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  • The Future of Energy: Latin America’s Path to Sustainability Conference

    The MIT Sloan School of Management Latin America Office and Office of International Programs partnered with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) to hold The Future of Energy: Latin America's Path to Sustainability on August 18-19 in Santiago, Chile. This forum was convened to discuss new and game changing ideas for the future of energy in Latin America. 

    The conference was supported under the framework of the UN Secretary General's Initiative, "Sustainable Energy for All" (SE4ALL). The conference was by invitation-only and included a welcome reception August 17, 2015, at the U.S. Ambassador to Chile's residence, followed by a one and one-half day panel-style conference at the U.N. ECLAC Headquarters. 

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    Future of Energy Conference Program Cover 
     

  • Agenda
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    8:30-9:00Registration 
    9:00-9:15

    Welcome Remarks

    • Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Vittorio Corbo, MIT Sloan Latin America Advisory Council Member, former President of the Central Bank, Chile
    9:15-10:45

    PANEL 1: Energy Storage and a Smarter Grid for Latin America
    Moderator: Manlio Coviello, Chief Natural Resources and Energy Unit, ECLAC

    • Donald Sadoway, MIT John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry
    • René Castro, Former Minister of Environment & Energy of Costa Rica
    • Salvatore Bernabei, Head of Enel Green Power Chile
    10:45-11:10Coffee Break
    11:10-12:45

    PANEL 2:  The Future of Unconventional Energy Sources
    Moderator: Manlio Coviello, Chief Natural Resources and Energy Unit, ECLAC

    • Francis O’Sullivan, Director of Research and Analysis, MIT Energy Initiative
    • Christopher Knittel, Director of MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), MIT Sloan William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy
    • Alfredo Solar Pinedo, Country Manager, SunEdison Chile & President, Chilean Assocation of Renewable Energies
    • Luis Stinco, Professor & Director of Geoscience, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    12:45-14:00Complimentary Networking  Lunch for Attendees and Speakers
    14:00-15:30

    PANEL 3:  Transformational Technologies: Latin American Challenges
    Moderator: Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, MIT Sloan

    • Robert Armstrong, Director of MIT Energy Initiative, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
    • Marc Manly, Executive Vice President and President- Commercial Portfolio, Duke Energy
    • Julio Vergara, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica
    • Luca D'Agnese, CEO, Enersis
    15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
    15:45-17:30

    PANEL 4: The Political Economy of Energy
    Moderator: Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, MIT Sloan

    • Ricardo Sánchez, Acting Director, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Division, ECLAC
    • Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile
    • Juan Carlos Echeverry, former Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia, CEO Ecopetrol
    • Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition of Mexico
    17:30-17:45

    Closing Remarks

    • Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    9:00-9:30Registration 
    9:30-11:30

    PANEL 5: The Economics of Climate Change: What to Do
    Moderator: Manlio Coviello, Chief Natural Resources and Energy Unit, ECLAC

    • Robert Pindyck, MIT Sloan Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd Professor in Finance and Economics
    • Joseluis Samaniego, Director, Sustainable Development Division, ECLAC
    • Emilio Lébre La Rovere, Energy Planning Program Professor, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro
    • Tom Georgis, Senior Vice President of Development, SolarReserve
    11:45- 12:00

    Closing Remarks

    • Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, MIT Sloan
  • Presenters

  • Robert C. Armstrong
    Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
    MIT
     

    Professor Robert C. Armstrong is the Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was previously Department Head of Chemical Engineering at MIT and served as co-chair of MIT’s Energy Research Council and as the Founding Deputy Director of the MIT Energy Initiative. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors in 1970, with the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree. He then received the Doctor of Philosophy in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Chemical Engineering.

    Professor Armstrong has received a number of awards, including the Warren K. Lewis Award, AIChE Professional Progress Award, the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Service Citation, and election to the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. His two-volume book, “Dynamics of Polymer Liquids” has been named a Citation Classic. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
     

    Alicia Bárcena
    Executive Secretary
    UN ECLAC
     

    Ms. Bárcena assumed office as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 1 July 2008. She had previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. Alicia Bárcena held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of ECLAC’s Environment and Human Settlements Division.

    Prior to her time at ECLAC, Ms. Bárcena served as Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), responsible for the Environmental Citizenship Project at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    Ms. Bárcena was the Founding Director of the Earth Council in Costa Rica, a non- governmental organization in charge of follow-up to the agreements reached at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Brazil in 1992.

