Where energy connects

Join us this summer to explore the key issues impacting Central America and the Caribbean over two days of in-depth discussion about the fundamental energy challenges in the region, as well as the direction and movement of oil and gas, electric power, and energy investment.

This online event builds on two successful annual conferences that have taken place for more than 20 years: the Central American Energy Conference, and the Caribbean Energy conference. English/Spanish simultaneous translation will be provided. 

Topics will include:

  • — Economic challenges and new standards—Insights into regional economies, and the changing outlook for energy amidst the global pandemic
  • Perspectives on electric power—New policy directions, energy investment, and new power projects coming online
  • Natural gas supply to meet future growth in demand—What are the demand trends for natural gas, and what is the outlook for expansion of small-scale LNG?
  • Risks and opportunities for investors—How are projects being financed, and where are the opportunities against a background of economic challenges?
We'll cover each of these crucial topics with live presentations plus the opportunity to engage in question and answer sessions with the speakers from the safety of your desk.

We are gathering the energy leaders in the region, including:

  • — Electric power companies and utilities
  • — Energy regulators and policy makers
  • — Investors, developers, and financiers of energy projects
  • — Fuel buyers and traders
  • — Natural gas companies including midstream, LNG, and distribution
  • — Law firms and energy analysts
  • — Energy technology developers and suppliers
  • — Renewable energy developers
  •  International development banks 
 
     
  

Agenda

All times are in EDT

Day 1 Agenda
June 16, 2021
  • 9:00 am Environment opens
    Breakfast and networking
  • 9:30 am Coffee Chat: Cybersecurity for Power Utilities and Energy Providers
    Hosted by Tenable
  • 10:00 am Chair’s Welcome
    Tganni Louisy, Business Development Manager,
    Wärtsilä Caribbean
  • 10:05 Caribbean Energy Outlook: Meeting the Growing Demand for Electric Power in the Dominican Republic
    Moderator: Francisco Picasso, Business Development Manager,
    Wärtsilä
    Juan Ignacio Rubiolo,
    AES Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
    Lucy Peralta, Director of Origination,
    CIFI
  • 10:50 am Break
  • 11:00 am Caribbean Energy Outlook: New Challenges and Priorities for Electric Power in Jamaica
    Wayne McKenzie, President and CEO,
    Jamaica Energy Partners
    Edmund Phillips, Business Development Manager,
    Wärtsilä Caribbean
  • 11:30 am Break
  • 11:45 am Renewable Energy in the Caribbean: Accelerating the Transition
    — Case studies of countries with different approaches
    — New projects and financing
    — Potential for offshore wind
    — Updates and outlook for Barbados, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico

    Burlington Strachan, Director of Grid Solutions,
    Bahamas Power & Light
    Gregg Anderson, Executive Director,
    OfReg
    Bruce Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer,
    BMR Energy LLC
  • 1:00 pm Energy Transition and Economic Growth in Central America and the Caribbean
    — The scope of energy transition
    — Financing and supporting energy transition
    — Where are the opportunities for energy companies?
  • 1:30 pm Networking Break
  • 2:00 pm Financing Energy Projects in the Caribbean and Central America
    — Investment climate in the region
    — Outlook for projects post-pandemic
    — Difficulties facing energy companies in the current investment climate
    — Examples of successful projects

    Moderator: Vera Rechsteiner, Partner,
    Hunton Andrews Kurth
    Ramon Candia, Chief Investment Officer,
    CIFI
    Timba Englehardt, Associate Director,
    CIBC First Caribbean
    Johanna Gomez, Lead Investment Officer, Infrastructure and Energy,
    IDB Invest
    Rolanda Shine, Vice President, Finance,
    Invenergy
    Maria Victoria Guarin, Senior Investment Officer,
    International Finance Corporation
  • 3:30 pm Close of Day One
Day 2 Agenda
January 17, 2021
  • 9:00 am Environment Opens
    Brekfast and networking
  • 9:30 Coffee Chat
  • 10:00 am Chair's Welcome
    Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director, Latin America North,
    Wärtsilä
  • 10:05 am Power Generation and Energy Growth in Central America
    — Power generation capacity and new power needs
    — Expansion of natural gas supply and distribution
    — Challenges of energy connections
    — Case studies of power generation
    — Updates on Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

    Angel Jesús García Martínez, Director,
    Comisión Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (CNEE), Guatemala
    César Zamora, Country Manager, Nicaragua,
    Inkia Energy
    Sean Porter, Director of New Business Development,
    CMI Energia
    Francisco Picasso, Business Development Manager,
    Wärtsilä
  • 11:30 am Break
  • 12:00 pm Offshore Oil and Gas Production in Guyana
    — State of production
    — Estimates of the reserves
    — Impact on regional oil and gas supply

    Kevin Ramnarine, Principal Energy Consultant and former Minister of Energy,
    Trinidad & Tobago
  • 12:30 pm Break
  • 1:00 pm Expanding the Natural Gas Supply Chain: LNG, Natural Gas Production and Distribution
    — The state of natural gas markets in the Caribbean and Central America
    — LPG as a reliable and cost-efficient bridge solution
    — New opportunities for small-scale LNG
    — Availability and pricing for LNG

    Verlier Quan-Vie, Vice President, Commercial,
    National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago
    Jed Bailey, Managing Director,
    Energy Narrative
    Freddy Obando, Chief Commercial Officer and LNG Vice President,
    AES Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
  • 2:30 pm Close of Conference
Gregg Anderson 150.jpg Gregg Anderson
Executive Director, OfReg

Mr. Anderson provides leadership and guidance in the economic regulation of the energy and water sectors including guiding utility executives, stakeholders, and board members in making strategic business and policy decisions. He has a diverse 32+- year career that includes various strategy, operations, sales & marketing, regulatory compliance, and risk management roles in both the financial and telecoms industries. Mr. Anderson received his undergraduate honors degree from the Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and an MBA from Queens University, School of Business, Canada.



Jed Bailey 150.jpg Jed Bailey
Managing Director, Energy Narrative

Jed Bailey is Energy Narrative’s Managing Partner. He is an expert in emerging energy markets, specializing in market fundamentals, regulatory structure, and strategic planning. Mr. Bailey was previously vice president for applied research consulting and managing director for emerging markets at IHS CERA, where he was responsible for IHS CERA’s research and operations in Latin America and Asia. He has been widely quoted in publications ranging from The Economist and Financial Times to the Iran Daily and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and CNN International. Mr. Bailey holds a BSME degree from the University of Wyoming and an MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Ramon Candia 150.jpg Ramon Candia
Chief Investment Officer, CIFI

Mr. Candia is Chief Investment Officer with CIFI (Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura), a financial institution providing financing for infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has over 20 years’ experience, including infrastructure, debt financing, and private equity. Mr. Candia has been active investing in companies and infrastructure projects in different regions of the world. He received an MBA from Purdue University.



Timba Engelhardt 150.jpg Timba Englehardt
Associate Director, CIBC First Caribbean

Ms. Engelhardt is the Associate Director in the Investment Banking division within CIBC FirstCaribbean, which she joined in 2007, with over 16 years of experience within the financial sector, including banking, financial advisory, capital raising in various industries, regional and international. At CIBC FirstCaribbean she worked on and led a wide range of transactions regionally in industries such as hospitality, real estate, energy & utilities, sovereign and infrastructure. Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, she worked at companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers in the execution of complex management consulting and corporate finance engagements in various sectors. Ms. Englehardt holds a Master’s degree from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands.



Angel Jesús García Martínez Angel Jesús García Martínez
Director, Comisión Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (CNEE), Guatemala

Mr. Garcia is a director of the CNEE, the National Electric Energy Commission of Guatemala. He has had a long and distinguished career with the electric power industry in Guatemala, serving in senior executive positions for electric power systems and energy trading. Mr. Garcia has a master’s in Operations Research from the UFM and an MBA from INCAE.



Johanna Gomez 150.jpg Johanna Gomez
Lead Investment Officer, Infrastructure and Energy, IDB Invest

Ms. Gómez is a financial professional with expertise in investment banking, project finance, private equity and capital markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before coming to the IDB, she held senior finance positions with CIFI and the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica. Ms. Gómez has a Master’s in Global Management from Tulane University and an MBA from the Universidad de los Andes.



Maria Victoria Guarin 150.jpg Maria Victoria Guarin
Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Biography coming soon.



Bruce Levy 150.jpg Bruce Levy
President and CEO, BMR Energy LLC

Mr. Levy has worked in the power and energy industry for more than 35 years. Prior to founding BMR Energy, he was the CEO of International Power’s North American IPP business, responsible for over 7,000 MW of oil, gas, coal, wind and solar power generation throughout the region. Before IP, he served as CFO of GPU, Inc., an electric utility company serving over 2 million customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also previously served as President and CEO of GPU International, a non-regulated subsidiary of IP that developed, acquired and operated generation and utility systems through the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr. Levy has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.



Tganni Louisy 150.jpg Tganni Louisy
Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä Caribbean

Mr. Louisy is a Mechanical Engineer with a profound interest in power generation, energy services, artificial intelligence, and real estate. He has over seven years’ experience deploying both renewable and conventional generation projects in Europe, North America and the Caribbean. Mr. Louisy has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.



