Colombia launches fourth chapter of World Energy Academy

Posted on 19 August 2016

DSC_0259Almost 70 energy professionals were introduced to the World Energy Council as Colombia launched its fourth chapter of the World Energy Academy on 3 August.


Cristina Morales, Regional Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Energy Council, opened the launch with a presentation about the Council and the academy training programme. This was followed by a presentation of innovation in the energy sector by Ruben Dario Cruz of CIDET and ended with a presentation on smart cities by Daniel Diaz of the World Energy Council Colombian member committee.

Cristina Morales, said: “It is great to see the enthusiasm, especially of the younger students who are taking the course, and we are sure the course will widen their perspectives on key issues dominating the energy agenda and future developments.”

The World Energy Council developed the World Energy Academy to inform and educate the energy community. The course helps energy leaders and practitioners keep ahead in an increasingly complicated energy sector, and to be better prepared to meet the challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in the sector.

Approximately 400 leaders have graduated since the first chapter was launched in March 2015.

The academy has been carefully designed with the Council’s National Member Committees so that they are at the very heart of the programme, to improve the understanding of the global energy system and to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy at a national and regional level.

In parallel to that event, the Colombian member committee held an “Energy Prospects” seminar with the support of the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramang.  The event was an opportune occasion to present the series of Perspective Studies by the World Energy Council and other papers by organisations in Colombia to an audience of almost 200 participants.

Key speakers included Jairo Leon Garcia, Technical Secretary – World Energy Council Colombia; Carlos Garcia, Deputy Director UPME; Nelson Capera, Colombian Committee of the CIER, and a team of energy experts from universities in the region, who presented their contributions in advancing Colombia’s energy development.