9:30-10:00h: Engineering for Sustainable Development: UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Vijay Modi (Columbia University, USA)

Vijay Modi is leading the Earth Institute’s efforts that cut across energy, rural infrastructure and development. He led the UN Millennium Project (MP) effort on the role of energy and energy services in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). Currently, he is focused on three projects: leading the infrastructure team for the Millennium Villages Project (10 countries, 14 sites across sub-Saharan Africa); developing planning and decision-support tools for infrastructure; and looking at the food-energy-water nexus in Indian agriculture.

Bruno Sauer

Bruno Sauer is the CEO of Green Building Council Spain and professor of urbanism at the European University of Valencia. He has participated in drafting the Sustainable Building White Papers, Urban Renewal Integral Strategies, or reports on urban transformation for adaptation to climate change. He has participated in European projects 7FP, H2020 and Climate KIC Transition Cities, all in the field of Sustainable Urban Renewal.

Joaquín Avilés – CEO i4SD

Joaquin has more than 14 years of experience in infrastructure planning, project management and international development. He served as Director of Operations of the Millennium Villages project (MVP), a global partnership between Millennium Promise, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the United Nations. The projects operate in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, partnering with governments in the areas on public health, education, agriculture, business development and infrastructure. Previously Mr. Aviles Lopez has worked in the Public Sector at the Department of Planning and Transport with the Government of Granada, Spain. He has also experience in the Private Sector where he worked as Project Manager in the execution of several infrastructure projects. He is currently the Director of Planning and Operations at P3 Global Management, a global smart city infrastructure company, delivering innovative solutions to help cities become more sustainable and resilient.

Mr Aviles Lopez holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Granada in Spain, and a MS on International and Public Affairs with focus on International Development at the New School in New York. Co-Founder of Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (I4SD).

Javier Ordóñez

Professor at the Department of Engineering Projects and Construction Engineering, where he has acted as Department head. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of Cooperation and International Development, Prof. Ordoñez coordinates several courses in the Master of Civil Engineering and the Master of International Cooperation and Development and NGO Management at the University of Granada.

Professor Ordoñez also teaches a course on Inequality, Cooperation and Technology for Development and has supervised more than 60 student projects in the area of international development. His trajectory and experience have been recently recognized with the “1 European award for best practice on integration of Sustainable Human Development into technology and engineering education” (2013), awarded by the European Union. One of his main field of research is energy efficiency in buildings and the use of renewable energies.

10:10-11:45h: The SDGs number six, seven, eleven and thirteen. Four engineering challenges.

Goal 13: Climate Change –> Francisco Javier Sánchez – Observatorio de Sierra Nevada

Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1987). His professional activity has been developed in public administration, which has been involved for more than 25 years managing protected areas. Civil Servant of the Government of Andalusia (1990). Conservative director of the Natural Park Alcornocales (1990-1998). Head of Conservation of Andalusia (1998-1999). Director of the National Park, Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve Sierra Nevada since 1999. He coordinates the technical team of Global Change Observatory Sierra Nevada Natural Area since its inception in 2007. In 2014, the Natural Space directing was included by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the first World Green List of well-managed protected areas.

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation–> María del Mar Rivero

Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specialized in Organization and Management and Diploma in Programme Evaluation. Over 17 years of experience in international development cooperation particularly at NGO ONGAWA (formerly Engineering without Borders), where she was Director of International Cooperation Department for 8 years and General Technical Director for 2 years. Responsible for the activities of the organization both in Africa and in Latin America in WASH, Climate Change, Integrated Water Resources Management, ICT for rural development, etc.).

Now, she is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator and member of the Advisory Committee of the Spanish Cooperation Water and Sanitation Fund, and specialist in Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. Mozambique, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Panama, El Salvador and Bosnia – Herzegovina are some of the countries where she has developed her career path.

