transmission, renewable energy and waste and environmental services. Since 2013, Partho assumed responsibility for covering the Utilities and Industrials sectors in Latin America.
Partho has experience with advisory, capital raising and structured finance transactions. Since 2001, Partho has been involved in over 80 capital markets transactions that have raised approximately $100 billion in capital. His experience includes the €4.5 bn IPO of Iberdrola Renovables, €1.6 bn IPO of EDP Renovaveis, €2.3 bn IPO of Enel Green Power, the $431 mm IPO of NRG Yield and the $828 mm IPO of Abengoa Yield and capital raises for CPFL Energia, Renova Energia, Ameresco, Invenergy, US Geothermal, Clean Energy Fuels, Fuel Systems Solutions, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Abengoa, TAESA, Rotoplas, Aguas Andinas, Pampa Energia, and Covanta.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch & Co., Partho spent approx. 5 years at the World Bank Group, where he focused on advising Governments around the world on privatizations of their infrastructure assets in emerging markets.
PARTHO SANYAL
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
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
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
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
12:45 - NETWORKING LUNCH

Session 3A: Utility-Scale
Keys to Building a Growth Environment

14:15 - The global market leader's insight: turning the potential of an emerging market into a success
  • • LCOE decline on a global scale and impacts for the region
  • • Market entry strategies for Latin America to reduce risk and increase success
  • • Ensuring project bankability through best in-class technologies and quality
ALBERTO CUTER /// GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
Alberto Cuter has been involved in renewable energy since 2008. He served as Sales Director in Phoenix Solar and Heliosphera and joined Jinko Solar in 2010. He opened the Italian branch and developed the Italian market positioning Jinko as leader modules supplier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as Sales Director of Emerging Markets (LATAM and MEA). He developed and positioned Jinko as market leader in the most important market such as South Africa and Chile with more than 30% of market share, making Jinko the leader modules supplier in the region.
As per new strategy of Jinko management, in July 2015 he was appointed as a General Manager Latam and Italy to lead a team of high professional managers in 7 countries across the region. Actually Jinko has been recognized as market leader in Chile, Brazil and Central America, with more than 600 MW sold in the region.
Prior to stepping into solar PV industry, Alberto Cuter has worked in the telecommunication Industry as Sales Director in companies as Telecom Italia, Wind and Deloitte Consulting.
Alberto has an Electronic Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a Master in Telecommunications at SSGRR (Italy).
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY /// JINKO SOLAR
14:35 - Panel: What is the best path towards expanding utility scale solar PV power production in Latin America?
  • • Assessing the different models and programs (Tenders, auctions, private PPA’s, merchant etc.)
  • • What are adequate pricing levels for utility scale projects?
  • • The roles of international and local stakeholders; cooperation or competition?
  • • Converting risks to opportunities (political, currency, technical, etc.)
  • • Exploring different financing instruments and their effectiveness
JOHN PADILLA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - IPD LATIN AMERICA
John is a partner and Managing Director of IPD Latin America, a U.S. based independent energy consultancy specializing in above the ground risk in the oil and gas industries in Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. John has been directly involved in the company's expansion into Mexico in 2001, Colombia in 2009 and Peru in 2013. After 20 years in New York, John relocated and has been based in Bogota, Colombia since April 2011. John’s ten years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing and deal-making add a unique perspective to IPD’s consulting services. He directs a range of consulting efforts at IPD, including its due diligence practice, forecasting, and other strategic client-oriented efforts.
MODERATOR
JOHN PADILLA
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// IPD LATIN AMERICA
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
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

Session 3B: Commercial & Industrial
Structuring a Bankable Private PPA

14:15 - Opportunities and developments in the DG sector in Latin America
  • • Key market drivers and barriers for the DG sector to stimulate growth
  • • Identifying markets with highest growth rate potential for DG in the region
  • • Building an enabling regulatory environment
14:35 - Panel: Opportunities for Engaging Intensive Energy Users in Latin America
  • • Identifying high-potential opportunities by market and sector
  • • What are the incentives for private off-takers to engage in solar?
  • • Successful business models and best practices
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
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

