Tuesday 26 June
Meliá Caribe Tropical, Punta Cana
GRV Global’s Resilient Infrastructure Forum (RIF2018) convenes expert discussion panels to showcase priority areas of private and public sector investments for resilient infrastructure in the region - a fundamental building block for Latin America, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to meet its sustainable development goals. Harnessing the private sector and mobilizing public-private partnerships is key to unlocking delivery in the urbanisation process through development of resilient roads and transport systems, renewable energy, water and waste systems, telecommunications, sustainable land and coastal management. The Forum and panel discussions draw on practical experiences, pioneering and innovative approaches and will strengthen dialogue and stimulate partnerships in order to forge action at scale. Most importantly, RIF will provide real-time opportunity for direct face-time and networking between public and private sector enterprises to discuss potential areas of engagement. Networking opportunities will continue through selected exhibition stands highlighting tested innovation, an ‘icebreaker’ Reception and Cultural Dinner.
17:00 - 19:00
Pre-Registration & Setup - Isabella Ballroom Lobby
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required). Sponsors are also asked to setup their exhibition booths, and meet with moderators/panellists ahead of the coming plenary sessions.
19:00 - 21:00
Evening Networking Reception - Sponsored by CEPM
An 'ice-breaker' Evening Reception at the Avenue Bar, Sponsored by CEPM (Punta Cana - Macao Energy Consortium). Event participants may meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of canapes and refreshments.
Wednesday 27 June
Meliá Caribe Tropical, Isabella Ballroom
8:00 - 8:45
Networking Registration
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required).
8:45 - 9:15
Opening Ceremony
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Former World Bank Director & Senior Regional Advisor, and Non-Exec Advisory Board Member of GRV Global & CONFERENCE CHAIR
Keynote Address
Lucio Monari, Director Energy & Extractive Global Practice of The World Bank Group
Keynote Address
Miguel Coronado, Country Representative - Dominican Republic of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
9:15 - 10:30
Session 1: Financing & Insuring Resilient Infrastructure - Strategies in the High-Risk Landscape
The aim in achieving resilience is to incentivise investment in infrastructure that is durable to the proposed disaster and climate related risks. The focus here is to identify and leverage potential funding sources for public and private developers, in order to bolster resilient infrastructure projects on local, national and international scales. Financial tools are needed to balance the benefits of resilience, the revenue produced, and costs to undergo projects. The insurance sector plays a leading role in understanding the risks, addressing nuanced risk-prevention or risk-transfer strategies and means of financing them.
  • What strategies can be negotiated on public/private cost-bearing, for development, ownership, operation, maintenance and reconstruction of infrastructure?
  • What financial tools can offset the vulnerabilities of increased capital concentration in urban centres?
  • Which regions and sectors are most attractive to investors, given the high-risk landscape?
  • What priority is given to funding for sustainable infrastructure projects?
9:15 - 9:25 
Panel Chair: Saurabh Dani, Sr. Disaster Risk management Specialist of The World Bank Group
Antonio Henrique Pinheiro Silveira, Corporate Vice President, Infrastructure of CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
Timba Engelhardt, Associate Director Investment Banking of CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank
Zachary Harding, CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
Juan Pablo Regidor, Vice President of Swiss Re
Peter Jakszentis, Facultative Director of Munich Re
René Pérez, Head of Regional Office for the Caribbean of European Investment Bank (EIB)
10:15 - 10:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15
Session 2: Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development for Long Term Climatic Resilience
In contributing to global climate change, renewable energy sources are a crucial factor for long-term resilience. Latin America is a global leader in sustainable energy, with over 50% of its power derived from renewables, most significantly hydropower and biomass plants, with solar, geothermal and wind power generation steadily increasing. However, the challenge posed to power producers is to incorporate resilience and robustness into the construction and operation of their systems and applying these strategies to the reconstruction plans for urban, rural and island territories. This is where long and short terms risks must be closely analysed and incorporated into investment strategies.
  • To what extent do recent cost reductions in renewable technologies compete with conventional power generation?
  • What off-grid solutions and potential energy storage systems can increase resilience to disasters?
  • Who are the key investors to approach for resilient, sustainable energy solutions?
