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Speakers: Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Jan Willem Kelder

Jan Willem Kelder

Jan Willem Kelder (1949, Semarang/Java) has been a member of the TNO Board of Management and chairman of the TNO Council for Defence Research since January 2009. On 1 February 2014 he was appointed chairman (CEO) of the TNO Board of Management. The new TNO strategy for the period 2015-2018 is being implemented under his stewardship. In this strategy the TNO focus lies on getting innovations faster to market, partnership with relevant parties and internationalisation.

Before joining TNO, Jan Willem Kelder had held various positions in the Royal Dutch Navy. Following his appointment as an officer (1973) and a succession of positions in operations, he rose to vice-admiral, commander of naval forces, before finishing his naval career in September 2007.



Marc Salvany

Marc Salvany is the Head of the Service & Solution Competence Center of Latin America for Philips Lighting. He leads the center of competence in the region helping Philips transition from products to services while delivering innovative integrated solutions.

Marc has a proven track record in acquiring and managing multiple light management and service contracts for municipalities in Europe. Before joining Philips in 2011, he played a pivotal role in the expansion of the European operations of SunEdison [NYSE:SUNE].

Marc is an electrical engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and holds an MBA/MA dual degree from The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute – University of Pennsylvania.

When Marc is not advising clients on sustainability and innovation, he explores the World while being a food connoisseur. He is a proud co-founder of a Michelin star awarded restaurant in Barcelona.



Frank Hoevertsz

Mr. Hoevertsz studied Economic Geography and Economics at the Free Univeristy of Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Worked with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, the Aruban Foreign Investment Agency (deputy managing director), the FCCA (Aruban housing and mortgage institution) as managing director, as a private consultant for real estate development and with Utilities Aruba as managing director. Followed different management and leadership courses and seminars. Married with 3 kids".


Mr. Ing. Robert R. Henriquez

Mr. Ing. Robert R. Henriquez

Mr. Ing. Robert R. Henriquez is the General Manager of N.V. ELMAR. N.V. ELMAR is the sole provider of electricity on the island of Aruba. Besides the common daily operation of distributing electrical energy, Mr Henriquez is guiding N.V. ELMAR into the area of generating alternative energy. The first solar park project for the island of Aruba, deployment of Prepaid metering, Smart Metering, LED street lighting and other initiatives are all part of the new vision and goals which symbolizes his pioneering leadership. His role and that of ELMAR is to both educate and inspire others to make decisions that lead to challenging but realizable goals. Passion is a key in reaching these goals. The believe in expanding N.V. ELMAR's services and giving the customers a 'choice'.
A vision which supports and leads to build an innovative transport and distribution company of electricity in Aruba.

Prior to taking this role, Mr Henriquez worked for 10 years at the refinery of Aruba managing the maintenance of the electrical and instrument equipments in this extreme corrosive and hazardous environment. He was instrumental at the developing of the preventive and predictive maintenance program for the refinery. During this same period he led the research on the arc flash study and introduced a new set of standard procedures and operating procedures to elevate the safety practices around electrical equipments. He keeps himself updated in all areas of Effective Leadership, Performance Management, Conflict Resolution, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. He holds a particular interest in Smart Metering.

Mr Henriquez holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


Oslin J. Boekhoudt

Oslin J. Boekhoudt

Oslin J. Boekhoudt is the General Manager of WEB Aruba NV; Aruba's Water and Electricity production company.

OJ, as he is called, is a no nonsense leader and has an extensive background in the international oil, gas and energy business. As a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, he worked in Engineering positions at refineries on Aruba and Curaçao. In 1999 he moved to the Middle East where he worked for 7 years for Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar. There, he not only experienced the enormous scale of the oil and gas industry in that part of the world, but also the multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-religious environment that he and his family lived in. This made him realize how important interpersonal sensitivities and skills are and how small scale Aruba is.

In the 5 years that he has been leading WEB Aruba, together with his team he developed a new Corporate Strategy leading the company to be Cleaner, Greener and Fuel Oil Free by 2020. To be able to do this, WEB Aruba has since undergone a mind shift to change from conventional to sustainable water and energy production techniques. Fascinated with the challenges that renewable energy brings on a small scale island grid to maintain a reliable, affordable and sustainable network, OJ and his team take more calculated risks to move forward and to accomplish significant improvements on sustainable water and energy production. He strongly believes that education is the next step to leading our island nation to a sustainable future.



