The Madrid Energy Conference

The Madrid Energy Conference

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Sep 4 2019 until Sep 6 2019/ 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Hotel Meli√° Madrid Serrano
Calle de Claudio Coello, 139, Madrid, 28006

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7:30 p.m ‚Äď 9:30 p.m. Conference Welcome Cocktail and Networking

Meli√° Serrano Madrid Hotel Rooftop

8:30 Coffee/Light Breakfast Networking

9:00 Conference Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address

José Domínguez Abascal, Secretary of State for Energy, Spain

9:20 Keynote Opening Panel: Latin America Outlook for Energy Transition

Thiago Barral Ferreira, CEO, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica, Brazil

Thore Kristiansen, Co‚ÄźCOO/Executive Director, Galp Energia

Nicholas Lawson, Low Carbon Strategy Director, BP

Moderators: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas and David Voght, IPD Latin America

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 Panel Discussion: Political Leadership in the Americas ‚Äď A New Era in Policy?

The 2018 political shifts throughout the region will drive near‚Äźterm policy evolution across the region. This panel will give investors a first look at the new administrations‚Äô vision, and their potential impact on energy policy.

Thiago de Aragao, Partner, Arko Advice and Senior Associate, CSIS

Nick Panes, Senior Partner, Control Risks

Juan Verde, Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe and President, Advanced Leadership Foundation

Moderator: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

11:45 Panel Discussion: Latin America’s Energy Transition, the 3 D’s (Decentralization, Decarbonization, and Digitalization) and How Companies Can Address Global Energy Transformation

As the world moves toward sustainable energy sources, traditional oil and gas producers have begun to reinvent themselves. This discussion will showcase why the world‚Äôs major energy producing companies are fundamentally changing their businesses ‚ÄĒ and how they intend to shape the future.

Leonardo Sempertegui, General Legal Counsel, OPEC

Agustín Delgado, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Iberdrola

Andrea Villa, Head of Market Studies for Energy Transition, Enel

Alvaro Villasante, Power Generation Vice President ‚Äď Grupo Energia Bogota

Moderator: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

1:00 Networking Luncheon

2:30 Panel Discussion: Where do National Oil Companies Fit into Latin America’s Energy Future?

How will NOCs throughout Latin America evolve to stay relevant operationally, financially, and strategically as the world shifts its energy focus?

Joe Amador, Managing Director, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Rafael Santamaria, Independent Consultant, Former Commercial Lead, International New Ventures M&A, Ecopetrol

Moderator: David Voght, IPD Latin America

3:30 Panel Discussion: Regulatory Risk

The strength and predictability of a country‚Äôs regulatory framework impacts the direction of investment flows. Three‚Äźfourths of total energy sector investment originates from the private sector. This panel will focus on the steps various Latin American countries are taking to strengthen their regulatory framework, and which of those efforts will have the biggest impact.

Andres Chambouleyron, Chairman, National Electricity Regulator (ENRE), Argentina

Jose Vicente Zapata, Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia

Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano, Partner, Enix; Former Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) (Mexico)

Moderator: John Padilla, IPD Latin America

4:30 Panel Discussion: Energy Transition ‚Äď Identifying Priorities for Capital Investors

The competition for capital in Latin America‚Äôs energy sector has never been greater. Several countries are hosting competing bid rounds, there is an urgent need for major infrastructure, and renewable energy investment has gained significant traction. Many firms that have long focused on oil and gas have pivoted to include electricity and renewables as part of their revised strategic vision. What is the model that will deliver shareholder and investor returns in a market with tight margins and growing competition? Where is capital flowing, and what are the principal factors driving decision‚Äźmaking?

Maria Lahore, Principal Executive, CAF ‚Äď Development Bank of Latin America

Dr. Roland Roesch, Deputy Director Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Bart Doyle, Chief Operating Officer, Mainstream Renewable Power

Moderator: John Padilla, IPD Latin America

5:30 Roundtable Discussion

The EU ‚Äź Mercosur Trade Agreement: Partnership for Prosperity

8:00 Coffee/Light Breakfast Networking

9:00 Panel Discussion: The Future Customer

The way consumers think about energy is changing rapidly. More and more consumers are demanding that their energy come from renewable sources. They have a clear preference for environmentally friendly options, and they expect the options to purchase energy to be as innovative as the means by which they consume energy.

Gerard Bel, CEO, Pylon Network

Carlos Sanz Alonso, IBM Spain Energy & Utilities Partner

Andrea Course, Venture Principal, Shell

Moderator: David Voght, IPD Latin America

10:00 Panel Discussion: The Renewable Energy Wave in Latin America ‚Äď Assessing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), the Role of Long-Term Auctions, and What Governments are Doing to Drive Sustainable Business Prospects

Renewables are sweeping across Latin America. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) states that solar, geothermal, and wind sources now provide more than 10 GW of installed capacity across the region. Over the last three years, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico have ranked among the top ten global renewable energy markets for investment. Long-term auctions have spurred competition and positioned renewables as a competitive component of the energy supply mix. Many countries have set specific clean energy goals and policy direction. In some cases, they have also defined financing support to ensure that renewables are deployed. But important questions remain: Will projects be delivered on time? Will they come in at the auction-determined prices?

Leonardo Beltran, former Undersecretary for Energy Transition, Secretary of Energy, Mexico and Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas

Enrique Sira Martinez, Managing Partner, Upside Value Group

Pablo del Rio, Senior Researcher, Head of the Environmental Economics Unit Institute for Public Policies and Goods, Spanish National Research Council | SCIC

Moderator: Arcadio Guti√©rrez Zapico, Director General, Club Espa√Īol de la Energ√≠a

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Panel Discussion: Latin America‚Äôs Natural Gas Outlook ‚Äď Assessing Market Development, Overcoming Infrastructure Challenges, and Seizing Midstream Growth and Opportunities

Energy consumption in Latin America has burgeoned. With access to some of the cheapest natural gas in the world, the region’s need to build more robust and redundant infrastructure has become critical. As natural gas has become the transition hydrocarbon of choice, this panel will examine:

  • Where Latin America will source its energy
  • How much gas production will cost
  • How supply and demand can be balanced regionally to create economies of scale
  • What and where the major investment opportunities in the region will be

Mauricio Roitman, President, Ente Nacional Regulador Del Gas (ENARGAS), Argentina

Jaqueline Meneghel Rodrigues, Infrastructure Analyst, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil

Guadalupe Vargas Giraldo, Business Development Manager Repsol Wholesale & Gas Trading

Kenna Bravo, Latin American Senior LNG specialist, GNL Global

Moderator: Jeremy Martin, Institute of the Americas

12:30 Final Remarks and Closing Coffee

The September 2019 Madrid Energy Conference will be groundbreaking: An international assembly of top level business executives and government officials from Latin America, Europe, and the world will come together to explore the vast cross-regional opportunities at the intersection of E&P, infrastructure, renewables, and finance. The conference will gather the brightest minds and the most engaging and well-respected commercial, policy, and regulatory thought leaders throughout the region.

Latin America is shaking up its energy mix with record-setting renewable energy investment and aggressive E&P bid rounds in nearly every major energy-producing country. On top of that, the region’s largest oil-producing nations held presidential elections in 2018. This dynamic environment demands that energy sector players reassess the market and actively pursue new stakeholder engagement strategies.

The Madrid Energy Conference 2019 will give participants the opportunity to:

  • Connect with newly-appointed energy officials and other key decision makers to catalyze industry connections and partnerships.
  • Cultivate open dialogue across the energy value chain.
  • Review investment opportunities and assess risks in Latin America‚Äôs US$ 100 billion energy industry.
  • Debate innovative approaches on energy transition, regulatory and financial challenges, and government plans to support sector investment.

Hosted by recognized industry leaders:

  • The Institute of the Americas, with 27 years of experience actively cultivating energy development through its showcase La Jolla Energy Conference.
  • IPD Latin America, LLC, with 20 years of on-the-ground consulting for a wide array of global energy decision-makers.


Michael Stott
Michael Stott
Latin America Editor, Financial Times

Michael Stott is the Latin America editor of the Financial Times based in London. He was previously in Tokyo as managing editor of the Nikkei Asian Review, a sister publication covering Asian business and politics. Prior to that he was the FT’s UK news editor. Michael reported from Latin America between 1990-1998, living in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Formerly Moscow bureau chief and Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reuters, he joined the FT in 2014. Michael graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Modern Languages and speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Russian.

Rene Ortiz
Rene Ortiz
Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador

Through Executive Decree 1014, signed on March 9, 2020, the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno appointed René Ortiz as the new Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources.

René Ortiz is an engineer by profession. He has completed his postgraduate studies at various universities and higher institutes in Ecuador and the United States. He has more than 40 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and energy industries.

He held important positions such as: Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Minister of Energy and Mines of Ecuador, founder and President of the Association of the Hydrocarbon Industry of Ecuador (AIHE), Chairman of the board of the Entrepreneurs National Association, member of the Institute of the Americas board, Vice President of the Council of Chambers and Associations of Production, among others.

The new Minister of Energy has affirmed that during his administration he will give priority to the most relevant issues of the sector, which are important for the country, according to the Government of President Lenín Moreno policies.

Omar Paganini
Omar Paganini
Minister of Industry, Energy & Mining, Ministry of Industry, Energy & Mining, Uruguay

Until his appointment as Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, he was director of the UCU Business School.

In 1990 he founded an engineering and automation services company for industry. In 1995 he settled in the department of Paysand√ļ to assume the position of director of the company Paylana S.A., where it generated an innovation in textile technology. Between 2001 and 2003, back in Montevideo, he joined Antel’s ITC consultancy. From 2003 he was dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Uruguay and later served as vice-rector of Economic Management and Development.

Minister Paganini holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Republic and holds a master’s degree in Business Management from the Universidad Cat√≥lica del Uruguay. He has also completed coursework in Entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley Universities, as well as the Global PON program at Harvard University.

Francisco Javier Lopez
Francisco Javier Lopez
Deputy Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Energy of Chile

Ingeniero comercial de la Universidad Cat√≥lica y m√°ster en Administraci√≥n de Empresas y m√°ster en Administraci√≥n P√ļblica de la Universidad de Harvard.

Su trayectoria profesional se inició entre 2000 y 2010 en la empresa asesora de finanzas corportivas Asset Chile.

