Conference Speaker Overview

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Iván Acosta, MG Sustainable Engineering

Researcher

Ecuador

Specialist in energy efficiency and solar energy systems (photovoltaic, thermal and hybrid). He has worked in the design, development and execution of different energy generation projects in different parts of the world. He obtained a degree in mechatronics engineering at the University of the Armed Forces in Ecuador and a master's degree in science with a specialization in Energy Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He obtained his PhD at the same institution where he was part of research projects in conjunction with MIT, University of California, Imperial College London, Google, and others. He currently serves as Senior Project Manager at MG Sustainable Engineering in Sweden and is a research associate of the Energy and Climate Change Group at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has been a member of winning teams of different technological development projects in Ecuador, Mexico, USA, Europe, and the UK. He is a founding partner of the Solar Energy Research Network of Ecuador and General Director of the same. "

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Lilia Alonzo (Moderator), Albaa Legal Tech

Partner

Mexico

Director of Albaa Legal, a law firm focused on solving the legal needs of the electricity industry, as well as other highly regulated industries. She has extensive experience advising relevant players in the renewable energy, mining, oil and gas sectors in M&A and project finance transactions. She has worked as counsel in international law firms, co-founder and COO of a legal technology company and legal director of a public company. She is a graduate of Escuela Libre de Derecho, MBA from City University and participates in several organizations that support the development of women leaders in the energy sector such as Voz Experta, Mujeres en Energías Renovables and Women Energy Network.

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Valeria Amezcua (Moderator), Reverso Consultores

Consultant on circular economy and resource efficiency strategies

Mexico

Chemical Engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana and Master in Energy and Sustainability from the University of Southampton. Her professional career has been highlighted by her experience in the Mexican electricity regulator; in the last 8 years she has specialized in Distributed Energy Resources and the integration of variable renewable energies. She is currently a consultant on circular economy strategies and resource efficiency at Reverso Consultores, and teaches on energy and sustainability issues

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Rosanety Barrios, Temas Energéticos

Independent consultant

Mexico

licenciada en Finanzas por la Universidad Tecnológica de México, Maestra en Finanzas por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (mención honorífica) y Maestra en Regulación Económica de Industrias de Red por la Universidad de Barcelona. Asimismo, cuenta con formación como Consejera Independiente por parte del IPADE. Cuenta con el mayor reconocimiento como experta en energía en México. Su experiencia profesional abarca 15 años en el sector financiero mexicano y más de 20 en el energético, en el cual laboró como funcionaria pública de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía y de la Secretaría de Energía entre 2000 y 2018. Fue miembro del equipo a cargo del diseño e implementación de la Reforma Constitucional en Materia de Energía de 2013 y un actor clave en el desarrollo de los mercados de gas natural, gas LP y petrolíferos así como de las políticas de almacenamiento She holds a degree in Finance from the Technological University of Mexico, a Master in Finance from UNAM and a Master in Economic Regulation of Network Industries from the University of Barcelona. She is an advisor on energy policy and regulation, an international speaker on energy issues and Founding Advisor of the Voz Experta group, a high-profile women's collective whose objective is to make women visible in energy forums. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ANES, member of the International Women's Forum, among others. Petróleo y Energía magazine recognized her as one of the 100 leaders of the Energy Sector in Mexico for the years 2020 and 2021. This has made her one of the most recognized energy experts in Mexico. Her professional experience spans 15 years in the Mexican financial sector and more than 20 years in the energy sector, where she worked as a public official at the Energy Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Energy between 2000 and 2018.

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Rafael Cabanillas, Secretaría de Economía del Estado de Sonora

Energy General Director

Mexico

Chemical Engineer from the University of Sonora, Master of Science in Solar Energy and PhD in Engineering from the UNAM. University Research Professor (University of Sonora), he was Technical Manager of the Hermosillo Solar Platform. He develops energy projects in the area of: Evaluation of renewable energy sources, Solar Concentration and Heat Transfer. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering (AI) and of the SNI-CONAHCyT. He is currently the head of the Energy Directorate of the Ministry of Economy of the Government of the State of Sonora since October 2021. Responsible for the Social Programme of Distributed Solar Generation and the monitoring of the Sonora Sustainable Energy Plan.

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Alejandra Campos (Moderator), REDMEREE

Member of the Board

Mexico

She holds a degree in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Red Mujeres en Energía Renovable y Eficiencia Energética (REDMEREE). In the network, through strategic alliances with various partners in the sector, she has designed initiatives to promote the professional careers of women in energy and opening spaces to encourage their participation in the sector. She has worked as a consultant in international development cooperation, in renewable energy, sustainable housing and sustainable finance projects, with a focus on gender, inclusion and empowerment of women. She has collaborated in different triangular cooperation projects with various Latin American countries.