Wal van Lierop

Wal van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. Wal is a globally recognized visionary, co-founder of Chrysalix, and 35 year energy industry veteran. He has a significant track record as a VC and has had hands-on involvement in dozens of innovation companies. Wal is currently responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of Chrysalix, as well as fund raising and strategic partnerships with leading financial and industrial companies worldwide. Prior to co-founding Chrysalix in 2001,Wal was Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy, a McKinsey consultant, and a University professor. He has been a valued advisor to major oil companies, the World Bank, and the European Union. Wal has a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.



Camila Ramos

Camila Ramos Managing Director and Founder of CELA Clean Energy Latin America, with over 12 years of experience in the renewable energy sector in Latin America, including: bioenergy, wind, solar PV and small hydro. Before CELA, Camila was Country Manager and Head of Latin America Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), where she supported clients with research and analysis of renewable energy sectors and markets, as well as trends in the region. She was also Marketing and Communications Manager at ERB - Energias Renováveis do Brasil, a Brazilian renewable energy company. She also worked as consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing in agribusiness, and coordinated Infinity Bio-Energy's research department in Brazil. Camila has a MSc. and BSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Camila is also Advisory Board Member at the InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute, and NGO based in California, and is Brazil contributor for Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a global network of stakeholders in renewable energy, based in Paris.



Glenn Thodé

Glenn Thodé (Bonaire, 1965) is the Rector of the University of Aruba since January 2012. Though he has a PhD in Criminal Law, he has also researched and published in the areas of environmental law and sustainability. With support of the World Wildlife Fund he wrote proposal legislation that he submitted to the Government of Aruba for the institution of three different nature reserves in Aruba, being terrestrial, wetland and marine reserves. The legal protection of the National Park Arikok is a result of this work and the Marine Park is under consideration by Aruba's Government.

In his previous position of Island Governor of Bonaire he led the processes to establish the Spatial Plan legislation for Bonaire that covers every square inch of the Bonaire territory and to establish a Master Plan for the sustainable development of Bonaire which is still under consideration.

At the moment he is leading the University of Aruba in a collaborative process to develop a Green Faculty Initiative for Aruba. He also holds positions in the boards of FDA (development fund for Aruba), Parke Nacional Arikok and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance.



Ruben Goedhoop





Francisco (Paco) Palmieri

Francisco (Paco) Palmieri is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Caribbean and Central America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat.

Previous to his 7th floor assignment, he served as the Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs' Office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination (WHA/PPC). He has served in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and as Senior Desk Officer for Venezuela. He also led INL's Latin American and Caribbean Programs Office, where he was responsible for over $800 million in programs, including the Colombia and Mexico/Merida operations, 19 Narcotics Affairs offices throughout the Western Hemisphere, and more than 1,500 employees. His other Senior Foreign Service experience includes Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement's (INL) Embassy Baghdad Office.

Overseas, Mr. Palmieri served as Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He also served overseas in San Salvador as the Human Rights Officer at the end of El Salvador's internal conflict (1988-1990), Santo Domingo as a Vice Consul, and Madrid as Political-Military Affairs Officer.

Mr. Palmieri served also as a Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs.

Mr. Palmieri earned a M.S. in International Strategic Studies from the National War College in June 2006. He received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1983 and attended the University of Texas's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs from 1985-1986.



Tom Weirich

Mr. Weirich is Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and has been with the organization for over 10 years. He manages and oversees ACORE's Membership Programs, Corporate Relations, Public Affairs, and Corporate Fundraising. In addition, he advises ACORE's International Programs.

In 2014, he was appointed by U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, to TEPAC, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), an advisory and honorary role. From 2010 to 2012, he was appointed by Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, to be Vice Chair of the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, geared at assisting the Secretary and Administration achieve its goal of doubling renewable energy exports by 2015, targeting $10 billion or more in annual export benefits. From 2011-2014, he was appointed North American Chairperson for the World Council on Renewable Energy (WCRE). Mr. Weirich has been a key facilitator in building collaboration and connecting key players in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid and green building industries in the U.S. and helping to create a more unified and effective approach to how the U.S. strategically presents exports of "green" products. He has been integrally involved in, and managed aspects of U.S regional roundtables and national policy, technology and finance events; working with individual corporate committees; and organizing thought leadership gatherings of CEOs on how to scale up the renewable energy market both here in the U.S. and abroad. He has also established effective relationships with international trade commissions and multilateral organizations and international associations, speaking on, and promoting, international import and export of U.S. renewable energy products to Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Region.

Before joining ACORE in 2004, Mr. Weirich worked with Edelman Public Relations Worldwide on corporate relations within the Consumer Technology & Digital Lifestyle Group in Silicon Valley. He also worked with the International Trade & Arbitration Groups at White & Case, LLP in Washington, D.C. and interned on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Weirich received his M.A. in International Development from the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago, and his B.S. in Foreign Service with Honors in International Politics & International Law from Georgetown University.

