Dr Manuel Fuentes. Manuel has 20 years’ experience in the Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Environmental fields; and excellent knowledge and understanding of established methodologies for the integration of environment and climate change in sustainable urban development; and in designing and implementing sustainable energy programs and specific measures for governments.
A British / Argentinean national, Manuel has participated in a great number of international projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa and other regions in these fields. He has advised governments, Multilateral Financial Institutions and Development Institutions in energy policy and climate change strategies.
Currently, he is the Director of the International Urban Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean, programme financed by the EU.
Manuel has developed the Mauritius’ Renewable Energy Masterplan, supported of the Implementation of the Ethiopian Energy Efficiency Program, and developed the Rural Electrification Master plan for Uganda and Ecuador.
He provided technical assistance in developing the Scoping of Potential Interventions in the Energy Sector in Lesotho and the Regional Programme for the sector of Sustainable Energy and Marine Biology in Caribbean OCT’s countries under 11th EDF.
He supported the preparation of the “EU Accountability Report on Financing for Development” for the years 2013-4-15 and the study “Study on Accuracy of the Commission’s methodology to assess financing of Climate Change, Desertification and Biodiversity” (Rio Markers).
He has worked in implementing the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre and the SICA Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre (in Central America).
Manuel has gained significance experience with EU development policies as well as with EU development cooperation programmes. Relevant examples are: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the context of Climate Change in Latin America; Linking Income-Generating activities and micro-enterprises with Energy Services for the Poor in the Chaco Region (Crecer con Energía); Third Party Financing through SMEs as a strategy for developing innovative energy projects in Argentina.
Manuel Fuentes has had 6 studies published by either EU, the World Bank, the Inter- American Development Bank and the British Government plus several publications and communications in congresses. He is also the co-author of the best seller book The Ecohouse Design Guide Book published by Architectural Press in 2001.
Dr Fuentes received his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA) in the field of Physics. Manuel is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, both written and oral.
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