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First Annual Latin America Energy Forum

October 25th 8-10:45 a.m.



Julie Doherty

Sr. Advisor, Office of American Affairs, Office of Policy & International Affairs

U.S. Department of Energy 



Christiaan Gischler

Senior Energy Specialist

Inter-American Development Bank



Alejandro Branger

Sustainable Design Leader 




Ed Glab


Energy Security Forum, FIU


Tom Watson 

Presidential Member






8-10:45a.m., Friday, October 25th

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, 1200 Anastasia Avenue


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Friday, October 25th, 2013

8-10:45 a.m.



The Biltmore Hotel

1200 Anastasia Avenue

Coral Gables, FL 33134



General Admission: $75

Students: $50

Members and Sponsors of Global Connections: Free







        TABLE SPONSORS         






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Global Connections Members



Adobe Latin America

Marta Clark



Peter Martin


 Americas Gateway

Steven Bartley


Americas Market Intelligence

John Price


Beacon Council

Jaap Donath


Beta Brain

Aaron Wornovitzky


British Consulate

Christian Seme 


Business Projects

Mia Anzola Manrique


C.H. Robinson

Jim Mancini



Guillermo Del Solar 


Discovery Networks Latin America/ U.S. Hispanic

Maria Teresa Velasco


 Dragonfly Expeditions

Charles Kropke


EMS -Employee Mobility Solutions

Ana Gazarian


Euler Hermes

Venus Vega Smith


FedEx Express

Francisco Santeiro


GCA Global Cargo Alliance

Alejandro Parra


Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Liane Ventura


G4S Latin America

Eric Ospina


HBO Latin America

Miguel Angel Oliva



Francisco Manrique


IOS Health Systems

Mike Carricarte, Sr.


Jones Lang LaSalle

Nick Wigoda



Raysa Rivadeneira 


Magno International

Jesus Lovo



Javier Rainero 


Marsh Private Client Services

Sabrina Espinosa


MasterCard Worldwide

Ed Santos


McCann Worldgroup

Carlos Gutierrez



Leo Alexander


Miami Dade College

Jorge Guerra


Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Randy Friendlander 



Marcelo Costa



John Ballestero


Praxis IT

Adriana Garcia Espinoza



Raquel Meiszner 



Ana Jimenez



Jim Giustini



Kerry Gruson


The Cakov Group Language Solutions

Steve Cakov


Trump International  

Beach Resort 

Greg Columbus 


Visa International

Francia Baez Guzman


Vista Technologies

Nizar Lavji




Global Connections Membership has many benefits beyond the chance to interact with leaders in the multinational and international business community throughout the year.


Membership includes two attendees per event, plus an advertisement in the event program for your company, 


For more information on joining, please email

Sari Govantes, WorldCity's Business Liaison, or call her at 305-441-2244  




WorldCity:  Connecting South Florida's Multinational Business Community with Forums, Data and News


In a nutshell: WorldCity is a media and data company focused on tracking and connecting the more than 1,100 multinational companies based in South Florida. We maintain a database of those multinationals, and publish the Who's Here Global Economic Impact Study annually.


WorldCity organizes six event series that connect leaders of South Florida's multinational business community. Three of those events are open to the public: Global Connections (our Breakfast for the Brain panel discussion) and Trade Connections, of interest to those who follow the $124 Billion Import/Export industry. Our newest event series is Tech Connections,  which brings together leaders in South Florida's tech community, encompassing 

those who represent the largest multinationals in the technology space, and those who benefit from technology.

In addition, we organize three invitation-only groups, available respectively to the

CEO and senior-most HR, and Marketing executive at each multinational firm in the area.


WorldCity tracks and reports on the import/export trade business in Miami and other major worldwide ports, and offers an interactive website that provides detailed import/export data for the U.S. and its customs districts, and allows users to customize

their own searches for data throughout the world.

