SERC CHILE DIRECTIVE BOARD

This board is made up by four members of SERC Chile representing the institutions that play an important role in the execution of the Solar Ayllu Project: Universidad de Tarapacá, Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Antofagasta, and Fundación Chile. Its mission is to provide the main guidelines for the team.

  • LORENA CORNEJO

    Lorena Cornejo Ponce is a Laboratory Chemist from Universidad de Chile. She holds a Master’s degree of Chemistry in Analytical Chemistry and a post-doctorate degree from Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Brazil). Currently, she is a professor at Universidad de Tarapacá. Her area of specialization is the evaluation of the distribution and dynamics of chemical elements in water and soil, as well as the development of technologies for water decontamination and disinfection. In SERC Chile she directs the research line for treatment of solar water.
  • RODRIGO PALMA

    Rodrigo Palma-Behnke (IEEE Senior Member) earned his Master’s degree of Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and his doctoral degree from University of Dortmund, Germany. The director of SERC Chile, he is an associate professor at Universidad de Chile’s Electrical Engineering Department. His field of research is the planning and operation of electrical systems in competitive power markets, new technologies, microgrids and education in power systems.
  • CARLOS PORTILLO

    Carlos Portillo is a Bachelor of Chemistry from Universidad Católica del Norte (Antofagasta). He earned his doctoral degree of Engineering Sciences specializing in Material Sciences from Universidad de Chile. His doctoral thesis was conducted in the field of theoretical spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Engineering Department (FACING) and a researcher for the Centro de Desarrollo Energético, CDEA, at Universidad de Antofagasta. During 2014 and 2015 he was head of the ‘Fic-R Implementation of a Solar Platform in the Atacama Desert’ project, PSDA, first stage. He is a SERC Chile guest researcher and his work is primarily focused on photovoltaic materials. In 2016 he was named director of the Master of Power Development program, while also being professor of the Master of Materials degree at FACING. Professor Portillo is a member of the directive board of the Solar Ayllu project.
  • HERNÁN ARANEDA

  • ADVISORY BOARD

    The Solar Ayllu Advisory Board will be designed in 2016. It will be made up of people external to the project and which, from their own perspectives, will be able to provide recommendations and opinions so as to help in the achievement of the Solar Ayllu goals. The Advisory Board will gather at least once a year in order to communicate its observations to the directive board and to the Executive Direction.

    • ANGELA CADENA

      Electrical Engineer, Doctor of Economics and professor at the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Department of Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. She has directed the government’s Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME), coordinating projects along with institutions such as BID on regulation and funding of infrastructure projects. She has also conducted studies on future power scenarios for Colombia and measures for reduction greenhouse gas emissions.
    • GUILLERMO CHONG

      Geologist, National Award of Geology, member of Academia de Ciencias de Chile, Honorary Doctor from Universidad Católica del Norte. An author of dozens of scientific publications, he has also participated actively in the development of the Atacama Desert Museum project. His knowledge of the northern desert has allowed him to be part of the team of researchers for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the development of space teams and vehicles. He was one of four geologists that conducted the first exploration of the Atacama Salt Flat in the late sixties.
    • TERESA PACAJE

      Acknowledged by El Mercurio as one of the “100 Leading Women of 2015”. She states that having observed the work of her aunt she learned to make various garments using alpaca fibers. In time, that experience not only made her an expert weaver but also allowed to raise seven children, “only by weaving”, she asserts. She is one of the inhabitants of the municipality of Putre that participated in the Local Entrepreneurship Program (PEL) for Aymara weavers conducted by Corfo in 2013.
    • PAUL LANDON

      Journalist, university professor and specialist in rural development. He created, directed and conducted a classic Chilean TV show, Tierra Adentro, which aired between 1992 and 2015. He traveled across most of the country, covering over three million kilometers to document and promote the campesino, rural reality and the non-urban world. Concerned with informing the country, he has stated that his main interest is the Chilean people and the way in which they relate to their landscape and its resources. He has been awarded by Conaf, Dibam, Apes, Corfo, and TV Grama, among other organizations.
    • ALEJANDRA MATUS

      She has published three journalistic books: El Libro Negro de la Justicia en Chile, Injusticia Duradera, and Doña Lucía, as well the novel La Señora. A journalist from Universidad Católica, grant holder from Harvard University and Nieman Foundation, she has worked in radio, news agencies, newspapers, magazines, and digital media outlets. She has received a number of international awards, among them the Ortega y Gasset, Hellman/Hammet and Vasyl Stus. She is currently a professor at the Journalism Department of Universidad Diego Portales.
    • EXECUTIVE BOARD

      The tactical and operational management of the project lays on this group of professionals, the head of the Solar Ayllu team. The board is made up by national director Rodrigo Palma, regional director Carlos Arenas, senior technical advisor Guillermo Jiménez, and Fundación Chile coordinator, Carolina Cuevas.