11:00 - 11:10 
Panel Chair: Lucio Monari, Director Energy & Extractive Global Practice of The World Bank Group
Dr. Devon Gardner, Head, CARICOM Energy Unit of CARICOM Secretariat
Bobby Lloyd, President of Lloyd Electric
Jeane Nikolai, Director of Energy of Bermuda Government; Department of Energy
Owen Lewis, Board Member of Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL)
Gail Mosey , Project Lead|Senior Research of U.S. Department of Energy; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
12:00 - 12:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:15 - 13:30
Session 3: Utilities: Water, Power & Infrastructure Interdependencies
Disaster incidents bare the complexities of interdependent utilities and critical infrastructure. Failing water and sanitation systems can be a hazard multiplier (short and long-term) as seen in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, thus constitute a priority in terms of resilient development. Strengthening the robustness of utilities is important to address the nexus between them – including power, communications, health systems, and transport.
  • What is the role of the private sector in utility reinforcement?
  • What are the major interdependencies and how do we incorporate these in urban planning strategies?
  • What private sector expertise can be utilised in utility management to avoid damage multipliers in critical  infrastructure?
  • What is a reasonable framework for ongoing sustainable water use management in light of proposed risks?
12:15 - 12:25 
Panel Chair: Cletus Bertin, Executive Director  of Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC)
Don Forsyth, Senior Director Engineering Planning and Energy Delivery of FortisTCI Limited
Jervan Swanston, General Manager of Nevis Electricity Company Limited
Clement Williams, Transmission & Distribution Manager of St. Kitts Electricity Company
Oscar San Martin, Commercial Director of CEPM (Punta Cana-Macao Energy Consortium)
13:15 - 13:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 18:00
Session 4: 1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings - Cementing the Dialogue; Public-Private Sector Collaborations
This session offers opportunities for interactions between public and private sector stakeholders. To ensure maximum benefit is gained from RIF2018, profiles of all attending Officials, outlining their role and responsibilities, are shared with delegates prior to the Forum. Delegates may then login to GRV Global’s secure scheduling system, and make an informed choice of whom they wish to meet, at which meeting tables. Public and private sector participants receive an individually tailored schedule of matchmaking meetings based on said choices (each meeting lasting 15 minutes). Meeting areas are kept restricted, free from distraction, to allow for focused discussions with no pre-planned content for conversations.
19:30 - 22:00
Cultural Networking Dinner on the Beach
Enjoy the Caribbean sea breeze at our informal Cultural Dinner, welcoming the Official Delegation and all Forum participants; enjoying local food, refreshments and entertainment. An ideal opportunity for further networking, to discuss the day's talking points, and to further relations established during the afternoon's 1-2-1 matchmaking meeting session.
Thursday 28 June
Meliá Caribe Tropical, Isabella Ballroom
8:30 - 9:00
Networking Registration
If not already done so, event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required).
9:00 - 9:30
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Former World Bank Director & Senior Regional Advisor, and Non-Exec Advisory Board Member of GRV Global & CONFERENCE CHAIR
Keynote Address
Saurabh Dani, Sr. Disaster Risk management Specialist of The World Bank Group
Video Message
Zachary Harding, CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
9:30 - 10:30
Session 5: Resilient Cities - A Dialogue about Local Needs
Facilitated by the IDB, this session brings together city leaders from across Latin America to discuss the ability of cities to withstand and recover from adversity. In light of the challenges and following the commitment to the SDGs and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, the resiliency of cities has emerged as a goal around the world. What are the actual experiences and needs from people and their subnational governments in the region? Panellists will share concrete experiences and needs, and they discuss the shared (and dissimilar) challenges and opportunities. For representatives of national governments, the session will be an opportunity to reflect upon policies and tools to strengthen resiliency at the national and local level. For representatives of the private sector, the issue presented will represent opportunities to further discuss potential of joint work.
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities that you face as a decision-maker?
  • How would you characterize the population; are they able to bounce back from natural disasters? Are there incentives for them to keep strengthening their social capital after a disaster occurs?
  • A key element of the resiliency process is to learn from past emergencies. Can you elaborate on one lesson from a previous emergency?
  • Are there specific ways that regional and global partners could help address these challenges?
