Cesar Alberte
Cesar Alberte
Vice President, International Sales, Array Technologies, Inc.

Cesar Alberte is responsible for organizing and driving Array’s international sales efforts across Europe, the MENAT region, and Central and South America. Prior to joining Array Technologies as Vice President, Cesar has served as managing director of a global EPC with a presence in Americas, Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East. He managed the electrification, transportation and systems business units as well as the business development corporate area. His role was essential to develop the PV plants activity and to internationalize the firm positioning it into the global large-scale projects market. Previously, Cesar was a founding member of a Spanish telecom and data center services startup where he held sales and marketing executive positions. At the start of his career Cesar worked as software engineer and process re-engineering consultant in the enterprise resource planning field.

John Bates
John Bates
CEO, Prana Power

• Over 30 years of experience in the Energy and Power sector
• COO of Sunnova Corporation (4th largest residential DG player)
• COO of Nuclear Innovation North America (NRG + Toshiba Nuclear program)
• VP of development for NRG and TXU (Luminant)

As Sunnova COO, John oversaw sales, fulfilment and customer commitments for Sunnova’s channel partners, including the commissioning, installation, operation and maintenance of solar systems. He was responsible of 30,000+ residential solar PV systems
spread throughout 15 states.

Prior to Sunnova, he held various positions at NRG. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Strategic Alliances for NRG Renew LLC, where he was responsible for the development of key partnerships, launch of the distributed generation division, development of international business growth and the supply chain. Main projects include:
• Development of ~1.5GW of both distributed generation and utility-scale solar, including the 400 MW Ivanpah project
• Raised U$300 MM in equity and U$700 MM in debt from IFC and FMO to develop a JV between NRG and Digicell to bring
renewable energy to the Caribbean
• Development of two 750KW combined-cycle plants
• Other important projects include: development of ~150MW of community solar, acquisition of a 300 MW windfarm

Bates was the chief operating officer of Nuclear Innovation North America, a joint venture between NRG Energy, Toshiba Corporationand the Shaw Group where he raised US$1,500 MM in equity to develop two 1.3GW nuclear units. He also served as vice presidentof development for Luminant Energy, where he lead EPC negotiations of a 7GW coal project. He began his career at Chevron, wherehe spent 10 years in different shipping, supply and trading roles before starting his own supply-chain solutions company.

He received an undergraduate degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and earned his MBA from the University ofHouston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business.

 

Dino Elizardo Barajas
Dino Elizardo Barajas
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Dino E. Barajas is a member of the firm’s global project finance and corporate practice groups and focuses his practice on domestic and international project development and finance, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure project financings, debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Raquel Bierzwinsky
Raquel Bierzwinsky
Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright

Raquel Bierzwinsky advises US and international clients in the areas of project development and finance, international finance and mergers & acquisitions, with a particular emphasis in Mexico and Latin America. Ms. Bierzwinsky represents project developers, sponsors, commercial lenders, and multilateral and bilateral agencies in the structuring and negotiation of complex, multijurisdictional energy and infrastructure project financings, as well as in acquisitions and dispositions of projects.

Ms. Bierzwinsky is admitted to practice law in Mexico and New York State.

Brett Blankenship
Brett Blankenship
Research Director, Wood Mackenzie

Brett Blankenship is a Research Director leading the development of Wood Mackenzie’s Latin America gas & power practice as well as integrated cross-commodity data and modelling for the Americas region. At Wood Mackenzie, he has been an integral member of the North America Power and Renewables, North America Gas, and Latin America Gas and Power Fundamentals research teams.

He has a strong background in topical research, model development, and long-term fundamental scenario modelling and forecasting. His areas of focus have included cross-sector integrated analysis, environmental policy, coal-gas competition, power and emissions markets, and the Mexico gas & power reform.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Brett had worked at Accenture and American Electric Power. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and is based in Wood Mackenzie's Houston office.

Lionel Bony
Lionel Bony
Regional Director Mexico, Central America & Caribbean, Neoen

Lionel Bony is in charge of the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean region for Neoen, a leading solar, wind and storage IPP. He started up Neoen’s operations in Latin America four years ago, playing a key role in securing 850 MW of projects in the area. Before working at Neoen, Lionel spent five years at Rocky Mountain Institute, a think-and-do-tank focusing on the global energy transition. He holds a Master’s degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eduardo Reyes Bravo
Eduardo Reyes Bravo
Manager, PwC

Eduardo is an Energy Partner of PwC Mexico.  He is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Anáhuac, with an EMBA in ESADE Business School (Spain) a Master Degree in Risk Management. He holds the FRM certificate (GARP).

Eduardo spent +12 years in the Strategy & Operations (now Strategy&) team in PwC Spain advising Public and Private Companies in the European Energy Market and Latin America. In 2011 its team started advising the Mexican Ministry of Energy and various Private Associations. In late 2013 he moved back to Mexico given the energy reform.

He has deep expertise advising energy & infrastructure  companies as well as public entities and regulators within a wide range of industry issues. Development of strategy plans for energy companies and Commercial Due Diligence. He has also participated in postdeals and integration plans as well as in regulatory assessments

Jaime Burguete Buiza
Jaime Burguete Buiza
Business Development Director, Invenergy LLC

With more than ten years of executive experience in the renewable energy sector, Jaime Burguete has developed over 700 MW of wind and solar projects. Prior to joining Invenergy, he led the development in Panama of over 300 MW of wind power, 180 MW which ultimately awarded PPAs in public tenders and 55 MW of which entered into private PPAs. Jaime also developed 320 MW of solar projects in Panama and Colombia.  35MW of those pv projects were awarded PPAs. Jaime has a Bachelor Honours of Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, University) and an Executive MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain).

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.

Matt Campbell
Matt Campbell
Vice President, Americas, SunPower

In his current role, Mr. Campbell leads the Americas business for SunPower Solutions, a business unit that offers SunPower’s leading solar technology directly to solar developers and EPCs. In his 13 years at SunPower, Mr. Campbell has held a variety of business and product development roles including the development of the SunPower Oasis Power Plant platform, the creation of SunPower’s original power plant LCOE reduction program, the acquisition of four PV power plant technology companies, and supporting the project development of more than $6 billion of solar PV power plants. Prior to joining SunPower in 2004, Mr. Campbell was the co-founder and COO of Iris AO, a manufacturer of MEMS adaptive optic systems serving the aerospace and medical imaging industries. Prior to that, he worked in venture capital technology investing while at William Blair Capital Partners L.L.C., a $1 billion Chicago-based private equity/venture capital group. Campbell holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BBA in Marketing, Finance, and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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.

Carlos Carranza
Carlos Carranza
Project Development Director, North American Development Bank
Eduardo Casilda
Eduardo Casilda
Senior Director of Sales, Latin America & Caribbean, KACO new energy

A native of Madrid, Spain, Eduardo Casilda has had a distinguished career with a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the PV Solar industry. He joined KACO new energy in October of 2006 as Sales Director for KACO International and later took a position as CEO for KACO Iberian. During this time, he facilitated the successful introduction of KACO in in Southern Europe. When KACO new energy, Inc. relocated its Americas Headquarters to San Antonio, TX, Eduardo moved to the US as Sales Director for the LATAM and Caribbean region. Following his success in this region he was also given responsibility for Sales and Project Management of the Utility Scale Project Business. He has since had a key role in driving KACO’s notable success in large scale power plants as well as emerging markets throughout the Americas. Before joining KACO new energy, Eduardo Casilda gathered experience as Service Engineer and Trainer in the automatization industry in Germany. He particularly managed several successful projects for Germany-based Siemens. Mr. Casilda holds an Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Germany’s Technological School and Technical University Bergkamen/Bochum and completed Master Degree Program at the EIO Madrid School of Business, focusing on expanding business’s internationally.

