Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet, Energy Minister of Chile

Juan Carlos Jobet holds a degree in Business Management from the Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and in Public Administration from Harvard University. His professional career began at the corporate finance consulting firm Asset Chile from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, he joined the first governmental administration of President Sebastián Piñera as Chief of Staff of the Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Hinzpeter. There, he played a leading role in the Emergency Committee, created to face the country's reconstruction after the earthquake of February 2010. On July 29th, 2011, he assumed the position of Undersecretary of Housing, where he continued the work of reconstruction, enhancing the Ministry's role in urban development. Subsequently, on July 24th, 2013, he became Minister of Labor and Social Welfare. During this appointment, he focused on extending access to childcare to all working women, a mission that he defined at that time as a project that "levels the playing field for all children". After holding various positions in the private sector, in January 2019 he took on the responsibility of managing the Infrastructure Fund, a new state-owned company with the objective of developing new public infrastructure such as highways, trains and ports. He now takes on an even greater challenge: to head the Ministry of Energy, whose mission is to lead Chile towards a new, greener, decarbonized energy matrix, with an emphasis on non-conventional renewable energy and the objective of setting Chile on the path to become neutral in carbon emissions.

Mr. Paolo Falcioni, Director General, APPLiA

Paolo Falcioni has been APPLiA's Director General since January 2014. In this position he focused on improving the association visibility and effectiveness within Europe and internationally. To that extent, he has been one of the founders of the International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) which tackles world-wide issues like sustainability and innovation in a global manner. He served for three year as Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder group aiming at improving energy efficiency in Europe. He is one of the Board members in Smart Energy Europe, smartEn fostering demand side management to help consumers to reap the benefits of the new Energy market. In 2016 he was nominated a member of the REFIT platform as a representative of the stakeholder group. The REFIT Platform brings together the Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders in regular meetings to improve existing EU legislation. Paolo graduated in electronic engineering from University of Ancona, in Italy. He started working in the telecommunication sector and, after that, he worked within the household appliance industry sector where he held positions with growing responsibilities. An Italian national, Paolo also speaks English and French fluently. In his free time, he likes baking homemade delicacies.

Ms. Cristina Gamboa, Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change and as a means to deliver on social justice and other environmental goals, such as stopping biodiversity loss. Prior to joining WorldGBC, she was CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and also has expertise in the fields of economic research, journalism and international affairs. Thanks to her active, committed and participatory leadership, and thorough knowledge of sustainable development, the Colombia GBC met significant milestones that enabled sustainability in construction to become mainstream in her home country. Her degrees include a BA in Economics from University of Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Washington DC, U.S.A.). Cristina is based in London, UK

Mr. Karol Gobczyński – Head of Climate and Energy, IKEA (Ingka Group)

Karol Gobczyński is Head of Climate and Energy at Ingka Group, which includes IKEA Retail, Ingka Centres and Ingka Investments. Ingka Group is the largest IKEA franchisee and a strategic partner with more than 370 IKEA stores in 30 markets. IKEA Climate Positive is a shared strategic initiative to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. As Ingka Group Head of Climate Karol is accountable for establishing and implementing the overall climate and energy agenda at Ingka Group; developing tactics and integration into ways of working to secure that Ingka Group meets its climate goals and co-create Climate Positive IKEA. Karol started his IKEA career working with integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures into the daily operations of IKEA suppliers in Central Europe. After 3 years, Karol became Energy and Climate Manager for IKEA Group in Poland. Karol graduated The School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland. Specific topics to engage in at COP25: climate positive, climate action, science-based targets, integration of climate agenda into business, climate risks, decarbonization with special focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Mr. Gabriel Prudencio, Head of Sustainable Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile

Gabriel Prudencio Flaño is the Head of Sustainable Energies Division at the Chilean Ministry of Energy. From 2014 until joining the Ministry, he was the operations manager of Valhalla, a company that develops hydraulic pumping stations and photovoltaic plants in northern Chile. During 2012 and 2013 Gabriel worked at UGE International in New York participating in the development of wind and solar energy projects at the scale of distributed generation. Previously, he was part of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning as a member of the reconstruction committee following the 2010 earthquake as well as part of the Techo Foundation where he served in various general management positions. Prudencio Flaño earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