Wayne McKenzie 150.jpg Wayne McKenzie
President and CEO, Jamaica Energy Partners

Mr. McKenzie is President and CEO of Jamaica Energy Partners and Jamaica Private Power Company, Ltd. An experienced executive, he has a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industries. He is skilled in gas, energy, power systems, renewable energy, and power plants. He has been with Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners for over 19 years, and the President of Jamaica Private Power Company since 2019. Mr. McKenzie has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.



Freddy Obando 150.jpg Freddy Obando
Chief Commercial Officer and Vice President, LNG, AES Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

With 20 years of expertise in the power and gas markets, Freddy serves as the AES Chief Commercial Officer for the Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (MCAC) SBU. Freddy leads the commercial activity in the AES MCAC region for existing assets and commercialization of new projects to support growth. The commercial area manages the sales of the associated production of +4,000 GW of AES thermal, hydro and renewable assets in Central Americal and the Caribbean, through the development of a portfolio of utilities and private customers with innovative structures, new products and solutions, including LNG supply, to help our customers reach their energy goals. During his tenure at AES, he has overseen the development of AES portfolio of natural gas and LNG clients, and actively participated in important projects that has shaped our business in the MCAC region. These projects include the DPP Combined Cycle Project, the Eastern Pipeline and our successful gas business. While promoting the use of the new fuel across the island and the Caribbean, Freddy has been instrumental in AES' extraordinary achievements in the transformation of the energy matrixes to be cleaner and more resilient in the Dominican Republic and Panamá. Freddy holds an Executive MBA from Barna Bussines School. With prestigious scholarships, he took specialized postgraduate courses in power and gas markets in both Spain and Argentina. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Freddy has represented the generation companies in the Dominican Republic Independent System Operator and regularly serves as an expert speaker in international energy conferences.



Lucy Peralta 150.jpg Lucy Peralta
Director of Origination, CIFI

Ms. Peralta is Director of Origination at CIFI. She is an experienced senior energy executive with a history of working in renewable energy projects in at least 10 different jurisdictions. She has a strong understanding of energy business, renewables, and clean energy from technical, financial, commercial, legal, and regulatory perspectives. Before CIFI, she served in business development and project finance positions with Thermion, InterEnergy, and Odebrecht. Ms. Peralta has an MBA from Barna Business School and a MSc and a Civil Engineering degree from ITAM in the Dominican Republic.



Edmund Phillips 150.jpg Edmund Phillips
Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä Caribbean

Mr. Phillips is a seasoned Business Development professional with a broad background in: Power Generation, Power Transmission and Distribution, and infrastructure capital and life-cycle planning. Prior to joining Wartsila as Business Development Manager, his professional roles included: Regional Manager for Quanta Services Caribbean business unit, Project Manager for SEPAC manufacturing, T&D system planning and operation for Dayton Power and Light (DPL) and Plant Operator for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSco). Mr. Phillips received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, and an MBA from Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Phillips is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Ohio, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a past member of the CARILEC Board of Representatives.



Francisco Picasso 150.jpg Francisco Picasso
Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä

Mr. Picasso is a business development manager with more than 12 years’ experience in electrical engineering and management, for international and domestic power, oil & gas, mining & minerals, and in EPC and OEM global companies. Currently for Wärtsilä he is responsible for developing EPC energy solutions in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua . Earlier experience includes project engineer manager for Shell and Jacobs. Mr. Picasso has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Louisiana, Monroe.


Sean Porter 150.jpg Sean Porter
Director of New Business Development, CMI Energia

Biography coming soon.



Verlier Quan-Vie 150.jpg Verlier Quan-Vie
Vice President, Commercial, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago
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Ms. Quan-Vie has over 23 years’ experience, including business development and risk management in the upstream, midstream, and downstream areas of the oil and gas sectors. Prior to joining the NGC, she held the position of commercial manager at the BG Group. She worked as the commercial lead on business development and exploration activities in Trinidad and Nigeria. Ms. Quan-Vie has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the West Indies – St. Augustine Campus, and a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration (Oil & Gas) from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.




Vera Rechsteiner 150.jpg Vera Rechsteiner
Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ms. Rechsteiner has worked on energy, infrastructure, and related projects in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Her work in the area of international energy transactions has included advising U.S. energy companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border acquisitions, joint venture tax-planning, equipment sale and leasing transactions, and the development and financing of energy projects and acquisitions. In addition, she has assisted governments in a number of Latin American countries with the privatization of their energy industries and the restructuring of their energy regulatory frameworks. She has also advised clients, including state owned Chinese companies in the acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets throughout Latin America and Africa. Ms. Rechsteiner has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.



