Thierry Lepercq is the Chairman of Solairedirect. He is in charge of the solar power plant program and finance packages and contributes his expertise in the creation and development of technology sector businesses, financial engineering and partnership and merger negotiations. After a career in merchant banking specialising in the field of high-technology (Bankers Trust, Banque Arjil, Oddo), he founded NetsCapital, the first financial institution specialising in technology firms, in 1999. This was followed in 2003 by the creation of Novatio Partners, a specialist consultancy focusing on energy sector innovations. Most notably, he was responsible for coordinating the work of the Réseau Innovation Energie network which brought together top energy specialists and venture capitalists.
Antonio Pérez Rodríguez studied Chemical Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), received a Masters degree in Environmental Studies and Health Management by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a degree in Renewable Energy Studies from the International University of Andalucia in Spain. Mr. Rodríguez has over ten years of professional experience in the energy sector, in particular in strategic planning, energy efficiency, regulatory affairs, natural gas/power, climate change, sustainable development, bioenergy, and renewable energy. Currently he is the Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Bioenergy in the Ministry of Energy, where he leads issues pertaining to renewable energy, rural electrification and bioenergy, in order to contribute to the goals of the Mexican energy policy.
Danny Kennedy is co-founder of Sungevity, Inc. and leads the company's global business development activities and government relations initiatives. He also plays a central role in developing the Sungevity.org program, an integral component of the company's Solar Social strategy that has raised over $1 million since 2010 for Sungevity's non-profit partners. Kennedy has worked on environmental initiatives for over two decades and is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. Prior to co-founding Sungevity, he was a campaigns manager with Greenpeace, the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world. Among his achievements was his management of Greenpeace's California Clean Energy Campaign, which helped create the California Solar Initiative, the groundbreaking renewable energy program that ushered in the state's solar energy boom.
Álvaro Lentz Herrera is the president of ANES, the Mexican national solar energy association. He is research-professor at UACM University of Mexico City and is the author of many research papers on solar energy. Dr. Lentz-Herrera has been involved in ANES since 2003, when he joined the board of directors of the association. In 2011 he became vice president and at the end of 2012 he assumed the position of president.
With twenty years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energies in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in Mexico’s energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$500 million in greenfield projects. Currently, Gauss operates the Aura Solar project, the largest photovoltaic project in LatAm and the first utility-scale solar facility in Mexico. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a national energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). Hector Olea is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). He was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award in 1989.
Sebastian Schierenbeck has considerable experience in the areas of PV, wind energy and renewable energy markets. With specific competence in strategic business development, market assessment and due diligence, he has led several projects in which he defined the acquisition strategy for a major PV distributor, and the growth strategy for a major industrial player in the wind turbine segment. Mr. Schierenbeck leads Apricum’s activities in Mexico.
Prior to joining Apricum in 2013, Mr. Schierenbeck worked as a Senior Consultant at Booz & Company with a focus on renewable energies, aerospace and the German power generation industry.
Mr. Schierenbeck holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technische Universität, Darmstadt.
John is a partner and Managing Director of IPD Latin America (www.infrastrategy.com), a U.S. based independent energy consultancy specializing in above the ground risk in the oil and gas industries in Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. John has been directly involved in the company's expansion into Mexico in 2001, Colombia in 2009 and Peru in 2013. After 20 years in New York, John relocated and has been based in Bogota, Colombia since April 2011. John’s ten years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing and deal-making add a unique perspective to IPD’s consulting services. He directs a range of consulting efforts at IPD, including its due diligence practice, forecasting, and other strategic client-oriented efforts.
Founding member of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance Division, encompassing direct credit and guarantees for structured and project finance transactions in the renewable energy sector. Previously associated with the Bank's Trade Finance Division, structuring trade finance deals, primarily Credit Guarantee Facilities (CGFs), aircraft and sovereign finance throughout EMEA, Russia and Central Asia.
Prior experience analyzing private placement and convertible debt transactions in the MSME sector of credit, banking, leasing and insurance services. Primarily focused on the Southeast European region.
Energy finance experience as a Visiting Associate with KfW IPEX-Bank, under the Robert Bosch Fellowship in Frankfurt, Germany.
Carlos Flores is the Managing Director of Conermex, one of the leading Mexican PV companies. Carlos has participated in the development of photovoltaics in Mexico since 1977 doing graduate studies, in the beginning of the commercial side in 1985 and since then playing a role in the evolution of the market, from non-existent to offgrid electrification to the current nascent ongrid solar market.
Astrom Technical Advisors, S.L. (ATA) is an independent technical advising firm in the renewable energy sector. As a world leader in the market, ATA is composed of a team of first-class professionals. In the field of solar photovoltaic energy, ATA has participated or is currently participating as independent advisor for over 2 GWp of projects in Spain, over 430 MWp in Italy, 180 MWp in Australia, 46 MWp in Portugal, 170 MWp in the USA, over 35 MWp in Greece, and over 19 MWp in Bulgaria.
Dr. Stefan Blum is Director of the DEG Representative Office in Mexico City. DEG is part of KfW Group, owned by the German state and with assets of more than 500 bn EUR one of the largest development banks in the world. DEG’s Mexican office this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, offering long-term financing (equity, mezzanine and senior loans) to Mexican as well as foreign companies. Key sectors include infrastructure, renewable energy, manufacturing, agro-industry, financial sector and private equity. Prior to his assignment in Mexico, Stefan has been with DEG’s Manufacturing Industry/Services Department, where his experience covers a wide range of sectors, with a special focus on the building industry. He studied Economics and Business Administration and holds a doctoral degree in Economics. From 1994 to 1996, he worked for a social project in Tijuana/Mexico.