      • RODRIGO PALMA

        Rodrigo Palma-Behnke (IEEE Senior Member) earned his Master’s degree of Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and his doctoral degree from University of Dortmund, Germany. The director of SERC Chile, he is an associate professor at Universidad de Chile’s Electrical Engineering Department. His field of research is the planning and operation of electrical systems in competitive power markets, new technologies, microgrids and education in power systems.
      • CARLOS ARENAS

        Carlos Arenas Coronil is a Civil Engineer in Civil Works from Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Master of Business Management and Administration MBA from Universidad de Chile. He boasts a vast experience in the field of construction, in the Chilean industrial and mining sectors, and has worked as chief engineer and engineering project manager in some of the country’s most important mining projects. He worked as head of the Studies and Project Department at the Chilean Construction Chamber (CChC) Antofagasta division, and directed the CChC Energy Committee, conducting a number of visits to research centers, solar platforms and solar and photovoltaic concentration projects in Spain, Germany and France. In 2010 he became development manager at Instituto Antofagasta, where he directed the work of the Centro Desarrollo Energético Antofagasta. During his administration, the first cooperation agreement with technological companies and with Plataforma Solar de Almería was celebrated. In May that year he was named Energy Ministerial Secretary for the macro north zone, from where he took important measures to materialize the region’s first renewable energy mega projects, the electrification of isolated rural areas and the fulfillment of the first rooftop microgeneration projects based on photovoltaic solar power.
      • GUILLERMO JIMÉNEZ

        Guillermo A. Jiménez-Estevez was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He earned the degree of Electrical Engineer from the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, Bogotá, in 1998, and the degrees of Master of Sciences and Doctor of Electrical Engineering from Universidad de Chile in 2003 and 2010 respectively. Currently, he is the head of the Centro de Energía of the Physics and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile. His research is primarily focused on planning and operation of energy systems, renewable energy, distributed generation, microgrids, sustainability, and regulatory analysis. Furthermore, he has also led various projects on distributed generation and microgrids in Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. He also participates in the coordination of the cooperation network of International Microgrid Symposiums.
      • CAROLINA CUEVAS

        Carolina Cuevas is a Civil- Chemical Engineer. She has worked at Fundación Chile for six years, mainly focusing on the implementation of projects on energetic efficiency, water desalinization and renewable energy. Her work initially stood up as part of the Sustainable Energy program in the implementation of desalinization technologies combined with solar power in regional innovation projects. Additionally, she took part in the development of competence profiles for the installation of thermal and photovoltaic solar systems. Currently, she is the project chief and leader of renewable energy initiatives, where she has fostered projects that promote the use of desalinization membrane technologies along with small scale photovoltaic solar power, fostering energetic efficiency and introduction of NCRE. She has also worked in the field of wave power technology, through the evaluation of this resource in the insular area of the Quinta Región de Valparaíso. Additionally, through Fundación Chile, she participates in the country’s first Centro de Excelencia de Energía Marina (MERIC) and in the Union Association of Maritime Power (Ademar). Through her experience in grant funded projects she has developed R&D initiatives in various regions of the country.
      • WORK AREAS

          ENERGY LINE

          This line, also referred to as smart grid or microgrids, is directed by Doctor of Engineering Felipe Valencia and made up by electrical engineers and mechanics. Initially, its main focus was pre-feasibility studies to determine which applications could be used and where. This team assessed the feasibility of implementing an isolated rural microgrid, an emergency urban microgrid or an electromobility project.

