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JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERÓN
President of Colombia
President Santos holds economics and business administration degress from Kansas University. He attended postgraduate courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and holds Masters degrees from the London Schoold of Economics and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has held the posts of Minister of Commerce, Finance and Defense. He was President of the Freedom of Expression Comission of the Inter American Press Society. He was elected to office in August 2010 and reelected in August 2014.
Country Manager of the World Bank for Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean
Issam Abousleiman, a Lebanese national, has an MBA in Finance and Investments from the George Washington University and another one from the American University of Beirut. He is also a chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute. He will be responsible for continuing the excellent relationship between the Bank and Colombian authorities; coordinating the implementation of the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) goals ensuring the quality and tailoring of Bank financial, knowledge, and convening services; and guiding, motivating and mentoring a cadre of high performing staff working in the Colombia country office.
ALBA AGUILAR PRIEGO
New Markets, SIF-ICAP 4
Bachelor in business administration at the Universidad de las Américas and master’s degree at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). She has over 20-years´ experience in the financial sector, where she was previously director for new products at SIF ICAP, which included the development of transaction and auction systems for institutional investors. Before joining SIF ICAP, Alba was risk market manager tresury and senior analyst for investment banking at at BBVA Bancomer. Alba is new markets director at SIF ICAP, inter- dealer broker at the Mexican Stock Exchange, where she has been involved in the development of new environmental markets, such as the voluntary carbon market, clean energy certificates (RECs), green bonds and other market mechanisms in the Climate Change Law, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Technical Secretary at the Mexican Banking Association
Economist and Master in Finance from the Monterrey Technological Institute. His previous work experience includes the position of Technical Secretary at the Mexican Banking Association, Subdirector at the Mexican Banking Association and Cathedratic Professor at the Monterrey Technological Institute.
Sustainability Director at Marfrig
Mathias Almeida holds a MBA on Foreign Trade at FGV and Environmental Management at Candido Mendes University. Have worked on R&D for beef products, beef export sales into Middle Eastern markets and lately as Sustainability Manager at Marfrig Global Foods, where worked on the development and implementation of cattle suppliers monitoring in the Amazon biome. Responsible for relationship with clients, governments, NGO´s and different stakeholders on sustainability issues, seeking engagement of different actors on promoting new sustainable business models, focusing on meeting growing demand for ag products in a responsible fashion.
Global Director, Financial Institutions Group at IFC
Irene Arias is the Global Director, for the Financial Institutions Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this role, she oversees IFC’s strategy, investments and portfolio of all IFC’s operations in financial markets around the world. IFC’s investments in the financial sector represent about 40 percent of IFC’s global operations and the objective of IFC in this sector is to promote access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises. Irene previously served as the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing IFC’s Investment and Advisory Services operations in 34 countries across the region, where IFC has a combined investment portfolio of $11.9 billion in private sector projects and Advisory Services programs worth $80.3 million. Before being named Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, she was IFC’s Regional Manager for the Andean region, overseeing IFC operations in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
LIANE ASTA LOHDE
Senior Economist, Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources
Asta is a Senior Economist at IFC covering infrastructure and natural resources. She is responsible for strategic considerations and economic analysis of IFC investments. She is the climate focal point for the department and also oversees IFC’s standards and policies relating to transparency in the natural resources sector. Prior to joining IFC, Liane worked in financial consulting after a stint as an economist at a public policy think tank. She holds both a BA and MSc in Economics from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics, respectively.
Member of the Board of Directors at ACCIONA, S.A. and member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance
She completed her degree in Law through the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and holds a MBA in Senior Management from IESE Business School. She developed her professional career in the Economic area of the Spanish Government since 1986, where she carried out an activity focused on the field of energy as General Director of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) and General Director for Energy and Mining Policy at the Finance Ministry. She has been Director of Consulting in the area of energy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She was the ACCIONA Energy President, S.A. from January 2010 to April 2013.
President at Fedebiocombustibles, Colombia
Mr. Bendeck is a Petroleum and Geology engineer from the National University of Colombia in Medellin. He also has graduate studies in palynology from the University of Vienna. He has worked in the oil industry for over thirty years: he was minister of Transportation under President César Gaviria for about two years and Ambassador of Colombia in Germany during the presidency of Ernesto Samper. He worked as a geologist for the Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol, then in 1964 he rose to be vice president of exploration and production, a position he held twice. Bendeck is the founder and first director of the Colombian Institute of Petroleum. After 28 years of service at Ecopetrol he retired in 1992.
JUAN PABLO BOCAREJO
Bogota District Secretary of Mobility
Civil engineer from Andes University with a doctorate in Transportation from the University of Paris. Co-founder of Andes University’s Sustainability Study Group where he has directed research with several international partners, generating relevant publications in important scientific magazines. Bocarejo participated in the design of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects, in the design of the first cable propelled transit system in Medellin (Colombia) and in other infrastructure works in the country. He has also produced several studies on the promotion and implementation of sustainable mobility policies in different cities. He participated in Bogota’s bicycle path master plan, and advised the Inter-American Development Bank IDB in its plan to support the use of bicycles in Latin America.
DAVID BOJANINI GARCÍA
President at Grupo Sura
Graduated from Industrial Engineering at Andes University with an actuarial emphasis MBA from the University of Michigan. He was the first employee and Founding Manager of the pensions and funds administrator; Compañía Suramericana de Inversiones, where he drafted its articles of association in preparation for receiving its first collections at the end of 1991. Bojanini was educated under the corporate culture taught by Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría in the region of Antioquia, and he is convinced that entrepreneurs are also responsible for educating others. He currently leads Grupo Sura, one of the most powerful financial conglomerates in the region
MARCENE D. BROADWATER
Global Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development IFC Climate Business Department
Ms. Broadwater is responsible for growing IFC’s investments in sustainable business with an emphasis on renewable power, industrial energy efficiency, green buildings, urban infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and bio-energy. Ms. Broadwater has substantial investment experience within IFC, primarily in energy-related industries, and also served as IFC’s Country Manager for Peru and Bolivia. Before joining IFC, Ms. Broadwater was a Finance Manager with the Amoco Corporation and was responsible for structured financial transactions for Amoco’s Power, Petrochemical and Oil and Gas divisions. Ms. Broadwater holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University.
LIZABETH N. BRONDER
Director, Latin America and the Caribbean International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Lizabeth oversees IFC’s operations in 34 countries across the region, where IFC holds a committed portfolio of US$16 billion, including funds mobilized from other investors. Previously, Ms. Bronder was Chief Information Officer and Director of IFC Business Ms. Bronder joined IFC in 1991 as an Investment Officer, working globally in the general manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. She led a number of business process improvement initiatives including simplification of operational procedures. Ms. Bronder also developed and launched the IFC Small and Medium Enterprises Toolkit to help SMEs around the world implement sustainable business management practices. Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Bronder was at Goldman Sachs in the Capital Markets and Syndications Group in both New York, London and Hong Kong, and with Morgan Stanley in Mergers and Acquisitions in New York. Ms. Bronder holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Yale University.
Principal water specialist at IFC
George Butler has 30 years’ experience in the water sector as a public health engineer, utility operator, economic regulator, technical consultant and investor. Prior to IFC George was the director of asset management for Northern Ireland Water, the water and sewerage undertaker for Northern Ireland. In this role he managed drinking water quality and championed the approach to Sustainable Catchment Management Planning (SCaMP) and Water Safety Plans. Previously George worked for OFWAT (the water regulator for England & Vamp; Wales), Commonwealth Development Corporation (the UK’s development finance institution), and Black & Veatch Consultants.
