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Mr. Federico Gutiérrez studied civil engineering at the University of Medellin, where he contributed to a project entitled ‘Development Plan for the City of Medellin’ between 2001 and 2003. Federico Gutiérrez went continued his studies in Senior Management from the University of Medellin, and Political Science Pontificia Bolivariana University. Mr.
Gutiérrez was elected President of the Council of Medellin in 2008, and worked as an engineering consultant in Mexico and Argentina between 2011 and 2015. In 2015 Gutiérrez was elected Mayor of Medellin, with sustainable mobility and investment in social urbanism two key priorities for his 2016-2019 mayoral term.
Wilson Chinchilla Herrera
Executive VP - Projects & Engineering, Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)
Dr. Chinchilla’s professional career began in 1989 with the Antioquia Energy Company (Eade). Since then he has forged his trajectory in EPM, occupying management positions related to strategy, markets and regulation.
A graduate electrical engineer from the National University of Colombia, Dr. Chinchilla has a specialization in Gas Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander and a specialization in Industrial Organization and Economic Regulation from the Eafit University in Medellin.
Claudia Victoria Gonzalez
Director, Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (ANLA)
Dr. Claudia Victoria Gonzalez is a graduate biologist from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, with a specialization in Integrated Environmental Management from the University of the Andes. She has worked professionally in Ecopetrol, ITANSUCASNCLAVALIN, Geoengineering, Inbiecol and in the previous Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development.
In 2016 she was named the new director of the Colombian National Authority for Environmental Licences. She will discuss environmental regulation in Colombia during Hydro LatAm 2017.
José Miguel Mendoza
Superintendent - Public Services, Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios
Dr. Mendoza has a Master’s degree in Company Law and Financial Market Regulation from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Alternative Financial Markets from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He also has a PhD in Institutional Reform Strategies in Latin America from Oxford University.
Dr. Mendoza was named Superintendent of Public Services by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos in 2016. He will discuss the supervision of the electricity generation market in Colombia during Hydro LatAm 2017.
Executive Director, ANDEG (National Association of Generating Companies)
Alejandro Castañeda is a graduate economist from the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, with a Master’s degree in financial engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Castañeda is the former deputy director of mines and energy at the Colombian National Planning Department (DNP). In 2010 he was made Executive Director of ANDEG.
Carlos Manuel Obregón Quesada
President, Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE)
Carlos Manuel Obregón Quesada is currently President of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE). He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a graduate certificate in hydrology from the University of Padua. In addition, he has pursued graduate studies in hydroelectric projects in Japan, the US and Spain.
Obregón has been professor of hydrology in the civil engineering school at the Universidad de Costa Rica since 1998, and has participated in numerous seminars and conferences in his field. He worked at ICE for more than 35 years as head of hydroelectric projects and Deputy Manager of Energy Development and Electricity. Over the course of his career, he has been president of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects, president of the College of Civil Engineers, project manager at the National Housing and Urban Planning Institute (INVU), and coordinator of the hydraulic resource sector for the implementation of the Strategy for Costa Rica’s Sustained Development.
Bayron Triana Arias
Environment & Regulations Director, ACOLEGEN (Colombian Association of Electric Energy Generators)
Dr. Triana is an Industrial Engineer, with a Master’s degree in Administration from the National University of Colombia. During the initial years of his professional career he worked with senior management at the Bank of the Republic, from where he passed to the Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission – CREG, to serve as an Advisor on Energy Regulation for five years. Since 2013, he has worked for the Regulatory and Environmental Department of the Colombian Association of Electric Power Generators – ACOLGEN.
He is also a respected academic, working with a number of Colombia’s leading universities as a professor.
Mauricio Alfonso Arévalo
President, Salvadoran Association of Renewable Energy (ASER)
Mauricio Alfonso Arévalo is an electrical engineer, graduate of the Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Canas (UCA), and has a Master’s in Business Administration Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).
