Conference Chair
Prof. Jamal Saghir (Panel Chair)
Non-Executive Advisor to the Board
GRV Global

Prof. Saghir is currently Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, Montreal, Affiliated Scholar at the American University of Beirut and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines. He is also Special Advisor to the Executive Committee of Bollore Transport and Logistics, France; member of Board of directors of CICA S.A; SATRAM-HUILES SA; SAMC-COMBUSTIBLES SA and S + M TANK, Switzerland; member of the Advisory Board of AMEA Power LLC, Dubai; GRV Global Ltd, London; and member of the Council for Sustainable Development Goals 1, End Poverty, The World Government Summit, Dubai.

From 2011 to 2016, Prof. Saghir was Africa Director for Sustainable Development and Senior Regional Advisor at the World Bank. In these positions, he held directorship in Energy, Water, Transport, Environment, Agriculture and Rural development, Infrastructure and Sustainable Development. From 2001 to 2010, he was Director and Chair of the World Bank Group’s Boards for Energy, Water and Transport. Prior to joining the World Bank, Prof. Saghir served as Resident Advisor to the Prime Ministry in Tunisia and Country Director for Scientex Corporation, Center for Privatization (1988-1990), and from 1985-1988, he held the positions of Economic Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Associate Minister of Finance and Privatization in Quebec (Canada). From 1982 to 1985, he served as Economist at the National Assembly of Quebec.

Prof. Saghir was appointed in 2009 by the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon as core member of the United Nations Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group, and he was also appointed as core member of the Global Energy Assessment from 2008-2011. He contributed to the delivery of major reports to the UN Secretary General and international community on Energy and Climate Change. Prof. Saghir has contributed to over 30 publications, essays and books.

Keynote Speakers
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director of Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience Global Practice
World Bank Group (WBG)

In this position, Mr. Ijjasz-Vasquez leads a team of over 600 technical experts deployed across the world, leveraging global knowledge and collaborating with partners to help tackle the world’s most complex development challenges in: social inclusion and sustainability; mainstreaming resilience in all dimensions of development; territorial and rural development; and urban planning, services and institutions. His team manages a portfolio of approximately $29 billion and the delivery of more than 200 policy and advisory reports per year.

Before this, he was Director for Sustainable Development of the Latin America and Caribbean Region since November 2011, covering infrastructure, environment and climate change, social development, agriculture and rural development, disaster risk management, and urban development with an active portfolio of about $17 billion. From 2007 to 2011, he was based in Beijing, where he managed the Sustainable Development Unit for China and Mongolia. Earlier in his career, he managed the global trust-funded programs ESMAP and WSP in energy and water and sanitation, respectively.

Mr. Ijjasz has a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil and environmental engineering, with a specialization in hydrology and water resources. He has been a lecturer at the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, and at Tsinghua University. He is a Colombian and Hungarian national.
Dr. Juan Pablo Bonilla
Manager of the Climate Change & Sustainable Development Sector
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Juan Pablo Bonilla, is the Manager of the IDB's Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector (CSD). Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Bonilla has worked on environmental sustainability, climate change and energy for more than 20 years. He led the IDB's Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative, a major strategic step for integrating climate change and sustainability as a priority for the Bank. Before joining the IDB, Dr. Bonilla worked as Senior Specialist at the World Bank, and was a member of the United Nation's CDM Executive Board. In Colombia, after serving as the Executive Director of a new think tank Fundesarrollo, and as National Environmental Manager of ANDI, Dr. Bonilla launched new initiatives such as the National Climate Change Policy and the National Biotechnology Policy as principal advisor to the country's Vice President. Dr. Bonilla served as Deputy Minister of Environment, and acting Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development.
Dr. Juan Carlos Orrego Ocampo
Deputy Director General
National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia

Dr. Juan Carlos Orrego Ocampo serves the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) of Colombia, as Deputy Director General. He is an international expert in risk management, adaptation to climate change and crisis management with emphasis on the areas of urban resistance and early disaster recovery, institutional development and public policy formulation. He has worked with governments of 14 countries in Latin America, advising on the political, institutional and technical management of severe disasters and crisis situations, as well as processes for assessing recovery needs in risk reduction.

Martha Castillo
Sustainability & Climate Change Specialist
CAF Development Bank of Latin America

Martha Castillo is an environmental and Natural Resources Economist. She has been working in the climate change field in the last fifteen years supporting the formulation and implementation policies, programs and incentive schemes to promote sustainable projects with emphasis in climate change. From 2002 to 2006, she was working with the Ministry of Environment in Colombia and since 2007 has been working with CAF, Latin American Development Bank - the largest source of multilateral funding in South America on the topics on sustainability and climate finance.
Juan Manuel Robledo
Integral Urban Management Director

Juan Manuel Robledo is a civil engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, master in logistics, transport and mobility from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. His first years of experience are based on the research developed at the Colombian Center for Transport Technologies - CCTT and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. During his years of experience in Spain he achieved the implementation of regulations for the electric vehicle in the region of Catalonia and the implementation of the Observatory of Corporate Social Responsibility for the main companies in the energy and infrastructure sector in Europe, focused on Spain. Upon his return to Colombia, he has worked in the financial and sustainability areas, promoting, from Findeter, the planning and development of more sustainable cities, focusing on transport and mobility issues. He currently holds the position of Director of Comprehensive Urban Management in Findeter, from where the Urban NAMAs are promoted, based on national and local inter-institutional coordination, international cooperation and the generation of capacity in local and national governments.
Juan Felipe Munera
Head of Consulting
Willis Towers Watson Colombia

Management Engineer, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Master of Science in International Financial Markets, University of Southampton (U.K.). Currently Head of Consulting for Willis Towers Watson Colombia. More than 20 years of experience in financial and risk areas, in energy, services and financial companies, including Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. - ISA, and Ecopetrol S.A. Experience as a member of Boards of Directors of companies in the hydrocarbons and biofuels sector. Teaching experience in Risk Management modules in Master's programs. Expert speaker in Comprehensive Risk Management in forums, seminars and conferences in Colombia and other Latam countries.
Fernando Cubillos Prieto
Head of Energy,Infrastructure & Energy Division
IDB Invest

Fernando is Head of Energy, within the Infrastructure and Energy Division at BID Invest, and covers the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. He has been with BID Invest for 2 years in his current position. In these two years 30 energy projects have been approved, with total financing of US $ 1,700 million, standing out projects of renewable energy, natural gas, energy efficiency and electric transmission. With 26 years of experience, he has extensive knowledge in energy markets and financing of energy projects and climate change. Prior to joining BID Invest, Fernando was a managing partner of Antuko, a firm specializing in Energy in Chile and Mexico, where he led innovative marketing structures for renewable energies. Previously, in J.P. Morgan led the practice of Environmental Markets for Latin America. Fernando holds a degree in Industrial and Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from the University of Maryland in the USA.
Vanessa Velasco
Urban Specialist
World Bank Group (WBG)

Vanessa Velasco is an Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. Since joining the Bank in 2015 she has provided operational and analytical support to projects in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, and Jamaica, including work on urban policy, housing policy, land value capture, urban regeneration, and Transits Oriented development (TOD). She has an experience of fourteen years in the development and management of urban projects and master plans and has worked as an urban development consultant in international organizations as the Korea Land and Housing Corporation, LH. Also, she has worked as a Technical Manager for the development of urban regeneration projects in public and private organizations in Colombia; and as a researcher in studies about land markets and land value capture (LVC) in Spain, Latin America and South Korea. Vanessa is an Architect from the Javeriana University, Master in Urban Planning from the Polytechnic University of Cataluña, Master in Urban Administration from the University of Seoul, and Specialist in Land Markets and Policies for Latin-American from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Estefanía León
Vice President

More than 12 years of experience in capital markets and investment banking. At Inverlink, she has executed several transactions from which stand out the advisory to the District of Bogotá in the sale of a 10% equity stake in Grupo Energía Bogotá for US$ 690 MM. Miss Leon is co-head for infrastructure and energy and has advised clients on numerous projects of the Fourth Generation of Toll-Road Concessions, PPP airport initiatives and energy transactions for relevant local and international sponsors. Estefanía’s prior experience also includes the structuring of corporate bond issuances, tender offers in the Colombian Stock Exchange, equity research at a Colombian leading brokerage house and being and expert witness in Arbitration disputes. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a B.Sc. in Physics and B.Sc. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes.
Dr. Alexandra Ortiz Gomez (Panel Chair)
Lead Urban Development Specialist,Urban and DRM Unit - Latin America & the Caribbean
World Bank Group (WBG)

Alexandra Ortiz is a Lead Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. Alexandra is an industrial engineer from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and holds a master's degree in urban planning, and a PhD in regional planning, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the United States. Alexandra has worked for more than twenty years at the World Bank, in projects covering the following fields: urban upgrading, municipal development, urban transport, city development strategies, cultural heritage, natural disaster risk management, land use planning, and territorial development. She has worked in 17 countries in the following regions: East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. As Lead Urban Specialist her responsibility is to oversee the quality of the urban portfolio in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, mentor teams, and coordinate urban and DRM projects in Haiti and Colombia.
Juan Moreno
Executive Director
International Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES)

Juan Moreno has an important career in the field of research and public administration, from where he has held positions as coordinator of the Human Resources Training Program of the State Social Cabinet, director of the Institute of National Studies of the University of Panama (IDEN) and Director of the Istmeño Center for the Modernization of Public Administration (CIMAP). In 2007 he joined the International Center for Sustainable Development of the City of Knowledge Foundation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Mr. Moreno holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Panama and is a theorist of complexity theory, holds a Master of Science with a Specialization in Industrial Administration and doctoral studies in Project Management from the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana de México.
Dr. Francisca Rojas
Housing & Urban Development Specialist
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Francisca M. Rojas is senior housing and urban development specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Since 2012 she has prepared and managed a loan portfolio of nearly USD 1 billion in urban development programs in Latin America that seek to advance urban upgrading and metropolitan governance objectives. Previously, she was research director and post-doctoral fellow with the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; project planner for the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative at the Washington DC Office of Planning; and advisor to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development in Chile. She has a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently based in the IDB Colombia country office in Bogotá.
Camilo Andres Luengas Bernal
Technical Leader
Colombian Council of Sustainable Construction (CCCS)

Camilo Luengas is a Civil Engineer and Specialist in Environmental Sanitation from the Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito, accredited as LEED® AP BD + C (Building Design & Construction) and WELL AP (WELL Building Standard). He has recently been named as USGBC® Faculty™ by the United States Green Building Council, a global network of qualified professionals, instructors and facilitators, who have extensive experience in sustainability, he is authorized to teach the USGBC certification systems and GBCI. With experience in engineering & consulting in sustainability for real estate developments with housing, commerce, institutional and large surfaces. For 3 years he has served as Technical Leader of the Colombian Council of Sustainable Construction (CCCS) and has been responsible for the development of technical programs, products and services, as well as leading the processes of the certification system in sustainable construction for housing CASA Colombia. He was invited as a lecturer to the international congress Greenbuild Mexico in 2017 and has participated as a visiting professor in various postgraduate programs.
Vivian Argueta Bernal
Chief Resilience Officer
Municipality of Santiago de Cali

Vivian Argueta is a specialist in urban development and social planning with a master's degree in public policy from Tsinghua University and undergraduate studies from the International University of Landegg and Harvard. She currently leads the largest transformation in public education in the history of Cali, Colombia. Previously, she directed a territorial initiative that coordinated and channelled investment in the poorest areas of Cali. In addition, she has over ten years of consulting experience for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations in urban and rural development in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Claudia Herrera (Panel Chair)
Executive Secretary
Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC)

Currently serving as Executive Secretary of CEPREDENAC, Ms. Claudia Herrera has a degree in Business Administration and 20 years of experience managing the Integral Risk Management of Disasters, a field in which she became involved after the Hurricane Mitch disaster in 1998. Ms. Herrera was part of the team responsible for the harmonization of the Central American Policy on Comprehensive Risk Management of Disasters within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, coordinating the participation of CEPREDENAC with the Executive Committee of the Central American Integration System (SICA), government agencies, national systems, international cooperation and strategic actors linked to Disaster Risk Reduction, until its approval at the 2017 SICA Summit of Presidents and Heads of State. Claudia also lead the process for the update of the Regional Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019-2023. Previously, she held relevant positions with International Cooperation, including as Regional Advisor in the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR); as a representative of European Organizations, coordinating Regional Projects of the General Directorate of Humanitarian Aid (DG-ECHO) and has led national spaces such as the Humanitarian Network in Honduras and the National Forum of Act Alliance that is formed by a Network of European Organizations with humanitarian mandate and of social development. She has also coordinated projects financed by the Ministry of Development of the United Kingdom (DFID), and the UN Development Program (UNDP), among others.
Eduardo Vélez
Professional Specialized Subdirector of Risk Reduction
National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia

Founder of the Colombian society of professionals in integral disaster risk management and the community resilience promoting Corporation. He is a social science professional specializing in prevention, care and disaster reduction, Disaster Risk Reduction, with management training of community risk, emergency and earthquake rescue, climate change, crisis, organizational coach, international lecturer and professor of two specializations in disaster risk management in universities. With 35 years of experience in the civil service where he had the opportunity to participate in the attention of the disasters that have affected the country during the last decade. He has obtained multiple decorations, medals and recognitions for services to the community in disaster risk management among which are; the recognition of the Presidency of the Republic as the best public official of the country in 2015 and the award to the first place of good resilience practices by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of Colombia within the framework of the VI regional platform for disaster risk reduction in 2017.
Lt Col Anton Gash OBE
Defence Attache (Caribbean)
UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Lieutenant Colonel Anton Gash is the British Defence Attache for the Caribbean, based in Kingston, Jamaica. He is responsible for 14 countries across the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago) plus the 5 UK Caribbean Overseas Territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos Islands). He is a tank commander by background and also a specialist in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence. He has previously served as Defence Attache/Advisor in South Asia (Sri Lanka and Maldives) and West Africa (Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo and Mali), and has also worked with the European Union in Brussels. His operational deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan with the British Army and Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Mali (MINUSMA) with the United Nations. He has been in post since March 2017, and in 2018 was responsible for coordinating the initial deployment of British Forces to the Caribbean in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Dr. Juan Carlos Villagrán de León
Head, UN-SPIDER Bonn Office
UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER)

Juan Carlos Villagrán de León is a citizen of Guatemala and has a PhD. degree in experimental physics from the University of Texas at Austin. After working in Central America for nearly a decade, he joined the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn where he carried out research in areas related to risk management and early warning. At the beginning of 2009, he joined the UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in 2009, and since December 2011 he has served as Head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office. He oversees knowledge management; disaster risk management and early warning efforts. He is the focal point for Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Carolina Diaz Giraldo
Deputy Director of Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change
National Planning Department (DNP); Colombia

Carolina Diaz Giraldo is an Environmental Manager and Master in Development and Environment, currently serving as the Deputy Director of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the National Planning Department of Colombia. She possess 10 years of professional experience in disaster risk management in the Latin-American region, working with international organizations such as the World Bank Group and the European Union, and with government entities at the national, regional and local levels in Colombia and in other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Isabella Guzmán Azcárate (Panel Chair)
Commercial Manager Coordinator

Isabella Guzmán Azcárate is an Architect from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota with a Master in international Relations at IE Business School in Madrid. A bridge builder keen to pursue multisectoral approaches in addressing complex circumstances by building up consensus amongst diverse actors and stakeholders. Isabella’s professional experience has been focused on sustainable infrastructure development, urban planning, business development and international affairs. Her career both in the public and private sectors has been driven by the will to promote social and environmental actions towards improving the quality of life of communities around Latin America.
Jose Antonio Castro Melendez
Municipal Mayorship of Mocoa

Jose Antonio Castro Melendez, Mayor of Mocoa-Putumayo, born 24 January 1967. He is a Biologist with a degree in Administration of Companies & International Businesses, and a Masters in Continental Hydrobiological Resources. Mr. Jose Castro is also a specialist in University Teaching and in the formulation and evaluation of social development projects. He is the founder of the Institute of Education of Putumayo Inesup, and the University Citadel Project. He has also been lecturer and university professor for 15 years.
Jaime Mongui
National Quality Expert & Team Leader
UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Jaime Monguí is currently the National Quality Expert and Team Leader of the PRO-Motion project of UNIDO, KOICA and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, such project has a holistic approach that fosters the sustainable and inclusive development of the automotive value chain in Colombia by enhancing the quality and productivity. The framework of the project consists on support the policy making for the sector development, strength the National Quality Infraestructure, enhance the productivity and quality of the local manufacturers, foster the foreign investment and exports and improve the skills to add value in the products. Mr. Monguí is Mechanical Engineer specialist on Maintenance Management with a Master degree in Finance, during 12 years has been working within the automotive sector mainly on quality assurance, processes modernization, value chain development and technical regulations.
Carlos Ariel Cortes Mateus
World Bank Group (WBG)

Carlos Ariel Cortés is a civil engineer specialist in Management for Engineers, with experience of more than 15 years in the public sector. Recently he served as Executive Director of the National Housing Fund of Colombia - FONVIVIENDA and Director of Housing Investment of Social Interest Housing Ministry, City and Territory. He currently working as a consultant for the World Bank Group, where he has carried out the analysis of housing policies of Mexico, Guatemala, Perú, Colombia, Honduras and Bolivia, and he has provided proposals and recommendations for the optimization of housing improvement, resettlement and reconstruction programs, to encourage the resilience of the homes. With the World Bank, he has provided support in the process of capturing information with drones to assess the vulnerability of housing in slums in Colombia and Guatemala. Since 2009 to 2015 he was member of the Advisory Commission to the regime of constructions Earthquake Resistant, and he was participated in the drafting of the current Colombian regulation of Earthquake Resistant NSR-10 and its modifications.
Luisa Fernanda Mesa
Investment Promotion Manager
Invest in Bogota

Luisa Fernanda Mesa is the Investment Promotion Manager of Invest in Bogota, the investment promotion agency for Bogota-Region, a public-private partnership between the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the Bogota City Government. She is responsible for leading and executing the strategy to attract foreign direct investment into the city and its region in the main industry sectors of the productive agenda. She holds a degree in Business from the CESA university as well as a postgraduate degree in Strategic Marketing. She has more than 16 years of experience in global organizations in areas responsible for driving growth, new investments, international affairs, business development, marketing and communications.
Leonardo R. Domínguez
Country Manager
Hispasat Group

Since 2013 in the Hispasat Group, Leonardo R. Dominguez, has served as Country Manager for Colombia and Sales Manager for the North Cone. He has developed an intense job tracking or identifying opportunities in the region as well as building a solid client base. Relevant milestones are part of the management of Leonardo, which could highlight the award in late 2013 of the Kioscos Vive Digital project in its phase 2 and other large projects at the regional level. Previously, Leonardo had acted as relationship manager at France Telecom, focused on the management of Europe's critical clients. Between 2010-2013, he acted in Orange Business Services, managing customer service and service quality metrics for clients from the most diverse segments such as: aeronautics and large automotive industries, etc.
Jamel Banton (Panel Chair)
Managing Director
Smith Warner International Ltd.

Jamel D. Banton, is a Coastal/Civil Engineer and Project Manager with more than 20 years of experience in coastal and marine engineering. This experience covers a wide spectrum including data collection, numerical modelling, beach design, shoreline protection, hurricane analysis, coastal zone management, storm surge mapping, stormwater management and environmental impact assessments. He has worked from concept stage to construction for a range of Waterfront and Infrastructure development projects (resorts, roadways, beach creation, shoreline protection, marinas, ports, etc). He has also garnered experience in coastal hazard mitigation for climate change adaptation and has done post-hurricane disaster assessments for major hurricanes. He has worked on projects in 30 Caribbean Islands and has also worked in Central America.
Dr. Paula Cristina Sierra-Correa
Information & Research Coordinator
INVEMAR - Institute of Marine & Coastal Research of Colombia

Dr. Paula Cristina Sierra-Correa, born in Medellín, Colombia, serves as Information Research Coordinator and ad-hoc Secretary of the Board of Directors at INVEMAR. Since 2015, she is the coordinator of the regional training center for Latin America of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy (OTGA) strategy of IOC-IODE-UNESCO. She holds a PhD in Marine Sciences, a Masters in geo-informatics, coastal areas ITC from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Dr. Sierra's research includes adaptation based on ecosystems and mitigation to climate change in marine and coastal environments; coastal planning and capacity building for decision making. She has been with the INVEMAR team since 1996, currently leading a team of at least 35 researchers and professionals. She was also part of the formulation team of the coastal zone policy for Colombia, has led more than 30 projects, at least 5 international and produced more than 20 scientific publications.
Kyle Coulam
Project Manager
Clinton Foundation

Kyle Coulam went to the University of Vermont (UVM) where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, with a focus on international relations and global history. During his time at UVM, he interned abroad with Boston University at Green Cross International in Geneva where he worked on a wide range of environmental projects. At the University of Southern California, Kyle received a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Planning with a focus on sustainability, as well as a certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy. Taking his passion for the environment from the classroom into practice, he has worked at the U.S.-China Clean Tech Center, the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, Los Angeles Council District 14, as well as consulted for the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department to measure and improve Los Angeles' resilience. Currently, Kyle is a Project Manager with the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program.
Rodrigo Suarez
ANLA - The National Authority of Environmental Licenses; Colombia

The Director of the ANLA, Rodrigo Suárez Castaño, is an Environmental & Health Engineer from the Universidad de la Salle and Administrator of Natural Resources of the Universidad Santo Tomás, with specialised training in Public Management and Administrative Institutions of the Universidad de los Andes and Studies in Air Quality Management. In his career, whose focus has been working on environmental issues, Suárez Castaño has served as director of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) where he had the opportunity to lead the proposal of the contribution of Colombia in the framework COP 21. In turn he was Deputy Director of Instruments, Permits and Environmental Procedures (SIPTA) of the ANLA, with more than 18 years of experience in the public sector, he was also at the forefront of l Bill and the National Climate Change Policy. Now leader of the ANLA, entity in charge of evaluating and following up projects in the hydrocarbons, mining, infrastructure, energy and agrochemical sectors and managing permits and environmental procedures relevant to the country's sustainable development, Suárez Castaño has printed its strategic vision in order to bring the entity closer to Colombians, guarantee transparent, technical processes and with important technological developments, mitigating conflicts in the territories and reconciling these initiatives with the safeguarding of the country's natural resources.
Camila Londono (Panel Chair)
Director City & Territory
IDOM Colombia

Architect at the Universidad de los Andes, with a Master's Degree in Territorial Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Barcelona, expert in Urban Planning and Sustainable Territorial Planning. Camila Londono has worked for thirteen years in the area of planning, sustainable urban design and architecture, developing more than 50 projects, for a total of 20,000 hectares designed and 1,800 homes built. Among the firms of which she has been part, she has been responsible for important projects, among which are: the Transmilenio of the Seventh Race of the Colombian capital, the first Partial Urban Renewal Plan of Bogotá, called Proscenio, the UAU "La Loma" where the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla will be relocated. Coordinated the urban growth module of the "Sustainable and Competitive Cities Initiative" of Findeter, for the cities of Valledupar, Villavicencio, Cartagena and Riohacha. She was the expert in sustainable urban planning for the Nama Habitat project in Colombia and for the development of urban regulations in 9 municipalities in Bolivia. Camila Londono currently directs the City and Territory area within Idom Colombia, leading projects such as the study of growth and evolution of urban footprint of Bogota region, directs environmental studies for the Metropolitan Area of Cúcuta, the pre-feasibility study for the Science District, Technology and Innovation of Bogotá and the TOD NAMA studies for the Cities of Cali, Pasto and Manizales, as well as the designs for the largest urban renewal project in Latin America called Alameda entre Parques.
Bayron Triana Arias
Director of Regulation
Colombian Association of Electric Power Generators (ACOLGEN)

Industrial Engineer, with a Master's Degree in Administration from the National University of Colombia. During his first years of professional career he was linked to the Executive Management of the Banco de la República, from where he passed to the Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission - CREG, to serve as an Energy Regulation Advisor. Since 2013, he holds the Regulatory Direction of the Colombian Association of Electric Power Generators - ACOLGEN. The engineer Bayron Triana, has extensive experience in energy markets and has served as a teacher in Colombian universities of great academic recognition.
Fredy Zuleta
General Manager Transmission
Bogota Energy Group (GEB)

Víctor Julio Díaz Castro
Director Colombia

Civil Engineer, approved to Roads, Canals and Ports Engineering. Víctor Julio Díaz Castro has worked in different Construction, Engineering and Consulting companies, carrying out a wide range of projects, fulfilling the goals of both the company and the client. He has gained a high knowledge in Marketing, Financial, Human Resources, Production and Management during his Executive MBA studies, which complement his professional profile. Víctor has carried out duties in management, execution, coordination and leadership on a wide range of construction projects and supervised in the fields of Roads, Ports, Urbanization, Infrastructure, Building, etc. He took responsibility of the Management and the execution of some of the projects, and for the others, the Direction and the Technical Assistance. He has assumed different duties throughout his professional career such as: Production Manager, Site Manager, Head of Department, Head of Unit and Building Works Manager; creating synergies and “equipment” in multidisciplinary, international and multi-task settings.
Juliana Gámez Lemus (Panel Chair)
Executive Director a.i
Habitat for Humanity Colombia

Juliana Gámez Lemus is a Public Accountant with specialized studies in Finance. With more than 15 years of work with Habitat for Humanity Colombia and currently serving as Executive Director a.i. in this organization, alternating her work as an External Consultant in the Private sector and as a University Teacher in the financial area.
Carlinton Burrell
Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC)

