Mexico Energy Forum Speakers 2017
From February 2013 and until his appointment as Deputy Minister of Electricity, César Hernández served as Head of the Ministry of Energy’s Legal Affairs Unit. He currently divides his time between working for the Ministry of Energy and serving as Advisor on CFE’s Administrative Board. He has held various positions in the Federal government, such as Director General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy and Director General of Long Distance Communications at the Federal Telecommunications Commission. Hernández also served as a researcher at the Research Center for Development and is the author of several books, such as Investment, Labor and Business in the Mexican Electricity Sector. He holds a PhD. in Law from UNAM University
Guillermo García Alcocer was nominated by President Enrique Peña Nieto and appointed as Chairman of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission by the Senate on May 28, 2016. Previously, García was Head of Public Policy on Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons at the Energy Ministry. As such, he was in charge of designing both the contract and the technical aspects of the biddings for Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons under Mexico's new energy framework. García got his Bachelor's Degree in Economics at ITAM and studied several post graduate courses at Oxford, Harvard and George Washington Universities, as well as at ITAM.
With more than 22 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Héctor Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004 he became President and CEO of Gauss Energía, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. 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 CRE. He is the President of ASOLMEX and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM and has a Master and PhD in Economics from Rice University. In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.
Francis Pérez started her career at Nestlé México in 1987. She was part of the Finance and Control Executive Committee, leading the finances of Nestlé’s most important business in Mexico. Today, she leads the Creating Shared Value and Sustainability office, which is aligned to the group’s business strategy and impacts the entire value chain. From her position, Pérez pushes initiatives on rural development, environmental sustainability and nutrition, health and wellness. She also mentors Mexican entrepreneurs. Pérez has a Master’s Degree on Social Responsibility and she graduated from Sustainable Development and IPADE’s Food Sector Management Program. She also joined the Strategic Innovation on Sustainability Workshop at IMD.
Mariana Jiménez works as Sr. Industry Analyst and Journalist for Mexico Energy Review since November 2015. She previously participated in energy inclusion projects promoting the adoption of clean energy technologies in low-income communities of Latin America. She holds a double Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and AGH Institute of Science a Technology and was also part of The Journey, Europe’s largest climate innovation program. Jiménez has published articles in ProMéxico, Boiling Point Journal and L’Express and has participated as a speaker at AlumniUnite, InnoEnergy’s annual event.
Francisco Con is a specialist in the electricity sector, currently working as Energy Business Development Director of CEMEX in Monterrey. From this position, he participates in the development and commercial management of power generation projects under the new law as well as the self-supply scheme. Con participated in sale and purchase of electricity in deregulated markets during 2006-2013, mainly in Europe where he was also in charge of managing CEMEX’s carbon bonds portfolio. He graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey and holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Energy and the Environment from Ecole d’Ingenieurs and one in Administration, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Giacomo Bonfanti is the Commercial Director of Grupo Desarrollo Infrastructura (GDI), an EPC Contractor in charge of developing projects in the oil & gas, energy and mining industries. During his experience he has been involved in major natural gas pipelines projects, including Encino-Topolobambo, Encino- La Laguna y Chihuahua – Cd. Juárez. At the moment he manages different projects and interacts day to day with operations in order to guarantee such projects will be delivered on time and within budget. Bonfanti studied Applied Physics in Mexico and continued his studies at Cornell University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Engineering in 2011, deciding to move back to Mexico afterwards to capitalize opportunities in the energy sector.
Jonathan Pinzón is a Partner at Zumma rg+c where he leads projects in the energy practice. He has over 10 years of experience in consulting on business strategy and public policy on energy regulation, antitrust, innovation, technology and climate change. He worked before as COO and head of the of Energy & Innovation practice at GreenMomentum, previously managing US-Mexico clean energy cooperation projects for USAID. He is co-author of several publications on energy including Renewable Energy in Mexico’s Northern Border Region. He has a Master’s Degree in Technology Commercialization from CIMAV-University of Texas and a Bachelor in International Relations from ITAM as well as a Diploma in Energy Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho.
Loïc Le Gall has over seven years of professional experience, three in energy generation, transmission and distribution projects development, telecommunications infrastructure and large civil works, and the last four years in strategy and business development direction for global firms in the energy sector, infrastructure and technology in Mexico, Brazil, Canada and France. Prior joining EY, he was Director of Strategy & Marketing Abengoa in Mexico, leading financial, operational and commercial strategies. Le Gall is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliqueés and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategy and International Business Development from EMLYON Business School and École Central Paris.
