Mexico Sustainability Forum Speakers 2016
Rosario Robles is the Secretary of Agricultural, Urban, and Regional Development. She generates and coordinates policies that ensure order in urban and agricultural planning, preventing settlements in risk zones. Her responsibilities also include providing support in the case of natural disasters. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Masters in Rural Development from the same institution. Throughout her career, Robles has occupied several political positions, the most recent being as Secretary of Social Development, for which she coordinated the New Generation of Social Politics, the National Campaign against Hunger and redesigned several social programs. Posterior to governing the City of Mexico from 1999 to 2000, Robles was elected President of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
Dolf Hogewoning was born in 1956 in Leiden, where he also studied Dutch Law and History. After graduating from the Leiden University, he spent three years working as a lawyer in Amsterdam. Hogewoning moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987, where he performed several functions in The Hague, Geneva, and Costa Rica. In 2002, Hogewoning became Deputy Ambassador at the embassy in Madrid. In 2006, he took up office as General Secretary to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and from 2009 onward he was the Ambassador to Damascus, Syria. Since the summer of 2012, Hogewoning has been the Dutch Ambassador to Mexico.
Mariuz Calvet is the Director of Sustainability in Grupo Financiero Banamex. Calvet studied Law at the Anahuac University, and a second degree in International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained a Master’s in International and Environmental Law from the University of Wisconsin, US. Having lectured in her specialization at the Anahuac University, she became Director of the International Relations Faculty at the Monterrey Technological Institute of Higher Education (ITESM). Calvet has spent 16 years working in civil organizations and sustainability projects, both in Mexico and Houston, Texas. She went on to found Allant, which specialized in sustainability and social responsibility consultancy, and assesses many companies that form part of the Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainability Index.
Gabriela Alarcón is the Director of Urban Development at IMCO, the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness. Alarcón coordinates competitiveness indexes and studies related to cities. Urban planning, housing developments, public services, mobility and transport, the environment, and public health, are all part of her charge. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Columbia, and her Bachelor’s Degree was obtained at the Autonomous Technical Institute of Economy of Mexico (ITAM). Alarcón’s previous experience in environmental consulting and at the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), led her to join the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), as well as New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
María Elena Giner is the General Administrator of the Commission of Ecological Border Cooperation (COCEF). Giner studied Civil Engineering at the Loyola Marymount University, and her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Texas, in the US. Her 30 years of experience have focused on water, wastewater, and solid waste management. Before taking on the position in COCEF in 2010, Giner worked in several divisions accompanying COCEF since it was founded in 1998. Her greatest achievements include modernizing and perfecting the organization in line with the changing needs of the region, and the federal administration’s targets. Giner has also worked in the Department of Water and Energy Supply in Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan District of Water in California.
Marcos Pérez Calderón, is the President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Mexico (AALMAC). He studied Law at the Iberoamerican University of Puebla. When he finished his studies, Calderón began increasing his involvement in politics, firstly becoming the Interim President for the San Lorenzo Ometepec district in 2008. He spent a short time at the Agrarian Law Office, before working at the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), and the district government of Tochtepec. Calderón initiated policies to improve the urban imagen of the area, with sport spaces, and efficient medical attention. Having become Vice President of the National Conference of Municipalities of Mexico (CONAMM) in Puebla, he was able to ascend to his current position leading AALMAC.
Francisco R. Cienfuegos is the President of the Association of Intelligent Cities in Mexico. He earned his Degree in Law the University of Monterrey, and his Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Francisco de Vitoria, in Spain. Cienfuegos is also Municipal President of the city of Guadalupe in Nuevo Leon. He began in public administration in the Ministry of Municipal Police in Monterrey, and has acted as Congressman to the Federal Electorate of Nuevo Leon for the PRI. He joined the State Government in 2009, firstly directing Public Institutional Relations, and subsequently in Social Communications. He founded the Metropolitan Association of Nuevo Leon’s Mayors (AMANL) and was named President of the Northern Region’s National Municipal Federation of Mexico (FENAMM).
Julián Garrido González is Business Unit Director for Telco and IP at Telmex. He is an electronics engineer having completed his Bachelor’s Degree at La Salle University in Mexico City. Generating more than 25 years of experience in the networking Industry, Garrido has enjoyed a successful career in strategic development, sales, business development, marketing, and technology. He has also gathered experience managing large sales organizations, acquiring in-depth knowledge of the telecom sector in Mexico, and overall knowledge within the industry in the Latin American market. His interest in driving growth in organizations secured his position, taking on the responsibility of Telco and IP business direction in Telmex.
