How can Latin America and the Caribbean get to net-zero emissions? Who is responsible for meeting rising energy demand around the world?

These are just some of the questions that will be put to the panelists from across the energy industry at The Great Energy Debate 2021. This year’s theme is: “Energy Transformation Pathways: getting to net zero in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The debate will be broadcast live on Twitter and LinkedIn on September 27 at 6pm CET. Local timings in Latin America 1pm (BRASILIA / BUENOS AIRES) / 11am (MEXICO / COLOMBIA).

Join us to get your questions answered, just use #EnergyDebate

*Please note the debate will be in English.


Maarten Wetselaar

Maarten Wetselaar

Shell’s Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions Director. Maarten has worked in various roles since joining the company in 1995. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and a post doctorate degree from VU University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Andrea Heins

Andrea Heins

Andrea Heins is a senior international consultant on energy efficiency, climate change and sustainable development, with more than 20 years of experience in corporate, public policy, consulting, and academic activities. Since November 2019 serves as Chair at the Argentine Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). She is professor on energy efficiency in different university postgraduate programs.


Jimena Marvan Santin

Jimena is the Executive Director of “Chapter Zero México”, the Mexican Chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative. With more than 20 years of experience as an expert in the Mexican energy sector, specialized in strategic planning, sustainability, risk management, business architecture and external affairs, she has been consultant for the design and startup of non-governmental organisations on energy and sustainability.

Thiago Barral

Thiago Barral

Since 2019, Thiago Barral is Executive President of the Energy Research Office (EPE), a Brazilian institution responsible for energy planning studies and official energy statistics. He works at EPE since 2007, having served in positions such as Director for Energy Economics and Environmental Studies and Head of the Power Generation Department. Since 2018, he serves as the focal point for Brazil’s engagement at the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation and supports collaboration with the IEA and bilateral energy cooperation programmes.


Georgie Barat

Georgie Barrat

Tech journalist and host of the Gadget Show, Georgie has hosted the debate since 2019.

She reports for ITV Tonight, Good Morning Britain, ITV Weekend and is a regular on James Martin’s Saturday Morning and The Jeremy Vine Show. She is passionate about women working in technology and encourages more girls to be involved in STEM.

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