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Gabriel AZEVEDO

Gabriel Azevedo

Head of Environment, Social & Governance Division, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Gabriel Azevedo is a civil engineer with an MSc. and a PhD in hydrology and water resources management from Colorado State University.

Gabriel has been involved in infrastructure development and environmental management projects in some 30 countries. He worked at the World Bank as lead water resources engineer for Latin America and later for Europe and Central Asia as well as sustainability sector leader for Brazil.

He was formerly vice president for the Latin America and Caribbean region with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). In 2008 he joined the Odebrecht Organisation where he was sustainability director for Odebrecht Energy, and served as the sustainability director for Odebrecht Engineering and Construction. He is now head of environment, social & governance division at Inter-American Investment Corporation.

Throughout his career, Gabriel has been directly involved with more than 20 large dam projects in various capacities. He has also participated in a number of research and teaching initiatives. He is a member of the International Hydropower Association and of the World Water Council.

He is a member of the International Water Resources Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Brazilian Chapter of the International Committee of Large Dams.  He was president of the Brazilian Water Resources Association and is a board member of the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund. 

Associated sessions

8 May
09:00 - 12:00

Workshop 3: Climate resilience for hydropower projects (8 May, morning)

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group

Many countries are seeking a better understanding of climate change impacts – both positive and negative - and are beginning to build strategies and approaches to incorporate climate resilience into... (Read more)

10 May
16:30 - 18:00

Private sector engagement

Type: Focus session

The private sector plays a critical role in hydropower development, both in providing the necessary technical skills but also as a source of project financing.

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11 May
11:00 - 12:30

Capacity-building and skills shortages

Type: Focus session

Hydropower development and operations requires a variety of expertise. With a greater involvement of new players in the sector, increased expectations for plant reliability and longevity, and added emphasis on international standards, knowledge... (Read more)

11 May
13:00 - 14:00

Productivity and forest restoration

Type: Interval

Hydropower operators are being impacted across tropical basins due to heavy sedimentation and increased climate variability. Recent research by Conservation International shows strong potential for cloud forest restoration to enhance water... (Read more)

11 May
16:30 - 18:00

Commitments for better hydro

Type: Plenary session

The World Hydropower Congress is above all a catalyst for action. In this closing session, the panellists will review the initiatives and commitments that will have been presented during the congress, and share the priorities for action that have... (Read more)