Association Webinars: Impact of COVID 19 in Energy Sector in LATAM


The energy sector has been strongly impacted in LATAM (since the arrival, three and a half months ago, of the COVID crisis.19 The actual demand and supply data, isolating the previous macroeconomic variables, show the depth of the crisis due to the effect COVID19 and allow us to make a projection at the end of the year of how the sector will have reduced in 2020 compared to 2019. Considerations are made regarding an eventual model of how Energy Demand recovers after a DEEP CRISIS such as is COVID19.

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Isaac Dyner is Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia. His research topics include policy and energy regulation, energy markets, corporate strategy, policy towards emission reduction, modeling, simulation, and the role of energy in development. Dr Dyner received his PhD in Decision Sciences from London Business School, his MSc in Statistics from University of Warwick, his MSc in Operational Research from University of Southampton and his BSc in Mathematics from Louisiana State University.


Edmar Almeida is professor at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (in leave period) and researcher at Institute of Energy of the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Prof. Edmar is currently is non-Executive Board Member at Galp Energia in Portugal. Since 1993, Prof. Almeida teaches in undergraduate and graduate (including MBA) courses on energy economics. He is active in research, focusing on the evolution of the oil, gas and electricity industries in Brazil and globally. Aside from its academic activity, Prof. Almeida has advised many government agencies, private and public companies, institutional investors, and multilateral organizations.

Prof. Almeida graduated in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (1992) and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Economics (1994) at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a PhD in Applied Economics from the Institute of Energy Policy and Economics of the Grenoble University, France (1999). Prof. Almeida is the author or co-author of several books, academic papers, and professional articles, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, both in Brazil and abroad.

Luciano Losekann is associate professor at Economic Department of Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and researcher of the Energy and Regulation Group. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2003). He is coordinator of the Gratuate Program in Economics and Vice-director of the Economics Faculty at UFF. Luciano has worked in Energy Economics field for the last 17 years. His research agenda includes: Regulation and Organization of the Brazilian Electricity Market, Oil and economic development in Brazil and demand forecast on the transport segment. Luciano is vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Energy Economists (AB3E) and he was president (2017-2019) of the Latin American Association of Energy Economics (ALADEE). He authored several academic papers on Energy Economics issues.

Gonzalo Casaravilla, is a full professor at the Department of Energy of the University of the Republic of Uruguay. His research and consulting work is in Optimal Planning and Operation of electrical systems. He was president of the Uruguayan national electricity company (UTE) for the last ten years during the rapid transformation of the country's generation matrix.

He received the degree of Electrical Engineer in 1990, the Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and the Doctor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003, from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Since 1986 he is a professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the University of the Republic, Uruguay, and he is currently a Full Professor (Gr 5) and from 2005 to 2010 he worked under the Full Dedication regime. From 2004 to 2007 he was Head of the Power Department of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and from 2007 to 2010 he served as Director of the aforementioned Institute. Throughout his academic and professional activity he has participated in 76 published technical works. From 2006 to 2014 he was a member of the Council of the Faculty of Engineering. From 1988 to 2001 he worked professionally in the field of power electronics converter manufacturing and industrial automation. From May 2010 to March 2020, he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Electrical Utility (UTE).


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