Mexico Energy Forum 2019 Speakers
Abel Hibert has held several positions in the area of economic advisory. He served as Deputy Director of Analysis at Vector Casa de Bolsa and as Chief Economist for Grupo Pulsar Internacional. Hibert also served as Commissioner at the Federal Telecommunications Commission. In addition, he has delivered lectures at various universities, including Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey and Escuela Libre de Derecho.
Claudio Rodríguez, a lawyer, focuses on energy and infrastructure matters. He has represented developers, procurement firms, producers, investors, contractors, suppliers and multilateral institutions in all phases of development, M&A, and financing of energy projects. He is consistently ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Energy by Chambers & Partners, Global Chambers, Legal500, Who’s Who Legal and IFLR1000. He holds a Master’s in international business law from the University of Exeter.
Gerardo Pérez has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, including 23 years with Siemens Mexico where he was Business Director for the Mesoamerican Electricity Market for 13 years. In that role, Pérez oversaw sales strategy and negotiations for five divisions and a sales volume of US$1.5 billion per year. His experience in wind business development and his competence in relationship management is extensive and has helped EDF see significant growth in the renewables market.
Sampo Suvisaari leads the sales team at Wärtsilä, covering all countries from Mexico to Ecuador. His previous positions include Director of Project Origination at Excelerate Energy, a developer of floating LNG infrastructure. From 2000-06, he ran his own software development company, Lumisoft.net. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering and international marketing and business strategy from Helsinki University of Technology.
Leonardo Beltrán has broad experience in the energy sector at national and international entities. From 2005 to 2012, he was at the Ministry of Energy as Director of International Negotiations and Director General of Information and Energy Studies. Previously, he was a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the OECD and the UN Industrial Development Organization. In this last position, Beltrán served as Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at the Ministry of Energy.
Alan Sakar is a dual Mexican- US-qualified member of the Worldwide Projects Group at Clifford Chance. He has advised a number of power transactions across Latin America, including the financing of the EES and La Bufa wind self-supply projects, the Potosi and Laguna solar projects awarded during the clean-energy auctions and the EVM CCGTs projects awarded by CFE Calificados. Sakar has been recognized by The Legal 500 in its Powerlist as a leading US-based practitioner for projects in Mexico.
Gerardo Pandal is an entrepreneur, businessman and Mexican activist. He is a founding partner of Vive Energía and serves as counselor for the Climate Reality Project, an international organization that seeks to raise awareness about the challenges brought by climate change. Pandal also serves as Vice President of Cogenera, an organization that promotes energy efficiency projects through cogeneration in Mexico. Previously, he was a member of the Renewable Energy Advisory Council at the Ministry of Energy.
John Bates has over 30 years of experience in the energy and power sectors. He began his career at Chevron, where he spent 10 years in different positions in the supply-chain segment. Bates was the COO of Nuclear Innovation North America and also served as Vice President of Development at Luminant Energy. He also held various positions at NRG, most recently as Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances for NRG Renew. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston’s CT Bauer College of Business.
Amkie was Scotiabank Global Banking and Market’s Corporate Banking Associate Director from 2007 to 2010 and now leads the power and utilities coverage efforts for Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division in Mexico. He joined Citi in July 2011, in New York, where he worked on numerous advisory, fixed income and equity transactions in the US, always focused on the energy sector. Amkie holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Mexico’s ITAM and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration in the US.
Héctor Olea has more than 23 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector. Since 2004 he has led Gauss Energía in the identification, development and structuring of investment opportunities for renewable energy installations. He served as Chairman of the Mexican Regulatory Commission and from 2016-18, he was Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He currently heads the National Association of Solar Energy. Olea holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.
Hector Rocha covers the Energy business for LATAM North and is based in Mexico City. He has spent 18 years in energy sector in Mexico, Asia, Middle East, the US and the North Sea. He has held multiple positions throughout his career, starting from a field directional/drilling engineer across Southeast Asia, Operational Performance Improvement Champion in Asia and the Middle East, General Operations Manager for Upstream projects in Japan, R&D Lead for Telemetry tools globally and Management Consultant.