  • The Essential role of cloud computing in cyber resilience and digital continuity
9:30 - 9:40 
Panel Chair: Ophelie Chevalier, Head of Climate & Resiliency of Housing & Urban Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Sara Alexandra Flores Mafud, Trustee Attorney & Treasurer of Municipality of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; Mexico
Eng. Ingrid Alfaro, Technician - Environmental Unit of Subdirectorate for Planning and Research, Planning Office of the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador (OPAMSS)
María Isabel Serrano, Chief Resillient Officer of 100 Resilient Cities & Ayuntamiento de Santiago
Adriana Berdia, Manager - Habitat Maintenance & Management Program of MEVIR
Agustin Elias Casanova Cedeño, Mayor of Municipal of Portoviejo
10:20 - 10:30
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00
Session 6: Thinking Ahead: Transport Infrastructure Resilience, from a Construction to Logistics Perspective
Transport systems are the foundations for either resilient and sustainable habitatsa, or a major contributor to natural disaster vulnerability and global CO2 levels. Due to the high investment needed for development, disruptions in transport infrastructure typically cause some of the costliest reconstruction. In the cases of failed transport infrastructure, alternative assistance is sought from logistics providers to adapt in post disaster zones.  However, robust transport hubs (airports and ports) and links (road and railways) are essential for logistics providers to operate efficient aid response as well as to facilitate reconstruction and/or ongoing development. In order to offset future costs, transport developers and logistics providers can collaborate to understand the risks that hazards pose to transport operation, and to promote resilient and sustainable solutions to transport development. This points to the demand for construction codes, engineering capacities to assess building sites and building materials and collaboration with energy experts to reduce the costly dependence on fossil fuels – both economically and environmentally. 
  • To what extent can logistics operators offset the risks associated with existing infrastructure?
  • Who bears the responsibility for ongoing infrastructure maintenance and regulation?
  • What specific measures can we use in the re/construction process to achieve green transport development? E.g. recycling of damaged building materials, switching to electric transport systems. 
11:00 - 11:10 
Panel Chair: Lucas Hofstra, Government, Humanitarian & Peacekeeping Key Account Manager of Volga-Dnepr Group
Alex Booth, International Business Development & Special Projects of C Logistics Solutions
Cesar Castillo, Chief - Department of Mobility and Logistics of Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)
Rafael Berigüete, Board of Directors of Brightline Institute, Inc.
11:50 - 12:00
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:00 - 13:15
Session 7: Bolstering Critical Infrastructure through Information & Communication Technologies
The goal of resilient critical infrastructure is to withstand the consequences of disasters in order to uphold its pre-disaster functions. Connectivity is essential to the emergency response phase, and through its interdependence with other sectors, can have large knock-on effects that inhibit capacities to recover, as seen by the 2010 Chilean Earthquake. Telecommunications have some of the highest damages predicted by infrastructure sector in countries including Haiti, El Salvador and Guatemala. There is the opportunity for these and countries across LAC to incorporate resilience into the upgrading and rehabilitation of current ICT infrastructure, by harnessing private sector technologies including cloud-based solutions, forecasting, disaster scenario modelling and mass public notification systems.
  • To what extent can the data revolution pose a solution to the typical physical vulnerability of ICT infrastructure?
  • What technologies can be used to effectively forecast and analyse disaster risks, to inform strategic infrastructure investment and development?
  • How can SatCom networks be used to anticipate and respond to meteorological disasters?
Panel Chair: Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
Shernon Osepa, Regional Affairs for Latin America & the Caribbean Bureau of Internet Society
Stephen Lee, Founding Member of Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG)
David González, Technical Solutions Architect of Cisco
Christopher Rinn, Former Commissioner of New Jersey; Department of Health
Bennette Thomas, Director of Telecommunications & ICT Advisor of Ministry of Information Science Telecommunications & Technology; Government of Dominica
13:00 - 13:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:15 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:45
Session 8: Resilient Solutions in an Urbanising Environment
Four Fifths of Latin America’s populations live in cities, making it one of the most urbanised regions in the world. This means assets and life pools are concentrated over geographically volatile and climate sensitive areas, making them highly vulnerable. Around a quarter of the cities with highest economic risks globally are in Latin America, and the Caribbean holds low lying urban landscapes exposed to extreme environmental events. In order to promote the resilience of urbanising environments, a holistic approach must be made to encompass the relationship between people, the environment and the economic foundations of supply chains, technological and financial systems.
  • What strategies can cities use to ‘build better and build back’ to improve the lives and well-being of urban population?
  • How can we expand workers’ opportunities to contribute towards a hopeful future for their families, property and national wellbeing?
  • To what extent can businesses lead achievements in sustainable development and offset environmental risks of climate change?
14:30 - 14:40 
Panel Chair: María Isabel Serrano, Chief Resillient Officer of 100 Resilient Cities & Ayuntamiento de Santiago
Mark Freedman, Partner of Dalberg Advisors
Dominika Czerwinska, Director, Membership and Regions of World Green Building Council
Evergito Peña Acosta, Finance & Administrative Director of National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL)
Carlos Burgos Rivas, Director General of Public Investment of Ministry of Economy Planning & Development; Dominican Republic
15:30 - 15:45
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
15:45 - 16:00
Closing Ceremony
Prof. Jamal Saghir, Former World Bank Director & Senior Regional Advisor, and Non-Exec Advisory Board Member
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global