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Ángel Cancino, S&P Global

Solar Research Analyst

Mexico

Research Analyst at S&P Global, part of the Clean Energy Technology team. He has experience in energy resource assessment and solar photovoltaic project analysis. His current research focuses on the solar photovoltaic market in Latin America including the identification of projects, regulatory framework, and drivers of renewable growth in the region. He holds a bachelor's degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Science and Arts of Chiapas and a Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, from the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom.

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Gabrielle Carbonell (Moderator), Roland Berger

Senior Consultant

Mexico

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in the U.S. With more than 15 consulting projects supporting clients in the development of strategies, business models and tools for climate change mitigation, decarbonization and energy transition. She conducts economic and environmental feasibility analyses of investments in electric mobility alternatives for exclusive bus lanes for public transport in Mexico. She is a consultant for the elaboration of low-emission development strategies and tools for the small and medium enterprise sector in Mexico, as well as in municipalities in the southeast of Mexico for the identification and design of decarbonization projects to improve the sustainability of transport, waste management and water services. It also consults on the design of a National Appropriate Mitigation Action proposal in Paraguay for strategic joint investments in energy efficiency by utilities and end-users; in the El Salvador market, which can catalyze investments in sustainable, efficient and low-carbon water supply through technical and financial solutions; and in an electricity utility in Mexico on the design and development of a business model for diversification towards renewable distributed generation with a social vision

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Karla Cedano (Moderator), Instituto de Energías Renovables - UNAM

Head of the Innovation and Futures Lab

Mexico

PhD in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Multidisciplinary academic leader in the fields of Energy and Social Sciences, and Innovation and Sustainability with a Gender Perspective, member of the Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities of the State of Morelos, of the Editorial Committee of the Energy Efficiency Magazine of the FIDE, of the Innovation Review Commission of CeMIE-Sol, of the International Women's Forum, mentor of the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition and former president of ANES. Currently, National Researcher Level I of the SNI, Head of the Innovation and Futures Laboratory of the Institute of Renewable Energies of the UNAM and Advisor to Voz Experta.

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David Contreras, CIMEJ

President

Mexico

Engineer in renewable energy by the Technological University of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (UTZMG) with more than 9 years of experience in the solar thermal sector and energy efficiency. Passionate and lover of solar thermal energy applied in all sectors, as well as the linking and professionalization of the sector. In 2019 he was appointed Mexico Ambassador of the international Heat Changers movement and is co-host of the HeatChangers Podcast in Spanish, where he promotes knowledge and energy transition through the application of solar thermal technology. He is currently President of the XXVII Board of Directors of the Colegio de Ingenieros Mecánicos y Electricistas del Estado de Jalisco and Founder of Corporativo Distrito Energía, his venture.

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Claudia Cruz, IBI Instalaciones Bioclimáticas

Mexico

Architect by UNAM in 1995 and Master in Solar Architecture by UABC in 1999. She has worked as a freelance architect since 1998. She was Solar Thermal Installation Supervisor at Modulo Solar 2018-2019, Coordinator of Academic Planning CENCER 2016-2018. She has taught since 1991 at UABC, Universidad Politécnica de Baja California, UVM, CETYS, Universidad Mexicali, Universidad Autónoma de Durango in undergraduate and graduate courses. She was President of ANES, Baja California during the years 2010-2012. Representative of the Honor and Justice Committee of the Association of Mexican Women Heads of Business, Metropolitan Area of the State of Mexico (AMMJE- ZMEM) 2023. She is certified by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Clean Energy: Technologies to achieve Emission Reduction goals. International Digital Diploma in Energy Efficient Building and Adaptive Comfort by the UNAM - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Certified AHK by the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce: Energy Manager 2021. In the Competence Standards in the area of training EC0076 and EC0217 and in Renewable Energy Competence Standards: EC0325, EC0473, EC0586.01, EC0431, EC1180 and EC1181 to date. She is founder of the company: Instalaciones Bioclimáticas SAS de CV and co-founder of the Spanish Classical Dance Group: Tierra del Alma. She is a member of La Asociación de Mujeres Mexicanas Jefas de Empresa, Zona Metropolitana del Estado de México. The Special Committee for the Baja California Energy Commission, since 2011. The National Solar Energy Association, since 1998.