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Adam James is a solar analyst with GTM Research, the market research and consulting arm of Greentech Media. He leads GTM’s coverage of downstream global markets, and has developed the company’s specialized quarterly coverage of the Latin America region. Prior to joining GTM Research, Adam worked at the Center for American Progress where he published extensively on defining public policy solutions for advancing clean energy and addressing climate change. Adam also founded the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit that provides training and education services to young people pursuing a career in clean energy. Adam frequently writes for media outlets on a range of issues including clean technology, electricity markets, economics, finance and politics.
Mr. Arturo Herrero is the chief marketing officer of JinkoSolar. Mr. Herrero Joined JinkoSolar as Chief Strategy Officer in March 2010. Prior to that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing of Trina Solar from August 2007 to January 2010 and director of Trina Solar from September 2006 to July 2007. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Herrero held different positions in BP Solar, with the latest one as global procurement manager. Mr. Herrero received his degree in economics and business administration from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain (1996) his degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnics University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain (1996), and his master’s degree in marketing from Instituto Superior de Marketing in Barcelona, Spain (2001).
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Partner of the Corporate, M&A and Energy and Mining Practice groups.
His specific experience includes: joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, investments, acquisitions, and solid experience participating in national and international public bidding as well as extensive advice in energy and mining issues.
He is an active member of the Mexican Legal Bar (Barra Mexicana del Colegio de Abogados), Institue of Energy Law, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Fundation, as well as The International Bar Association (IBA).
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Mr. Arvizu is a business executive passionate about clean-technology investing to drive environmental, sustainability, and corporate governance issues. He has been leading the deployment of low-carbon, clean solar energy across North America with Gestamp Solar for 6 years. At Gestmap Solar he is responsible for the company’s product offerings and market strategy, including building capabilities to meet utility and commercial customer needs, encompassing power marketing, power purchase agreements, customer relations, structured transactions, market strategy and policy functions. He has experience in developing over 500 MW of solar-photovoltaic energy systems. He has led all aspects of closing solar power contracts (PPAs) with major public and private customers worth more than $500M from utility and commercial scale projects.
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Alejandro Hinojos is managing partner of Internovum Solar; a development firm specialized on utility scale photovoltaic projects in México. Before co-founding Internovum Solar, Alejandro was Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East in ProMéxico, leading the regional efforts of the Federal Agency on foreign direct investment attraction and export promotion.
Alejandro has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector, both in Mexican and International institutions in areas of corporate banking and project finance (Banamex, Fonlyser, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), investment banking, corporate turnarounds (Banca Serfin, Santander, Secured Capital). And was C.F.O. of Grupo Pueblo Bonito, a Mexican hospitality firm leader in the luxury vacation ownership business.
Alejandro has an MBA by London Business School, and a degree in Actuarial Sciences by Universidad Anahuac. He was distinguished with the National Award of Financial Research granted by the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, IMEF in 1991 with his professional thesis on debt equity swaps.
Project Evaluation, Business Valuations, Impairment Test Analysis for tangible and intangible assets, PPA (Purchase Price Allocation). Also some experience in Financial Analysis, Strategic Planning Process, Budgeting Process and Process Analysis.
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Marco V. Calderon Agoitio is Partner Responsible of the Energy and Strategic Development Consulting Practice at Cosmo Consulting. He studied for Mechanical Engineer – Universidad Iberoamericana; Energy - Mcombs Scool of Business University of Texas. Marco has more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector, participating in the planning and structuring of infrastructure initiatives as well as the development of new business with projects in renewable energy, propane, natural gas and energy efficiency.
Cosmo Consulting is a 13 year old energy and environment consulting firm aimed to contribute to the energy market focusing on competitive advantage generation, along with the promotion of sustainable development.
Spanish national. Alvaro earned a Master in International Trade at ESIC Business School, a Master in Strategic Human Resources Management at Universidad de Salamanca, a Tourism Management associate degree at IE University and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Universidad de Salamanca. He completed several seminars and courses in Spain, US and Canada.
Previously, he served as Latin American Business Development and Public Relations Manager at Invest in Latam out of its Panama office; International Business Developer at Ade Internacional Excal (international promotion agency of the Spanish region Castilla y Leon based out of its Miami and Sao Paulo offices).
Samuel is a project manager at the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), a binational organization promoting sustainable projects within the U.S.-Mexico border region. BECC coordinates its efforts with its sister organization, the North American Development Bank (NADB), to certify and finance projects within the border region. Samuel is part of the new sector project development team focusing on renewable energy and related projects as well as urban mobility and transportation projects. His prior experience includes real estate development and construction management.
Mr. Dobrott has expertise in photovoltaics, strategy development and corporate finance. He speaks at major Cleantech and renewable energy conferences worldwide every year.
Before Apricum, Mr. Dobrott spent 15 years in leadership positions in the consulting and energy fields. He started his career in Arthur D. Little as a management consultant focused on chemicals and energy. Then he led Corporate Development and M&A at Evonik Rütgers and later became Director Renewable Energies and Resources at Invest in Germany.
Mr. Dobrott holds a Master in Business Administration and Chemical Engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin.