The California Global Connect program has provided 50+ California companies the chance to speak directly with buying authorities in Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Building on that success, we now transition from Latin America to Europe to showcase California capabilities to a receptive EU market. For the renewable energy and advanced transportation sectors, our next stops are Spain and Portugal.




Spain is focusing on renewables and estimated spending of USD 14.8 million per year until 2030 for energy storage to decrease CO2 emissions.

Spain is focusing on increasing the use of renewable energy. Renewable energy in Spain reached 52 percent and, for the first time, exceeded the other generation technologies with the integration of an additional 6,528 MW of new renewable generation in 2019.

The Spanish Utilities Association estimates that Spain needs an investment of 6.5 GW of storage to meet its Strategic Energy and Climate Framework objectives, with an investment of USD 14.8 million per year until 2030 for energy storage. The Plan quantifies a total of USD 264 billion, in the period 2021-2030, annually around 2 percent of GDP, of which only 20 percent would come from public sources. The figure covers key sectors, mainly renewables, energy efficiency, storage, grids and non-energy sectors. These investments are the main driver of the projected positive impacts on growth for 2021-2030 for Spain.

Focus on Renewable Hydrogen: Increased use of renewable hydrogen is going to play a vital role in reaching the national targets. The Spanish government has developed the county’s “Hydrogen Roadmap: A Commitment to Renewable Hydrogen” plan to contribute to achieving climate neutrality and a 100% renewable electricity system by 2050.

Source: US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Commercial Service, Madrid



Portugal, too, has ambitious large-scale plans in the renewable energy sector. In its’ STRATEGIC VISION NATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE PLAN 2021-2030 the country proclaims its intention to “Promote the decarbonization of the economy and the energy transition, aiming at carbon neutrality in 2050, as an opportunity for the country, based on a democratic and fair model of territorial cohesion that promotes the generation of wealth and efficient use of resources”.

And in Portugal, too, the pathway to get to its objective is through renewable hydrogen. The Portuguese government is promoting an industrial policy around hydrogen and renewable gases, which is based on the definition of a set of public policies that guide, coordinate and mobilize public and private investment in projects in the areas of production, storage, transport and consumption of renewable gases in Portugal.

Sources: Republica Portuguesa, Environment and Climate Action and the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Commercial Service, Lisbon


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Step-by-step Session Format

The overall program is composed of five component segments that take place over the course of up to three weeks.

1- Upon registration and acceptance into the program all program participants will be provided briefing materials to assure a common foundation and up-to-date summary of current market conditions. 

2- In advance of the live interactive online event each company’s profile including product information, web links and video messaging (if provided) will be circulated to the panel of foreign presenters / participants. 

3- Group Session(s): Presentations by vetted buying authorities who have expressed interest in the products and services provided by the delegation. Each presentation culminates in Q&A opportunities for the delegates. 

4- B2B Meetings: With the information provided by each delegate, we request that our presenter(s) recommend a specific individual/office with relevant interest and management responsibility to meet with the delegates one-on-one. Depending on availability, the meetings may take place on the same day as the group discussions or may be scheduled for a later, mutually-agreed, time and date.


Participation Benefits

·    Access into the combined global connections of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Kallman Worldwide

·    Gather firsthand action-oriented market intelligence, and stay a step ahead of your competitors

·    Learn how and where to focus your export sales and marketing efforts

·    Be introduced to sources of ongoing advice /assistance / representation in the markets with the most potential for you

·    Receive pre-event briefing materials to lay a solid foundation and let you “hit the ground running” on game day

·    Promote your innovations and products by submitting a company description that will be shared with the content provider(s) in advance of the event

·    Experience greater personalized attention since there will be only 10-12 other companies per event, fostering an intimate experience and increased dialogue

·    Build on the discussions initiated during our introductory session with one-on-one conversations with interested buying authorities


Special Note: Require minimal investment to achieve maximum results: Go Biz will use funds allocated under the federal STEP program to subsidize the participation cost for qualifying Californian companies


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AerialZues, Inc.

  • 1333 Howe Avenue, Suite 211, Sacramento, CA 95825 | (916) 768-4109
Aerial technology (drones and high-definition cameras) and software for the detection of illegal plants. Drones and infrared cameras for 24/7 surveillance of Banks, Commercial Centers, Government Buildings and Sensitive Infrastructure.Anti-drone equipment for Prisons and Airports.
Contact: Luis Robles, CEO

Biofriendly Corporation

  • 1331 Aviation Blvd, Suite 211, Lincoln, CA 95648 | (626) 616-1154
Biofriendly makes the world first energy transition fuel technology, the Green Plus® fuel catalyst for use in diesel, gasoline, kerosene, and bunker fuels. It is The world's first UN eco-labeled, energy transition fuel technology. Green Plus fuel catalyst has been used to reduce air pollution for over two decades. The product has Over 11 billion gallons of fuel treated, Over 8 billion tons of CO2 reduced and Over 10,000 hours of certified testing. Our customers are some of the largest fuel retail companies in the world. In the US our customers use our product to meet State and Federal requirements for emissions. The testing to prove the efficacy of the product was done in multiple US EPA approved labs over four years of extensive testing. The data was reviewed and verified by the State of Texas and the US EPA. Our retail customers have increases in sales of 20% or greater promoting the use of Green Plus. The UN Eco-lable certifies a 7% reduction in CO2 and 30% reduction in Particulate emission.
Contact: Michael Carroll, COO

Emery Power, LLC

  • 4701 Patrick Henry Drive, Building 16, Suite 108, Santa Clara, California 95054 | (408) 893-9456
Emery Power LLC provides consulting services and procurement services serving the power and energy industry. Our services cover markets in renewable energy, solar, energy storage, EV charging etc. We focus on brining the technology innovation and product solutions to the power and energy industry. We are a certified Women Minority owned business based in California.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Contact: Erica He, Founder and President

Glide Cruisers

  • 3263 Monier Cir, Suite F, Rancho Cordova, California 95742 | (916) 293-8161
Clean tech electric stand-up cycles designed and manufactured for short-range personal transport. Innovative design provides a safe and fun ride that allows for incredible line-of-sight visibility (especially useful in public safety patrols). Further, Glide products are an affordable solution that saves money in the long-run. A flexible zeroemissions platform that does not need to be licensed (in most countries) and very stable and easy to ride. Glide has 3 divisions -- 1. producing models for Consumer / Retail distribution, 2. Guided Adventure Tours and 3. Public Safety/ Police Applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Contact: Christopher Wiggins, CEO

Gossamer Space Frames

  • 23276 South Pointe Drive, Laguna Hills, California 92653 | (949) 215-1727
Gossamer Space Frames has innovated, developed, designed, fabricated and deployed advanced Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) products. Currently, Gossamer solar trough collectors are operating in six utility-scale power plants. Two plants are in the U.S. and four are in Spain. This six CSP plants have a combined nameplate capacity of 320MW and eliminate the annual emission of over 500,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. All of these plants are operating reliably and profitably. Gossamer has a special field construction QA program that ensures that the solar field will perform at or above expectations. The latest and most powerful trough on the market was developed by Gossamer Space Frames and has been tested at four different locations throughout the world. This solar collector is known as the LAT (Large Aperture Trough). It is the record holder for Concentration Factor and Intercept Factor. Over standard trough designs the LAT will save 30% to 40% of the cost of the solar field and increase production of electricity by up to 20%. This enables the deployment of the LAT without the need for feed-in-tariffs or subsidies. Combined with thermal storage, the LAT is more competitive than PV with battery storage in a behind-the-meter analysis.
Contact: Glenn Reynolds, President & CEO

Hannext, LLC.

  • 21880 Dolores Ave , Cupertino, CA 95014  |  (408) 300-9475
Hannext created a special system for advanced metering infrastructure and meter data management in an end to end complete solution. Hannext offers its products with a unique service delivery model aimed at reducing overall cost, improving responsiveness and a multiplicity of features customized to meet the needs of our customers 
Contact: Rafael Gomez, CTO

IC Metier

  • 926 2nd Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304  |  (661) 369-3027
Our product line includes solar energy equipment, agriculture equipment, and agriculture technology equipment. We also provide solar energy installation services.
Contact: Donay Green, President/Owner


  • 3364 Garfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90040  |  (323) 396-9200
Nanocoatings to protect electronic devices/components against damage from dust, humidity, liquids, corrosion, gasses and chemicals. Our coating process takes 2 minutes to apply without special training and/or equipment to significantly reduce repair/maintenance and replacement costs extending the lifecycle of products reducing electronic waste and global consumption.
Contact: Rick Fung, CEO

Principle Power, Inc.

  • 5901 Christie Ave #303, Emeryville, California 94608  |  (316) 230-8737
Principle Power is a global energy technology and services company. The Company’s proven and in-demand WindFloat® floating technology is unlocking offshore wind potential worldwide by enabling projects to harvest the best wind resource, irrespective of water depth or seabed condition. Principle Power acts as a trusted partner to developers, independent power producers, utilities and EPCs, supporting its customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their projects. With over 100 MW under construction and advanced development in Portugal, Scotland, and France, and a multi-GW commercial pipeline globally, Principle Power is the market leader in floating offshore wind technology.
Contact: Marco Wiedjik, VP of Business

Shift Energy Holdings, Inc.

  • 400 Continental Blvd. Ste. 600, El Segundo, California 90245  |  (310) 426-2670
Shift Energy is a California engineering and project development company focused on waste-to-renewables projects. Our unique technology design eliminates landfills, and is based on mature, commercially proven technologies. From our headquarters in El Segundo, CA, we pursue projects within the US as well as overseas. A video on our website ( explains the basics of our design and system. For the past 7 years, our company has been working on our technology and projects, we have been featured on The Technology Headlines as one of the 10 Most Promising Tech Solution Providers to Watch in 2019, and we have received several governmental incentives for our first project in Brazil. The project in Brazil will create over 300 permanent jobs, eliminate methane producing waste, produce a renewable clean fuel with high environmental attributes and have 30MW capacity for renewable electricity production.
Contact: Rodney Alves, Chief Global Development Officer

Springboard Biodiesel, LLC.

  • 2323 Park Ave., Chico, California 95928  |  (530) 894 -1793
Springboard Biodiesel manufactures small-scale, automated appliances that convert used cooking oils into highest gradebiodiesel fuel for a fraction of the cost of regular diesel.
Contact:  Matthew Roberts, President

Sierra Energy

  • 1222 Research Park Drive, Davis, California 95618  |  (530) 759-9827
Sierra Energy's FastOx® gasification turns waste into hydrogen without burning. FastOx gasification uses oxygen and steam to heat waste up to 2,200°C, where waste breaks down at the molecular level. Organic material is converted into hydrogen and inorganic material is recovered as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal. Feedstocks successfully tested in the gasifier include post-recycled MSW, plastics, medical waste, e-waste, tires, batteries, petcoke, and railroad ties. The technology does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable. Sierra Energy is currently designing a 100MTPD system capable (depending on system configuration) of producing up to 10MT/day of hydrogen gas at 99.98% purity. Sierra Energy’s 10MTPD fully integrated commercial-scale demonstration facility, which was funded in part by the California Energy Commission and the DoD, is located at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California.
Contact: MIchael Kleist, Vice President Business Development

Telaeris, Inc.

  • 9123 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, California 92123  |  (858) 627-9700
We specialize in emergency mustering systems that allow companies to account for their personnel during emergencies. Our handheld devices and software allow for easy, quick mustering during emergencies, disasters, and drills. Our software works with existing access control systems and integrations or as standalone. We can also program our software to the customers' likes and needs for special features (such as access control or health check screening). We also work with RFID.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Contact: David Carta, CEO

Vantage Vehicle International

  • 1740 N. Delilah Street, Corona, California 92879  |  (951) 735-1200
Vantage Vehicle International, Inc., headquartered in Corona, California – about one hour from Los Angeles – designs, assembles and sells low speed utility vehicles recognized worldwide for their durability, dependability, and versatility. Vantage offers a range of vehicles from gasoline and electric platforms for the efficient and comfortable transportation of passengers and cargo that can be customized to meet the needs of each owner. From vans that offer seating for seven passengers to trucks with payload capabilities of more than 1,000 pounds, there's likely a Vantage Vehicle that is perfect for you! Vantage's electric vehicles use state-of-the-art components and maintenance free batteries without compromising the amenities of a fully equipped automobile. Every Vantage Vehicle comes standard with a fully enclosed cabin to protect drivers from the elements, lockable doors, radio, MP3 plug-In (or CD player), heaters and defrosters, and adjustable contoured driver and passenger seats.
Contact: Michael Pak, CEO/President

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Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign.
From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43 one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest” (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute (NDI) “Ambassadors Circle” advisor.
Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.
Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. She is married to Dr. Markos Kounalakis and the couple has two teenage sons, Neo and Eon.

Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California, State of California


Emily Desai is California’s Trade Representative for Europe, MEA, and India. In her capacity at GO-Biz she oversees trade and commercial engagement with California’s U.S. government and foreign partners in those regions. She brings more than a decade of experience in international issues from the public and private sectors. Most recently, she worked in international affairs and trade sectors serving the U.S. Congress as a Senior Project Manager at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She has a BS in Public Administration with honors from the University of Arizona and an MPP from U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts. Our teams are comprised of experts that span industries, geographies, and business backgrounds.

Emily Desai
Trade and Investment Representative for Europe, MEA & India


Diana joined the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) as the Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade in October of 2015. Diana manages the export strategy of GO-Biz’s International Affairs and Trade team with Senior Advisor Kaina Pereira. Diana is also the primary manager between GO-Biz and the California Department of Food and Agriculture in overseeing the implementation of California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funded activities. She works closely with regional specialists at the U.S. Commercial Services, Foreign Consulates, industry trade associations and country contacts to promote California exports of goods and services, as well as encouraging the location and expansion of companies from around the world into California.
Diana formerly served as the International Special Projects Manager at the Northern California Center for International Trade Development (CITD). As the Special Projects Manager, Diana organized export/import seminars and foreign training delegations. She assisted the Director to lead over one hundred trade missions to and from California. In 2010, Diana served as the Statewide Ag Co-Coordinator to implement the Memorandum of Agreement the CITD entered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Diana Dominguez is a resourceful leader with more than eight years of experience in coordination of international market development activities, program implementation, and preparation of federal and state government grant proposals. Diana earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations from the University of California, Davis.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts. Our teams are comprised of experts that span industries, geographies, and business backgrounds.

Diana Dominguez
Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade

Kallman Worldwide, Inc.

Thomas J. Kallman is the President and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, Inc. an international marketing and exhibition management firm headquartered in Waldwick, New Jersey, with affiliate offices in Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; Dallas and Houston, TX; Santiago, Chile; London, UK and Tokyo, Japan. In 1989 Tom joined the predecessor company, Kallman Associates, founded ifby his father Jerry Kallman Sr. in 1963, and created the Aerospace Division. Under his direction, the company succeeded in organizing the largest-ever U.S. Pavilions at the Paris Air Show in successive events beginning in 1997 through 2019. Similar marks were set at the Farnborough Air Show from 1998 through 2018, and at other aerospace industry events spanning the globe. Over the last three decades, Tom has applied the same successful formula for portfolio growth to other industry sectors, recruiting and assisting U.S. companies in healthcare, environmental, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, water, maritime & security, agricultural equipment and food. Kallman Worldwide presently supports nearly 1,500 companies each year in destinations around the world, often partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal and state government agencies. Kallman Worldwide’s work with the aerospace industry grew out of Tom Kallman’s love of flying nurtured during four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy. A graduate of the Class of 1981, he went on to tally over 1500 flying hours in the T-33 and nearly 1000 hours as an F-15 instructor pilot over his nine-year tour of duty.
Tom is married with four children and four grandchildren. He is active in the International Association of Exhibition and Events, the Society of Independent Show Organizers and The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).
For more than 55 years, Kallman Worldwide has made it our business to successfully connect U.S. exporters with international buyers through international trade shows, supplemented by briefings held either prior to the show via webinar, or during the show, via live in-person events mounted in our Forum facilities. The COVID pandemic has created significant challenges for industry SME’s to connect with international decision-makers and influencers, and conversely, for these decision-makers to connect with potential new suppliers. Given the cancellation and postponement of so many international trade events, Kallman Worldwide, has focused more attention on creating ongoing opportunities for U.S. industry to engage with selected agencies and individuals in proven overseas markets under the banner “Kallman Connects”. Kallman Connects Digital Trade Forums and Digital Trade Missions give US companies the opportunity to interact with key industry contacts in a public setting and then facilitate that interaction into private one-on-one conversations between buyers and sellers. These digital trade forums and missions aim to connect U.S. exporters with actual buying entities, and then ensure those conversations initiated during these events create and nourish relationships that lead directly to business success for both sides.

Tom Kallman
President & CEO

U.S. Commercial Service- American Embassy – Madrid, Spain

In September 2018, Mr. Werker began a four-year tour as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. From January 2015 to July 2018, Mr. Werker served as the Principal Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service in Shanghai, China. Between July 2011 and December 2014, Mr. Werker served as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, with regional responsibility for the Commercial Service offices in Panama and Peru while also administering the Partner Post agreement in Quito, Ecuador.
Prior to Colombia, Mr. Werker served as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for three years in the U.S. Commercial Service office in Belgrade, Serbia with regional responsibilities for both Serbia and Montenegro. His tour of duty in Belgrade ended August 2010. Prior to Serbia, Mr. Werker served as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China for 4 years covering the ICT Sector.
Mr. Werker joined the Commercial Service in 1999. His first assignment was to the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Boston, MA. While there he assisted U.S. companies with all matters related to the export of their products. He served as a board member of the New England Environmental Business Council, as well as a regional team leader for the Commercial Service’s Rural Export Team.
Mr. Werker joined the Department of Commerce in 1993. For six years, he worked in Import Administration as an International Trade Specialist administering the U.S. anti-dumping duty law. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Werker worked as the Marketing Manager of an Indian agricultural company in New Delhi, India. Prior to that, he served as a trade analyst at the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC.
Mr. Werker holds a BA in International Marketing from Colorado State University.

Cameron Werker
Commercial Counselor

U.S. Commercial Service- American Embassy – Madrid, Spain

Carmen Adrada is Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service in the American Embassy, Madrid, Spain. Ms. Adrada has more than 30 years of experience in assisting U.S. companies exporting to Spain and Europe, advocating on behalf of U.S. firms with foreign governments, defending U.S. interests abroad and supporting foreign direct investment into the U.S., as well as helping foreign companies import U.S. products and goods into Spain and other European countries. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Carmen worked at the UN Habitat (Nairobi, Kenya), in the Asia, Pacific and Caribbean Unit projects, mainly in the Spanish and French speaking countries of those regions. She also worked with NCR (Kenya) as freelance programmer. Prior to that, she was a Spanish language teacher in the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Arts in Bangkok (Thailand). Ms. Adrada holds a BA degree from Strathmore University (former Kianda College), an Advanced Management MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School and MIT Beyond Smart Cities Professional Education Certificate. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Carmen Adrado
Senior International Trade Specialist


Joaquin Castillo has extensive experience in the energy sector & utilities worldwide, with a focus on clean technologies and renewable energies. He has an engineering background complemented with different areas of expertise: project management, business development, origination, planning & control, M&A, KAM, financial modelling. Joaquin specializes in Business development, origination, M&A. He received his education from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and IESE Business School - University of Navarra. Joquin has proudly worked for ACCIONA Energia close to a decade. For the past 5 years he serves as Senior VP Global Business Development.

Joaquin Castillo
Senior VP Global Business Development

ADENE, National Energy Agency for Portugal

Nelson Lage has a degree in Political Science - International Relations and an Executive Master in Management and Leadership Development (Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics). He has 15 years of experience in the public sector in the areas of energy, innovation and international relations. He served as an adviser in several Portuguese governments and, more recently, he was Adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy (2018-2019) and Adviser as well as Deputy Chief of Cabinet to the Deputy Minister and Secretary of State for Energy (2019-july 2020).
In 2011 he joined ADENE - Portuguese Energy Agency and he is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADENE and Chairman of the Board of Directors of OLMC – Energy Logistics Operator Switching. On a voluntary and pro bono basis he is Executive Director of the Intercultural Dialogue Network - Reach Alliance Global Network, member of the board of the Foundation Alliance of Civilization and member of East West Bridge International Foundation.

Nelson Lage
Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADENE

APREN, The Portuguese Renewable Energy Association

Pedro Amaral Jorge graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, and also has an EMBA with focus on Finance and Operations, from IESE / AESE.
In his previous professional experience, he worked as a specialist in structuring and financing projects in the private sector investment aspect for the African Development Bank (AfDB), in the areas of Infrastructure, Energy and Water and Sanitation in Africa, focusing on the sub-Saharan region.
In addition to his career, Pedro Amaral Jorge also has a history of developing projects for public service concessions and BOT (Build Operate and Transfer) as well as financing, planning, construction and management, accumulating more than 15 years of international experience, having worked and lived in different markets, especially in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
He has a total of 20 years of professional experience in top management positions, assuming functions as Director of Business Unit, Member of the Executive Committee, Executive Director and CEO in companies such as Mitsubishi / METITO Utilities, Indaqua / Mota-Engil Group, SACYR / SOMAGUE and IDOM.