El a√Īo 2010 se uni√≥ al primer gobierno del Presidente Sebasti√°n Pi√Īera como jefe de gabinete del ministro de Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter, donde ocup√≥ un rol preponderante en el Comit√© de Emergencia creado para enfrentar la reconstrucci√≥n del pa√≠s tras el terremoto de febrero de 2010.

El 29 de julio de 2011 asumió como subsecretario de Vivienda, donde continuó con la labor de reconstrucción, potenciando el rol de desarrollo urbano del ministerio.

Posteriormente, el 24 de julio de 2013 asumi√≥ como ministro de Trabajo y Previsi√≥n Social, desde donde se aboc√≥ a extender la Sala Cuna a todas las mujeres trabajadoras, misi√≥n que defini√≥ entonces como un proyecto que ‚Äúempareja la cancha entre los ni√Īos‚ÄĚ.

Tras desempe√Īar diversas labores en el sector privado, en enero de 2019 asumi√≥ la responsabilidad de dirigir el Fondo de Infratructura, una nueva empresa del Estado que tiene el objetivo de desarrollar nueva infraestructura p√ļblica como carreteras, trenes y puertos.

Ahora asume un desaf√≠o a√ļn mayor. Encabezar el ministerio de Energ√≠a que tiene por misi√≥n conducir a Chile hacia una nueva matriz energ√©tica, m√°s verde, descarbonizada, con √©nfasis en las energ√≠as renovables no convencionales y con la misi√≥n de encaminar a Chile a ser neutro en emisi√≥n de carbono.

Tiene 43 a√Īos y est√° casado con la historiadora Luz Mar√≠a Diaz de Vald√©s.

Juancho Eekhout
Juancho Eekhout
Vice-President of Development, Sempra LNG

Juancho Eekhout is Vice-President of Development with Sempra LNG based in San Diego, California.  He recently took this position to lead the development of LNG projects serving customers in the Pacific basin.  Juancho is the Vice-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber in Mexico and a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of the Americas.

Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Juancho was the Chief Development Officer of IEnova based in Mexico City.  Prior to that, he held various roles with the Sempra family of companies in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, power and gas origination, strategic planning, and commercial development.

Juancho started his career with BP where he held various roles internationally in the refining & marketing and commodity trading organizations.

Juancho holds a BA in Economics from the UCAB in Venezuela and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.


Pedro Miras
Pedro Miras
Director of Sectorial Organizations, Repsol

Currently Pedro Miras is Sectorial Organizations Director in Repsol, Chairman of the World Petroleum Council Spanish Committee (WPC), Chairman of the Programme Committee and Vice President Programme of the Executive Committee of the WPC and President of the Spain/Peru Council Foundation.

Formerly, Chairman of the Spanish Strategic Petroleum Reserves Corporation (CORES), Chairman of the Standing Group on Emergency Questions (SEQ) and Chairman of the Standing Group on Markets of the International Energy Agency, Regulatory Affairs Director in the Repsol Group in Spain and Petroleum and Biofuels Director of the National Energy Commission (CNE) and Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Petroleum Industry Association (AOP), and Spanish Certification Biofuel Entity. He previously served for twelve years several positions in Repsol, mainly in the areas of International Expansion of the Group (New Projects section) and in the Tarragona Refinery (Project Management and Control). Also, member of the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors of Enerclub (Club Espa√Īol de la Energ√≠a) and Member of ICA (Institute of Board Members & Administrators).

He has also been part of the Spanish delegation of the Assemblies of Ibero-American Energy Regulators and member of the Committee to follow up the collaboration agreement between the regulators of Brazil (ANP) and Spain (CNE), among other positions. Thus, it has more than 30 years dedicated to the world of energy and, more specifically, to hydrocarbons.

Senior Industrial Engineer, Master of Business Administrator executive (MBA) at Instituto de Empresa de Madrid and Master of International Management of the Company (MGIE) at the School of Industrial Organization of Madrid. He has been a professor in the area of Marketing at the School of Industrial Organization, the course of petroleum technology and economics in Repsol, S. A and the Ibero-American School of Defense of Competition of the Court of Defense of the Competition, professor of the Master of economy and regulation of the public services of the University of Barcelona, of the Institute of Business Formation of the Chamber of Commerce and of the CEDDET Foundation. He is currently Professor of the Master of Energy Finance, the Master in Energy Business and the Master in Energy Law, all of them from the Spanish Energy Club.

Three degrees: Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, Master of Business Administration and Master of International Business Administration.
Awarded as “Industrial Engineer of the Year 2015”- Honorary Mention Official College of Industrial Engineers of Madrid ‚Äď COIIM.
He also collaborates with various publications in the field of energy and is a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars in the energy field.

Vickram Bharrat
Vickram Bharrat
M.P, Minister of Natural Resources, Guyana

Mr. Vickram Bharrat was born in Berbice, Region 6 and attended the New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary School. His academic achievement includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Guyana and is qualified in the area of Public Management with a wealth of experience in governance and managerial competencies.

Most noteworthy, Minster Bharrat has been an educator, mentor and entrepreneur for over fifteen years as the owner of Xenon Academy (Primary and Secondary) located at Grove, East Bank Demerara. His acquired skills of patience and listening to youths will be transferred to his new responsibilities as Minister of Natural Resources to engage stakeholders.

Minister Bharrat’s professional life commenced with him serving in the capacity of Technical Officer at the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Health. He also held the post of Project Manager with the United Nations Development Programme. Additionally, at the local level, Bharrat also provided sterling service as the Chairman of the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council to improve services and enhance the aesthetics of local communities.

Following his appointment as the Minister of Natural Resources and a Member of Guyana’s Twelfth Parliament on August 06, 2020 and September 01, 2020 respectively, he has been assigned oversight of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Gold Board and the Department of Energy. Further, he previously served in the Eleventh Parliament as a Parliamentarian for the period 2016-2019.

Minister Bharrat has been with the People’s Progressive Party since he was a teenager, having joined the Progressive Youth Organisation at the age of 14, resulting in his unwavering commitment and service to Guyana. He is also a Member to the Central and Executive Committee of the People’s Progressive Party.

He is married with two children, both teenagers.

Joseph Ferrari Regional
Joseph Ferrari Regional
Sales Manager, MAN Energy Solutions

Joseph Ferrari is a Regional Sales Manager (PtX) for MAN Energy Solutions, where he is responsible for expanding opportunities for renewable fuels. Prior to MAN Mr. Ferrari was the General Manager of Utility Market Development at Wärtsilä North America, Inc. He has 15 years of experience in project origination and influencing activities focused on large investor-owned utilities and their regulatory bodies, and has published numerous papers, articles and a book on power system planning for deep decarbonization. He received his MS in Natural Resource Science from the University of Maryland, his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Alejandro Iglesias Boulton
Alejandro Iglesias Boulton
Partner, EY-Parthenon
  • +17 years of strategic consulting experience supporting local and global clients across Europe, US and Latin America.
  • Focus in Digital Transformation, IT strategy and IT optimization. Digital entrepreneur (2 years).
  • Experience in Oil&gas, Power & Utilities, Telecom, Financial Services and heavy process industries.
  • MSc in Computer Engineering and Executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa.
Alberto Estefan
Alberto Estefan
 Director, Actis

Alberto joined Actis in 2014 and is part of the Energy team in Mexico. Alberto has participated in Actis’ investments in Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (leading Central American renewables business), Energuate (distribution concession in Guatemala), Zuma Energia (leading Mexican renewables IPP), Atlas Renewable Energy (pan-regional Latin American solar IPP) and, most recently, the launching of Saavi Energia on the back of the acquisition of InterGen’s Mexico portfolio. Alberto is a Board Member of Zuma Energia.

Prior to Actis, he was an Associate Director with Temasek’s Latin America Investment Group. Alberto started his career in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division.

Alberto holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc. in Economics from CIDE in Mexico City, and also pursued undergraduate studies in Sciences-Po in Paris and the London School of Economics.


Leo Simonovich
Leo Simonovich
VP and Global Head, Industrial Cyber at Siemens Energy from a Marketing and Communications perspective

Leo Simonovich is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Siemens‚Äô industrial cyber security business worldwide. He identifies emerging market trends, works with customers and Siemens businesses to provide best-in-class cyber offers, and contributes to the company’s thought leadership on the topic. He is particularly focused on solving the cyber security challenge in the O&G and power sectors by bringing unique solutions to customers looking to address a growing and costly operational security risk. He frequently speaks on such topics as cyber governance, risk management, and organizational transformation in operational environments.

Previously, Leo led the cyber risk analytics practice area at the management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. He refined his expertise through his work with large government and commercial customers to improve their cyber risk posture. While at Booz Allen, Leo created an industry recognized methodology to evaluate the financial benefits of investment in cyber security.

Leo holds both a Masters in Global Finance and a MBA from the University of Denver.

Roberta Bonomi
Roberta Bonomi
Head of Enel Green Power Brazil, ENEL

Roberta Bonomi is the Head of Brazil region for Enel Global Power Generation, Enel’s business line for energy generation from conventional and renewable sources.

Roberta joined Enel in 2005 at the CEO Office. Since 2007, she has been in charge of launching Enel University and Knowledge Management. In 2009, she became the Head of the Best Practice Sharing project, as part of Enel and Endesa’s Performance Improvement Program. Since 2011, she has also dealt with Recruiting at the Holding level.

In 2012, she became the Manager of Planning, Organization and Human Resources Development and HR manager for central technical departments and Enel Sole in the Infrastructure and Networks Division.

In 2014, she was first named Head of Health and Safety for the Enel Group and then, in October, Head of Human Resources and Organization for Enel Green Power. She has been in her current role of Head of Brazil area since September 2018.

Roberta started her career in 2001 at McKinsey & Company, performing consultancy work in strategic planning, organization and operations for major banking institutions and multinational companies.

She holds a degree in Construction Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.

Fernando Cubillos
Fernando Cubillos
Head, Energy, IDB Invest

Fernando leads the Energy team at IDB Invest, where he joined in 2017. He is responsible for the development of strategies, business plans, client management and structuring of transactions in the Energy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB Group, Fernando was Managing Partner of Antuko, a firm specialized in Energy in Chile and Mexico, where he led innovative marketing structures for renewable energies. Previously, he led the Environmental Markets practice for Latin America at JP Morgan. He has more than 25 years of experience in energy markets, with an emphasis on financing energy and climate change projects. Fernando holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland (USA)

Mechthild Wörsdörfer
Mechthild Wörsdörfer
Director of Sustainability, Technology & Outlooks International Energy Agency

Mechthild Wörsdörfer (@MWorsdorfer) joined the IEA on 1 October 2018 as Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks (STO). Ms Wörsdörfer plans and co-ordinates the IEA’s work on energy sustainability, encompassing clean energy technologies and climate change policy. Previously, Mechthild held several senior management positions in the European Commission, where she coordinated the work on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework, the Clean Energy Package and the 2050 Energy Roadmap. She had been involved with the IEA for a number of years as IEA Governing Board Representative for the EU, and served in the Cabinet of Commissioners, in charge of industry, competitiveness, trade and digital economy.