Carlinton G. Burrell has been addressing climate change challenges through clean tech innovation in the Caribbean by stimulating new business ventures, creating over 500 jobs in the region during the last three & a half years. As CEO of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) a World Bank Initiative with the Government of Canada, he has been supporting the development of and enabling the ecosystem to foster innovative and growth-oriented enterprises while helping them to raise necessary capitals for their business ventures. Carlinton has been establishing regional capacity to support clean tech start-ups and early-stage companies which underscores his contribution to the emergence of new domestic green industries commercializing over 43 products from 11 different countries in the last two year.
Diego Armando Rivera Gutiérrez
National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD); Colombia

Environmental Engineer, Specialist in Mining, Prevention, Attention and Reduction of Disasters and training in Risk Management of Disasters and Sustainable Local Development. Mr. Rivera has extensive experience in the integration of disaster risk management as a determinant and conditioner in sustainable territorial development, through territorial planning plans, watershed management plans and management, territorial plans for disaster risk management, strategies of emergency response, development plans, including the business plan for disaster risk management of the URRA I Hydroelectric Power Plant, evaluating the scenario of rupture and overflow of dam in the department of Cordoba, and the Public Policy of Disaster Risk Management of Cota Cundinamarca. Professor and researcher of the Catholic University of Manizales of the Disaster Prevention, Reduction and Attention Specialization, and now a professional of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, supporting the strategic lines of territorial ordering, public private strategy for the management of disaster risk, climate change and author of the Disaster Risk Management Integration Guide in the territorial development plans to be published by the UNGRD.
Dr. Germán Eduardo Osorio Cifuentes
Executive Director
Commission for the Regulation of Water and Basic Sanitation; Colombia

Dr. Germán Eduardo Osorio Cifuentes serves Colombia’s Commission for the Regulation of Water and Basic Sanitation (CRA) as Executive Director. He is a Lawyer and Administrative Law Specialist of the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, and Specialist in Public Administration of the ESAP and Magister in Social Security of the University Alcalá de Henares of Spain. In his professional experience, in the private sector he was linked to the Colombian Natural Gas Association - NATURGAS, where he served as General Secretary and President (E). He also worked for the law firm Baker & McKenzie, as well as with the branch of the multinational British Petroleum Company Colombia Limited. On the other hand, he has more than 20 year’s experience in the public sector where he has worked in different entities: TELECOM, Social Security, National Electoral Council, National Registry of Civil Status, Presidency of the Republic, Energy Regulation Commission and Gas (CREG) and Ministry of Economic Development. In the same way, he has been a university professor for more than twenty (20) years.
Carlos Badillo (Panel Chair)
Apex-Brasil South America

Carlos Badillo is the COO for Apex-Brasil South America’s office. He and his team are in charge of planning and executing the strategies for export, investment promotion and internationalization process support for Brazilian companies. Prior to Apex-Brasil, Carlos served as an advisor in ProColombia, Ministerio de Agricutura y Desarrollo Rural, Direccion de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales and Zona Franca Bogotá. His experience spans through different rolls in the agribusiness sector (investment and exports), international trade negotiations (Free Trade Agreements), customs operations and as a speaker on customs topics.
Jorge Ernesto Torres
Deputy Secretary
COMTELCA (Regional Technical Telecommunications Commission)

Deputy Secretary at the Regional Technical Telecommunications Commission (COMTELCA), an institution in which he has worked also as a Consultant and Specilist Engineer, performing various functions of coordination, planning and development of projects, regulations and public policies for member countries (Mexico , Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic).
Electrical Engineer with Specialty in Electronics, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Applications of Electromagnetic Theory and applications in Telecommunications by fiber optics and microwaves, has realized Marketing studies in FEPADE, El Salvador and of Sales Engineering in The AT & T Sales Academy.
Catalina Escobar
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Civil society leader and social entrepreneur with 19 years of experience in social sector, digital development and international cooperation. During six years, she worked with the World Bank managing web related projects that promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, at the Development Gateway and as part of the Intranet team. She co-founded MAKAIA and led it since its inception and during 11, transforming an idea into an organization that has served thousands of non-profits and social projects in Latin America. In 2017 she transitioned to the role of Chief Strategy Officer with the goal of designing the long-term sustainability plan for MAKAIA. Catalina has a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MBA, a specialization in International Cooperation for Development, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She has lived in Costa Rica, France, USA and Colombia.
Shernon Osepa
Manager - Regional Affairs for Latin America & the Caribbean
Internet Society

Shernon Osepa, is a Telecoms & Internet Policy Professional. An Electrical Engineer, (BSc. from the University of Professional Studies, Eindhoven in the Netherlands), Business Administrator (BBA. from the University of Professional Studies, Enschede in the Netherlands), and Telecoms Regulations & Policy (MSc. from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago) by training. He is currently the Manager Regional Affairs Latin America & Caribbean at Internet Society (ISOC). Previously he had worked for ICANN as the Caribbean liaison (three years), the Regulator, Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post in the Netherlands Antilles (almost six years) and the incumbent telecoms operator, SETEL/UTS in Curacao (eight years). Shernon is a firm believer that the Internet should be utilized beyond just the function of a search engine. He contributed to the development of the “Caribbean Peering & Interconnection Forum (CarPIF). Shernon Osepa is a national of Curacao and is fluent in Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish and has a working understanding of French. He was selected by the United Nations to represent the global Internet technical community at WISIS17 as a High-Level-Track Facilitator in 2017.
Roberto Reyes Sierra
Telecommunications Manager

Roberto Reyes is a professional in Business Administration with an emphasis on Technological Development. Professional experience of more than 15 years in Senior Management of the Government sector, focused on information technologies and connectivity projects and services such as Smart Cities, IOT, Wifi Zones, OTT, among others aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens. Mr/ Reyes possess a high sense of responsibility and commitment to social work in the public sector of the region and the country.
Germán Pineda (Panel Chair)
Country Manager - Colombia

Senior consultant in ICEACSA Consultores from 2012, in charge of Public-Private Partnerships projects within the organization. Germán Pineda has participated in the structuring of the 4th generation of road concessions in Colombia leading the technical structuring of seven corridors within the program of public initiative and has also advised the private sector in five other roadways of the same program. He has also been a technical advisor in other transport construction and BOT projects in Mexico and road concessions in Uruguay. Germán has participated in technical and environmental due diligence and audit of road PPPs in Colombia and Mexico. Previous experience includes construction management of roadworks, buildings and bridges, and design projects of administrative buildings, ports, coastal protection and water/sanitation projects.
T. Luke Young
Director of Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation

T. Luke is a leader in climate resilience, managing project teams throughout Latin America & the Caribbean providing technical assistance, identifying best practices and engaging stakeholders to build local capacity in implementing climate action planning, vulnerability scorecards and resilience strategies for the World Bank, IDB, United Nations, local governments, national agencies and international foundations. He led a team in producing a decision making tool for Metro Quito to enable city officials to choose policy, planning and management strategies incorporating sustainability principles, resilience qualities, risk management practices and climate adaptation to maximize the planning and long-term operation of the system. Currently he is directing the development of a conceptual design of a resilient highway network for Ecuador. T. Luke has more than 20 years of professional global experience and holds masters degrees is in Urban Planning and Architectural Studies from MIT.
Juan Camilo Gonzalez
Manager North City Project
Bogota Mayorship

Juan Camilo González is currently the manager of Ciudad Norte for the Bogota City Hall. He is an industrial engineer from the University de Los Andes, Bogota and has a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University. He started his career as an analyst of public markets, debt issues and mergers and acquisitions in Colpatria, Citibank and Merrill Lynch. He then worked as an investment professional for Linzor Capital Partners, a Latin American private equity fund with more than $600 million in managed assets. Before joining the administration of Bogotá, Juan Camilo founded EPICA, a company where he structured projects in the real estate sector for more than $400,000 million pesos in sales. Juan Camilo is a board member of Agroreforestadora Rancho Victoria and Datatraffic.
Annia Guatibonza
Senior Investment Officer
Invest in Bogota

Leader for the promotion of foreign investment in charge of the Infrastructure and Projects of the City sector at Invest in Bogota. Industrial Engineer and Economist, Annia Guatibonza possess experience in prospection and development of new businesses in infrastructure, urban mobility, water, health, industrial projects and energy with a focus on the development of solutions that include complex investment schemes and optimization of resources within the framework of a vision strategic and sustainable. She is currently working on the promotion of foreign investment focused on the promotion of strategic infrastructure and competitiveness, emphasizing the use of public-private partnership schemes to direct the resources and capacities of the private sector towards the development of high-impact projects in the city.