People and Leadership Award: CTR Rio Waste Treatment Center
Climate and Environment Award: Dominica Wind Farm
Infrastructure 360° Award: Atotonilco Wastewater Treatment Plant
Senior VP and Managing Director for Latin America at CH2M Hill
Bringing broad leadership experience and earnest management skills, Manuel Aguirre has gone from owning his own construction company to serving as Managing Director of CH2M’s Latin America region since 2009, holding a broad range of positions within CH2M and other engineering firms along the way. He was honored to be a board member of CH2M from 2010 to 2012. With a background in structural and civil engineering, combined with a graduate degree in business administration, Manuel always brings a unique perspective to his teammates and clients, offering both technical and business solutions to a project. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina for 10 years, and is founder and member of the ARGECON Chamber. Manuel is a registered civil and structural engineer with a master’s degree in business administration from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has participated in several post-graduate programs, including at Harvard University and Instituto de Altos Estudios in Argentina.
Under Secretary for Innovation and Partnerships, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Karla Bertocco is Under Secretary for Innovation and Partnerships for the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Previously, she was General Director of ARTESP – the Transportation Regulatory Agency of São Paulo. Prior to working at ARTESP, she was an Advisor to the President of the public waste and sanitation company SABESP, and State Coordinator for the Department of Sanitation and Energy of the State of São Paulo. Between 2008 and 2010 she was Director of Institutional Relations for ARSESP, the Regulatory Agency for Sanitation and Energy of the State of São Paulo. Karla received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas and a bachelor’s in law from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, with post-graduate work in Administrative Law and Regulation from the School of Law of Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Environment Correspondent at Financial Times
Pilita Clark was appointed Environment Correspondent in May 2011, having previously been the Aerospace Correspondent and Deputy News Editor on the main news desk at the Financial Times, and then Deputy Editor of the FT Magazine. In her current role, Ms. Clark covers all environmental issues, from climate change to wildlife and renewable energy, but has a particular focus on the impact of low carbon policies on businesses and investors. Before joining the FT in 2003 as a Commissioning Editor on the FT Magazine, Ms. Clark was a Senior Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she was a Political Reporter in Washington DC and Canberra. She was also Managing Editor of The Eye news magazine in Sydney, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Global Head of Infrastructure at S&P Ratings
Susan Gray is Global Head of Infrastructure for S&P Ratings. Previously she was Head of Sponsor Coverage for Macquarie’s infrastructure advisory business in North and Latin America and also led Macquarie’s North American airports advisory activities. She brings deep experience advising infrastructure investors and corporate and government clients on infrastructure transactions in North America, Asia, and Australia. Gray’s extensive transaction experience spans the roads, airports, rail, PPP, and utilities sectors. Gray also served as a senior adviser in the Australian federal government on economic, industry, and trade issues.
Vice President of Sustainable Development at Stantec
Marty Janowitz is Vice President of Sustainable Development at Stantec, a global multi-discipline design, engineering and environmental planning ﬁrm. He has more than 25 years of experience consulting nationally and internationally in environmental and sustainability policy, social responsibility, strategic planning, community futures and stakeholder education and engagement. Janowitz leads Stantec’s initiatives to develop a progressive, integrated sustainability consulting practice, drawing on all the ﬁrm’s professional services and capabilities. He has a long background in organizational and business management, having held CEO or bottom-line responsibility for business units in a number of organizations, including vice president of Jacques Whitford Ltd., executive director of The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation—Atlantic Canada’s largest environmental education organization— and president of both the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Genuine Progress Indicators Atlantic. He is involved in diverse initiatives locally and internationally focused on a sustainable future. Since 2010, Janowitz serves on the Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Zofnass Program at Harvard GSD and as Chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Resource Management Technical Sub-Committee. He holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University.
Regional Director at C40 Latin American Cities Climate Change Leadership Group
Manuel Olivera has served since 2012 as the Regional Director at C40 Latin American Cities Climate Change Leadership Group, after having served five years as the City Director in Bogota. In this position Manuel has supported several projects aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions including methane capture at landfills; traffic light LED retrofitting; diesel fuel quality improvement; and the implementation of the Hybrid Electric Bus Test Programme in Latin America. As Regional Director he supports 11 large cities in their priorities on climate change. Manuel has more than 30 years of professional experience at both national and international levels leading multidisciplinary groups, assessing high level decision making, and ensuring programmatic success across several environmental fields. Manuel has worked as a consultant for the Inte-American Development Bank, the World Bank, United Nations Development Project, World Wildlife Foundation, private companies, as well as Latin American governments. Manuel has a Master’s degree in Resource Assessment for Development Planning from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and pursued doctoral studies in Development Socioeconomics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.
Lead Designer and Principal at Rafael Viñoly Architects
Born in Uruguay, Rafael Viñoly has lived in New York since 1978 from where he oversees an international practice that has developed more than 400 designs for projects in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Viñoly’s work is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends the passing fads of architectural movements, and he is consistently driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to generate the most elegant solution within the economy of each project. Among his most notable and critically acclaimed buildings are the Tokyo International Forum; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Farm Campus in Ashburn, Virginia; Carrasco International Airport, in Montevideo, Uruguay; New York University Abu Dhabi Campus; 20 Fenchurch Street in London; and 432 Park Avenue in New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Academy, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Japan Institute of Architects, and the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos in Argentina.
Senior Vice President at Jamaican Ports Authority
Mrs. Williamson is responsible for managing and maintaining Jamaica’s Port Authority diverse commercial investments, including the Port Authority Free Zones, the Kingston & Montego Bay Free Zones and the Jamaica International Free Zone. Her professional experience includes working as Senior Accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick and as Manager of Finance & Accounts at the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica Limited. She joined the Port Authority in 1995 as Vice President of Finance & Accounting where she served in that capacity until April 2006, when she was appointed Senior Vice President for Finance & Information Services. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and also serves on the Boards of Jamaica International Free Zone Ltd; Ports Management & Security Ltd; Boundbrook Wharves Development Ltd and Port Authority Management Services Ltd. Williamson obtained a Master of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies in 1979 and 1978, respectively. She was designated FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) in 1993. In 2003 she successfully pursued an Executive MBA from Florida International University.
Milestones & Deadlines
Final deadline for submission for the 2016 Awards: June 5, 2015
Selection of 12 Finalists by the Harvard Zofnass Program: July 2015
Press Release 2016 Finalists: September 3, 2015
Selection of 2016 Winners: January 2016
Ceremony & Announcement of 2016 Winners: IDB Annual Meeting, 7-10 April, 2016, Nassau, Bahamas