Mariana Chorné
Mariana Chorné
Project Development Manager, Latam, Jinko Solar

Licenciada en Actuaría por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, con un posgrado en Evaluación de Proyectos de Inversión (ITAM)

Actualmente trabaja en Jinkosolar, en la división de desarrollo de proyectos, entre sus tareas principales están la preparación de ofertas para participar en las subastas de México y América Latina [Argentina], apoyo en la preparación de ofertas para licitaciones con empresas privadas, consecución y seguimiento de permisos y autorizaciones para los diversos proyectos de la empresa, apoyo en el análisis de nuevos proyectos para participar en las siguientes subastas de México y LATAM.

Francisco Diez Quiralte
Francisco Diez Quiralte
Head of Business Development, LATAM, Energy Group, Canadian Solar

Francisco heads the business development activities of Canadian Solar Energy Group in LATAM. He has been responsible for generating a regional pipeline of over 900 MWp, mainly guided by projects awarded in government auctions – including over 480 MWp in Brazil (from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd federal auctions) and 450 MWp in Mexico (from the 1st and 3rd federal auction) among others. Francisco leads Canadian Solar investment opportunities in LATAM, designing the regional strategy, managing project analyses, structuring and acquisitions, as well as conducting closings and executions together with an over 15-employee multi-national team. His background in renewables includes PV, wind, CSP and CPV energy technologies, having guided the strategy for regional markets, auction processes and key project partners (Developers, Advisors, EPCs, Lenders, Investors…) and overseen Due Diligence, EPC/O&M contracts, financial closing and sale processes. Proven track record in solar PV since 2009, covering energy deals all over EU and LATAM markets and holding international business development positions with leading players in the renewable energy industry. Executive skills focused on the management of a 10-member team, involvement in multi-cultural atmospheres within a rapidly-changing environment and intense interaction with multi-disciplinary teams (tax, legal, financial, technical…) Key deliverables aimed at resource allocation, return assessment, risk mitigation strategies and deal closings in time-pressure contexts. Francisco holds a Master’s of Business Management from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Arturo Duhart
Arturo Duhart
Vice President, Exel Solar

Arturo's passion has been clean and cost effective energy solutions that can help ensure the future of our planet.   In 2008 by the age of 18 installed his first PV grid tied system, which would become one of the first 5 systems installed in Mexico.

In 2011 created Ecotiza, to help optimize his installation business practices, creating the first solar software proposal tools in the Mexican Market.

Today he is a co-founder in Sunwise a SaaS platform designed to combine functions that optimize, simplify and control a Solar PV Mexican business.

Also co-founded ExelSolar, Mexico’s leading PV products and solutions wholesaler.

A member in both Mexican solar energy associations ASOLMEX and ANES.

His personal mission is to push the sustainability revolution in Mexico, to help ensure the future of our planet.

Daniel Dus
Daniel Dus
Head of Renewables, North America, Adani

Daniel is the Head of Renewables, North America at the Adani Group – the largest power producer, largest transmission company, largest ports / logistics company and largest solar company in India. The ~$20 billion Group developed, built and owns what was the largest solar project in the world as of 2016. During a decade in solar, Daniel has executed many first-of and largest-of solar projects / portfolios in North America, including utility, C&I and community solar assets in 17 states across the US. He was previously the CSO of Safari Energy, the #1 provider of solar to Real Estate Investment Trusts, and CFO/COO of Martifer Solar USA.

Daniel is a certified solar designer, MBA, Stanford certified project manager, Six Sigma Master Lean Blackbelt, and holds over 50 certificates in energy hedging, grid infrastructure and emerging energy technologies. Daniel owns the first property in the world ever powered by an AC electric grid in the 1800s.

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.

Laurie Fitzmaurice
Laurie Fitzmaurice
Vice President, Business Development , EDF Renewable Energy Mexico

Laurie Fitzmaurice is Vice President of Business Development at EDF EN Mexico. She is in charge of opening and developing new opportunities in the Mexican market in the solar, wind and hydroelectric categories. In addition, she is responsible for the expansion and management of the portfolio of projects and the inclusion of new business partners.

Laurie joined the EDF EN México group in June 2016 with a track record of more than 20 years of experience in the Energy Sector. She has led a number of natural gas, wind and biomass projects in the United States, the United Kingdom and Latin America.

