Natalie Flores Campbell
Natalie Flores Campbell
Attorney, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, Member, Mujeres en Energía Renovable México

Natalie Flores is a U.S. attorney at the law firm Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, based in Mexico City.  With a focus on the solar energy sector, she represents U.S. clients and international corporations doing business in Mexico on a variety of issues, including facilitating a soft landing for companies entering the Mexican market for the first time. She also advises clients in Mexico on contracts, labor issues, anti-corruption, compliance risks, regulatory affairs and cybersecurity, amongst other corporate matters. 

Natalie has a Post-Graduate Diploma from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Energy Law in Mexico and studied Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration at the Humboldt University School of Law in Berlin. She is also an active member of Mujeres en Energía Renovable Mexico.

Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton is an international law firm, with eleven offices throughout Mexico and the United States. CCN has a specialized legal team equipped to advise companies investing in the energy sector in Mexico, as well as those that are beginning to explore the new business opportunities stemming from the opening of the sector to private participation.

Franco Capurro
Franco Capurro
Founder & CEO, Caaapital

Mr. Capurro is the Founder & CEO of Caaapital, a boutique investment bank specialized in utility-scale renewable energy projects in LATAM. He is also a founding Partner at DG Energy Capital, Mexico’s first private equity fund dedicated solely to Solar Distributed Generation.
Previously he served as the CEO of OneKey Ventures, firm that represented Larrain Vial (Chile’s largest investment bank) in China for infrastructure M&A transactions in South America. There he helped finance the first titanium mine in the region.

Prior to this, Mr. Capurro worked as a financial consultant in the US, China, and Europe for companies such as Santander and BBVA.

Master in Management from Babson College and Bachelor of Business & Economics from Universidad de Chile.

Eduardo Casilda
Eduardo Casilda
Sr. Director of Sales, Latin America and Caribbean, KACO new energy
Rodrigo Esparza
Rodrigo Esparza
Compliance Officer, CFE Calificados

Rodrigo Esparza currently serves as CFE Calificados Compliance Officer. Previously, he served as CFE’s Transformation Office Legal Counsel. In this role he focused on the legal aspects of unbundling the company as well as its participation in the wholesale electricity market. His professional experience includes several positions in Mexican state and district courts. Rodrigo holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Guadalajara and a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.

Patricio Gamboa
Patricio Gamboa
Energy Director, Deacero

Patricio Gamboa has over 10 years’ experience in the energy business.  He currently serves as Energy Director for Grupo Deacero, having as his primary function the development of a competitive and diversified energy portfolio as well as the creation of a trading desk.  Deacero has 18 production plants, 4.5 million / year of liquid steel production and energy consumption of more than 2,300 GWh / year , with 550 MW of aggregate demand.
During Patricio’s tenure, Deacero has developed a 90 MW gas plant and closed deals with Ventika wind farm and PIMA solar farm, the latter being the first contract signed for electricity supply between a private generator and an industrial customer.
Previously, Patricio has worked in different energy roles for Cemex, Grupo Alfa and General Electric.
Patricio earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the ITESM and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is an active member of several energy forums and committees.

Carmen Garralaga
Carmen Garralaga
Senior Application Engineer, SMA America

Carmen Garralaga is a Senior Applications Engineer for SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of solar inverter leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In her current role, Carmen represents the company’s utility business activities to support customers as a technical product specialist in the U.S., Mexico and Central America.

While Carmen’s focus is utility-scale products, she also has a thorough knowledge of SMA products in residential and commercial applications in regions worldwide. In addition to providing technical guidance, system analysis and design for customers, Carmen also supports the SMA sales team through developing materials and leading training events for team members as well as external stakeholders.

Carmen began her career with SMA Solar Technology in 2013 as an Applications Engineer and Sales Manager for SMA Solar UK Ltd., the U.K. subsidiary of SMA. Prior to her role there, she held various positions in information technology, telecommunications and renewable energy.

Carmen is fluent in Spanish and English. She has a European MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Unversidad de Zaragoza, located in Spain, and a European MSc in Renewable Energies, with a specialty in Photovoltaics, from Northumbria University, located in the U.K.

