Carlos A. Abad
Carlos A. Abad
Head of Product Strategy, LATAM, KACO new energy

Carlos is a goal-oriented, ingenious, and proactive professional with extensive experience in the area of renewable energies. He is a multifaceted, advanced, and decisive leader with a track full of success in the renewable energy sector in Latin America.
His architectural and electrical background has opened the doors for him to navigate through the solar industry in numeral of positions such as: sales, distribution, integration, training, and knowing manufacturing of solar inverters for KACO new energy. His 11-year experience in the Latin American countries has permitted him to understand the different challenges, solar business models, legislations and grid requirements. All this accumulated experience has impulse him to be innovated and have an edge on the decision making on what are and should be the correct products lines for any of these countries.
Carlos is currently certified as a (NABCEP PV INSTALLATION Professional licensed: #PV-102216-010747).  On his spare time he teaches interconnection to the grid for a Mexican solar school (CCEEA centro de capacitacion electricas y energias alternas) and also runs as a director for a non-for-profit organization called (We illume) that installs PV systems in rural areas in all throughout the Americas.

Jessica Rodríguez Aguilar
Jessica Rodríguez Aguilar
Director of Renewable Energy, SENER

La Mtra. Jessica Rodríguez es Ing. Ambiental de formación académica y cuenta con una Maestría en Desarrollo Sustentable por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de monterrey. Es experta en Cambio Climático y desarrollo e implementación de proyectos de Energías Renovables.

Cuenta con más de 10 años de experiencia tanto en el sector gubernamental como en el sector privado. Laboró por 5 años en la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales como Asesora de la Subsecretaría de Fomento y Normatividad Ambiental, coordinado la Iniciativa Internacional de Mercados de Carbono y el Programa de Reporte y Monitoreo de Gases de Efecto Invernadero.

Así mismo fue consultora de la SEMARNAT en el desarrollo de los lineamientos para la verificación de verificadores del Reporte Nacional de Emisiones (RENE).

Actualmente es Directora de Energías Renovables en la Secretaría de Energía, en la cual se han desarrollado herramientas como el Inventario Nacional de enrgías Renovables, El Atlas de Zonas con Alto Potencial de Energías Limpias y la Plataforma de Trámites ENRELmx.

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).

Enrique García Basterra
Enrique García Basterra
LAM Head of Facilities Management & MX Head of Capital Projects, HSBC Latin America

Enrique García Basterra, 39, is Head of Facilities Management for HSBC Latin America since November 1st 2015.

Mr. García Basterra has a career of over 15 years in the facilities management sector and over 8 years in the financial sector both in Mexico and abroad.
During this time in HSBC, the directive has leaded the sustainability agenda and implementing the corporate sustainability strategy across the Real Estate portfolio in LAM & Mexico including the signature of a Power Purchase Agreement for the consumption of renewable energy in 2016.

The directive was born in Mexico City on October 19th, 1978.

García Basterra studied Civil Engineering at Instituto Politécnico Nacional, obtaining a master’s degree in Business Administration from the same University in Mexico City.

Enrique García Basterra is married to Cindy Villalobos; together they have one child.

Bob Bellemare
Bob Bellemare
COO, Array Technologies, Inc.

Bob Bellemare is responsible for leading Array’s strategic growth and the company’s business operations. For the past 20 years Bob has held C-level positions in electric utility and renewable energy related businesses. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer (PE), certified valuation analyst (CVA), and certified business appraiser (CBA).

Raquel Bierzwinsky
Raquel Bierzwinsky
Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright

Raquel Bierzwinsky advises 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.

She recently advised Enel Green Power S.p.A. on the sale of a majority stake in a 1.7 GW portfolio of eight renewable energy projects, including 1 GW of solar projects under construction and .7 GW of wind projects, of which three are operating and two are under construction. Her recent experience also includes advising the Inter-American Investment corporation (IIC), International Finance corporation (IFC), The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Banobras and Bancomext as senior lenders in the US$235 million financing of the 150 MW Solem 1 and 140 MW Solem 2 solar PV projects, located in Aguascalientes, Mexico, which are the first solar projects under Mexico's long-term clean energy auctions to obtain project financing.

