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   Ellis J. Juan - General Coordinator

In 2012, Ellis J. Juan assumed the role of General Coordinator of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI). This initiative assists emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean in confronting the challenges associated with rapid urban growth and improving their environmental, urban and fiscal sustainability. With already 40 cities included, the Initiative has mobilized over US$ 350 million in resources to support greater urban sustainability in the region.

Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Juan served as the IDB Country Representative in Mexico, where he oversaw the Bank’s operations in the public, private and sub-national sectors, in addition to new business development in Mexico. He has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure financing through various positions at the World Bank, Santander Bank and the IDB. In addition, he has extensive management experience in Latin America, having worked in Venezuela´s private sector in both the industrial and financial sectors for nearly 20 years. From 1989-1991 he served as Vice-minister of Privatization during the Economic Reform Program carried out under President Carlos Andres Perez, successfully privatizing several key state-owned enterprises.

Ellis J. Juan obtained an MBA from Columbia University, New York and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. Born in Venezuela, Mr. Juan is a permanent resident of the United States.

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   Horacio Terraza - Sector Coordinator Infrastructure and Environment (INE)

Horacio Terraza is the Infrastructure and Environment Sector Coordinator of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is also a Lead Specialist in the Water and Sanitation Division. Trained as an engineer, he has 20 years of professional experience in the urban-environmental field, having worked both in the private sector and multilateral development organizations.

Horacio worked for 11 years as a Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, leading the urban environmental agenda and coordinating operations related to carbon financing in the Latin American Department. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector as a Project Manager for environmental engineering companies providing treatment and final disposal of hazardous substances. Horacio has extensive experience in complex projects related to urban and industrial pollution, implementing many of these within the framework of the principal international environmental protocols including: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Horacio was trained as a mechanical engineer at the National University of La Plata in Argentina and holds a Master’s in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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   Gilberto Chona - Coordinador Sectorial Instituciones para el Desarrollo (IFD)

Gilberto Chona es el Coordinador Sectorial de la Iniciativa de Ciudades Emergentes y Sostenibles por parte de la Gerencia de Instituciones para el Desarrollo del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

Fue Especialista Líder en Política Fiscal y Economía Urbana, y anteriormente se desempeñó como Especialista Senior de Operaciones en la División de Países 3 del Departamento Regional de Operaciones II, responsable de México, el Istmo Centroamericano, Haití y la República Dominicana. El Sr. Chona de nacionalidad venezolana, obtuvo una Maestría en Planificación Urbana, con especialización en Desarrollo Económico y Evaluación Económica y Financiera de Proyectos en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) en 1991. Es graduado en Planificación Urbana y Regional (Urbanista) en la Universidad Simón Bolívar (1985). También ha realizado cursos de especialización en el Banco Mundial (1995-96) y la Universidad de Harvard (2001). El Sr. Chona Ingresó al Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo en 1991, después de siete años como Economista Junior y Analista de Política Económica en la Oficina de Planificación y Coordinación Económica de la Presidencia de Venezuela (CORDIPLAN). Antes de ocupar su actual posición, ocupó las posiciones de Consultor en la Evaluación de Programas Sociales y Desarrollo Rural Integrado, Oficial de Programación para Costa Rica y Honduras, Economista Junior de País para México, Economista de País para Panamá, Economista Senior de País/Coordinador de Operaciones para Panamá, Especialista Senior de Programación y Seguimiento de las operaciones del Departamento Regional de Operaciones II y Coordinador Senior/Economista Senior de País para la República Dominicana

   Carolina Barco Isakson - Senior Advisor

Carolina Barco joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2012 as Coordinator of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Platform. Prior to her role at the IDB, she was appointed Minister of Exterior Relations in Colombia during President Alvaro Uribe’s Administration from 2002 – 2006, and subsequently appointed Colombian Ambassador in Washington DC, a position she held until 2009.

Carolina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. During her time at Wellesley, she also completed a one-year study exchange at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. In addition, Carolina holds a Master’s in City Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Master’s in Business form the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Carolina speaks Spanish, English and French.

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