José Ruiz serves as CEO for Buenavista Renewables Mexico in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to this position, Ruiz was the Director of Projects at the North American Development Bank. He has 25 years’ experience in the development, structuring, and financing of infrastructure projects that in their aggregate represent more than US$6.5 billion in investments in the US, Mexico and the UK. He has participated in more than 150 infrastructure projects across various sectors, overcoming complex infrastructure challenges through the innovative design of project finance, structure finance, private bond placements and public finance structures. Ruiz holds an MBA from the University of Lancaster and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UNAM.
Dr. Jaime Hernández worked as Chief Financial Officer of CFE until he was appointed Director General in August, 2016. He previously held the General Direction of Programming and Budgeting among other positions at the Ministry of Finance. Hernández has been member of the Governing Board of the National Commission of Science and Technology (CONACYT), the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) and several institutions from the energy, financial, educational and development banking sectors. He also collaborated at the Technical Secretariat of the Economic Cabinet and the Advisors Coordination for the Economic and Social Policy of the Presidency. Hernández has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from the University of Essex.
Enrique Lara works as Director of Energy at Banobras after holding different positions in the public sector, mainly at the federal level. He has developed strong experience in Project Finance at Banobras where he has been involved in the evaluation of several infrastructure projects within the bank’s scope, such as highways, water, energy and other Service Provision Projects (PPS). Lara is also in charge of managing the infrastructure financing program through commercial banks. He has participated in the financing processes of wind farms, PV solar parks, hydropower plants, natural gas pipelines and other energy projects in Mexico. Lara graduated from the Political and Social Sciences Faculty of UNAM and has a Master’s Degree in Economics from CIDE.
Mr. Jaime Martínez Mondragón, Business Development Director of ERM-México, has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, and a MS in Environmental Sanitation from the State University of Ghent in Belgium. He has over 37 years e of experience in a wide variety of environmental and safety matters including process safety, design and operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants, hazardous waste management, site investigation and remediation of large projects, large M&A projects, Environmental Impacts Studies, Mexican Environmental Regulations, as well as Corporate Advisory Services.
Paolo Romanacci leads the operations of Enel Green Power in Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica, supervising 18 power plants, including hydro, solar and wind facilities. He also oversees the development of new projects in the company’s pipeline, altogether summing 1.4GW of new capacity. Romanacci has over 20 years of experience, 10 of which have been working in strategical roles for Enel Green Power. He joined the group in 2006 as Renewables Business Developer in Rumania. Before joining Enel, Romanacci worked for NASA, Techspace Aero and Altran. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rome as well as Energy Management Leadership studies from IESE Business School-SDA Bocconi.
Enrique Giménez has over 20 years of experience in the power sector, and currently leads Fisterra Energy México. He has previously been involved in the creation and development of electricity trading companies in markets going through liberalization processes such as Spain and the UK, where he worked with Centrica and Enron Corporation respectively. Giménez also has experience in the development of combined-cycle power plants and deep knowledge in energy efficiency consulting. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Deusto Business School as well as a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Senior Management Program from IESE.
Leonardo Beltrán was appointed as Deputy Minister of Planning and Energy Transition in December 10, 2012 by President Enrique Peña Nieto. He worked before as Director General of Information and Energy Studies at the Ministry of Energy, previously serving as Director of International Negotiations, participating in top-level events such as the Conference of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. Beltrán also has experience as consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics from ITAM.
Salomon Amkie is a Vice President in Citibanamex’s Specialized Industries Banking Team in Mexico City and heads the Power and Alternative Energy efforts in the country. He joined Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division in July 2011 in the New York office and has worked on numerous fixed income and equity transactions in both the US and Mexico, always focused in the power and utilities industry. Prior to joining Citi, Amkie was an Associate Director in the Bank of Nova Scotia, Mexico City, covering Real Estate and Infrastructure clients. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration.
Before entering DNV GL as Country Manager in 2016, Rodolfo Flores worked in TRADECO as Director of Energy and Concessions. In 2007, he became Founding Partner of SOLECO, participating in solar projects up to 1MW. He also founded a construction company in 2006, KVXL, which focuses on the development of power generation and energy efficiency projects. Flores has also participated as independent consultant in over 35 renewable energy projects in Latin America and has wide experience working in cogeneration projects in Latin America, US, Canada and India, acquired during his time as Director General of Grupo Gentor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from ITESM and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Claudio Rodríguez is a Partner of the International Energy Practice at Thompson & Knight, with more than 14 years of experience in the power industry in Latin America. A former General Counsel for Iberdrola I&C and former Legal Manager for EDF, Rodríguez has extensive experience representing companies in all phases of the development, M&A, and financing of energy projects. He has participated advising consortiums in long-term power auctions and in the instrumentation of new businesses schemes to operate within Mexico’s power market. As a Chevening Scholar from the United Kingdom, he holds a LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Exeter and is a PhD. Candidate in Energy Public Policies by Universidad Panamericana.
