Speakers

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Francisco Javier López Díaz

State Secretary, Energy Ministry

State Secretary López is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, LL.M. and certificated in Business Administration of the Northwestern University School of Law.

During President Sebastián Piñera’s first term (2010-2014), Mr. López served as legal advisor to the Undersecretary of Public Health, and as Chief of Staff for the Budget Office of the Ministry of Finance.

In the current administration of President Piñera he was Chief of Cabinet and Coordinator of Health Policies at the Ministry of Public Works. Before taking up his position at the Ministry of Energy, he was the regulatory and legislative coordinator at the Ministry of Economy.

 
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Edith Bayer

Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he oversees the IEA's work on energy efficiency in Latin America.

 

She has more than 10 years of experience working in the fields of energy efficiency, demand-side management, energy sector reform, and climate policy.

 

Edith has worked with governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to develop solutions to advance energy transition policy. He has worked in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Edith holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from New York University School of Law and a BA in Russian and Spanish from Tulane University.

 
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Ursula Borak

Deputy General Director at BMWi

Ms. Ursula Borak serves as Deputy Director-General in the energy department in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) since 2008.

 

Her responsibilities include international cooperation, nuclear, coal, oil and budget coordination. Since joining BMWi in 1987, she held several posts at the Ministry, including several ones abroad, and previoulsly worked as an academic assistant at the Energy Economics Institute (EWI), Cologne University.

 
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Gabriel Prudencio Flaño

Head of the Sustainable Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy.

Since 2018 has been the Head of the Sustainable Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy.

 

He is a Civil Engineer from the Catholic University and a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University. Between 2014 and 2017 he was operations manager of Valhalla, a company that develops hydraulic pumping plants and photovoltaic plants in the north of Chile.

 

During 2012 and 2013 he worked in New York at UGE participating in the development of wind and solar energy projects at the distributed generation scale. Previously, he was part of the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism as a member of the Reconstruction Committee for the 2010 earthquake, and he was also at the Techo foundation in general management positions.

 
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Junxia Su

Political Scientist and Economist

Political Scientist and Economist from Tsinghua University. Master of Science, Integrated Management of Natural Resources (Climate Change, Environment and Resource Economics, Environment and Energy Management), GIS at Humboldt University Berlin

 

- Currently works in Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH Dena as Expert energy efficiency and energy services on energy efficiency in industry, Dialogue Energy Efficiency, Energy Transition in China, Eco-Cities in China

 

- Worked at Chinese Technology Administrative Centre for China's Agenda 21 (Ministry of Science and Technology) on international cooperation projects on climate and energy

 

- Worked at NRDC Beijing Office conducting analysis on DSM/energy efficiency related policies and implementation; and supporting trainings on DSM/Efficiency Power Plant implementation, energy savings evaluation, measurement and verification, energy audits; facilitate knowledge and experience transfer between US/Europe and China.

 
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Marco Hüls

Master in Energy Management

Marco Hüls is a Master in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne and a Master in Energy Management from the University of Koblenz-Landau, in Germany. Since 2019, he has served as Coordinator of the Energy Alliance between Mexico and Germany, a project commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany (BMWi) to the GIZ in Mexico.

With more than 15 years of experience in issues related to International Cooperation, energy and sustainable development, Mr. Hüls has participated in the implementation of various projects in Africa, Europe and America.

 

His collaboration with the global project "Energizing Development" and his role as an advisor to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on sustainable energy stand out.

 
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Aniela Marval

Director of Strategy Siemens Energy Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

Head Regional Operations for Generation Sales at Siemens Energy Latin America.

Is currently responsible for Corporate Strategy for Siemens Energy in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as Regional Operations Leader for Generation Sales for Siemens Energy in Latin America.

Her career spans more than 20 years of professional experience holding various positions in the areas of communication, marketing, corporate strategy and sales operations. He leads a high-performance team that analyzes the market environment to plan and develop energy businesses in Latin America.
 

During his experience, he has lived in different countries in America and Europe, adapting to various cultural environments. He has coordinated cross-regional projects, fostering collaboration, identifying talent and developing potential during their implementation. It has been part of the Siemens family and now Siemens Energy since 2008.

 
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Eduardo Soto Sepúlveda

CEO Phineal

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineer and European Master in Renewable Energy

CEO and founder since 2013 of Phineal, a company that develops technological products and services so that people have a better quality of life through solar energy. Phineal has a technological platform based on three fundamental areas:

 

- Solar Robotics®, power electronics for renewable energies and electric mobility. http://www.solarrobotics.com

 

- phiNet®, the platform for real-time measurement of solar radiation and other meteorological variables. http://www.phinet.cl

 

- CENTRAL®, a company dedicated to the development of photovoltaic installations for distributed generation. http://www.energiacentral.cl

 

Founding partner of the Carrera Solar Atacama of the NGO La Ruta Solar, the first solar car race in Latin America. Friend of renewable energies and anyone who wants to make the world truly sustainable.

Specialties

- Development of blockchain platform for energy traceability

- Prospecting of solar resource under BSRN WMO protocols

- Installation and configuration of measurement stations

- Technical inspection of photovoltaic plants, commissioning audit IEC62446

- Engineering design, dynamic simulation of photovoltaic plants

- Basic and detail engineering of photovoltaic plants

- Class A authorized electrician installer, SEC No. 40142

 
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Rainer Schröer

Energy program director at GIZ in Chile

Engineer in Technical Physics, since 2014 assigned to Chile as director of several energy projects for the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) with focus on promotion of renewable energies, coal phase-out, green hydrogen, energy efficiency in the mining sector and water/energy nexus.

 

From 2010 to 2014 in charge of the creation and coordination of a regional energy program for the GIZ in Central America.

 

From 1994 to 2010 running his own company, engaging in energy and water related projects in Brazil focusing on business and investment consulting for German companies, due diligence for investment institutions, creation and coordination of a service company working in the field of deep water well rehabilitation and optimized pump systems operation, mainly for the Brazilian mining industry.

 

International professional experience since 1982 in energy related issues in general, renewable energies, geothermal energy, energy efficiency, water supply and waste water treatment, operation and rehabilitation of deep water wells in countries like: Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Argentina, Central America and Chile.

 
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Patricio Andrés Mendoza Araya

PhD in Electrical Engineering

Patricio Mendoza-Araya is currently an Assistant Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Chile. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014.

 

He is a researcher at two research centers in Chile, Centro de Energía (CE-FCFM) and SERC Chile.

 

Patricio received the “Green Talents” award of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2014. He was a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, in 2015 and 2019, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. His research fields include several aspects of microgrids control, stability, protection and power quality, as well as electric vehicles and renewable energies.