    She has taught at the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and public participation.

    Alicia Bárcena holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She has completed the courses for a degree of Master in Ecology, and is an Economics PhD candidate at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
      

    Leonardo Beltrán
    Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition
    Secretariat of Energy, Mexico
     

    Mr. Beltrán was appointed Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition on December 10, 2012 by the President of the Mexico. Deputy Secretary Beltran holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and studied Law at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

    In 2005, Deputy Secretary Beltrán joined the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) as Director of International Negotiations. Under this capacity, he participated in high level meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-Energy Working Group (EWG), the International Energy Agency, the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), as well as bilateral negotiations with Australia, Canada, Denmark, Spanish, United States, Iceland, India and New Zealand.

    In 2010, he was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies at SENER, where he participated in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the information system of technology and scientific research of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), as well as in the development of the Special Program of Science and Technology. He also coordinated the inter-sectorial working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and a working group for the development of a Sustainable Buildings’ Mexican Standard. He was responsible for the organization of the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum held in Mexico City on September 2010.

    Salvatore Bernabei
    Country Manager
    Enel Green Power Chile
     

    Salvatore Bernabei is an industrial engineer and graduate of the Rome University "Tor Vergata.” He holds a master’s in Net Business Administration from the Politecnico di Milano and is an alumn of the International Executive Programme at INSEAD. He joined the Enel Group in 1999, where he has worked in different areas, mainly in Italy, Spain and Latinamerica. Salvatore is currently Country Manager of Enel Green Power Chile and Andean Countries, where he is responsible for the development of renewable energy in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile, and directing the company's growth in the region.
     
     

    René Castro
    Former Minister of Environment, Energy and Mining
    Costa Rica
     

    René Castro earned a Doctoral Degree at Harvard University, where he also received his Master’s Degree. His graduate studies concentrated on design for sustainability, environmental economics, public policy and natural resources. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Costa Rica.

    Dr. Castro is president and main shareholder of companies working in development issues such as energy efficiency, environmental design and project financing.
    He served as Minister for the Costa Rican Government from 2011 to 2014 and from 1994-1998, responsible for areas such as Environment, Energy, and Mining. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2011.
     
    He worked as an international consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank. He pioneered schemes of “Payment for Environmental Services (PES)” in Costa Rica, performed the first CO2 transaction in the world, led debt-for-nature swap negotiations and transportation agreements between various countries. He was full professor at INCAE and has also been a lecturer at Harvard University, Yale, London School of Economics, Yonsei University, The University of Tokyo, Getulio Vargas, etc.

    He has published 3 short books and several articles about environment, energy, transportation and public policy.


     
    Vittorio Corbo
    Council Member
    MIT Sloan Latin American Advisory Council
     

    Vittorio Corbo, is, since March 2008, a Senior Research Associate at the Centro de Estudios Públicos in Santiago, Chile.

    Mr. Corbo is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors (non executive) of Banco Santander-Chile, and a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Santander Mexico, SURA Insurance Company-Chile, and CCU SA. In the recent past he was a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander SA in Spain (2011-2014) and of ENDESA SA in Chile (2010-2014). He is also a frequent economic consultant to several leading corporations in Chile and abroad.

    Mr. Corbo, currently serves also as member of the Consultative Group on Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy of the IMF, of the Consejo Resolutivo de Asignaciones Parlamentarias of the Chilean Congress and of the International Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw, Poland.

    He served as President of The Central Bank of Chile (2003-2007), and held professorships in economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He also held senior managerial positions at the World Bank in Washington, DC (1984-1991) and lectured in Economics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Corbo holds a commercial engineering degree (with maximum distinction) from Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.


     
    Manlio Coviello
    Chief of Natural Resources and Energy
    UN ECLAC
     

    Manlio F. Coviello is Chief of Natural Resources and Energy, at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations. He is currently Assistant Professor of Energy Planning at the Engineering Department of Catholic University of Chile. 

    In 2012, Manlio acted as Senior Fellow Professor in the E3 cluster (Earth, Energy & Environment) of IASS-Potsdam, the research institute directed by the Nobel Prize in Physics 1984 Prof. Carlo Rubbia.
     
    He has been Visiting Professor at University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid for the International Master on Natural Resources and Environment Management program, and Universidad Politécnica in Guatemala.

