Title: Former Chief Executive Officer
Company: Mota-Engil Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Gilberto Rodrigues has more than 23 years of experience in civil engineering. During this career, he has grown the business on the continent of Africa for Mota-Engil from $300 million to $1.5 billion Euros. As the former CEO of Mota-Engil, Mr. Rodrigues was responsible for being in charge of the African market. In this position, he paid close attention to how markets performed and on how to handle the commercial side of the business. He has overseen finances and top operations while setting policies. At the present, Mr. Rodrigues is pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors in Africa.
Mr. Rodrigues attributes his success to his hard work and natural ability. He is a firm believer in setting goals and relying on his team for support. To prepare for a career in his line of work, he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in Portugal. This degree has served him well and has helped him serve his various roles within the industry, including all of his positions with Mota-Engil. Mr. Rodrigues started out as an onsite engineer after graduating and worked up to site manager and project manager. In 2001, he was to Africa, where he became a country manager, then a regional director and finally the CEO of the continent. Read the rest of this entry »
Title: Consultant, Process Engineering
Company: Petrofac Limited
Location: London, UK
Ralph Chadeesingh’s latest position augments his 24 years of experience in the engineering and energy business. Serving as a consultant and process engineering professional for Petrofac Limited, Dr. Chadeesingh lends his talents in technology selection and design to ensure the deliverance of energy procurement. For Petrofac Limited, Dr. Chadeesingh follows environmental specifications to design technologies such as off-shore platforms. Read the rest of this entry »
Title: President, Project Manager
Company: Hydrowatt International Inc.
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Inspired by a teacher, who volunteered his time helping people in Africa, Sylvie Boulianne has dedicated her time and talents to establishing contracts across Africa and alleviating poverty. Her company, Hydrowatt International Inc., is an energy firm consultancy that offers clients electric power generation and distribution services. Through her company, Ms. Boulianne manages contracts overseas in Western and Northern Africa to reduce poverty and to give them access to energy. She organizes technology transfer and empowers them, transfers the skills they need and helps them find expertise they need.
An expert in contract management, Ms. Boulianne is also responsible for overseeing human resource functions, as well as technology transfer projects, marketing, consulting with clients, and handling real estate management and real estate investments. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: Hydro One Networks Inc.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Mark L. Hogans’ deep interest in renewable energy and an infinite quest for knowledge led him to his current path. Mr. Hogans is the distribution generation coordinator for Hydro One Networks Inc., the largest electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Hogans, who has been in his present capacity since 2009, focuses on the development of renewable energy technologies. He is well known for his exemplary leadership and highly regarded by colleagues for his dedication and wide-ranging knowledge. Mr. Hogans make sure to treat every client with respect and to always be available to answer their questions. He has the ability to explain complex concepts and regulations so that even a person with no experience in the energy field understands. Mr. Hogans was credited with building the policies and procedures that allowed the company to connect more than 13,000 generators to the distribution system. He takes great pride in helping thousands of renewable energy generators successfully connect to the company’s distribution system and promoting green energy as a lifestyle. He has spent more than 30 years as a master electrician, obtained a degree from Indiana University and continues to educate himself through his affiliation with the Society of Energy Professionals, Canadian Solar Industry Association and other various renewable energy and professional groups. Mr. Hogans believes he has been able to excel in his career due to his ambition, determination, hard work, his thirst for learning and his drive to provide first class customer service, qualities equally evident in his level of technical knowledge and academic attainment.
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Company: Parkbay Refrigration Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd.
Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada
C. Arden Rymerson is the Director of Parkbay Refrigration Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., a top heating and air-conditioning company which specializes in refrigeration, coolers, freezers, and heating and air-conditioning services. Mr. Rymerson has spent more than 35 years nurturing an abundant skill set, which encompasses proficiencies in HVAC and customer services. He is primarily in charge of working as a partner in the business, and focusing on customer service and hiring qualified people to do the job well. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: Plant Services, Inc.
Location: Worden, MT
After answering an ad for a temporary position, Thomas Thayer found himself working in the oil and energy business. Mr. Thayer worked in the specialty contracting industry for over 23 years doing stream repairs, hot taps, line stops, portable field machining and torquing carbon fiber wraps, and eventually ventured out on his own. Today, he is the president of Plant Services, Inc., a contracting company that provides specialty contractor services and products for the petrochemical industry. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: Jamaica Energy Partners
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Raymond Grant started his career with the National Water Commission and, eventually, found his niche in the energy industry. Mr. Grant has amassed 20 years of professional experience and has been serving as the chief financial officer at Jamaica Energy Partners, an independent power provider that offers clients a wide range of energy solutions, for the past four years.