Prior to joining EDF EN, she served as Cielo Wind Power's General Manager in Chile, Senior Vice President of Floresta Group, Vice President of Investments and Acquisitions of CE2 Capital, and Director of Business Development of Sempra Pipelines & Storage.

A native of Southern California, USA, Laurie graduated from Swarthmore College and throughout her career has been actively involved in energy infrastructure projects totaling more than $ 7 billion.

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.

Arturo Gómez
Arturo Gómez
Vice President, Project Finance, Buenavista Renewables

Arturo Gómez, as  Vice President of Buenavista Renewables for Project Finance, is responsible for the financial modeling, risk analysis and mitigation in the structuring of loans and equity investments. Before his current position, Mr. Gómez worked for more than five years in the airline industry where he participated in several financing projects including among others, capital markets transactions such as a dual listed Initial Public Offering and a Follow-on offering. He has vast experience in financial valuation and investment management. Mr. Gómez holds a BS from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Estado de México as well as an MS in Finance from EGADE Business School in Santa Fe.

Juan B. Guichard
Juan B. Guichard
CEO, Ammper

Juan has acted as Ammper´s CEO since its founding. Before this role, Juan was a Director at INVEX Infraestructura for 6 years, focused in the development, financing and construction of more than a dozen infrastructure projects in Mexico. Before INVEX, Juan worked as an Associate at HAL Investments BV in Rotterdam, Barcelona and Sao Paulo. He graduated with honors from an MBA at The University of Chicago, specializing in analytical finance and holds a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Aniceto Huertas, CFA
Aniceto Huertas, CFA
Director - Risk Fundamentals, Citibanamex Afore
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.

 

Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson
Director, Mexico Power Market Team, Genscape

Sam is the director of Genscape’s Mexico power market team, leading Genscape’s entry into Mexico market analysis through data collection, model development, and price forecasting.  On a daily basis, his team provides clients with fundamental forecasts of the CENACE power market. Sam is a coauthor of Framing the New Market Reality, Genscape’s Mexico power market study forecasting conditions through 2035.  Prior to this role, he was a senior analyst for the PJM wholesale market, and has a background in US capacity markets from his time at EnerNOC.  Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Brown University.

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.

John Lefebvre
John Lefebvre
Ceo & Founder, MySOL Energy

Currently, Mr. John Lefebvre serves as CEO, Founder of MySOL Energy, a solar development and financing company focused on PV projects in Mexico.  Mr. Lefebvre is a board director of PowerHive Inc, a micro-grid company based in California and Kenya, board director of SMASH Solar, a direct mount PV system and board advisor to Solar Mosaic, a solar loan company based in Oakland, California.
Previously, he served as President of Suntech Power Holdings, and was responsible for extending Suntech's market leadership position throughout North and South America with a US$750M P&L.
Prior to Suntech, he served as EVP of Sales & Business Development at SolarCity for 5 years where he grew the company’s sales from $4M to $650M annually from 40 to 3,000 employees.  Mr. Lefebvre was responsible for SolarCity’s sales growth and strategic partnerships like Home Depot, Tesla, Best Buy, Top 25 homebuilders, various utilities and retail electricity providers, etc.   
Mr. Lefebvre began his career at GE before transitioning to the semiconductor capital equipment industry for 12 years at Mattson Technology and Lam Research.
Mr. Lefebvre has a BSEE from Clarkson University, a MSEE from Syracuse University and an MBA from UBC in Vancouver, Canada and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

Alejo Lopez
Alejo Lopez
Senior Sales Director, Mexico & 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.

Mirko Molinari
Mirko Molinari
General Manager, Distributed Grid Systems, Grid Solutions, GE Power

Mirko Molinari is General Manager for Distributed Grid Systems at Grid Solutions, from GE Power. He is responsible for the development and growth of GE’s offering in distributed energy resources, energy storage, microgrid development and other digitally enabled services. Previously, he led Grid Solutions’ growth in the non-T&D industrial segments after working in the integration planning team for the GE-Alstom acquisition.