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Aldo Díaz, CPEF

President

Mexico

National President of the Consejo de Profesionales en Energía Fotovoltaica (CPEF), has worked in the PV industry for more than 10 years. In 2021, and 2022 he was recognised in the list of the 100 most influential energy leaders in Mexico. In 2019 he was recognised as "Person of the Year" in the entire renewable energy sector in the country. He is the head of the State Council for Climate Change in Jalisco. He holds a master's degree in energy from the Savoie Mont Blanc University. A postgraduate degree in digital communication and a bachelor's degree in Administration with a specialization in Marketing from ITESO.

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Bärbel Epp, Solrico

CEO

Deutschland

Founder and Managing Director of the German market research agency solrico. She is responsible for the international newsletter of the web portal www.solarthermalworld.org, reporting exclusively about solar heat market and technology trends globally. She also created the first online World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) see www.solar-payback.com/suppliers and carries out annual surveys among the around 70 companies listed on the world map. She has been author of the SHC chapter of the annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21 between 2016 and 2022. Solrico's focus in terms of market research is on solar district heating and solar process heating.

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Daniel García, Módulo Solar

CEO

Mexico

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer graduated from the UNAM. Specialized in renewable energies and senior business management. CEO of Modulo Solar SA de CV. The largest manufacturer of solar heaters in North America. President of FAMERAC (Fabricantes Mexicanos en Energías Renovables AC). Association that brings together the main Mexican manufacturers of renewable energy technologies. Founding member and vice-president of the technical committee for the national solar energy standardization NESO-13. Secretary of organization and secretary of industrial affairs in the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES) in various periods between 2009 and the present. Expert consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Cooperation (GIZ) for various renewable energy projects in Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Cuba. Expert in design, management, installation, commissioning and development of solar energy solutions with more than 20 years of experience. He has been in charge of projects in 10 countries in renowned companies such as: Grupo BIMBO, NESTLE, PEPSICO, BBVA, COCA COLA, ABC Hospitals, Palace Hotels, Holliday Inn chain, Glaxo Smithkline, among others.

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Fernanda García, Secretary of Economic Development of the CDMX

Head of Renewable Energy Support Departmental Unit

México

Energy Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana with a specialization in renewable energies. In 2015 she worked at the National Solar Energy Association and in 2016 she worked at the Federal Electricity Commission in the Clean Energy Department. She also worked as an Energy Engineer in the private sector, in activities related to the Wholesale Electricity Market. Since 2019 she is part of the team that operates the Solar City Strategy of SEDECO. As part of her activities, the following stand out: Operation of the "Solar Energy for MSMEs" Programme in the category of Solar Water Heating Systems in technical surveys, attention to beneficiaries and liaison with suppliers. Preparation of Operating Guidelines for the "Solar Energy for MSMEs" Programme, establishing quality criteria for the incorporation of qualified suppliers. Guidance to organizations (INVI, Commission for Reconstruction) and private companies regarding the interpretation and application of the Environmental Standard NADF-008-AMBT-2017 on Solar Water Heating. Support in environmental procedures (Environmental Impact Assessment) for the project "Photovoltaic Power Plant in the Central de Abastos"

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Daniel García, FAMERAC

President

Mexico

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer graduated from the UNAM. Specialized in renewable energies and senior business management. CEO of Modulo Solar SA de CV. The largest manufacturer of solar heaters in North America. President of FAMERAC (Fabricantes Mexicanos en Energías Renovables AC). Association that brings together the main Mexican manufacturers of renewable energy technologies. Founding member and vice-president of the technical committee for the national solar energy standardization NESO-13. Secretary of organization and secretary of industrial affairs in the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES) in various periods between 2009 and the present. Expert consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Cooperation (GIZ) for various renewable energy projects in Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Cuba. Expert in design, management, installation, commissioning and development of solar energy solutions with more than 20 years of experience. He has been in charge of projects in 10 countries in renowned companies such as: Grupo BIMBO, NESTLE, PEPSICO, BBVA, COCA COLA, ABC Hospitals, Palace Hotels, Holliday Inn chain, Glaxo Smithkline, among others.

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Rafael García, ANES

President

Mexico

Chemical Engineer with a PhD in Materials Physics Science, he has made two academic stays abroad; 1 year at the University of California in San Diego (1999) and 6 years at Arizona State University in Tempe (2002-2008). From September 2008 to the present, he is Full Professor of Statistical Physics and Solar Cell Physics in the Department of Physics Research at the University of Sonora and in the period 2017 - 2021 he served as President of the Academy of Radiation Physics. He has extensive experience in the development of nanostructured opto-electronic materials and overseeing the Hermosillo Solar Platform, his research is focused on Clean Energy Generation and Sustainable Development. In his scientific production, he has a total of 106 scientific publications and 2 patents registered in the United States and 11 patents in process in Mexico, he has also directed 7 high technology projects supported by CONACyT, he has participated in the organization of 12 academic congresses and as a lecturer in 108 academic events. He has imparted 35 different formal matters in front of group and has supervised 31 theses, 9 of which are PhD, 13 Master's and 9 Bachelor's theses. He belongs to the National System of Researchers with level 2, to the CONACYT Register of Accredited Evaluators and is a member of the Technical Administrative Council of the CONACYT Solar Energy Network. The technical-scientific profile that characterizes him has led him to be distinguished with the honorary position of President of the National Solar Energy Association in the XXII Board of Directors for the period 2022-2024. He actively participates in the dissemination of science and technology with the aim of keeping the community informed about the advances in research on Renewable Energies and new energy materials.