          • FELIPE VALENCIA

            Felipe Valencia was born in Medellín, Colombia. He earned the degrees of Master and Doctor of Control Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from the Mines Department at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Medellin. Currently, he is a researcher for the Electrical Engineering Division of the Physical and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile, in the SERC Chile project. Throughout his career as a researcher he has worked in various fields, among them generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power, transportation systems, microgrids and neuroscience. His primary lines of research include the design of distributed and hierarchical optimization strategies for control of large scale systems, game theory and behavior models.
          • PATRICIO MENDOZA

            Patricio Mendoza is an assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering Division of the Physical and Math Sciences Department of Universidad de Chile. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree of Engineering Sciences and the degree of Civil Engineer from Universidad de Chile in 2007. He earned his doctoral degree from Wisconsin-Madison University in 2014. Patricio is a Centro de Energía CE-FCFM and SERC Chile researcher. His areas of study include various aspects on the field of microgrids, such as power stability and quality, and power electronics applications on electrical vehicles and renewable energy.
          • IGNACIO POLANCO

            Ignacio Polanco Lobos is a developer of electronic prototypes for smart grids at the Centro de Energía of the Physics and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile. He earned his Bachelor’s degree of Engineering Sciences, the degree of Electrical Civil Engineer, and his Master of Engineering Sciences specializing on Electrical Engineering from Universidad de Chile in 2014. His areas of interest include various aspects of the design and study of microgrids and power electronics applications on electrical vehicles and renewable energy.
          • JORGE REYES

            Jorge Esteban Reyes Marabia is a Civil Mechanical Engineer from Universidad de Chile. He has participated in projects such as EOBLI, Micro Hidraulic Plug & Play, Solectria, and Eolian.
          • PAULINA RAMÍREZ

            Paulina Ramírez del Barrio is a Civil-Electrical Engineer from Universidad de Chile. She has experience in construction and pre-commissioning of mining projects and in development of renewable energy projects since 2012. Currently, she works as a project engineer at Centro de Energía of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Universidad de Chile. Her areas of interest include renewable energy, distributed generation, and microgrids.
          • WATER LINE

            This area is made up by a team of experts on environmental sciences, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biotechnology, bioprocesses, and management. This line is run by Doctor of Environmental Chemistry Lorena Cornejo. The mission of the team is to promote desalinization and/or decontamination of water so as to guarantee improvements in the productivity and life quality of the people by having drinking water.

            • LORENA CORNEJO

              Lorena Cornejo Ponce is a Laboratory Chemist from Universidad de Chile. She holds a Master’s degree of Chemistry in Analytical Chemistry and a post-doctorate degree from Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Brazil). Currently, she is a professor at Universidad de Tarapacá. Her area of specialization is the evaluation of the distribution and dynamics of chemical elements in water and soil, as well as the development of technologies for water decontamination and disinfection. In SERC Chile she directs the research line for treatment of solar water.
            • HUGO LIENQUEO

              Hugo Lienqueo Aburto is a Master of Chemistry from the Doctorate of Chemistry program at the state universities of the macrozone of northern Chile. Some of his career highlights are the participation in various projects, among them the Fondecyt project “Bioarchaeology of Chinchorro peoples, North of Chile: a Study on Health Conditions in Ecotoxic Environments through Arsenic and Osteopathologic Analysis in Mummified and Skeletal Remains”, and the Arica y Parinacota regional FIC “Transference and Integration of Aquaponic Recirculation Systems in Arica y Parinacota”. Furthermore, his contributions as a professor in education institutions are renowned, a practice he has validated through the execution of demonstrative scientific-technical experiences to promote the empowerment of communities over the regional environment and, in particular, to allow for the early development of students in matters related to environmental sciences.
            • JORGE ACARAPI

              Jorge Acarapi Cartes is a Master of Chemistry from the state universities of the macrozone of northern Chile. Some of his career highlights are his role as an internal auditor NCh-ISO17025:2005 – Test and Calibration Laboratory, as well as his participation in the Mayor-UTA Project “Evaluation of the Relation between Arsenic Intake and Total Amount Bovine and Caprine Milk and Dairy: Determination of Transference and Biotransference Levels” and also on the FIC-Regional Arica y Parinacota Project “Productive Improvement of Traditional Fishermen Organizations in Camarones Cove: Application of Water Desalinization Technology through Membranes Using Solar Power for the Development of the Municipality of Camarones”, among others. He has carried out important work as a professor in education institutions, an experience that has been useful when supporting activities in the context of promotion of science and technology, such as workshops, seminars and scientific fairs.
            • MARÍA JANET ARENAS