Pedro Amaral Jorge

Club Espanol de la Energia

Arcadio Gutiérrez Zapico is President of the Agustín de Betancourt Foundation, President of the Civil Engineering Foundation and Director General of the Spanish Energy Club and President of the Agustin de Betancourt Foundation of Civil Engineers. Among other positions, he has been Director General and President of the Engineering division of Gas Natural Fenosa now called Naturgy, as well as member of the Board of Directors of SOLUZIONA, PROINTEC, GHESA, and Empresarios Agrupados, and President of the Spanish Association of Engineering, Consultancy and Technological Services (TECNIBERIA). He has more than 40 years of experience in the energy sector where he started in the nuclear field in 1976. In 1987 he became a member of the technician body of Spain´s Civil Administration, where he was Deputy Director of Labour and Social Security and Industry and Energy.

Arcadio Gutiérrez Zapico
Director General


Civil Engineer, MBA from Porto Business School, AMP/ Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School USA), IDP/International Directors Program from INSEAD (France), is presently an Adviser to the Executive Board of EDP – Energias de Portugal, after being a member of that Board from 2006 to 2021.
He began his career as an Assistant Lecturer at Engineering Superior Institute of Porto in 1976, joining EDP some years later, where he worked between 1981 and 1989.
After his MBA, he moved to the financial sector, becoming a General Manager at Bank Millennium BCP and member of the Executive Boards of MBCP’s insurance, pension and asset management companies (1989-2003). During part of that period (1999-2002), on the international side, he was also Director of Eureko BV insurance group (Netherlands) and Vice President of the Executive Board of PZU insurance group (Poland).
Returning to the energy sector, he became CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of EDP Brasil (São Paulo, 2003-2007), assuming afterwards the position of Chairman and CEO of EDP Renewables North America (Houston, Texas, USA, 2007-2009) and being a member of EDP Renewables Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012.
He is currently President of AMCHAM Portugal, Vice President of Proforum (Association for the Development of Portuguese Engineering) and Vice president of APGEI (Portuguese Industrial Engineering Association) and member of several Boards of Business Schools in Portugal (AESE, ISEG, ISCTE, PBS, Fundação Alfredo de Sousa/Nova SBE).

President, AmCham Portugal and EDP


Miguel Padro is the Chief Operating Officer of EDP Renováveis, S.A. for North America and CEO EDP Renewables North America LLC. He has worked in EDP and EDPR for nearly 18 years, investing more than 18 Billion by executing a significant number of relevant acquisitions in 14 different countries. During the last five years, Mr. Padro has led positions as the Head of Investments Mergers and Acquisitions, leadership of the asset rotation strategy and member of EDPR Group Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of EDP Renováveis, S.A., member of the Management of EDP Renováveis, S.A and responsible for Corporate Procurement at EDP Renováveis, S.A. Prior to EDP, Miguel managed the finance department at Arthur Andersen/Deloitte Corporate. He received an Executive MBA by the IE (Instituto de Empresa, Madrid) and PhD in Business and Management by the University of Oviedo and Bradford (UK).



Pedro Vinagre is currently board member of EDP Comercial, leads the development of e-mobility and of the energy transition business, including solutions for distributed generation, storage, energy management, among others. Pedro is also responsible for the Field Services of EDP Comercial, that besides the field force operations also includes full responsibility for the supply chain and asset management.
Between 2014-2018 Pedro was responsible for the Customer Care, Commercial Cycle Operations, IT Infrastructures and Data Management. In the first 4 years with the EDP Group (2010-2014), Pedro led the relationship management of the Portuguese DSO with the B2C segment. Graduated from INSEAD MBA in 2009 (Singapore/France), before joining EDP, Pedro worked mainly in the Consulting and the Automotive industries.

