PROGRAM /// DAY 2
16 June 2017
 

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Session 5: In-Depth Market Sessions
3 Separate tracks Focusing on Understanding Trends and Building Market-Specific Strategies for Success
08:30 - Welcome coffee & registration

Session 5A: Colombia & Central America

Room: North
09:15 - Colombia & Central America
  • • Regional and market-specific opportunities and outlook
  • • Opportunities by market and segment (utility, DG, off-grid)
  • • Local and international sources for raising capital for PV projects
  • • Risk mitigation strategies and lessons learned
BORJA GUTIERREZ /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Borja Gutierrez Leads the Emerging Markets and Finance Team at Solarplaza, with a global portfolio of events in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The core focus of all the team’s efforts is bridging the funding gap for PV projects by connecting investors and financiers to developers with bankable PV projects.
Prior to working with Solarplaza Borja spent 9 years in China focusing on managing a variety of sustainability related projects in areas including microfinance, education and healthcare throughout the Greater China region. He also held the position of Team Lead in Microsoft focusing on software localization testing for Windows 7.
Borja holds a Master Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks several languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Dutch, French and English.
MODERATOR
BORJA GUTIERREZ
SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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
DINO BARAJAS /// PARTNER - AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD
Dino E. Barajas focuses his practice on domestic and international project development and finance, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure projects, debt financings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Barajas regularly represents lenders, investors and developers in a wide range of domestic and international project financings in the energy, power, infrastructure and commercial sectors, as well as in traditional banking, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, asset finance, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. His clients include commercial lenders, institutional investors, investment funds, project sponsors, and public and private companies. Mr. Barajas has worked on transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Yemen and elsewhere.
DINO BARAJAS
PARTNER - AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD
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
EDUARDO KOPPER /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - SUNSHINE CORP.
CEO and co-founder of SUNSHINE Corp., a company dedicated to the deployment of distributed energy in Central America and the Caribbean for both the comercial and residential markets. Sunshine prides itself in been amongst the first to introduce a long term solar lease in the region in an effort to aid solar financing. Founded in 2014, the company aims for a solar asset portfolio of over 50mw by 2020. It's main shareholder is Losko SA, a company with over 20 years developing and operating hydropower plants in Costa Rica. Mr Kopper holds a BA in Business Administration from Babson College, was a member of the board of a Central American bank for over 12 years and has been and active member of 7 other boards during this business career.
EDUARDO KOPPER
CEO & CO-FOUNDER - SUNSHINE CORP.
ANDRES BEKER /// CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR - BLACK ORCHID SOLAR
Currently leading the Utility Scale development within Black Orchid Solar. 7+ years of experience in supply chain optimization and labor union negotiations in Latin America. Founder of multiple companies in the technology, sustainability and consumer products sectors internationally. Andres received a BSc in Economics and a BA in International Political Studies with honors from Emory University and the University of Cape Town.
ANDRES BEKER
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR - BLACK ORCHID SOLAR

Session 5B: Brazil

Room: South
09:15 - Brazil
  • • Status of the Brazilian solar PV market
  • • Navigating the complex regulatory framework and uncertain economic situation
  • • Local content requirements and the roles of different international and local stakeholders
  • • Opportunities and challenges in distributed generation
  • • Overcoming high interest rates and difficulty to obtain financing
  • • Risk mitigation: political, economic, taxes etc.
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.
MODERATOR
MARKUS VLASITS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAZIL - FARO ENERGY
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
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’S INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY DIVISION
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
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

Session 6A: Mexico

Room: North
10:15 - Mexico
  • • Overview and outlook of the Mexican solar PV market
  • • Lessons learned in first tender rounds and best practices for the utility scale market
  • • Keys to realizing Mexico’s massive DG potential
  • • Local and international sources for raising capital for PV projects
  • • US-Mexico relations and their impact on solar
BORJA GUTIERREZ /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Borja Gutierrez Leads the Emerging Markets and Finance Team at Solarplaza, with a global portfolio of events in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The core focus of all the team’s efforts is bridging the funding gap for PV projects by connecting investors and financiers to developers with bankable PV projects.
Prior to working with Solarplaza Borja spent 9 years in China focusing on managing a variety of sustainability related projects in areas including microfinance, education and healthcare throughout the Greater China region. He also held the position of Team Lead in Microsoft focusing on software localization testing for Windows 7.
Borja holds a Master Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks several languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Dutch, French and English.
MODERATOR
BORJA GUTIERREZ
SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
HECTOR OLEA /// PRESIDENT & CEO - GAUSS ENERGIA
With more than 22 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex) and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico--‐US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.
HECTOR OLEA
PRESIDENT & CEO /// GAUSS ENERGIA
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
RESPONSIBLE FOR PROJECT & ACQUISITION FINANCE MEXICO /// SANTANDER
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
GABRIEL MEIZNER /// INVESTMENT MANAGER - ADOBE CAPITAL
Gabriel is the Investment Manager of Adobe Capital, a pioneer triple-bottom investing fund in the region. In Adobe, Gabriel oversees the whole length of the investment process and is responsible for designing tailor-made investment structures for impact-driven SMEs in Mexico. His position has given him a unique insight of innovative off-grid PV projects and the challenges faced when seeking financing alternatives. Adobe Capital is sponsored by New Ventures, the leading impact investment and acceleration platform that generate meaningful and measurable social and environmental impact.
Gabriel holds a BA in finance from ITAM in Mexico City and has a passion for finding creative solutions to channel financial resources into projects that generate positive externalities in their communities.
GABRIEL MEIZNER
INVESTMENT MANAGER - ADOBE CAPITAL