He is fluent in Czech, speaks German and Spanish on an intermediate level, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.



Pablo Gomez-Acebo

Pablo Gomez Acebo (Madrid, 1974) holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and an MBA from IE Business School. He has spent his professional career in different sectors starting in the automotive industry in 1997, when he joined an independent engineering firm as a specialist engineer in engine and vehicle testing. During his period in this company, he held several key positions initially in the automotive division and later in the Energy&Environmental division.

In 2006, Pablo joint Repsol and in 2010 was part of the original team which launched the New Energies unit. This unit was created to identify and set up new business opportunities related to new energies (renewables, bio energy, e-mobility...). Pablo was initially linked to the first steps of Repsol in e-mobility activities such as assessing the growth of this new technology and establishing the first and larger e-vehicles charging network in Spain. He has spent the last 4 years as head of Renewables Business Development, in charge of assessing markets and opportunities for Repsol to enter within the renewables arena.

In 2011, Repsol entered into the offshore wind sector establishing a relevant position in the UK, where the company is participating in the development of three projects totaling a net interest of more than 1 GW.



Steve Smith

Steve Smith is the President and CEO of Enertech Global, LLC, which produces GeoComfort, Hydron Module, and TETCO brand geothermal heat pumps. Smith was introduced to geothermal systems in 1983 as Director of Member Services for an electric cooperative in southwestern Illinois. In 1996, he and his wife, Karen, started Enertech, Inc., a dedicated geothermal distribution company located in Greenville, IL. In 2007, Enertech Global, LLC, purchased a geothermal heat pump manufacturing facility, located in Mitchell, South Dakota and have expanded it from 20,000 to 80,000 sq ft. Smith holds an AAS in HVAC Technology from Kaskaskia College and a BS in Business from Greenville College.



Jennifer Polman-Boekhoudt

Jennifer Polman-Boekhoudt is a Sustainable Building Advisor for Caribbean Branch Office TNO, in Aruba. She recently joined the team and will be coordinating the building experiment of Smart Community Aruba. Jennifer has a technical background, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from the Delft University of Technology. There she specialized in the field of Real Estate and Housing. She also added financial knowledge by completing the master course, Investment Analysis at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. She started her career at one of the biggest housing associations in the Netherlands, Woonstad Rotterdam which owns and manages approximately 54.000 dwellings in the city of Rotterdam. She worked for several years as a Strategy and Policy staff advisor, where she collaborated to the further professionalization of the new department of Real Estate Management.



Laurens Knegt

Laurens Knegt Laurens Knegt (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) has a long professional history in the world of energy. In 1989 he became deputy director-general for Energy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague. In this position he was in charge of national and international energy policy. In 1996 he started as an energy consultant in the private sector, followed by several positions as managing director at Eneco. Eneco is one of the three biggest Dutch utilities companies. He was in charge of the B2B-division and the business unit New Energy.

During 2012-2014 he was the managing director of the Association of the Energy Network Operators in The Netherlands. The network sector is faced with several impressive challenges as a consequence of the growing decentral feed in of power and gas. This is the logic consequence of the increasing contribution of renewable energy.

Since April 1 2014 Laurens Knegt is a private consultant for energy. He is a.o. working for the Caribbean Branch Office of TNO and he is advisor of several energy companies.



John Felder

Company Overview

Cayman Automotive was established in 2005 in Grand Cayman and is Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). Currently, there are four shareholders and John Felder is the Chairman of the Board and President/CEO. Cayman Automotive is currently conducting business in the Cayman Islands but is now preparing to enter the following islands in the Caribbean: Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, The Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dealer-Broker and Non-Disclosure Agreements have been signed with local businesses in each of the respective countries.

Company History

Cayman Automotive was started in 2005 with just 1 employee, that being the current CEO and President of the company. It was important for Mr. Felder to understand the various operational practices of the host country and learn first hand how to conduct business in the Cayman Islands. The importing of vehicles to the Cayman Island, licensing and registering of vehicles is part of our core business model so each step in the process must be fully understood and followed.

The marketing of electric vehicles was first announced in 2005; however the current laws at the time in the Cayman Islands prohibited the use of such vehicles on public roads. Through Mr. Felder's patience and persistence the laws in the Cayman Islands were changed and approved on November 11, 2011. Grand Cayman is now serving as the model for all the other Caribbean countries when it comes to electric vehicles and charging stations. The first electric vehicle was sold in the Cayman Islands in 2009 and currently a total of 40 have been sold. The first electric vehicle was sold to Camana Bay in Grand Cayman and was allowed to be imported as this vehicle is a low speed electric vehicle. (Maximum speed – 25mph) and will only be used on their property.



