H.E. Diego Mesa Puyo

Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

Minister of Mines and Energy

Diego Mesa Puyo is the Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia. The Minister is a Globally-minded energy and extractive industries leader with over 15 years of experience in management and advisory roles in government, multilateral, and the private sector. As Deputy Energy Minister of Colombia between 2018 and 2020, he co-led the design and implementation of the country's energy transformation policy, including increasing the share of variable renewable energy from 1% to 12% of the power generation matrix. Before joining the Colombian government, he spent six years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading technical assistance missions to advise African, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries on fiscal issues for extractive industries. Before the IMF, he spent four years as a Manager and Senior Economist in the Consulting and Deals Practice of PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) in Canada. The Minister holds an M.A. in Economics from McGill University and has been a CFA®️ chart holder since 2012.

Sessions With H.E. Diego Mesa Puyo

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:10pm - 03:50pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:10 pm - 09/mar/2022 09:50 pm

    Ministerial Dialogue: Energy Access, Energy Transformation – Latin American Strategies

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory

    The pandemic has brought great challenges within the developing world—Latin America as a region has been hit hardest in terms of increased inequality and slower economic recovery. Now more than ever, energy transition toward renewables represents a powerful engine to combat poverty, create jobs, and contribute to climate action. Nonetheless, governments in the region confront the dual challenge of meeting near-term industrial and residential energy demands while also creating incentives to achieve net-zero pledges. As the region moves to mobilize investment and finance to expand energy access, how can it also tap into the wave of global innovation that will bring about the energy technologies of the future? How can the region achieve its potential as a future global energy renewable hub and diversify away from hydrocarbons?