12:00-13:45h: Energy and Sustainable Industrial Development

Josep (Pep) Puig i Boix – Som Energia

Josep Puig (Vic, 1947) is a consultant on energy and sustainability. PhD engineer in Energy Technology (graduated in 1972, doctorate in 1982 at the UPC) and has a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering (1973) and environmental engineering (1979). He was the 1st. Green Councillor at Barcelona City Council. Elected member of Barcelona City Council in May 1995 he served as Sustainable City Councillor until 1999, leading the process to adopt the Barcelona Local Agenda21 and to adopt the Barcelona Solar Ordinance, that later became National Law. Professor, UAB (1979-2012). -founder of Ecotècnia S.C.C.L. (1981) and Ecoserveis (1992).

Member of the Board, EUROSOLAR – European Association for Renewable Energy and member of the board of Som Energia. Director of Ecoserveis. Co-director of Yansa CIC. Leader of Living from the air of Sky’s project (the first citizen’s owned wind generator in Spain)

David Rodríguez Mejías

David Rodriguez Mejias, Civil Engineer from Escuela de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de la University of Granada. Founder of Brazilian company SerEnergia, a pioneer in photovoltaic energy in Brazil, with more than 1GW under development and 150 MW awarded by the 2015 auction promoted by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) for the purchase of solar energy projects issued by the Chamber of Commerce (CCEE) (http://serbrasil.com.br/v2/).

Julio Eisman Valdés – ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation

Managing director of the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation, vice president of the non-profit associations ACCIONA Microenergia Peru and ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico.

Julio Eisman Valdes is an electromechanical engineer from the Comillas Pontifical University and holds a MBA in Senior Management from IESE Business School. He is also a member of the Engineering Institute of Spain’s Engineering Sustainability Committee.

He is working in Development Cooperation for more than twelve years, in the field of the energy access of isolated rural communities with the target of Universal Energy Access.

Laura Vegas Magariño

Chemical Engineer (UVa, 2000); MA in International Relations and African Studies (UAM, 2010); MSc in Process & Systems Engineering (UVa, 2012). I have worked on applied research projects related to biomass and biofuels. In the last years I have been focused on African countries.
Social entrepreneur and co-worker at Innolid – Innovation & Economic Development Agency of Valladolid, I am trying to connect talented people and to boost sinergies among entities, professionals and individuals in Africa and Europe in the area of bioenergy, providing technical assessment and training.

Javier Guerra, Quantum Renewables Partner

Javier is currently a partner at Quantum, where he heads the renewable energy division. He has an investment experience of +€1.3b in renewables, having been actively involved in over 500MW. In 2010 he co-founded WHEB Infrastructure, where he was a member of the investment committee, responsible for investment origination and execution, and for the management and optimisation of the portfolio. Before that he spent 4 years in principal investment at a leading energy private equity firm. He has additional experience in investment banking and management consulting in Europe and Asia. Javier holds a General Management Program diploma from IESE Business School, he’s a Diplome Grande Ecole graduate from ESCP Europe in Paris, holds a MSc in Management at CASS Business School in London and a MSc in East Asia Studies. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and conversational Mandarin.

Sebastián Rodríguez – i4SD – Renewable energy and Smart mini-grids expert

Dr Sebastian Rodriguez is an expert in renewable energy, electrification and advanced metering infrastructure. Dr Rodriguez has worked for The World Bank and Columbia University supporting innovative energy projects at the cutting edge between information technologies and sustainable development. Dr Rodriguez is an expert on distributed solar generation which blends advanced metering infrastructure and modular solar photovoltaic installations to provide energy access in underserved areas. Dr Rodriguez received his PhD in Engineering at Imperial College London and an MSc in Engineering Design from the University of Manchester in the UK and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Polytechnic of Turin.