He has 20 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of Small Hydropower. He currently serves as founder member and vice president of La Asociación Salvadoreña de Energías Renovables (ASER), as well as production manager and new projects of the company Sensunapán S.A. de C.V., and as an independent consultant in the design of Small Hydropower.
Luis Guillermo Pineda Bernal
National Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE Mexico)
Luis Guillermo Pineda Bernal graduated in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), holds a Master’s in Public Management, from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and a doctorate in public administration from the Atlantic International University in the United States of America.
In addition, has developed graduate studies at the Center for Research and Economic Docencias and the Ipade of the Universidad Panamericana.
In his long career, he served as Chairman of the Federal Board of Conciliation and Arbitration No. 37, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, and was entrusted to the Public Service Conciliation national level at court.
He has held various positions, including, Head of Internal Control and Owner of the areas of responsibilities and Complaints, both in Pemex Petrochemical and Head of the areas of responsibilities and Complaints Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit distinguished. He also served as Private Secretary of the Contadora Staff of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, among other public positions.
In the educational field, he has been professor in the subjects of introduction to the study of law at the Faculty of Law and professor at the School of Accounting and Administration, both at UNAM.
He was ratified by the Senate as Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission on April 28, 2016, for a period of seven years of annual succession with the possibility of being reappointed.
William Ángel Robledo
Hydro Development Director, ISAGEN
William Ángel Robledo is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree in Hydraulic Resources Planning and graduated from the National University of Colombia. William has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and designing infrastructure projects with an emphasis on planning and decision making in the electricity sector in several Latin American countries.
He worked as head of the Risk and Insurance Unit of EPM (Empresas Publicas de Medellín) and was CEO of Maxseguros, a subsidiary of the EPM Group. He has been an adviser to insurance and reinsurance companies in designing policies and adjusting claims for lost profits. He is currently the head of the ISAGEN Hydroelectric Development team responsible for the identification and evaluation of new hydroelectric generation projects.
Jorge Alberto Valencia Marín
Director, Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME)
Jorge Alberto Valencia Marín was born in the city of Medellín and has a professional experience of more than 15 years in both the public and private spheres.
In the electricity sector, he worked with the firm Interconexión Eléctrica SA during the period 1998-2004 as a specialist in Regulation of the Energy Exchange, in aspects related to the administration of the Wholesale Energy Market, as well as in the Purchasing Division of the Company CODENSA SA E.S.P., of the Energy Group of Bogotá.
Valencia has been in charge of the Marketing Advisory Committee (CAC), in which he served as technical secretary for the period 2004 – 2014, being responsible for the management of the regulatory and management entities of the Colombian electricity sector.
Before arriving at the UPME, he assumed as manager of the private company Asesoría Global VC S.A.S.
Jorge Valencia has postgraduate studies in the specialization modality in International Business of the University School of Administration and Finance and Technology – EAFIT, where he also received a Master’s degree in Administration.
Gladys H. Villarreal
Hydro Resource Resource Management Specialist, Ministry of the Environment - Panama
Gladys Villareal will present on Panama’s strategies for environmentally sustainable hydroelectric resource management during Hydro LatAm 2017 in Medellin.
Víctor Raúl Romero
President, Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (National Electricity Administration) - Paraguay
Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna
General Director - Brazil, Itaipu Binacional
Mr. Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna has been Brazilian General Director and Member of Executive Board of Directors at Itaipu Binacional since March 16, 2017. Mr. Leone Vianna served as the Chief Executive Officer of Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL from January 1, 2015 to March 22,
2017 and served as its Secretary until March 22, 2017. Mr. Vianna serves as a Member of the Executive Board at Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL. He started his career in COPEL, where he held the positions of Plant Manager, Plant Maintenance Manager, Superintendent of Operation and Maintenance of Generation and Transmission, Operations Department Assistant, Presidency Assistant, first Chief Executive Officer of Copel Geração S.A. and Institutional Relations Officer of COPEL. He served as the President of the Environmental Forum of the Electrical Sector (FMASE) for two terms (from 2005 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2011). He serves as Vice-President of the Advisory Board at Empresa de Pesquisa Energética – EPE/Concepe, Advisor of FMASE and he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Electricity Producers (APINE). He has made a solid trajectory in the brazilian electric sector.