Ms. Virginia Zalaquett, Board Member, Sustainable Energy Agency of Chile

Licenciada en Ciencias de la Ingeniería e Ingeniera Civil Industrial con Diploma en Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Es miembro del Directorio de la Agencia de Sostenibilidad Energética y profesora y coordinadora académica del Diplomado en Eficiencia Energética de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en áreas de energía y finanzas y entre su experiencia previa destaca haber sido Jefa de División de Eficiencia Energética del Ministerio de Energía y Gerenta General de la Fundación San Agustín de la Escuela de Ingeniería de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Entre sus logros como Jefa de División, junto a su equipo, destaca el incremento de un 100% del presupuesto fiscal para Eficiencia Energética (2012-2013), la publicación del Plan De Acción de EE, el primer etiquetado vehicular obligatorio, el primer Estándar Mínimo de Eficiencia Energética del país y la creación del Sello de Eficiencia Energética.

Mr. José Antonio Urteaga, Energy Senior Specialist, Interamerican Development Bank

Cuenta con más de 35 años de experiencia en eficiencia energética, energías renovables y cambio climático. Actualmente colabora en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) como Especialista Senior de Energía, es responsable de las operaciones del BID con el sector energético de México y apoya los temas de eficiencia energética en otros países de América Latina y El Caribe. Previamente colaboró Subdirector de Programas del FIDE, y antes fue Director de Operaciones para México y Centroamérica en MGM Innova. Fungió como Director General Adjunto de Proyectos de Cambio Climático en la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, fungiendo también como punto focal de la Autoridad Nacional Designada para el Protocolo de Kyoto. Es Economista por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y realizó estudios en Economía y Planificación Energética, en Fundación Bariloche, Argentina y en la Maestría en Administración y Economía de los Hidrocarburos en el Instituto Politécnico Nacional, en México. Fue Presidente de la Asociación de Técnicos y Profesionistas en Aplicaciones Energéticas (ATPAE), Consejero dela Unión de Crédito para el Ahorro de Energía, y actualmente es Consejero de la Iniciativa Climática de México, Miembro del Consejo de Cambio Climático, Consejero de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad del Valle de México y Vicepresidente del Clúster Metropolitano de Energía.

Ms. Paula de la Fuente, Head Urban at Tractebel Chile

Ingeniera ambiental por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, cuenta con 8 años de experiencia en Latinoamérica desarrollando y coordinando proyectos en las áreas de eficiencia energética, energías renovables y medio ambiente, principalmente para los sectores minero, industrial y urbano. En los últimos años, gracias a la experiencia del Grupo Engie, su actividad se ha enmarcado en una mirada global, trabajando en soluciones integradas de sustentabilidad para la descarbonización de las ciudades. Paula es una persona realmente convencida de la necesidad de reducir nuestras emisiones y migrar hacia un modelo de economía circular para la conservación del entorno en el que vivimos.

Ms. Jeannette Sánchez, Director of Natural Resources Division, CEPAL

Doctora en Políticas Públicas y Transformaciones Sociales (cum laude) por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). Estudios doctorales en Desarrollo en la Universidad Católica de Louvain-La Neuve (UCL). Master en Planificación Comunitaria y Regional (M.Sc.) por la Universidad de Texas. Master en Economía por la FLACSO-Ecuador. Economista de la Universidad Católica de Ecuador. Ex Ministra del Ministerio de Inclusión Económica y Social, del Ministerio de Coordinación de Desarrollo Social, y del Ministerio de Coordinación de Política Económica del Gobierno de Ecuador entre 2007 y 2013. Fue Presidenta del Foro de Ministros de Desarrollo Social para América Latina y El Caribe del Programa de Gestión de Transformaciones Sociales, MOST, de la UNESCO, 2009-2011. Fue Presidenta del Consejo de Desarrollo Social de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas, UNASUR, 2009-2010. Ha sido profesora e investigadora en temas de desarrollo, macroeconomía, transformación productiva, economía social, y política pública. Profesora titular de Macroeconomía y Política Económica de la Universidad Central del Ecuador. Ha publicado varios artículos en revistas y libros nacionales e internacionales. Actualmente es Directora de la División de Recursos Naturales de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) en Chile. Sus últimas publicaciones son: “Recursos naturales, medio ambiente y sostenibilidad: 70 años de pensamiento de la CEPAL” publicado junto a otros autores por CEPAL en el 2019; “Estado de bienestar, políticas públicas y desigualdad interétnica: reflexiones teóricas para un análisis aplicado a Ecuador” publicado en la Revista Estado & Comunes, Revista de políticas y problemas públicos del IAEN en el primer semestre del 2018.