12:00-13:45h: Water and Sanitation

Khalid Abdul Aziz al-Shail (Saudi Arabia)

Senior Thermal Engineer from the Saline Water and Desalination Research Institute of Saudi Arabia (SWDRI – SWCC –  http://www.swcc.gov.sa/english/pages/home.aspx)

He has a Bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Chemical Engineering Department of King Saud University, Riyadh; a Master degree in Energy Renewable Energy Engineering 2011 from Heriot-Watt University, UK  in 2011; 15 years worked as researcher assistant in desalination research institute; Writing and participating in many published papers in international journals and conferences as well specialized courses; Member of the Saudi Council of Engineers and currently PhD. Student in University of Granada.

Ricard Giné

Water and environmental engineer, with a specialization in the delivery of water and sanitation services in low-income countries. His training and professional experience has covered water resources management, water and wastewater treatment, rural water supply and sanitation as well as environmental engineering.

He started working as a consultant for the implementation of Environmental Management Systems during the construction of a new bottling plant of “The Coca-Cola Company”. Since 2006, Ricard has concentrated most intensively on research activities, in the field of water and sanitation services delivery. He has combined formal educational programs (M.Sc. at Imperial College London, 2007; and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the UPC, 2015) and professional practice, participating in different projects (more than 20) in East Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia) and South America (Bolivia and Peru). Research topics addressed range from improving the availability of reliable information, to improving access to information, and to encouraging the use of this information in decision-making processes.

Raquel López Fernández

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2004) by the University of Valladolid (Spain). Since 2005, full-time staff in CARTIF, leading the research line related to advanced treatments for wastewater and drinking water, membrane technology or removal of emerging pollutants.

She is co-author of 12 scientific publications in international journals and has 12 conference contributions (5 of them internationals). Dr. López is scientific evaluator of European Programs (H2020, Eureka Eurostars) and research proposals managed by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) of Cyprus or the Innovation Fund of Denmark. She is reviewer of international journals as Water Science & Technology and Desalination and Water Treatment.

María del Mar Rivero – Ongawa
Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specialized in Organization and Management and Diploma in Programme Evaluation. Over 17 years of experience in international development cooperation particularly at NGO ONGAWA (formerly Engineering without Borders), where she was Director of International Cooperation Department for 8 years and General Technical Director for 2 years. Responsible for the activities of the organization both in Africa and in Latin America in WASH, Climate Change, Integrated Water Resources Management, ICT for rural development, etc.).
Now, she is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator and member of the Advisory Committee of the Spanish Cooperation Water and Sanitation Fund, and specialist in Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. Mozambique, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Panama, El Salvador and Bosnia – Herzegovina are some of the countries where she has developed her career path.

Marcos Antonio Martínez – Operations Director Emasagra

Civil engineer of the University of Granada, developed his professional career in both the private and public sector related to the water treatment and the environment. He participated in the design, technical assistance, execution and the direction of hydraulic projects; he was also responsible of maintaining, conserving and operating the hydraulic infrastructures that play a role in the integral water cycle. He is a collaborator with the University of Granada in practicum programs for the students from different specialization branches related to the management of water.

Nowadays, he is the director of operations in the Empresa Municipal de Abastecimiento y Saneamiento de Granada (EMASAGRA), and one of the main challenges in the near future is define the development sustainable program by the company for being a reference in the environmental domain and reach an effective commitment with precious and a scarce resource as water, not forgetting the importance of the management of energy and people in the integral water cycle.

José Manuel Castillo Blesa – Tragsa

Civil Engineer from the University of Granada is also a Master in Water and environmental management. He has an extended professional career in the private and public areas, mainly related with the water and environment sectors. Mr Castillo Blesa has coordinated the design, technical assistance, implementation and direction of large civil works projects in the areas of drinking water, irrigation, desalinization and water treatment and sanitation. Currently he is part of the public company TRAGSA and serves as Chief Regional Operations Manager for Andalucia and Extremadura regions.

Francisco del Pozo

Industrial engineer with over ten years experience in engineering projects of water, sanitation and renewable energy in both the private sector and NGOs. He has participated in projects in South Sudan, India, Guinea Bissau, Nepal, Lebanon, Mexico or Brazil.

Currently he is working on the integration of renewable energies in the field of humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Recently he wrote a book about solar pumping, pending publication.

12:00-13:45h: Smart Cities and Sustainable Housing

Beatriz Corredor

Graduate in Law (UAM) Madrid (1991); Appointed by examination to the College of Registrars (1993); Minister of Housing. Government of Spain (2008-2010); Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Planning, (2010-2011); Director of Institutional Relations. Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles de España (2013 to present); Associate Professor of Civil Law at Universidad Nebrija (2015).

Luis Llopis and Eva Chacón

Partners at Bonsai Architects, green architecture, their professional approach aims at high-end energy efficiency an low carbon footprint as main targets.

Their architecture firm was established 1965 in Granada, and is strongly commited to townplanning and construction with a sensitive focus on environmental protection and the cultural values of landscape. They focus and research on Passive Housing and net zero building (nZEB), bioclimatic architecture, timberframe, eco-construction and intergenerational architecture. In 2015 they led a pioneering experience in Andalucía, to construct the first CLT (contralaminated timber) building in a historical center context. They take part or belong to Sustainability and Architecture Association (ASA), National Passivhaus Association (PEP), BREEAM ES, Som Energía and Ecómetro, and contribute to a variety of publications on specialized media.

Rafael Fuentes Candau

Degree in economics and business management by the University of Malaga, he is part of a high level and specialized body in economic analysis and trade matters of the Spanish public administration (named Central State economists and trade experts) since 1999.

He worked in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for External Trade in the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 1999 and 2002. After, he worked in the public debt management department of the same Ministry between 2002 and 2006. He moved to the Spanish Embassy in Lima (Peru) to work as the Economic and Trade Counsellor between 2006 and 2011. Between September 2011 and December 2013 he was the Deputy Director for economic and trade relations with Latin America and North America of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. At present time, he is the regional Director of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Malaga.

Antonio López-Nava Muñoz

Managing Director of the National Association of Energy Efficiency – A3e (http://www.asociacion3e.org/) Professional with over 15 years of experience in the direction and management of business associations and professional groups within the technical field (Engineering, Construction, Energy efficiency). SME manager, director of business unit / department. Expert in energy efficiency in general, at various scales, finally treating the national level. He will  comment on the recent transposition of the directive in the Royal Decree 56/2016 that has had a profound impact on the sector.

Experto en eficiencia energética en general, a diversas escalas, tratando finalmente el ámbito nacional y comentará la reciente trasposición de la directiva según el RD 56/2016 que ha tenido profundas repercusiones en el sector.

Luis Cotarelo – Mercao Social y Cultural de Granada

Coordinator of Mercao Social y Cultural de Granada (local network integrating more than 20 organizations of the social economy), President of Colectivo Edupar (educating for participation), Board member of Coop57 Andalucía and Atrapasueños Editorial partner.

Pedagogue and Social Services worker and currently CGT union delegate for the Granada City Council. More than 15 years linked to the “social” world: associations, social economy and ethical finance. Providing for a sustainable and human development. A development stuck to the reality of the community and its people. And a economy where people are at the center.

Alejandro Cobos Ballano

Senior Consultant in Sustainable Building and Energy Efficiency, qualified as Mechanical Industrial Engineer with 20 years of experience in the fields of renewable sources, energy efficiency in building and industrial processes and related subjects. My skills grew in different engineering companies as Project Manager, taking responsibility over sustainability, cogeneration, biomass and HVAC projects from the feasibility studies to the complete execution and commissioning. Long experience accumulated in training programs for different institutions, mainly in post graduate courses and professional events. LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C, O+M), BREEAM Assessor and Green Rating Auditor, acting as Green Building Manager in INERIA Management.