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Manuel Gomez, AMIF

Executive Director

Mexico

Graduated in Industrial Engineering at ITESO, in Guadalajara; he was in charge of Public Lighting in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco, where he initiated an energy saving programme. He was Project Manager for the company Menchaca y Asociados, winner of the National Energy Saving Award for the Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit lighting project. He developed diagnoses and energy efficiency projects in lighting for more than 30 municipalities in Nuevo León, Querétaro, Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Jalisco. He managed the administrative area of an electrical infrastructure construction company and was an independent consultant in energy efficiency and clean generation. Since 2019 he is Executive Director of the Mexican Photovoltaic Industry Association.

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Manuel Gomez (Moderator), AMIF

Chief Executive Officer

Mexico

Graduated in Industrial Engineering at ITESO, in Guadalajara; he was in charge of Public Lighting in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco, where he initiated an energy saving programme. He was Project Manager for the company Menchaca y Asociados, winner of the National Energy Saving Award for the Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit lighting project. He developed diagnoses and energy efficiency projects in lighting for more than 30 municipalities in Nuevo León, Querétaro, Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Jalisco. He managed the administrative area of an electrical infrastructure construction company and was an independent consultant in energy efficiency and clean generation. Since 2019 he is Executive Director of the Mexican Photovoltaic Industry Association.

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Claudia González, Green Kiin Consultores Sustentables

CEO and Founder

México

Engineer in sustainable energy systems from the Faculty of Engineering of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Technical specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). President of the Energy Commission of Coparmex Estado de México. Advisor to the Women's Commission of Coparmex Estado de México. Founder of the Mexiquense Energy Association. Municipal Youth Award 2022. Mentor of the Heineken Green Challenge 2022. Founder and CEO of Green Kiin Consultores Sustentables and Founder of Reci-klg Energía Circular. Speaker and entrepreneur.

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Salvador González, Centro Nacional de Capacitación en Energías Renovables, CENCER

General Coordinator

Mexico

Industrial Engineer graduated from the UNAM, Expert in Renewable Energies with specializations in Thermosolar Energy and Interconnected Photovoltaic Systems, from the National Committee of Experts in Renewable Energies of the Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, A.C. Senior trainer and trainer of trainers of the pilot programme of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP - CONUEE in solar heating systems. Trainer and evaluator of competence standards. Member of the technical group of experts for the development of standards of the SENER's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Competence Management Committee. Director of INERCON, a company specializing in the integration, marketing and installation of water and energy saving systems. Experience in residential solar heating installations, collaborator in solar installations in institutional swimming pools such as the IPN- Zacatenco Olympic swimming pool; the UNAM Olympic swimming pool, Olympic swimming pool in the Tláhuac Forest. Collaborator in the design and installation of institutional solar systems such as Tec de Monterrey Campus Mexico City, Loreal, Gamesa Quaker, Gatorade among many others. Designer and installer of the industrial solar heating system for the San Luis Potosi Mint. He was Commercial Director and Operational Manager of XnetSolaris, a company that sells eco-technologies. Teacher at UVM Campus Coyoacán in the physical-mathematical area. Coordinator of the logistics and purchasing area of Ferrocarriles Suburbanos. Quality Supervisor at CAF for the manufacture of trains for line 2 of the STC Metro. Operational Manager of Autoexcel. Company dedicated to integral automotive maintenance and Adjunct Professor of Industrial Engineering and Productivity at the Faculty of Engineering of the UNAM.

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Nidia Grajales, Energence

Chief Intelligence Officer (Moderator)

Mexico

Master in Economics with a specialization in Markets and Organizations from the Toulouse School of Economics, France. She has more than 10 years of experience in the electricity sector and since 2012 she has had the opportunity to collaborate in international environments with different actors such as regulators, monitoring units, operators and participants, which gives her a broad vision of the activities and business of the electricity market. In the electricity industry in Mexico she has collaborated in different evaluations of Distributed Generation projects using solar technology with both the CFE and End Users. She is currently Director of Business Intelligence at Enegence.