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

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
Partner, 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
Natalie Flores
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 Soler
Franco Capurro Soler
CEO, Caaapital

Mr. Capurro is the CEO and founding partner of DG Energy Capital, the first private equity fund dedicated to solar distributed generation in Mexico, which acquires and operates portfolios of residential, commercial and industrial solar assets. He is also a Partner at Guard Energy, Mexico’s first asset management and O&M company for distributed generation.

Previously he served as the CEO of OneKey Ventures, representing in China Larrain Vial’s USD 4.2 billion mining and energy assets portfolio for M&A, private placement and project finance transactions where he helped finance LATAM’s first titanium mining project.

Moreover, Mr. Capurro worked as a financial and strategy consultant for technology companies and banks such as BBVA and Santander in Europe, the US, China and Latin America.

He was the director of the Global Entrepreneurship Center & professor of entrepreneurial finance at Mayor University; he has been a guest lecturer at Babson College and Tec. de Monterrey, and is a contributor at Forbes magazine.

Mr. Capurro holds a 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
Guillermo Chávez Canales
Guillermo Chávez Canales
Senior Manager, PwC

Guillermo Chávez Canales, is a Manager in Strategy& PwC focusing on Power and Utilities Strategy. He has developed Market Entry Strategies, Business Growth Strategies, participated in M&A transactions, commercial and Regulatory Due Diligences for national and international companies. He recently participated in Bidding Strategies in Mexico’s Clean Energy Auctions, having the chance together with his team, more than half of the winners in the 3 rounds.

Before joining PwC, Guillermo worked as a junior analyst on the Business Strategy team at Engie in Paris and then as an intern for IRENA in Abu Dhabi. He is an Industrial Physics Engineer from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM); he holds an MSc on Energy and Environment Engineering from Ecole d’Ingenieurs EPF and a MA on International Energy from Sciences Po in Paris.

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.

Mercedes García Fariña
Mercedes García Fariña
Director of the DG Finance Programme, UN Environment’s Iniciativa Climática de México

Ms. García leads the joint distributed generation finance programme for the UN Environment’s Iniciativa Climática de México, and the Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER). The programme catalyzes affordable solar debt financing for commercial and industrial (C&I) end users in Mexico by providing credit guarantees to banks and other financial institutions.

She also serves as a Senior Consultant on Sustainable Finance for the Mexican Banking Association and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Previously, Mercedes worked as a Senior Consultant on Climate Change Mitigation for the UN Environment Programme in Mexico, developing and implementing practical solutions, both at project and policy levels, to promote urban sustainable development.

Ms. García has held various positions in the private financial sector, working in areas such as microfinance, SMEs, development finance, investment and loan origination, and international trade finance and has a proven track-record in structuring financial instruments across sub-sectors.

She holds a Bachelors in Business and Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), a Masters in Finance from the Universidad de Sevilla, and is a certified Financial Advisor by the EU Financial Planning Association, and Project Manager by the United Nations Development System.

Benjamin Gallagher
Benjamin Gallagher
Senior Analyst, GTM Research

Ben is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research specializing in PV systems and balance of systems components. Before joining GTM Research, Ben worked in China and the U.S. in clean-tech manufacturing and for The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ben holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Skidmore College and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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.

Ismario Gonzalez
Ismario Gonzalez
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Latin America & Caribbean, Fluence Energy LLC

Mr. Gonzalez, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Fluence Energy, is responsible for developing channel partner strategies originating strategic partnerships and initiating deals in support of Fluence Energy Storage product platforms solution sales. Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for the overall business relationship between Fluence and major regional partners and customers by providing leadership, direction, and support of growth initiatives and business development efforts across the region.