    From 1994 to date, he has provided technical assistance to energy Ministers and Chairmen of energy regulatory agencies of 16 countries of the Region; participated as keynote speaker or chairman in 60+ international events; and prepared more than 30 international publications on energy issues. He is currently Special Advisor to the President of the Energy Commission of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) and member of the Coordinating Committee of SE4ALL/Americas. In June 2014, the chilean President Michelle Bachelet appointed him as Permanent Member of the “Presidential Commission on Lithium”.

    Manlio holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics (Genoa University) and Master in Business Administration (Bocconi University, Milan).


     
    Luca D’Agnese
    CEO
    Enersis
     

    Luca D’Agnese is CEO of Enersis. He was previously the Enel Group’s Head of Region Eastern Europe, and was appointed Head of Region Latin America in January 2015. In the past he had also spent three years as the Group’s Country Manager in Romania.

    Before joining Enel, Mr. D’Agnese worked Hewlett Packard and McKinsey & Company, and he was named CEO of Italy’s national energy network management company GTRN in 2003. After that, he took up the role of Director of Operations at Terna, which after its merger with GTRN now manages Italy’s electricity grid.

    Mr. D’Agnese graduated from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 1986 with a degree in Physics. In 1990 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at INSEAD business school.


     
    Juan Carlos Echeverry
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ecopetrol, Colombia
     

    Mr. Echeverry is the Chief Executive Officer of Ecopetrol, Colombia’s National Oil Company.  From 2010 to 2012, he was Colombia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.  During his mandate, four international publications (The Banker, America Economía, Emerging Markets, and Institutional Investor) awarded him as Best Finance Minister of the Americas.   Prior to his current role, Mr. Echeverry represented Colombia in the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington D.C.).  He also served as Dean of Economics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá).  Mr. Echeverry is the author of several books about the Colombian economy and co-author of publications focusing on developing economies.  Among his work, there are economic studies on Africa and countries of the Pacific Basin.

    Mr. Echeverry has a PhD in Economics from New York University and an outstanding academic career in the field of Economics.


     
    Tom Georgis
    Senior Vice President, Development
    SolarReserve
     

    Tom Georgis is SolarReserve’s Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for driving SolarReserve’s continued growth through initiating and developing projects and business opportunities across the US, Latin America, Asia and Australia. His efforts have resulted in the development of a portfolio of 800 megawatts (MW) of concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in Chile, a 1,500 MW portfolio of both CSP and PV in the US, and 300 MW of solar projects in Central America. Georgis was instrumental in the opening of SolarReserve’s offices in Chile and Australia to serve these rapidly expanding regional markets, and is in the process of advancing strategic partnerships in China.

    Georgis has more than 27 years of development and operational experience in the energy, technology, and government service sectors.  He has held several senior management positions and his diverse expertise includes structuring transactions for energy and infrastructure projects, leading all aspects of energy project acquisition and managing greenfield project development. Georgis joined SolarReserve from GlobalTec Solutions, a privately-held technology company, where he was Managing Director of International and oversaw all aspects of the company’s international expansion.  Georgis was also Principal and Managing Director at Exodus Energy LLC, a Houston-based privately held power and natural gas firm. Prior to joining Exodus, he was a manager at Enron Corporation where he developed and structured energy asset projects internationally.


     
    Christopher Knittel
    William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy and Professor of Applied Economics
    MIT Sloan School of Management
     

    Christopher Knittel is the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Prior to MIT Sloan, Knittel taught at the University of California, Davis, and at Boston University. His research focuses on industrial organization, environmental economics, and applied econometrics. Knittel is an associate editor of The American Economic Journal—Economic Policy, The Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Energy Markets. His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Energy Journal, and other academic journals. He also is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Energy and Environmental Economics groups.

    Knittel holds a BA in economics and political science from California State University, Stanislaus; an MA in economics from the University of California, Davis; and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


     

    Emilio Lébre La Rovere
    Energy Planning Program Professor
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
     

    Emilio Lébre La Rovere is a full professor for the Energy Planning Program, Coordinator of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LIMA) and of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment (CENTROCLIMA) at COPPE/UFRJ – Institute for Research and Graduate Studies of Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

    He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and specialization in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1975), and in Economics, by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1976); M.Sc. in Systems Engineering, by COPPE/UFRJ (1977); Ph.D. in Economics, by the School of High Studies in Social Sciences, University of Paris, France (1980).

    Emilio has worked in the Energy Department of FINEP - Agency for Financing Studies, on research and development projects for the Brazilian Federal Government from 1975 to 1988; and as a consultant to national and international bodies including assignments to different countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia.Emilio’s main fields of expertise, research, consultancy, publications and lecturing include Energy and Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development and Climate Change. He is the co-Author of several IPCC reports, contributing since 1992 to the award of 50% of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC in 2007.


     
    Marc E. Manly
    Executive Vice President and President, Commercial Portfolio
    Duke Energy
     

    Marc Manly serves as executive vice president and president of Duke Energy’s commercial portfolio. He is responsible for Duke Energy Renewables; Midwest Commercial Generation; Commercial Transmission; and Duke Energy International, with operations in Latin America. Manly is also responsible for commercial strategy and policy.  He assumed his current position in December 2012.

    Manly previously  served  as  executive vice president, chief  legal officer and  corporate secretary for Duke Energy. In that role, he led the Office of the General Counsel, which includes the company’s legal, internal audit, and ethics and compliance functions. Prior to that, Manly served as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Cinergy Corp., a position he held from November 2002 to April 2006. He was responsible for the company's strategy and position on all legal matters.

    Manly earned a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, and a Master of   Economics degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in economics from Amherst College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.


     
    Francis O’Sullivan
    Director of Research and Analysis, MIT Energy Initiative; Lecturer
    MIT Sloan School of Management
     

    Francis O’Sullivan is Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, and a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy, and economics.  His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy.  He has extensive expertise regarding the production dynamics and associated economics of North America’s shale plays.  His work also includes the study of global gas market dynamics and the LNG trade, and he is actively studying the implications for international energy markets of emerging unconventional hydrocarbon resource plays, particularly those in China and Australia.

    O’Sullivan has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy; the United States Environmental Protection Agency; the Brookings Institute; the Bipartisan Policy Center; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the National Governors’ Association; the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners at CERAWeek;  the American Physical Society, and to a range of other academic, policy and industry forums.

    O’Sullivan received his BE degree from the National University of Ireland, and his EE, SM, and PhD degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering.


     
    Máximo Pacheco
    Minister of Energy
    Chile
     

    Máximo Pacheco is the Minister of Energy of Chile. Under his leadership, Chile’s Energy Agenda was developed as a roadmap with concrete measures to advance towards the development of an energy sector that is reliable, sustainable, inclusive and with reasonable prices. The Energy Agenda was elaborated through an extensive public participation process and has been well received by a wide range of stakeholders.

    Previously, Minister Pacheco was senior vice president of International Paper from 2004 to 2013 where he also served as their regional president in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. He led International Paper’s operations in Brazil from 2004 until 2009. Before joining International Paper, he was executive vice president for Chile and Latin America at Carter Holt Harvey. Minister Pacheco was appointed executive vice president of operations at la Corporación del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) in 1990. He was the general manager of Leasing Andino from 1983 to 1990. Minister Pacheco earned his degree in Business Management and Economics from the Universidad de Chile.


     
    Robert S. Pindyck
    Bank
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 of
 Economics
 and
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    MIT Sloan School of Management
     

    Robert
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    Roberto Rigobon
    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and Economics
    MIT Sloan School of Management
     

    In addition to his responsibilities at MIT Sloan, Dr. Rigobon is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a Visiting Professor at IESA. Born in Venezuela, his areas of research are International Economics, Monetary Economics, and Development Economics. He focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Dr. Rigobon currently studies Properties of International Pricing Practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats. He joined the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1997 and has won awards for the “Teacher of the Year” and the “Excellence in Teaching” at MIT three times.

    Dr. Rigobon earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela in 1984, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his PhD in Economics from MIT in 1997.


     
    Donald R. Sadoway
    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry
    MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
     

    Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto.  After a year at MIT as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Sadoway joined the faculty in 1978. The author of over 150 scientific papers and holder of 20 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards the development of rechargeable batteries and environmentally sound technologies for the extraction of metals. To push these ideas from lab bench to marketplace, he is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical. With recordings of his chemistry lectures broadcast throughout the world on MIT OpenCourseWare, his impact on engineering education extends far beyond the lecture hall at MIT. Viewed over 1,500,000 times, his TED talk is a narrative about inventing inventors as much as it is about inventing technology. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.


