Renewable Power in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Roberto Colindresco-founder and CFORio Energy
- Leonardo MorenoSenior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Investment and CROAES
- Beatriz OrrantiaFormer VP Special ProjectsBarrick Gold Corporation
- Angela PachonResearch DirectorKleinman Center for Energy Policy
This panel will discuss what governments and the private sector in LAC are doing to facilitate the penetration of renewables and whether there is a business case for renewable power in LAC, even in countries rich in fossil fuel resources .
Roberto Colindres, is co-founder and CFO of Rio Energy. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on wind and solar. In addition to his CFO role, Roberto dedicates much of his time to business development and corporate responsibility. Prior to founding Rio Energy, Roberto worked with several financial institutions and funds focused on transportation and energy infrastructure in Latin America. Roberto holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a Masters in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Leonardo Moreno is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Investment and CRO, AES. He is the head of strategy and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at AES, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. He has led strategy, finance and M&A teams in the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In his current role, Leo leads the design and execution of AES’ global strategy, oversees the company’s growth investments, manages global risk management and heads a unit to incubate new businesses with the potential to become transformative, high growth platforms. He sits on the Board of Directors of Dayton Power & Light in the US, of AES Gener in Chile, and of AES Tiete in Brazil. Leo worked for Ernst & Young prior to joining AES. He has a degree in Business Administration from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and has completed executive business and leadership programs in the London Business School, Georgetown University, and University of Virginia.
Beatriz Orrantia is an expert on political/investment risk in Latin America. Based in Toronto, she is qualified as an attorney in Colombia and Canada (Ontario) and has practiced for over 13 years in the areas of foreign investment, M&A, capital markets and natural resources. She has advised Canadian and Latin American companies on northbound and southbound investment strategy and execution. She recently served as VP Special Projects for Barrick Gold Corporation, the largest gold mining company in the world, where she advised on license-to-operate and operational issues in Latin America and provided oversight for a portfolio of non-core assets in Russia, Pakistan and Tanzania. She holds a BCL from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (Canada).
Angela Pachon is the Research Director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at Penn. At the Center she oversees the research agenda, manages the research grants and the visitor scholar programs, and develops scholarship and research collaborations across campus and beyond. She is also the author and editor of various publications of the Center and has studied issues related to electricity markets in the US, gas policies in Pennsylvania and climate policies in Latin America. Prior to the Kleinman Center, Angela worked as a policy advisor at the Ontario Energy Board developing incentive regulation for electricity and gas utilities and assessing rate impacts and affordability measures resulting from the implementation of feed–in tariffs. She also worked for NERA Economic Consulting in London, England leading electricity sector reform projects in Europe, Africa and the middle East. Angela earned her master of science in local economic development from the London School of Economics, England and her B.S. degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogota, Colombia.