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Dulce Guevara, ANES

Member for Inclusion and Gender

Mexico

She studied International Relations at ITAM, and has two Master's degrees: one in Law from UNAM and another in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is currently a consultant at Iniciativa Climática Mexicana (ICM) on issues of just energy transition with a gender perspective. She collaborated in CeMIESol, Mexican Centre for Innovation in Solar Energy. She is also Secretary of Inclusion and Gender of ANES. Previously, she was in charge of Gender and Electricity in the Gender Unit of the CFE. She has worked in institutions such as the Senate of the Republic, the Belisario Dominguez Institute and INAI.

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Gerardo Hernández, SunPower from Maxeon Solar Technologies

Sales & Technical Trainer

Mexico

Responsible for SunPower's technical and sales training for Latin America and the Caribbean. With more than 6 years of experience in gas generation (hydrogen and nitrogen) for Latin America. Graduated in Mechatronics Engineering from UNAM with a research stay at the University of California at Riveside, with participation in MEMs and mechatronic design projects.

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Michelle Lingham, The Solar Power Cafe (Pty) Ltd

Founder

South Africa

Running an electrical engineering company specialising in the design and installation of roof top PV solar and battery backup solutions up to 1 MW in South Africa. When technical concepts are easy to understand, it ensures clients make informed decisions on their projects and their journey to a renewable energy solution. Working with reliable OEM's means we can offer world class after sales support. One of my goals is to train at least 100 people with strong technical installation skills, as we experience a shortage of skilled workers in the PV Solar industry globally.

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Andreas Müller, CAMEXA (AHK)

Deputy Director

Mexico

Graduated in languages, economics and cultural studies with a specialization in economics and Spanish-American culture at the Universities of Passau, Germany and Concepción, Chile. He has lived in Mexico since 2003 and worked as Advisor to the Commercial Counsellor of the Austrian Embassy before joining the team of the Economics and Trade Department of the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico in 2006. There he was Trade Cooperation Attaché following up the free trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union and several economic cooperation projects (PROTLCUEM, trade facilitation project with the Ministry of Economy, PROCEI, strengthening of Mexican SMEs to export to the European Union). Since 2011 he is Deputy Director of the Mexican-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CAMEXA, the second largest bilateral chamber in Mexico, whose mission is to strengthen bilateral economic relations between Mexico and Germany. From 2013 to 2018 he participated as an advisor to the Mexican organized private initiative in the technical committee for the implementation of the Mexican Dual Training Model endorsed by the Mexican Ministry of Education. From 2017 to 2019 he served as Advisor to the Specialized Commission on Dual Vocational Training of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) for the field of certification. Since 2017 he has been Chairman of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Competence Management Committee, and since 2013 Vice-Chairman of the CAMEXA Competence Management Committee of CONOCER. Since 2021 he serves as strategic advisor to the Alliance for Dual Education of the German Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) that supports the CCE, COPARMEX and CONOCER in the scaling up of dual business training. Since 2022 he is Vice-Chairman of the Mexico 4.0 Commission of CONCAMIN for the topics of standardization, cybersecurity, sustainability and dual education.

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Christian Navntoft, Solarmate SA

CEO

Agentina

Her has a PhD in science and technology. Has a vast experience in developing solar thermal projects in Argentina and Panama. He worked as a solar thermal consultant for the PTB, Fundación Bariloche, CEERD, UNEP, UNDP and was advisor to the Undersecretary of Renewable Energies of Argentina in the solar thermal area. He has been secretary of the solar thermal committee of IRAM, Argentina and technical expert of the Argentine Accreditation Body. He is currently CEO of Solarmate SA, a company dedicated to the design of portable solar thermal products, international consulting, services related to solar thermal energy in industries and training and education in renewable energies

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Marisol Oropeza, Heat Changers

Founder

Germany

Business and marketing strategist specialized in the solar thermal market at matters.mx, based in Berlin. She holds a Degree in Business Administration from the UNAM and a Master in European Studies from the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. She completed an exchange semester at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, studied International Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the Technische Universtität Kaiserslautern, and is a graduate of the altMBA programme on leadership and business management of the American Seth Godin. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Mexico and Germany and has 15 years of experience in the solar thermal sector. She has advised major European companies and organizations and lead international projects such as the Heat Changers and the Solar Heating Initiative. She is Secretary for International Affairs of the ANES and works for Intersolar Mexico since 2019.