President, HMV Ingenieros
Studied electrical engineering at Utah State University and has a master’s degree in electric power systems from Ohio State University in the United States. He also studied MBA at EAFIT University of Medellin. Since 1980 he has worked at HMV Ingenieros Ltda., the leading engineering company in Colombia and the region, where he currently holds the position of President.
In 2005 he took the initiative to venture into the identification and development of hydroelectric and since then HMV has successfully license, build and operate several small hydroelectric plants , which belong 58.8 % to CENTURY , Group company , where he a member of the Board.
Lina María Arango
Power Generation Director, HMV Ingenieros
Lina holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. She has worked in HMV Ingenieros Ltda. for over 20 years in the design of electrical high voltage substations, project management turnkey lines and high voltage substations, and for 8 years is responsible for the direction of development of the hydroelectric projects. She is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of power plants in operation.
Luis Gilberto Murillo
Minister, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
He is a mining engineer with a master’s degree in the field. He has a track record in the public sector as governor of Chocó and director of the Regional Autonomous Corporation for Sustainable Development of Chocó (Codechocó). He has been a consultant for the IDB, UNDP and USAID. The last position that he carried out was the manager of the Pacific Plan of the Presidency of the Republic.
Dr. Mauricio Tobon Franco
General Manager, IDEA (Institute for the Development of Antioquia)
Dr. Tobon is an economist with a specialisation in Political Science and AMP in business administration from UPB and IE Business School. He is a former president of the Council of Medellin, Director of Parque Manantiales High-Tech and Science Park and President of Minuto30. In 2016 he was named General Manager of IDEA and he will speak about the role of hydro energy as a key part of future development plans in the state of Antioquia.
Hydro Plant Planning Office and International Business Development, Nippon Koei
Dr. Andres Müller works in the Hydro Plant Planning Office of NIPPON KOEI Co., Ltd. (Fukushima Works) in Japan, developing and promoting turn key small hydropower solutions for the domestic and international markets. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2008 and worked as a Development Engineer for ABB Switzerland Ltd (Electrical Machines) for 2 years. He then joined the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines as a researcher, where he obtained his PhD in 2014.
Operations Manager, Nippon Koei
Civil Engineer, Specialist in International Business of the EAFIT University, with extensive experience in the Comercial field, Management business, regional planning, and development and financial analysis of projects.
Mrs. Alzate, worked as a commercial and marketing executive of the technical marketing division (in charge of strategic planning, product development and internationalization strategy) for OTEK, a company of Orbis Group for water infrastructure projects throughout Latin America, for 12 years.
For the last six years, has been the Operations Manager for Colombia branch office of Nippon Koei LAC, a subsidiary of the most important consulting and Engineering company of Japan, Nippon Koei Co., LTD, in order to position it in the different sectors of Engineering in the national scope (Energy, Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation, Urban and Regional Development, Agricultural and Rural Development, Environment and Climate Change).
The firm is currently developing important consulting projects such as supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Bello, supervision of the Departmental Water Plan of Guajira, Supervision of the rehabilitation of pipelines of aqueduct and sewage of the urban center of Medellín using trenchless technologies “Centro Parrilla”, Study for the multidisciplinary structure of the Integrated Transport System of Barranquilla, among others.
Juan Fernando Suaza
Director, Project Penderisco I, Gen+
Dr. Fernando Suaza is a civil engineer with a specialization in civil engineering projects. He has previously worked as a consultant for iConsult and was the director of the Alejandria Generation Project. He will discuss the important Penderisco project at this year’s event.
General Manager, PiEpsilon
Eduardo Lopera is the general manager of the important Medellin based consultancy, that has worked on a number of key projects in the region. He will discuss the development and execution of the Carlos Lleras Restrepo project during this year’s conference.