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Middle East and North Africa Concentrating Solar Power
Knowledge and Innovation Program

Jonathan E. Sinton
Jonathan E. Sinton
Senior Energy Specialist
World Bank

Jonathan E. Sinton is a Senior Energy Specialist in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, where he works on clean energy investment and advisory projects. Previously he managed the International Energy Agency’s program of cooperation with China, co-leading projects on power, coal, gas, energy efficiency and climate change policy, and contributing to market analyses, energy scenarios, and statistical publications. He was a longtime staff member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division, and has consulted for numerous academic, public and private sector clients. He earned an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jonathan E. Sinton is a Senior Energy Specialist in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, where he works on clean energy investment and advisory projects. Previously he managed the International Energy Agency’s program of cooperation with China, co-leading projects on power, coal, gas, energy efficiency and climate change policy, and contributing to market analyses, energy scenarios, and statistical publications. He was a longtime staff member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division, and has consulted for numerous academic, public and private sector clients. He earned an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters
Senior Economic Advisor
Castalia Strategic Advisors

Jonathan Walters, now leading the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovations Program, has 30+ years of experience advising governments and state agencies. This was gained from 26 years’ experience in the World Bank (his last position was as Regional Director in MENA), 2 years in Castalia, 2.5 years in BP, and 3 years in the Government of Swaziland. He has experience in MENA, Europe and Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

While in the World Bank (until 2014), Mr. Walters created and managed the US$6 billion multi-donor MENA CSP Investment Plan, whose most notable achievement was the funding of the Noor CSP plant in Morocco. The MENA Investment Plan is a flagship of the Climate Investment Funds, intended to create a global demonstration and replication effect to reduce the costs of CSP.
Mr. Walters has an M.A. from Oxford University, and an M.Sc. from the University of London.

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Jonathan Walters, now leading the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovations Program, has 30+ years of experience advising governments and state agencies. This was gained from 26 years’ experience in the World Bank (his last position was as Regional Director in MENA), 2 years in Castalia, 2.5 years in BP, and 3 years in the Government of Swaziland. He has experience in MENA, Europe and Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

While in the World Bank (until 2014), Mr. Walters created and managed the US$6 billion multi-donor MENA CSP Investment Plan, whose most notable achievement was the funding of the Noor CSP plant in Morocco. The MENA Investment Plan is a flagship of the Climate Investment Funds, intended to create a global demonstration and replication effect to reduce the costs of CSP.
Mr. Walters has an M.A. from Oxford University, and an M.Sc. from the University of London.

Alexis Gazzo
Alexis Gazzo
Partner
EY

Alexis Gazzo is a partner within EY’s Cleantech and Sustainability Services in Paris, where he leads our activities in the renewable energy space. Alexis has been working for 20 years with investors, governments and IFIs, in particular World Bank, IFC, EBRD and EU on assignments related to investment strategy and policy definition, design of financing instruments, program and policy evaluation. He has extensive experience in the MENA region, and has in particular advised the Governments of Morocco, Jordan and Algeria on a variety of aspects related to environment and energy issues. Alexis is currently assisting a number of corporations, investors, Governments and international organizations in the definition and implementation of their renewable energy agenda, in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Prior to joining EY he had worked two years in the European Commission’s Delegation in Morocco.

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Alexis Gazzo is a partner within EY’s Cleantech and Sustainability Services in Paris, where he leads our activities in the renewable energy space. Alexis has been working for 20 years with investors, governments and IFIs, in particular World Bank, IFC, EBRD and EU on assignments related to investment strategy and policy definition, design of financing instruments, program and policy evaluation. He has extensive experience in the MENA region, and has in particular advised the Governments of Morocco, Jordan and Algeria on a variety of aspects related to environment and energy issues. Alexis is currently assisting a number of corporations, investors, Governments and international organizations in the definition and implementation of their renewable energy agenda, in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Prior to joining EY he had worked two years in the European Commission’s Delegation in Morocco.

Belén Gallego
Belén Gallego
Senior Advisor
ATA Insights

Belén Gallego is the co-founder and CEO of ATA Insights, part of ATA Renewables an independent renewable energy group providing engineering, advisory, certification and market advisory services with more than 21GW of expertise in projects worldwide. ATA Insights is a lean strategic communications firm focusing on business intelligence, events, marketing & communications.

Belén is a Board Advisory Committee member of the Clean Energy Business Council. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for 10+ years and has extensive experience in the US, Latin America, MENA, South Africa, India and European markets. Before joining ATA Renewables Belen Gallego was the Founder and CEO of CSP Today and PV Insider.

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Belén Gallego is the co-founder and CEO of ATA Insights, part of ATA Renewables an independent renewable energy group providing engineering, advisory, certification and market advisory services with more than 21GW of expertise in projects worldwide. ATA Insights is a lean strategic communications firm focusing on business intelligence, events, marketing & communications.

Belén is a Board Advisory Committee member of the Clean Energy Business Council. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for 10+ years and has extensive experience in the US, Latin America, MENA, South Africa, India and European markets. Before joining ATA Renewables Belen Gallego was the Founder and CEO of CSP Today and PV Insider.

Christoph Kost
Christoph Kost
Head of Energy System and Markets
Fraunhofer ISE

Dr. Christoph Kost leads the team “Energy Systems and Markets” in the Group “Energy System Analysis” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. His current scientific work includes the topics of policy analysis and financing in the field of renewable energy sources, the derivation of technology costs and market introduction strategies for renewable energy technologies. He analyses energy technologies and their future use and system interactions by applying innovation research, system modeling and risk analysis.
In the past, he managed several projects on economic analysis of renewable energy technologies as well as value chain assessments of solar technologies in the international context (Europe, MENA and Asia).
He studied “Business Engineering” (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and Groningen (Netherlands) between 2003 and 2009. In 2015, he obtained his phd at the Technischen Universität Dresden (Chair of Energy Economics, Prof. Dr. Möst) with the dissertation: “Renewable energy in North Africa: Modeling of future electricity scenarios and the impact on manufacturing and employment”.

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Dr. Christoph Kost leads the team “Energy Systems and Markets” in the Group “Energy System Analysis” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. His current scientific work includes the topics of policy analysis and financing in the field of renewable energy sources, the derivation of technology costs and market introduction strategies for renewable energy technologies. He analyses energy technologies and their future use and system interactions by applying innovation research, system modeling and risk analysis.
In the past, he managed several projects on economic analysis of renewable energy technologies as well as value chain assessments of solar technologies in the international context (Europe, MENA and Asia).
He studied “Business Engineering” (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and Groningen (Netherlands) between 2003 and 2009. In 2015, he obtained his phd at the Technischen Universität Dresden (Chair of Energy Economics, Prof. Dr. Möst) with the dissertation: “Renewable energy in North Africa: Modeling of future electricity scenarios and the impact on manufacturing and employment”.


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