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Marisol Oropeza (Moderator), Heat Changers

Founder

Germany

Business and marketing strategist specialized in the solar thermal market at matters.mx, based in Berlin. She holds a Degree in Business Administration from the UNAM and a Master in European Studies from the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. She completed an exchange semester at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, studied International Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the Technische Universtität Kaiserslautern, and is a graduate of the altMBA programme on leadership and business management of the American Seth Godin. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Mexico and Germany and has 15 years of experience in the solar thermal sector. She has advised major European companies and organizations and lead international projects such as the Heat Changers and the Solar Heating Initiative. She is Secretary for International Affairs of the ANES and works for Intersolar Mexico since 2019.

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Naghelli Ortega, CIMAV

Researcher

Mexico

Master in Solar Energy and PhD in Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is currently a Researcher for Mexico - CONAHCYT, attached to the Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Durango. She has more than 15 years of experience in the analysis of solar thermal technologies with application of solar heat for low and medium temperature at domestic, commercial and industrial level, as well as in solar cooling applications. She is Chair of the National Technical Standardization Committee for Solar Energy NESO-13 and participates in Task 64 "Solar Process Heat" and Task 66 "Solar Energy Buildings" of the Solar Heating & Cooling Programme - International Energy Agency.

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Jonathan Pinzón, Invenergy

Senior Vice President, International Regulatory and Goverment Affairs

Mexico

He leads Invenergy's international government relations, public policy and electricity market regulation team since 2022 in support of the company's international, non-U.S. portfolio of projects under development, construction and operation, as well as its third-party installation, management and maintenance services business on four continents. He is based in Invenergy's Mexico City office and manages a team in three countries. Since joining Invenergy in 2018, he has contributed to the development, procurement, financing, construction and commercial operations of more than 1,200 MW of fully commissioned thermal, wind, solar and battery energy storage assets, as well as associated infrastructure, including transmission and a floating storage regasification unit. He has more than 16 years of experience in the energy and clean technology industries.

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Pascual Polo, ASIT

Managing Director

Spain

He is a lawyer, he has been working in the field of RES-E since 1999, especially in the field of solar energy. He is currently the Managing Director of ASIT, the Solar Thermal Industry Association, where he has been working since its foundation in 2004. He is also the Coordinator of SOLPLAT, the Spanish Low Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Technology Platform, since its creation in 2016. Previously, he was the Secretary General of HELIOS, the Andalusian Association of Solar Energy Manufacturers and Installers, from 1999 to 2004. The main aspects to highlight in his professional career are the dissemination of Solar Thermal Energy, solar thermal training, management of Dissemination and R&D Projects, and the representation of the ST sector in national and international forums.

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David Rangel, Ecotrends

CEO

Mexico

Founding partner of Ecotrends, a company specializing in the design and development of energy storage systems with various technologies, as well as the development of photovoltaic plants. Professor and panelist at CPEF, on energy storage issues. Instructor at Solar Energy International. Development of business manuals for CONAFOR, related to the management of UMAS, as projects with financial viability. Currently attending the Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program at Stanford Center for Professional Development. Speaker at SPI Mexico 2021 and 2022, on energy storage and Lithium and energy storage value chain. Speaker at the 1st Energy Forum organised by KAS and the Government of Yucatan in June 2023, giving a presentation on Enabling Technologies and the role of energy storage. Commercial Director at GIG and T&A, real estate developers Holcim Apasco, various positions for 5 years. Graduated from IPADE, Master in Business program MEDEX 2001-2003. B.S. in Industrial Engineering in Production, 1992-1994, UVM. Certified by Outback Power in Energy Storage for Solar Professionals, 2019. Certified by ABB (FIMER) PVP SRV Service Training 3 Phase Inverters Up to 175Kw, Expert Level 2019. Certified by ABB (FIMER) PVP SRV Service Training Single Phase Inverter - Expert Level, 2019. Certified by ABB (FIMER) PVP SRV Service Training SRV Service Training React, RTeact2 Expert Level 2019.

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Jorge Rey, CIBanco

Director de Sustentabilidad

Mexico

Director of Sustainability at CIBanco since 2014. He has also successfully promoted the development and positioning of green products such as CIAuto Verde and CIPanel Solar. His career in the sustainability industry began more than 14 years ago at FIDE (Fideicomiso de Ahorro de Energía Eléctrica) as Legal Director. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Latinoamericana de México and a Master's Degree in Amparo from the same University. He has completed several postgraduate studies, including the Sustainable Finance course at ITAM

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Francisco Reyes, Canadian Solar

Global Product Manager and Sales Enablement

US

Electrical engineer graduated from Texas A&M - Kingsville with two master's degrees from Duke University, the first an MBA, and the second an MS in Business Analytics. A veteran of the PV and battery industry since 2015 and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2009. Currently, he is the Global Product Manager and Sales Enablement for Canadian Solar. In addition to enabling worldwide sales and producing innovative products, his responsibilities at Canadian Solar include sourcing and recruiting diversified global talent to meet the needs of the company. He enjoys helping to develop tomorrow's leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Ana Rincón, ANES

