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19 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
Manila, Philippines
Philippines Mini-Grid B2B Forum


Alfonso G. CusiSecretary, Department of Energy Philippines

Alfonso G. Cusi has more than four decades of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. Cusi was engaged in the logistics and transportation industries. He was the Chairman of the Batangas-based shipping company Starlite Ferries, Inc., which is spearheading the modernization of the domestic shipping industry with its recent acquisition of brand-new roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) commercial vessels custom built in Japan. He also founded and served as Chairman and President of various companies engaged in logistics and distribution, manning and crewing, maritime engineering as well as convenience stores. Recognized as a good corporate steward, he also served as Board Member of the mining firm Intex Resources Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of the Norway-based Intex Resources ASA.

Franz Jessen, EU Ambassador to the Philippines

Franz Jessen is the EU Ambassador to the Philippines since 2015. Prior to this, he was the EU Ambassador to Vietnam for 4 years. He was the Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, MACAO, Taiwan, Mongolia in European External Action Service in Brussels. Franz was also the Head of Unit for China, Hong Kong, MACAO, Taiwan, Mongolia in DG External Relations in EU Commission in Brussels for four years. He was based in Beijing and Tokyo in the initial years of his tenure in EU Commission.

Edgardo R. Masongsong, Administrator, NEA

Edgardo is the administrator of NEA since November 18, 2016. He has 15 solid years of experience in the Power Industry as Member of AKELCO CMT, GM of BUSECO, President-CEO of AMRECO-PSAGCORP, among others, through the ECs and legislative branch as a Party-list Representative (16th Phil Congress) and 10 years of practice in local governance as the Assistant City Administrator of the City of Cebu. He worked for 6 years in Cooperative Organizing and Management while connected with VICTO or the Visayas Cooperative Development Center and 12 in Community Organizing in Mindanao while connected with the Church and the Mindanao-based Consortium for Rural Development. 

Urbano C. Mendiola Jr., Vice-President, NPC
Mr. Urbano C. Mendiola was appointed Vice-President for Corporate Affairs of the National Power Corporation (NPC) on 16 January 2013. Bong Mendiola, as he is usually called, has been with the National Power Corporation for the last 37 years and has a wide experience in plant engineering and construction, quality assurance, operations, fuel management, IPP contracts management, and power economics. He presently heads the company’s Corporate Planning Department, Revenue Management Department, Information Systems and Technology Department and Corporate Communication Division. Prior to his present assignment, he rose from the ranks as a Cadet Engineer at the then Nuclear Power Division of National Power to his current position and has nearly 2,800 hours of international and local professional trainings.
Katarina Hasbani, Vice-President, ARE
Katarina works today on transformations shaping the energy systems of tomorrow. She is supporting this transformation by building partnerships between young, innovative start-ups and corporations. She is the Founder of EnRupt, innovation company for the energy sector which creates a collaboration environment where new ideas thrive and get executed. Katarina has 15 years of professional experience in energy sector from government & consulting in Europe, Middle East & South-East Asia and she is on the Board of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (Industry association, HQ in Belgium) and Female Founders (Non-profit, HQ in Singapore).
Agnes Devanadera, Chair,  ERC
Agnes is the Chairperson of ERC and former Solicitor General or Attorney General of the Republic of the Philippines. She was appointed on February 22, 2007 by then-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and was the first woman to occupy the office. Before her appointment Devanadera was a Government Corporate Counsel. She also became a candidate for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Artis Nikki L. Tortola, Deputy Administrator, NEA
Artis is currently working as a deputy administrator in NEA, where he was a management consultant in since 2014. He worked with Bukidnon Sub-transmission Corporation for 3 years as COO and with Bukidnon IT Electric Cooperative Inc. for 8 years in different roles. He is a professional and registered electrical engineer.
Felix William B. Fuentebella, Undersecretary of the Department of Energy Philippines

Atty. Felix William Buquid Fuentebella (commonly known as "Wimpy") is a current Undersecretary for Power, Renewable Energy, Media Affairs and Spokesperson of the Department of Energy (DOE). He hails from Tigaon, Camarines Sur where he served as Congressman of the Fourth (formerly Third) legislative district. As a member of House of Representatives of the Philippines, he pursued several bills including the Anti-Money Laundering Act or the Republic Act 9160 and amendments to the Procurement Act or Republic Act 9184. Wimpy Fuentebella earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1997 from the University of the Philippines, started his Bachelor of Laws in the Ateneo Law School and continued it from San Sebastian College Recoletos Institute of Laws. He passed the Bar Examination in 2009.