Jorge Rivera
Jorge Rivera
Secretary of Energy of Panama

Coming soon!

Joost Samson
Joost Samson
Partner & Co-founder, Voltiq

Joost Samsom is a Partner and co-founder of Voltiq. He has 20+ years of experience in the development, acquisition and management of renewable energy projects and companies. Joost is an expert in wind and solar project development as well as in M&A transactions. He has been leading numerous landmark transactions at Voltiq such as the 165 MW Belwind offshore wind transaction, the 400+MW Chile Solar sale to Enel and EDF, and the 70 MW Campo Palomas wind transaction in Uruguay.

Before co-founding Voltiq in 2009, Joost was Executive Board Member at the renewable energy branch of global retail and distribution company SHV. Prior to working for SHV, Joost worked for Dutch utility Nuon/Vattenfall as Senior Development Manager. From 2002 ‚Äď 2005 he was responsible for Nuon‚Äôs investments in Spain based in Seville.

Joost has served as an executive and non-executive director on the board of (renewable) energy companies in the United Kingdom, Germany, Chile, Mexico and The Netherlands. He has in-depth knowledge of wind, solar, hydro and biomass energy. Joost is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish and German

Juan Ricardo Ortega López
Juan Ricardo Ortega López
President of Grupo Energía Bogotá

El presidente del Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB), Juan Ricardo Ortega, es economista de la Universidad de los Andes, tiene maestrías en economía, finanzas y matemáticas de la Universidad de Yale, en Estados Unidos, y es candidato a Doctor en Desarrollo Económico de la misma universidad.

Ortega trabaj√≥ con el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) en Washington, como Coordinador General de la Alianza para la Prosperidad de los Pa√≠ses del Tri√°ngulo Norte de Centro Am√©rica,¬† fue director de la Dian (Direcci√≥n de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales), director de Estudios Econ√≥micos del Departamento Nacional de Planeaci√≥n (DNP), Consejero Econ√≥mico de la Presidencia de la Rep√ļblica, Viceministro de Hacienda y de Comercio, director del Fondo de Garant√≠as Financieras (Fogaf√≠n), Secretario de Hacienda de Bogot√°, catedr√°tico en las universidades Nacional, Externado, Rosario y los Andes, y economista jefe del BBVA de Colombia.


Paola Hartung
Paola Hartung
Vice President, Chilean Association of Renewable Energy and Storage (ACERA)

Paola Hartung es Ingeniero Civil El√©ctrico y Mag√≠ster en Ingenier√≠a Industrial(c) de la Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica de Valpara√≠so. Actualmente es Directora de Asuntos Regulatorios de AES Gener para Chile y Colombia, como tambi√©n miembro del Directorio de ACERA desde el a√Īo 2015 y reci√©n electa como Vicepresidenta de la Asociaci√≥n.
Anteriormente se desempe√Ī√≥ como Gerente de Regulaci√≥n de Enel Generaci√≥n Chile, Gerente Regulaci√≥n de Enel Green Power Chile, Per√ļ y Colombia, y Subgerente de Transmisi√≥n y Conexiones para los activos de generaci√≥n en la regi√≥n andina. Trabaj√≥ tres a√Īos en el CDEC-SING como Asesora de la Direcci√≥n Ejecutiva, Jefa del √Ārea de Gesti√≥n T√©cnica y Regulatoria, y como Secretaria del Directorio.
Inici√≥ su carrera profesional en el Departamento El√©ctrico de la Comisi√≥n Nacional de Energ√≠a del Ministerio de Energ√≠a, donde permaneci√≥ durante cuatro a√Īos.
Paola tambi√©n realiz√≥ tres a√Īos de Docencia en la Escuela de Ingenier√≠a El√©ctrica de la Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica de Valpara√≠so.

Ricardo Klatovsky
Ricardo Klatovsky
VP Global Sales & Engagement, IBM Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry

VicePresident Energy, Environment and Utilities Industry
Global Sales and Engagement Leader
Founding Member of the IBM Industry Academy

Worked as a consultant, manager and partner in PwC from 1989 until 2002. Joined IBM in 2002 and since then has had several roles: Account Partner, Communications Sector (Telco, Media and Energy & Utilities) Leader in the Mediterranean Region, and Vice-president for both Global Business Services (GBS) and Sales & Distribution (S&D) organizations in IBM Energy & Utilities Industry in Europe. In his current role as Global Sales Leader, since 2012, he is responsible for IBM¬īs growth on all IBM E&U Industry Solutions (Power Generation Optimization, Customer Operations Transformation and Transmission and Distribution solutions), IBM Lines of Business and Long Term Services across all Geographies.

Specialized in large scale transformational programmes, most of these programmes have been in the Energy & Utilities Industry, ranging from New Business Models, Smart Grids, Customer Operations Transformation, F&A optimization to Innovation Discovery and Start-ups creation. The Transformation of the Meter to Cash process in the Island nation of Malta is an example of these programmes.

In most recent years, he has led the market and business development activities for IBM¬īs cognitive business within the Energy & Utilities business. He has analysed and presented the opportunities that cognitive systems will bring to Energy & Utilities ( Other recent examples include Blockchain for Flex Markets or Cognitive Contact Centers for Utilities.

Mr Klatovsky works closely with CEOs and CXOs of leading Utilities globally, from Europe, ASEAN, Latinamerica, China and Middle East.

He is co-author of several IBM IBV white-papers for the Energy & Utilities Industry and is a frequent presenter at international Energy & Utilities events. He has filed a patent for a ‚ÄúMeter anti-tamper system‚ÄĚ.

Klatovsky, an Austrian citizen, is a Mining Engineer and earned an MBA degree in the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.


Trabaj√≥ como consultor, gerente y socio en PwC desde 1989 hasta 2002. Se uni√≥ a IBM en 2002 y desde entonces ha desempe√Īado varios cargos: Socio de Cuenta, Sector de Comunicaciones (Telco, Medios y Energ√≠a y Servicios P√ļblicos) L√≠der en la Regi√≥n Mediterr√°nea, y Vicepresidente de ambas organizaciones: de Global Business Services (GBS) y Sales & Distribution (S&D), en la industria de energ√≠a y servicios p√ļblicos de IBM en Europa. En su rol actual como Global Sales Leader, desde 2012, es responsable del crecimiento de IBM en todas las soluciones de IBM E&U Industry (optimizaci√≥n de generaci√≥n de energ√≠a, transformaci√≥n de operaciones de clientes y soluciones de transmisi√≥n y distribuci√≥n), l√≠neas de negocio de IBM y largo plazo. Servicios en todas las geograf√≠as.

Especializados en programas de transformaci√≥n a gran escala, la mayor√≠a de estos programas han estado en la industria de energ√≠a y servicios p√ļblicos, desde nuevos modelos de negocios, redes inteligentes, transformaci√≥n de operaciones de clientes, optimizaci√≥n de F&A hasta descubrimiento de innovaciones y creaci√≥n de nuevas empresas. El proceso de transformaci√≥n del medidor a efectivo en la naci√≥n insular de Malta es un ejemplo de estos programas.

En los √ļltimos a√Īos, ha liderado las actividades de desarrollo comercial y de mercado para el negocio cognoscitivo de IBM dentro del negocio de Energ√≠a y Servicios P√ļblicos. Ha analizado y presentado las oportunidades que los sistemas cognitivos brindar√°n a Energy & Utilities. Otros ejemplos recientes incluyen Blockchain para Flex Markets o Cognitive Contact Centers para Utilities.

Klatovsky trabaja en estrecha colaboraci√≥n con los CEOs y CXO de las principales empresas de servicios p√ļblicos de todo el mundo, desde Europa, ASEAN, Am√©rica Latina, China y Oriente Medio.

Es coautor de varios documentos de IBM IBV para la industria de la energ√≠a y los servicios p√ļblicos y es un presentador frecuente en eventos internacionales de energ√≠a y servicios p√ļblicos. √Čl ha presentado una patente para un “sistema antiripulaci√≥n Meter”.

Klatovsky, ciudadano austriaco, es ingeniero de minas y obtuvo una maestría en administración de empresas en el Instituto de Empresa de Madrid.

José Ignacio Escobar
José Ignacio Escobar
Director General para Sudamérica de ACCIONA Energía

Jos√© Ignacio Escobar es Director General para Sudam√©rica de ACCIONA Energ√≠a desde 2014. Con base en Chile, Jos√© Ignacio lidera el desarrollo de los negocios de energ√≠a en Sudam√©rica, principalmente Argentina, Colombia y Per√ļ. ACCIONA Energ√≠a es el mayor operador energ√©tico global que trabaja exclusivamente en el sector de las energ√≠as renovables, con presencia en cerca de 20 pa√≠ses en los cinco continentes.

Jos√© Ignacio Escobar es Ingeniero Civil Industrial con menci√≥n en Electricidad de la Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica de Chile y Mag√≠ster en Regulaci√≥n Econ√≥mica en la Universidad Adolfo Ib√°√Īez.
José Ignacio es también Presidente de la Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables (ACERA) en la que ha colaborado activamente desde su fundación. ACERA desarrolla un trabajo focalizado en apoyar iniciativas para el desarrollo sostenible de la energía y de las energías renovables en Chile.

Escobar ha sido co-fundador de diversas compa√Ī√≠as relacionadas con energ√≠as renovables, industria electr√≥nica, y de consultor√≠a en energ√≠a, tales como Dreamline S.A, Andes Energy S.A, Geotek S.A. and Spin Consulting group. In 2009, Andes Energy realiz√≥ un joint venture con la compa√Ī√≠a de energ√≠as renovables irlandesa, Mainstream, para desarrollar, construir y operar proyectos e√≥licos y solares en Chile.

Nicholas Lawson
Nicholas Lawson
Low Carbon Strategy Director, BP

Nick is heavily involved in the development of BP’s portfolio of lower carbon businesses across a wide range of investments from advanced biofuels, electric charging to carbon trading.