For more information, please call Sari Govantes at 305-441-2244, Business Liaison, or email her at


WorldCity's Director of Events, Nilda Bernal
We live in an age where companies and professionals recognize the importance of being more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. What might not be so obvious, is that this can also have a significant financial impact on businesses' bottom line.
Energy is the second highest overhead cost after labor for many companies doing business in Latin America. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. 
Our next Global Connections event will focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables and alternative energy.
This event will be WorldCity's very First Annual Latin America Energy Forum (a Global Connections Event) Friday, October 25th at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

We are thrilled to present an impressive list of speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, IBD, Perkins+Will, ASHRAE and the Global Energy Security Forum at FIU. These leading industry experts will give us an inside look on the regional energy panorama, energy growth areas and hot spots

Don't miss the chance to participate in this wonderful and informational event. Please note that we have extended the duration of this event to allow sufficient time for networking, interactive discussions and special presentations.

About our Panelists:


Julie Doherty 

 Julie Doherty is the Senior Advisor in the Office of American Affairs in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Julie returned to DOE in July 2011, after 15 years in the private sector as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Methanex Corporation--the largest supplier of methanol in the world--and as a Project Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Camber Corporation.  

Prior to her work in the private sector, Julie served in DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) on a renewable energy analysis team, and was the co-founder of the Clean Cities Santiago Program in Santiago, Chile.  She has in-country project management experience in countries including Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Zimbabwe.  


Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish for International Service from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from American University.  



Christiaan Gischler
Christiaan Gischler has been with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2005, and has over 12 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector. Currently, he leads several initiatives in renewable energy, energy efficiency, bio-energy, and mitigation of climate change. He is actively involved in the Andean and Caribbean Region as well as the Southern Cone of Latin America. Christiaan is also the IDB Energy Division coordinator for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for climate change mitigation.


Prior to joining the IDB, Christiaan worked for the National Commission for the Environment in Chile and for the private sector in air and water pollution control equipment and reuse of waste and energy efficiency.


Christiaan holds two Engineering degrees in chemical engineering and biotechnological engineering from the University of Chile and a Masters in Science degree in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden.



Alejandro Branger
Alejandro Branger is the Sustainable Design Leader for Perkins+Will Miami and a member of the sustainable design initiative within the firm. 


Alejandro has over 18 years of national and international architectural experience with educational, healthcare, science and technology, civic, residential and commercial buildings.  He has led projects including an International Cosmetics Research and Innovation Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Science Classroom Complex and Stempel College of Public Health at FIU; and the Clinical Translational Research Building at the University of Florida.


As the sustainable design strategist and LEED specialist for the Miami office, his involvement in every project the office develops is key in ensuring that each meets firm-wide standards as he advocates for the use of healthier building materials and transparency in the building industry.


Alejandro earned a Master's degree from the Architectural Association in London, UK for the Energy and Environment Studies Program.  



Tom Watson

Tom Watson is the former president of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the chief engineer at  Daikin McQuay based in Virginia. 


In his role as president of ASHRAE in the past society, Tom worked to broaden ASHRAE's horizons, and to emphasize the role of ASHRAE members as leaders in the application of sustainable design and practices in communities worldwide.    


At Daikin McQuay, Tom is responsible for overseeing new product development for centrifugal compressor technology and is deeply involved in technical areas related to refrigerant applications, aerodynamics, bearing design and motor applications. He holds five patents related to refrigerant, gas and chiller compressors.


Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. 



Dr. Ed Glab

Dr. Edward Glab is the Co-Director of the Global Energy Security Forum at FIU. He joined the Business School at Florida International University as Director of the Knight-Ridder Center in 2004 after retiring from ExxonMobil, where for over 25 years he held a variety of positions in Public Affairs. 


He has taught at Northern Illinois University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at both the University of Chile and La Catolica in Santiago, Chile. He has published a number of articles, edited a book and run a nationwide project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the area of bilingual-bicultural education. He has been working on alternative energy for the past three years. 