Pedro Vinagre
Executive Board Member

Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE)

Since June 2020, Victor Marcos Morell is Director of Renewable Energy and Electricity Market of the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE).
He is an Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a member of the State Corps of Industrial Engineers since 2016. He has more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector, and specially in that of renewable energies. He has held various positions in the renewable industry, mainly as a risk analyst in financing, sales, refinancing and project promotion. Within this experience, he has participated in projects of almost all renewable technologies (photovoltaic and concentrated solar, wind, waste, etc.) both nationally and internationally.
In 2016, he joined the General Sub-Directorate of Renewable Energies and Studies within the Secretary of State for Energy. He has participated, among other projects, in the preparation of the Spanish National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). He has also a wide experience in energy prospective, analysis and regulatory development, and has developed works related to these issues for the Renewable Energy Directive and the Governance Regulation of the Energy Union.
He had represented the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge in several national and international forums.

Victor Marcos Morell
Renewable Energy and Electric Market Director


Jorge Cabal Alonso contributes to the Global Business Development at Naturgy. He focuses on renewables strategic planning, business development, international growth identification and analysis of opportunities definition of the corporate development strategy. In addition he contributes to the establishment of the company network, institutional representation, search and analysis of investment opportunities at Naturgy.

Jorge Cabal Alonso

Global Business Development

U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal

Rafael Patiño joined the United States Department of Commerce in 2010 and is currently the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.
Immediately before assuming his current responsibilities Mr. Patiño was attached U.S. Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, with responsibility for U.S. trade promotion across the Caribbean. Prior to this he served in the Los Angeles (Downtown) U.S. Export Assistance Center where he assisted U.S. companies expand and enter new overseas markets. Additionally, he has served on detail to the Department of Commerce Office of European Country Affairs and as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Israel where he was responsible for the management of the U.S. Government’s commercial support programs in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce in 2010, Mr. Patiño was Vice President for Bank of America in Los Angeles, California, administering a significant project and operational portfolio in the Home Mortgage division; this included management of all Cyber-Security development programs, Home Loan systems for the Bank, and M&A implementation of Countrywide Bank InfoSec systems. At the Bank, Mr. Patiño also managed compliance programs for the Home Mortgage division. In addition to his extensive management and project delivery experience, Mr. Patiño was a founding member of an Information Security Consulting firm and a Manager for Deloitte, a global management consulting and accounting firm, where he led Data Security and Privacy consulting engagements at leading companies, including: E*Trade, Blue Shield, Hughes, Boeing, MONY, Intel, Cisco, and others.
Mr. Patiño attended the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (M.B.A., 1996), the University of California, Irvine (B.A., Comparative Literature, 1993), and has a certificate in European Legal Studies from Tulane University (1994). He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Rafael Patiño

Senior Commercial Officer

U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal

Pedro Ferreira is the Senior Commercial Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Pedro joined the U.S. Commercial Service in 1999 and has had several roles over the years including System Administrator, IT Manager for Europe, Commercial Assistant and Commercial Specialist. Pedro covers a wide range of sectors, namely aerospace and defense, energy, information and communications technologies.
Mr. Ferreira was born and raised in Lisbon and lived in Washington, D.C. for a period of seven years before returning to Portugal. Mr. Ferreira attended Law School at the University of Lisbon. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Pedro Ferreira

Senior Commercial Advisor

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(ADENE) National Energy Agency for Portugal

ADENE, the Portuguese Energy Agency is a private non-profit association, recognized as a public interest institution, with the mission to develop activities of public interest in the energy sector, including energy efficiency in mobility and water efficiency, in conjunction with other entities with attributions in this area.

ADENE is an aggregator institution that mobilizes and streamlines the implementation of public policies, a partner of excellence in the business and associative sector, close to the citizen, contributing to strengthen Portugal's position at the forefront of decarbonization and energy transition.

ADENE is responsible for the promotion and implementation of programs on energy efficiency in buildings, industry and public administration, as well as for providing information, advice and support to the market and end consumers, in addition to the management of voluntary systems of energy and water use performance certification, labelling or classification of buildings, products or fleet vehicles. ADENE also manages a training academy responsible for capacity building programs targeted to energy managers and decision makers on energy and water efficiency topics.

ADENE participates in collaborative projects on energy and water efficiency, water-energy nexus and circular economy and in national and international networks of organizations in Europe and the Mediterranean area, as well as regional and municipal energy agencies.


EDP (Energias de Portugal) Group

EDP- Energias de Portugal (formerly Electricidade de Portugal) is a Portuguese electric utilities company, headquartered in Lisbon. It was founded in 1976 through the merger of 14 nationalized electricity companies. EDP is among the major European operators in the energy sector (gas and electricity), one of the largest energy operators of the Iberian Peninsula, the largest Portuguese industrial group, & the world's 4th largest producer of wind energy. Over their 40 years of history, EDP has been building a relevant presence in the world energy scene, being present in 19 countries, in 4 continents.