Elthon Lampe

Ing. Elthon Arthur Lampe is the Business Development Officer at N.V. ELMAR. He is responsible for creating strategic and action plans at the executive level to formulate new business ventures. He also supports clients with initiatives on efficiency, alternative and environmentally friendly of energy usage. Currently he is part of construction and commissioning group for the Solar Park at the airport, which is built on the parking area by the Aruba Airport Authority N.V. The Solar Park is planned to be fully operational mid 2015. He has also sufficient experience with certification process, such as Earth Check and LEED, to achieve sustainable practices. He received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeuwarden, NHL, in the Netherlands. He is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Aruba in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He was actively involved in several sustainable extracurricular activities such as: In 2005 he was the event coordinator of the Eye Opening Conerence On Renewable Energy 2005 organized by SIA, the Society Engineers of Aruba. In 2008 he gave several lectures on alternative energy management for the energy commission of the National Integrated Strategic Plan, called Nos Aruba 2025 (Our Aruba 2025). In 2011 he was nominated Earth Hour Ambassador of Aruba. Present-day he is pioneering the introduction of eletric vehicle in Aruba.



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Speakers: Thursday October 23rd, 2014


Professor Jan Peter Balkenende

Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Partner Corporate Responsibility EY, Former Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jan Pieter (known as Jan Peter) Balkenende was born in Kapelle on 7 May 1956.

After completing his secondary education he went on to the Free University of Amsterdam (VU) where he studied history (graduating with an M.A. in 1980, with economic and social history as his main subject and economics and political science as subsidiary subjects) and Dutch law (graduating with an LL.M. in 1982, with public law as his main subject). He obtained his Ph.D. in law in 1992 with a thesis on government regulation and civil society organisations.

From 1982 to 1984 he was a legal affairs policy officer at the Netherlands Universities Council, the umbrella organisation for Dutch universities. He then served on the staff of the policy institute of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) until 1998. As senior staff member he was responsible for social, economic and financial affairs, including development cooperation, technological innovation and European integration

Professor Balkenende was a member of Amstelveen municipal council from 1982 to 1998, and leader of its CDA group from 1994.

From 1993 to 2002 he was professor (part-time) of Christian social thought on society and economics at the Faculty of Economics of the Free University of Amsterdam.

From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General for the CDA and financial spokesperson for the CDA parliamentary party. He was leader of the parliamentary party from 1 October 2001.

He has also been a member and vice-chair of the board of the broadcasting organisation NCRV, a member of the Amsterdam Regional Forum, chair of the Association of Christian Lawyers, member of the group on socially responsible business practice in the Royal Association MKB-Nederland, which represents employers in small and medium-size businesses, and a member of the board of the Parliamentary History Group.

On 22 July 2002, Professor Balkenende was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the first of four administrations to bear his name. His fourth term of office as Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs ran from 22 February 2007 to 14 October 2010. During this period he also served as chair of the Innovation Platform. He paid many official visits to other countries, often accompanied by trade missions representing Dutch companies.

Under his leadership, many reforms in the fields of social security, pre-pension facilities, public health, deregulation etc. were achieved. The raising of the retirement age was placed successfully on the agenda. Fiscal policy was put on a much sounder footing. The financial and economic crisis that arose in 2008 was tackled effectively: the unemployment rate in the Netherlands is among the lowest in the world and the structure of the Dutch economy is strong. Professor Balkenende played a very active international role, in Europe (presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2004), in the G20 (although the Netherlands is not a formal member) and in the UN (with a special emphasis on issues like sustainable development, Millennium Development Goals and the WTO).

Since 1 December 2010 he has been Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at the Erasmus School of Economics and the Erasmus School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 1 April 2011 he has been partner at Ernst & Young (BeNe Head Office, Rotterdam). In this capacity he is responsible for international affairs, corporate responsibility and advisory activities on public-private issues.

Professor Balkenende has received five honorary doctorates – in theology (Karoly Gazpar Reformed University, Budapest 2005), systems design and management (Keio University, Tokyo 2009), sociology (Yonsei University, Seoul 2010), humane letters (Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York 2011), doctor in laws (Hope College, Holland, MI. 2012) – and other honours including nine Grand Crosses (including Knight Grand Cross in the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau) and several international prizes.