Prior to this, Mirko joined Det Norske Veritas in the newly formed Climate Change Services division where he was responsible for technical and economical evaluation of renewable energy projects in developing countries, according to the Kyoto Protocol Framework.

He entered the M&A organization of GE Oil & Gas in 2006 and covered different roles until he took the position of Business Development Manager reporting to the division head. During this period Mirko worked with different degrees of responsibility on the origination and execution of +$7B of acquisitions and led the structuring and execution of Joint Ventures in Emerging Markets.

From August 2011 to December 2014, he relocated to Sao Paulo Brazil to lead the Natural Resources practice of the GE Latin America Business Development / M&A team, focusing on oil & gas, energy, marine, mining, software & automation verticals across all GE businesses.

From January 2015, Mirko relocated to Paris to work in the integration planning team for the GE-Alstom acquisition, and had the responsibility to develop a plan to contribute to $0.6B profit from growth synergies, announced to investors.

From January to December 2016, he led GE Grid Solutions’ growth in the non-T&D industrial segments and from January 2017 took the leadership of a newly created unit aimed to develop and grow GE’s offering in the growing space of distributed energy resources, managing global offerings around energy storage, microgrids developments and other digitally enabled services.

Mirko was born in Milano, Italy and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

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.

Raúl Morales
Raúl Morales
CEO, Soltec

Raúl Morales is the founder and CEO of Soltec. In twelve years, he has driven Soltec to the top-tier as manufacturer and supplier of cost-effective single-axis solar tracker equipment. Along this journey, the company has grown to more than 500 staff. In 2016 Raúl commissioned a scholarship intern program that helps foster young talent with on-the- job training. By investing in people through his passion for the solar industry, he has achieved a company track-record of over 1.4 GW. He takes pride in knowing that customers choose Soltec for cost-effectiveness and high-yield equipment. Raul holds the degrees BSc Electrical Engineering and MSc Mechanical Engineering. Driven by family, part of his successful traction is the passionate and tireless leadership of the company.​​ His technical expertise in machinery and manufacturing design inspires the amazing team and drives product success.

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

ith more than 22 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex) and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.

Con más de 22 años de experiencia en el sector energético mexicano, Héctor Olea ha participado activamente en la promoción y desarrollo de las energías renovables en el país. Desde 2004, Héctor Olea es Presidente y CEO de Gauss, una firma de desarrollo de proyectos especializada en el sector energético de México. Las actividades de Gauss se centran en la identificación, desarrollo y estructuración de oportunidades de inversión en proyectos de energías renovables, lo que ha permitido inversiones por más de US$700 millones. Antes, se desempeñó como CEO de Suez en México, donde dirigió su transformación en una empresa nacional de energía. De 1995 a 2000, fue Presidente de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía de México (CRE). Actualmente funge como Presidente de la Sección Mexicana del Consejo de Negocios de Energía México-Estados Unidos y Presidente de la Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex). Héctor Olea es economista del ITAM (México), obtuvo su Maestría y Doctorado en Economía en la Universidad de Rice (EEUU). En 1989, fue distinguido con el Premio Banamex de Economía.

 

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.

Hector Rocha
Hector Rocha
Partner, EY

Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Universidad de las Américas-Puebla. Maestría en Ingeniería de la Universidad de Purdue. Maestría en Administración de la Universidad de Chicago
Empezó su carrera profesional como perforador direccional de Schlumberger en Indonesia y continuó trabajando en los campos petroleros de todo el Continente Asiático y el Medio Oriente durante los primeros 5 años. Fue Gerente de las Operaciones de Perforación en Japón y miembro del grupo de investigación y desarrollo de tecnologías de telemetría en Houston y Noruega. Después de su carrera en Operaciones, Héctor hizo un cambio de carrera hacia la consultoría de negocios en Energía – trabajando para prestigiadas firmas como Bain & Company, Schlumberger Business Consulting y ahora Ernst & Young donde es el líder adjunto para el desarrollo del sector energético en Mexico y América Latina del Norte.

Miguel Angel Alonso Rubio
Miguel Angel Alonso Rubio
Country Manager, Acciona Energia Mexico
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.

