Draft Agenda
Tuesday 04 June
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bogota, Colombia
17:00 - 19:00
Pre-event Registration & Networking Reception
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required). An informal 'ice-breaker' Reception offers a chance for participants to meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed setting, whilst Panel Chairs may connect with their fellow panellists.
Wednesday 05 June
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bogota, Colombia
8:00 - 8:50
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee.
8:50 - 9:30
Opening Ceremony
8:50 - 9:00 
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Non-Executive Advisor to the Board of GRV Global & FORUM CHAIR
9:00 - 9:15 
Keynote Address
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience Global Practice of World Bank Group (WBG)
9:15 - 9:30 
Keynote Address
Dr. Juan Pablo Bonilla, Manager of the Climate Change & Sustainable Development Sector of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
9:30 - 9:45 
Welcoming Address
Dr. Juan Carlos Orrego Ocampo, Deputy Director General of National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia
9:30 - 10:45
Panel 1: Financing
The public and the private sectors often face challenges accessing capital and financing for climate resilience projects and justifying the upfront costs. Building resilience, a long-term need, competes for resources with other more immediate objectives, and determining and communicating the long-term benefits is challenging. Whereas resilience comes at a cost, smart infrastructure financing translates into economic advantage. Whilst the impact and therefore cost of disasters and effects of climate change continue to grow exponentially, investing in resilience for the long-term offers the best opportunity to reduce those costs and promotes stability for all concerned. Cities and businesses around the world are leveraging innovative finance mechanisms like emissions trading systems, green bonds and climate funds to pay for necessary infrastructure updates and initiatives.
  • Governments struggle to invest in already-needed repairs in infrastructure, while an expected increase of natural disasters and environmental stresses on infrastructure bring into focus a rising cost of maintaining climate-resilient facilities and infrastructure. Whilst more resilient elements (like green infrastructure and efficient energy systems) can lower maintenance & operating costs for local and state governments, such savings are realized over time. The long-term benefits of avoiding disaster costs are also challenging to quantify.
  • Strategic investments, the need for cross-sector partnerships, and identifying bankable projects (durable projects that account for risk, scientific aspects, economics and utilise community input).
  • Innovation in the capital markets for the delivery of resilience – products and solutions.
  • The role of insurers in infrastructure ‘future proofing’ i.e. developing future mitigation methods that encourage the longevity of projects (supporting the research of new solutions).
  • Attracting private capital for resilient infrastructure investments – Delivering resilience and attractive risk-adjusted returns.
  • Early-stage investment in resilience is a powerful lever which allows the private and public sectors to invest in smart sustainable infrastructure but how do we define the appropriate level of investment, the elements involved and the analytical challenges in projecting exposure for the lifespan of an infrastructure asset?
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is changing the way we understand and do things. The Finance sector has always worked together with technology i.e. IoT moving risk management from reactionary to real-time, data analytics to understand & predict future losses through AI, cloud storage or cryptographic blockchains will all play an important role on the Risk Management Revolution.
Panel Chair: Prof. Jamal Saghir, Non-Executive Advisor to the Board of GRV Global
Martha Castillo, Sustainability & Climate Change Specialist of CAF Development Bank of Latin America
Juan Felipe Munera, Head of Consulting of Willis Towers Watson Colombia
Fernando Cubillos Prieto, Head of Energy of Infrastructure & Energy Division, IDB Invest
Vanessa Velasco, Urban Specialist of World Bank Group (WBG)
Estefanía León, Vice President of Inverlink
Jean Francisco Duque Valencia, Technical Director of Findeter
10:35 - 10:45
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:45 - 11:15
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15
Panel 2: Urbanisation
The high rates of urban growth in Latin America during the 1970s produced rapid urbanisation and severe housing problems. Planning policies have approached urban growth as a static problem rather than as a spatial form that emerges from the urban development process, part of an ongoing dynamic process. As cities and towns grow, physical and economic resilience quickly become a clear priority. The region’s mass urbanisation creates enormous social, economic and environmental changes, which provide an opportunity for sustainability with the potential to use resources more efficiently, to create more sustainable land use and to protect the biodiversity of natural ecosystems. Yet housing, the planning thereof and authorities play vital roles in building resilience and sustainability into the foundations of city & community development.
  • Offsetting predicted risks.
  • Sustainable land use and construction methods – engineered solutions for the toughest environments.
  • Land titling must be executed prior to an incident – the importance of tenure regulation, assigning ownership and responsibility, and effective disaster rehabilitation.
  • Building in flexibility for future adaptation – smart, multipurpose and efficient designs.
  • The fundamental role of municipal bodies and local Government – addressing risks and enforcement for long-term gains.
  • Cities adopting a circular economy; contrast between the conventional economy approach versus the thermodynamic model as a preface. Creating a collaborative environment across the value chain - an open, efficient public sector environment encouraging innovative private sector solutions.
Panel Chair: Dr. Alexandra Ortiz Gomez, Lead Urban Development Specialist of Urban and DRM Unit - Latin America & the Caribbean, World Bank Group (WBG)
Juan Moreno, Executive Director of International Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES)
Dr. Francisca Rojas, Housing & Urban Development Specialist of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Camilo Andres Luengas Bernal, Technical Leader of Colombian Council of Sustainable Construction (CCCS)
Vivian Argueta Bernal, Chief Resilience Officer of Municipality of Santiago de Cali
12:05 - 12:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:15 - 13:15
Panel 3: Disaster Management
Undeniably, climate change is having an ever-increasing impact on the Latin America, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico region despite them being amongst the lowest contributors. The magnitude of natural disasters and regularity of significant climatic variance demands greater preparedness of severe weather patterns, and the hazard mapping thereof. Equal to protection, response and the restoration of livelihoods is also of paramount importance. Panellists will discuss key differentiators around the urban resilience imperative, lessons learned and durable best practices, and how private sector expertise play a key role in reducing risk. Panellists will also touch on technologies & solutions already seen at RIF2019, and how they might see it being used moving forward.
Panel Chair: Claudia Herrera, Executive Secretary of Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC)
Eduardo Vélez, Professional Specialized Subdirector of Risk Reduction of National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia
Lt Col Anton Gash OBE, Defence Attache (Caribbean) of UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Dr. Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Head, UN-SPIDER Bonn Office of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER)
Carolina Diaz Giraldo, Deputy Director of Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change of National Planning Department (DNP); Colombia
13:05 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 14:45
Networking Lunch Break
14:45 - 17:45
Cementing the Dialogue; 1-2-1 PPP Matchmaking Meetings
Afternoon session devoted to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between government officials, regional leaders, international agencies and financiers, experts, specialists and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss disaster reduction, response and relief solutions across the Latin America, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico region.
Thursday 06 June
8:30 - 9:00
Networking Registration
Delegates yet to register may do so by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee. Sponsors are also asked to arrive early in order to setup their exhibition booth (if not completed Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning).
9:00 - 9:10
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Non-Executive Advisor to the Board of GRV Global & FORUM CHAIR
9:10 - 10:10
Panel 4: Climate-proofing Infrastructure: Smart Cities & Adopting Technology
Despite the fact that exports from Latin America and the Caribbean countries depend mainly on farming and mining, more than two-thirds of their gross national product comes from cities, home to services and industry. Although Latin America has huge expanses of territory, nowhere else has achieved this level of urbanisation. Latin America and the Caribbean stands to be the world’s first Climate-Smart region; a remarkable achievement given its rapid urbanisation rates among the developing world. This offers a wealth of opportunities to achieve sustainable resilience and presents a highly favourable and attractive global position. However, old urban infrastructure needs to be renewed whilst offering an enviable freedom to adopt new technologies. Panellists will discuss how such opportunities can be identified and the challenges of upscaling adoption across the region, whilst maintaining integrity, value and the longevity of community-based solutions.
Sustainable Emerging Cities can no doubt benefit from 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as autonomous vehicles & drones, 3D printing, advanced materials, IoT, biotechnology and of course, AI reshaping urban sectors such as transport, energy, waste, water, and buildings. How can such opportunities be harnessed to increase economic productivity & wellbeing whilst reducing impact and accounting for a local skills need?
Panel Chair: Isabella Guzmán Azcárate, Commercial Manager Coordinator of O-tek
Jose Antonio Castro Melendez, Mayor of Municipal Mayorship of Mocoa
Jaime Mongui, National Quality Expert & Team Leader of UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Carlos Ariel Cortes Mateus, Consultant of World Bank Group (WBG)
10:00 - 10:10
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:10 - 10:20
Spotlight Address: Invest in Bogota
Annia Guatibonza , Senior Investment Officer
Invest in Bogota
10:20 - 10:30
Spotlight Address: Connect the Unconnected
Leonardo R. Domínguez, Country Manager
Hispasat Group
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00
Panel 5: Coastal Urban Infrastructure
The coastal zones of Latin America the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, have many landforms and environments, including sedimentary cliffs, deeply incised estuaries, headlands, barrier coasts and low lying, muddy coastal plains. These forms will respond differently to the expected changes in climate and associated sea level rise, which may produce coastal erosion in the future. At significant risk across Latin America, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, urbanization and climate change is rapidly escalating coastal populations’ exposure to Sea Level Rise (SLR), erosion, land subsidence and storm surges. Integrating coastal and urban resilience whilst understanding of the interaction between human and environmental pressures are vital aspects of adaptation.
  • How do we counter increased risk events and disasters in coastal areas?
  • What would make solutions more attractive to partners such as the private sector?
  • How to manage urban areas efficiently and secure sustainable development, concentrating the infrastructure necessary for city dwellers.
Panel Chair: Jamel Banton, Managing Director of Smith Warner International Ltd.
Dr. Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Head, UN-SPIDER Bonn Office of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER)
Dr. Paula Cristina Sierra-Correa, Information & Research Coordinator of INVEMAR - Institute of Marine & Coastal Research of Colombia
Kyle Coulam, Project Manager of Clinton Foundation
Rodrigo Suarez, Director of ANLA - The National Authority of Environmental Licenses; Colombia
11:50 - 12:00
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
Resilient Utilities for Economic Continuity:
A series of 4 focussed sessions demonstrating the nexus between the utility, public and private sector stakeholders who must work collectively in order to better utilise solutions to manage potentially disruptive threats. These sessions will discuss risk systems, improving crisis communication, severe weather preparedness, critical infrastructure planning and protection, and the general improved use of technology.
12:00 - 12:45
Panel 6: Energy
Impressively, Latin America and the Caribbean already provides over 50% of its power needs from renewable sources. This offers a critical path to long-term climate resilience for which, the region is a global leader. That said, development plans must incorporate disaster-proofing into power solutions/transmission and create solutions for critical power restoration. Panellists will discuss best practices (regional & globally) versus current challenges and predictions whilst considering applications appropriate to geographies and sustainable development.
  • Sample Case study: The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) suggests Colombia’s wind power potential could cover more than the country’s current total energy needs.
  • Electrification of the economy towards a zero-carbon society.
  • Distributed generation, distributed energy, on-site generation, decentralised energy; it has many names and many uses for remote areas, and especially those affected by disasters.
Panel Chair: Camila Londono, Director City & Territory of IDOM Colombia
Bayron Triana Arias, Director of Regulation of Colombian Association of Electric Power Generators (ACOLGEN)
Fredy Zuleta, General Manager Transmission of Bogota Energy Group (GEB)
Víctor Julio Díaz Castro, Director Colombia of Prointec
12:35 - 12:45
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:45 - 14:00
Networking Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:45
Panel 7: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH)
Universal, affordable and sustainable access to WaSH is a key public health issue, including waste management. Not only is there a direct impact on livelihoods (life expectancy, student learning, gender equality etc.) but it also has a significant impact on relief & emergency aid as well as rehabilitation & reconstruction. Given its potential for poverty reduction and ability to improve socio-economic development, panellists will discuss the larger perspective of urban environmental management, including integrated waste management, safe/clean water management, air quality management etc. Additionally, factors around governance, education and technology.
Panel Chair: Juliana Gámez Lemus, Executive Director a.i of Habitat for Humanity Colombia
Carlinton Burrell, CEO of Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC)
Diego Armando Rivera Gutiérrez, Contractor of National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia
Dr. Germán Eduardo Osorio Cifuentes, Executive Director of Commission for the Regulation of Water and Basic Sanitation; Colombia
14:35 - 14:45
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
14:45 - 15:30
Panel 8: Telecommunications Infrastructure
With telecommunications being of paramount importance in a disaster situation and the most essential form of support, it also represents the highest damages predictions. Additionally, connectivity and access remain fundamental aspects around capacity building at a grass-roots level i.e. local community and minority groups being involved in and benefitting from development. Panellists will discuss crisis connectivity (robust communication networks that are critical for national self-reliance), and harnessing the benefits of advanced forecasting, mobile applications including social media, and cloud-based solutions. Additionally, the potential impact of 4IR technology on communication and anticipating a disaster, such as Optical Wireless Communications (OWC), Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Panel Chair: Carlos Badillo, COO of Apex-Brasil South America
Jorge Ernesto Torres, Deputy Secretary of COMTELCA (Regional Technical Telecommunications Commission)
Catalina Escobar, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of MAKAIA
Shernon Osepa, Manager - Regional Affairs for Latin America & the Caribbean of Internet Society
Roberto Reyes Sierra, Telecommunications Manager of EMCALI
15:20 - 15:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
15:30 - 16:15
Panel 9: Transportation Systems
When assessing the robustness of an economy, its durability and scope for resilient and sustainable habitats, transportation and logistical means rate among the highest of factors. Public transportation including ports, airports, road and rail, all have a significant effect on day-to-day lives and therefore economic growth, not to mention a hugely valuable tourism sector. However, they remain a major factor of vulnerability. Panellists will discuss building resilience into daily transportation systems around the realisation of climate change factors, and perhaps adapting strategies already utilised in a disaster situation.
  • Business lens: Transmilenio, the Climate-Smart public transport system of Bogotá. Bogotá Declaration on Sustainable Transport Objectives (BDSTO), signed by 10 Latin American countries in 2011 – through efficient, affordable low carbon transport, cities can reduce significant greenhouse gases, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Ensuring new transport infrastructure is developed in a way that considers the possible effects of future disaster shocks will improve the resilience of societies.
  • E-mobility; electric vehicles to achieve decarbonisation in our cities.
Panel Chair: Germán Pineda, Country Manager - Colombia of ICEACSA Grupo
T. Luke Young, Director of Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation of AECOM
Juan Camilo Gonzalez, Manager North City Project of Bogota Mayorship
Annia Guatibonza , Senior Investment Officer of Invest in Bogota
16:05 - 16:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
16:15 - 16:30
Closing Ceremony
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Non-Executive Advisor to the Board of GRV Global & FORUM CHAIR
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global