APREN (Renewable Energy Association)

The Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) is a non-profit association, founded in October 1988, with the mission of coordination, representation and defense of the common interests of our Members.
Our members are either: singular or collective entities that are authorized to produce renewable electricity (generators); or even any singular or collective entity interested in the technical, legal, financial and economic development of electricity production from renewable energy sources and that can clearly contribute to meet APREN’s purposes (non-producers).
APREN represents, up to 2020, more than 90% of all installed capacity of renewable energy power stations sources in Portugal.
APREN develops its work together with official authorities and other similar entities, either national or international, being an important key player in the development of energy policies in Portugal, thereby promoting the deployment of renewable energy resources for electricity generation and for green hydrogen production.
APREN privileges the coordination and permanent contact with the Portuguese Government, the ministries responsible for energy and environmental issues and their official agencies, as well as a fruitful dialogue with the crucial national stakeholders acting in the renewable electricity sector and also with representatives from the civil society.
APREN has also a strong involvement at the European level, which is primarily manifested through the participation in European projects and through its partnership with several European Associations aiming for the representation of its targeted technologies, thus enabling the monitoring of European Energy Policy and developments in the sector in other Member States of the European Union.




Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE)

The EPE Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), MP, is a body attached to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, through the State Secretariat for Energy, on which it depends organically.
Contributing to the achievement of the objectives that our country has acquired in terms of improving energy efficiency, renewable energies and other low-carbon technologies constitutes the strategic framework of its activity.
IDAE carries out dissemination and training actions, technical advice, development of specific programs and financing of projects of technological innovation and replicability. Likewise, the Institute leads an intense international activity within the framework of different European programs and cooperation with third countries.



ACCIONA is a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially in renewable energy. Their business spans the entire value chain, from design and construction through to operation and maintenance. The company’s goal is to lead the transition towards a low-carbon economy, bringing technical excellence and innovation to all of their projects to design a better planet.
ACCIONA is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which we operate.
ACCIONA is championing a different way of doing business that promotes the welfare of society and the planet, going beyond economic interests but investing in sustainable projects that make the world a better place.
And because ACCIONA operates critical infrastructure in renewable energy, water, and transport, and provides essential services such as hospital management, ambulance and cleaning services, they are working to ensure the continuity and quality of services which are, today more than ever, absolutely essential for the safety and well-being of the world.



Naturgy is group engaged in the generation, distribution and marketing of energy and services, working to ensure the well-being of people, the progress of companies and society and the sustainability of the planet.
• The company operate in more than 20 countries.
• More than 18 million supply points.
• Naturgy have an installed capacity of 16.9 GW and a diversified electricity generation mix.

Naturgy operates in regulated and deregulated gas and electricity markets, with a growing contribution from international activity in the following areas:
• Gas and electricity distribution.
• Electricity generation and marketing.
• Gas infrastructure, supply and marketing.


Enerclub - Spanish Energy Club

CLUB ESPAÑOL DE LA ENERGÍA is a private, non-profit organization. Its main objective is to contribute to a better understanding of the different issues related to energy by the different social partners, interested both nationally and internationally. Enerclub aims to be a valuable meeting point and forum of reference in energy matters that facilitates the debate and dissemination of ideas, the study of matters and the exchange of experiences, in relation to production, transformation, transport, storage, distribution and use. more rational of energy in its various forms. In any case, security of supply, sustainable development and protection of the environment.




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Meet Your Team

Carolyn Carniaux Project Manager

Carolyn Carniaux

Project Manager


I have the pleasure to work with a team of dedicated experts who represent both internal and external stakeholders. It is my job to ensure that the ball is moving forward to the collective goal of an overall successful show for U.S. International Pavilion exhibitors. In planning, we usually hit both bumps and smooth patches along the way – much like the actual roads we travel in the diverse and exciting destinations we work in across the globe!

Jamaela Malhotra

Project Coordinator
Peter McKenna

Peter McKenna

Vice President, Business Development


I’ve been planning and implementing global events for more than 25 years. Drawing from public sector experience — including a stint in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance — and private sector work at virtually every level of event organization, I focus on identifying show-starved industries and building the infrastructure to launch and sustain major events that feed a growing need.