He has over 20 years of experience working in the energy sector and came to Fluence with significant product and solutions sales experience especially for reactive power compensation systems.  During his 20+ year of experience, he has worked across Latin America and the Caribbean and in many countries, he was instrumental in the development of reactive power compensation solutions to improve transmission system reliability in the region. He has worked for Cooper Power Systems Power Capacitor Division, Trench Electric Ltd. Siemens AG, AES Energy Storage and now Fluence. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with focus on International Business from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics, from the University of Akron. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese languages, and able to conduct business in all three languages.

Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo Gonzalez
Senior Analyst, Latin America Power & Renewables, Wood Mackenzie

Ricardo joined Wood Mackenzie in 2015 and works in the Cross-commodity Analytics team covering Latin America power. Before his current focus on power, he covered gas and LNG markets in the Southern Cone. In addition to his research experience at Wood Mackenzie, he spent four years at Euromonitor International, where he managed research studies throughout Latin America on behalf of corporate and government clients. Ricardo graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a BS in economics and a BA in political science. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

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

Aniceto joined CitiBanamex Afore in March 2016, where he focuses on origination, monitoring and management of investments in structured instruments – including CKDs, co-investments, FIBRA-E and project debt securitizations, particularly in the corporate private equity, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Huertas was previously based in Washington, DC where he was a senior investment officer in the corporate and infrastructure finance department at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), which he joined in 2007. At the IIC Huertas was focused on origination, structuring and closing of equity products, project finance and corporate debt deals. Aniceto has also worked for the International Finance Corporation and the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in Washington, DC. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and also holds an International MBA from ICEX/CECO, Spain, a Masters in Finance degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University.

CitiBanamex Afore, part of Grupo Financiero CitiBanamex (Citigroup), is one of the founders of the Mexican Pension Fund System more than 18 years ago. With AUM exceeding MXN 500 bn (approx. US$ 30 bn), it is Mexico´s second largest afore. Local regulation allows afores to invest up to 18% of their assets in “structured instruments”, namely certificados de capital de desarrollo/CKDs (Mexican PE Funds), FIBRAs (equivalent to REITs) and FIBRAs-E (equivalent to Yield-Cos). Afore Banamex is also gradually developing its co-investing and direct investing capabilities.

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, 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.

Donaji Martinez
Donaji Martinez
Senior Business Development Manager, EDF EN Mexico

Donaji Martinez, EDF EN Mexico Senior Business Development Manager. Martinez majored in electrical engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and received a master's degree in solar energy from the University of Perpignan, France. She has worked with the Energy Research Center of Spain & the Almeria Solar Platform (CIEMAT-PSA) in Madrid, Spain.  Martinez has more than eight years of experience collaborating with the public and private energy sectors in Mexico including: BIMBO group, Regulatory Energy Commission (CRE), AMDA, and ACCIONA Energy, among others. Currently, as senior business development manager at EDF, she is responsible for managing the development business portfolio in Mexico.

Ramón Antonio Massieu
Ramón Antonio Massieu
Chief of Staff, CRE

Ramón Antonio Massieu es un abogado especializado en temas de regulación y competencia de mercados energéticos. Es Licenciado en Derecho por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Asimismo, estudió una maestría en Regulación y Competencia de Mercados por la Barcelona Graduate School of Economics y una Especialidad en Amparo en la Universidad Panamericana. Cuenta con varios años de experiencia profesional en el sector energético, habiendo laborado en la Dirección General de Exploración y Explotación de Hidrocarburos de la Secretaría de Energía, en la Dirección General de Asuntos Jurídicos de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía y en el área de energía de la firma de abogados Santamarina y Steta. Actualmente se desempeña como Jefe de oficina del Comisionado Guillermo Zúñiga en la Comisión Reguladora de Energía. En el ámbito académico, ha impartido la cátedra de Derecho de los Energéticos en el ITAM y en la Especialidad en Administración Energética, en el EGADE Business School; asimismo, es profesor en el diplomado “Regimen Jurídico de los Hidrocarburos”, en el Centro de Estudios en Derecho y Gobierno. Adicionalmente, ha publicado diversos artículos sobre temas de energía y competencia en revistas especializadas. En septiembre de 2017, fue propuesto por el Presidente de la República, Enrique Peña Nieto, como integrante de la terna para ocupar la posición de Comisionado de la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos.