Mr. Francisco López, Subsecretario de Energía

Abogado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y LL.M. and Certificate in Business Administration de la Northwestern University School of Law.Durante el primer Gobierno del Presidente Sebastián Piñera el nuevo subsecretario se desempeñó como asesor jurídico de la Subsecretaría de Salud Pública, y como jefe de Gabinete de la Dirección de Presupuestos del Ministerio de Hacienda.En el actual mandato del Presidente Piñera fue jefe de Gabinete y coordinador de Políticas Sanitarias del Ministerio de Obras Públicas. Antes de asumir el nuevo cargo en el Ministerio de Energía se desempeñaba como coordinador regulatorio y legislativo del Ministerio de Economía

Mr. Pascal Guillaume, President European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES)

Pascal Guillaume was appointed President of the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services, EFIEES, as of 1 January 2019. Since he graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in 1986, Mr. Guillaume has devoted most of his career to the energy services sector, holding managerial positions in France, Czech Republic, UK, and Benelux.

Ms. Edith Bayer, EE Specialist, IEA

Edith Bayer es analista de la Agencia Internacional de Energía (AIE), donde supervisa el trabajo de la AIE sobre la eficiencia energética en América Latina. Tiene más de 10 años de experiencia trabajando en los campos de eficiencia energética, gestión del lado de la demanda, reforma del sector energético y política climática. Edith ha trabajado con gobiernos, organizaciones no gubernamentales y otras partes interesadas en el desarrollo de soluciones para avanzar en la política de transición energética. Ha trabajado en Europa, los Estados Unidos y América Latina. Edith tiene un título de Doctor en Jurisprudencia (JD) de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Nueva York y una licenciatura en ruso y español de la Universidad de Tulane.

Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director

Dr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since September 2015. He was re-elected in January 2018 for a second four-year term, which will begin in September 2019. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. This effort focuses on three pillars: opening the doors of the IEA to include major emerging countries, such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa who have joined the IEA Family, thus increasing its share of global energy demand from 38% to almost 75%; broadening the IEA’s security mandate to natural gas and electricity as well as oil; and making the IEA the global hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. Prior to his nomination as Executive Director, Dr Birol spent over 20 years at the IEA, rising through the ranks to the position of Chief Economist responsible for the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, one of the world’s most active industry advisory groups in energy. Dr Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most influential people on the world’s energy scene and was recognised by the Financial Times in 2017 as Energy Personality of the Year. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the Order of the Polar Star from the King of Sweden and the highest Presidential decorations from Austria, Germany and Italy. Before the IEA, Dr Birol worked at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul and received a MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna. Dr Birol was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa from Imperial College London in 2013. He was also made an honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club in 2013.

Dr. Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, IEA

Dr. Brian Motherway is Head of the Energy Efficiency Division at the International Energy Agency, overseeing a range of analytical and outreach programmes supporting energy efficiency globally. Prior to joining the IEA Brian was Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Brian holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering and a PhD in sociology.

Mr. Dave Turk, Acting Deputy Executive Director and Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office

Dave Turk joined the IEA in September 2016 and is currently the Acting Deputy Executive Director and Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office. He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he coordinated the Department’s international clean energy efforts. He also previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, and in various capacities in the U.S. Congress.

Mr.Ignacio Santelices

es economista y master en economía de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, y master en políticas públicas de la Universidad de California - Berkeley. Ignacio tiene amplia experiencia en el diseño e implementación de políticas y programas energéticos, de eficiencia energética y de mitigación de cambio climático, tanto en Chile como a nivel internacional, además de hacer clases en varias universidades. Actualmente es Director Ejectuvo de la Agencia de Sostenibilidad Energética.