President of the Commission of Urban Transport in Lima, Peru.
Bachelor of Law and Political Science at the University San Martin de Porres, Master in Development and National Defense (Year 2008) and Master of National Defense (Year 2010), the Center for Higher National Studies – CAEN. Tourism has a Masters in Strategic Management in Tourism and Hospitality taught at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain (Year 1994) and a Specialization for Senior Management Administration of Tourism Sector – PADE, Pacific University (Year 1995). Equally. Current Regidor, President of the Urban Transport Committee and Past President of the Tourism Commission and SMEs of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. Reelected Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Lima, for the 2014-2017 period. Reelected President of the National Chamber of Tourism of Peru – CANATUR for the period 2012 – 2014, where he served in prior periods as 2010 – 2012/2004 – 2006/2002 – 2004 Member of the Board of Confiep (previous 2002 – 2010). PromPeru vice president during the years 2002 – 2004. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Business Administration from the National University of San Marcos; Member of the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Management Services at the University of Piura and member of the Advisory Committee CENTRUM, Master of the Catholic University of Peru.
BEATRIZ ELENA CÁRDENAS
General Director, UAESP, Colombia
Ms. Cárdenas currently leads Bogotá’s public service administrative unit (Unidad Administrativa Especial Servicios Públicos). Before that, she served as Chief of the Legal Office and Secretary General at the Ministry of Information and Telecommunication Technologies; Legal Office Chief, Administrative and Financial Sub director and Internal Control Chief of the Regulation Commission for Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation (Comisión Reguladora de Agua, CRA). She is an expert broker for the Colombian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC). She is a Lawyer and holds an MBA and a specialization diploma in Business Administration from Universidad Sergio Arboleda.
MAURICIO CÁRDENAS SANTAMARÍA
Minister of Finance and Public Credit
An Economist from Universidad de los Andes, Mr. Cárdenas holds a PhD en Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His past posts include Executive Director at the Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo), CEO of the Energy Company of Bogota (Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, EEB). Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Transport, Director of the National Planning Department and Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Sustainability Manager North Latam at Sygenta
Mr. Carvajal has a B.S. degree in political science and international affairs, a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the Turin School of Development, and an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the EADA Business School. He began his career as government consultant in Tetra Tech, where he was responsible for government engagement in projects funded by USAID. He then worked at Organización Carvajal, Holcim, Publicaciones Semana and Sygenta, where he is currently Sustainability Manager for North Latin America.
General Manager, URBI Properties, Perú
Ms. Casabonne is a Lawyer from the Catholic University in Peru and holds a Masters Degree in law at the University of Exeter in England as well as an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Urbi Group in June 1996 as an associate in INTERINVEST. Urbi properties was created in 1998 and he has been its General Manager since. At present he is the Executive Director of Urbi, Sparza Club and Domus Homes North.
Country General Manager at BCIE, Costa Rica.
Costa Rican nationality, has academic training Bachelor in Business Administration from the University Latin American ULACIT additionally holds a Master of International Centre for Economic Policy at the National University of Costa Rica. Prior to joining the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, he worked for more than 20 years to local and regional financial institutions such as the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and Citibank in positions related to the Project Development area as Energy, Telecommunications, Health and Infrastructure public, among others. He currently serves as Country Manager-Costa Rica Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
Vicepresident for LAC at Morgan Stanley Capital International
Miguel is responsible for leading institutional customer consultation related to MSCI’s equity indexes and ESG analytics product suite in South America’s Andean region (Colombia, Chile and Peru). His role at MSCI focuses on working closely with institutional clients (private and public pension plans, asset managers, broker dealers and investment consultants) in the areas of benchmarking, asset allocation and equity quantitative analytics. Prior to joining MSCI, he worked in a variety of index quantitative research consultant roles for several global investment firms (BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan) based in Santiago, New Delhi, New York and Chicago. Miguel attained his Engineering degree from Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Santiago de Chile and holds a Masters in Financial Risk Management from New York University (NYU).
Amarilo’s General Manger and Camacol’s Board Member of Bogota and Cundinamarca’s chapter 2015 – 2017.
He has extensive experience managing companies of different productive sector of the economy like: Petrochemical, Aeronautical, Pharmaceutical, Textile Industry and Healthcare in Brazil and Colombia; he received for three consecutive years the Latam excellence awards. In the construction industry he has been a member of several boards of directors in Colombia before joining Amarilo as CEO. Mario is a Business Administrator of the College of Higher Administration Studies – CESA and has a degree in Business Management from INALDE.
General Director for Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain.
Mr. Dajani is currently the Chief Economist of the Government of Spain and Head of Multilateral Development Banks, where he is acting Governor to the World Bank Group. He has been Chief negotiator for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Green Climate Fund. He has occupied high ranking positions in the public and private sector, in the fields of international financial and economic affairs, including Spanish Trade Commissioner to China and member of the board of directors of some of Spain’s most relevant public companies.
MARCELO DE ANDRADE
Partner, External Relations Latin America at Earth Capital Partners, Brazil
Marcelo covers global external relations and is based in Rio de Janeiro. He has extensive networks with institutional investment, agriculture and sustainability communities in Latin America and is responsible for deal origination in Brazil. Marcelo previously founded Pro-Natura International, one of the first international sustainability organizations based in the Southern Hemisphere. He also co-founded Terra Capital Fund, the first venture capital fund dedicated to investing exclusively in private-sector biodiversity businesses; Axial Bank/Axial Par, a financial institution in South America dedicated to promoting investments in the sustainable development sector; and Eco Carbon, specializing in engineering aspects of forestry and agriculture carbon sinks.
JOHN DE BOER
Senior Policy Adviser with the UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR).
Mr.de Boer is an expert on development, humanitarian, and security challenges in situations of conflictand violence. At UNU-CPR he leads research that identifies and responds to the multipledimensions of vulnerability in urban contexts. This includes research that tackles specific challengesrelated to urban violence, urban disaster, and organized crime. Prior to joining UNU-CPR, Mr. de Boer was the Program Leader for Governance, Security, andJustice at the International Development Research Centre in Canada. He has also worked at theCanadian International Development Agency where he served on the Afghanistan and PakistanTask Force and with the Agency’s Office for Democratic Governance. He is a Research Associatewith the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, and a Fellow in Diplomatic Affairs at the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. de Boer holds a PhD in AreaStudies from the University of Tokyo.
CLEMENTE DEL VALLE
CEO Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional FDN, Colombia
Before joining FDN, Mr. del Valle worked for the World Bank as Lead Expert of Debt Management and Public Markets Development. He worked as Global Manager of ESMID as and Lead expert on capital markets between 2006 and 2012. He worked as Chairman of the Colombian Securities Regulator in 2002. He earned a M.Sc. in Economics with emphasis in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and from Los Andes University in 1989 and 1984, respectively.
RODRIGO DE PAVIA MARTINS
President & CEO at Current, powered by General Electric Latin America
Current (powered by GE) is a first-of- its kind energy company that integrates GE’s LED and energy storage for efficient energy solutions in Latin America. Mr. Martins, its current President and CEO, held posts as Vice President and financial planning management in different companies in Latin America, the United States and the Netherlands. Within GE, he held the posts of General Director of Global Operation Finance in Asia and Oceania, where he was responsible for the group’s operations in nineteen countries and Director General of Global Operation finance in Fairfield, Connecticut. He graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo as a business administrator and holds a Master’s degree in business strategies from the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University in the US.
Head of Transport for Bogotá, Colombia
Mr. Diaz has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, in Bogotá, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs with emphasis in Business Administration and Finance from Columbia University, in New York. He is a founding partner of GSDplus and has experience in the private sector, in investment banking projects; in the public sector, as Special Advisor to Mayor of Bogota (1998-2000); and in the non-profit sector, working with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in New York and the Por el País que Queremos foundation. In the last 15 years, he has directed and managed more than forty national and local around the world, especially in planning, structuring and implementing BRT systems, as well as safe mobility for bicycles and pedestrians.
LUIZ FERNANDO DO AMARAL
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rabobank, Brazil
Luiz leads the sustainability department at Rabobank in Brazil, also sitting on the sustainability councils of Febraban (Brazilian Federation of Banks) and SRB (Brazilian Rural Society). He has previously held board positions at the Brazilian National Fund for Climate Change (FUNDO CLIMA) and at global multi- stakeholder initiatives for sustainability of agricultural commodities. Before joining Rabobank, Luiz served as Sustainability Manager at UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association) and served as Head of the Brazilian delegation at International Standardization Organization (ISO) committee for bioenergy sustainability. Luiz holds a master’s degree in international economics from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo (USP). A former recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fellowship on agriculture and climate change, he has authored research studies and op-eds on sustainability, finance and rural development.
Founder at EcoDecision
EcoDecision (www.ecodecision.com.ec) is a social firm committed to conservation finance, where Marta Echavarria aims to change the way the formal economy values nature and in particular, water. By designing, negotiating and developing institutional arrangements for watershed conservation throughout the world,, Marta has contributed in institutionalizing that a percentage of water tariffs be invested in water protection. She is an internationally recognized social entrepeneur whose company promotes new markets like butterfly exports (Heliconiusworks.com) and sustainable products (www.canopybridge.com). Most recently, EcoDecisión has launched ProAcqua group, a consortium of water expertise to improve capacity to scale up effective watershed protection in the Andes (www.pro- acqua.net).
Technical Director, Veolia, Spain
He is Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona) and holds a Global Executive MBA degree from IESE Business School in the same city. Since 2011 he is the Technical Director Veolia LatAm & Iberia, subsidiary of Veolia, a worldwide leading environmental company in water & wastewater, waste activities and energy. Between 2008 and 2011 he was CEO and member of the Executive Committee of Interagua, municipal water & wastewater concession of Guayaquil (Ecuador). He’s also been the Director for the LatAm Water Division of group Proactiva, CEO of the contract for the maintenance of the water networks in Caracas, CEO of “Aguas de Monagas” in Maturin, Venezuela.
JUAN ALBERTO FERNANDEZ
CEO, SCL Energía Activa Chile
Mr. Fernández holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de Chile and a Postgraduate degree in Finance from Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a Managing Partner at SCL Energía Activa S.A, has been directly involved in the commercial development of a 380 MW gas combine cycle plant for PSEG and the acquisition of Termocandelaria S.A. ESP in Colombia, and he is also the President at SCL Energía S.A. He is now president at Termocandelaria S.A. and Partner at Grupo SAT. Throughout his career he has gathered 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.
President of Camacol
She is an architect from Universidad Piloto de Colombia, with two specializations in CEEAA Urban Architechture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and in public operations from the École d’architecture de Paris- Villemin; he also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Sorbone and a specialization in Urban Law from Universidad del Rosario. Before her 10-year tenure in Camacol she was Territoral Director for the Ministry of Environment, and president of the National Council for Architecture. She previously occupied the position of Camacol Manager for Bogotá and Cundinamarca.
SIMÓN GAVIRIA MUÑOZ
Director for the National Planning Department (DNP)
Economist and specialist in mathematics, econometrics and political science from Pennsylvania University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Graduate from the Senior Government Program – "Alberto Lleras Camargo" School of Government at Andes University. At the beginning of this professional career he worked as a banking financial analyst in the U.S. at JP Morgan Chase Corporate Finance New York. Mr. Gaviria became a member of Congress in 2006 under the "El país que soñamos" (The country we dream of) movement, and in 2010 as a member of the Liberal party. During his term, he was part of the Economic Affairs Third Committee of the House of Representatives. Author of the Insolvency Acts and the Single Mobile Number Act. In December 2011, he became President of the Colombian Liberal Party and between 2011 and 2012 he acted as Chairman of the House of Representatives.
Regional Head for Infrastructure, Latin America & the Caribbean
Gabriel Goldschmidt is IFC’s Head for Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. He oversees IFC’s strategy and investments in the infrastructure sector in this region, including ports, logistics, power and water. He joined IFC in 1993, initially focusing on global infrastructure. Since 2007, he has been expanding IFC’s support to infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a member of the IFC global infrastructure and natural resources management team. He holds a CPA from the University of Buenos Aires, a Masters in Economics from the University of Paris and an MBA from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Country Manager – IFC Brazil
Joined IFC in 2007 as an Investment Officer for Mexico and Central America. Before becoming Brazil Country Manager, Hector was Head of Frontier Region, responsible for the development of IFC’s activities in the Amazon, Cerrado & Northeast regions. Hector has a 20-year experience in investment banking and global business, working for AIG Consumer Finance Group, Citigroup and Mexico’s Grupo Alfa. He started his career as an oilfield engineer with Schlumberger. Hector holds an MBA and a degree in Chemical and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
MAURICIO GÓMEZ MACHADO
High Commissioner at Colombian Regulatory Commission for Energy & Gas, CREG, Colombia
Ph. D. in Economics related to Energy, MBA and Masters in International Economics and Finances, bachelor´s degree in Electrical Engineering Extensive international experience in Deal Structuring and Regulation, with 18 years of diversified exposure in the Energy (power, coal, oil & gas) and Climate Change arenas in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Areas of core competence include: Power & gas market design (Regulation), mergers and acquisitions, capital formation (debt & equity), Financial modeling and sensitivity analysis, due diligence, debt restructuring, growth and development strategy, sustainable development projects for international organizations, markets research and business plan development, project management. High analytical capability, Team work, Negotiation, Planning, Organizational and Communication skills. Comfortable working in dynamic environments and under pressure.
Chairman and CEO at InterEnergy
Mr. Gonzalez-Bunster is a pioneer of the electric sector of the Dominican Republic, being credited with the signing of the country’s first state utility PPA, as well as being one of the key participants in the privatization of the state controlled electricity businesses. His record dates back to the late 1980’s, when he developed the country’s first barge mounted power plant in partnership with Seaboard Corporation. Since then, Mr. Gonzalez Bunster has successfully developed, acquired and managed over 1,500MW of generating capacity. He led all significant aspects of project development, financing and the relationship with governments and multilateral organizations.
Director, Climate Change, IFC World Bank Group
Christian Grossmann, a German national, is the Director of Climate Change, World Bank Group, a position he assumed in October 2014. In this role, he coordinates IFC’s climate change strategy and product development, embedding climate knowledge and capacity in IFC’s operational groups in support of investments in clean energy, green buildings, sustainable agriculture, manufacturing, and climate mitigation through financial markets. In 2015, IFC’s total climate-related investments were $2.3 billion and an additional $2.2 billion was mobilized from other investors. Christian holds a Dipl.- Ing from TU Munich, a CES of ENPC, Paris and a MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He is married and has a son.
Government Affairs Manager at Elanco, Brazil
Ms. Guebara is an Environmental Engineer with MBA in Agribusiness. She has worked for more than 14 years in management and consulting in areas of Quality, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability in different sectors, helping to connect multiples stakeholders. She was responsible for the management of the Brazilian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock (GTPS). She participated at the Dutch Visitors Programme Food Security and Agribusiness. Additionally, Ms. Guebara was part of the Brazilian delegation at climate change negotiations (COP´s 15, 16, 17 and 19). She served as Deputy Coordinator of Partnerships for the National Coordination Committee of Rio +20.
EVELYN PATRICIA HARTWICK
Treasury Department International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Ms. Hartwick has primary responsibility for capital market development in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa (EMEA region), and for tailoring strategies to help IFC’s private sector clients manage their currency and interest rate exposure. Another aspect of her role includes helping private sector companies’ access off-shore/on-shore funding through capital markets. She is the Global Green Bond coordinator for business investments in the Client Treasury Solutions team. In her previous role, Ms. Hartwick managed the strategy and execution of social responsible bond programs for IFC, including: environmental bonds (green bond program); and social bonds (gender and Inclusive business bond programs). Other responsibilities included the management of structured debt and private and public issuance with focus on the US, Asia and Latin America. Her work in Latin America included development of the local capital markets through issuance of local currency bonds; proceeds of which are directly linked to IFC’s lending operations.
Project Manager at EAAB, Bogotá, Colombia
Alejandro Iriarte, partner at AlefKapital, has over 20 years of experience originating, structuring and executing a broad range of public and private transactions in Latin America, that add up to USD 5 billion. Alejandro worked as Executive Director at BNP Paribas and BBVA in the Corporate & Investment Banking area where he participated in important transactions such as the privatization of the Colombian Central-Eastern Electrical Power Distributors (approximately 2 million users), the financial restructuring process at Emcali and the capitalization of TermoEmcali, the first electricity auction in Colombia. Alejandro is an Industrial Engineer graduated with honors from Andes University, in addition to his Master’s degree in Economy (Economy program for PEG graduates) from Andes University, where he has also worked a professor.
Executive Director at Agrofuturo, Colombia
Bussiness Manager from Eafit University in Medellin, Co Founder and CEO of Agrofuturo, company that fosters a sustainable, innovative and knowledgeable agriculture. Emphasizing the creation of Expo Agrofuturo a specialized event of business and knowledge in Latin American, the company Agrow which manages agricultural assets through private equity funds running projects in Cocoa, palm oil, pineapple and reforestation; and Agricapital a company that provides structured debt for companies in the agricultural sector. Member of the following executive boards: Grupo Argos Foundation, Berta Arias de Botero Foundation, Panaca Foundation, Agrofuturo Foundation and Negocios Electronicos. Selected as an entrepreneur Endeavor, global entrepreneurship network of high-impact companies.
Principal Industry Specialist, Green Buildings, IFC Climate Business, Climate Change Group
Kapoor is an advocate for sustainable solutions that align the interests of developers, financial institutions, governments and homeowners. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), a universal standard, software application, and certification system to mainstream resource-efficient building growth in emerging markets. Prior to joining IFC, he worked as a director at WSP consultants in London, where he led the planning of Masdar City, an innovative zero-carbon city under construction in Abu Dhabi. Kapoor holds architecture degrees from Manipal Institute of Technology (India) and a master’s degree in energy-efficient building from Oxford Brooks University (UK).
Co-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organisations involved in its development and governance; advising the EU; and working with China’s central bank on how to grow green bonds in China. Sean is also Consultant (Green Bonds) to the United Nationa Secretary General. An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney. He is also a member of German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport; Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel; The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council; Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board; The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.
Ministry of Energy, Renewables, Argentina
Before his appointment as Argentina’s Renewable Energies undersecretary, Kind authored the country’s Renewable Energy Law. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional de Argentina (UTN), holds a Masters of Science in Renewable and Eolic Energy from the EUREC Agency in Brussels, the University of Zaragoza and the National Technological University in Athens, He also holds a tile in management Development at IAE Business School. He has held managerial positions in the private sector and has published over thirty pieces for international fora.
Carlos Klink was Brazil´s National Secretary for Climate Change (2012-2015) and recently Deputy-Minister of the Environment (2016). He was a Senior Program Officer at the International Finance Corporation Brazilian Amazon Initiative (2009-2012); before joining IFC he was The Nature Conservancy´s Agriculture Team Leader for Brazil. Carlos obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and is a Professor of Ecology at University of Brasilia. He served on the board of government institutions, NGOs, and international scientific committees.
LUIS FERNANDO LARANJA DA FONSECA
Kaeté Investimentos, Brazil
Founder and senior partner at Kaeté Investimentos, an investment manager specialized in investing in projects related to sustainable development, ie, investments that contribute to long-term economic development, to preserve the environment and to create a fairer society. In the past 19 years Laranja has accumulated a large experience in the food industry and since 2001 Laranja has experienced business challenges and stakeholder relationship management in the Amazon Region . He is one of the founders and main executive of OuroVerde Amazônia, a processing company that works with the Brazil Nut and Açaí industries. OuroVerde sold shares to Grupo Orsa in 2009 and, since that date, Laranja has been the CEO of the company within Grupo Orsa, one of the largest private sector enterprises in the Amazon built considering sustainable development principles (3Ps, People, Profit, Planet). Laranja was manager of Business Department within Orsa Foundation and is a member of the E2 consulting group (specialized in commodities, agribusiness and environment).
CARLOS LEIRIA PINTO
Head of the Andean Region at IFC
Mr. Leiria Pinto is responsible for overseeing IFC’s operations in the Andean region, which include a portfolio of nearly $2.9 billion and new investments that reached nearly $700 million in fiscal year 2014. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, project finance and public- private partnerships. Prior to his post with IFC, he was Managing Director with ECS Capital in Portugal. He was also a General Manager with Eurohypo Bank AG / Commerzbank Group and Structured Finance Vice-President with BNP Paribas. He was responsible for arranging and granting loans for more than 4 billion euros for projects in energy, infrastructure, telecom and real estate. Mr. Pinto has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and an MBA from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Londom School of Economics
Mr. Lennert advises and leads on LSE Enterprise strategic projects with a particular focus on Germany and environmental innovation. He holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Public Policy and Public Administration from LSE and has worked with LSE in a senior role for over 15 years. From 1999-2007 he was Director of Corporate Relations at LSE and responsible for universitybusiness research collaboration, corporate partnerships and international business development, including the LSE Asia Forum and the establishment of LSE offices in New York and New Delhi. Previously, Florian cofounded the LSE Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation and has been involved in launching a number of interdisciplinary research centres and institutes at the LSE.
Director at World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, Brazil
Luis Antonio Lindau, Ph.D., is the President and Director of WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis, where he leads and provides technical guidance to a team of professionals working for the implementation of projects in Brazil under the EMBARQ Global Strategy. In 2013, he was awarded for his contribution to bus rapid transit (BRT) development in the city of Belo Horizonte. He also worked as a consultant for the Brazilian Agency for Urban Transportation (EBTU) in the 1980s. He is author of more than 200 book chapters and papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Lindau took post-doctorate leave at University College London, earned his Ph.D. in transportation from University of Southampton, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UFRGS, Brazil.
Director for Sustainability at Publicaciones Semana
María Lopez is one of the youngest sustainability leaders in the region and one of the pioneers of sustainability in media in Colombia. Amongst her major achievements is creation of the Semana Foundation, which has focused its work in the eradication of extreme poverty in those places most affected by armed conflict through a multidimensional approach. Her work in sustainability has focused in transforming Publicaciones Semana, one of the most influential media conglomerates in the country, into a Media Company that has sustainability at its strategic core. She is the founder and director of Semana Sostenible, a leading quarterly magazine focused on sustainable development. In addition, she serves on the board member of several social and environmental organizations. María is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes and holds an Environmental Management Masters Degree from the Universidad de los Andes, in addition to a post- graduate degree in Human Rights from American University. She is a mother of two, an undercover activist, and a philanthropist. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders of the Class of 2016.
Minister of Information and Communication Technologies
Attorney from Rosario University. Specialist in Administrative Law with a Master’s degree in Government and Public Policies from Externado de Colombia University. Mr. Luna has acted as Chairman for the Colombian Chapter of GLOBE – the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment -, Councilor for Chapinero neighborhood and City Councilor for Bogotá, House representative, Vice-Minister of Labor Relations, Senior Adviser to the President for the Regions and Associate Consultant at Lösung. He has been a professor for several universities and author of book: “Punto de partida: 9 propuestas para el buen gobierno de Bogotá”. (Starting Point: 9 Proposals for Good Governance in Bogotá).
University of Bath
A prominent academic from University of Bath in the United Kingdom, Mr. Markandya has held academic posts at Princeton, Berkeley, and Harvard. He has been working on the economics of natural resources and the environment for over forty years, and has published extensively on issues related to climate change, environmental valuation, biodiversity, environmental policy and energy and the environment. As a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he won the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2007. He’s been an advisor for national and international organizations including the World Bank, and for government officials in Europe and Asia. He graduated from London School of Economics with a Master’s degree in economic sciences in 1968 and obtained his PhD in environmental economy in 1975.
General Director for International Corporative Development at ICEX, Spain.
He holds a Law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid and is a member of the Corps of Economists and Commercial Experts of the State since 1999. Currently, he is the Director General of Business Internationalization of ICEX Spain Export and Investments. He developed his professional career as Chief Commercial Counselor in the Economic and Trade Office in Ankara (Turkey), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Deputy Director of General Trade in Africa and Middle East of the Ministry of Industry and Trade; Director of the Institute of Police Studies and Executive Advisor to the Director General of the National Police of the Ministry of Interior; Deputy Director General of Foreign Investment of the Ministry of the Economy; Director of Fundamental Company Analysis Capital Markets S.A.A.V. He has taught several courses at Universities such as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (AUS) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Currently he is a member of the Executive Committee OEME (Observatory of Spanish Multinational Companies) at ESADE.
Climate Change Director, Mexico WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Biologist from The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with a specialization from the Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, USA. Julia has experience in management, research and coordination of projects around energy efficiency, vulnerability and action upon climate change, technological methods for mitigating emissions in Mexico, public policies, etc. She worked at the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (NIECC), where she coordinated Mexico’s Five National Communications, presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Given her achievements, she has received several acknowledgments from national and international institutions and organizations.
Chief Investment Officer at IFC
Mr. Masse joined IFC in 1994 and brings 25 years of direct investment experience, with a focus on banking, insurance, funds, asset management and specialty finance sectors across Europe, Russia & CIS, Africa, Asia and Latin America. A strategic thinker with a global contact network, he demonstrated an ability to find solutions to complex investment situations, including series of value-creation investment strategies during economic crisis in Asia (1998-2001) and Europe (2009-on going). Mr. Masse is currently overseeing a global portfolio of equity and quasi equity invested in emerging markets financial institutions, with a focus on creating shareholder value and exiting investments. He is also leading some IFC strategic initiatives, including in the mitigation of climate change via capital markets solutions. Mr. Masse’s counterparts include senior banking executives, investors (institutional, strategic, private), multilateral organizations and governments.
Director, FGV Center for Sustainability Studies
Mr. Monzoni is a professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas Business School (FGV). He si also head of the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces), leading a team of 60 people working on education and research in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Climate Change, Sustainable Local Development, and Sustainable Consumption. Founder and Manager of Página 22, a monthly magazine on sustainability, published by GVces. Coordinator of the MBA on Sustainability Management, at FGV. Ph.D. in Public Administration and Government, at FGV. His thesis analyses the impact on income of a microcredit institution, in the suburbs of São Paulo. MIA in Economic Policy Management, at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA. Master in Public Administration and Government, at FGV. He has a specialization Program degree on Business Administration (CEAG), at FGV and holds a B.A. in Business Administration, at FGV.
ANDRÉS MORENO MÚNERA
General Manager at Intraseo
Mr. Moreno is a Civil Engineer from the Antioquia School of Engineering and holds an executive MBA from ISEAD. He is a lead executive for public services and infrastructure projects throughout Latin America. With over 15 years of experience, he has focused his career on innovation, sustainable growth, and new markets. He has been able to influence communities, develop new technologies and keep adding value to his work teams. He is currently the general manager at Interaseo, a company that provides solid waste management in Colombia’s main cities and which is quickly expanding in the Andean region. At Interaseos, Mr. Moreno is in charge of maintaining revenue stream margins for the company and expanding markets beyond their current scope.
Vicepresident of Operational Risk at Davivienda, Colombia
Economist from Universidad Nacional de Colombia with a post graduate degree in Environmental Management. Mrs. Motta has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector working in the operations, technology and risk areas. Mrs. Motta has been working in Davivienda for the past 19 years, currently as Risk Assistant Vicepresident and is responsible for the Environmental and Social Risk Management Area. As Davivienda’s Environmental Officer, she leads the development of sustainable banking product lines and the Eco-effciency Program, jointly working with other areas within the bank. Mrs. Motta holds the Presidency of the Green Protocol at the Colombian Banking Association. The Green Protocol is a Government and financial sector agreement signed in 2012, created to join efforts in order to implement environmental strategies such as the development of green financial products, environmental and social risk management systems and eco-efficiency programs.
Oil and gas Climate initiative (OGCI) Executive Committee Chairman
Gerard Moutet has 35 year experience in the Oil & Gas industry, within the TOTAL Group. He had various managing positions in Exploration and production within the TOTAL Group, including geosciences, development, new business and general management. He has been working in France, Argentine, Norway, United Arab Emirate, and Egypt. Since 2006 he specialized in Climate and Energy related subjects, and has been Vice-President Climate-Energy for TOTAL up to 2015. He is now strongly involved in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) work and development, being chairman of its Executive Committee.
“How to Protect Fast Growing Cities from Failing” TED-style presentation
Robert Muggah has extensive experience overseeing large-scale research projects in more than 50 countries and has worked closely with dozens of multilateral and bilateral agencies on humanitarian action, development assistance, security and defense policy. He advises the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank on issues of public security and aid policy. He also oversees projects with research centers from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and the US on urban violence, resilience, peace support operations, organized crime and digital humanitarianism, and cyber-warfare. In addition to co-founding and directing research and policy at the SecDev Foundation in Canada, Robert Muggah also oversees the Journal of Stability and sits on the boards of several international journals and organizations. He is a regular columnist to several leading magazines including the Atlantic, Huffington Post and o Globo. Prior to joining Igarapé, he was the research director of the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011) in Switzerland. He has authored or edited over a dozen books and hundreds of chapters, journal articles, reports and media editorials. He earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford and an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University.
Mayor of Miraflores, Peru
Lawyer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He worked professionally in prestigious law firms and has also been teaching at universities. He has extensive experience in management, planning and administration of public institutions. He has been reelected for a second term as Mayor of the Municipality of Miraflores until 2018. He has extensive municipal experience as Deputy Mayor, Municipal Councillor and Director of the miraflorina community. He has been a driving force behind the use of technology in municipal management, which has enabled to obtain several awards to the Municipality of Miraflores for implementation of open data practices, using technology to improve public safety, processes improvement and transparency in management, among others.
LUIS GILBERTO MURILLO
Minister of the Environment and Sustainable development, Colombia
He’s the former governor of the Colombian Department (State) of Chocó. He directed Chocó’s local environmental authority and Bogotá environmental agency during Antanas Mockus’ period as Mayor. He graduated as a mining engineer from Moscow State University in 1990 and attained a Master’s degree in engineering from the same University.
Sustainability Director, CPFL Energia, Brazil
Mr. Rodolfo Nardez Sirol is Corporate Sustainability Director of CPFL Energia and Board Member of several Renewable Energy companies in Brazil. He began his career in the electricity sector in 2001 at Duke Energy as Environment Manager. In CPFL Energia since 2008 he developed the Group´s Sustainability Guidelines and Platform. Therefore, sustainability was internalized into strategy. He is also responsible for Climate Strategy and Platform which is a main concern of CPFL Energia´s Board of Directors
Sustainability Director, JBS
Director of Sustainability at JBS Brazil He is an economist from the University of Sao Paulo and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Fundação Getulio Vargas. His previous experience includes Plant Controller at ZF Friedrichshafen, where he was responsible for the controlling activities of the Marine Division, Senior Economist at the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE) where he was responsible for managing all matters on economics, biodiesel and sustainability related to the Brazilian soybean industry, and Manager of Environment and Sustainability at UNICA – Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, where he was responsible for managing all matters on environment and sustainability related to the Brazilian sugarcane industry, from the legal and strategic perspective. He was also Senior Manager of CSR and Corporate Sustainability for South America for Archer Daniels Midland, where he was in charge of ADM South America’s CSR and Corporate Sustainability activities, encompassing all its business areas.
Minister of Housing, Colombia
Economist from Pontifical Xavaerian University in Bogotá, postgraduate studies in Corporate Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Norte University. Connected to the private sector and the public sector through the territorial executive branch. She worked initially as an analyst between 2002 and 2007 in Fundesarrollo, a very high-profile think tank that enjoys the cooperation of several companies from the coast, the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla, Norte University and Mario Santodomingo Foundation, who sought creating a similar entity in Bogotá. In 2011, she was elected as the Mayoress of Barranquilla
C40 Leader, Regional Director Latin America
Since 2013 Manuel Olivera serves in C40 as Regional Director for Latin America, from where he helps cities share experiences and find finance in areas such as waste management, methane capture, risk management, energy efficiency, public lighting, land use planning, food systems and low emission vehicles. Previously, he was City Director in Bogota at the the Clinton Climate Initiative. Manuel is a Biologist from Los Andes in Bogota, got his MSc in Norwich and his DEA in Paris. He has been appointed to several top private and public positions including Director of the Environmental Authority of Bogota under the administration of Enrique Peñalosa. As a consultant he has an extensive experience with multilateral institutions.
Cali-born Claudia Palacios is the current news director for Bogotá’s public television channel, Canal Capital. She studied Social Communications and Journalism at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and began her career with an internship at CM&, one of the main television news outlets in the country. She moved on to Caracol channel where she quickly became one of the most popular news anchors in the country. Between 2004 and 2012 she worked for CNN en español, from Atlanta. Since her return in 2012 Claudia worked in radio until her recent appointment to Canal Capital. She has published two books in Colombia.
Editorial Director at SEMANA Magazine
Economist from Andes University with a Masters degree in International Affairs from John Hopkins University (USA). He has worked as Director of Cambio Magazine, and Editor and Assistant Director of El Tiempo newspaper and Director at El Espectador journal. Editorial Adviser for Semana Magazine, member of the discussion table at RCN’s La Radio de La Noche, Director for Noticias RCN and Director and Host of the Dos Puntos talk show. Mr. Pardo acted as ambassador for Colombia in Venezuela and France and is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2004, he received the Simón Bolívar Journalism Award under the Best Opinion Piece category.
He’s an environmental consultant and the former general manager of Aguas de Bogotá (Bogota Waters) in Colombia. He specializes in urban and business sustainability and in environmental indicators. He worked with the Environmental Secretary as an environmental technician and has legal oriented publications in the field at Universidad de la Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia). Parrado is a biologist from the District University Francisco José de Caldas and has conducted urban environmental studies at the Polytechnic University of Cataluña in Spain. (Source: LinkedIn)
CEO, Estre Ambiental, Brazil
ESTRE is a BTG Pactual portfolio company and leading waste management company in Brazil. Mr. Pedreiro is a Partner of BTG Pactual. Before joining BTG Pactual, Mr. Pedreiro was Coty’s CFO from Feb/09 to Mar/14. At Coty, Mr. Pedreiro implemented a restructuring plan and drove cost efficiencies. Mr. Pedreiro completed Coty’s NYSE IPO in Jun/ 13. Prior to his tenure at Coty, Mr. Pedreiro was CFO of ALL-America Latina Logistica SA. Mr. Pedreiro holds an MBA from Stanford University, and B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from ITA-Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, Brazil.
JOSE HENRIQUE PENIDO
Technical Advisor, COMLURB, Brazil
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At present he is Special Coordinator to the Technical and Logistic Directorate of COMLURB, the municipal company in charge of waste management in the city of Rio de Janeiro; President of the Institute for Dissemination of Information on Environment and Sanitation – Web-Resol, responsible for a web site called “Solid Waste”. He has been President of the Municipal Waste Management Company of Rio de Janeiro and Undersecretary of the Environment Secretariat of the State of Rio de Janeiro. He has worked as consultant to many national and multilateral organisms and institutions as BID, IMDB, OPAS, GIZ and IBAM.
Mayor of Bogotá
An Economist from Duke University, Mr. Peñalosa also holds a degree in business administration and attended courses in public administration at ParisUniversity. He was a member of the Bogotá Local Council and Mayor of the city between 1997 and 2000, a post he holds again since January 2016. As Mayor, his urban development plans, such as Transmilenio, Bogotá Bus Rapid Mass Transit System, have been recognized across the globe.
MARCELA PRIETO BOTERO
General Director at SEMANA Forums
Political Scientist from Andes University. Master’s degree in Public Policies with an emphasis on Latin America from Oxford University. She has been an adviser and manager of several political campaigns. National and international consultant in institutions such as Oxford Analytica, OAS, IDB, World Bank and UNDP, among others. She has worked in the public sector as an adviser for the Ministry of the Interior and Justice. Mrs. Prieto directed the Hernán Echavarría Olózaga Political Science Institute, she was also the General Editor for Perspectiva Magazine and has been a writer for La República and Portafolio journals and for online portals Lasillavacia.com and Razonpublica.com.
Director of Water, Energy and Environment. Banobras
Mr. Puente holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Master in Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bath. He has worked at BANOBRAS for 7 years, focusing in setting up financing structures for infrastructure and public service procurement projects; and is currently working for a local government developing schemes and strategies to attract private investment for infrastructure development and to enchance the efficiency of the State of Mexico’s public financing.
