4th Annual Central American & Caribbean Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum

22nd January 2015,, Riu Plaza, Panama City

Join us to learn from the key market players as they discuss the experiences gained

If you would like to participate in the 4th Annual Central American & Caribbean Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum, please contact:

Katharina Brendel
T: (US) +1 212 224 3457

Confirmed Speakers for 2015 include:

    • Hector Aguilar
      Hector Aguilar, CEO, ALS Bioenergy
      Hector joined ALS in July 2014 as Senior Partner and CEO, responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy. Prior to ALS, Hector was the President & CEO for GE Central America and the Caribbean since 2011, based in Panama. Before General Electric, Hector held several Sr. Leadership Positions within HR in multinational companies including The Gillette Co., British Petroleum & Baxter Laboratories. He has 23+ years of experience; spending 16+ years on international assignments focused on Latin America and has worked in Mexico, USA, Venezuela, Brazil and Panama. In addition, Hector has been keynote speaker at several international forums, has participated in different Executive Boards and has worked as a University professor and a Human Resources and Business Development Consultant. In 2009, the Mexican Business Magazine “Expansion” nominated Hector as one of the top Promising Talents under the 40s.
    • Bolinaga, Miguel
      Miguel Bolinaga, Country Manager, AES Panama
      Miguel Bolinaga is Country Manager for AES businesses in Panama since 2013. In his previous role, he was AES El Salvador’s Vice President for Electric Market and External Relations, serving 80% of the market through four distribution companies. Miguel earned his bachelor’s degree in administration and logistics from the Venezuelan Naval School, a degree in computer engineering from the Venezuelan Armed Forces Higher Learning Institute, a master’s in information systems development from Simon Bolivar University, a graduate degree in customer experience, El Salvador Higher Institute of Economics and Business Administration, and a certificate in business finances from FEPADE, El Salvador.
    • Michael Bax
      Michael Bax, Director, InterEnergy
      Michael Bax is a Director of InterEnergy Holdings, where he oversees the development and new business activities. From 1999 to 2008 Mr. Bax was associated with Basic Energy, InterEnergy's predecessor. During his tenure with Basic Energy, he helped grow the company for a group of regional private investors from two non-controlled investments to seven controlled positions in a company with aggregate revenues of $950 million and EBITDA of $150 million in 2008. He was responsible for structuring and negotiating the acquisition of assets in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Panama and Jamaica. He led the successful divestment of three assets to Conduit Capital and Rurelec. In his time with Basic Energy, the company was involved greenfield, expansion and rehabilitation projects that represented 600 MW of new capacity, 125 km of transmission lines and multiple power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) involving more than 400 MW of long-term agreements on favorable terms. Mr. Bax also served as general manager of EGE Haina and CEPP, in the Dominican Republic. Prior to his time with Basic Energy, Mr. Bax was Regional Manager for Latin America for CDC, based in Costa Rica and was responsible for a portfolio of £450 million of equity and debt instruments. During that time, he was also responsible for the management of CAIF, the first Central American private equity fund. The portfolio included many infrastructure assets, including equity and debt investments in hydro, biomass and geothermal power, as well as significant investments in conventional power, including leading the successful privatization of the largest generation utility in the Dominican Republic. The power assets acquired during his period with CDC were part of the group of LAC assets incorporated into Globeleq and subsequently sold to Israel Corp in 2006. Before CDC, Mr Bax worked with Deloitte & Touche in Corporate Finance and Audit in the United States, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
    • Bongianni, Carlo
      Carlo Bongianni, Sector Manager – Infrastructure, MIGA
      Carlo Bongianni is the Sector Manager for Infrastructure at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Bongianni leads underwriting and MIGA’s business development in the water and transport sectors. Prior to joining MIGA in 2013, Bongianni held various positions for Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A including Head of Infrastructure, Advisory, and Overseas Development at BIIS SpA, the specialized entity of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, focusing on European and Middle Eastern investments. At Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. he was also Director of Mergers and Acquisitions in Corporate Finance and Advisory, focusing on advisory and fee-based services to energy, water, and utilities clients. He previously worked as Senior Manager, Corporate Finance at National Power PLC and as a Principal for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Bongianni holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business and a master’s of science in engineering from the University of Bologna School of Engineering.
    • Birebent, Philippe
      Philippe Birebent, Managing Director, BNP Paribas
      Philippe Birebent is a Managing Director in the Power, Infrastructure & Project Finance Latin America group of BNP Paribas in New York. He is responsible for the execution of advisory mandates and the arranging of project debt financing in the energy, oil & gas and infrastructure space in Latin America and the Caribbean. Philippe has advised numerous consortia on tender projects and structured bank debt and capital market solutions for a large array of capital intensive projects. Philippe pioneered innovative project bond solutions for energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets. Prior to BNP Paribas, Philippe held positions with Fortis Capital Corp., the Inter-American Development Bank and Credit Lyonnais Bank.
    • Abiodun Olusegun Aina
      Abiodun Olusegun Aina, Investment Officer, IFC
      Profile coming soon.
    • Félix Corral Fernández
      Félix Corral Fernández, Executive VP of Operations, FCC
      Profile coming soon.
    • Rafael Diaz
      Rafael Diaz, Agency & Trust Sales Manager – Colombia, Caribbean & Central America, Citi
      Profile coming soon.
    • Douglas, Rogelio
      Rogelio Douglas, General Manager, APM Terminals