              María Janet Arenas Herrera is a Master of Environmental Sciences in Environmental Management from Universidad de Tarapacá. Throughout her professional experience she has participated in various projects such as Fondecyt N°1120881, “An Evaluation of the Distribution, Mobility and Bioavailability of the Arsenic Present in Soil and Water in the Valley of Camarones, Chile: Study of the Levels of Transference and the Accumulation of Arsenical Species in Native Plants and Crops”, and in FIC-Regional Arica y Parinacota “Implementation of Thermal Desalinization of Brackish Water as an Alternative for Sustainable Development for the Stockbreeding and Tourist Development of the town of Taltape, Municipality of Camarones”, among others.
            • PATRICIA VILCA

              Patricia Vilca Salinas is a Master of Environmental Sciences in Environmental Management from Universidad de Tarapacá. Throughout her career she has participated in the development of R&D projects, among them the draft project for the Fondef-UTA research “Aquasolar: Innovation, Development and Transference of Efficient, Low-Cost, Scalable Technology for the Decontamination and Disinfection of Natural Water through Processes Sustained by Solar Power”, and the Regional FIC for Arica y Parinacota “Mobile Treatment Unit for In-Situ Decontamination and Disinfection of Regional Natural Water: Innovation, Development and Transference of Efficient Technology with an Appropriate Cost-Benefit Ratio Aimed at Removing Arsenic, Boron, and Pathogen Microorganisms in Water Intended for Human Consumption”, among others.
            • AGRICULTURAL LINE

              This area is made up by professionals from the fields of environmental sciences and chemical engineering, and is led by agricultural engineer Marcia Montedónico. The members of this line are Felipe Hernández, specialist on rural development, and Rodrigo Fuster, senior consultant. Furthermore, the area is assisted by scholars and farmers from the region of Arica y Parinacota. The team has worked in order to contribute to the development of agricultural activities (small and medium sized) through the implementation of solar solutions, to promote already existing activities and to foster new opportunities or develop niches that could potentially improve the life conditions of rural inhabitants.

              • MARCIA MONTEDONICO

                Marcia Montedónico is an Agricultural Engineer from Universidad de Chile and holds a Master’s degree of Sustainable Development and Agro-Environmental Systems from the University of Bologna, Italy. Currently, she works as chief of the socio-environmental development department of the Centro de Energía of the Physical and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile. She has experience working in interdisciplinary teams and her main interest is providing integral solutions to complex problems in the fields of energy, society, and environment. She earned a diploma of Adaptation to Climate Change from University of Dresden and a second one of social-environmental studies from the Philosophy and Humanities department at Universidad de Chile. Among others, she has participated in the MAPS Chile projects, power alternatives for Easter Island.
              • FELIPE FERNÁNDEZ

                Felipe Fernández earned his Bachelor of Agronomical Sciences degree from the Agronomical Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile and the degree of Agricultural engineer from Universidad de Chile in 2011. In 2014, he earned his Master’s degree from Universidad de Chile. He has specialized in the agricultural area at Centro de Energía (CE-FCFM). His areas of research are agrifood quality and safety, commercial politics and technological innovation in the agrifood sector.
              • GONZALO LEÓN

                Gonzalo León is an Agricultural Engineer and Master of Environmental Management from Universidad de Talca and MBA-Environment from University of Twente, Holland. He has specialized in environmental affairs in Sweden and Japan. A professional with 18 years of experience in various areas of environmental management, he has worked at the Ministry of Environment, formerly known as Comisión Nacional de Medio Ambiente, for 14 years in environmental impact evaluations, establishment of emission regulations and primary and secondary environmental quality, prevention plans and atmospheric decontamination, climate change, citizen participation, and protection of renewable natural resources. He boasts a vast experience in the functioning of Chilean environmental regulations, having worked as a post graduate professor at Universidad de Talca for more than five years. Currently, he works in the sustainability management department at Fundación Chile, where he has conducted various projects in the field of sustainability. Some of his most work renowned work has been the strategic plan for the sustainable development of Huasco, consultancy for companies involved in corporate sustainability management, and development of valuation initiatives for ecosystemic and biodiversity preservation systems.
              • COMMUNITIES AREA

                This area is led by the agricultural engineer Marcia Montedónico. Its main purpose is to contribute to the long term sustainability of the project, promoting the integration of the community in all its stages. Through a co-construction process, this area seeks to strengthen the solar solutions proposed by the technical team. The group has also worked in energetic education and in life cycle evaluation of the energy projects.

