Full name:González-García, Andrés
Mr. Andres Gonzalez Garcia is a researcher at the IIT-MIT Universal Access Lab, joint initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) of Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid (Spain) working on electrification planning, regulatory research and field projects. He is specialized in the area of economics, regualtion and technologies for development and energy poverty, focused on comprehensive off-grid and grid electrification planning. He actively participated in projects focused on technologies for energy access and energy planning in Kenya, Peru, Rwanda and India. His has been president of the Spanish Federation of Fair Trade, co-founder and board member of several social enterprises and Third Sector organizations as Engineers Without Borders Association, Solidarte Inc., Forum for Solidarity, and member of the advisory committee of Energy Without Borders Foundation. Electronic Engineer, he holds three Masters degrees in International Cooperation, Executive MBA and MSc. in Energy and Power Systems in Spain, and a postgraduate executive program in Driving Government Performance by IESE and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Comillas P. University – Institute for Research in Technology (IIT-Comillas) brings to the course more than 30 years of expertise in energy and electricity sectors, specially generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power, national electricity plans, optimization of transmission and distribution networks, decision support models and power-economics regulation in a wide range of countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Comillas launched the Comillas University MIT Electricity Systems Program (COMITES) for enabling a clean, reliable and affordable electricity supply. The joint COMITES projects at the MIT-IIT Universal Access Lab range for the development of innovative planning approaches and computer models to the innovation in the design of village microgrids in India, Africa and Latin America mainly. http://www.iit.comillas.edu/comites ; http://universalaccess.mit.edu
The mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to advance knowledge and bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITei) is a hub for energy research, education, and outreach to develop technologies and solutions that will deliver clean, affordable, and plentiful sources of energy to meet global needs and mitigate climate change. MITei encompasses almost one third of all faculty of MIT. The MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design supports high-impact research and entrepreneurship to improve quality of life and promote a sustainable future in India and the developing world. http://energy.mit.edu/