He has written many books and articles, including: Government Regulation and Civil Society Organisations (1992), On Responsibility and Economics: What Next? (inaugural lecture, 1993), Responsibility and Law (1995), Trust and the Economy (1997), Different and Better (2002), Private Enterprise and Society (2003), Shaping Europe's Future (2004), and Prime Minister, The Floor Is Yours (2010). He is the author of many policy documents on economic growth, social security, fiscal policy, poverty, development cooperation and innovation.

Professor Balkenende is married to Dr Bianca Hoogendijk, a specialist in labour law. They have one daughter, Amelie (born in 1999).



Albert Bos

In his current position as Director of STC-Group Holding B.V. and STC Nestra B.V. Capt. Albert Bos is responsible for the management of the directors and managers of the joint ventures of STC-Group in the Netherlands, South-Africa Oman and Kazakhstan. He holds various national and international Board positions. He is actively involved in the development, marketing, organization and evaluation of (international) consultancy projects, courses and training material in the fields of merchant marine, nautical services, offshore fishing, dredging, inland navigation, general operational technology (petro-chemicals), management and logistics (sea, river, road, rail, air). In his capacity as project director he has been, or is, responsible for education and training, human resources development and technical maritime –projects in the Bahamas, Mozambique, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Colombia amongst others. His expert knowledge includes Human Resources and training and education in the fields of the maritime, port and logistics sectors. Besides the function of project director Albert Bos is and has been involved in international projects around the world in the field of Education and training as well as the international Maritime and logistic field in counties. Since the 17th of July 2014, Capt Albert Bos is also appointed as Consul General of the Philippines in Rotterdam.



James 'Jim' Fazio

James Fazio is the new CEO of Aruba Airport Authority N.V.; the company that manages Queen Beatrix International Airport. Prior to his position in Aruba, Jim, as known to most, has worked for the Schiphol Group in New York, most recently, serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Terminal 4 at JFK Airport. In that role, he was responsible for all day to day operations at the terminal, which consisted of just over 17 million passengers, and over 90k flight operations annually. Jim has a strong background in managing large scale capital projects in very complex operating environments and has worked closely with the various government agencies, airport business partners, and airlines to achieve continuous improvement in operations and financial objectives. Jim has nearly 30 years of airport experience, and is also an accomplished pilot, having flown for several years in private air charter. Jim is a graduate of Adelphi University in New York, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management and Communications, and an MBA.



Annet Steenbergen

Annet Steenbergen is the coordinator of the Preclearance and Happy Flow projects for the Governement of Aruba. With the Happy Flow project Aruba aims to innovate the flow of passenger handling fom curb to gate through the use of biometrics and advanced cooperation between the public and the private sector. The happy Flow is also an important step in establishing a worldwide first preclearance for travelling to Europe when departing from Aruba. Annet has more than 20 years experience working in the field of immigration and in particular border control. Before living and working in Aruba, she has always had a strong focus on the international relations of border control in her work. Previously she also worked on immigration matters in the Netherlands, Suriname and South Africa.

Annet's presentation will elaborate on Aruba's Happy Flow project and explain how it aims to innovate the flow of passenger handling fom curb to gate through the use of biometrics and advanced cooperation between the public and the private sector. Explaining the proces we've designed step by step and focussing on the importance of public private cooperation and their information privacy as a condition to the succes of the project.



Edgar Higuera Gomez

Roads and Transport engineer, with postgraduate studies in transport optimization, transport management, UPV
Port management and railroads, Logistics trasport and infrastructure CEO of ANDI--Colombia
International conference speaker
International logistics postgraduate professor
Former andean commission of transport president
Multiple entities councelor board member, transport and infrastructure related public and private committes in andean community and Colombia



Helmuth Barros Peña

General Secretary of Findeter. Attorney of Universidad Externado de Colombia, with specializations in High Enterprise Direction – INALDE and Strategic Management of Universidad de los Andes. Twenty four years of experience as senior management in the public and private sector.

In Findeter he is the leader of legal area, human resources and administrative services, also he is in charge of advising the President of Findeter in the adoption of management policies and the preparation of the General Assembly of Shareholders and the Board.

He has been President and member of Board of Directors of the Alumni Association and the office of the Legal INALDE Popular. His managerial experience allows him to lead the implementation of strategies, providing support to the achievement of corporate goals.



Santiago Arango Aramburo

He is Director of the Center for Development and innovation and Full Professor at the Faculty of Mines, Universidad Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is a civil engineer, having earned his Masters degree from the same University. He holds a PhD in Simulation from the University of Bergen, Norway; and a Postdoc in Energy Modelling from the University of Lugano, Switzerland. His research interests include the study of energy markets and dynamic complex system through simulation and experimental economics. His publications are in journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Utilities Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Socio-Economic Planning, among others. Santiago has published a number of books and book chapters. Santiago has done a number of both research and consulting international projects for Ministers, Energy Companies, and European Union, among others.