                • MARCIA MONTEDÓNICO

                  Marcia Montedónico is an Agricultural Engineer from Universidad de Chile and holds a Master’s degree of Sustainable Development and Agro-Environmental Systems from the University of Bologna, Italy. Currently, she works as chief of the socio-environmental development department of the Centro de Energía of the Physical and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile. She has experience working in interdisciplinary teams and her main interest is providing integral solutions to complex problems in the fields of energy, society, and environment. She earned a diploma of Adaptation to Climate Change from University of Dresden and a second one of social-environmental studies from the Philosophy and Humanities department at Universidad de Chile. Among others, she has participated in the MAPS Chile projects, power alternatives for Easter Island.
                • FRANCISCA HERRERA

                  Francisca Herrera Neira. Bachelor of Anthropology specializing in social anthropology from Universidad de Chile. Currently, she works at the Centro de Energía (CE) from the Physical and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile, boasting a broad experience in the design and application of participative technologies for the elaboration of power grids in CE projects conducted in the regions of Coquimbo, Aysén, and in the municipality of Easter Island. She has worked alongside communities to co-develop a power regulation managed by the community for microgrids in Huatacondo and Romeral, in Chile, and in Puertecitos, in the state of Baja California, Mexico. Currently, she is part of the Communities Team of the Solar Ayllu project.
                • ANDRÉS MARCONI

                  Andrés Marconi Vargas. Bachelor of Anthropology specializing in social anthropology from Universidad de Chile. Currently, he works at the Centro de Energía (CE) from the Physical and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile. He has experience in various social-environmental projects, in which he has conducted ethnographic work, strategic information analysis, design of citizen participation projects, evaluation of social investment projects, and development of base lines, among others. Currently, he is part of the Communities Team of the Solar Ayllu Project.
                • DAVID FAIVOVICH

                  David Faivovich Killgus. Bachelor of Sociology from Universidad de Chile. Professional working at Centro de Energía of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Universidad de Chile. He has experience in the social-environmental aspect of research and execution projects, applying qualitative research methodologies at Limarí Valley, coordinating social-environmental education workshops in the XVI Region, and systematizing and analyzing information from secondary sources. Currently, he is part of the Communities team at the Solar Ayllu project.
                • CARLA LANYON

                  Carla Lanyon is a consultant specializing in strategy design for local development and environmental education. She earned her Bachelor and Engineering degree on renewable natural resources from Universidad de Chile in 2013. She has experience in the development of territorial diagnoses with systemic vision, work with multidisciplinary teams, allowing her to generate projects that are relevant for local realities and participative work with communities. She has participated in projects on environmental education and citizen participation. In Fundación Chile she conducts the design of strategies for development of human capital in solar power with territorial pertinence.
                • TOURISM AREA

                  The Solar Applications on Tourism area is made up by a multidisciplinary team that includes professional technicians, scientists, and experts from the field of humanities. Its purpose is to promote solutions that foster tourist development in rural communities through solar power. Throughout its work in the region, the team has identified power solutions aimed at positioning ecotourism and tourism in remote areas, assessing specific activities such as photovoltaic generation, tourist refuges and trails equipped with lighting and battery charging, cold chain for products with value added and sanitary heated water.

                  • GONZALO LEÓN

                    Gonzalo León is an Agricultural Engineer and Master of Environmental Management from Universidad de Talca and MBA-Environment from University of Twente, Holland. He has specialized in environmental affairs in Sweden and Japan. A professional with 18 years of experience in various areas of environmental management, he has worked at the Ministry of Environment, formerly known as Comisión Nacional de Medio Ambiente, for 14 years in environmental impact evaluations, establishment of emission regulations and primary and secondary environmental quality, prevention plans and atmospheric decontamination, climate change, citizen participation, and protection of renewable natural resources. He boasts a vast experience in the functioning of Chilean environmental regulations, having worked as a post graduate professor at Universidad de Talca for more than five years. Currently, he works in the sustainability management department at Fundación Chile, where he has conducted various projects in the field of sustainability. Some of his most work renowned work has been the strategic plan for the sustainable development of Huasco, consultancy for companies involved in corporate sustainability management, and development of valuation initiatives for ecosystemic and biodiversity preservation systems.
                  • DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CAPITAL

                    The DHC team at the Solar Ayllu Project is made up by a multidisciplinary team of professionals that will coordinate the development of the various actions related to education, work training and entrepreneurship so as to promote local development based on solar power.

                    • PATRICIO JASCURA

                      Theologian and philosopher from Universidad Católica de Chile, Master of Social Ethics from Weston Jesuit-Boston College (USA) and Master of Education Management from Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
                    • DINKA ACEVEDO

                      Doctor of Languages and Technologies from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Journalist and Master of Local Development. Leader on initiatives on the development of educational projects on science and technology in the education department at Fundación Chile.
                    • VÍCTOR ILLANES

                      Sociologist, Master of Management and Public Policy from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Diplomate of Strategic Planning and Management Control. Over twenty years of experience in the development and implementation of public policies in the ministries of internal affairs, work and secretariat of the interior.
                    • CHANTALL HUERTA

                      Consultant specializing in strategy design for local development and environmental education. She earned her Bachelor and Engineering degree on renewable natural resources form Universidad de Chile in 2013. She has experience in the development of territorial diagnoses with systemic vision and work with multidisciplinary teams, allowing her to generate projects that are relevant for local realities and participative work with communities. She has participated in projects on environmental education and citizen participation. In Fundación Chile she conducts the design of strategies for the development of human capital in solar power with territorial pertinence. Consultant specializing in non-conventional renewable energy and organic recycling. She earned her Bachelor and Engineering degree on renewable natural resources from Universidad de Chile in 2011. Throughout her professional experience she has participated in multiple projects on the fields of renewable energy, organic recycling and socio-environmental analysis. At Fundación Chile she develops diagnoses and territorial proposals related to the development of human capital on solar power.
                    • TOMÁS EGAÑA

                      Tomás is an Industrial Civil Engineer from Universidad Católica de Chile. Currently, he works as a business development leader for Emprende FCh, from where he conducts open innovation initiatives along companies and actors in the public sector to connect these organizations with entrepreneurs offering innovative proposals. Formerly, he was in charge of the business accelerator for Fundación Chile, helping its entrepreneurships increase sales and obtain the required funding for a rapid growth.
                    • HSEC

                      The HSEC (Health, Industrial Safety, Environment, and Quality) management model consists of guarding the safety and health of its workers while protecting the environment and its communities. The above is achieved through the constant identification and evaluation of environmental, safety and health hazards to prevent negative impacts. Tania Escobar, Engineering Technician on risk prevention, directs this team, which purpose is to fulfill legal regulations on safety, health, and environment. The fulfillment of standards on these four areas is critical for Solar Ayllu and it guides the work of its teams. Solar Ayllu has identified processes and controls for reducing risks of disease, accidents and harm to the environment.

                      • TANIA ESCOBAR

                        Tania Escobar Robles earned her Master Degree of Integrated Management System from Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins in 2013 and her degree of Engineering Technician on Risk Prevention from Universidad de Los Lagos in 2009. Tania is the HSEC coordinator at Fundación Chile’s sustainability department, participating in a number of its projects on HSEC in the areas of environmental, hydric and power management, primarily for mining companies such as Collahuasi, Los Pelambres, Escondida, and Angloamerica. Previously, she worked as an expert professional at Asociación Chilena de Seguridad, Unimin Chile as HSEC Chile coordinator, and Randstand Chile.
                      • JUAN LUIS CAIMANQUE

                        Juan Luis Caimanque Méndez was born in Arica in 1987. He earned his degree of Engineer in Risk Prevention on Quality and Environment in 2012 from Universidad Tecnológica INACAP. Throughout his professional experience he has performed various roles as an advisor on risk prevention for companies such as Strucfam Arica and worked for MBV Ingeniería y Construcción Ltda (a service provider for Enel Green Power, Aguas Antofagasta, Observatorio Astronómico Alma) in the field of construction. Currently, he works as a safety and health inspector (HSEC) in the city of Arica, participating in a number of Fundación Chile’s projects.
                      • PROJECT MANAGER

                        The main function of the Solar Ayllu’s project manager, Tania Correa, is to oversee the fulfillment of the commitments acquired through the execution of the KPI (key performance indicators), performance indicators that measure the team’s performance.