Tim Guanzon, Director for the Energy Committee, Office of Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Philippines Senate
Teresa Ira Maris P. Guanzon is currently the Director of the Committee on Energy under the Office of Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Energy.  She is a lawyer who specializes in energy policy.  Before working for the Senate of the Philippines, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Reform Energy Project of SSG Advisors, LLC, and as the Policy Associate of the Energy Policy and Development Program.  She has published a paper with La Viña, Tan, Caleda, and Ang entitled “Navigating a trilemma: Energy security, equity, and sustainability in the Philippines’ low-carbon transition”.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas with a degree in Economics, cum laude, and completed her masters in Economics and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Lumen Perey BalboaLegal and Regulatory Expert Energy, ASEP     
Atty Lumen Perey-Balboa is a lawyer by profession and has nearly 15 years of experience in transaction law and corporate structuring, regulation and compliance, and policy advocacy in the field of energy, construction, corporate and tax law. She held managerial and advisory positions providing corporate law and energy regulation advice in several energy companies such as Emerald Energy, Alternergy and the Powersource Group and served in government as legal advisor to two successive presidents of the National Power Corporation. She practiced law at top-tier law firm Siguion Reyna Montecillo Ongsiako and clerked with Sycip Salazar Hernandez Gatmaitan Law in Manila and Baker & Mckenzie Law in Hong Kong. Prior to her legal practice, she had worked with Department of Energy, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and for European Union - Access to Sustainable Energy Program (EU-ASEP) to craft a policy study on rural electrification including draft rules on Competitive Selection Process for power supply contracts in off-grid areas.              
Paul Bertheau, Researcher, Reiner Lemoine Institut 
Paul has been awarded a scholarship by Reiner Lemoine-Stiftung in January 2017, the working title of his dissertation is “Transformation processes for realizing sustainable energy supply on the Philippines – an interdisciplinary analysis of success factors.” His research is dedicated to contributing to successful rural electrification in developing countries. As a researcher in the Off-Grid Systems team at RLI, he shifted his focus to developing and applying planning tools for rural electrification and deriving policy implications from these tools and the generated research results. Paul has headed several research projects, among others market potential studies for renewable energy on islands and feasibility studies for specific renewable technologies and renewable energy projects and he has also worked for the German Environmental Authority for UNFCCC-CDM mechanism projects.
Roderick de Castro, Executive Director, Team Energy Foundation Philippines
Roderick F. De Castro of ‘Ricky” to everyone is the Executive Director of TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc. (TEFI), the social development arm of Team Energy Corporation, a power generation company. He has been working for development for almost 20 years now. He moved to TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc. from Haribon to manage its rural electrification program (Baranggay Electrification Assistance for Countryside Development) Project BEACON. He also oversees the Asian Institute of Management – TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership for the Foundation, a joint project with AIM to develop a new kind of leader to address social inequities.
Antonio S. Herrera, Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE), Ankur Scientific
They are an affiliate of ANKUR Scientific for the Philippines. It specializes in Biomass & Municipal Solid Waste Gasification (Waste to Energy), and Heat Recovery Methods using Organic Rankine Cycle systems. He is presenting ANKUR Scientific's various technologies in Pyrolytic Gasification Systems, and Constructive Destruction of Inorganic Materials.
Patrick Cousins, CEO, Infinite Fingers
Patrick Cousins completed his first complex off-grid project in 1997 when he built a 15-meter sailboat equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine. After returning to Germany he continued to follow his fascination for renewable energy and power systems by working in technical sales and management for various businesses in the industry and he started his own company for the design and installation of PV systems (off-grid and on-grid). He was also the sales manager at Autarctech GmbH, a German manufacturer of Li-ion battery management systems, providing him with cutting-edge knowledge on the current development of batteries and their capabilities. Finally, all these experiences lead him to become co-founder and CEO at Infinite Fingers GmbH: A start-up providing remote monitoring and control for all types of off-grid power systems.
Rajeena Shakya, Senior Business Development associate, NRECA
Rajeena is a Business Development Specialist for NRECA International, where she plays a vital role in researching, analysing and identifying business opportunities for the organization. She also serves as the project manager for all Overseas Cooperative Development Council activities that are funded through USAID’s Cooperative Development Program, which focuses on promoting the cooperative business model this role and increasing awareness of the successes and pitfalls of the cooperative business model in various sectors in developing countries. She has been working in the energy sector over the last fifteen years focusing on rural electrification, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure and environmental related programs and has a sound understanding of current energy and environmental policy issues.