Mariano Barroso – Presidente del Cluster Andalucía Smart Cities

Mariano Barroso, industrial expert, has a broad business experience of over 45 years in several fields. After 20 years as a manager at large multinational food and beverage companies, he has developed his own business group, the TORSA Group, in the past 25 years, with various activities, such as design and decoration, a center for the treatment of addictions, renewable energies and engineering and R & D focused on industry (especially mining and pharmaceutical).

Strong advocate of collaborative work, in 2003 he founded the Andalusian Association of Promoters and Producers of Renewable Energies (APREAN Renewables), acting as its President from its establishment until the present day. In 2014, he also participated in the creation of Andalusia Smart City Cluster, also holding the Presidency.

15:20-15:50h: Financial Models for Sustainable Projects 

Douglas Prentice (Reino Unido).

Douglas Prentice has worked in the finance sector in London and Europe for nearly 30 years. He is a qualified underwriter and stockbroker and has been engaged on advising on large scale government infrastructure projects in Russia and Ukraine.

He has a Masters Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy. CEO of Geocapita, UK impact investment fund.

Jose Moncada,  CEO La Bolsa Social

José has worked in financial policy at the Public Treasury (Madrid), the European Commission (Brussels) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA, Paris). In 2014 Jose discovers that he is a social entrepreneur trapped in the body of an EU official, and leaves the EU to set up La Bolsa Social (the Social Exchange). Former Spanish State Civil Manager, since 2014 teaches EU Financial Markets in the University of La Sorbonne (Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne). He is the chair of the Spanish Net of Social Impact, REDIS.

 

15:50-16:15h: Social Entrepreneurship School presentation, accelerator for solar energy and water projects in rural communities in emerging countries.

Peik Stendlund (Finland)

Peik is a serial social entrepreneur with a mind for social business and climate change mitigation and high experience in Africa. Founder of Pamoja Cleantech, founded in 2008,  a rural electrification company that provides electricity from biomass and solar energy to rural communities in Uganda and has a social and environmental impact. He was also an attendee at the COP21 conference. Founder also of Pamoja Cleantech Foundation. 

https://pamoja.se/

Tito Spínola – Ashoka Spain

Ashoka is the largest network of social innovators. We invest in people and patterns of collaborative entrepreneurship that are necessary in a world where everyone is compelled to be a changemaker. Tito Spínola is leading a global partnership to find and help scaling the most impactful social innovators in the area of sustainability in Spain, Chile and Colombia.

http://spain.ashoka.org/

María José Manjón

15 years of experience in international business, Project finance, project management and legal counsel in water and renewable energy projects. Development and financing of desalination and termosolar plants (Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Israel, China, India, etc.). Executive Master Business Administration (EXMBA) in Instituto de Empresa (2011-2012), Madrid, and Master in Eurepean Business in ESCP Europe (Paris-Bangkok), Scholarship from Spanish International Agency for Cooperation (AECI) for Posgraduate Studies and Scholarship for Executive Women from Community of Madrid. Collaboration with social entrepreneurship projects as Pamoja Cleantech, rural electrification Company from biomass in Uganda since 2008.

16:20-18:00h: Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility.

Jaime Briales – Área de Innovación y Nuevas Tecnologías. Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

Jaime Briales began his career at Santana Motor (Linares, Jaén, Spain), first in the quality department, and later as head of planning and presses in the Suzuki Division (vehicles manufacturing). He joined Malaga City Council in 1993, carrying out different roles related to the control and inspection of facilities. In 2006 he was appointed as Director of the Municipal Energy Agency of Malaga. At present he works in the Innovation and New Technologies Department in the City of Málaga. Amongst his various tasks, Jaime has actively participated in and managed various research and innovation projects financed with national, European and international funding in the fields of energy efficiency, accessibility, renewable energy generation, public lighting, electric mobility and smart cities, such as Smart City Malaga, Zero Emissions Mobility to All, Green Motion and Flexiciency.

