Cuban Renewable Energy Sector. Panel discussion on the Cuban energy industry and renewable energy investment opportunities.
Prof. Antonio Sarmiento Sera, Ph.D.
Professor of Solar Energy at the
Research Center for Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) in the Technical University of Habana "Jose Antonio Echevería" (CUJAE) and one of Cuba's leading experts in photovoltaics and hybrid
systems to harness renewable energy sources, senior member of the National Renewable Energy Groups. more reading
Mr. Jorge R. Piñon
Director, Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. Interim Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Renato Santos, MBA
Leads the Latin America Renewable Energy Onshore Wind division for GE Renewable Energy, a 9 billion dollar start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Renato has worked in the Wind Industry for more than 15 years and has experience in wind project development including wind farms O&M and WTG’s design and production. Headquartered in Paris, GE Renewable Energy works in more than 40 countries, has installed over 30,000 wind turbines and prides of the largest clean energy footprint worldwide with 370 GW. more reading
Mr. Guillermo Carlo Artiles, Esq.
Corporate Counsel, Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, the largest commercial & industrial solar developer in the U.S., a Cuban-American lawyer and noted adviser on U.S.-Cuba relations. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Cuba Task Force for the Hispanic National Bar Association. He is a founding member of CubaNow, Hijos Del Exilio, New Cuba PAC, and board member of the Cuba Study Group, Full Court Peace, Council of the Americas’ Cuba Working Group, and was recently tapped by the Hillary For America Campaign to serve on its Latin America Working Group. He served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Esther Salas in the District of New Jersey. Before his government service, he was an attorney at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, B.A., and Rutgers University School of Law, J.D. more reading
Mr. Cappy Kidd
Cofounder and President of Informed Energy Decisions, he is a Certified Energy Manager and Inductee of the Environmental Hall of Fame. Cappy is a Faculty Member at the Building Energy Technologies Department, Wilbur Wright College Chicago, Illinois. and author of the Energy Detective Short Story Series, which servers a teaching tool for building forensics. He is currently consulting with VaporGenic’s, the inventors of Solar Powered Air Conditioning and Solar Powered Water Pumps and Alternate Energy Technologies, the largest manufacturer of solar thermal panels in the US. Cappy travelled to Cuba in June 2016 as part of a delegation from the Association of Energy Engineers. more reading
Mr. John Alger, P.E.
Heads up AET Solar’s Engineering department for commercial project design, sales, permitting, testing and new product development. AET’s client base extends into the Caribbean thus giving AET the insight needed to value engineer the most cost effective solar thermal system taking into account climate, overheat protection, hurricane force winds and water quality as it affects materials used in any water heating system. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida in 1979 specializing in thermal sciences. His early work in 80’s resulted in some of the highest performing residential systems in the industry using a drainback strategy. Mr. Alger’s background also includes work with Florida Power and Light as well as in the generation of power with the City of Lakeland. more reading
Mrs. Marriele Robinson
Environmental Policy Masters student at The New School University. She spent the summer of 2016 in Havana, Cuba, studying the potential for renewable energy investment from the
US. Her thesis focuses on the economic benefits of renewable energy in underserved communities. In the years prior to graduate
school, Marriele worked as a grassroots organizer, and then Project Coordinator, at the non-profit organization, the Long Island Progressive Coalition. There, she advocated
for inclusive renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and programming in NY.
Mrs. Alana Tummino
Senior director of policy and head of the Cuba Working Group at Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and a senior editor of the policy
journal Americas Quarterly. In these roles, Tummino leads work on Cuba’s changing economic and political landscape and relations with the United States, and helps businesses
navigate and understand the changing regulatory framework and investment opportunities. She is a frequent commentator on Cuba for various news outlets and publications. more reading
Mrs. Delice Moreno Garcia
Director General of INEL Engineering and Head of the Cuban National Wind Energy Program. Delice leads the Engineering branch of Cuba's public utility "Unión Eléctrica" (UNE) since 2012.
Previously she was INEL's Commercial Director. In her current role she leads Cuba's efforts in harnessing renewable energy sources and the oversight of these investments. (not
Carlos Fernández-Aballí, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer at Cuba Strategies, Inc. Cuban entrepreneur and academic, worked at CETER and the Higher Institute of Industrial Design (ISDi). He was on the organizing committee of Cuba’s International Conference for Renewable Energy (CIER), the 2013 World Wind Energy Conference, and the Mother Earth Festival, a nation wide cultural event to promote a culture of balance, sustainability and respect. In Cuba he founded and presided the Non Agricultural Cooperative (NAC) “Cooperativa Industrias Purita”. Carlos has a Masters in Engineering Design from the University of Bristol and a PhD from CUJAE with studies at the University of Gent. His academic research has been in the development of technologies for harnessing renewable energy sources and generating business models that can drive sustainable development. more reading
Legal Implications of Doing Business in Cuba: Panel discussion on how to protect/maximize investments, obtaining OFAC Licenses and managing relationships with key Cuban institutions and stakeholders.
Prof. Narciso Cobo Roura, PhD, Esq.
Lawyer and professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana. Prof. Roura was president of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of Cuba and of the Cuban Society of Economic and Financial Law and currently serves as Vice President of the Cuban Court of International Commercial Arbitration. read more
Ambar Diaz, Esq.
Juris Doctorate both from the University of Havana in Cuba and the University of Miami in Florida. Her intimate knowledge of the legal frameworks and political stakeholders in both Cuba and the U.S. allows her to position her clients for long term business success in Cuba. A pioneer in framing legal and operational models for companies seeking to conduct business in Cuba, Ambar represented Cleber LLC, the first American manufacturer to successfully gain a license to operate in Cuba.. read more
Aki Bayz, Esq.
Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, has more than 20 years' experience advising clients on compliance with the applicable trade sanctions and economic embargoes administered by the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the export control requirements of the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). He represents clients in the travel and hospitality industries on operating in Cuba in compliance with the OFAC regulations, and has obtained OFAC and BIS licenses for Cuba related activities of US persons. read more
Juan Guillermo Espinosa, Esq
Chief Executive Officer of Cuba Strategies, Inc.. After a successful career as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Juan founded Espinosa & Espinosa, Esqs., in Hudson County, New Jersey, one of the premier law firms representing Cuban-Americans in the New York metropolitan area. Eventually the firm formed a first-of-its-kind joint venture with a majority firm, and became the first Hispanic law firm with a national footprint. Juan was a Board Member of the Cuba Study Group and assisted in the establishment of the Cuba Emprende Foundation. Juan founded Cuba Strategies, Inc. for aiding American companies enter the Cuban marketplace as good corporate citizens, conscious and respectful of the Cuban people and their natural environment. read more
Guennady Rodriguez, MBA
Chief Business Officer of Cuba Strategies Inc., He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana and was adjunct professor of the same institution for several years. Guennady also has an MBA from the Catholic University of Murcia and was very involve with the intellectual and entrepreneurial scene in Cuba through projects such as CubaEmprende and Espacio Laical. read more