Founder and CEO, Canadian Solar
He is the Founder and CEO of the solar power systems manufacturer Canadian Solar that began manufacturing in China in 2002, and was listed on NASDAQ in 2006. Mr Qu opened Canadian Solar’s first plant in Guelph, Ontario (Canada) in 2011 and then one in London, Ontario (Canada) in 2014. He holds a PhD in material science from the University of Toronto (Canada), an MSc in physics from the University of Manitoba, and a BSc in applied physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Leader for the Cities and Governments Program for Latin America and the Caribbean IFC
An economist with a Master’s Degree in Dynamic Econometrics and Mathematical Models, he specialized in Investment Climate and Sustainability Programs at Harvard’s CID. Mr. Rada is currently promoting a broad set of investment and advisory services directed towards the sustainable and competitive development of the main cities within the region. His work includes efficient public utility provision, sustainable construction, efficient transportation and Smart Cities, as well as promoting the use of new systems and technologies to allow a more efficient and productive service provision. He has directed sustainability and innovation projects in Latin America, and participated in important programs with national government and municipal government entities, and the private sector.
Global Head of the Advisory Solutions Department at IFC
Her team is responsible for advising private sector clients on sustainable solutions that help address energy, environmental and social challenges in emerging markets. Such solutions range from helping companies use resources like energy and water more efficiently to promoting better labor conditions and building the necessary skillsets for stronger business performance. Her division also aims to enable favorable market environments by partnering with key stakeholders – for instance, improving people’s access to off-grid energy by helping develop the respective market for solar products. Before joining IFC Ms. Rivas was the Director of the CEO Office and member of the Executive Committee at Acciona Energía. Previously, she had held various global executive positions at Acciona Corporation in the energy, infrastructure and water sectors, in evolving roles such as Strategy and Innovation Director, Process and Environment Director, and Corporate Development Manager. Ms. Rivas has also worked at the McKinsey & Co, where she was a member of the Wholesale Energy Markets Leadership Group, and has served as a civil engineer in the construction company ACS. Ms. Rivas holds a Master of Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where she was ranked #1 in her class and received the National Award for the Outstanding Graduate of the Year.
CARLOS ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ
Director in Charge at DINERO Magazine
Social Communicator and Journalist from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, specialized in Public Opinion and Political Marketing at the Pontifical Xaverian University and in Management at Andes University. Editor at El Tiempo publishing house, Chief of Communications at the Bogotá Power Company, and the Superintendency of Corporations. He acted as Chief of Press at Proexport Colombia and has been working for 15 years with Dinero Magazine, first as the Editorial Coordinator and then as the Editing Director and Chief Editor.
RODOLFO SANTA MARIA RAZZETO
Real Estate Business Manager, Ministry of Housing, Peru
Mr. Santa María is an architect from the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego, and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Urban Management from the same institution. He also has an MBA from Universidad de Piura and several diplomas from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Blekinge tekniska högskola and Technische Universität Dresden. He has been working at the Ministry of Housing since 2007, when he held the position of Commercial Analyst for Fondo Minvivienda. Since then he has worked as Projects Office Manager and Real Estate Business Manager of the same institution.
Infraestructure General Director at FCC Aqualia
Javier Santiago He’s the current general director of infrastructure at FCC Aqualia in Spain and the former technical director at Environmental and Hydraulic Designs (DHA in Spanish). He studied engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).
Director at SEMANA Magazine
Economist from Andes University, specialized in the Communication Rights Program from Pontifical Xaverian University. Director of Semana Magazine since 2000. Six-time winner of the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award and two-time winner of the IPYS and Transparency International Award for Best Research on a Corruption Case. Winner of the Rey de España Award, and of the SIP Award under the Human Rights category; he recently won the María Moors Cabot Award: the oldest International Journalism Award granted by Columbia University.
Director of Global Sustainability at Bunge, Brazil
Agronomist from the University of Sao Paulo, and MBA from ESPM, Brazil, has a career of 25 years working for major companies in agribusiness. He has dedicated the last 10 years applying sustainability governance into Bunge’s value chain, a leading global company. The company has been awarded as the best in sustainability for Brazilian agribusiness since 2009, named as the most sustainable in the country’s economy in 2015. During the last 4 years, Michel also served as board member in Bonsucro, a UK based not for profit company in sugarcane business, being the chairman for the last year. Currently, he leads Bunge’s global efforts in sustainability from the US headquarters, spanning over 40 countries where the company operates, and dealing with matters from Brazilian soy to Asian palm oil.
Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, CEPAL
Ms. Schneider is a Doctor in Environmental Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Master in Human Settlements and Environment from Universidad Católica de Chile and an Agricultural Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Her areas of expertise include Environment, Sustainability, Social Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Process Improvement and Project Management. She has worked alongside the private sector to provide technical assistance in various regions of Chile and abroad; international organizations such as ECLAC, IICA and FAO, and the public sector in Chile.
Head of Economic Cooperation and Development – SECO Swiss Embassy Bogotá
He has worked for 10 years with SECO, where he has served in different functions. He is currently in charge of the program of economic cooperation in the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombia. He has a Master degree in International Relations from the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a specialization in Project Management Development of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland. Before entering at the Swiss government he accumulated experience handling projects with the private sector and civil society organizations in Switzerland and Latin America.
Deputy General Director Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico
Raul Solis is Deputy General Director for Investment Banking in Nafinsa, Mexican Development Bank Institution, since March 2013, with the mission of structuring and financing high-impact projects nationwide aligning the strategy to develop the economy through investments focused on job creation. Raúl has over forty years of experience working in different areas such as Government, Private and Academic Sectors. Since 1988 he serves as Board Member of different companies in the restaurant industry. From 2003 to 2013 he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grupo DIVAL. He holds an Economics degree from the ITAM, receiving special mention in his thesis and an MBA from the University of Chicago receiving the Beta Gama Sigma honors. From 1978 to 1982 he was head of the Business Administration Program in the ITAM.
Director of Water, Energy and Environment. Banobras
She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), a postgraduate diploma in Dam Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, and an MBA in Corporate Finance from IBMEC Business School, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She has also taken the Transformational Leadership Program at MIT, United States, the Mastering Leadership Program at IMD, Switzerland, and an extension course in Management of Hydro Power Utilities at SIDA, Sweden. She developed her professional career at Vale, which she joined in 2001 as General Manager of Energy Sales Planning. From March 2004 to March 2010, she was Director of the Energy Department, and she took on the additional functions of CEO of Vale Energia S.A. from April 2009 to May 2010, and CEO of Petroleum Geoscience Technology Ltda.
Regional Head of Industry – Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services, LAC, IFC
Martin manages a team of investment professionals responsible for a $2.5 billion portfolio of loans and direct investments in approximately 150 companies across the Latin America and Caribbean region. He has been Senior Manager – Telecom, Media & Technology for Asia, Europe, Middle East & North Africa and Manager for Infrastructure & Natural Resources in IFC’s Operations Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Earlier in his career, Martin worked in Bangkok, Thailand with a regional focus on East Asia, and in Washington, DC as part of the pilot Municipal Fund and as a Chief Credit Officer. Martin received his MBA from the Wharton School with a major in Finance and his MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. He received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University.