      Rogelio Douglas has over 30 years international business experience in telecommunications, internet technology and port industries. Formally trained as an educator he followed his passion transferring knowledge to stake-holders across continents and cultures while he established and build brand recognition and corporate presence with explosive revenue growth, across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and most recently throughout the Americas. Over the years he has developed expertise in change management, productivity improvement via telecom and IT applications, project management and execution. During this time he has held positions as Field Engineer, Technology Specialist, Country Manager, Regional Manager and Managing Director. In June 2011 Rogelio joined APM Terminals as their General Manager for the Moin project in Limon, Costa Rica. As a native he brought a wealth of knowledge of the history, politics and culture of the country and region as well as his career experience as a communicator in private enterprise, international commerce and economic development, a critical combination for the success of a greenfield terminal in an emerging market with high hopes and lots of challenges. Rogelio is a graduate of Brooklyn College, New York City, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. He is a seasoned public speaker at conferences and member of several international and domestic professional associations and chambers.
    • De La Guardia, Eduardo
      Eduardo de la Guardia, Country Manager, IC Power Panama
      BSEE from The University of Notre Dame. President and founder of Soluciones Energeticas, an energy service company focus on energy savings; Owners Engineer during the construction of COPESA, a 44MW LM6000PC power plant in Panama, later on became General Manager of COPESA in 1999. Country Manager for IC Power & General Manager of Pedregal. At IC Power Panama since 2004. Member of the Board of Directors of the EOR from 2007 – 2012. Former Chairman of the Energy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and the Energy Committee at Asociacion Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa. Member of the Board of Directors of the Panameniam Chamber of Commerce and President of the Energy Committee.
    • Stephen Guthrie
      Stephen Guthrie, VP and Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking - Central America, Scotiabank
      Profile coming soon.
    • Hahn, Vincent
      Vincent Hahn, Principal, The Carlyle Group
      Vince Hahn is a Principal in the Mezzanine Opportunities Team, responsible for originating investments across the entire energy value chain with a primary focus on Latin America. Mr. Hahn joined Carlyle in 2013. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Hahn led SAIC’s (formerly R. W. Beck) energy consulting platform, leading 125 professionals with expertise in independent engineering, economic forecasting, rates and regulatory, and utility business planning. Prior to Mr. Hahn’s 14 years with SAIC/R. W. Beck, he worked for Siemens and Westinghouse. Mr. Hahn received a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
    • Patrick Kelly
      Patrick Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Panama Power
      Profile coming soon.
    • Marquinez, Julio
      Julio Marquínez, Financial Advisor, Panama Metro
      Profile coming soon.
    • Nijensteen, Ton
      Ton Nijensteen, Senior Investment Officer, FMO
      Ton has been with FMO for over 20 years: global experience in project finance, corporate lending, banking, leasing and private equity investments in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. Currently working in FMO’s Energy Department.
    • Osorio, George
      George Osorio, Managing Partner, Conduit Capital
      George Osorio is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Conduit Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Osorio joined Scudder (the predecessor to Conduit) in 1995 to be part of the team managing Latin Power I, the first-ever Latin American private equity fund. He was a pioneer in investing in the region which included many firsts in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama and Chile. George joined the firm from Lehman Brothers' Emerging Markets Group. Before Lehman, he served for four years at the Chase Manhattan Bank, where he was part of the International Trade Finance group. Mr. Osorio holds a B.A. degree in Economics & Psychology from Cornell University and an M.B.A. Finance degree from Columbia Business School.
    • Temístocles Rosas
      Temístocles Rosas, Chief Financial Officer, Tocumen
      Profile coming soon.
    • Salcedo, Gregory
      Gregory Salcedo, Financial Advisor to CDEEE, Dominican Republic
      Profile coming soon.
    • Gregoire Toulemonde
      Gregoire Toulemonde, Regional Head of Central America, Venezuela, and the Caribbean, BNP Paribas
      Profile coming soon.
    • Tracey Webb
      Tracey Webb, Managing Director, Structured Finance, OPIC
      Profile coming soon.
    • Zarak, Ivan
      Iván Zarak, Vice Minister of Economy, Panama
      Mr. Ivan A. Zarak Arias was designated as Vice Minister of Economy and Finance for the 2014-2019 period by the President of the Republic of Panama. Ivan Zarak Arias graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 1995. After graduating, he returned to Panama and worked for two years at BankBoston Panama. In 1999, he completed his Master in Business Administration (MBA) with honors at Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE) in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Through INCAE he also participated in a student exchange program at The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) of Glendale, Arizona in the United States of America. After completing the MBA he worked at the Central American investment banking firm Mesoamerica Investments (San Jose, Costa Rica), as associate for three years, specializing in advisory services on Mergers and Acquisitions. Thereafter, he joined Banistmo Securities (Panama, Republic of Panama), the investment bank arm of Grupo Banistmo, where he worked as Senior Vice President of Investment Bank. His experience during this period was focused on Corporate Finance, advisory services on Mergers and Acquisitions, and Project Finance. After five years in Banismto Securities (2002-2007), he decided to make an incursion into entrepreneurship with the establishment Portobelo Capital, a boutique investment bank and wealth management firm. Portobelo Capital thus became the prelude of a project to establish a general license bank in the Republic of Panama. In 2009, together with Portobelo’s other partners, he decided to raise the initial capital for Prival Bank, S.A., a general license bank of the Republic of Panama. The bank was established with an initial capital of $25 million from local and regional partners. Ivan Zarak Arias became founding partner of Prival Bank, S.A., established in 2011 where he served as the Senior Vice President of Commercial Bank until 2013. In 2014 he joined the campaign team of President Juan Carlos Varela, making contributions to the economy table and participating in the development of the quinquennial (2014-2019) government plan.