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Executive Technical Director, Itaipu Binacional

Mauro José Corbellini is an electrical engineer with more than 50 years of experience in the field. He worked both in the implementation of the telecommunications infrastructure and on the projects of several large hydro plants in the state of Paraná, as well as being one of the pioneers in the studies for the interconnection of the Brazilian electrical system, after having specialised in load flow studies in the United States.

He has also worked at the World Bank, developing projects in all regions of Brazil, and with the Organization of American States, in a watershed preservation project. He contributed to the implantation of vehicle assemblers in Paraná and in other states of the country. He has been Executive Technical Director of Itaipu since the beginning of 2018.

Renewables working together: side event at COP19

As a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), we will be joining partners from solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal membership associations to host a side event during the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland.

The side-event, titled 'renewables working together', will examine the potential for integrated renewable energy systems, and explore how a 100-per-cent renewable energy future can be achieved. 

New IHA president and vice presidents elected

The newly-elected IHA Board gathered in London last week for its first meeting.

During the three days of meetings, the Board elected Ken Adams (Manitoba Hydro) as new IHA president, as well as the following vice presidents: Colin Clark (Brookfield Asset Management), Roy Adair (Sustainable Energy Services), Lin Chuxue (China Three Gorges Corporation), Gil Maranhão Neto (GDF Suez Energy Brasil), Roland Muench (Voith Hydro), and Karin Seelos (Statkraft).

New horizons

Even when countries have a wealth of untapped hydropower potential available, why can it still remain a challenge to entice financial investors to become involved? Suzanne Pritchard investigates recent developments in Pakistan and the work of the IHA working group looking at finance and risks.

IHA President

Roger Gill has over 40 years of experience in the renewable energy sector with a particular focus on hydropower. He has a civil engineering background and has undertaken business studies at Harvard Business School. He has been a long standing Board member and Vice President of IHA. 

He is a Non-Executive Director of Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy development company owned by State Power Investment Corporation of China (SPIC), and with his other Directorships has a decade of corporate governance experience. He is also principal consultant in his Hydro Focus international consulting business, specialising in providing advice on sustainable development and the operation of renewable energy businesses. 

Roger has a global interest in fostering the development of renewable energy having worked in South America, Australia, Central and South East Asia and Africa.


Moises Machava 2017

Executive director, Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa

Moisés Machava is an executive director of Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), based in Mozambique. He is in charge of the technical field, covering hydropower generation and other support services areas. Mr Machava has worked at HCB since 1995, and was previously the engineering and maintenance department manager.

A qualified electrical engineer, Mr Machava has 22 years of experience working in the hydropower sector as an executive member of the HCB Board. He spent his early career lecturing on power generation at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, before joining HCB in 1995. Since then, he has been involved in the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of hydropower generation and transmission facilities at the 2,075 MW Cahora Bassa project, progressing to increasing levels of responsibility before being appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Mr Machava joins the IHA Board with the aim of promoting the development of hydropower potential in a multifaceted approach, covering social, sustainability and economic aspects. He is also committed to the development of capacity, skills and new technologies. He brings with him a full understanding of the hydropower sector in Africa, and the constraints faced by countries such as Mozambique, including the challenges around securing funding for multidimensional projects. 


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