James Holmes
James Holmes
CEO, One Sun

Mr. Holmes is the Founder and CEO of One Sun S.A. de C.V., a full service solar energy company with headquarters in Tijuana B.C., focused on Utility and Commercial scale deployments throughout México. He has led the development and execution of over 400 MW of central and distributed solar generation assets throughout North America and has over 16 years’ experience in global energy markets. Prior to One Sun, Mr. Holmes served as Vice President of Commercial Operations at Solar City where he led the execution of over 225 MW of utility and commercial deployments in 2016 alone. Previous to Solar City, he held executive roles with Sungevity, NRG and Bechtel where he led operations in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Leveraging his diverse experience in international business, Mr. Holmes is strategically focused on offering a world class service to One Sun’s customers where innovation, integrity and quality are at the core of the emerging solar energy practice in México.

He studied Political Science at the University of Oregon and completed coursework in Executive Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley.

Carlos Isorna
Carlos Isorna
Vice President, Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund (“MMIF”)

Carlos is primarily responsible for sourcing and managing assets in the energy generation and electricity transmission sectors. Carlos joined Macquarie in 2012, where he had several roles in the Investment Banking division (Macquarie Capital), and more recently in the Funds Group (MIRA). Carlos has developed his expertise in infrastructure across Latin America, participating mainly in Power, Telecom, and Social Infrastructure transactions across Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Peru. Previously, Carlos worked as a management consultant at Accenture, consolidating finance processes upon the completion of M&A transactions for Telecom and Transportation companies. Carlos has broad international experience working in markets across Europe, India, South Africa, and the US. Carlos holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from ULPGC University in Spain, and a MBA from Columbia University in New York.

 

Adrián Katzew
Adrián Katzew
CEO, Zuma Energía

Adrian is a leader in the renewable energy sector. He has built organizations that have financed, invested, constructed and operated numerous energy projects across more than 10 countries. He has also been an active promoter of public policy initiatives to further sustainable energy solutions in Mexico. As founding CEO of Zuma Energía, he has built a highly-experienced and entrepreneurial organization, and has successfully led the company to consolidate its position as the Mexican leader in renewable power sector. Zuma currently has a portfolio of more than 800 MW of wind and solar assets in construction and operation in Mexico. Previously, Adrian held senior positions at leading global companies in the renewable energy industry. At Vestas, he was responsible for the activities of the company in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. At First Solar, Adrian was responsible for the commercial strategy in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and at Banco Santander he was the leader of all project and acquisition finance globally for the power sector. Adrian has served across different board positions, including the Executive Committee of the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE); as member of the Board of the Sustainability Commission (CESPEDS) at the National Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, and the advisory council of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico. He holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, and an Honors BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Alejo Lopez
Alejo Lopez
Sr. Sales Director, Mexico and Latin America, NEXTracker

As Sr. Director of Sales, Alejo Lopez leads NEXTracker’s business development and sales team for Mexico and Latin America. Alejo is an expert in the Latin American energy markets where he has worked extensively for over a decade.  Prior to joining NEXTracker in 2016, Alejo held the post of Country Manager for Hanwha Q CELLS in Mexico, with primary responsibilities of project development, M&A and PPA sales.  Alejo was also a key member of Siliken USA Distributed Generation managing project development and structured finance after working as an advisor with cutting-edge clean-tech ventures including Combined Power, ElectraDrive and others in Silicon Valley.
 
Alejo, a native of Argentina, started his career running large numerical models, fracking wells and poking at the Earth in what he calls being a Reservoir Engineer in Patagonia. He left the dark side after 6 years to pursue an MBA in Finance at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with honors. Alejo also holds an MSe in Petroleum Engineering from UNC Argentina and currently lives in Mexico City.

Marco G. Monroy
Marco G. Monroy
Founder & CEO, MGM Innova Capital

Marco Monroy is Founder and CEO of MGM Innova Capital and serves as the Chairman of the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF), providing strategic guidance to the MSEF while overseeing deal origination and managing key relationships with local partners, investors and co-investors. He is also the founder and CEO of MGM Innova, LLC, a multinational firm specializing in integrated sustainability and climate change services that facilitate a transition towards a low carbon economy. In the year 2000 Mr. Monroy founded MGM International Group, a company that under his leadership became one of the foremost carbon project developers in the world, and in 2007 co-founded Mentez LLC, a leading social applications publisher in Latin America. Prior to that, he worked as an advisor on climate change issues to the Japanese government.

Mr. Monroy is an attorney licensed to practice law in Colombia and the State of New York. In 2002, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Monroy one of the 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow.