Treasurer

Mexico

PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources from the UAEMéx, specialist in Gender, Violence and Public Policy from the same university and Master in Marketing Management from the UdeG. She completed a postdoctoral stay at UC Berkeley. She is a level 1 member of the National System of Researchers. She was director of Red Acción Ambiente A.C., has been a consultant for the German Development Cooperation, and worked at the General Directorate of Energy Development and Sustainability of Mexico City. She is currently a researcher at the Institute of Social Research of the UNAM, professor at the Faculty of Engineering-UAEMéx, treasurer of the National Association of Solar Energy and member of Voz Experta.

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Tatiana Romero, Instituto Nacional de Energías Limpias, INEEL

Researcher

Mexico

She has more than 20 years of experience in research and development of hydrogen technologies. She obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada in Fuel Cells, graduated with honours from the Master in Energy at the Institute of Renewable Energies of the UNAM and obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. She joined the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL) in 2000, as a researcher at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Laboratory. Her research interests include electrocatalysis, incorporation of nanomaterials, development of methodologies for transport phenomena, as well as the technological development of exchange membrane fuel cells. He has developed models to study applications of hydrogen as an energy vector in energy generation and storage. She has led projects in international consortia; she has been a visiting researcher at the National Renewable Laboratory in Colorado and at the Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Canada. She is a member of the National System of Researchers since 2009, co-author of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and registered patents. She is currently responsible for the Project: Development of Low Cost Energy Storage Technologies, supported by CONAHCYT. The project aims to develop and scale-up prototypes of low-cost energy storage batteries.

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Gilberto Sánchez, ANES

PV Standardization Secretary

Mexico

Regulatory advisor in the electricity sector in Mexico with extensive experience in distributed generation. In 2016, he participated in the working groups for the approval of the general administrative provisions for the interconnection of power plants smaller than 0.5 MWp of the Special Energy Transition Programme (PETE) of SENER. He has contributed to various workshops and discussion panels related to regulation, such as those that analyzed the Electricity Industry Law in 2021 and CALIDENA, the programme to assess and improve the value chain in the photovoltaic sector led by the German National Metrology Institute (PTB), among others. It has collaborated with different manufacturers to comply with the technical requirements requested in RES/142/2017. He also has several certifications, including that of strategic and commercial partner in Mexico for the SOLAREDGE brand. His company has installed more than 6 GWp in distributed generation. He runs the online workshop portal Hablando de Energía (https://aula.hablandodeenergia.com) which promotes knowledge of the Electricity Industry Law and its regulation. He is part of the XXII Board of Directors (2022-2024) in the National Solar Energy Association, currently as head of the Secretariat for Photovoltaic Regulation.

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Eduardo D. Sánchez, Agencia Estatal de Energías Renovables, Gobierno del Estado de Nuevo León

Director General

Mexico

Economist from the University of Monterrey and Master in Business Administration with specialization in Energy Management from the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has more than 12 years of experience in the public and private sector mainly in the areas of energy management, renewable energy, project development and management, public policy, international business, investment attraction, business modelling, and public-private partnerships. He currently serves as Director General of the Energy Agency of Nuevo Leon, attached to the Ministry of Economy of the State, where he has worked as coordinator of foreign investment, market intelligence, strategic projects and Director of Energy and Mining Development. He has participated as a speaker and panelist in Mexico and abroad on topics such as foreign investment, energy efficiency, distributed generation, green hydrogen, infrastructure for energy transition, business sustainability, investment and nearshoring.

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Rodrigo Sauaia, Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association, ABSOLAR

CEO

Brazil

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association (ABSOLAR - Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica), the national association representing companies and professionals from all segments of the solar PV value chain with operations in Brazil. Co-founder and member of the board of directors at the Global Solar Council (GSC), the global entity unifying and representing the solar power sector at the international level. He has a Ph.D. with honours in Engineering and Materials Technology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), with international collaboration at the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany), M.Sc. with honours in Renewable Energy from the EUREC Master Program, with international collaboration at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and B.Sc. with honours in Chemistry from the University of São Paulo.