Ramón Antonio Massieu is a lawyer specialized in energy markets regulation and competition matters. He holds a MSc in Competition and Market Regulation by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a Law Degree by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Currently, he undertakes a Specialty degree in Judicial Review (Amparo) in the Panamerican University (UP). He has several years of professional experience in the energy field, since he has worked for the Ministry of Energy (General Department of Exploration and Exploitation of Hydrocarbons), for the Regulatory Commission of Energy (General Department of Legal Affairs) and for the Mexican law firm Santamarina y Steta (senior associate of the energy practice area). Currently, he works for the Regulatory Commission of Energy, as chief of staff to Commisioner Guillermo Zúñiga. Academically, he has been assistant proffessor in the subject of “Energy Law”, at ITAM, professor in the Energy Management Specialty, at EGADE Business School and professor in the “Legal Regime of Hydrocarbons” specialty, at the Center of Studies of Law and Government. Adittionally, he has published several articles about energy and competition matters on specialized magazines. On September, 2017, he was appointed by President Peña Nieto as a candidate for the position of Commissioner at the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

Mirko Molinari
Mirko Molinari
Global Commercial & Marketing Executive for Energy Storage, 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
Founder & CEO, Soltec

Raúl Morales is the founder and CEO of Soltec. In 14 years, he has raised Soltec to the top tier as manufacturer and supplier of cost-effective single-axis solar tracker equipment. Along the way, the company has grown to more than 500 staff with manufacturing facilities in Brazil, China, and Spain, as well as offices in Australia, Denmark, Chile, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.
In 2016, Morales commissioned an internship program that helps foster young talent with on-the-job training. By investing in people through his passion for the solar industry, he takes pride in knowing that customers choose Soltec for cost-effectiveness and high-yield equipment.
Through his leadership, Soltec has achieved a company track record of supplying over 2.2 GW of tracking equipment worldwide and with over 200 percent revenue growth in 2017, the company estimates annual turnover of USD 215 million.
Morales holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree in 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 Soltec’s 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.

Joana Pascual
Joana Pascual
Lead Investment Officer, IDB Invest

Joana Pascual joined the IDB Invest Infrastructure & Energy team in 2012.She is a lead investment officer focusing on both energy and transport deals with expertise on project finance structures for wind, solar, hydro, port and toll road projects. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and a Dual Master in Economic and Financial Development from Columbia University in the City of New York and SciencesPo Paris. Prior to joining the IDB Group, Joana worked as a financial associate for the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, with projects in Latin America and French and Portuguese speaking Africa. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese and is recently moved to the BID Invest Mexico City office.

Esaúl Ramírez
Esaúl Ramírez
Associate Director, Structured & Project Finance, North American Development Bank

Mr. Esaúl Ramírez has 15 years of experience in the energy sector. In his current role as Analysis and Structuring Officer at the North American Development Bank (NADB), Mr. Ramírez is responsible for originating, structuring and closing Project Finance loans for renewable energy projects located on both sides of the US-Mexico border region. During his eight-year tenure at NADB, Mr. Ramírez has led the origination, structuring and closing of loans for more than 200 MW of solar and more than 1.4 GW of wind energy. Prior to NADB, Mr. Ramírez served in various capacities at New Mexico-based PNM Resources, Inc., an investor-owned energy holding company. Mr. Ramírez earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Summa Cum Laude, and received his M.B.A. in Finance and International Management from the University of New Mexico.

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
Alfonso Ruiz
Alfonso Ruiz
Head of Finance, Ammper

Alfonso is in charge of the Finance department in Ammper. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing and financing infrastructure projects in Mexico (both in the public and private sectors). He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in analytical finance, and a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Global Lead, Renewables & Emerging Tech, 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
Mexico General Manager, Sungrow North America

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.

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.