Leopoldo Rodríguez has served as President of the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE) since 2011. He is also Deputy Director General of Energía Eléctrica BAL where he is responsible for the development of power generation projects. Previously, he was Renewable Energy Manager at Industrias Peñoles. Rodríguez is a member of the Latin American Board of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), President of the Commission of Private Sector Studies for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES) and member of the United States-Mexico Energy Business Council.
Alejandro Preinfalk comes from an engineering background. His main focus areas include digitalization, power transmission and distribution. Preinfalk has over 25 years of experience in the energy and industrial sectors, with broad international experience in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Russia, Germany and Mexico. He is also Vice President of CANAME (National Association of Electrical Manufacturers). Preinfalk attended Harvard Business School, MIT and the Universities of Stanford and Michigan.
Nuno Inácio has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry as a manager of large infrastructure projects in Europe and Mexico. He collaborates as Managing Director in Grupo Tres R, Termotecnica, a company belonging to the Mexican financial group BidGroup that has more than 20 years of experience in the execution of transmission and distribution line projects and substations. Inácio is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Portugal.
Guillermo García was appointed Chairman of Mexico’s Regulatory Commission (CRE) in April 2016. His energy sector career has focused on technical and economic regulation, public policy, design, program evaluation and business development. In his current position, he has spearheaded regulations encouraging the uptake of clean energy and broadening supply alternatives, among others. García has held posts at the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Finance and the National Savings and Pension System Commission (CONSAR).
Francisco Salazar is a Founding Partner at Enix. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies. From 2005-15, he was President Commissioner at CRE, where he actively promoted the Energy Reform. From 2015-17, Salazar chaired the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC). He is coordinator of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and holds a MSc in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.
Irene Espinola oversees Grupo Bimbo’s renewable energy initiatives at a global level. She ensures the company complies with the correspondent regulatory frameworks as well as mixing strategies to optimize energy use and minimize costs. She has managed Piedra Larga’s wind farm project since 2012 and was responsible for the negotiations that resulted in a virtual PPA contract in the US. Espinola holds an MBA from EGADE Business School and a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Anahuac University.
Francís Pérez is Co-founder of RAMADASA, which promotes clean economic development by integrating talent and tailor-made solutions for organizations that seek to maximize returns to shareholders through efficiency and productivity. In her former position at Nestlé, she led economic-environmental efficiency initiatives and signed the only Voluntary Agreement for Energy Efficiency in Mexico with the Ministry of Energy. Pérez graduated from the Senior Management Program in agribusiness at IPADE Business School.
Ramón Basanta has over 20 years of experience in trading of refined products, gas and power in the Mexican and US markets. In 2016, he joined ATCO Mexico to develop business opportunities in the power generation and midstream segments. Basanta has also worked for consultancies, specializing in economic planning, market dynamics, business strategy and commodity trading. He holds a Bachelor’s in chemical engineering from UNAM and a financial engineering specialization from McGill University.
Alejandro Blanco-Moreno is Co-founder and Finance Director of Tradeon Energy. Previously, he advised and structured technological startups in London, mainly focusing on business planning, finance, operational structure and sales strategy. He was also Director of Finance and Operations at Delta Exotics, where he oversaw the opening and supervision of offices in London, Switzerland, Malta and New York. He holds a Bachelor’s in finance and psychology from the University of Connecticut.
Simon Plata is an expert in control systems for power generation plants. He has broad experience in the fields of instrumentation, control, optimization and maintenance. In his current position, he actively interacts with the research department in identifying specific needs for the Latin American market. Plata has worked in a variety of technical and administrative positions in the management of power plants. He holds a Bachelor’s in electronic engineering from Pontifical Xavierian University.