Official Opening Intersolar South America Conference

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Expo Center Norte
Cantareira 3-5 (2nd floor)

Official conference opening, featuring distinguished authorities and professionals from the electric and solar photovoltaic sectors.

11:00 am - 11:05 amWelcome & Introduction

Camila Ramos


CELA - Clean Energy Latin America

11:05 am - 11:15 amWelcome & Introduction

Dr. Florian Wessendorf

Managing Director

Solar Promotion International GmbH

11:15 am - 11:25 amOpportunities and Challenges for Solar PV in Brazil

Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia



11:25 am - 11:35 amPerspectives and Scenarios for PV Energy in Brazil

Ronaldo Koloszuk

President of the Board

ABSOLAR - Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica

11:35 am - 11:45 amWelcome & Introduction

Celso L. P. Mendes


Aranda Editora

11:45 am - 11:50 amWelcoming Address

Video Message

Máté Heisz

Chair of the Board

Global Solar Council

11:50 am - 12:30 pmfurther speakers to be announced soon



Máté Heisz, Global Solar Council

Chair of the Board

United States of America

As Director of Global Affairs at SolarPower Europe, Máté Heisz leads oversees the association's work on emerging and overseas markets, international trade and supply chains, quality, innovation and funded projects. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Global Solar Council and member of the Steering Committee of the IRENA Coalition for Action. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Máté worked at the German international cooperation GIZ. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin and a Master's degree in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest. He speaks English, German, French and Hungarian.


Camila Ramos, CELA - Clean Energy Latin America



Camila Ramos has 20 years of experience in the Latin American renewable energy sector. She is founder and CEO of CELA Clean Energy Latin America, supporting clients in developing investment projects in renewable energy (solar, green hydrogen, wind and energy storage) in Latin America including: fundraising, project finance, market intelligence, policy and legal framework analysis and M&A. Camila is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of Investments and Green Hydrogen at the ABSOLAR (Brazilian PV Association) and member of the Board of FIESP (Coinfra - Federation of Industry of the State of São Paulo). She has a BSc. and MSc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prior to founding CELA, Camila served as Brazil Country Manager and Head of Latin America Research and Analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), responsible for the company's operations and team in the Latin America and Caribbean region. She also served as Marketing and Communications Manager for ERB - Energias Renovaveis do Brasil, a Brazilian renewable energy company that substitutes fossil fuel for renewable energy at large industrial clients, as Research Coordinator for Infinity-Bio Energy, a Brazil-based bioenergy company and as Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Ronaldo Koloszuk, ABSOLAR - Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica

President of the Board


Ronaldo Koloszuk is President of ABSOLAR (Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association), 2nd Secretary Director of FIESP (Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo) and Commercial Director of Solar Group.


Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Solar Promotion International GmbH

Managing Director


Dr. Florian Wessendorf is Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH and Solar Promotion International GmbH. He is responsible for the global conference program and exhibitions in North America, South America and India. He has deep expertise in the solar industry, and formerly served as Managing Director of Photovoltaic Equipment at VDMA, where he was responsible for strategic development, market research and technology scouting, advocacy and policy advice, events, PR and marketing.


Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia, ABSOLAR



Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia is co-founder and CEO of ABSOLAR (Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association), the national association representing Brazilian solar PV companies and professionals. He is co-founder and a governing board member of the GSC (Global Solar Council), a non-profit body representing regional and national solar associations on international issues. Rodrigo holds a PhD in Materials Engineering and Technology from PUC-RS (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul), a Master's degree in Renewable Energies from Loughborough University (UK), a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from USP (São Paulo University), and has collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Germany) and with ETH Zürich (Switzerland).


Celso L. P. Mendes, Aranda Editora



Senior Advisor for the Intersolar South America Conference, Aranda Editora and Aranda Eventos. Executive in the electrical industry for 30+ years, was Managing Director of Klockner Moeller (currently Eaton), of Flender Brasil (currently Siemens), and Siemens General Manager for Industrial Power Switchgear. Former Board Member of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Industry and Commerce, São Paulo. Life Senior Member of IEEE and Senior Member of VDE - German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology.

Further Content

Wes Stein, Chief Research Scientist for Solar Technologies at CSIRO

CSP – How Concentrated Solar Power Works

The smarter E Podcast Episode 150 | Language: English

September 14, 2023

With CSP we can achieve high temperatures of 150 - 1500 Celsius to drive power cycles or industrial processes such as cement production or green hydrogen. But how far along is CSP technology? Wes Stein will give us the answer to this and other questions.

Dr. Hamed Beheshti and Ahmad Sandid

How Solar PV Is Helping to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

The smarter E Podcast Episode 149 | Language: English

September 7, 2023

Africa has a huge untapped solar potential. The integrated solar water desalination project at Lodwar Hospital in Kenya is a flagship project that contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals.

Press Release

Record Numbers at The smarter E South America 2023

Septemer 6, 2023

More than 530 exhibitors at The smarter E South America 2023 – LATAM’s Innovation Hub for the New Energy World

Webinar Collection

Opportunities for Green Hydrogen in Brazil

April 06, 2023

The international green hydrogen market is on the rise. Due to Brazil’s geographic and climate characteristics, it has a huge potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of green hydrogen in the World.

Press Release

Ceará moves forward towards a statewide policy for green hydrogen and its derivatives

April 17, 2023

Moving forward in its bid to produce green hydrogen, Ceará is about to take an important step towards a more responsible and sustainable national economy with a proposal to be presented to the State Government later this week.

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