     
    Ricardo J. Sánchez
    Economic Affairs Officer
    UN ECLAC
     

    Ricardo is an internationally recognized expert in shipping and port economics, as well as in transport and infrastructure, with special focus in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked either professional or academically in 26 out of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, during 29 years, as well as in countries of Europe and Asia. His main research interests are shipping and port economics, including the maritime cycle, port devolution, national maritime policies and industrial organization applied to shipping markets. He holds more than 133 publications among books, chapters in books, peer reviewed articles, working papers, etc.

    Since 2003, he is Economic Affairs Officer at the UN ECLAC, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division, engaged in maritime, infrastructure, logistics and transport affairs. Since November 2009 is the Chief of the Infrastructure Services Unit. His main duty is to lead a high level professional team to conduct research and to provide technical assistance to governments and public and private organizations on maritime and port affairs; regulation, transport and infrastructure issues; as well as physical integration.

    He has participated in more than 180 missions developing technical assistance programs; participating in multi-agency and intergovernmental meetings; coordinating and organizing conferences; and many other activities, related to infrastructure, financing, transport, mobility, logistics and regulation.


     
    Luis Stinco
    Professor and Director of Geoscience
    Universidad De Buenos Aires
     

    Luis Stinco is a geologist with more than 28 years of experience in the Latin-American oil industry achieved after working in national institutions, service companies and worldwide operators. In 2012 founded Oleumpetra LLC, a consulting company devoted to oil and gas exploration and development projects. Luis is Geoscience Director and Professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and Professor at Buenos Aires Technological Institute (ITBA). Stinco has written several books and technical papers focused on hydrocarbon´s exploration, reservoir characterization and petrophysics related to conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He has also been awarded with the Konex 2013 Award of Science and Technology and the Merit Diploma from the University of Buenos Aires in 2014.
     


    Joseluis Samaniego
    Chief of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements
    UN ECLAC
     

    Joseluis Samaniego is the Chief of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2004.

    Formerly, he was Director of the Center for Sustainable Transport of Mexico, a mobility program in Mexico City. Between 1994 and 2000 he was the Head of International Affairs at the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries of Mexico (SEMARNAT).

    Joseluis is the coordinator and co-author of numerous texts, among others, in Revista de la ECLAC, working papers and reports in ECLAC, and co-author in the IPCC AR-5 (Fifth Assessment Report) published by the World Resources Institute, which explores possible evolutions of the climate change regime for developing countries.
    He holds a PhD in Economics from UNAM and is an economist at Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City.

     

    Alfredo Solar Pinedo
    Chile Country Manager
    SunEdison
     

    Alfredo Solar Pinedo (48), Civil Engineer from Universidad de Chile, in October 2010, assumed as President of the Chilean Association of Renewable Energies A.G. (Acera.)

    His current position is Country Manager of SunEdison in Chile, an American Company which has built over 1400 MW of photovoltaic energy worldwide and 300MW in Chile. Formerly, he was General Manager of Acciona Energía Chile S.A., subsidiary of Grupo Acciona, world leading company in renewable energy with more than 9000 MW installed, mainly in Wind energy, but also in solar photovoltaic energy, solar thermal energy, hydroelectric plants, biomass and biofuels.
     
    Previously, he was Manager of Autopista Consecionada Américo Vespucio Sur and served as partner and General Manager of companies in the areas of construction and consulting.
     
     

    Julio A. Vergara
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
     

    Julio Vergara has served as an associate professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Catholic University of Chile since 2008.  He is also the director of the Master of Energy Engineering program and the Nuclear Power Diploma; a consultant in nuclear power and infrastructure issues; and a commissioner of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission from 1995 to 2014. He has collaborated with the International Atomic Energy Commission in the drafting of technical documents for the development of milestones and reactor project management. Dr. Vergara led the Chilean review of nuclear issues of the Declaration of Iraq, for the UNOSC in 1999. He has attended Technical Committee Meetings in innovative nuclear reactors, nuclear safety, knowledge management and fuel cycle technologies. Dr. Vergara is the 2015 President of Latin American Section of the American Nuclear Society and a former Captain of the Chilean Navy. In the Navy, Dr. Vergara was a senior naval architect in the Chilean Navy Frigate Program.

    Dr. Vergara is a Naval Engineer. He received a bachelor's degree from the Naval Polytechnical Academy, a PhD in Nuclear Materials Engineering, MS in Nuclear Engineering, MS in Materials Engineering, and MS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Adolfo Ibáñez University.

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