                        • TANIA CORREA

                          Tania Correa is an Industrial Civil Engineer from Universidad de Chile with eight years of experience. Currently, she is project chief at Fundación Chile, where she has lead projects on sustainability strategies, carbon footprint, biofuels, and valuation of ecosystemic services with clients such as Arauco, Enaex, Minera Los Pelambres and Grupo Security. Previously, she was marketing manager in Arauco Australia, developing business plans for the region, advisor on business strategies for Everis, worked on restructuration projects for companies such as Entel, process redesign for the government of Chile and biofuel coordinator for Copec. Her areas of expertise are sustainability, business strategies, innovation and marketing.
                        • COMMUNICATIONS

                          This team develops and executes the communication strategies for Solar Ayllu, aligning them with the project’s strategic objectives. It designs and maintains informative platforms, it connects with communities and groups of interest, defines, plans and conducts internal communications and publicizes the project regionally and nationally. It is directed by Marisa de Martini and is made up by Roberto Román and Priscila Duarte.

                          • MARISA DE MARTINI

                            Marisa de Martini is a journalist and Bachelor of Social Information from Universidad Católica. Also, she is a graduate from the Bachelor’ degree of History from the same university. Throughout her professional career she has been editor for important media outlets such as La Tercera and magazines Qué Pasa and Caras. She has also worked on strategic communication and along with her work at SERC Chile she is also a scholar at Universidad Diego Portales where she gives the Ethics and Journalistic Legislation course.
                          • ROBERTO ROMÁN

                            Roberto Román is a Civil Mechanical Engineer, specialist on thermal fluids with post graduate studies on solar power. Associate professor at the Physics and Math Sciences Department at Universidad de Chile, he is currently head of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Researcher and advisor on renewable energy both nationally and internationally. Member of EcoMaipo, an organization dedicated to education, training and bringing renewable energy to disadvantaged areas.
                          • PRISCILA DUARTE

                            Priscila Duarte is a journalist, Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication, Associate of Social Science and Humanities from Universidad Diego Portales. She has experience and special interest on the development of research and journalistic production on social areas such as aboriginal cultures, education, health, travel, migration and science. She has worked on a number of television and documentary productions. In 2014, she released her first feature length documentary called Yuriña, a work that addresses health public policy with regard to indigenous traditions in Chile.
                          • MANAGEMENT TEAM

                            This team is made up by professionals dedicated to the production and execution of on-site work, logistic preparation and financial administration both in Arica and Santiago.

                            • MARCELA GALLARDO

                              Marcela Gallardo Araya is a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences and holds an Industrial Civil Engineer degree from the Industrial, Computer Science, and System Engineering from Universidad de Tarapacá. She has worked as an assistant for various regional projects in Arica y Parinacota. Currently, she is the regional administrative assistant for the Solar Ayllu project.
                            • FRANCISCO MEZA

                              Francisco J.A. Meza Hernández was born in Arica. He earned his Commercial Engineer degree from Universidad de Tarapacá in 2003. He is also a diplomate on entrepreneurial leadership from the same university. Throughout his professional carrier he has developed primarily in the public sector. He worked in the municipality of Arica (2003-2009), where he performed the role of communal planning secretary. Subsequently, he worked for the Housing and Urban Planning Ministry (2009-2012) as SERVIU director for Arica y Parinacota. He then worked at the Servicio Nacional de Capacitación as regional director (2012-2014). In 2014 he relocated to Antofagasta to work for the energy regional ministerial secretary. Additionally, since 2001 he has conducted various consultancies on tax incentives and project assessment for micro and small enterprises in the region of Arica y Parinacota.
                            • SANDRA FERNÁNDEZ