Rene Fajilagutan, General Manager, ROMELCO
Rene M. Fajilagutan has more than 28 years of experience in the rural electrification. He is currently the General Manager of the Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ROMELCO) and Chairman/CEO of the Cantingas Mini-Hydro Power Corporation (CHPC), a wholly owned Subsidiary Corporation of ROMELCO. He is also the President of the Association of Isolated Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AIEC), an association of forty (40) electric cooperatives mostly located in the Island Provinces of the Philippines. As President of the Isolated Electric Cooperatives, Rene is actively participating in the policy formulation for the operation of the renewable power source, especially in advocating for the maximum penetration of Renewable Energy in the island grids.
Halley Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology, Electric Vine Industries
Halley Fitzpatrick, the Director of Technology at Electric Vine Industries, is inspired by the opportunity within challenges. He has 14 years’ professional experience of crafting creative solutions for complex demand side energy problems: he has designed award winning low energy lighting systems, developed innovative daylight analysis software, and shaped pivotal California energy efficiency regulations and legislation. He has a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering both from the University of Colorado and holds a professional license in Electrical Engineering. Electric Vine Industries (EVI) develops microgrids and related technologies, currently with 75+ full time employees, 1/2 MW of solar-PV village microgrids deployed across a dozen sites, serving 1000+ customers and Halley’s technology team at EVI designs, develops, and delivers software solutions that make EVI’s grids and customer experiences shine.
John Hermann, Director & Development Manager, ILAW
He has worked in international development and off-grid electrification for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of ILAW and established close partnership with AIEC. He is also the co-founder of PowerSource, the 1st micro-grid in the Philippines.
 Alexander van Heuverswyn, Sales Director, XANT
He develops the business by implementing “demonstration” projects in distributed-generation applications in Europe and is setting up a global partner network for XANT. Before, Alexander was International Sales Manager & Global Key Account Manager at VYNCKE. He has sold biomass energy installations in South America, UK and Ireland and set up a new distributor network in Central America & Chile.
Boris HornBusiness Development Manager, Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG
Boris Horn is Business Development Manager in charge of the swarm power technology and its field of application and and manages the business development of the company’s off-grid storage solutions in the alternative energies segment. He will be able to provide an insight into both projects of rural electrification, as well as details of artificial intelligence in the energy sector. Boris was born and raised in Germany’s “greenest and most sustainable” city, Tubingen, and has been taking an interest in technologies across the renewable energy sector since his days of childhood. He received his business degree from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg and has worked in Europe, the United States and recently in South Africa, where he supported an Official Development Assistance programme in the green economy sector as development advisor.
Jens JaegerPolicy & Business Development Officer, ARE
Jens Jaeger works closely together with ARE Members, as well as international and local partners to improve policy and business development conditions for private sector companies in off-grid markets in Asia. He focuses on advocacy, policy, research, partnerships, B2B/B2F matchmaking and events. Jens has led the project to develop the current ARE website, as well as initiatives to increase youth engagement in the off-grid sector such as the AEEP Young Leaders in Energy Access Awards and the ARE job platform.
Niall Keegan, Director and APAC Business Development, SD-Windenergy
Niall is based in Yokohama, Japan and has been involved in business development for new and growing technology companies entering Asian markets since the early 1990s. In addition to a number of renewable energy companies, Niall has also worked with manufacturers of telecoms, automotive and medical products to build effective local sales and technical support organizations. In early 2018 Niall was part of the team who successfully acquired the wind turbine assets from Kingspan Environmental Ltd and relaunched the business as SD Wind Energy Ltd.
Paul D. LazaroFirst Vice President, Development Bank of Philippines
Paul D. Lazaro has thirty-nine years of solid experience in banking and management both in the private and public sectors. Twenty-seven years of development banking with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and 12 years stint in a private commercial bank. He started his career in DBP in 1991 as an Assistant Manager and gradually assumed higher positions until his current designation as First Vice President and Group Head, Lending Program Management Group. Prior to DBP, he started his banking career with a private commercial bank and held various positions. And he finished his stint with the private sector as Department Head, Comptroller’s Department.
David Lecoque, Policy & Business Development Manager, ARE