Juan de Dios Hermosín – Ayesa-Smart Solutions

He is currently the General Director of Smart Solutions Area in Ayesa in its Management Committee promoting business development activities for national and international business and managing the activity of the production of the division.

The Smart Solutions Area in AYESA assumes the development, evolution and implementation of last generation solutions, mainly in the field of energy management solutions Micro Grids, associated with the management of electric vehicle charging solutions and integrated solutions high security in prisons.
Previous experience in the General Directorate of ACT Systems, developing national and international business development activities of management and productive activity.

Antonio Tejada – La Ciudad Accesible

Teacher who educates in equity. Journalist denouncing social injustice and making minorities visible. Social researcher who demonstrates another possible reality. Ambassador of the ‘Chair for the promotion of entrepreneurship of people with disabilities Konecta Foundation and the University Rey Juan Carlos’ and co-founder and President of The Accessible City.

The Accessible City is the first observatory laboratory, research and international action on universal accessibility, usability, inclusive design and attention to the diversity of user, where the person is the true protagonist in the processes in which it participates and interacts, either environments, goods, services or products. ‘European Citizen Award 2015’ in the category of Inclusion of the European Parliament, an award that recognizes organizations that work to improve equal opportunities and quality of life of all people. Leader in the implementation of strategies of inclusion and accessibility at a transverse level with a new way to understand these concepts of equal opportunities and equal treatment in diversity entity.

Ricardo López Perona – AFCA

Master on Civil Engineer. (1984. Politechnic University of Madrid). He has developed all his professional activity in the Spanish cement industry from 1984. From this year until 2001 as Director of Spanish Institute for Cement and its Aplication (IECA) in the south area of Spain. From 2001 until now as General Manager of the Andalusia Cement Association (AFCA). From January of 2013 he is also Director of Institutional Affairs of the Spanish Cement Association. He is also President of the Cement Certification Committee of the Spanish Association for Standardization (AENOR), and member of the Andalusia Employers Association (CEA).

He has been President of the West Andalusia Civil Engineer Association from 1996 until 2006, and President of the Sevilla Construcción Association in 2002. He has been distinguished with the Gold Medal of the Spanish Civil Engineer Association in 2012.

Fabricio D’Amico – Univ. Roma

Fabrizio D’Amico is Ph.D. in Sciences of Civil Engineering from Roma Tre University in Rome. His studies and works have always been focused on road infrastructures design, road safety issues and road pavements maintenance systems. He is the author of more than 30 publications in international journals and he serves as a reviewer and as guest editor of special issue for several international journals. He is a technician and professor of “Road design” at the Engineering Department of Roma Tre University. He took part to some European and National research projects in the field of road safety, pavements maintenance and others several topics linked to the civil infrastructures.

Alessandro Calvi – Univ. Roma

Alessandro Calvi is Assistant Professor of Roads, Railways and Airports at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University. He is Editor in Chief of Advances in Transportation Studies, Associate Editor of Traffic Injury Prevention and served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Safety Research. Moreover he is member of the editorial boards and referee for several other prominent international journals and conferences. He is author of more than 60 papers within his main research fields of interest that are road infrastructures design, road safety, road materials and road maintenance. He took part to several European and National research projects.

16:20-18:00h: Financing for Sustainable Development

Javier Guerra, Quantum Renewables Partner

Javier is currently a partner at Quantum, where he heads the renewable energy division. He has an investment experience of +€1.3b in renewables, having been actively involved in over 500MW. In 2010 he co-founded WHEB Infrastructure, where he was a member of the investment committee, responsible for investment origination and execution, and for the management and optimisation of the portfolio. Before that he spent 4 years in principal investment at a leading energy private equity firm. He has additional experience in investment banking and management consulting in Europe and Asia. Javier holds a General Management Program diploma from IESE Business School, he’s a Diplome Grande Ecole graduate from ESCP Europe in Paris, holds a MSc in Management at CASS Business School in London and a MSc in East Asia Studies. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and conversational Mandarin.