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Speakers: Friday October 24th, 2014


Fabien Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau - Aquanaut, Oceanographic Explorer, Conservationist and Documentary Filmmaker

Fabien Cousteau is an aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker. As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather's ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learned how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. Today, Fabien continues to fulfill his family's legacy to protect and preserve the planet's extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats. With his vast experience in the field he uses his knowledge to help refine a public policy platform grounded in the belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for cutting-edge solutions that strike a balance between regional as well as global environmental problems, and the realities of market economies.

Fabien is well known for his study of sharks. During 2000-2002, he was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated with them to create a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called, "Attack of the Mystery Shark," based on the series of shark attacks that occurred along the New Jersey shoreline in the summer of 1916. The still-unsolved attacks are rumored to have served as inspiration for the 1975 blockbuster film Jaws. Then in 2003-2006, Fabien produced the documentary, "Mind of a Demon," that aired on CBS. With the help of a large crew, Fabien created a 14-foot, 1,200-pound, lifelike shark submarine called "Troy" that enabled him to immerse himself inside the shark world, providing viewers with a rare view of the mysterious and often misunderstood creatures. He developed the idea of a shark-shaped submersible based on a childhood memory of the cover of a French-language comic book, "The Adventures of Tintin: Le Trésor De Rackham Le Rouge," which featured this idealistic craft.

For the next four years (2006-2010), Fabien was part of a multi-hour series for PBS called, "Ocean Adventures" with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Céline. Inspired by his grandfather's famous 1978 PBS series, "Ocean Adventures" provided viewers with a rare look into some of the most spectacular marine species and environments on the planet.

In 2010, Fabien launched Plant A Fish, a nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and children to help restore local water ecosystems through the healthy "replanting" of key marine species with the ultimate goal of planting 1 billion "fish" worldwide. Current initiatives include restoration projects in El Salvador, New York City, South Florida and the Maldives (www.plantafish.org).

In June 2014, Fabien and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world's only underwater marine laboratory located nine miles off the coast of the Florida Keys, and 63 feet beneath the sea. Fabien's Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of his grandfather's original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two) by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting each moment live on multiple channels exposing the world to the adventure, drama and mystique of what lies beneath (www.mission-31.com).

Fabien is currently working on a feature documentary film and book documenting the adventures of Mission 31, as well as establishing a Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center in the Florida Keys. The center will be a virtual STEAM platform to afford children around the world the opportunity to learn about oceans and engage with aquanauts, ocean explorers and marine biologists directly through social media and interactive videos. The concept is based on the virtual classroom sessions that took place during Mission 31. In addition, Fabien also serves as a member of multiple cause-driven and charitable boards including SeaKeepers Society, Water Innovation Alliance, Millennium Project, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Plastic Pollution Coalition, One World One Ocean, Points of Light, Antarctic Ocean Alliance and the New York Harbor School. Fabien speaks at a variety of global and domestic environmental and water conferences as well as mainstream business conferences, including: Google Zeitgeist, Social Media Week, SXSW, PNC, DLD, TEDx , Bloomberg, Rio+20 Summit, Carbon War Room, Social Innovation Summit, and the United Nations Foundation to name a few. He is a frequently interviewed, and featured by major media outlets worldwide, about ocean exploration, conservation and environmental initiatives (www.fabiencousteau.org).


Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes

Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes - CEO Aruba Tourism Authority

Known for her forward-thinking, innovative leadership and fierce enthusiasm, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) Chief Executive Officer Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record that has elevated Aruba tourism to the next level. Mrs. Tjin Asjoe-Croes applies almost a decade of experience at the helm of a Tourism Authority to effectively lead Aruba’s destination marketing, business development and partnerships – guiding strategy and direction for global marketing programs, managing overseas offices and budgets and collaborating with the Aruban government and the country’s private sector. With a key focus on sustainable practices, Mrs. Tjin Asjoe-Croes implements speed, flexibility and innovation to drive Aruba’s tourism market and product upward.

Prior to being named CEO of ATA, Mrs. Tjin Asjoe-Croes served six years as the Director of the Tourism Corporation in Bonaire. During her service, she increased the number of airlift to the island by a record amount and more than quadrupled the number of annual cruise passenger arrivals. She also developed a global branding strategy for Bonaire, launched a new website in three languages, created online and social marketing strategies and devised a free program to heighten awareness among island residents, underlining the importance of hospitality and tourism on island.

Mrs. Tjin Asjoe-Croes received her formal education in Aruba and The Netherlands, where she received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).



Alex Nieuwmeyer

Alex Nieuwmeyer is Managing Director of the Divi Resorts on Aruba. A Company with 5 Resorts totaling 1200 rooms on the island. Besides Resorts, the Company runs a challenging 9 hole Golf course , a small shopping Mall and a bustling Casino. Divi Resorts is known on the island for its high occupancy , great work environment , High standards in food and beverage and its social involvement with the community.

Alex has been with the Company for the last 20 years after having worked 18 years in the USA . His career lead him from Boston to Las Vegas, on to Montreal, Los Angeles and finally New York . From Food and Beverage Director to General Manager, working for Companies as Sheraton, Bally's and Doral Hotels.

In Aruba Alex Build up the Divi Resorts from 500 rooms to 1200 rooms following his passion for a quality product. With the awareness and cooperation of all employees Divi Resorts is one of the island's leaders in sustainable tourism.



Ru Croes

Ru Croes is currently the managing partner at Medwork Caribbean N.V (Aruba) and is managing director at Corporate Health Solutions B.V. (Bonaire – Dutch BES Islands). He earned his Master's degree in Business Administration, Organizational Design and Management (Erasmus University, The Netherlands) and is a Dutch Certified Chartered Accountant (Tilburg University, The Netherlands). Ru Croes held top management positions in the Aruban Tax Administration, was a former partner of the Audit & Advisory firm KPMG Dutch Caribbean & Surinam and was the former CEO of the National Health Care Insurance of Aruba. One of his particular competencies lies in the field of the (re-)design and/or the restructure of national health care systems. In the last 5 years Ru Croes together with a team of enthusiastic and professional fellow partners dedicated their time and expertise to build an occupational health and insurance medicine advisory firm serving clients on all the islands of the Dutch Antilles.



Jos van Rooijen

Jos van Rooijen is senior consultant and occupational health physician at Arbo Unie; a modern and leading company on occupational health in the Netherlands. Working for over 12.000 companies with more than 1,2 million employees. Arbo Unie advises a divers range of organizations in the public and the private sector on actual themes regarding health and wellbeing in relation to work. As these are important conditions for healthy workers within successful companies.

Jos van Rooijen is an experienced adviser and manager for more than 25 years. He advised especially petrochemical and industrial companies. Topics as sickness absenteeism, (health) risk management and medical exams have his special interest. In the natural aging process of workers it is becoming more and more important to keep workers fit for work. From the perspective that prevention is better than cure.



Lex de Jong

As the Chief Medical Officer (since 2012) of Aruba's national health insurer, UO AZV, Lex de Jong (1973) is responsible for health care policy, contracting, quality control and sending patients abroad when needed. He is a strong believer in establishing long term relationships that will keep on adding value while containing the costs of health care. In his mind, most negotiations are about finding ways to help your partner grow with you, instead of a zero sum game. For the creativity needed to achieve this, he can rely on his triple mixed back ground: education (Medicine & Health Economics and Policy), cultural background (rational and cold Holland & passionate and warm Brazil) and profession (insurers & providers). In Aruba, this has led to several changes in how health care is being delivered, thus improving the quality of care while saving costs that is used to reward better quality and mitigate the increasing demand.

In the Netherlands, Lex has worked at both health insurers and as representative for health care providers. This is where his interest in changing the relationship between insurer and provider came about. At GGZ Nederland (the Dutch association of mental health care hospitals) he was active in the national development of the DRG system, and helping develop the national policy on how more commercial incentives could be used to improve the various health care markets mental health care is being delivered to. When rules changed significantly in this 7 billion dollar sector, he set up and implemented an intensive 3 year program to support the health care institutions that held a 90% market share. His final task before moving to Aruba in 2012 resulted in a multi year agreement between the Dutch government, health insurers and health care providers to guarantee and stabilize both financial and quality driven growth in the sector.

In that same period Lex was the chairman of the board of supervisors of Van Tromp Foundation, a charity that focuses on medical education that is linked the city of Rotterdam. Lex is a loyal supporter of the city's soccer team Feyenoord. This is also the city where Lex received most of his education at the faculties for Medicine and for Health Care Policy & Management, both part of the Erasmus University. He also spent 1 year Brazil, doing research at the medical school FAMEMA in Marília, São Paulo. This helped him see and understand the Latin way of doing things.