Patricia Tatto
Patricia Tatto
Partner & Country Head, Mexico & Central America, Ata Renewables

Licenciada en Derecho por la Universidad Iberoamericana, con estudios en derechos humanos y experiencia internacional en el desarrollo de negocio de las energías renovables.

Actualmente dirige la empresa española Ata renewables en México y Centro América, en la que colabora brindado asesoría técnica y servicios de Ingeniería Independiente a proyectos de generación eólica y solar principalmente, sirviendo de apoyo a Instituciones Financieras, IPP´s, empresas eléctricas y suministradores para lograr el éxito en el desarrollo, construcción y operación de sus futuros proyectos de ER.

Como proyecto social, se ha embarcado en uno de los principales retos de toda su carrera profesional, como fundadora de MERM, Mujeres en Energía Renovable México que busca el empoderamiento de la mujer en las energías renovables y pretende lograr un cambio de paradigma a través de proyectos que generen un impacto social importante en el país.

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ata renewables is a lean, independent renewable energy group with more than 21 GW of expertise in projects worldwide. We provide engineering, advisory and certification services for renewable energy, especially solar and wind. We are present in Spain, Mexico, Chile and South Africa; but we operate internationally. We work as independent guardians of our clients’ best interests with a tailor made approach.

José Humberto Alarcón Torre
José Humberto Alarcón Torre
Technical Secretariat of the Risk Commission & the Sustainability Committee, Mexican Banking Association (ABM)

Mr. Alarcon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Finance degree by the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Tech). He currently serves as Technical Secretariat of the Risk Commission and the Sustainability Committee at the Mexican Banking Association (ABM). In this position, his main duty is to help authorities and banks design financial regulation, in order to promote growth and development of the banking industry in Mexico. Some of his current projects and research interests include: efficiency and balance of credit in Mexico, financial instruments’ market for retail clean energy projects, development of green bond market in Mexico (alongside the Mexican Stock Exchange). In addition, he is professor of Banking Management at Monterrey Tech.

Alfonso Tovar
Alfonso Tovar
Country Manager Mexico, RINA Consulting

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 project development and technology assessment, through project execution and commissioning. Alfonso’s business development and leadership experience includes former assignments as country manager for a leading thin film module manufacturer and director of a consulting services firm, both based in Mexico City.

His core-competencies include project management, strategic planning, business development, efficient coordination of interdisciplinary teams, 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. He holds a Masters in Environmental Systems from the University of California and a BS in electronics.

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
Arturo Zarate
Arturo Zarate
Senior Director Business Development Solar + Energy Storage & Mexico Country Manager, Sungrow USA Corporation

Arturo Zarate is Sr Director of Business Development PV + Energy Storage for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Region for Sungrow, the world’s largest manufacturer of PV and Energy Storage inverters with a global PV install base of 50GW and >1GWh global of Energy Storage projects. Before joining Sungrow, Arturo worked for Samsung SDI, ABB, DECK Monitoring, Sanyo, Advanced Fibre Communications, US Army Missile Defense Command, and NASA. He holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama and MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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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

ith more than 22 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex) and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.

Con más de 22 años de experiencia en el sector energético mexicano, Héctor Olea ha participado activamente en la promoción y desarrollo de las energías renovables en el país. Desde 2004, Héctor Olea es Presidente y CEO de Gauss, una firma de desarrollo de proyectos especializada en el sector energético de México. Las actividades de Gauss se centran en la identificación, desarrollo y estructuración de oportunidades de inversión en proyectos de energías renovables, lo que ha permitido inversiones por más de US$700 millones. Antes, se desempeñó como CEO de Suez en México, donde dirigió su transformación en una empresa nacional de energía. De 1995 a 2000, fue Presidente de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía de México (CRE). Actualmente funge como Presidente de la Sección Mexicana del Consejo de Negocios de Energía México-Estados Unidos y Presidente de la Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex). Héctor Olea es economista del ITAM (México), obtuvo su Maestría y Doctorado en Economía en la Universidad de Rice (EEUU). En 1989, fue distinguido con el Premio Banamex de Economía.

 

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.