Since 2015, Darío Febré has headed the direction of the Business Development and Strategy department of Engie México, a company he has been a part of since 2006. In his previous experience at the company, Febré has been involved in the Consulting, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Communications and Business Development areas in different Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. During this time he has overseen activities in both the electricity and natural gas sectors. Febré is a Public Accountant from the University of Buenos Aires, where he also obtained a specialization in Energy Regulation, and has an MBA from the University Torcuato Di Tella.
As a partner in Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office, José Prado focuses his practice on energy, real state, infrastructure and corporate services. Prado has previously served as general counsel for CFE, Koch Industries and Invista, PEMEX, the hydrocarbons section of the Ministry of Energy and Luz y Fuerza del Centro, the former Mexico City state-owned power company. He has also experience as Legal Chief Compliance and Internal Affairs Officer for PEMEX and Senior Associate for Public Bids, Infrastructure and Energy Practice at Deloitte and Touche-Tohmatsu Consulting Group. Prado holds an MBA from IPADE and a Master of Laws from Tulane University Law School.
Miguel Alonso arrived to Mexico as Technical Director of ACCIONA Energía in 2007 to work – in partnership with CEMEX – in the construction of the largest wind farm in Latin America at that time. One year later, he took on the Direction General of ACCIONA Energía México. Alonso had previously worked as Construction Project Director and Project Manager International for the company, developing renewable energy projects in Spain, Germany, Ireland, Canada and Mexico. Before joining ACCIONA he founded his own engineering company. Alonso is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Zaragoza and has a Master Degree in Marketing and Commercial Management from the Public University of Navarra and in Environmental Management from IFES.
Israel Hurtado was appointed Director General of SUMEX, the first qualified supplier in Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market on February. He also serves as Secretary General of ASOLMEX and President of the Mexican Academy of Energy Law. He previously served as a Commissioner at CRE, Legal Director for the Ministry of Energy and as Secretary at the Managing Boards of PEMEX and CFE. He is a lawyer from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon with a Master’s in International Law by the same school.
Katya Somohano was named CEO of CFE Calificados, CFE’s subsidiary dealing with qualified users, in June 30, 2016, after serving as Head of the Investment Promotion Office and Head of the Office of the Transformation at CFE. She was previously Director General of the Board and Committee of the Hydrocarbons Sector at the Ministry of Energy, from which she participated in the team that pushed forward the Energy Reform enactment. Somohano has also lectured at UNAM and has been independent adviser of the Reforma newspaper twice. She obtained a Law Degree from UNAM with honors and a Master’s Degree in Law by the University of Cambridge.
Lou Marrero is a sales proffesionals with over 22 years of executive sales and sales management experience. During this time he has helped companies in the solar energy sector with succesful planning and implementation of sales expansion into new international and domestic markets as well as strategic planning and analysis for effective forecasting, budgeting and negotiations. Prior becoming Director Latin America & the Caribbean of Trina Solar in 2014, Lou Marrero worked for Kyocera Solar, having experience as Sales Engineer, Product Manager, National Sales Manager and Director for the Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Marrero holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Martin Garcia Urtiaga develops the sustainability strategy Cinépolis, a Mexican cinema chain with a present in over a dozen countries. The primary focus of his activities includes on site solar energy, the purchase of renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects. Prior to Cinépolis, he worked with Starbucks managing the LEED certification for all new company-owned stores in Latin American. García holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Electrical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master’s in Sustainability Management with a specialization in energy from Columbia University.
Víctor Fuentes has more than 14 years of experience in the automation, power and electrical business and been part of industry events such as 2013’s International Forum of the Electrical Sector in Colombia and the Technical Reunion of the Electrical Industry in Chile. He has held seminars for industrial applications of Mitsubishi Electric in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Argentina, as well as technological programs for universities such as Andres Bello University in Chile and the Technological University of Aguascalientes in Mexico.
Juan Kuri has over 15 years of experience in the Product Life Management (PLM) industry and since 2013 works as VP and Country Manager Mesoamerica of Siemens PLM Software. He leads a team of 50 experts in Mexico to provide services for the automotive, aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. He is also in charge of new business in the Mesoamerican region. Kuri holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering from La Salle University as well as diplomas in Marketing and Accounting and a MBA.
Rafael Valdéz has advised Latin American conglomerates, Chinese SOEs and private enterprises in the oil and gas, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. He manages Envision Energy’s operations and business development in Latin America & the Caribbean. He co-founded ventures in China including SinoLatin Capital, laREDchina.com and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in China. Valdéz graduated from ITAM with a BA in Economics. He completed an MPA in Economic Policy at Columbia University and a MBA at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).