Name: Ariel Yépez
Position: Head of the Energy Division
Ariel Yépez is Head of the Energy Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In this position, he is responsible for identifying, proposing and implementing energy projects that promote the sustainable development agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB, Ariel Yépez worked for the World Bank as Senior Economist in Energy, General Director of Revenue Policy at the Ministry of Finance in Mexico and Deputy Director of Economic Planning at Petróleos Mexicanos. He was also an advisor of the Management Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Ariel has published articles and books on energy and public finance issues and has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Name: Alfonso Blanco
Position: Executive Secretary
Institution: Latin American Energy Organization (Olade)
Since the beginning of 2017, he has held the position of Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization, a position elected by the Meeting of Energy Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 2017-2020 and reelected by the Meeting of Ministers held in Lima, Peru in November 2019 for the period 2020-2022. He is a Mechanical Industrial Engineer from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master in Business Administration from the ORT University and a Diploma in Economics from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
He has an extensive career as an Energy specialist in Latin America with an emphasis on regulatory issues, energy policy, project formulation and evaluation, business development and financing models. Prior to his current position at OLADE, he was a Consultant for the World Bank, IDB, CAF and the United Nations and held senior positions within the Uruguayan government, leading various components of Uruguay’s energy transformation started in 2005.
Name: Patricia Espinosa
Position: Executive Secretary
Institution: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Patricia Espinosa assumed the position as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since July 18, 2016.
Formerly Mexico’s Ambassador to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2012, Espinosa brings more than 30 years of experience at the highest level in the area of international relations, specializing in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and human rights protection.
As Mexico’s representative in multilateral agencies and international organizations in Vienna, Geneva and New York, Patricia Espinosa has been engaged as a leader in the global challenge of combating climate change and its consequences, especially as chair of the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, which led to the adoption of the Cancun Agreements. Appointed by the UN Secretary General to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, she is a tireless advocate for multilateralism as a way to improve conditions for development in all regions of the world, understanding the inextricable link between the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Name: Mary Burce Warlick
Position: Deputy Executive Director
Institution: International Energy Agency
Mary Burce Warlick is a retired career diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia in the Bureau of Energy Resources, Department of State as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs from January to September 2017. She held the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2014 to 2017.
During this time, she served for three years as the U.S. representative on the IEA Board of Directors and as chair of the Permanent Group on Long-Term Cooperation.
She has since served as team leader on recent IEA peer reviews of the energy policies of the Netherlands and Canada.
She was also Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consul General in Melbourne, Australia.
Name: Francesco La Camera
Position: Director General
Institution: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Francesco La Camera is the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He is a graduate of the University of Messina in Political Science-Italy (specialization in Economic Policy). He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability and international cooperation. He was Director General for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Lands and Seas since 2014. From this position, he developed cooperation and association agreements with a wide range of countries. Previous years he led the Italian delegation at UNFCCC COP 21-24 and the EU delegation at COP 20. He was responsible for organizing the Italian Presidency for the Environment of the G7 in 2017. He also led the Italian delegation at the G7 environment meetings in 2016 and 2018.