Juan Ignacio Rubiolo 150.jpg Juan Ignacio Rubiolo
President, AES Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

Juan Ignacio Rubiolo has over 19 years of experience in energy and electricity markets in America and Asia. He has served in a number of leadership roles in Strategic, Financial and Commercial Planning areas, as well as Project Management, Business Development, Commodities Risk Management, Structure of Products and Commercial contracts for electricity markets, Commodities and Risk Management. Juan Ignacio joined AES Corporation in 2001 in Argentina and he has gone through different countries holding several leadership roles in The Philippines, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. From March 2018, he leads the region for AES of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, as President & CEO. Some of his major achievements are the structuring of the Joint Ventures in Mexico (with Grupo BAL) and Dominican Republic (with Enargas) to accelerate clean growth on renewables and natural gas respectively; closing of the first export of energy from AES San Nicolas to Brazil, the development of business strategies, Risk Management, and origination teams in AES in Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and The Philippines; the business development model for the expansion of the natural gas market in Dominican Republic, with more than 2 Mtpa of sales contracted, the development of +600MW of renewable capacity int the region and negotiated more than 1 GW of new PPAs. Juan Ignacio has also advised other AES businesses in the structuring of business models in competitive and emerging markets. Juan Ignacio has a Master’s degree in project management at Quebec University, Canada; and a BSc degree in Business Administration awarded by Universidad Austral of Argentina. He has also completed executive business and leadership programs at Business Darden School, Virginia, USA.



Kevin Ramnarine 150.jpg Kevin Ramnarine
Principal Energy Consultant, Trinidad & Tobago

Mr. Ramnarine is an experienced oil and gas advisor with experience in petroleum fiscal systems, natural gas value chain, energy economics and energy strategy. He served as Minister of Energy for Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2015, where he had responsibility for nine State Enterprises. He created a positive climate for investment which resulted in major expansion in deepwater exploration, the petrochemical sector, and new port infrastructure. Previous roles included lead economist for British Gas (BG) T&T (now Shell). Since 2016 he has been an independent energy consultant for major companies in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. Mr. Ramnarine has an MBA from the Arthur Lok Graduate School of Business, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies.



Rolanda Shine 150.jpg Rolanda Shine
Vice President Finance, Invenergy

Ms. Shine brings 16 years of structured finance experience to Invenergy, where she is responsible for leading transactions in the US and Latin America. She has negotiated and executed over $1.5 billion in debt, tax equity, and cash equity transactions for solar, wind, and natural gas projects in North America, and most recently closed two multilateral debt financings totaling nearly $780 million for El Salvador’s first LNG-to-power project. Prior to joining Invenergy in 2014, she spent several years at Sun Edison, a US solar developer where she raised several sale leaseback funds to deploy distributed generation solar projects across the US and Puerto Rico. She has also held various banking and advisory positions at SMBC and Delphos International. Ms. Shine earned a Master’s in International Economics and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Rice University.



Burlington Strachan Burlington Strachan
Director of Grid Solutions, Bahamas Power & Light

Biography coming soon.



Corey Stewart 150.jpg Corey Stewart
Senior Energy Analyst, Refinitiv

Mr. Stewart is a Senior Energy Analyst on the Refinitiv Oils Research Team in Houston, where he analyzes nascent trends in the Western Hemisphere’s crude oil and refined products markets. He is the co-creator and co-host of Refinitiv’s popular podcast, “The Rundown Tank: America’s Oil.” Prior to joining Refinitiv earlier this year, he worked on Valero Energy Corporation’s strategic planning and market analysis team. There he engaged in fundamental and technical market analysis and regularly consulted to C-level executives and other senior leaders. Mr. Stewart holds a JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was an editor on the school’s flagship law review.



Sampo Suvisaari 150.jpg Sampo Suvisaari
Regional Director, Latin America North, Wärtsilä

Mr. Suvisaari is Energy Business Director, Latin America North at Wartsila. He leads both the new build energy business and the services business in the region. Mr. Suvisaari has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and International Marketing from the Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland.



Cesar Zamora 150.jpg César Zamora
Country Manager, Nicaragua, Inkia Energy

Mr. Zamora is country manager for Inkia Energy Nicaragua, Tipitapa Power Company, and the electric power operations of Corinto, Amayo I and Amayo II. He is president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Energy. Previously, he served as the director of DELSUR in El Salvador, the PQP in Guatemala, and developed Pedregal Power in Panama. He is the former president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua, vice president of Cosep Nicaragua, and vice president/treasurer of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Zamora has BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.



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Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Lorne Grout, Senior Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +1 857 383 5702 or [email protected].

Pricing

The S&P Global Platts Central American and Caribbean Energy Virtual Conference will take place Online on June 16 and June 17 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT.



Early Bird Rate*
Register by May 28
Standard Rate*
Register by June 15
Virtual Conference Delegate
$199    
$299    

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