Diego has been always interested in the interplay between energy transition and critical minerals, as well as in the use of big data to improve natural resouce exploration. For several years, Diego has been supporting major natural resource firms in their exploration projets in the Americas, Africa and Europe, as well as advising mining investors in Europe and Latin America.
Before founding Genereso, Diego worked for a number of years at Tectonic Analysis Ltd. (UK), running research projects funded by exploration companies active in Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Northern Andes. Diego also worked for IHS-Markit (now a part of S&P Global) as a Regional Researcher for Sub-Saharan Africa, advising major international companies (including all super majors: Shell, Eni, Total) on multimillion-dollar investment opportunities.
He holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Geneva, where he also ran a Post-Doc project focused on understanding future alternative energy sources and possible storage sites for radioactive waste in Switzerland.
Diego is convinced that science, technology and innovation should be instrumental in achieving a better and more sustainable future for the world.
CTO and Co-Founder
Rommel holds a Geologic Engineer degree from Escuela Politécnica Nacional (Ecuador), and a M.Sc. in Geophysics from Saint Louis University (USA). Rommel has been doing Software Development since 1999 and working in the cloud since 2016. His expertise is building web applications with emphasis on security, performance, and ease of use. He is also knowledgeable about Machine Learning and Best Practices in Software Development.
Rommel has also been an instructor for Columbia University and Washington University’s coding bootcamps. On his spare time he enjoys listening and playing rock music on his guitar.
CFO and Co-Founder
Mihai is a finance professional with extensive experience in the energy, metals and automotive industry. Over the past 8 years he has been leading the business controlling and financial reporting function of Puma Energy, an oil and gas distribution company active in emerging markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia, a subsidiary of the energy and metals trader Trafigura. Prior to that he was a finance manager for the European business unit of Alcoa, one of the largest bauxite mining, aluminium processing and manufacturing companies.
He started his career in the corporate controlling team of Continental, a leading producer of electronic components for the automotive industry. Mihai has an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and he is a bachelor of economics from the West University of Timisoara.
Rebeca Illescas Jiménez
Rebeca has an extensive career in the public and private sector. She was Minister of Mining of Ecuador between 2017 and 2018. During her tenure, she focused on the organization of the mining sector, supporting small and large-scale mining. Rebeca has participated in the elaboration and development of public policies for investment and financing in strategic sectors (mining, energy, water resources, hydrocarbons, environment, telecommunications), leading the General Coordination of Financing in the Ministry of Strategic Sectors of Ecuador.
She has participated as a speaker in numerous international events to promote investments in Ecuador. Among other achievements, Rebeca signed the letter of commitment with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Rebeca has also directed several projects for the positioning of development strategies, as well as the articulation of public–private cooperation policies and citizen participation in the extractive sector. She is currently a consultant and advisor in the sustainable management of natural resources to companies and governments in Latin America.
Rebeca currently holds the position of Director of Laboratorio Social y de Innovacion en Mineria at University UTE in Ecuador. In this capacity, she is at the forefront of developing innovative models for managing strategic resources and their interconnectedness with the socio-economic development model of Latin America.
Rebeca has a degree in Law and Social Sciences, with a specialization in Management and Public Policy from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) and a master's degree in Latin American Studies and Cultural Policies from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Ecuador).
Juan Pablo Aracena Rivera
With a journalism career spanning over a decade, Juan Pablo brings a wealth of experience to Genereso. His journey includes significant roles at the Chilean Ministry of Mining and Ministry of National Defense, where he cultivated deep insights into diverse sectors.
As a seasoned professional in media, Juan Pablo's proficiency encompasses newspapers, specialized magazines, and news agencies. His expertise extends across public and private domains, with a focus on areas such as mining, defense, economics, and finance.
Juan Pablo's exceptional ability to gather and analyze information empowers him to shape corporate strategies for institutional positioning and communication. His prowess in generating pivotal content and meticulously tracking investment project progress allows him to orchestrate fruitful engagements with key market players.
Renowned for his fluid communication skills, adaptability, motivation, and unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, Juan Pablo boasts an esteemed track record and a vast network within the public and private mining sector. His strategic roles, institutional relationship management, and advisory positions at the Chilean Ministry of Mining have solidified his influential presence in the industry.
Moreover, Juan Pablo's proficiency extends to identifying significant news content within media landscapes and effectively accessing and preserving information sources.
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