Session 6B: Argentina

Room: Center
10:15 - Argentina
  • • Opportunities and challenges in the utility scale segment - Assessing Renovar
  • • Unlocking the untapped potential of the C&I market in Argentina
  • • Keys to securing access to low cost capital from international and local sources
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
GIAN FRANCO CARASALLE /// LEAD INVESTMENT OFFICER - IIC
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
FRANCO BORRELLO /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - CORAL ENERGÍA
Franco Borrello is an engineer and renewable energy specialist with vast experience in developing and financing wind, solar and bioenergy projects throughout Latin America. Franco is co-founder and Director of Business Development at Coral Energía, a leading renewable energy project development company in Argentina. Coral Energia has a 1.5 GW project portfolio of wind, solar, and hydro energy projects under development. Franco has also co-founded Cleanergy Renewables, a startup company in the bioenergy sector. Previously, Franco has worked with the IMPSA group to develop a project portfolio of more than 2,500 MW in 9 countries.
Franco is a Fulbright Scholar with MS degrees in Energy at UTN (Argentina) and Northeastern University (USA), and graduate certificates at Northeastern and MIT. He earned his Industrial Engineering degree at University of Buenos Aires.
FRANCO BORRELLO
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - CORAL ENERGIA
NICOLÁS PERKINS /// PARTNER - NICHOLSON Y CANO
Nicolás Perkins has extensive experience in corporate, financial and natural resource matters, advising companies with a comprehensive view of all the legal matters involved in their activity with special focus on corporate, contracts, financing and capital market issues. He has participated in a large number of transactions, both local and international.
In the Renewable Energy sector, he has advised clients who have submitted bids for solar and wind projects, and were awarded PPAs in the International Rounds 1 and 1.5 in Argentina. Together with the Nicholson y Cano team, he has also advised clients in sale and purchase of projects with awarded PPAs and is currently advising in the financing of some of these projects.
NICOLÁS PERKINS
PARTNER - NICHOLSON Y CANO
ULISES SOROETA /// MANAGING PARTNER - ENERGY PARTNERS (ARGENTINA)
Ulises Soroeta is Managing Partner at Energy Partners (Argentina), a company specialized in the entire value chain of renewable energies. Mr. Soroeta’s career builds on thirty years in the energy field. Previously, he was COO of Genneia, an independent wind power company in Argentina. Mr. Soroeta was also Business Development Manager for energy projects in Latin America with Swedish engineering and construction firm Skanska. Mr. Soroeta also spent 10 years with global power company AES in executive level roles across several countries in Latin America, including General Manager of AES Distribution Argentina, Vice President of AES Eletropaulo, the power utility serving Metro São Paulo, Brazil, COO of Hydro Generation Co. AES Tiete, also in Brazil and General Manager of the utility AES Clesa in El Salvador, Central America. Previously, Soroeta took several roles within in the Impsa Group of Companies, an Argentina-based global supplier of renewable power systems, as Philippines Country Manager, Vice President of Impsa Asia (Hong Kong) and Commercial Manager. He is experienced in electric energy (G, T, D, regulation), general management, operations, and project development.
ULISES SOROETA
MANAGING PARTNER /// ENERGY PARTNERS (ARGENTINA)

Session 6C: Haiti

Room: South
10:15 - Haiti (hosted by the Worldbank)
  • • Overview and outlook of the Haitian solar market by segment
  • • Making the business case for “Solar Islands”
  • • Integrating storage and other hybrid solutions
  • • Dynamics and scale of the Caribbean solar market
FREDERIC VERDOL /// SR POWER ENGINEER - WORLDBANK
Frederic Verdol is a Senior Power Engineer working at the World Bank Energy Global Practice. He is in charge of the Haiti Energy portfolio and is providing support to several teams and Clients in Latin America and Africa regions. Prior to working at the World Bank, he worked for 10 years at Electricite de France as Research Engineer on Energy Markets then as Planning Engineer for the French islands’ power system operators. Frederic Verdol holds a Masters of Engineering from EPF, a masters in Environmental Management from ISIGE and a post-grad master in Energy Systems Optimization from Ecole des Mines de Paris.
MODERATOR
FREDERIC VERDOL
SR POWER ENGINEER /// WORLD BANK
EVENSON CALIXTE /// ENERGY ADVISOR - MTPTC HAITI
Evenson Calixte has received with honor his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at University Quisqueya, Haiti in 1998. He went to Nagoya University in Japan in 1998 where he got his master’s degree in 2002 and PhD degree in Power System Engineering in December 2004. Dr. Calixte has won the best paper award for young researcher in 2002 from the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan and earned 3 rd place graduate student paper contest at the North American Power Symposium 2004, University of Idaho, USA. Dr. Calixte is currently a full-time professor at Quisqueya University and the Dean of the school of Science, Engineering and Architecture. He is also the one in charge of the distance education unit at Quisqueya. He is a part-time lecturer in power systems at the School of Science of Haiti State University (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) and Lumiere University in Haiti. He is the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at Quisqueya University in Haiti. His professional activities include serving as a member of the Energy Commission for the transitional elected government of President Préval in 2006. In 2012, he was an energy advisor to the minister of environment of Haiti. Since March 2017, he has been appointed as the Energy Advisor to the President of Haiti. Prof. Calixte has published many papers in power systems area. He is fluent in French, Creole, Japanese and English.
EVENSON CALIXTE
ENERGY ADVISOR /// MTPTC HAITI
NICOLAS ALLIEN /// RENEWABLE ENERGY COORDINATOR - MTPTC HAITI
Nicolas Darius Allien has been involved in the Haitian energy sector in various capacities for more than eight years. After an internship at the electric utility, EDH, he joined the Bureau of Mines and Energy in February 2008, where he worked primarily on promoting the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency. In 2011, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at Northeastern University. While studying in Boston, he worked on the development of a non-rotating wind energy generator that has undergone performance tests in the MIT wind tunnel. At the end of his studies in August 2013, he returned to Haiti and joined the Office of the Minister Delegate in charge of Energy Security. There he worked on promoting renewable energy, and energy data management. He is currently working as a Senior Energy Specialist at the Energy Cell of the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Communications (MTPTC). As such, he contributed in the development and supervision of renewable energy projects carried out by MTPTC. Mr. Allien is also an adjunct professor at the State University of Haiti and Quisqueya University where he teaches courses related to physics and energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the College of Science of the State University of Haiti. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Energy Systems from Northeastern University and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership from the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program of the same university.
NICOLAS ALLIEN
RENEWABLE ENERGY COORDINATOR /// MTPTC HAITI
MAARTEN BOUTE /// CEO - RE-VOLT
Maarten Boute is the Chairman of Digicel Haiti, the largest telecommunications provider in Haiti with over 4.5m customers.
Maarten joined Digicel Haiti as COO in January 2009 and was promoted to CEO in December 2009. Prior to working for Digicel, Maarten was Group CEO at Effortel Europe for whom he launched an MVNE in Brussels, Belgium that launched MVNOs in Taiwan, Poland, Russia, Italy, Belgium and France in partnership with large brands such as the French retailer Carrefour. Prior to that, Maarten held senior positions at Orange Group, based in Belgium.
In April 2012, Maarten decided to leave the CEO role at Digicel to be able to set up his own businesses in Haiti. Maarten continued to work for Digicel Group as a Senior Advisor, and launched 2 new ventures in Haiti. Maarten is Founder of SURTAB SA a company that manufactures and sells high quality and affordable Android Tablet PC’s and eLearning solutions in Haiti. Maarten is also Founder of RE-VOLT SA, a social business that provides pay-as-you-go off-grid electrification services in rural areas of Haiti not covered by the electrical grid.
In April 2014, Maarten returned to his role as CEO of Digicel Haiti, in December 2014 he was promoted to Chairman.
Maarten has two children and speaks English, French, Dutch and Haitian Creole.
MAARTEN BOUTE
CEO - RE-VOLT
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
11:15 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Session 7: Closing Plenary: Future Trends and Outlook for solar PV in Latin America
Examining disruptive global trends with an impact on solar PV and building the business models of tomorrow
Room: Plenary
12:00 - High-level Perspectives on the Long-Term Future of Solar in Latin America
  • • Bridging the gap between different segments: A holistic approach of the solar sector
  • • Latin America within the greater global context
  • • Future developments with an impact (storage, big data, EV etc.)
  • • What will the Latin American solar sector look like in the coming years?
BORJA GUTIERREZ /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Borja Gutierrez Leads the Emerging Markets and Finance Team at Solarplaza, with a global portfolio of events in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The core focus of all the team’s efforts is bridging the funding gap for PV projects by connecting investors and financiers to developers with bankable PV projects.
Prior to working with Solarplaza Borja spent 9 years in China focusing on managing a variety of sustainability related projects in areas including microfinance, education and healthcare throughout the Greater China region. He also held the position of Team Lead in Microsoft focusing on software localization testing for Windows 7.
Borja holds a Master Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks several languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Dutch, French and English.
MODERATOR
BORJA GUTIERREZ
SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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
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
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
13:00 - NETWORKING LUNCH
Sponsored by: mgm
Session 8: Networking/Matchmaking
14:30 - Matchmaking and Networking Sessions
  • Pre-arranged 1-on-1 meetings to guarantee you gain the right contacts
16:00 - NETWORKING COCKTAIL DRINKS
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
16 June 2017