Session 3C: Off-Grid/Mini-Grid
Opportunities Beyond the Grid

14:15 - Opportunities and trends in the Off-grid segment
  • • Market drivers, barriers and outlook for off-grid project development in the region
  • • Differences between markets (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and South America)
  • • Building an enabling regulatory environment
14:35 - Panel: Realizing the untapped potential of Latin America’s off-grid segment
  • • Identifying the opportunities for off-grid (mining, rural electrification etc.)
  • • Lessons learned in Africa and Asia and their implications in Latin America
  • • Opportunities for international and local stakeholders
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.
MODERATOR
LAURA SUNDBLAD
PROGRAM ADVISER /// GOGLA
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
15:15 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Session 4A: Utility-Scale
Gaining Access to Low-Cost Capital

16:00 - Navigating Latin America’s Utility Scale Markets
  • • Identifying markets with greatest potential
  • • Key risks, barriers and mitigation strategies for projects in the region
  • • Market entry strategies for emerging markets
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT /// HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT - THESAN
Mrs Coralie Carrier-Clerambault is currently Head of Development at Thesan USA Corp., where she is responsible for implementing growth strategies for Latin America and strengthening the Company’s presence in this region. She has been involved in solar energy since 2011, exploring more than 30 countries around the world.
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT /// THESAN
16:30 - Panel: The Future of RE Tenders in Latin America
  • • The role of tenders and auctions as the main drivers of solar PV market penetration in the region
  • • Will the downward trend in pricing continue and is it sustainable in the long-term?
  • • What happens when parties don’t meet their commitments in an off-take agreement?
  • • How to facilitate access to low cost capital
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

Session 4B: Commercial & Industrial
Structuring a Bankable Private PPA

16:00 - Opportunities and developments in the DG sector in Latin America
  • • Key market drivers and barriers for the DG sector to stimulate growth
  • • Identifying markets with highest growth rate potential for DG in the region
  • • Best practices and success cases in the region
16:30 - Panel: Structuring a Bankable Private PPA
  • • Opportunities and challenges dealing with commercial and industrial offtakers
  • • Effective risk allocation in offtake agreements (and how should structure this, the developer or the investor?)
  • • Standardization of C&I contracts to limit transaction costs
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.
MODERATOR
SARAH CHAPMAN
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// FARO ENERGY

Session 4C: Off-Grid/Mini-Grid
Business Models and Financing

16:00 - Spotlight on Latin America off-grid initiatives
  • • Successful business cases and initiatives in the region
  • • Keys to raising capital as an early stage company
  • • Best practices and lessons learned
16:30 - Panel: Keys to Unlocking Capital for Off-Grid Solar
  • • How to obtain financing for off-grid projects
  • • Keys to making off-grid business models bankable and best practices in risk mitigation
  • • Opportunities for telecom integration in Latin America and possibilities for PAYG business model
  • • Overview of business models with potential in mini-grid and off-grid segments
ROBERT CONSTANTINO /// DIRECTOR - DWM
Robert is a Director at Developing World Markets (DWM), a leading global impact investment fund, where he is responsible for private debt transactions within the Latin America region for the firm.
Prior to joining DWM, Robert worked for Citigroup, where he was responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiation, and execution of structured finance transactions for corporate and sovereign borrowers throughout Latin America, in sectors such as oil & gas, renewables, transportation infrastructure, and financial institutions.
Robert earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an M.Sc. from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina, where he studied as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Economics, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
MODERATOR
ROBERT CONSTANTINO
DIRECTOR /// DWM
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
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
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
FERNANDO ALVARADO /// CEO & PRESIDENT - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
Development Investment Banker with 25 years of international credit and investment experience and 15 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean for more than $100MM consisting of more than 40 investments. His financial, credit and investment experience includes working with financing from IFC, IDB, Citibank, Finnfund, BIO, Triodos, CABEI, MIF, and several commercial banks in Central America.
He serves in the Board of Veragua Foundation of Costa Rica and as Advisor of Cleantech Methods of the US, a consortium that develops, incubates, invests and Works on policy of clean energies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica. His passions include diving (PADI Rescue Diver) and mountain biking.
FERNANDO ALVARADO
PRESIDENT & CEO - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
17:30 - NETWORKING DRINKS
18:30 - NETWORKING DINNER
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
15 June 2017