ELIO MULLER /// CEO - SOLAR AXIOM INVEST
In 1997, Mr. Muller formed Muller Group International (MGI), an international business consulting firm focusing on business development, project development, joint ventures, project financing and legal consulting in Latin America, and Spain. Under Mr. Muller’s direction, MGI has led the creation of several power development companies and projects throughout Latin America and the United States. In addition to its power development consulting business, MGI has served clients in the areas of Cross-border International Finance and more recently in alternative energy. Mr. Muller served on assignment to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation OPIC in Washington D.C. as the Investment Development Manager for Central America and the Caribbean. Mr. Muller was responsible for business development in the region.
Elio Muller is Co-Founder and CEO of Solar Axiom (SAX). SAX is focused on the development and ownership of small commercial solar energy production facilities in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. SAX is a pioneer “Build-Own-Operate” developer of small renewable energy facilities in the region. SAX is created and operated as a Benefits Corporation.
ELIO MULLER
CEO /// SOLAR AXIOM
VITOR RODRIGUES /// REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - TÜV RHEINLAND
Vitor Rodrigues is Regional Manager for TÜV Rheinland's solar energy activities, in the South American region. He is a qualified factory and field inspector with over 10 years experience in the PV sector. Vitor has inspected factories in China, Europe and South Africa and PV plants worldwide. Besides this, he is teacher for a post graduate course on Renewable Energies. Vitor started his carreer at TÜV in 2006 in Portugal, starting as Junior Project Manager, eventually in the role of Business product manager Product certification. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University Of Aveiro, in Portugal.
VITOR RODRIGUES
REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA /// TÜV RHEINLAND
IVAN OLIVEROS /// HEAD LATAM POWER & RENEWABLES PROJECT FINANCE GROUP - SMBC
Ivan Oliveros currently heads the Latin American Power and Renewables Project Finance group at SMBC focusing on debt and equity financial advisory and project finance in the power, generation and transmissions sectors throughout the region. In this role he has overseen the execution and closing of more than thirty transactions in the wind, solar, combined cycle, cogeneration and transmission line financings executed through commercial bank financings, ECA facilities and capital markets debt offerings. He has managed project finance and corporate finance transactions in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Panama, Brazil and the U.S.
IVAN OLIVEROS
HEAD LATAM POWER & RENEWABLES PROJECT FINANCE GROUP /// SMBC
MARIA PAZ DE LA CRUZ /// DIRECTOR LATAM - IREC STANDARD
Maria Paz De la Cruz has worked in the power industry for 20 years. Maria has valuable experience from her time in Chile and the UK where her career to date has spanned strategic and management roles. She has been involved in internal management and reporting for large companies as well as assessing and carrying out due diligence as part of acquisitions. She also worked as an energy commodities trader dealing in coal and biomass for the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station in the UK. Maria has a strong entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced by the company she set up in 2009 in Chile to develop low carbon emission projects and most recently she held a senior management position in the public sector where she lead Chile’s Renewable Energy Centre. Maria holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Concepción, Chile and a MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
MARIA PAZ DE LA CRUZ
DIRECTOR LATAM /// IREC STANDARD
JOHN PAUL MOSCARELLA /// PRESIDENT - CLEANTECH ADVISORS & BOARD MEMBER - LAC-CORE
Mr. Moscarella is an international clean energy executive, with over 25 years of experience, who has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including Emerging Energy & Environment, a fund manager focused on Latin America, and Econergy International, a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) of projects in Latin America at the time of its sale in 2008.
JOHN PAUL MOSCARELLA
PRESIDENT /// CLEANTECH ADVISORS & BOARD MEMBER /// LAC-CORE
DR. ROLAND CLARKE /// COLLABORATOR - REDLAB UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
Dr. Roland R Clarke is a seasoned energy and utility analyst with more than 30 years’ experience in renewable energy investment analysis, electric utility planning, demand side management, energy efficiency and energy policy. He has been in private practice in his native Barbados since May 2008, and prior to that was a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Diplomat and Project Manager of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme, CREDP (2002-08).
DR. ROLAND CLARKE
COLLABORATOR /// REDLAB UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
LUIS AGUIRRE-TORRES /// PRESIDENT - CLEANTECH CHALLENGE MEXICO
Luis Aguirre-Torres has been recognized by the White House as Champion of Change for his work promoting the development of low-carbon solutions to climate change, and in 2013 he was also recognized as High Impact Entrepreneur by US President Barack Obama during his official visit to Mexico.
He holds a first degree on Computer Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a Masters in Computer Science and a Doctorate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London.
He is currently the President of Cleantech Challenge México, a USAID-grantee organization, and the largest green business accelerator in Latin America. He is also a managing partner in GM Capital, a high-risk, early-stage corporate venture fund focused on clean technology solutions, and is a founding member of the Mexico US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC).
LUIS AGUIRRE-TORRES
PRESIDENT /// CLEANTECH CHALLENGE MEXICO
BRUNO CABÚS MÜLLER /// POWER SECTOR MANAGER - BNDES
Bruno Cabús Müller is a manager at BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank), therefore leading one team currently responsible for analyzing projects at BNDES’s Electricity Division. He has economics bachelor and master degrees at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), respectively. Prior to BNDES he worked in a investment bank, as well as in the brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) as an investment fund analyst.
BRUNO CABÚS MÜLLER
POWER SECTOR MANAGER /// BNDES
ROBERT CONSTANTNINO /// DIRECTOR - DWM
Robert is a Director at Developing World Markets (DWM), a leading global impact investment fund, where he is responsible for private debt transactions within the Latin America region for the firm.
Prior to joining DWM, Robert worked for Citigroup, where he was responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiation, and execution of structured finance transactions for corporate and sovereign borrowers throughout Latin America, in sectors such as oil & gas, renewables, transportation infrastructure, and financial institutions.
Robert earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an M.Sc. from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina, where he studied as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Economics, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
ROBERT CONSTANTNINO
DIRECTOR /// DWM
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL /// DIRECTOR - FICUS CAPITAL
Mathias Möhrpahl has more than 8 years experience in the LATAM & international financial and consulting sector. For the last years, he has been working at Ficus Capital, one of the leading pure focus investment banking boutiques in the Southern cone of Latin America, with full transaction execution and project development capabilities in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and other LATAM countries. He has worked on and lead several transactions in the renewable energy, food & beverage, transport and financial service sector in countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Currently, he is strongly involved in renewable energy deal structurings and project developments in Argentina, where Ficus Capital has recently established a new office.
Prior to that, Mathias Möhrpahl has acted as Director for Asset Management and Financial Institutions with a principle focus on the identification and the funding of different investments as well as managing the operations and the cross-border information flows and decision making processes, mostly between German and Nordic institutions and their subsidiaries in Chile.
Mathias holds a MSc. in Economics from the University of London, UK and has studied Economics in Cologne and Kiel, Germany.
MATHIAS MÖHRPAHL
DIRECTOR /// FICUS CAPITAL
ALBERTO CUTER /// GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
Alberto Cuter has been involved in renewable energy since 2008. He served as Sales Director in Phoenix Solar and Heliosphera and joined Jinko Solar in 2010. He opened the Italian branch and developed the Italian market positioning Jinko as leader modules supplier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as Sales Director of Emerging Markets (LATAM and MEA). He developed and positioned Jinko as market leader in the most important market such as South Africa and Chile with more than 30% of market share, making Jinko the leader modules supplier in the region.
As per new strategy of Jinko management, in July 2015 he was appointed as a General Manager Latam and Italy to lead a team of high professional managers in 7 countries across the region. Actually Jinko has been recognized as market leader in Chile, Brazil and Central America, with more than 600 MW sold in the region.
Prior to stepping into solar PV industry, Alberto Cuter has worked in the telecommunication Industry as Sales Director in companies as Telecom Italia, Wind and Deloitte Consulting.
Alberto has an Electronic Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a Master in Telecommunications at SSGRR (Italy).
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY /// JINKO SOLAR
GREGORY CARDENAS /// SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE - CANADIAN SOLAR
Greg is responsible for leading Canadian Solar’s project and structured finance activities throughout Latin America. Canadian Solar has recently closed financing for the first utility scale PV Project in Brazil and will close two more project financings in Brazil and at least one in Mexico during 2017.
Greg has closed more than 20 project financings and has worked in both project finance and development roles in Latin America, Asia, Australia, India, North Africa and the US on the successful development of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass projects as well as other utility and natural gas infrastructure.
Greg holds a Masters of Science in Taxation, and a MBA from Golden Gate University.
GREGORY CARDENAS
SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE /// CANADIAN SOLAR
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT /// HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT - THESAN
Mrs Coralie Carrier-Clerambault is currently Head of Development at Thesan USA Corp., where she is responsible for implementing growth strategies for Latin America and strengthening the Company’s presence in this region. She has been involved in solar energy since 2011, exploring more than 30 countries around the world.
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT /// THESAN
CESAR HERNANDEZ /// HEAD PLANNING, INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - COFECE
César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa was appointed as Head of the Planning, Institutional Relations and International Affairs Unit at the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) on December 1st, 2017. Prior to this designation, he served as Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy and has occupied several important roles within the Mexican Public Administration, such as Head of the Legal Affairs Unit in the same Ministry and Director-General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Economy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master of Laws from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a PhD in Law from UNAM.
CESAR HERNANDEZ
HEAD PLANNING, INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS /// COFECE
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY /// LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TCX
Maria Alejandra is part of the structuring team of TCX Fund and is responsible for the fund´s business development activity in Latin America. She is based in Bogotá. Before joining TCX she worked with Proparco, the private sector arm of the French Development Agency, as a Senior Investment Officer in the Banking and Capital Markets team with a focus on Latin America. She held previous positions with Moody´s in Paris and with a boutique financial sector consultancy in Bogotá. Maria Alejandra holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University and an MBA degree from HEC Paris.
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY
LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// TCX
FERNANDO ZUNIGA /// DIRECTOR CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN - MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Fernando Zúñiga is Director for Central America and the Caribbean at MPC Renewable Energies, subsidiary of MPC Capital an asset and investment manager in the fields of real estate, shipping and infrastructure, which manages over €6.0bn in alternative investments.
Fernando has over 10 years of international experience as technical & financial advisor, investment analyst, project & business developer of large-scale renewable energy projects in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Fernando holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energies from Oldenburg University in Germany and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
FERNANDO ZUNIGA
DIRECTOR CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN /// MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
MANAN PARIKH /// ANALYST, LATAM SOLAR MARKETS - GTM RESEARCH
Manan Parikh is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering global downstream markets with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to GTM, his work has been extensively research based, centering upon alternative fuels infrastructure development and Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) policy models for the Schatz Energy Research Center and UC Berkeley in Northern California. In California, he was also an ambassador to start-up teams within the Clean Tech Open accelerator as well as a consultant to DOE SunShot Catalyst Award winner, PVComplete. In Washington, DC he worked on biomass policy at the American Council On Renewable Energy. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as the DC-based Clean Energy Leadership Institute in its inaugural class.
MANAN PARIKH
ANALYST, LATAM SOLAR MARKETS /// GTM RESEARCH