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, 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
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 - 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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
ROBERT CONSTANTINO
DIRECTOR /// DWM
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.
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
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
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
JOSÉ ORDÓÑEZ /// CO-FOUNDER - HYBRICO ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
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
CO-FOUNDER /// HYBRICO ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
MARCO MONROY /// FOUNDER & CEO - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
Marco Monroy is Founder and CEO of MGM Innova Group, a multinational group with offices in Miami, Medellin, Mexico and São Paulo, specializing in integrated sustainability investments and climate change services that facilitate a transition to a low carbon economy. The Group includes MGM Innova Capital, a private equity investment firm that manages the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF I), with a focus on triple bottom line investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean; MGM Innova Energy Services, a project development company providing energy efficiency solutions to commercial, industrial and government clients; and MGM Innova Consulting, a multinational consultancy firm specializing in sustainability and climate change. He also serves as the Chairman of MSEF I, providing strategic guidance while overseeing deal origination, structuring transactions and managing key relationships with manufacturers, local partners and investors.
MARCO MONROY
FOUNDER & CEO - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
SANTIAGO ALVAREZ /// INVESTMENT DIRECTOR - ACUMEN
Santiago is Acumen Capital Partners Investment Director for Latin America, responsible for all investment activities for Acumen’s new early growth fund. Before joining Acumen, Santiago was Investment Manager at Bamboo Finance in Bogota where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and monitoring investments across Latin America, primarily in the access to financial services, energy and education sectors. Prior to that he was an Associate at Actis in London, a leading global private equity fund that invests in emerging markets, where he was particularly focused on energy transactions in Latin America and Africa. Previously, Santiago was involved in supporting the start-up of Adobe Capital, a leading impact investing fund in Mexico. Prior to that he was a Consultant at Stratco, one of the leading management consulting firms in Colombia. Santiago holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University in Colombia, an MS in Poverty Reduction and Development Management at the University of Birmingham in the UK and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
SANTIAGO ALVAREZ
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR /// ACUMEN
ABE CAMBRIDGE /// CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
Abraham Cambridge is a British born solar entrepreneur and disruptive technologist and has established multiple businesses and projects around the world that use solar energy as a means for creating positive change. In 2010 he pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 one of his businesses, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. Abe now lives in Africa, a continent rich in sunlight but poor in energy and from where in 2014 he launched the world’s first blockchain based solar finance company, The Sun Exchange.
ABE CAMBRIDGE
CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
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
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
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
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
PATRICK DOYLE /// SR MANAGING DIRECTOR - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
Patrick Doyle is Senior Managing Director at MGM Innova Capital, where he focuses on originating and structuring investments as well as monitoring MGM Sustainable Energy Fund I (MSEF I)’s investment portfolio. He is leading sourcing/early screening for several MSEF I investments in solar distributed generation, small hydro, energy efficiency and biogas. Additionally, he is MSEF I's environmental and social compliance officer.
Before joining MGM Innova Capital, Mr. Doyle was a Senior Energy and Climate Officer in the Structured and Corporate Finance Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he led the IDB’s transactions and technical support for distributed generation and energy efficiency, and managed numerous international climate funds. Prior to the IDB he was a strategy consultant advising companies, governments, and financial institutions on clean energy markets and technologies. His professional experience also includes working for a clean-tech start-up and as the manager of energy and environmental compliance for a large facility.
PATRICK DOYLE
SR MANAGING DIRECTOR - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
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
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
HONG CHEN /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SKY SOLAR
Mr. Chen joint Sky Solar by 2008 when the group started the business operation in Europe, from then on, Mr. Chen has actively participated in all the Sky Solar's business development in Spain and Italy including 26.0 MW of project development and transfer, as well around 100.0 MW of solar module trading.
