Mexico Energy Forum 2020 Speakers
Manuel Rodríguez is a Mexican politician from Tabasco. He studied law at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT), obtained three Master’s degrees from the Sorbonne University (Pantheon-Assas University, Paris II), and is a Founder and Federal Deputy of the Morena party. Rodríguez has a 30-year career in public administration. He has been a Deputy Minister three times for Tabasco.
Benjamín Torres is the leading Partner of the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure practice for Baker McKenzie’s Mexican offices and President of the Energy Committee for the American Chamber in Mexico. He is also a member of the Global Steering Committee of Energy, Mining and Infrastructure at Baker McKenzie. Torres holds an LLM degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Areli Covarrubias has more than 12 years of experience in the energy sector. Her previous positions include Business and Commercial Manager and member of the Regulatory and External Affairs team at IEnova. Before coming to IEnova, she was Legislative Adviser and Account Executive for energy matters at Guerra Castellanos & Asociados. Covarrubias is President of the Transport Committee of the Mexican Natural Gas Association.
David Vizcarrondo is Director of Strategic Accounts at Emerson Latin America. Previously, he was responsible for the commercial strategy of Emerson in Mexico. From 2014 to 2015, he was Country General Manager in Peru, where he was responsible for the management and oversight of Emerson’s operations. Vizcarrondo holds a BA in civil engineering and an MA in finance from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, as well as am MBA in logistics from Penn State University.
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 and developed business opportunities in the power generation and midstream segments. Basanta holds a Bachelor’s in chemical engineering from UNAM, a financial engineering specialization from McGill University and MBA from ITAM.
Adrian Katzew has over 15 years of experience in the financing, construction, development and management of renewable energy projects. Before founding Zuma, Katzew was Vice President of Vestas where he was responsible for the execution of more than 1,000MW. Previously, he was Vice President of Market Development at First Solar in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Eduardo Piquero has more than 14 years’ experience in environmental markets. In addition to being the Director of the platform for the creation of environmental markets at the Mexican Stock Exchange, he served as a consultant on climate change mitigation for the United Nations Environment Program and as Director of Operations of MGM International and South Pole Carbon for Mexico.
José Antonio Urteaga is responsible for the IDB's operations with the Mexican energy sector and coordinates energy efficiency issues in Latin America. Previously, he collaborated as Assistant Director of Programs at FIDE. He also was Director of Operations for Mexico and Central America at MGM Innova. Urteaga served as Deputy Director General of Climate Change Projects at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Cecilia Latapí interacts with local and international institutional investors and with development and commercial banks to boost the development of renewable energy projects in the country, provide public policy recommendations and coordinate capacity building in relation to green investment. Latapí holds a BA in economics from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey with a specialty in finance.
José Jové started in Prana’s commercial operations, both on the utility scale side and the commercial and industrial distributed generation business. He later transitioned to CEO, consolidating Prana’s position as a developer and operator of utility scale solar assets as well as gas-based generation projects a chemical engineer, Jové has an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Marian Aguirre is an economist, graduated from TEC de Monterrey, has a Master's degree in finance and economics from the International University of Catalonia, and serves as Director of Financing for the Energy Sector at the National Foreign Trade Bank, SNC (BANCOMEXT), which is part of the Development Bank of the Mexican Banking System. Throughout her career she has financed projects worth over MX$35 billion.
Salomón Amkie is Director of Citibanamex’s banking, capital markets and advisory division, and heads the specialized industries banking team, which includes energy, power, renewable energy, mining, infrastructure and financial sponsors. He joined Citi’s investment banking division in 2011 and has worked on numerous advisory, fixed income and equity transactions in both the US and Mexico.
Maria Jose Treviño participates in and provides support for the organization of international forums. She is a member of the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI) and collaborates in the Energy Working Group and Working Group of the United States-Mexico Relationship. She is also Secretary of the Founding Council of the Women’s Energy Network Mexico Chapter.
Hélène Dimitracopoulos began her career in the energy sector at Engie 15 years ago. Later, at EDF Energies Nouvelles, her understanding of the sector and her extensive knowledge in the fields of engineering and finance fueled her rapid growth in the company. She then moved from Project Manager to CFO of Renewable Energies for Mexico. As CFO of Zuma Energía, Dimitracopoulos leads all financial activities.
Casiopea Ramirez has collaborated with Global Power Generation, where she served as Deputy Director of the Electricity Business; Enel Green Power, as Regional Regulation Manager for Mexico and Central America; and AES Corporation as Regulatory and Market Manager for Mexico and Central America, responsible for regulatory management, market analysis and commercial strategy.
Alberto Cuter has been involved in renewable energy since 2007. He served as Sales Director at Phoenix Solar and Heliosphera and joined Jinko Solar in 2010. He opened the Italian branch and developed that market, positioning Jinko as a leading modules supplier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he was appointed Sales Director of Emerging Markets (LATAM and MEA).
Juan Ávila has specialized in the renewable energy industry for the past seven years. He co-founded Top Energy. Previously, he was Managing Partner at DTR, a venture capital fund that invests in renewable energy projects and CEO and Co-founder of Sunna O&M, which specializes in the operation and maintenance of solar power plants. Ávila also serves as president of the Energy Commission at Coparmex Aguascalientes.
Patricia Tatto has served as a technical adviser and business guide in the creation of strategies for the industry in new markets. As Vice President for Ata Renewables America, she advises the entire value chain on the successful implementation of large-scale renewable energy projects. She founded and is the president of Women in Renewable Energy Mexico AC. Tatto holds a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Francisco Salazar is founding partner of Enix SC, Gadex, SC and Trust Intelligence of Entorno, SC. Since 2016 he has been the Coordinator of the International Conference of Regulators (ICER). In April 2017 he became member of the Mexican Council of International Affairs (Comexi). From 2005 to 2015 he was Commissioner President of the Energy Regulatory Commission. He is considered a pioneer of the Energy Reform.
Jeff Pavlovic was previously Managing Director of Electric Industry Coordination and Managing Director of Generation and Transmission at the Ministry of Energy and Unit Leader of Modernization at CFE. Also, he was Manager of Generation Control and Dispatch for Xcel Energy in Denver, Colorado. He began his career as a financial analyst at LEK Consulting, where he specialized in the unbundling of electric utilities.
Leonardo Beltrán has vast experience in the energy sector on a national and global scale. From 2005 to 2012, he served 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.
Miguel Alonso has led ACCIONA ENERGIA’s operations in Mexico and Central America since 2008. In 2018, he was named one of the Top 100 Leaders of the Energy Sector by Petroleo & Energia magazine. Acciona Energia operates 1,144MW in Mexico and 50MW in Costa Rica. Alonso holds a Master’s degree in marketing and commercial negotiations from Universidad Publica de Navarra.
Enrique Alba has worked in the electricity sector for more than 20 years. In 1999, he joined Iberdrola. In 2011, he became Director of Generation at Iberdrola México, holding that position until 2014 when he was named CEO of Iberdrola México, Mexico's leading private producer of electricity. In addition, Alba is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Iberdrola México.