David Lecoque heads the policy and business development department at the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). In this role he works closely with energy companies, key donors and institutions, financiers and NGOs involved in energy access. In particular, he focuses on business development, advocacy, partnerships, project management, fundraising and B2B/B2Fin match-making. He also oversees ARE's research activities and run the contact database, comprising 46.000+ sector stakeholders. Prior to joining ARE, David Lecoque practised and qualified as a lawyer at the Brussels Bar, dealing principally with energy and environmental matters in top-tier law firms Liedekerke and CMS. In 2015, he was elected as one of Belgium’s 100 most inspiring and sustainable young professionals. He speaks English, French, Dutch and German. 

Nico Leibenguth, General Manager, Servoelec
Nico Leibenguth is the General Manager with the Bauwerk Inc. and Servo Electric Inc. Philippines. In this role, Nico manages all aspects of solar power generation, including storage, power conditioning and hybrid applications. A big believer in renewable energy, Nico represents SMA inverter technology and German storage solutions in the country, with sales, service, engineering and technical trainings. Nico is a qualified electrical engineer with more than 35 years in the power generating industry, whereof he worked more than 18 years in several countries in the Far East and in South East Asia. 
Sujay Malve, CEO & Co-Founder, Canopy Power
Sujay Malve has 15 years of experience in RE industry across 3 continents. He had been involved in program management, business development and strategy and M&A functions in various solar and wind companies. He founded Canopy Power in 2016 to provide microgrid solutions to remote communities and businesses which are mainly dependent on diesel power.
Daisy Marquez, Executive Director, CEnAG-Solar
Daisy Marquez is the Executive Director of Cenag Solar. Since its founding in 2012 as an EPC, Cenag has developed solar and storage systems for barangays (villages or district), eco-resorts, military works, and NGOs in regions of the Philippines without access to electricity.  Marquez identifies off-grid site partners for project development, partner with government and international agencies, and develops supply chain partnerships to drive the value chain of the company from project conception through commissioning. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Christoph MenkeTrier University of Applied Sciences & Strategic Advisor to ASEP
Christoph Menke (Prof. Dr. - Ing.) is a full professor for energy technology at the Trier University of Applied Science, Germany for 21 years and as well as a visiting professor and international advisor at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE) in Bangkok, Thailand since 14 years. Since 2013, he has been nominated as well as “Distinguished Professor” at the JGSEE/KMUTT, Bangkok. He worked successfully with The World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and GIZ. He has also worked several years at the TATA Energy Research Institute in Bangalore, India and at the JGSEE/KMUTT in Bangkok as senior energy expert and senior energy policy advisor. He is a senior energy expert for energy technologies, like solar energy and Co-Generation and is the strategic advisor to the EU-Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP), implemented by EU-ASEP TA Implementing Partners: GIZ International Services, ICF International and Reiner Lemoine Institute. 
Lydia Orial, President & CEO, LGUGC
Lydia N. Orial graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology as Magna Cum Laude and Gold Medalist. She is an MBPA candidate and Gold Medalist in Dela Salle Graduate School of Business and an MBE candidate under the Strategic Business and Economic Planning (SBEP) Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific, with a certificate in Business Economics. She established highest tenets of professionalism, commitment and integrity from her long financial executive career.  She had started her career as Technical Assistant in SGV and Company from 1978 to 1981, became a Mapua Instructor in 1983 and served as Research and Project Development Officer-Corplan Division in Pag-IBIG Fund. She was the Director of the Planning and Management Services Group of the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises from 1989 to 1991. Ms. Orial was part of the pioneer group that set up LGUGC in March 1998, simultaneously acting as Managing Director/Asst. Treasurer of BAP Credit Guaranty Corporation from 1991 to March 1998. Since 2007, Ms. Orial continues to share her expertise and service as the President/CEO of LGU Guarantee Corporation. 
Claudio Pedretti, Business Development Manager, Windkinetic
Claudio Pedretti has been involved in the off-grid renewable energy area for the last twelve years covering several roles from engineering to sales & management. He successfully grew the company business in several industrial markets such as oil&gas, telecom, mining. He currently focuses on strategy and partnerships while expanding the company business in Central Asia and Africa and before co-founding WindKinetic, he has worked for over 10 in the healthcare Industry. At same time, as a consultant he collaborated on several project management roles with Italian public administrations and NGOs and is considered an expert in off grid power system technologies, microgrids and related applications.
Markus Rother, Senior Investment Officer, ElectriFI
Marcus Rother is currently a senior investment officer at European Comissions’s ElectrifI Fund, seeking investment opportunities in off-grid, micro-grid, and utility power that are impactful and financially sustainable. Formerly based in Cape Town he worked as an advisor to various international bodies and corporations in the renewable energy sector and headed the Africa office of California-based SunPower Corp as Managing Director. Holding a PhD in Technology Policy from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), and a MSc in Physical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany), his research and advisory focus is on Solar Energy Deployment in Developing and Emerging Countries, institutional frameworks and technology trends.
Daniel Schnitzer, CEO, SparkMeter
Dan has ten years of experience in smart grid & rural electrification and has received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on electricity access. Before founding SparkMeter, he founded EarthSpark International, a microgrid developer in Haiti.
Viktor Sinenko, Director - Business Development, RTSoft GmbH
Viktor Sinenko, RTSoft GmbH Director Business Development heads sales activities on the smart energy market, responsible for business models based on break through power energy automation software and solutions. Engineering knowledge and experience are coming from dozens of projects in HV/MV/LV substation automation, SCADA/EMS and renewables integration, while business approach is oriented on customers' technical requirements and their financial benefits.
David Generoso Soriano,  Department Manager of Program Management Department II, LandBank of the Philippines
David is working with LandBank of the Philippines since 1991, currently as the Department manager of the Program Management Department II. He has authored and developed key lending programs of the bank and has managed several Official Development Assistance Programs like the KFW-Community Based Forest and Mangrove Management Project, ADB-Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project, ADB-Private Infrastructure Participation Development Fund (PIPDF), WB-Strategic Support for Local Development and Investment Project and the KfW Credit Line for Energy Efficiency Program. Prior to this, he worked with Department of Public Works and Highways in the Construction Department as well as an emergency employee in the Department of Agriculture.
 Ernesto TerradoKey Expert - Rural Electrification, ASEP
Ernesto is currently working as the resident key expert on Rural Elecrification for the EU Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) in Department of Energy in Manila. Before joining ASEP, he was working as a Key Expert for the African Development Bank for the Uganda Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Project. He also worked as senior energy consultant with the World Bank for 15 years. In addition, he held several senior roles for Private Sector & Infrastructure Department (LAC region), Energy, Mining and Telecommunications Department, ESMAP and Energy Department in The World Bank from 1981 to 2000.
Makoto UjikeManager- Institutional Marketing Dept., Crowdcredit
He is now in charge of overseas debt finance deal sourcing activities. Previously he was involved in strategic alliance development as Japan Branch Manager of Saltlux, Korean IT solution provider, and had engaged in Japan market entry for Asian IT venture investees at JAFCO, the leading venture capital firm. He has done MA of International Development at International University of Japan.
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE
Marcus Wiemann is responsible for the management and direction of ARE as well as for the relationship management with partners and developing organisations / institutions. In this regard, he is a member of numerous steering committees and working groups who are active in the field of rural electrification. Marcus (44 years, born in Dortmund, Germany) holds diplomas in Economics, International Relations/Developing Countries and Environmental Economics from the Universities of York and Trier. Marcus has a professional background from the finance and energy sector as well as in consultancy, advocacy and project management in Brussels of Verbundnetz Gas AG, EWE AG and of the International Association of Gas and Oil Producers (OGP).
Susumu Yoneoka, Energy Specialist -Smart Grids, ADB
Susumu Yoneoka’s major roles are the technical support of operations department and the development & management of knowledge in smart grid area including microgrids and mini-grids. He has about 10 years private sector working experience in planning and leading energy supply projects, especially focusing on distributed energy systems (e.g., renewable energy based microgrids), with expertise in the electricity sector structure, regulation, regional power supply, and smart grid technology applications in renewable energy integration, ICT system for network and demand-side management. Prior to joining ADB, he worked in a subsidiary of large telecommunications holding company in Japan, as an Energy Business Planning Manager where he was responsible for leading projects in creating a smart community and led establishment of a new regional power retailing company in Japan. He has also worked in a market-leader company of new Power Producer and Supplier in Japan.
Robert ZhouArea Sales Manager - South and East Asia, Studer-Innotec
Prior to working in Studer, Robert worked with Phocos China LTD as Sales Director for 5 years and with Ebmpapst Motor and Ventilation (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. as Sales Engineer of North China for 3 years.


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Australia 2
Belgium 5
China 1
France 2
Germany 6
China (Hong Kong) 1
India 2
Indonesia 4
Italy 2
Japan 5
Malaysia 1
Philippines 182
Russia 1
Singapore 8
Switzerland 2
Thailand 2
United Kingdom 1
United States 3
Total 230