Jose Moncada,  Director General La Bolsa Social

José has worked in financial policy at the Public Treasury (Madrid), the European Commission (Brussels) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA, Paris). In 2014 Jose discovers that he is a social entrepreneur trapped in the body of an EU official, and leaves the EU to set up La Bolsa Social (the Social Exchange). Former Spanish State Civil Manager, since 2014 teaches EU Financial Markets in the University of La Sorbonne (Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne). He is the chair of the Spanish Net of Social Impact, REDIS.

David Rodríguez Mejías

Vice President of the Association of Business Angels Networks of Andalusia (Aaban), (http://aaban.org/), a non-profit, private and independent entity, which aims to boost the creation and development of business ventures through the participation of private investors called Business Angels. Until today Aaban has contributed to the development of more than 20 companies in the region with an important component of innovation and high growth potential. The business angels network is a member of AEBAN, the major Business Angels network in Spain.

Agustín Vitórica co-CEO de Gawa Fund

Co-founder and Co-CEO of Gawa Fund- 15 years of experience in private equity investments and asset management for more than 15 years. His interest in microfinance started while he was a doctoral researcher on the impact of new technology on microfinance institutions.

Paolo Michele Sonvilla, Trust EPC South project

Paolo Michele Sonvilla  is a senior manager at Creara, in charge of developing European opportunities, such as those originated by the European Commission, the Horizon 2020 and other transnational R&I programmes. He is the project coordinator of the “Horizon 2020 Trust EPC South Project”, aimed at scaling up Energy Performance Contract investments in southern European countries. Paolo holds a MSc in Electronic Engineering (University of Trieste, Italy) and a Master of Business Administration (INSEAD, France).

The Trust EPC South project website is www.trustepc.eu and  http://www.trustepc.eu/en/news/green-rating-tool

Carmen Carpintero

Bachelor of Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. MBA from IESE Business School and Master in Community Manager, Marketing and social media from Cádiz Chamber of Commerce. Legal Advisor for the telecommunications and engineering company AMPER, assisting in the international expansion of the company and head of the legal department of the real state company Urbanicsa, developing condominiums in the Madrid metropolitan area.

Since 2008 manages her own company Cubic@rte based on the Business Innovacion Center CEEI Bahía de Cádiz and providing taylor services for creatives industries and investing in startups like ad-ventures, graffos, neurobia research, Tartessos Ventures (http://www.tartessosventures.com/) and Babyradio.

Miguel Sanchez Praena

Miguel is an investment professional with more than 15 years of experience in the Infrastructure and Renewable sectors. He is currently the Head of Structured Finance for SunEdison in EMEA, responsible for equity and debt transactions for wind and solar projects.  He has worked on Renewable Energy since 2012 having financed more than 300 MWs. Prior to that he worked in Acciona in the Infrastructure PPP sector, where he lead investments amounting to more than $5 bn. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Granada University, Spain, and an MBA from SMU, USA.

Marco Trombeta de Financieros sin Fronteras

Marco Trombetta holds an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford (UK) and a “Laurea” degree magna cum laude in Economic and Social Sciences from “L. Bocconi” University (Milan – Italy). Before joining IE Business School he held academic positions at Carlos III University (Spain), the University of Oxford (UK) and at the London School of Economics (UK). He has held visiting positions at the University of Chicago GSB (U.S.A.), “L. Bocconi” University in Milan (Italy) and LUISS University in Rome (Italy).

His main research interests are the theory and empirical analysis of disclosure, auditing and financial literacy. He is the Treasurer of “Financieros sin Fronteras” and takes active part into the activities of this NGO. He has travelled several times to Ghana and has directed a research project on the efficacy of microfinance institutions as tool to promote the growth of microenterprises.