On January 21, 2009, Mr Chen was appointed as Managing Director for Latin America and Spain. As head of the regional business unit, he was responsible for project development, finance & management, which includes leading Sky Solar's business operations in the region as well as coordination with relevant parties such as governments, local authorities, institutions, banks and energy off-takers, with more than 140MW proven fully developed projects in the region of which 85MW are fully financed and under-construction, in addition to another 300MW qualified pipeline underdevelopment. On January 2006, he has been appointed as VP of Business Development for the Americas as result of consolidation of the company’s business in the region. Mr. Chen speaks Spanish, Chinese and English and had studied Industrial Engineering in the Technical University of Madrid.
HONG CHEN
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SKY SOLAR
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
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
ELEE MUSLIN /// FUND ADVISOR - IIC
Elee Muslin is an energy and climate Investment Officer on the IIC’s Blended Finance and Advisory Services Team, where he specializes in structuring and investing climate funds. He manages the US$250 million Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F), providing senior and mezzanine financing for mitigation and adaptation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, and has invested in first of a kind utility, commercial, and residential scale solar projects throughout the region. Prior to joining the IDB Group, Elee was a Director at the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), an initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation. At CCI he negotiated global supply agreements with Fortune 500 companies on behalf of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and his client advisory work included engagements in carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery in the US, carbon neutral real estate developments in Asia, and building energy efficiency retrofits in Mexico. Previously, Elee spent six years as a proprietary bulk commodities and chemicals trader in New York.
He received a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a Master’s Degree in Energy and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University.
ELEE MUSLIN
FUND ADVISOR - IIC
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
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.
FREDERIC VERDOL
SR POWER ENGINEER /// WORLD BANK
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY /// LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TCX
Maria Alejandra is part of the structuring team of TCX Fund and is responsible for the fund´s business development activity in Latin America. She is based in Bogotá. Before joining TCX she worked with Proparco, the private sector arm of the French Development Agency, as a Senior Investment Officer in the Banking and Capital Markets team with a focus on Latin America. She held previous positions with Moody´s in Paris and with a boutique financial sector consultancy in Bogotá. Maria Alejandra holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University and an MBA degree from HEC Paris.
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY
LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TCX
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
MARK HARRIS /// VICE PRESIDENT - SMBC
Mark Harris is responsible for SMBC's project finance business in Chile. In this capacity, Mark has raised financing for over $4Bn worth of power, infrastructure and mining assets in Chile, and provides advisory in bringing equity to local assets. On the solar side, Mark has closed on 3 utility scale solar financings in Chile in the last two years, and is currently acting as Financial Advisor to a fourth utility scale solar development, which is expected to commence construction shortly. Prior to relocating to Chile, Mark worked in the Project Finance team for SMBC in New York covering the LatAm region, and for the Energy team at BBVA covering North America. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
MARK HARRIS
VICE PRESIDENT - SMBC
GERARDO AGUILAR /// SR MANAGING DIRECTOR - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
Gerardo Aguilar is Senior Managing Director at MGM Innova Capital, where he focuses on the implementation of the investment strategy and manages investments and the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund I (MSEF I) team. Mr. Aguilar is part of the original General Partner’s team that successfully raised and closed MSEF I with US$ 63 million under management. During the first three years of operations, he has been directly responsible for closing energy efficiency projects in Mexico, Panama, El Salvador and Costa Rica, while developing and reaching legal signature for the first utility-scale 5 MW solar plant in Costa Rica.
Mr. Aguilar worked previously as Equity Business Developer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Costa Rica and Panama and prior to that as Investment Principal at Latin Capital Fund I, where he was responsible for sourcing and negotiating equity investments valued at over US$ 100 million. Between 2005 and 2007, Mr. Aguilar was Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at E+Co, a clean energy investment company, where he headed company operations in Brazil, Bolivia and Central America and achieved additional funding under the SEF-IFC program. Prior to that, Mr. Aguilar worked for 7 years with the UK´s CDC Group, where he was Manager at Actis, and, subsequently, a Partner at Aureos Capital. At CDC Group, he managed equity and debt investments throughout Latin America in excess of US$ 100 million and completed successful exits via strategic buyers and the capital markets.