RICHARD J. SPIES
CEO of Pan American Energy, Argentina
Mr. Spies has 39 years of oil and gas experience beginning in 1975 with Amoco. From 1975 to 1990, he held various technical, supervisory, and managerial positions with responsibilities for the US Gulf of Mexico, and later international operations. He served as Vice President of Amoco Argentina from 1990 to 1992 and President from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Amoco’s Vice President for Midcontinent E&P. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pan American Energy, an Amoco (and subsequently BP) joint venture from 1997 to 2005. Mr. Spies served as President of BP Russia from 2005 to 2009. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of BPZ Resources, Inc. from 2010 to October, 2013. Mr. Spies served as a Non-Executive Director of Pan American Energy, from late 2011 until his return to Pan American Energy as CEO. He was a Non-Executive Director of BPZ Resources, Inc. from September 3, 2013 until its end in 2015. Mr. Spies has served since 2000 as a director of the non-profit AEDIN, a school in Buenos Aires for children with severe neurological disorders. He is a past-President of the Argentina AmCham, past-President of the Lincoln International School in Buenos Aires, and a past- Director of the Russia AmCham in Moscow.
Adviser and Head of Climate Finance at Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation
Peer Stein, is Adviser and Head of Climate Finance in IFC’s Financial Institutions Group. In this role, he is responsible for IFC’s climate finance investments and advisory work through financial markets, and is supporting the leadership team of IFC’s Financial Institutions Group in the delivery of its program and key priority areas. Prior to assuming this role, he was the director in charge of global solutions for the World Bank Group’s Finance and Markets Global Practice covering financial sector reform and policy, financial infrastructure and access, and finance for development. Peer was responsible for IFC’s Access to Finance Advisory Business Line.
President, Seguros Bolivar
Mr. Suárez has been Seguros Bolivar’s (Bolivar Insurance) President since 2015. Before that, he held the post of Corporate and Risk Vicepresident for Grupo Bolívar, one of the largest banking and insurance groups in Colombia. He’s been part of the board of directors of Davivienda, Davivalores, and Davivienda Fiduciary. He’s a civil engineer from Universidad de los Andes with a Master’s degree in finance and actuary sciences from Georgia State University.
RODRIGO SUÁREZ CASTAÑO
Climate Change Director, Ministry of Environment, Colombia
Mr. Suarez has a degree in environmental engineering and another in natural resources administration; he also holds a specialization in public management. He has worked in other areas of the Colombian government, like the National Institute for Roads (INVIAS), where he developed environmental licensing projects and the Institute for Hydrological, Meteorological and Environmental Studies (ODEAM, where he developed projects regarding noise and atmospheric pollution.
MARIA LAURA TINELLI
Director Acrux Partners Ltd.
She leads the organisation work, pipeline and investor network development in South America and Europe. She has previously worked for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, advising investors and regulators on ESG incorporation from Asia to South America. She currently serves as a Regional Advisor for the Program for Responsible Investment and is a founding member of the Latin SIF. She is a well- seasoned project and people manager with 14 years of experience designing and overseeing the execution of global sustainable development projects and teams for the NGO and corporate sectors. She has an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London; several specialisation courses on Responsible Investment and has completed the Private Equity Programme at Said Business School, Oxford University.
Chief Investment Officer at IFC Colombia
Mr Toledo has more than 15 years of experience structuring financing for power, gas, transport, and water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently a Chief Investment Officer within IFC’s Latin America Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, leading IFC’s efforts in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean regions. Prior to joining IFC in 2005, Mr. Toledo worked at CAF and Citigroup. Mr. Toledo holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal.
Secretary General at FELABAN
He is an Economist from Universidad de Lima, and holds an MBA from Universidad ESAN. Throughout most of his carreer Mr. Trettenero has worked in the banking sector, where he has occupied several management positions in banks all across Latin America. His previous experience includes Credit Manager at Banco del sur, Local Risk Director for Persons and Small Businesses for Banco Santander Perú, Risk Manager at Banco de Crédito del Perú, Local director for Banco Santander and Financiera BANEFE Chile, Country manager for Santander Cards Colombia, and he is currently the Secretary General for the Latin American Banks Federation-FELABAN.
Director Mining and Energy Planning Unit – UPME
Valencia was born in the city of Medellin and has a professional experience of over 15 years in both the public and private sectors. In the electricity sector, he worked with the firm Electrica SA Interconnection during the period 1998 to 2004 as a specialist in Regulation of the Energy Exchange in aspects related to the administration of the Wholesale Energy Market as well as in the Procurement Division of the CODENSA SA company E.S.P., the Bogotá Energy Group. Valencia has been leading the Marketing Advisory Committee – CAC, in which he served as Technical Secretary during the period from 2004 to 2014, responsible for the management to regulatory bodies and address of the Colombian electricity sector. Before reaching the UPME, he assumed as a manager of private enterprise consulting Global VC S.A.S. Jorge Valencia has postgraduate studies in the form of specialization in International Business from the University School of Administration, Finance and Technology – EAFIT, where he also had MBA studies.
Political and Economic Adviser
Business and Spanish social entrepreneur who worked on the political campaigns of Senator Ted Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, besides of serving as International Co-Chair for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama in 2012. In addition to developing and directing a strategy designed to mobilize millions of American citizens residing outside of the United States, Mr. Verde serves as an advisor to President Obama on international trade, the Hispanic vote as well as sustainability related issues. He is currently collaborating with Hillary Clinton´s presidential campaign. As Senior Partner of U.S. consultancy firm Mapa Group, Verde advises governments and corporations on market expansion, strategy and sustainability. He currently serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards including the Government of Lithuania´s International Advisory Committee and the Alumni Board of Directors at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In the corporate world, Mr. Verde serves, or has served, among others, on the board of directors of Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., a global biotech ethanol company; Santander Bank, N.A., a U.S. subsidiary of the Spanish financial institution Grupo Santander; and Andina Energy Corp., a global diversified energy corporation.
Managing Director, Capital Financing Sustainable Finance Americas HSBC
Kurt Vogt has over 30 years of banking experience, holding managerial positions in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Monterrey and New York. He is currently a Managing Director at HSBC, covering clients in Latin America, and is also spearheading sustainable finance initiatives such as building the green bonds business for HSBC in the Americas. He joined HSBC in 2014 from Citigoup, where he held various positions and started his career in 1983. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, an MBA from Harvard Business School and is currently a candidate for a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
INDERPREET S. WADHWA
Director and CEO
Inderpreet is one of the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian solar industry. Azure Power is a leading solar service provider in India, providing distributed solar power service to communities and governments, apart from commercial customers, thus enabling the country’s economic development and inclusive growth. He has over 20 years of experience in technology and infrastructure businesses. Prior to founding Azure Power, Mr. Wadhwa previously served as a vice president of Loyalty Lab and a senior director of Oracle Corporation. Additionally, Inderpreet has been a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Mr. Wadhwa received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering in 1994 from Guru Nanak Dev University (Punjab). He also graduated from Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley in 2002.
Environmental and Social Risk Manager at Santander Brasil
He manages the environmental and social risk unit for Santander’s operations in Brazil and is their representative to the Equator Principles Association. A Board member of the Brazilian Round Table on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS), he also chairs the Contaminated Land Working Group at the Brazilian Banking Federation (Febraban). He is active in the UNEP Financial Initiatives (UNEP FI) and was the first chair of the UNEP FI Latin American Task Force. He was executive director of the Brazilian Recycling Commitment (Cempre) and represented Brazil at international ISO 14000 negotiations on eco-labeling from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Wells holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia College and an MBA from New York University.
SERGIO YPIRANGA DOS GUARANYS
Programme Coordinator at Rio Capital da Energia, Brazil
Chemical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the oil, gas and oil products, electrical and renewables industries, in the areas of marketing, supply, project implementation and operation. In his current post as Energy Superintendent he focuses on the supply of electricity and the development of renewables industries, especially photovoltaics, energy efficiency and waste to energy.