José Ramón Ardavín is the Executive Director of the Commission for the Study of the Private Sector for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES). A Chemical Engineering graduate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Ardavín holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Conservation from the University of Cranfield, in England. He has worked in both the private and public sector, most notably as Subdirector General of Drinking Water, Drainage and Sanitation at the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), as Undersecretary of Development and Environmental Regulations at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), and Solicitor General to the Federal Attorney's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA). He also has experience at CEMEX Mexico and in the National Committee of Iron and Steel (CANACERO).
Diana Yolanda Valadez is President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Financial Informatics, before taking her Master’s in Social Evaluation at the same institution. Valadez has experience lecturing and designing courses at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and headed up their accountancy department before becoming General Director of Evalro Consulting Group in 2013. She has participated in more than 50 projects across the country, estimating economic benefits for the local society. Today she is Treasurer of the Union of Engineers in Jalisco, and ana ctive member of the Mexican Academy of Socioeconomic Evaluation Projects (AMPRES). Moreover, she participated in the pilot project for Intelligent Cities via IEEE Guadalajara.
On December 2012, Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez was appointed Undersecretary of Planning and Energy Transition at SENER. Previously, he held the positions of Director of International Negotiations and Director of General Information and Energy Studies at SENER. He coordinated the inter-sectorial working group for carbon capture, use, and storage, and participated in the development of the Mexican norm for sustainable buildings. Beltrán was also responsible for the organization of the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum, which took place in Mexico City in 2010. He has acted as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, as well as for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Alejandro Peraza García is the Chief Conductor of the Electric Systems unit in the Energy Regulatory Commission. He holds a degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Chemical Engineering, and a Master’s and PhD in the same specialty from the University of Manchester, England. Peraza’s 32 years of experience in the public sector saw him work at the Institute of Electrical Investigations as an External Assessor of Subdirector of Production and the Technical Subdirector of the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE). Moreover, he was named National Investigator by the National Commission of Science and Technology (CONACYT), and received the Marcel Pourbaix medal for his career as an investigator, having completed more than 70 national and international energy publications.
Pierre Comptdaer is Managing Director of ABB in Mexico. His appointment as Managing Director took place in 2013, but he has worked for the company since 1979. Comptdaer has held a number of leadership positions in several countries including Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, China and Mexico. His most recent responsibilities in ABB were as President and General Manager of Nanjing SAC Automation Co., Ltd., a joint venture that ABB in China carried out in the area of Power Grid Automation in 2011. His studies were completed firstly at the Rijks University of Gent, in Belgium, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, and subsequently continued to post-graduate level in Business Administration at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.
Santiago Desentis is the Commercial Director of Solarcity Mexico, responsible for the sustained commercial success of the company. He graduated from Chemical Engineering at the Iberoamerican University, Mexico City. Before joining Solarcity, Desentis created and led the Residential and Small Commercial (RSC) business for SunEdison. Prior to that position he was Country Manager for Mexico and Business Development in Latin America and Caribbean for Yingli Green Energy. Desentis’ main pursuit at Solarcity is to execute sales and marketing strategies that improve sales results and increase margins, toward the continuing goal of positioning Solarcity as the most valuable and desired international product. Thus far, results have encouragingly shown that his efforts achieved 20% of the market share during 2013 and 2014.
Roberto Ramírez de la Parra is the Director General of the National Commission of Water, CONAGUA. Having graduated in Law from the School of Free Law in Mexico City, he studied a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix, as well as a Diploma in Taxes at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He worked at a notary for six years before occupying several positions in the Tribunal Administration Service, including the Central Administrator to the Judicial Support Unit, General Administrator of Customs, and Judicial Coordinator to the Secretary of Water and Public Works in the State of Mexico. Through CONAGUA, Ramírez coordinated the elaboration of the General Water Law, an internationally cutting edge reform.
J. Arturo Zapata is the Executive President of Zapata Corporation. Zapata studied a Degree in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University in California, and also holds an MBA from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSEM), in Mexico. In 1994, he was selected to be the Executive President of Zapata Corporation, proudly one of Mexico’s largest automotive dealerships. He is the CEO and President of the Board of Autocosmos.com Inc, the most visited automotive webpage in Latin America. Zapata Corporation decided to enter into a joint venture with Automotive Resources International in 1995, creating Ariza de México. To date, Zapata leads this corporation as CEO and President of the Board.