Marian Aguirre Nienau
Marian Aguirre Nienau
Head of Power Projects, Bancomext

Marian Aguirre Nienau is an Economist and has a Masters Degree in Financing and Economics with the Universitat de Catalunya, currently she works as Head of Power Projects at the Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, S.N.C. (BANCOMEXT) which is a foreign trade development bank owned by the Mexican Government. A good deal of her past and current work is focused in the financing of power and sustainable projects. Marian’s work is based in the financing of projects throughout project finance, structured finance and guarantees, among other financial schemes. Some of her recent work in Bancomext includes the structuring of wind farm projects, hydropower plants, combined cycles, biogas and photovoltaic parks.

Hector Olea
Hector Olea
President & CEO, Gauss Energia, ASOLMEX

With more than twenty years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energies in the country. Since 2004, Hector has been President  and CEO of Gauss, a business development  firm specializing in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$500 million in greenfield projects. Since May 2014, he has been President of the Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex).  Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000,  Mr. Olea acted as Chairman  of the Mexican Energy Regulatory  Commission (CRE). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.

 

Pablo Otin
Pablo Otin
Vice President, Emerging Markets, 8minutenergy

Pablo Otin has developed over 2+ GW of renewable projects in EU, U.S., Latin America and Asia and pioneered development of solar PV projects in several of these markets. Pablo Otin has held senior roles in manufacturing companies (Gamesa), solar development firms (Gestamp Solar & BP Alternative Energy) and financial institutions (ALLCO, Foresight, LightBeam) before leading the international expansion of 8minutenergy. 8minutenergy is the largest independent solar PV developer in the I.S., with over 1.5 GW under contract, and operations in India, Bangladesh, Brazil and Mexico.

Manan Parikh
Manan Parikh
Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Manan Parikh is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering global downstream markets. Prior to GTM, his work has been extensively research based, centering upon alternative fuels infrastructure development and Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) policy models for the Schatz Energy Research Center and UC Berkeley in Northern California. In California, he was also an ambassador to start-up teams within the Clean Tech Open accelerator as well as a consultant to DOE SunShot Catalyst Award winner, PVComplete. In Washington, DC he worked on biomass policy at the American Council On Renewable Energy. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as the DC-based Clean Energy Leadership Institute in its inaugural class.

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Head of Americas Research, GTM Research

MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.

Dean Solon
Dean Solon
Founder & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group

As the President and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners and in the year 2000, bought all their shares in the business and changed the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in it’s infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies. During that time, Bosch Automotive approached Dean with a request for him to start his own manufacturing business and become their sole vendor for automotive brush cards. This request was the catalyst for Dean to found Shoals Technologies Group and supply Bosch Mexico with product for many years. Dean attended college at Purdue University in 1988 and studied mechanical engineering.

Julian Spector
Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.

Alfonso Tovar
Alfonso Tovar
Country Manager, Mexico/Latin America, OST Energy

Alfonso is based in Mexico City and he has a cumulative experience in the solar industry close to fifteen years. He has served several roles in his career, from designer to business development manager, and has contributed to over 5,000 MW of projects assisting lenders, developers and technology manufacturers. His technical experience ranges from technology assessment and project development to project execution and commissioning. Alfonso’s business development and leadership experience includes assignment as country manager for a leading thin film module manufacturer, and director of a consulting services firm based in Mexico City. He is currently appointed as the country manager for OST Energy.
His core-competencies include project management, strategic planning, business development, efficient coordination of interdisciplinary teams, supervision of project schedule and budget; staff supervision, planning and design of large-scale PV systems, solar construction management, performance analysis, economic analysis of PV projects, solar policy assessment and technical evaluation of solar technologies.

Julian Willenbrock
Julian Willenbrock
Co-Founder & CEO, Enlight

Julian Willenbrock - is Enlight`s Cofounder and CEO. Julian has over 10 years of experience in the German, Spanish and Mexican PV market. He cofounded Enlight in 2011 and today Enlight is one of the leading companies in the DG segment in Mexico. Julian led the company to close their Series A funding with Engie beginning of 2017. Prior to Enlight, he found and operated the distribution center Operadora Farmaderm, for a 50-store pharmaceutical chain in Mexico.  Julian also worked for the german PV company SEN - Solare Energiesysteme Nord on utility projects in Germany and Spain. Julian holds a BS in Industrial Engineering (Tecnológico de Monterrey) and an Executive MBA from IPADE Business School.

