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Guy BONVIN

Guy BONVIN

Head of Infrastructure Financing Division, Department of Economic Cooperation and Development, Swiss Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO)

Dr Guy Bonvin has been head of the Infrastructure Financing Division of the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) Department of Economic Cooperation and Development in Bern for the past six years.

In this position, he holds operational and strategic responsibilities for the Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development’s infrastructure financing programme in the areas of energy, water and sanitation, urban development and mobility.

The Infrastructure Financing Division’s focus is on efficient urban infrastructure, energy management in cities, sustainable infrastructure financing and environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Dr Bonvin holds a PhD in electro-chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), which he gained in 1992. He draws on more than two decades of professional experience in sustainable development and management of water and energy resources. This includes four years in the hydropower industry. His tasks have included operational management of international business, infrastructure financing, strategy and policy-making.

With experience in the industrial, diplomatic and humanitarian fields, Dr Bonvin has built up a broad vision of stakeholders and their economic and strategic agendas for these key resources for sustainable economic development, for which supporting international sustainability standards plays an important role. During his assignments, he has covered countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Caucasus, North and South Africa, and in Peru.

Associated sessions

8 May
13:30 - 16:30

Workshop 4: Strategies to foster sustainable operation and maintenance (8 May, afternoon)

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group, SECO

A lack of dedicated resources, proper training and institutional capacity can result in hydropower generating stations being poorly maintained and operated particularly in developing countries.  Poor operations and maintenance (O&M) of... (Read more)

10 May
14:30 - 16:00

The future of project sustainability assessment

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: SECO

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (“the Protocol”) was launched at the World Hydropower Congress in 2011, and has since been applied in every continent of the world.  

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