CHRISTIAN SANTANA /// HEAD RE DIVISION - MINISTERIO DE ENERGÍA CHILE
Christian Santana is a Civil Mechanical Engineer from the University of Chile and has extensive experience in non-conventional renewable energies (NCRE) and air pollution. From 2002 to 2010, at the National Energy Commission first and then the Ministry of Energy, he contributed to all implementation stages for NCRE development in Chile, including the regulatory framework design for NCRE and PMGD integration in the Chilean electricity market, the definition of instruments to promote private investment in NCRE projects, and the generation of information to guide investments and policies in the field. In the past, he worked for 9 years in the National Environment Commission, designing and implementing regulations for air pollution control in the Metropolitan Region and other cities in Chile.
Since March 2014, he is the Head of Division of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy.
CHRISTIAN SANTANA
HEAD RE DIVISION - MINISTERIO DE ENERGÍA CHILE
JUAN CARLOS ARANEDA /// TRANSMISSION PLANNING MANAGER - COORDINADOR ELÉCTRICO NACIONAL
Juan Carlos Araneda is Electrical Engineer from the Technical University Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile (1983) and has a Master of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester (2002).
Araneda has extensive experience in the electricity sector. For the last 30 years, he has worked in the electricity distributor Chilquinta, the power generation company Colbún and the transmission company Transelec. Moreover, he has been a teacher in several academic institutions.
Currently, Juan Carlos is Transmission Planning Manager at the National Electricity Coordination Unit (Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional).
He is also Senior Member of IEEE, member of CIGRE and President of the Chilean Committee. He has participated in the international Review Committee C1 (System Development and Economics).
JUAN CARLOS ARANEDA
TRANSMISSION PLANNING MANAGER - COORDINADOR ELÉCTRICO NACIONAL
MARK HARRIS /// ASSISTANT VP - SMBC
Mark Harris is responsible for SMBC's project finance business in Chile. In this capacity, Mark has raised financing for over $4Bn worth of power, infrastructure and mining assets in Chile, and provides advisory in bringing equity to local assets. On the solar side, Mark has closed on 4 utility scale solar financings in Chile in the last two years, including the latest one in June 2017 as Financial Advisor to a 100MW solar project in the SING. Prior to relocating to Chile, Mark worked in the Project Finance team for SMBC in New York covering the LatAm region, and for the Energy team at BBVA covering North America. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
MARK HARRIS
ASSISTANT VP - SMBC
VALENTIN ALBINET /// PARTNER - ANTUKO
Master’s degree of INSA Lyon, Specialized Master in New Energy Management of AMPT Lille. Worked 2 years as Research Engineer in Lille L2EP Laboratory to develop methods and solutions for optimization of renewable energy production and consumption. Specialist in Smart Grid and Energy Management with knowledge of modelling electrical transmission grid, renewable energy and storage systems.
VALENTIN ALBINET
PARTNER - ANTUKO
SEBASTIAN FALKENBERG /// GENERAL MANAGER - LABORELEC CHILE
Sebastian Falkenberg started at Laborelec in 2006 working for the Industrial Applications department after his Master in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
He has executed Energy audits for the industry throughout Belgium, Germany and France.
Since 2007, he has become active in the field of solar energy, taking part in the technical support activities for ENGIE Department of Research and Technology, in order to actively support ENGIE’s Solar activities and strategy.
He was involved in the development and on site for the construction of the Belgian Antarctic Research station “Princesse Elisabeth”, inaugurated in 2008.
In 2011, he was based part-time in Germany to set up an office in Wuppertal and deploy energy-efficiency services in Germany.
From 2010-2013 he worked as Project Manager for the development of a CSP plant in Chile.
In 2014 he has set up ENGIE Lab LATAM, ENGIE’s first R&D facility in Latin America of which he is its current acting General Manager.
He is fluent in German, French, Dutch, Spanish and English and proficient in Italian and Catalan.
SEBASTIAN FALKENBERG
GENERAL MANAGER - LABORELEC CHILE
ANA VERENA LIMA /// SOUTH AMERICA LEAD ANALYST - BNEF
Ana Verena Lima is the South America lead analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She focuses on power markets, looking at policy and regulation, clean energy financing, strategies and future trends for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, among others. Ana Verena previously worked at Itau BBA, looking at project finance for Brazilian power projects. She graduated from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) with a BS in Industrial Engineering.
ANA VERENA LIMA
SOUTH AMERICA LEAD ANALYST - BNEF
THOMAS STETTER /// CEO & CO-OWNER - SOVENTIX CHILE
Thomas Stetter moved to Chile in 2011 and develops photovoltaic plants as CEO and co-owner of Soventix Chile SpA. During the last 2,5 years, Soventix developed (until ready-to-build status) and sold two utility-scale projects (50+63 MW), developed a portfolio of 3 MW projects and several industrial rooftop projects. In addition, Soventix launched the Chile Solar Fund with the objective of funding thirty 3 MW projects, open for all project developers in Chile, over the next 3 years. Soventix will act as fund manager.