Jeff Wolfe
Jeff Wolfe
Sales Manager, SolarEdge
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Initial speakers are currently being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

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Previous Years Speakers Include

Howard Wenger
Howard Wenger
President, Business Units, SunPower

Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business.  He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services.  Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group.  Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded.  Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally.  He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems.  Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently serves as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.

Marian Aguirre Nienau
Marian Aguirre Nienau
Head of Power Projects, Bancomext

Marian Aguirre Nienau is an Economist and has a Masters Degree in Financing and Economics with the Universitat de Catalunya, currently she works as Head of Power Projects at the Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, S.N.C. (BANCOMEXT) which is a foreign trade development bank owned by the Mexican Government. A good deal of her past and current work is focused in the financing of power and sustainable projects. Marian’s work is based in the financing of projects throughout project finance, structured finance and guarantees, among other financial schemes. Some of her recent work in Bancomext includes the structuring of wind farm projects, hydropower plants, combined cycles, biogas and photovoltaic parks.

Edgar Arvizu
Edgar Arvizu
Vice President, Business Development, Sonnedix

Edgar has been investing in solar energy since 2009, leading the execution of over $1.5B in transactions with businesses, utilities, and governments.

At Sonnedix, he is responsible for business development, focused on acquiring and investing in solar assets in development, construction and in operation.

Sonnedix is a leading global solar independent power producer (IPP) backed by JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, focused on owning and operating assets long-term in attractive growth markets. Sonnedix owns interest in over 1GW of assets across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Prior to Sonnedix, Edgar was Head of Latin America at sPower, a leading U.S. solar IPP. Previous to that, he was Head of Power Markets & Strategy at Gestamp Solar, a multinational European solar energy company.

Mr. Arvizu has a background in technology start-ups, venture capital and biotechnology banking from Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar and a BS in Finance from SDSU.

José Zambrano
José Zambrano
President & CEO, Galt Energy

José Zambrano is President and CEO at Galt Energy, Mexico's leading residential and small commercial solar developer. In the four years since its founding, José has led Galt Energy to more than 1,000 residential and small commercial systems amounting to more than 5 MW of installations, of which 30% have been financed through its own fund. José is board member of the Energy Cluster for the state of Nuevo León and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.

Carlos Isorna
Carlos Isorna
Vice President, Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund (“MMIF”)

Carlos is primarily responsible for sourcing and managing assets in the energy generation and electricity transmission sectors. Carlos joined Macquarie in 2012, where he had several roles in the Investment Banking division (Macquarie Capital), and more recently in the Funds Group (MIRA). Carlos has developed his expertise in infrastructure across Latin America, participating mainly in Power, Telecom, and Social Infrastructure transactions across Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Peru. Previously, Carlos worked as a management consultant at Accenture, consolidating finance processes upon the completion of M&A transactions for Telecom and Transportation companies. Carlos has broad international experience working in markets across Europe, India, South Africa, and the US. Carlos holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from ULPGC University in Spain, and a MBA from Columbia University in New York.

 

Hector Olea
Hector Olea
President & CEO, Gauss Energia, ASOLMEX

With more than twenty years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energies in the country. Since 2004, Hector has been President  and CEO of Gauss, a business development  firm specializing in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$500 million in greenfield projects. Since May 2014, he has been President of the Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex).  Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000,  Mr. Olea acted as Chairman  of the Mexican Energy Regulatory  Commission (CRE). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.

 

Ron Klein
Ron Klein
Vice President of Structured Finance & Strategy, SolarCity
Marco Garcia
Marco Garcia
Chief Commercial Officer, NEXTracker

Marco Garcia has over 25 years of sales management and international business development experience. He has developed and closed scores of landmark PV projects in the U.S. and Europe, including some of the world’s largest solar power plants. His tenure in the solar industry includes sales leadership positions at PowerLight, SunPower, Suntech, and Suniva. As Suniva CCO, he spearheaded the shift in their sales approach from high efficiency cells to Suniva-branded high efficiency modules. As Chief Commercial Officer at NEXTracker since 2014, Marco and his team are responsible for closing approximately 5GW in tracker sales worldwide. Marco Garcia holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Economics from Brown University.