Francisco Sordo is the General Manager of Uber for Mexico and the Caribbean, which represents the company’s third most important market. Sordo holds an MBA with a major in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Iberoamerican University, Mexico City. Beginning his career as a Summer Associate at McKinsey, Sordo subsequently gained experience in many sectors, building a special aptitude for online companies and startups. He was Co-Founder and CFO for online brands Clickonero and Bebitos. Previous to his current position heading up Uber’s Mexican and Caribbean operations, he was Regional Manager for Mexico’s Bajio region, where he led the most successful launch for Uber in Latin America.
Diego Solórzano is Founding Partner and General Director of Carrot, the first car-sharing company in Mexico. He was selected as Endeavor’s Global Entrepreneur in 2012, when the project began, making him the youngest entrepreneur to ever receive the award. Furthermore, he was elected as one of the ten best entrepreneurs in Mexico according to CNN Expansión. As a graduate in Actuarial Sciences from the Autonomous Technology Institute of Mexico (ITAM), Solórzano has gathered experience working for companies including Credit Suisse and LaSalle Investment Management, before he launched his own project, Carrot, the first venture of its kind in the country.
Adriana Lobo has been the Director General of CTS Embarq in Mexico, the program for sustainable cities in collaboration with the WRI since 2003. Lobo studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her Master’s in Business Administration at the Autonomous Technology Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Her 20 years’ experience planning and directing transport projects in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia have supported her achievements in CTS Embarq. These include multiplying the budget by 10 times and transforming a local transport program to a national company with active interest from other Latin American non-profit organizations. Lobo has accompanied large mobility projects in Mexico such as Metrobús, Optibús, and Macrobús, and supported the Federal Mass Transport Program, PROTRAM.
Jorge Suárez is responsible for Volvo’s division of Electromobility Business Development in Mexico and North America. Suárez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Externado University of Bogota, Colombia, a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, and is currently completing a further Master’s in Finance at the EGADE Business School, in Mexico. He joined Volvo Buses in 2007, first leading the firm’s Bus Rapid Transit business in Mexico, after which he spent a season in Sweden as part of Volvo Buses’ Global City Mobility Team, advising cities around the world on their transition to an electrified public transport system. Suárez primary interests lie in cities, maps, and electromobility.
Jorge Vallejo is Director of Exports, Institutional Relations, and International Affairs for Nissan Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Through this position, Vallejo also directs the Zero Emissions Business Unit for Mexico and Latin America. Thus, he was in charge of the launch of the 100% electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. Previous to these roles he held influential positions, leading the International Relations and Governmental Affairs department and Human Resources and Internal administration, as well as being Executive Secretary of Nissan’s Administrative Committee and Member of the Board of Directors, to name a few. Vallejo was instrumental in committees concerning the Renault-Nissan alliance, and also holds the position of Executive Advisor to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA).
Enrique Enrich is the Director General for Scania Commercial Operations in Mexico. Born in Uruguay and having grown up largely in Brazil, Enrich developed a knack for foreign languages and cultures in general. He graduated in Economics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and continued his studies as a postgraduate at the same institution. The Scania Group has been his international outfit for 18 years, through which he took on different responsibilities in Brazil, Sweden, Uruguay and Colombia. Enrich arrived in Mexico at the beginning of 2015, with the firm conviction to retain Scania’s leading position in the coach and bus segment. He has asserted his aim to make Scania Mexico’s division the most influential for the company’s global operations.
Claudia Gutiérrez Reyes has been promoting for years a sustainable way of mobility and the use of clean energies. She has more than 25 years of experience in the Mexican automotive industry, specialized in buses & trucks. She collaborated in key positions inside this industry and since 2008 she has been supporting a sustainable development in DINA.
Gutierrez has been promoting a variety of projects in different regions of our country. Always orientated to DINA´s philosophy which objective is to lead the route to the sustainable mobility by being conscious of the big challenge that this objective represents to the demographic grow, the need of better infrastructure conditions in big cities and also in the most isolated communities, both relying on a transportation system able to guarantee efficient connectivity, safety and a commitment to the environment.
Alejandro Morales is Co-founder of Econduce. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Monterrey Technological Institute of Higher Education (ITESM), before going on to study his specialization, which was a Master’s Degree in Environmental Systems Engineering at University College London. He also holds a certificate from Stanford University in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This led him to spend eight years working in project management internationally, primarily in projects centered on construction and sustainable infrastructure. He worked in companies including the Beck Group and Balfour Beatty Rail. Morales is a Certified Project Manager Associate (IPMA) and has been running Econduce since 2013.