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Alexandra Sutu, Solar Heat Europe

Communications and Events Manager

Belgium

She has an academic and professional background in communication, and a deep commitment to sustainability, which has led her to join Solar Heat Europe. She joined Solar Heat Europe in 2020 and in her current role as Communications and Events Manager, she is responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communication strategies meant to amplify the solar heat sector's influence in Europe. During her studies, she was part of the global NGO, advocating for youth development and leadership, having different roles at the local and national levels. After finishing her studies, she moved from Romania to Brussels, Belgium, to pursue a career in communication, working at first in Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Sofía Tamayo (Moderator), Kino Energía

Head of Institutional Relations & Regulatory Affairs

Mexico

She holds a Master in Economic Law and a Law Degree from the Universidad Panamericana and is currently the Director of Institutional and Regulatory Relations at Kino Energía, the largest renewable assets platform - solar and wind - in Mexico with an installed capacity of 1.8 GW. She has extensive experience in the Mexican energy sector having worked in both the public and private sectors. She has worked in several law firms, in the Legal Affairs Unit of the Energy Regulatory Commission, with the founding team of the consultancy Enix, S.C., was responsible for Regulatory Affairs at AES Mexico/EnerAB and prior to her current position, she was Director of Corporate Affairs, Regulation and Social Responsibility at Zuma Energía. She is actively involved in the Mexican Electricity Sector Associations - she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Solar Energy Association (ASOLMEX) and of the Mexican Hydrogen Association (AMH), and was Head Coordinator of the Regulatory Strategy Group of the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE). In the academic field, she has been an adjunct professor of Comparative Law at the Law School of the Universidad Panamericana and guest professor of Energy Transition in the Energy Law Specialization at the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a partner of Mujeres en Energías Renovables.

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Viridiana Vázquez (Moderator), VA Energía Sustentable

Project Manager

Mexico

She holds a degree in International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma, Chihuahua, a postgraduate degree in Administration, focused on Business Development and a diploma in Energy Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho. Certified as a Business Leadership Coach by the Academia Interamericana de Coaching (AIAC) and CIMA International. She is a founding partner of the company VA Energía Sustentable. Former General Manager of the Mexican Association of Solar Photovoltaic Energy (ASOLMEX). She represented as General Director of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA) in the Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua delegation. She was a collaborator of the Youth-Work model of the International Youth Foundation. Active member of the civil associations Mujeres en Energía México (MERM) and Mujeres en Energía Latinoamérica (MERL), which seeks to strengthen gender equity in the energy sector. Member of the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of the state of Chihuahua. Certified as a Supervisor of Photovoltaic Systems in residential, industrial, and commercial applications. Developed the social project led by ASOLMEX, called "Ilumínate, Sol para todos" with the firm purpose of socializing solar photovoltaic energy; bringing renewable energies to areas that are outside the national electricity grid. She was a member representing the private sector before the Technical and Administration Committee of the CONACYT Mixed Fund. Participated as a member of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality in the Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua / El Paso, Texas / Doña Ana County, New Mexico. Creator of the IDÉATE project, developing the "Mujeres Transformando" programme. She was part of the creation of the project "Centro Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo de Energías Alternativas (CRIDEA) through the Colegio de Chihuahua.

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Leonardo Velasco, Inspecta PV

Managing Director

Mexico

Electrical Mechanical Engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and Master's Degree in Business Management from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE). Managing Director of Inspecta PV, an engineering firm specialized in consulting and inspections of photovoltaic installations based on international IEC standards. His areas of expertise are power quality, design of experiments and quality in photovoltaic installations. Member of the renewable energy technical group of the ANCE Standardization Committee. President of the Mexican Photovoltaic Industry Association 2020-2021. Certified lead auditor in ISO 9001 in quality management systems, 14001 in environmental management systems and 45001 in occupational health and safety. Author of multiple publications on sustainability and renewable energies. Level 2 expert in infrared thermography.

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Aideé Zamora, Grupo Amerali

CEO

Mexico

Founder and Director of AMERALI Group. In her 29 years, she has led the design and implementation of high-impact sustainable strategies for saving electricity and gas in companies and homes. She has trained distributors and integrators in sales in LATAM. In 2022 she was named as one of the 100 leaders in the energy sector by Petróleo & Energía magazine. She is vice-president of the Women in Energy Network (REDMEREE) and a member of Women Leaders of the Americas. Her purpose is to bring safe and affordable energy to all people.

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Ángel Zayas, AZ Engineering

Founder

Puerto Rico

A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (PR), Mayagüez (1992), he holds a Master's degree in Engineering Management from the Polytechnic University of PR (1996). He founded AZ Engineering (www.azeng.net) in 2000, offering consulting and design services in residential, commercial and industrial electrical engineering. He is NABCEP certified, and leads the solar industry in PR with more than 425 renewable energy projects. He currently teaches courses in design and installation of photovoltaic systems in PR, the Caribbean and Latin American countries. He has a live show on Tuesdays at 6:30pm (EST) at https://youtube.com/@DrPowerPR and is growing an Energy Community at https://www.drpower.io/

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