An expert in capital structuring and financing, Mr. Grant is responsible for overseeing all financial operations, including that of three plants/operating entities, liaising with banks, and supervising the treasury, as well as compliance and supply chain matters. Mr. Grant prides himself on being a forward thinker who is always one step ahead of the game. He is extremely proactive and is not afraid to improvise in the face of a challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Elizabeth Driay is one of the few women in the oil trading industry. She has been working in the industry for the past 23 years and is recognized for her international experience and knowledge of energy risks. Dr. Driay started Nishati, an energy trading consultancy, in October 2013. Well-respected for her strong skill set and knowledge, Dr. Driay has worked with high-profile clients and major oil companies.
Prior to assuming her current role, Dr. Driay was a trader for Elf trading-Total and a crude oil trader for Sempra Energy Trading. She was also the managing director of Sahara International Geneva and a trading and business development professional at Arcadia Energy Suisse. Her varied background exposed her to all facets of the industry and she became well versed in trading systems and strategies, business planning and development, and building relationships with key industry professionals. Dr. Driay attributes her success to her curiosity, language skills, technical knowledge and international perspective. In the future, she would like to expand her company and its client base. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: B&W Conversion Services
Location: Lexington, KY, United States
After serving in the United States military in the Vietnam War, George Edwards Dials began working in the energy industry. He worked for a coal company, which exposed him to the facets of the field, and was recruited by other companies soon thereafter. Mr. Dials joined B&W in February 2006 and served as the president and CEO of its Y-12 LLC program and as the executive vice president of the technical services group before assuming his current position in January 2011. A strong leader and manager, Mr. Dials is responsible for building strategic plans, handling the budget, maintaining operations, and running two manufacturing facilities. He is also tasked with the final testing, startup, and steadily increasing conversion operations of a first-of-a-kind nuclear material processing facilities in the United States designed to convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a stable uranium oxide product for ultimate disposal and hydrofluoric acid for sale under contract to an established commercial customer.
Mr. Dials’s career in nuclear waste management, energy and national security spans four decades. A results-driven professional, Mr. Dials worked the for U.S. Department of Energy, ICF Kaiser International, Inc., Waste Control Specialist LLC, and Louisiana Energy Services, as well as other reputable companies before joining B&W’s team. Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Dials has led numerous projects in the area of waste management, and has been noted for turning around complex problems and leading organizations to better performances. For his exceptional work, he earned the Wendell D. Weart Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Waste Management Symposium in 2012, which is the top honor in the field of nuclear waste management. He was also honored with the U.S. Department of Energy Exceptional Service Medal, and Distinguished Public Service Award from the state of New Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: Element Power Systems, Inc.
Location: Brentwood, CA, United States
A dedicated and passionate professional, Brian Allison made the decision to take his knowledge of solar and clean energy and create an energy company that would provide clients with unique eco-friendly services. Mr. Allison founded Element Power Systems, Inc. 12 years ago and has watched it gain a stellar reputation for its energy and installation services.
Mr. Allison is an expert in solar panel installations and has been in the solar industry for the past 10 years. He has installed hundreds of residential and commercial solar energy systems in the greater California Bay Area. As the president and the CEO of his company, Mr. Allison is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company, including sales, marketing and customer service, designing the correct solar energy systems to meet his clients’ needs, and working either with clients directly or as a subcontractor for larger projects. He also educates clients and assists them in filing the necessary paperwork for receiving the rebates or incentives that they qualify for. Read the rest of this entry »
Company: G Energy Management Consultants LTD
Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Mrs. Kingswood is a self-driven professional with over four years of experience in her field. For the last year, she has owned and operated G Energy Management Consultants LTD, an energy consulting company for small and medium-sized businesses. She has set up her company to manage clients’ gas and electric contracts, ensure them the best rates, and generate substantial savings. Utilizing her expertise in contracts, she negotiates best market rates for her clients and offers a follow-up management service which includes transfer of supply, managing billing and pricing issues, hands in letter of termination, renewals, group contracts and does a full analysis to ensure clients are on the appropriate meter for their business consumption. Read the rest of this entry »