Thomas has been founder, co-owner and member of the Executive Board of First Climate AG from 1999 - 2011 (First Climate in 2011: 120 employees, subsidiaries on five continents, turnover 60 m€, AuM 200 m€). He co-developed the origination business of First Climate and launched the subsidiary in China resulting in more than 20 Mio CO2 Emission Reductions (CERs) under contract. In the project finance sector, Thomas structured and advised energy and infrastructure projects of a value of over € 1.5 billion. He was member of the board of Suryachakra Inc. in India (50 MW from biomass projects), representing one of the funds managed by First Climate. Until 1999, Thomas worked for Ernst Basler + Partner a leading Swiss consultancy firm, being responsible department head for project management as well as launching and managing the company's subsidiary in Potsdam, Germany.
THOMAS STETTER
CEO & CO-OWNER - SOVENTIX CHILE
DAVID SANCHEZ ESCARTI /// SALES MANAGER - HUAWEI SOLAR
David Sanchez has a master degree in Renewable Energies Engineering, and has gained extensive experience in the Solar Industry for over 8 years.
He holds deep knowledge in central and string inverters technology.
DAVID SANCHEZ ESCARTI
SALES MANAGER - HUAWEI SOLAR
FELIPE NOVOA /// ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION - ANTUKO
Industrial Civil Engineer, from P.U Católica de Valparaíso, worked for more than 10 years in commercials areas of important companies of energy industry, leading several success negotiations of PPA´s, was Chief of department of large customers of CGE Distribución, main Distribution Company of the country where worked for 7 years and later he was in charge of energy commercialization in SunEdison as a Business Development Manager for more than 2 years.
FELIPE NOVOA
ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION - ANTUKO
ANDRÉS VELÀSQUEZ /// DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - EFE SOLAR
Andrés Velàsquez has 9 year of experience in the renewable industry. In Chile, since 2008, he has held executive responsibilities in several multinational corporations as General Manager of Assyce Group Chile, BDM of Energy Storage in S&C Electric Company/Bimex, BDM in Tritec-Intervento and responsible to manage and develop CINTAC Solar (Group CAP). Actually he is Co-Founder & Development Manager at EFESOLAR S.P.A. The company has an own Solar Investment Fund to sell cheaper solar energy to their industrial customer and PMGD under Distributed Generation Segment. During his career, Andrés has experience working in the financial sector in Madrid, and for a real state company with headquarters in Chicago. Andrés has an undergraduate degree in Economics and MBA from Polytechnic University of Catalunia, Spain.
ANDRÉS VELÀSQUEZ
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - EFE SOLAR
JAVIER PEREZ /// O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SOLARIG
Javier Pérez is the Global O&M Business Development Manager at Solarig Global Services Group and responsible for Solarig's exponential growth in Europe, LATAM and ASEAN countries. Javier has over 7 years experience in energy efficiency and power converters in the industrial and energy generation sector.
JAVIER PEREZ
O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SOLARIG
ALFREDO SOLAR PINEDO /// GENERAL MANAGER CHILE - ATLAS RE
Alfredo Solar Pinedo is a Civil Engineer graduated from Universidad de Chile.
In 2002 he became General Manager of Acciona Energía Chile and worked across their entire technology portfolio. In 2014 he moved to SunEdison and became their GM for the Chilean market. During this tenure the company developed, financed, built and operate 400 MW of PV Projects in Chile. From 2010 to 2016 he also acted as President of ACERA, the Chilean Renewable Energies Association. Since 2017 he is General Manager Chile for ATLAS Renewable Energy. An Actis Company who has recently acquire assets from SunEdison (Chile, Uruguay Brasil and Mexico) to create a Renewable Platform in Latam with a 1.5 GW investment plan.
ALFREDO SOLAR PINEDO
GENERAL MANAGER CHILE - ATLAS RE
PATRICIA DAREZ /// COUNTRY MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - DNV GL
Patricia is a multilingual Chartered Engineer with more than 12 years’ international experience. She has been involved in technical and commercial advice for several Gigwatts of renewable energy assets (Wind and Solar PV) located across diverse markets in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2011 she has been based in Chile where she currently holds the position of South America Country Manager for DNV GL. She has been based in Chile since 2011 where she has held positions as the Energy Analysis Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power, she is a member of the ACERA council and she was General Manager for 350renewables. Patricia has carried out research on Plant Performance and Soiling.
PATRICIA DAREZ
COUNTRY MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - DNV GL