In order to pay his way through university, Lex has worked as a tutor in courses like ancient Greek and Latin, math and physics, as a night watch in an home for patients suffering from Korsakov syndrome and as a repo man. This taught him about how skills and knowledge are developed, and to deal with complex people and stressful situations. He is married and has 2 beautiful daughters.



Glen Champion - Vice President, Bern Hotels & Resorts

Glen Champion is Vice President of Bern Hotels & Resorts (BHR), a major hotel, lodging and tourism company in Panama. Mr. Champion joined the company in 1996 and oversees all aspects of operations and performance and is responsible for managing and directing BHR. The group currently has 10 hotels operating with over 2200 rooms available and is owner-operator of The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, the InterContinental Miramar Panama, the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa , the Crowne Plaza Panama, Holiday Inn City of Knowledge, The Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Villa Bonita Panama, the Le Meridien Panama, The Westin Panama City and is currently developing the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport hotel. The company designs, builds, owns and operates all their properties maintaining franchise agreements with Intercontinental Hotels Group for four of them and with Starwood for two others. In addition to hotels, Bern Hotels & Resorts operates a Destination Management and Incentive logistic company, Gamboa Tours as well as GT Incentives, Property Management Solutions and Panama Rental Solutions and the Ocean Business Center temporary executive serviced offices. In 2007 Mr. Champion spearheaded the development and opening of The Panama International Hotel School and also took over management of a boutique hospital on Panama´s caribbean coast, Hospital Colon.

Mr. Champion has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Bern Hotels & Resorts he worked in Mexico and was involved in opening the Conrad Puerto Vallarta and its subsequent rebranding as the Westin Puerto Vallarta. He also worked for Hyatt on the Caribbean coast at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe. In his native Canada, Mr. Champion worked for Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto and participated in the opening and development of the Pan Pacific hotel in Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Center as well as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Champion is an AHLA Certified Hotel Administrator and studied hospitality at Ryerson University in Toronto with further studies at Cornell University, the Harvard University Extension School as well as the Sloan School of business at M.I.T Cambridge. In 2005 he lead the American Chamber of Commerce in Panama as President and is currently Chairman of People 1st UK-Panama, the Hospitality & Tourism Skills Council, Mentor for Upstarts in the Business Accelerator of the City of Knowledge, Vice President of the Panama Canada Chamber of Commerce as well as the Vice President of the Panama Hotel Association. Based in Panama City, Panama with his wife and daughter, Mr. Champion holds Canadian as well as Panamanian citizenship



David Czap

David Czap is the owner and director of Naval DC and is a partner in Soel Yachts. He was born in 1983 in Ingolstadt, Germany. After finishing his secondary school in the UK, he came to the Netherlands in 2003 to study Naval Architecture at the Technical University of Delft. In 2006, he participated in the TU Delft Solar Boat Team and the team won the first edition of the Frisian Solar Challenge with a 10 hour advantage. Shortly after, David built the world's first solar electric speed boat, the Czeers Mk1.

His company Naval DC is specialized in turn key integrated solar electric propulsion systems and has participated in many projects in the Pacific. All together, Naval DC's systems have logged more than 260.000nm on the oceans and David has more than eight years of experience with solar electric propulsion systems and dedicated hull design.

In late 2011, Joep Koster and David Czap teamed up in order to form Soel Yachts. With this venture, they want to contribute towards a healthier planet by designing and building beautiful solar electric vessels, which form a better alternative to conventionally powered boats. The SoelCat 12 is Joep and David's latest product, which incorporates their unique design methodology: Solar Electric Naval Architecture.



Dr. Simon Hudson

Dr. Simon Hudson is the Director and Endowed Chair for the SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development at the University of South Carolina. He has held previous academic positions at the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of Brighton in England. He has also worked as a visiting professor in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Fiji, New Zealand, the United States and Australia. Prior to working in academia, he spent several years working in the tourism industry in Europe. Dr. Hudson has written six books and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is frequently invited to speak about his passion for tourism at conferences all over the world.


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Speaker: Saturday October 25th, 2014



André Kuipers

André Kuipers (1958) is the first Dutchman with two space missions to his name. His second mission is the longest spaceflight in European history. In total the ESA astronaut spent 204 days in space: 11 days during mission DELTA in 2004 and 193 days during mission PromISSe. After years of training in Houston, Moscow, Cologne, Montreal and Tokyo, a Russian Soyuz spaceship launched André and his two crew members from Russia and America on the 21st of December 2011 from Kazakhstan. Two days later he arrived at the International Space Station to live and work for six months. On board he was not only a medical doctor, scientist and flight engineer, but also handyman and ambassador for several charities. On the 1st of July 2012, André returned to Earth and landed in his space capsule in the Kazakh steppe.


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