                              Sandra Fernández is a Commercial Engineer and Administrative Chief for SERC Chile, being in charge of project management and administration. Her professional career includes ten years of experience in consultancy companies in the private sector.
                            • ALEJANDRA MEJÍAS

                              Alejandra Mejías Torres is a certified accountant and auditor. She carries out administrative work in SERC Chile, being in charge of fee agreements, purchases through public bidding and other tasks. She has an experience of over twenty years in the public sector.
                            • ÓSCAR BARAHONA

                              Óscar Barahona is a Master of Management Control from Universidad de Chile. Throughout his professional career he has worked as an external advisor for the Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto, professor in the degree of Commercial, Industrial, Systems Engineering, and Management Control. He is also a professor for high level technicians (HLT) of public administration and HLT of metallurgic production and processes, giving courses on economics, production, finance, projects and in the past three years in management control. He has a vast experience and success history on project application, awarding and execution for different funding sources such as Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Regional, Corfo, FIC, FCI, Mecesup, and Chile Califica, among others, as well as providing training for scholars and staff members of the Universidad de Tarapacá. He has directed projects on design of control systems, project management systems, balanced scorecards, patrimonial management plans, university campus masterplan, general productive projects related to water subjects, renewable energy and agriculture, among others.
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                            • HAVE WORKED IN SOLAR AYLLU

                              Here is a list of the professionals that have taken part Solar Ayllu project but that are no longer in the team.

                              • FERNANDO LANAS

                                Fernando José Lamas Montecinos is an Electrical Engineer from Universidad de Chile. He has worked on a number of the Centro de Energía’s projects for the Physics and Math Sciences of Universidad de Chile. Some of them are: Development of energetic scenarios for Easter Island; Development of continuous EMS for microgrids; Microgrid support in the town of Puertecitos, Baja California, Mexico; NCRE based 24-hour energization project for the town of Ollagüe; Social-economic-technical pre-feasibility study for the NCRE based electrification system for Villa Cámeron.
                              • RENÉ ROSATI

                                René Angello Rosati Pérez is an Electrical Engineer from Universidad de Chile. He has participated in projects such as Micro Hidraulic Plug & Play, Huatacondo electric microgrid, Little Box, Lada Niva Electrical Vehicle, all of them carried out by the Centro de Energía of the Physics and Math Department of Universidad de Chile.
                              • EDUARDO RODRÍGUEZ

                                Eduardo Rodríguez Cárcamo is a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences from the Universidad de Tarapacá and earned his degree of Mechanical Civil engineer in 2014. In 2012, he was granted a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2012 to continue his undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany. His work experience started in April 2015, participating in the Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto (CIHDE) for the FIC P150 project “Characterization and prediction of direct regional solar radiation and its use for diversification, productive transformation and chain-networking of medium sized and small companies with markets based on solar power collection and use”, continuing in September, until the present day, in the Solar Ayllu project. His first scientific paper, “Effect of Dirt on Global Irradiation Measuring Equipment in Coastal Conditions in the Arica y Parinacota Region”, was published in March 2016 by IJSER magazine.
                              • JOSELIN LEAL

                                Joselin Leal Landeros is a Bachelor of Social Anthropology from Universidad de Tarapacá (2015) and Diplomate of Human Rights in aboriginal populations and public policy from the Hendry Dunant Foundation (2013). Currently, she works in the Communities team of Solar Ayllu, SERC Chile. She has conducted a number of consultancies for the Social Development Ministry, Health Ministry and the National Commission of Indigenous Development (Conadi) in the region of Arica y Parinacota. Her work has been primarily focused on research and support for precordilleran and altiplanic Aymara communities in Arica in topics related to territories and indigenous rights.
                              • DIEGO IRIZARRI

                                Diego Irizarri is a Bachelor of Geography from Universidad de Chile. His work areas are related to the study of the interaction between physical, biotic and sociocultural interphases to understand territory as a systemic form. His main interest is the search for sustainability of territorial development, promoting the interaction of knowledge between the local, the global, nature and the human being. He currently works as a professional member for the social-environmental area of the Centro de Energía, specifically for the Communities area of the Solar Ayllu Project.
                              • GUILLERMO OTÁROLA

                                Industrial Civil Engineer, Bachelor of Technology and Master of Innovation from Universidad Católica with a Diploma on Public Policy from Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago. He holds a specialization on Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).