Nick currently chairs the oil and gas industry association IPIECA’s climate change and adaptation task force.

In prior roles Nick established BP’s group risk function and before joining BP worked in KPMG’s energy team. Nick is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in economics from the University of Bristol.

Arcadio Gutierrez Zapico
Arcadio Gutierrez Zapico
General Director, Club Espa√Īol de la Energ√≠a

Born in Tur√≥n, Asturias, Spain, Mr. Gutierrez has an engineering degree (Roads, Canals and Ports) from the Escuela T√©cnica Superior de Ingenieros de Madrid. He also holds a Master’s degree from IESE’s Senior Business Management Program (PADE).

He began his professional life on that date in the energy sector, as an engineer in the nuclear field at Empresarios Agrupados.
In 1987 he joined the Technical Corps of the State Civil Administration where he has been Deputy Director General in the Ministries of Labor and Social Security and of Industry and Energy.

Among other positions, he has been Director of Technology and Engineering of Gas Natural Fenosa and President of its Engineering Division, Director of Soluziona, Prointec, GHESA and Empresarios Agrupados. President of the Spanish Association of Engineering and Industrial Construction Companies (TECNIBERIA), between 2000 and 2002.

Since December 2012 he has been General Director of the Spanish Energy Club. He is also President of the Agustín de Betancourt Foundation and Counselor of the College of Civil Engineers, Canals and Ports.


Axel Thiemann
Axel Thiemann
CEO of Sonnedix

Axel Thiemann became CEO of Sonnedix in September 2018 after serving as a member of the senior leadership team and Board of Directors. Since joining Sonnedix in 2011, Axel has played a fundamental role in its evolution, initially based in London, as COO with responsibility for Asset Management, Finance, HR and E&C, and more recently based in Miami, overseeing M&A, integration and strategy during a four year period when the company experienced five-fold growth. To Axel, the most special thing about Sonnedix is its team of bright and passionate people across four continents that have come together to create a sustainable future for the world

Jose Vicente Zapata
Jose Vicente Zapata
Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia

Jos√© Vicente Zapata is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Bogot√° office with more than 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the environment, energy and natural resources, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as in corporate compliance and liability cases, including FCPA. Mr. Zapata co-chairs the firm’s Venezuela Focus Team, a group of partners who assists clients with interests in the country.

Mr. Zapata represents electric, oil, gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial companies. In addition, he regularly advises clients in the structuring of foreign investment transactions, corporate reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions as well as matters of environmental liability and judicial proceedings such as class action and international claims.

Throughout his career, Mr. Zapata has served on various boards of directors and has headed numerous successful companies. He has represented clients in many of the largest transactions made in Colombia to date in the energy, mining, oil and gas sectors, in addition to assisting a range of companies in entering the energy market, obtaining mining and oil and gas concessions and structuring the contractual arrangements for such purposes. More recently, Mr. Zapata has been very active in renewable energy projects, and has led both wind farm and solar ventures. Mr. Zapata has also participated actively in key financing and structuring of transactions in these sectors.

Mr. Zapata has participated in critical environmental liability cases and class action litigation in Colombia. Of particular importance is his participation in complex cases where communities and companies discuss their corresponding rights and in prior public consultations, and environmental permits and authorizations.

Mr. Zapata has acted as co-counsel in major international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, involving sensitive international judicial matters of Colombian interest under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rules. These matters focus in energy and natural resources concerning disputes across the oil and gas, electricity, infrastructure and mining sectors.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Zapata has served as professor of corporate responsibility, environmental liability and sustainable development at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Se√Īora del Rosario, Universidad de Los Andes and Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Pablo Ruiz
Pablo Ruiz
Project Officer and Senior Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Pablo Ruiz holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in modelling and regulation of energy markets.

As academic researcher, as utility consultant or as policy advisor, he has always been working in knowledge-based decarbonization solutions for the energy system. Along his career he has been involved in key decarbonization processes such as the UNFCCC, the launching of the International Renewable ENergy Agency or the development of national renewable and energy efficiency plans. The last years he has been acting as scientific project officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Petten, NL. During this period, he has been involved in the development and the public release of key strategic modelling tools such as the JRC-EU-TIMES energy system model or the ENSPRESO renewable potentials data base. He has also contributed in assessing the employment impact of developing renewable technologies in the ‚ÄúClean energy technologies in coal regions‚ÄĚ report.


Alessio Ruggeri
Alessio Ruggeri
Executive Director, Head of Power & Energy Infrastructure Latam, Santander C&IB 

Ruggeri joined Santander in 2008 and has almost 13 of experience in Investment Banking. He is currently Executive Director, Head of Power and Energy Infrastructure for LatAm at Santander C&IB, having joined the Energy Global Division at the end of 2016. He covered the position of Head of Energy of Santander Chile in the C&IB division from 2012 to 2016. Previously, Mr. Ruggeri worked for more than 5 years in the Corporate Finance team based in Spain and UK. Prior to joining Santander C&IB, Mr Ruggeri worked at PwC in the Energy and Oil & Gas division (Italy) as an auditor and as an accountant at Momentum Services Ltd in London (JV between Compass Group (UK) and Cremonini Group (Italy). Ruggeri also covered the role of Associate Professor of IFRS and Accounting at IE Business School and at FEF (Fundaci√≥n Estudios Financieros, part of IEAF, Instituto Espa√Īol de Analistas Financieros). Ruggeri holds a bachelor degree Suma Cum Laude in Business Administration from Universit√† degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy), an International MBA from IE Business School (Dean List merit ranking) and attended a course on Advanced Corporate Finance at Harvard University.

Andrea Galieti
Andrea Galieti
Director, Department for International Regulation, ENGIE

Andrea Galieti is Director of the Department for International Regulation at ENGIE. The position, designed in 2019 to support ENGIE’s ambitions in becoming world leader in the zero carbon transition, covers a large perimeter of activities, including electricity, gas and services.

Prior to this, he served ENGIE as Director for Market Design and Regulation for the energy sales in the Business Unit Europe, as Head of Regulatory Affairs in the Business Unit Italy, and was for several years Vice President in charge of Business Development, for the development of renewable and traditional power generation assets, natural gas infrastructures and M&A.

Before joining ENGIE, he was from 2001 to 2005 Head of Cabinet of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, and contributed to the drafting of the rules governing the energy markets in Italy today.

His professional experience is complemented by several years in the energy industry, including the Montedison Group and Edison, a major energy player in Italy.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe since 2016. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 ‚Äď 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected ‚ÄúMEP of the year‚ÄĚ by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category ‚ÄúResearch and Innovation‚ÄĚ. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece. He is frequently publishing in international media and started to write novels with a political background.

Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.

Paula Swain
Paula Swain
Managing Director - Global Energy, Project Finance Division, US Export Import Bank
Chris Sladen
Chris Sladen
Founder/director, Reconnoitre Ltd.

Chris offers insights to inform, shape a decision, policy & regulation, and guide the next steps for energy ventures, acquisitions & divestments, energy technology applications, new technologies, energy efficiency, the energy transition and climate strategies.

Chris has a unique global experience having worked in over 40 countries. This is underpinned by extensive knowledge of petroleum systems and where and how best to find oil and gas, notably in the Gulf of Mexico & nearby areas, Europe and NE & SE Asia. He has worked on dozens of oil and gas field developments. His experience also covers the development of midstream, downstream market development & renewables investments in many emerging economies.

Chris’ insights help decide what to invest in, when & how much, and also when to divest or exit, and how to maximise their value. Chris has extensive experience acquired on the Boards of companies, dozens of subsidiaries, also business chambers & energy committees.

Chris is author of over 25 professional papers on energy trends, National Oil Companies, petroleum systems, petroleum exploration & development in SE Asia, energy technologies, sedimentology and climate changes as revealed by mineralogy in the geological rock record.

His contributions to the energy and education sectors have been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE, and also the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government ‚Äď the first foreigner in the energy sector to achieve this award.

Kevin Ramnarine
Kevin Ramnarine
Former Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago & Senior Consultant with IPD Latin America

Kevin Ramnarine served as Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago from June 2011 to September 2015.

During his tenure he created a positive climate for investment which resulted in major investments in deepwater exploration, the expansion of the petrochemical sector and new port infrastructure. Under his watch, Trinidad and Tobago attained country compliant status with the EITI in addition to the first IPO of a State-owned energy company (TTNGL).

Prior to being appointed Energy Minister, he held positions in the Energy Chamber and at British Gas where he worked as the Lead Economist. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, a M.Sc. in petroleum engineering and an International MBA with distinction.

Since leaving Ministerial office, he has worked as a consultant for major companies in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the consulting firm IPD Latin America. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is a media commentator on energy related matters in his native Trinidad and Tobago and in Guyana. He is also a lecturer in two MBA programmes at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago.

For his contribution to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector he received the award of ‚ÄúEnergy Executive of the Year‚ÄĚ from the Petroleum Economist magazine in 2014.

Pablo Tarantini
Pablo Tarantini
CEO, Integra Lithium

Pablo Tarantini has accumulated a broad professional experience in the mining industry. For two years, he has served as Executive Director of the Argentinian Bureau of Investment and International Trade, coordinating investment initiatives, and contributing with his vast experience in several industries and countries. In that role, Mr. Tarantini worked together with mining companies settled in the country and supported the promotion of the mining activity in Argentina, along with the Argentinian Secretary of Mining. He has served as President and Executive Director of SAPISA and Minera Don Nicolás, an Argentinian private fund and one of its investments in the mining sector, respectively. Minera Don Nicolas is the first mining project based on Argentinian capital. He has also served as M&A Director at General Electric and Advent International Corporation for Latin America, and as Manager at A.T. Kearney. In all these roles, he carried out businesses and projects at the regional level. Mr. Tarantini is a Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He has a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Doris Capurro
Doris Capurro
Founder, CEO and President Luft Energia

Doris Capurro is the founder and CEO of LUFT Energía S.A., an Argentine energy and investment company created at the beginning of 2016 (


LUFT has played a key role in bringing together the equity partners and the financing for the first operational wind farm (100 MW) coming out of a tender process, located in the province of Buenos Aires.


Doris was the vice-president of YPF, Argentina’s largest energy company, where she led, during 2012-2015, corporate and public affairs, institutional strategy, sustainability, marketing and communications. In this period, Doris was also in charge of the YPF Foundation, focused on education, social and environmental issues.

Under her leadership, together with the CEO of the company, YPF started the commercial development of unconventional resources (Vaca Muerta), achieving the license to operate from public opinion, local communities and government officials, and also attracting the investments from companies such as Chevron, Dow and Petronas.


Prior to this, in 2001, she founded two consulting firms, CAP Comunicación S.A. and Ibarómetro S.A, following the sale in 2000 of the leading national advertising agency she founded in 1983 (Capurro y Asociados) to the French multinational Publicis.

Doris has 30 years of global communications experience in reputation management, government affairs, crisis and issues management, as well as in sustainability program development and execution.


During the length of her career, Doris has earned numerous national and international awards for creativity, strategy and management. In 2015 she was chosen by the US magazine Advertising Age as one of their Women to Watch, and Citibank named her as one of the most innovative and creative women in Argentina. In 2017, she was the lead spokesperson for Argentina¬īs renewable energy process at the CERAWeek by Markit in Houston and also at AIREC in Buenos Aires.



Doris is a sociologist from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She teaches and lectures at several universities in Argentina and Spain.

Claudio Rodríguez Galán
Claudio Rodríguez Galán
Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

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Claudio Rodríguez serves as the Firm’s Mexico City Office Leader and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure matters. With experience in several Latin American markets and more than 16 years in close connection with the energy market in Mexico, he represents international energy companies doing business in Mexico, including with regard to wind, downstream, water, solar, cogeneration, combined-cycle, pipeline, LNG, nuclear, geothermal, and transmission projects. Claudio is considered by peers and clients as a pragmatic and business-oriented attorney who quickly understands the effects of complex regulation on his clients’ businesses, including those derived from the Mexican Energy Reform and new federal administration criteria.

Claudio has extensive experience representing developers, procurement firms, producers, investors, contractors, suppliers, and multilateral institutions in all phases of the development, M&A, and financing of energy projects. He advises clients regarding complex regulatory issues and project development, EPC, O&M, supply contracts, M&A, services agreements, hydrocarbon transportation agreements, self-supply agreements, and power purchase agreements (PPA) in the power, renewable, and gas sectors.

According to Chambers Latin America 2019 by Chambers and Partners, Claudio is¬†‚Äúconsistently highlighted by peers as a significant practitioner in the power sector.‚ÄĚ Furthermore, according to The Legal 500 Mexico 2017 by Legalease, Claudio is ‚Äúsingled out for his ‚Äėample level of knowledge and excellent customer service.‚Äô‚ÄĚ


Power and Renewables

  • Represented a Portuguese company in its strategy to launch waste-to-energy businesses in Mexico
  • Represented an American-Mexican consortium in the definition of regulatory confirmation criteria to be submitted before the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission in connection with power storage projects in Mexico
  • Represented several Spanish consortiums and global solar companies in the First and Second Long-Term Power Auctions called by the National Center of Power Control
  • Represented a global Chinese solar panel manufacturer in the understanding of the PPA to be awarded under the Second Long-Term Power Auction
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in defining competition rules under the new Wholesale Power Market in Mexico
  • Represented global Spanish solar companies in the successful challenge of National Power Control Center decisions through Reconsideration based on the Power Industry Guidelines
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the negotiation of a power purchase agreement to supply an American car manufacturer
  • Represented a Spanish solar company in the execution of due diligence for several solar projects in Mexico and the closing of co-development agreements as needed to participate in the Second Long-Term Power Auction
  • Represented a global French-Belgian gas and power company in the negotiation of a steam purchase agreement to supply the largest glass manufacturer in Mexico
  • Represented a German fund in the financing of a 30 MW wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas


  • Represented a Brazilian global company in all legal aspects regarding a new ethylene facility in Mexico
  • Represented an American global power company in its Joint Development Agreement for the construction of a combined-cycle facility in Mexico
  • Represented a Mexican conglomerate in the drafting and negotiation of the first ever geothermal development private agreement in Mexico
  • Represented a Mexican infrastructure company in the negotiation of a purchase agreement of wind turbines from a global German-Spanish manufacturer
  • Represented a global Spanish energy company in the legal administration of an IPP agreement
  • Represented a global Spanish energy company in the award of a 300 MW cogeneration agreement from Mexican Federal Electricity Commission
  • Represented a global Spanish power company in the bidding process called by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission for the construction of a 600-kilometer pipeline
  • Represented a Mexican consortium in the legal strategy and instrumentation of a PPP agreement for the construction of a 100 MW waste-to-energy facility in the State of Hidalgo
  • Represented a Mexican bank in the execution of due diligence for the biggest wind farm in Mexico, which was developed by an Australian investment fund
  • Represented a Korean power company in its claims against a global construction firm as well as regarding the construction of a photovoltaic project in Mexico
  • Represented an Argentinean consortium in the legal strategy to obtain the award under PPP rules of a water treatment facility to supply one of the mayor refineries in Mexico
  • Represented a global Chinese company in the drafting of an Oil Rig Lease Agreement
  • Represented a global Canadian solar company in the drafting and negotiation of long-term lease agreements as needed for the development of solar projects in Mexico
  • Represented a Spanish global infrastructure company in the review and negotiations of EPC agreements for the construction of long-term photovoltaic projects in Mexico awarded as a result of Long-Term Power Auctions
  • Represented a global Spanish construction company in the negotiation of a 230 MW engineering, procurement, and construction agreement for a wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas


  • Chambers Global by Chambers and Partners (Energy & Natural Resources), 2017-2019
  • Chambers Latin America by Chambers and Partners (Energy & Natural Resources, Projects), 2011-2016, 2018-2020
  • Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Latin America by Legalease (Energy and Natural Resources), 2013-2019
  • Latin Lawyer 250 by Law Business Research Limited (Mexico), 2012-2016
  • Who‚Äôs Who Legal: Mexico by Law Business Research Limited (Energy), 2013-2016
  • Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000, 2014-2016
  • Chevening Scholar, Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Mexican Academy of Energy Law (AMDE); Coordinator, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Mexican Bar Association; Chairman, Energy Committee, 2009-2011
  • International Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Foreign Investment and Economic Regulation, Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business Law, Universidad La Salle Graduate School
  • Adjunct Professor, Public International Law, Universidad La Salle
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business, Instituto Tecnol√≥gico Aut√≥nomo de M√©xico
  • Adjunct Professor, Private International Law, Universidad de las Am√©ricas
  • Adjunct Professor, Energy Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho


  • ‚Äú”El futuro del sector el√©ctrico mexicano,” Expansion, August 5, 2020
  • ‚ÄúDerecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law)‚ÄĚ, Editorial Porr√ļa, Mexico City, Third Edition, 2019
  • Client Alert: Mexican Energy and Projects Landscape Within a New Federal Administration Era, December 11, 2018
  • Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law), Book, Editorial Porr√ļa, Mexico City, Third Edition, 2018, 2018
  • Manuales Sobre El Mercado El√©ctrico Mayorista, January 24, 2018
  • Client Alert: Update: Mexican Government Tenders Baja California Transmission Line Project, December 12, 2017
  • Client Alert: EPC in the Mexican Energy Market, October 24, 2017
  • Client Alert: Third Power Auction and Clearinghouse Transactions, May 24, 2017
  • Client Alert: Power Market and Associations in Mexico: Synergies in Energies, February 16, 2017
  • Client Alert: Mexican Federal Electricity Commission Tenders Landmark HVDC Transmission Line Project, November 08, 2016
  • ‚ÄúLegal Aspects of Energy Reform,‚ÄĚ Arizona Mexico Commission, Scottsdale, June 2016
  • ‚ÄúDerecho de los Negocios Internacionales (International Business Law)‚ÄĚ, Editorial Porr√ļa, Mexico City, Second Edition, 2016
  • ‚ÄúEnergy Reform and Renewable Power,‚ÄĚ Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum, Monterrey, November 2015
  • ‚ÄúEnergy Reform,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĚ BN Americas, 2nd Mexico Energy Summit, Mexico City, May 2015
  • ‚ÄúThe Promise of the Mexican Energy Reform,‚ÄĚ Foreign Affairs Magazine, New York, March 2015
  • ‚ÄúPublic Private Partnerships in the Mexican Energy Reform,‚ÄĚ InterAmerican Development Bank (IABD), Mexico City, January 2015
  • ‚ÄúCommercial Aspects of 2014 Energy Reform,‚ÄĚ Border Energy Forum, Monterrey, November 2014
  • ‚ÄúEnergy Reform,‚ÄĚ Transmission Summit, Sweetwater, Texas, January 2014
  • ‚ÄúLegal Issues Regarding Energy Reform 2013 and Commercial Implications,‚ÄĚ Border Energy Forum, San Antonio, November 2013
  • ‚ÄúLegal Frameworks on Renewable Power in Mexico,‚ÄĚ International Development Law Organization (IDLO-Rome), Mexico City, September 2013
  • ‚ÄúCross-Border Oil Transactions,‚ÄĚ PECOM Annual Oil Congress, Villahermosa, Tabasco, April 2013
  • ‚ÄúWind Industry: What should happen in M√©xico?,‚ÄĚ Wind Power Mexico Congress, WEC, Mexico City, January 2013
  • ‚ÄúAlternate Dispute Resolutions in Energy Market,‚ÄĚ Club Espa√Īol del Arbitraje, Mexico City, November 2011
  • ‚ÄúCross-Border Energy Transactions,‚ÄĚ Border Energy Forum, El Paso, October 2011
  • ‚ÄúDispute Resolutions on Energy Sector,‚ÄĚ Energy Law Committee, Mexican Bar Association, Mexico City, April 2011
  • ‚ÄúPPP and Energy,‚ÄĚ Hispanic-American Forum on Infrastructure PPP, ITESM Campus Santa Fe, Mexico City, October 18, 2010
  • ‚ÄúOil Reform: Perspective,‚ÄĚ National Congress, Mexican Bar Association, M√©rida, Yucat√°n, October 17, 2008
  • ‚ÄúTechnical Aspects of the Energy Sector for Lawyers,‚ÄĚ Mexican Bar Association, Mexico City, September 10, 2008
  • ‚ÄúRenovables y Sustentabilidad; Faltan Reglas para Concretar Negocios,‚ÄĚ Energ√≠a Hoy Magazine, Year 5, No. 54, September 2008
  • ‚ÄúDerecho de la infraestructura el√©ctrica; ¬ŅDerecho p√ļblico o privado?,‚ÄĚ Postgraduate Law Journal, Universidad Iberoamericana, No. 2, Spring 2008
  • ‚ÄúNational Infrastructure Programme; Description and Goals,‚ÄĚ Section on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Magazine, International Bar Association, November 2007
  • ‚ÄúEnerg√≠a Nuclear en M√©xico; tendencias de una energ√≠a incomprendida,‚ÄĚ Onexpo Magazine, September 2007
  • ‚ÄúDispute Resolutions in Construction,‚ÄĚ International Chamber of Commerce, Mexican Chapter, Mexico City, June 26, 2007
  • ‚ÄúLinking National Interest and Private Sector Participation in Mexico,‚ÄĚ LatinLawyer Magazine , Volume 6, No. 4, 2007
  • ‚ÄúAlgunas consideraciones conceptuales y jur√≠dicos en torno a las alianzas internacionales,‚ÄĚ Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad Panamericana, No. 36, 2006
  • ‚ÄúEfectos positivos por el financiamiento de proyectos energ√©ticos en Mexico,‚ÄĚ Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad La Salle, No. 6, 2005
  • ‚ÄúEmpresas transnacionales como veh√≠culos de pol√≠ticas comerciales internacionales; nuevos sujetos del Derecho Internacional P√ļblico?,‚ÄĚ Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad Iberoamericana, No. 34, 2004
  • ‚ÄúLa nueva lex mercatoria y su valor para la comunidad empresarial internacional,‚ÄĚ Revista Derecho (Law Journal), Universidad La Salle, No. 3, 2004


  • Doctoral Candidate, Energy Law, Universidad Panamericana; Mexico City
  • M, International Business Law, 2002, with merit, University of Exeter; England
  • Bachelor of Law, 1999, Universidad Iberoamericana; Mexico City


  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese


  • United Mexican States, 1999


Irene Alfaro
Irene Alfaro
Downstream Director, ARPEL

Studies & Skills

Chemical Engineer: Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay(1995-2001).
Master in Environmental Science: environmental sociology; economic valuation of ecosystems; eco-toxicology – exposition and effects of environmental pollutants; lipids metabolism and analysis techniques; environmental planning and conservation. Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay (2002).
ISO 9000:2000 Quality Management: Uruguayan Institute of Technical Norms – UNIT, Uruguay (2002).
Logistics integrated into customer services: CIDEL, Uruguay (2003).
Industrial costs: Renglon Uno, Uruguay (2003).
Atmospheric emissions: Cleaner Production Center, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay. (2008).
Introduction to the gas industry: Argentinean Oil and Gas Institute, Argentina (2009).
Introduction to carbon markets: GHG Management Institute. (e-learning, 2009)
CDM Programs: CFC, AECID,RIOCC, ECLAC, World Bank, Uruguay (2010).
Hydrocarbons refining and logistics: YPF Training Program, Argentina (2010).
Marketing Specialization Program. IAE Business School – Universidad Austral. Argentina (2011).
English (excellently spoken & written). Higher examination level approved: University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.


ARPEL: more than 15 years of management of regional projects involving upper managers, managers, and experts from oil and gas companies mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean but also from outside the region, some involving external consultants or jointly developed with external institutions in the region, either financed internally or externally (by international institutions); management of regional and international networks of specialists; institutional representation at international and regional forums; development of several communication activities such as presentations in regional and international events, development of documents, etc; technical assistance such as the development of benchmarking activities among member companies; design and maintenance of databases; organization of bilingual regional seminars and congresses of more than 100 participants located in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the development of agendas, search for best-in-class speakers, moderating, leading breakout sessions, reporting, etc. The technical scope of the projects and activities stated above is on downstream and midstream of oil and gas, downstream of biofuels, as well as corporate issues regarding climate change, energy efficiency, and occupational health and safety.

Prior to ARPEL: coordination of environmental research projects in the Chemical Institute of the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay; coordination of national projects on wastes management jointly developed by the University and the Environmental Regulatory Agency in Uruguay; quality control of raw materials, intermediates and products at ICI (multinational paints company); project coordinator for the installation of the first headquarters abroad of a Uruguayan textile industry in association with a multinational textile partner.

Rodolfo Lacy
Rodolfo Lacy
Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

On 1 August 2018, Dr. Rodolfo Lacy was appointed Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Dr. Lacy holds a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Universidad Aut√≥noma Metropolitana (Mexico), a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidad Aut√≥noma Metropolitana (Mexico) and a certificate in Leadership on Environment and Sustainable Development from El Colegio de M√©xico.

Dr. Lacy has been Vice Minister of Environmental Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (2012-2018), Chief negotiator of Climate Change (COP19-COP23), Co-chair of the Global Methane Initiative, Member of the High-Level Group of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6), and Board Member of the Climate Action Reserve in California, USA.

Dr. Lacy has had extensive experience in policy making in the field of environment. He held the following positions:

‚ÄĘ Technical Director at Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environmental Strategic Studies (2005-2012), a policy research NGO lead by Dr. Mario Molina, a chemist Nobel Prize laureated for his scientific work in the depletion of the ozone layer;
‚ÄĘ Chief of Staff for the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (2000-2003);
‚ÄĘ Founder President of the Mexican Environmental Engineering Association CINAM (1996-1998);
‚ÄĘ General Director of Environmental Projects and Studies and of Environmental Pollution Control and Prevention – Mexico City Government (1989-1997);
‚ÄĘ Director of Environmental Planning at the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology (1982-1987); among other relevant assignments.

Dr. Lacy is a Mexican national.

Pablo Otin
Pablo Otin
CEO and co-founder of Powertis

Pablo Otin es el CEO y cofundador de Powertis, una empresa centrada en el desarrollo de proyectos solares de gran escala con operaciones en Brasil, Espa√Īa e Italia y que tiene como objetivo liderar la transacci√≥n hacia los PPAs corporativos y mercados bilaterales. Pablo acumula una amplia experiencia en la industria de las energ√≠as renovables que incluye el desarrollo de 2+ GW de e√≥lica y solar, y la formaci√≥n de varias plataformas de desarrollo en Europa, USA, Sudeste asi√°tico y Latino Am√©rica.

Pablo Otin is the CEO and co-founder of Powertis, a developer of large-scale PV projects with operations in Brazil, Spain and Italy focused on leading the transition towards corporate PPAs and bilateral markets. Pablo accumulates extensive experience in the renewable energy industry that includes the development of 2+ GW of wind and solar project, and setting up various development platforms in Europe, USA, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
President & CEO, FlatStone Capital Advisors Inc./TridentX ATS

Eduardo has over 20 years of experience in management consulting, investment management, and investment banking roles  in Canada, with a significant focus on Latin America.

 Before founding FlatStone Capital DBA TridentX ATS, Eduardo was VP of Global Energy Markets at a boutique investment bank in Canada after his tenures at: RBC Dominion and TD Securities. Mr. Rodriguez is regarded as an expert on the subject of investment in Latin America, contributing regularly to leading publications on energy and digital transformation.

 Eduardo’s energy and resource advisory expertise includes deal origination structuring & negotiation, IPOs, special purpose entities, and takeover strategies among other solutions.

Eduardo is a dual citizen of Canada and Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico, City and is qualified as a Portfolio Manager and Corda Certified Developer, he lives with his family in Western Canada.

Dustin Meyer
Dustin Meyer
Director, Market Development, American Petroleum Institute (API)

Dustin Meyer is the Director of Natural Gas Markets at the American Petroleum Institute. His efforts are focused on ensuring natural gas competes on a level playing field in domestic markets, while also working to establish the United States as a key supplier of reliable and affordable LNG for the rapidly expanding global gas market. In doing so, he works with a diverse set of domestic and international stakeholders to communicate the benefits natural gas offers both at home and abroad. Prior to joining API, Dustin worked for several years as an energy analyst and consultant, including at IHS Energy and Energy Ventures Analysis. Dustin has a Masters in Energy Policy & Economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Ariel Yepez
Ariel Yepez
Energy Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Antes de unirse a API, Dustin trabaj√≥ durante cinco a√Īos como analista y consultor de energ√≠a, primero en IHS Energy y m√°s recientemente en Energy Ventures Analysis, donde dirigi√≥ los servicios de suscripci√≥n y consultor√≠a de Gas Global y GNL de la empresa. Dustin tiene una maestr√≠a en pol√≠tica energ√©tica y econom√≠a de la Universidad de Yale y un bachillerato de la Universidad de Princeton”.
Ariel Yépez is Chief of the Energy Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In this position, he is responsible for identifying, proposing and implementing energy projects that promote a sustainable development agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the IDB, Ariel worked at the World Bank as a Senior Energy Economist. Ariel has also served as General Director of Revenue Policy for the Ministry of Finance in Mexico and Director of Economic Planning for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and has published several articles and books on energy and public finance. Recently, Ariel published a book on the challenges of the energy sector in Latin America and a book on energy consumption patterns in the region as well.


Catherine Von Burg
Catherine Von Burg
CEO & Co-Founder, SimpliPhi Power, Inc

Catherine’s career spans a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, policy development, and executive management of organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Institute, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins School of Biomedical Engineering. Catherine serves on the board of directors of CALSSA, in addition to serving on the advisory board of Alegria Farmacy and the Footprint Project.

Rolf Schmitz
Rolf Schmitz
Managing Director & Head Latin America, Corporate Banking ‚Äď Energy Scotiabank
Christopher Goncalves
Christopher Goncalves
Managing Director, Energy & Climate, BRG

Christopher J. Goncalves, chair and managing director of BRG’s Energy & Climate practice, has thirty years of international experience in the energy and financial industries. He provides energy industry and damages expert services for international energy arbitration and litigation matters for law firms and industry clients. He also advises industry and financial sector clients in the areas of business and commercial strategy, commercial negotiation, economic and market analysis, valuation, regulatory assessments, project development and financing, asset acquisitions and divestitures, climate change, and international carbon markets and pricing.

Mr. Goncalves is a seasoned industry and damages expert with independent analysis, reporting, and testimony experience for significant international arbitration and litigation matters concerning disputed energy prices, markets, commercial standards, practices, values, and financing requirements for energy projects, assets, contracts, and transactions. He has provided expert analysis and reports for over thirty-five pre-dispute and dispute matters under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICDR/AAA, the Milan Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Courts of Justice of England and Wales, and US federal courts. Of these, Mr. Goncalves has provided oral testimony in fifteen international investment and commercial disputes. For the last several years, Who’s Who Legal has recognized Mr. Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert.

As a business advisor, Mr. Goncalves has counseled industry and financial sector clients on energy infrastructure and commerce, including LNG, LPGs, natural gas, oil, conventional power generation, and renewable energy. He is accomplished in providing these services to global energy companies, national energy companies, utilities, state energy agencies, independent developers, equity investors, and banks.

Among his expert witness and business advisory experience, Mr. Goncalves has served as the lead LNG and natural gas market and industry expert to energy companies and their legal counsel for over a dozen LNG and natural gas price reviews and/or price review arbitrations in Europe and Asia. He has also provided LNG commercial strategy for short- and long-term sales pricing, target markets, and priority customers for a leading NOCs and US LNG exporters.

Mr. Goncalves’ professional experience spans over fifty countries throughout the Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, and Asia. Within these regions, he offers direct energy market experience in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, C√īte d’Ivoire, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and other countries.

Stuart R Broadley FEI
Stuart R Broadley FEI
CEO Energy Industries Council (EIC)

“Stuart is Chief Executive of the EIC, the Energy Industries Council. Prior to joining EIC in 2016, Stuart enjoyed a successful 25-year career leading global O&M businesses in oil & gas, power and renewables with Rolls-Royce, Wood, Senvion and Hoerbiger.

Passionate about exporting and energy transition, Stuart is architect of the Energy Exports Conference which brings 20 inward delegations to the UK each year with $500bn of project opportunities, and is author of the renowned Survive & Thrive annual report which highlights successful growth strategies in challenging markets.

Stuart has various non-executive director roles including with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in UK and the Nuclear Innovation & Research Advisory Board. In 2019, Stuart was invited to become a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

The EIC is the UK‚Äôs largest energy supply chain trade association, a not-for-profit with 700 member companies, across oil & gas, power, nuclear and renewable markets that, for 77 years, has advised governments and boardrooms, and helped companies to grow at home and around the world. Their real passion is helping companies to diversify and grow internationally ‚Äď and their members benefit from EIC‚Äôs unique suite of energy market CAPEX, OPEX & SUPPLY CHAIN databases, 130 events p.a., industry & government networks, international launchpad offices and extensive market insight.‚ÄĚ

Mafalda Duarte
Mafalda Duarte
CEO, Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Mafalda Duarte has spent most of her career living and working in more than 30 developing countries, where in partnership with Governments and other stakeholders she has led the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.

Under her leadership the $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds has doubled down on work to accelerate global action on climate change, from first of its kind investments and innovative, pilot approaches to a strong emphasis on learning and sharing of knowledge and technical expertise. She is currently leading the strategic and policy efforts to take the tried and tested CIF model to the next level, including through new mechanisms to mobilize finance from capital markets.

Recognizing that developing countries are at risk of bearing the brunt of climate change-related impacts ‚Äď from droughts to floods and the human suffering that comes with them ‚Äď Mafalda Duarte has made helping countries build climate-smart, resilient economies the focus of her career. This mission has taken on a new level of significance in these challenging times caused by the global pandemic and Duarte is working hard to mobilize the CIF partnership to help ensure that public finance is channeled in ways that will help, not hinder, the transition to low-carbon economies, while equipping communities to better withstand future climate shocks.

Prior to taking the helm at the CIF in 2014, Mafalda led policy and corporate work and managed climate-related portfolios at the African Development Bank and the World Bank

James Ellis
James Ellis
Head of Latin America Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

James Ellis is Head of Research, Latin America for BloombergNEF, based in São Paulo. He oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis into clean energy, advanced transport, and other areas of the energy transition across the region. James holds an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. magna cum laude from New York University.

Manuel Perez-Dubuc
Manuel Perez-Dubuc
CEO, Fluence

Manuel Perez Dubuc leads Fluence’s efforts to accelerate energy storage adoption globally and transform the way we power our world to ensure a more sustainable future. Before joining Fluence as CEO, Manuel sat on the Fluence Board of Directors and spent more than 10 years in various senior leadership roles at AES. During his 2009 to 2011 hiatus from AES, he led the Meiya Power Company (MPC) as Chairman & CEO. Manuel holds an MBA in finance from IESA and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar and has followed Executive Leadership Programs at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University.

Elena Morettini
Elena Morettini
Managing Director Carbon Neutrality and Modern Energy because energy matters

Elena is a reservoir geologist, with a PhD in Isotope Geochemistry and a deep background in the oil and gas business as Geoscience, Reservoir and lately Energy Transitions Advisor.

She is expert on multidisciplinary methodologies and strategies on oil and gas fields development planning, enhanced oil recovery,  optimisation and CCUS.

Two key supranational  experiences have landmarked her career: leading the Energy Resource Efficiency and Sustainability taskforce  РERES Рduring the 2018 G20-B20 of Argentina as B20 Officer; and vice-chairing  the Horizon 2020 EU Energy and Environment Programme for 10 years, evaluating academia-industry projects on modern energy resources, strategies and  practices.

Elena is co-founder of because energy matterS, an ESG technical consultancy firm for fast-forwarding carbon neutrality, energy transitions, climate finance, disruptive and legitimate business strategies in public and private sectors.

Elena is a thinker and doer of diversity and inclusion, talent and fairness practices to accompany the energy industry one step ahead during this decade of action.
Her latest formal learning comes from the Harvard Business School and is focused on Disruptive Strategies.
Her current position in because energy matterS is  Managing Director Carbon Neutrality and Modern Energy.

Devon O. Niel Gardner
Devon O. Niel Gardner
Program Manager, Energy & Head, Energy Unit Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

Dr. Gardner has been the Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, since September 2014.
In this role, Devon has oversight of the Energy Programme, which is tasked with the identification of common policies and strategies for transforming the energy sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This transformation requires a shift in a majority of the energy systems within the region from their current states of inefficiency and over-dependence on imported fossil sources, which exposes them to the uncertainties and volatilities of mostly expensive global oil prices, to a state of greater efficiency and high penetration of indigenous renewable sources. In particular, the Energy Programme promotes a transition to energy systems that favour sustainable and clean energy production, as well as efficient delivery and use, which simultaneously provides legal certainty for investors and improved predictability in price and supply for users.

Previously, Devon was a Technical Adviser within the Caribbean Community
Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and held multiple positions in academia, ranging from Senior Research Fellow to Professor in various universities within the Caribbean and Europe.
Devon has published over fifty (50) peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous reports and studies, and received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Chemical Physics with specialization in numerical analysis, from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) in 2001.

Patricia Darez
Patricia Darez
Director, Chilean Association of Renewable Energy and Storage (ACERA)

Ingeniero Colegiado con 14 a√Īos de experiencia en energ√≠as renovables, tanto en el √°rea de desarrollo como de Consultor√≠a. Patricia ha trabajado en m√°s de 10GW de proyectos renovables desde las fases m√°s iniciales, hasta la operaci√≥n.
Es Directora de ACERA y Gerente General de 350renewables desde el 2015. Del 2017 al 2019, Patricia fue Gerente Pa√≠s de DNV GL en Sudam√©rica con responsabilidades en Chile, Per√ļ, Argentina, Uruguay y Colombia. Del 2011 al 2015, se desempe√Ī√≥ como Gerente de An√°lisis de Energ√≠a en Latino America para Mainstream Renewable Power. Fue responsable de un portafolio de 1.5GW de proyectos. Del 2007 al 2011, trabaj√≥ en el Reino Unido preparando EIA, an√°lisis de energ√≠a y mediciones para Wind Prospect. Regularmente da clases del software PVSyst y Dise√Īo de sistemas FV en Latinoam√©rica.

English version below.

Patricia is a chartered engineer (CEng, Eur Ing) with more than 14 years of international experience. She has knowledge in management of multicultural teams, tendering processes, technical and commercial advice. She has experience in several GW of renewable energy projects, with emphasis on wind and photovoltaic energy, located in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
She is currently a Director of the Chilean Renewable Energy Association (ACERA) and Director of 350renewables since 2015, a consultancy specializing in supporting developers of renewable energy projects with an emphasis across Latin America.
Previously, between 2017-2019 she was Country Manager in DNV GL, in its Energy division and covers the Southern Cone and the Andean Countries. She has also held positions in Mainstream Renewable Power and Wind Prospect Limited. Patricia is an Aeronautical Engineer (MEng) from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom).

Alfredo Solar
Alfredo Solar
General Manager, Chile, Atlas Renewable Energy 

Before joining Atlas Renewable Energy, Alfredo worked at SunEdison for three years as GM for Chile.

Prior to that time, Alfredo accumulated more than 20 years of experience, including a long-tenor role as Head of Acciona Energy Chile.

Alfredo was president of Chile’s high-profile Renewable Energy Association, ACERA, for 7 years. Alfredo holds an Engineering degree from Universidad de Chile.

Carlos de Regules
Carlos de Regules
Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Spanish Latin America

Mr. de Regules is an expert in regulation, strategic planning, safety and environmental risk management and climate change, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector. He is a partner at Deloitte, focusing on risk management in the energy sector across Latin America

As a consultant, he recently helped the Government of Guyana build new institutional capacities for the oversight of petroleum operations and advised the Water Industry Commission of Scotland in the implementation of new collaborative approaches in the regulatory process. He also participated as a peer reviewer in regulatory assessments in the transportation sector in Peru and the energy sector in Ireland.

In 2014-18, Mr. de Regules led the creation of Mexico¬īs ASEA, the national agency for safety and environmental protection in the hydrocarbon sector, responsible for regulating, permitting and supervising a 22 thousand regulated entities industry. In this capacity, he was responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive risk-based, performance-oriented regulatory model, and issued, among other regulations, the first methane emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry at the national level in Latin America.

Prior to that, during his 18 years career at Petróleos Mexicanos he held different responsibilities, namely as Deputy Director for Strategic and Operational Planning, responsible for the development of the strategic planning process and the integration of the business plan, and as Environmental Protection Manager, responsible for the development of the sustainability portfolio of initiatives.

Mr. de Regules holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management from √Čcole Nationale Sup√©rieure des Mines de Paris.

He is a fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International Network, and a frequent participant at OECD‚Äôs Network of Economic Regulators, Chatham House¬īs New Petroleum Producers Group and the International Energy Agency¬īs Methane Guiding Principles Network.

Andrea Course
Andrea Course
Venture Principal, Shell

Andrea Course works in Shell Ventures as a Venture Principal. She has more than 12 years of experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Shell, Andrea worked as Venture Principal at Schlumberger Technology Investments and this year she was named one of 100 Global Corporate Venturing Rising Stars ‚Äď profiling the industry‚Äôs top 0.5%.

Andrea has been working on research and new technology development for over eight years. She held the positions of Product Manager, Senior Product Analyst, engineering manager and product design engineer. She holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Aerospace Engineering and an executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Leonardo Beltran
Leonardo Beltran
Former Deputy Secretary of Energy in Mexico & Non-Resident Fellow Institute of the Americas

Leonardo Beltran was Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition en the Administration of President Pe√Īa Nieto (2012-2018) and current Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas. As part of his responsibilities he was appointed non-executive director of CFE and Pemex. He was the Chief Planning Officer and the Chief Technology Officer in the Mexican Energy Sector. He studied a Master¬īs in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and studied Law in the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de M√©xico.

In 2005, Mr. Beltran joined Secretaria de Energia (SENER) as Director for International Negotiations, participating in high level meetings of the Energy Working Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mechanism (APEC), the International Energy Agency, the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, and in bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, India, New Zealand, Spain, and United States of America.

In 2010, Mr. Beltran was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies at SENER, where he took part in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the Technology and Science Research Information System of the National Science and Technology Council, as well as the Special Program on Science and Technology. He also coordinated the interdepartmental working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage, and the working group to develop the Sustainable Building Mexican Voluntary Standard.

Leonardo Beltran has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He was part of the International Affairs division of the campaign and transition team of President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto.

Leonardo Beltran has been part of the World Economic Forum¬īs Council of the Future of Electricity (2014-2016), and the Council of the Future of Energy (2016-2018). Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Partnering to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation Project. Since 2017 is a member of the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), and in 2018 he joined the Board of Fundacion por Mexico. He is also a consultant to the World Bank.

Thiago Barral Ferreira
Thiago Barral Ferreira
CEO, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica EPE, Brazil

Thiago Barral is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Energy Research Office (EPE), where he joined in Dec 2007 as Energy Research Analyst. He leads a team of experts in charge of the analysis of feasibility studies of various energy sources, like wind, solar, hydro, biomass, natural gas, coal, etc., especially for the federal energy auctions. He is also involved in various technical studies to support the design and implementation of energy policies.

Thiago holds a degree in civil engineering and a MSc degree in water resources and environmental issues, as well as an MBA in public administration.

Andres Chambouleyron
Andres Chambouleyron
Managing Director, BRG & IOA Non-Resident Energy Fellow

Dr. Chambouleyron has a PhD in Economics (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1995). He studied Industrial Engineering (National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, 1990) and Master in Economics (M. A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1992). He was a fellow of IMPSA in the area of Control and Production Programming (1990), Senior Economist and Chief Researcher in the Mediterranean-IERAL Foundation in the areas of Public Services Economics and Regulation (1995-2005). He served as Advisor to the Secretariat of Communications (2000-2001) and the Cabinet of the Ministry of Economy (2001), in this latter position he worked on issues related to the regulation of services and competition policies. He was a Consultant in the areas of regulation of services, antitrust and valuation (Affiliate, LECG, 1998-March 2011) and Senior Consultant in the same areas for Compass Lexecon (March 2011-December 2015). From December 2015 to January 2018, he has been the Undersecretary of Public Utility Pricing of the Government of Argentina. He currently serves as president of Argentina’s electric power regulator.

Clarissa Lins
Clarissa Lins
, Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute (IBP)

Clarissa is the founding partner of Catavento, a consultancy on strategy and sustainability, and Senior Fellow at CEBRI’s Infrastructure and Energy Program. Since November 2019, Clarissa is the President of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP).

Clarissa is also a member of Suzano’s Sustainability Committee and the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum. She served on Petrobras’ Board of Directors (2018 to 2019), chaired the HSE Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee. She also served on the Sustainability Committee of Vale’s Board of Directors (2017 to 2019) and on Shell’s External Review Committee (2012 to 2015).

Clarissa is an economist by training and holds her bachelor and master’s degrees from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Carlos Andrade
Carlos Andrade
Vice President of Business Strategy and Development, EDP Brazil

Carlos Andrade is Vice President for Strategy & Business Development, and member of the Executive Board of EDP Group in Brazil (EDP Br), an integrated utility company operating in power generation, transmission, distribution, trading in the unregulated market, and energy services. He is CEO of EDP Grid, a services’ subsidiary focused on energy efficiency, electric mobility, and solar distributed generation for both corporate and residential customers, and CEO of EDP Ventures Brazil, a corporate venture capital vehicle focused on investment in startups. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enerprev, EDP Br employees’ pension fund, and member of the Board of Directors of EDP Inovação, a global EDP subsidiary based in Portugal and focused on Innovation.

Prior to EDP Br, Carlos Andrade developed his career in the financial markets, working for 17 years in international banks in the areas of Credit, Corporate Finance, Project Finance and Investment Banking. More than half of his banking career was spent outside of Brazil, covering the Latin American markets, including positions in Caracas, Mexico City and New York City.

He has a BA in Economics from UFPE, with a number of extension programs completed throughout the years, including most recently at IESE in Spain. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Alfonso Blanco
Alfonso Blanco
Executive Secretary, OLADE

Since the beginning of 2017, Alfonso Blanco Bonilla has held the position of Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization, elected by the Meeting of Energy Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 2017-2020. He holds a degree in Industrial Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the ORT University and a Diploma in Economics from UdelaR. He has a broad background as an Energy specialist in Latin America with an emphasis on regulatory issues, energy policy, project formulation and evaluation, business development and financing models. Prior to his current position at OLADE, he was a consultant for the World Bank, IDB, CAF and the United Nations and held senior positions within the Uruguayan government, leading various components of Uruguay’s energy transformation that began in 2005. He has participated in the formulation, evaluation, execution, start-up, and management of programs and projects for the public and private sectors and in direct liaison with international organizations.

Rolando Gonzalez Bunster
Rolando Gonzalez Bunster
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, InterEnergy

Rolando founded the business in 1988 and has over 40 years of experience in project management and business development.

He began his career at Gulf & Western Industries where he started out as a special assistant to chairman and founder Charles Bluhdorn, eventually becoming its youngest corporate Vice President and Head of International Operations. After Gulf & Western, Rolando went on to establish his own companies to acquire and operate assets in the region.

Rolando, Georgetown University College Class 1968, serves on many of his alma mater’s boards. He was Chair of the International Initiatives Board and is currently a trustee on the Board of Advisers of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Latin American Board.

He is a Director and Trustee of the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. He is also a member of the Energy Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on the development of clean and renewable energy. Rolando is proud to be a founding member of the Walkabout Foundation which has distributed 21,000 wheelchairs to date.

Jeremy M. Martin
Jeremy M. Martin
Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas

Jeremy M. Martin is Vice President, Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas, an inter-American public policy think-tank located at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Program works to foster a deeper understanding of the most critical energy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Jeremy spends his time delving into the geopolitics of energy and closely following energy industry trends and policy issues across the Americas, and is a frequent commentator and writer on Latin American and energy issues. Jeremy has testified before the US Congress on energy issues in Latin America, teaches a graduate course in Latin American Energy Policy at UCSD and the University of San Diego (USD) and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor newsletter. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Diplomacy Council and is a member of the host committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation San Diego Chapter annual Bet on Cures event. Thanks to his upbringing, he is a diehard Red Sox fan, Civil War buff, and news junkie. Jeremy graduated with honors in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Masters in International Affairs/International Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He has yet to achieve his lifelong dream of being a Stand-Up Comic.

John Padilla
John Padilla
Managing Director, IPD Latin America

As Managing Director and partner at IPD, John leverages years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing to offer comprehensive perspective on energy investment throughout Latin America.

John led IPD’s expansion into Mexico in 2001. He has since played a vital role in the development of lobbying efforts to encourage a healthy, more vigorous Mexican energy sector. With 15 years of direct consulting experience in Mexico, John is one of the premier experts on the politics and policy of that country’s energy industry. In 2011 he relocated to Bogota in order to participate more directly in the resurgence of Colombia’s oil and gas sectors.

John co-heads IPD’s business throughout Latin America, contributing a strong pragmatism and tactical expertise to support project risk and opportunity assessment. He has devised comprehensive government relations, key stakeholder management, and legislative and regulatory analysis services to enhance clients’ ability to navigate Latin America’s complex business environments. John is frequently quoted in the U.S. and international press, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining IPD, John was Vice President and a Global Relationship Manager with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in its N.Y. based Energy, Utility and Infrastructure Group, focusing on large domestic and international projects in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia. He also held positions with the project finance group at Banque Paribas and the transportation group at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase).

Bachelor of Science, Boston College, 1991 ‚Äď Major: Finance

Languages Spoken
English (native), Spanish (fluent)

David Voght
David Voght
Managing Director, IPD Latin America

As Managing Director and founding partner of IPD, David has built the firm’s client-focused services on a platform of efficient, precise, and timely knowledge transfer. He developed IPD’s core consulting methodology to provide high value analysis, based on ethically and locally collected intelligence, for clients navigating highly complex investment environments. David has worked in energy and general infrastructure development with a focus on business strategy, market analysis, political and economic risk, financing, and business-to-government relations for 23 years. Having resided in Venezuela from 1991 to 2011, David is one of the premier experts on that country’s energy industry. In 1999 he founded IPD, which has offices in Caracas, Mexico City, and Bogota, and provides a network of consultants who advise clients on energy investment throughout the region. From IPD’s base in Madrid, Spain today, David oversees the company’s regional business, which furnishes advisory services to multi-national energy developers, oilfield service companies, foreign governments, and financial institutions. David publishes and speaks regularly on the Latin American energy industry with particular focus on legislation, regulatory and government issues impacting the day-to-day operations of the oil, gas and power industries, and scenarios for the build-out of new energy infrastructure. Prior to founding IPD, David was employed at a Washington, DC based consulting firm advising the U.S. Government and multi-lateral banks on infrastructure investment throughout Latin America.

Thiago de Aragao
Thiago de Aragao
Partner, Arko Advice and Senior Associate, CSIS

Thiago is the director of Strategy of Arko Advice. He has given presentations about the Brazilian and Latin American political environment in over a dozen countries and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. A specialist in political risk analysis and political network analysis, through his work he has advised over 100 companies, rating agencies and investment funds from Brazil and abroad. He is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Research Associate at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (France) and Co-editor and Co-presenter of the Brazilian Politics Podcast. (







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