Mr. Aguilar has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University and a B.Sc. in Government and Public Administration from the University of Costa Rica.
GERARDO AGUILAR
SR MANAGING DIRECTOR - MGM INNOVA CAPITAL
IÑIGO MALO DE MOLINA /// HEAD ANDEAN REGION - SOLARPACK
Iñigo leads Solarpack’s business in the Andean Region, reporting to Solarpack’s CEO. Solarpack develops, builds and operates utility scale PV power plants worldwide, having operations in several countries in LatAm, including Chile, Peru and Uruguay.
Iñigo has over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy business, having held executive responsibilities in several multinational corporations. He joined Solarpack from SunEdison, where he was O&M Director for LatAm. Prior to this, he worked for the Spanish construction and services multinational FCC, acting as Head of Renewable Energy Development, and for Iberdrola Renewables, firstly as O&M engineer and finally as O&M Director for USA, based in Philadelphia, USA.
Born in Spain in 1978, Iñigo holds a M. Sc. Industrial Engineering degree by the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICAI (Madrid, Spain) and an Executive MBA by IESE Business School.
IÑIGO MALO DE MOLINA
HEAD ANDEAN REGION - SOLARPACK
SERGIO ASENJO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - QUANTUM GROUP
Engineer Sergio Asenjo is Electronic Engineer by Catholic University ICAI at Madrid (Spain). He gained his professional experiences in Asea Brown Boveri developing his career in all different positions at Automation and Electrical Systems projects in the Utility (Electricity, Gas and Water) business, gaining strong experience in Conventional Power Generation in all type of Power Plants (Coal, CCPP, Hydro, Diesel, etc.) , starting the activities on Solar Business in ABB at Power Systems.
He was the Local BU Manager for the Power Generation Business and Network Management at Spain and Portugal, within ten years. Additionally, he was heading the Center of Competence for Solar Systems within the Power Systems Division, doing all kind of projects of Photovoltaic, Thermal Concentrated Solar as well as Microgrids.
He had the Global role of Business Line Manager Solar at Power Systems Division until end of December 2015.
In 2016 funded with other partners Quantum Power Group a global renewable energy developer leveraging their experience in renewable and hybridizing with conventional energy with innovative solutions.
He was also professor during 12 years at Electronic Engineer by Catholic University of ICAI at Madrid (Spain).
SERGIO ASENJO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// QUANTUM GROUP
FERNANDO CUBILLOS /// HEAD OF ENERGY - INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY DIVISION, IIC
Fernando Cubillos is the Head of Energy at the Infrastructure and Energy Division of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC). Mr. Cubillos is a Chilean national, is an energy and climate finance expert, with 24 years experience and deep knowledge in power and carbon markets. He has structured, financed, and managed energy and carbon related projects and transactions in Latin America and Africa.
Prior to joining the IIC, he was the founder and managing partner of Antuko Comercialization, an energy advisory and development firm focused in innovative solutions for power markets, first in Chile, and then in Mexico. In 2013, Antuko launched the first Price Stabilization Fund for renewable energy projects, a hedging structure to mitigate merchant and production volatility risk. Antuko also developed proprietary models and softwares to evaluate power market risks in different countries.
Previously Mr. Cubillos was the head for Latin America of the Environmental Markets Unit of J.P. Morgan. He also held positions in the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank, and Hidroeléctrica Guardia Vieja, a power firm in Chile.
Mr. Cubillos holds an Industrial and Electric Engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, USA.
FERNANDO CUBILLOS
HEAD OF ENERGY - INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY DIVISION, IIC
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.
NICO JONHSON /// FOUNDER, PRODUCER, HOST - SUNCAST
Nico Johnson is a solar sales and marketing veteran with over a decade of experience developing projects and territories for internationally recognized organizations, and has become an expert on the Latin America market. Nico's popular podcast, SunCast, is essential listening for anyone interested in better understanding how to grow as a leader and producer in the solar industry, in particular Latin America. Nico has run his own solar companies, led market development for established leaders such as Trina Solar and Conergy, and served as a key team member and advisor to various industry startups. His experience ranges from utility-scale downstream development, C&I market penetration and regional market-entry planning, to channel management, brand strategy and growth consulting. Nico is also fluent in Spanish.
NICO JONHSON
FOUNDER, PRODUCER, HOST - SUNCAST
JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ DE COLMENARES /// CHIEF OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY DIVISION - IIC
Javier Rodríguez de Colmenares is the Chief of the Infrastructure & Energy Division at the Inter‐ American Investment Corporation (IIC) since August 2016. As head of the Division, he leads the private sector agenda of IDB Group in the infrastructure space with a focus on Transportation, Energy, Water & Sanitation, PPPs and Social Infrastructure (Education & Health). Mr. Rodriguez de Colmenares, a Spanish national, has extensive experience in Project Finance, LBOs, Debt Advisory, PPP structuring as well as in Derivatives, Risk Management and Debt re‐structuring in Latin America, North America, Europe and Australia. Prior to joining the IIC, he was Deputy Chief Risk Officer at Banco Santander Brasil where he led a team of 1,000 people and managed a portfolio of more than USD 200 Billion in the middle of one of the worst macro‐economic and political crisis in Brazil of the last century. His major responsibilities were in the Wholesale, Middle Market and Sales & Trading portfolios. During his time in Brazil, the share price more than doubled. Before working in Brazil, he was Global Head of Project & Acquisition Finance for the Santander Group based in Madrid leading a team of more than 50 people based in Madrid, London, New York, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Bogota and Sydney. During his tenure as Global Head of Project Finance, Santander ranked Top 3 in the Global Project Finance Bookrunner League Tables and the bank developed the Project Bond underwriting platform, particularly in the Americas, involving domestic and international institutional investors in the financing of infrastructure and energy assets. He started his career at BBVA as a Project Finance Banker focused primarily on the structuring and financial advisory of projects and PPPs in the transportation and social infrastructure sectors. Mr. Rodriguez de Colmenares received his Law Degree and MA in Economics and Business Administration from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid) and his Master’s Degree in Investment Banking and Global Markets from BBVA’s School of Finance.
JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ DE COLMENARES
CHIEF OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY DIVISION - IIC
RICHARD MCCOMBE /// ASSISTANT VP OPERATIONS & FACILITIES - ARAWAK PORT DEVELOPMENT
Richard is responsible for the Operations and Facilities at the Nassau Container Port and Gladstone Freight Terminal.
Richard is a Past District Governor of Rotary International where he represented 14 countries in the Northern Caribbean. He served as Rotary Internationals District 7020 Haiti Liaison and Haiti Disaster Relief Coordinator for Hurricane Hanna in 2008 and again for the Haiti Earthquake of January 2010.
Richard was awarded the Rotary International Service Above Self Award in 2010 by the President of Rotary International for his efforts.
RICHARD MCCOMBE
ASSISTANT VP OPERATIONS & FACILITIES - ARAWAK PORT DEVELOPMENT
JAMES SCRIVEN /// CEO - IIC
Mr. Scriven is the CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, where he manages an $11 billion portfolio of over 350 clients across 21 countries. IIC is a multilateral development bank that seeks to be the leader in client-service and development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. A dual Argentine/British citizen, Mr. Scriven was previously Vice President of Corporate Risk and Sustainability at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in addition to other leadership positions. Before joining the IFC, Mr. Scriven was Chief Financial Officer of Banco Hipotecario in Argentina. During the past two decades he has concentrated his efforts on the promotion of the private sector in development. Mr. Scriven holds a Master´s degree in Finance from Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos of Argentina, and a degree in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. For more, visit @JamesPScriven and https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-p-scriven.