Ed received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  


Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about energy in Latin America and how it can impact your business right here in South Florida.
I look forward to seeing you there!


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About Global Connections:
Global Connections is the monthly forum for South Florida's multinational business community. WorldCity "connects" globally focused business leaders based in South Florida in a comfortable yet intellectually stimulating setting once a month to learn about and discuss leading issues. This "Breakfast for the Brain" series has attracted more than 1,500 companies since its inception in 2001.


About WorldCity:  Founded in 1998, WorldCity connects South Florida's multinational business community and its leaders through six specialized event series, an annual Who's Here Directory of the Multinationals in South Florida, and detailed publications tracking Miami's import/export trade with the world. 




Friday, January 25, 2013

WorldCity's Annual Global Economic Outlook Event -2013



Friday, February, 22, 2013

The State of Trust in Latin America: Government, business, Media and Academia


Friday, March 22, 2013

Local Address, Global Role: Running the World from Miami


Friday, April 26, 2013

Gateway to North America: Miami Welcomes the Multilatinas


Friday, May 31, 2013

Top of the Pyramid: Luxury Brands in Latin America  


Friday, June 28, 2013

Social Media Latin Style: What's Sizzling, What's Sinking


Friday, July 26, 2013

Tomorrow's Leaders Today: Gen X, Millennials and Others Who Aren't So Impressed by You


Friday, September 27, 2013

  Brazil - The World is Watching


Friday, October 25, 2013

The WorldCity Latin American Energy Summit


Friday, November 22, 2013

 Transforming Latin Lives: Access to Healthcare Innovation in Latin America  


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Contact  Alison Klapper Le´┐Żn 


Topics subject to change.

Additional Upcoming WorldCity Events


HR Connections,  Next session will be 8-9:30 a.m. on September 20th, featuring Sara Baker, Sr. HR Business Partner for the Americas at Citrix. Open to the top HR executives at South Florida's multinational companies. Sponsored by The University of Miami School of Business, Diversified Search, the European Institute for Social Capital, and Littler Mendelson.



Marketing Connections, Next session will be 8:30-10 a.m. a.m. September 19th, Featuring Roberto RicossaVP of Marketing & Inside Sales at Avaya; Lori Folts, Director of Global Marketing Communications for the Americas at DHL Express Americas; and Lewis Greenberg, Marketing Manager at McGladrey. Marketing Connections is open only to the senior-most marketing executives at South Florida's multinational companies. to read about recent Marketing Connections events please visit WorldCityweb.comSponsored by MarketLogic and Fusion Communications.



CEO Club, held nine times a year. 

Next session is Friday, October 4, featuring Dr. Ron DeMeo, President and CEO at Radiation Shield Technologies. Most recent session featured Fred Medina, EVP at BBC Worldwide. CEO Club is open only to the senior-most local executive at South Florida's multinational companies. To read about recent events please visit Sponsored by the University of Miami School of Business. 




Tech Connections, held six times a year. Our next session will be 8-10:15 a.m. Friday, October 11th on Mobility: Enabling a Connected Economy in Latin America. Open to anyone interested in technology and its impact on the multinational business community. Sponsored by the Technology Foundation of the Americas, and Celistics




Trade Connections, the six-times a year event for those interested in international import/export trade in South Florida. Next session will be 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, October 18th, where we'll focus on the Third Quarter ForecastOpen to anyone interested in Miami's trade and business community. Sponsored by Miami International Airport, PortMiami, Seaboard Marine, Banesco and American Airlines Cargo. 


Register for Trade ConnectionsOctober 18th event here!




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For information about any of these event series, or WorldCity in general, please contact  WorldCity's VP of New Initiatives, Alison Klapper Leon, Sari Govantes, Business Liaison, Nilda Bernal, Director of Events, or Daniela Garcia, Coordinator of Events at 305-441-2244.