JAMES SCRIVEN
CEO - IIC
JUAN MAYORAL /// CEO - SOFOS GROUP
Juan founded SOFOS in Spain in 2004, a company offering to final users turn-key solutions based on solar photovoltaic systems for Commercial & Industrial and for Utility Scale sector. SOFOS is acting not only in Spain-Europe but also in Caribbean, LATAM and U.S., where SOFOS has already set up several successful subsidiaries. He has been very active in the photovoltaic regulation development in several countries, namely he is cofounder of UNEF, the main PV association in Spain. Juan was born in Lleida (Spain) in 1971. Juan is married and has three children. He is a Telecommunications Master Engineer graduated at ETSETB-UPC in Barcelona (Spain) back in 1996. He is currently based in Miami (U.S.) and he speaks fluent Spanish, English and French. He initially developed for four years as software engineer at INGENICO in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Paris and U.S. Afterwards, Juan joined the US Telecommunications firm CIENA, where he developed for four more years as technical support engineer, systems engineer and account manager working with international customers in the range of Telefonica, Vodafone, France Telecom, Portugal Telecom, IBM, HP, etc.
JUAN MAYORAL
CEO - SOFOS GROUP
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
DAVID DÍAZ /// PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - NADBANK
Mr. Díaz is currently Project Development Officer at the North American Development Bank (Nadbank), where he is concentrated in renewable energy transactions. He has worked on numerous environmental projects, including wind, solar, methane gas, water-wastewater, solid waste, and air quality projects in both sides of the US-Mexico border. He has been actively participating with the Mexican Ministry of Energy on the guidelines for the long-term contract auctions of renewable energy. He is currently working in the financial structuring of some of those tendered contracts. Before joining the Nadbank, David Diaz worked for the Mexican Federal Government, at the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. David Díaz holds a bachelor degree in Economics; a Master’s degree in Economics from El Colegio de Mexico; and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Warwick, England.
NADB renewable energy transactions include 15 solar parks and 13 wind farms for a total generation capacity of 1.9 GW.
DAVID DÍAZ
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - NADBANK
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)
MARK PYLE /// CFO & PRESIDENT - BRIGHT
Mark Pyle is the CFO and President of Bright. Founded in 2014, Bright became Mexico’s fastest growing residential solar provider. Bright simplifies rooftop solar adoption by leveraging technology, educating and connecting people, and striving to wow customers. Bright is actively pursuing expansion opportunities.
Prior to Bright, Mr. Pyle co-led the U.S. operations of WCAP, making multiple investments in solar in Mexico. Previously, Mark was a partner at Greenrock Capital, where he led more than $200M in commitments to renewable energy investments.
Mr. Pyle’s career launched with close to a decade in management and strategy consulting, including time with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University majoring in Mathematics and Economics.
MARK PYLE
CFO & PRESIDENT - BRIGHT
RICHARD HANSEN /// FOUNDER & PRESIDENT - SOLUZ
Richard Hansen is Founder and President of Soluz, Inc. For three decades, he has maintained a strong commitment to efforts to advance access to electricity using stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) systems in areas of developing countries that are not served by electrical grids. In 1984, he introduced PV technology in the Dominican Republic using small PV systems installed by local enterprises combined with microfinance to make PV affordable for rural families. This breakthrough became an early model that helped to guide other organization, such as the World Bank, with the integration of solar PV into electrification plans. Soluz, Inc., founded in 1993, provides consulting services to advance energy access. Through Soluz Hansen has advised solar PV projects that have delivered first-time electricity for millions of people. Thru its subsidiary, Soluz Honduras, founded in 1994, the company has also directly supplied tens of thousands of off-grid PV systems. Mr. Hansen started his career with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a manufacturing engineer and later as Manager of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in a business unit that produced heavy equipment for large coal-fired power plants. Hansen has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and an MBA from Boston University.
RICHARD HANSEN
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT - SOLUZ
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
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.
BORJA GUTIERREZ
SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA