Mr. Toro is an expert in the field of energy efficiency in industry, decarbonization and energy policy and has worked for over 19 years in this sector. He has acted on several occasions as Team and Project leader.
He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, an MBA in resources and sustainable energy technologies and a PhD in Energy Economics and Policy especially for Innovations like Hydrogen, Renewables and Energy Efficiency. His PhD was conducted in Germany at Fraunhofer and IREES.
His focus has been the technical-economic and Research and Development Aspects of several technologies and crucial market barriers for different actors and stakeholders that hinder market uptake and up-scaling. Based on this, he and his teams have drafted policy recommendations at different level to foster new technology developments in developing economies.
He has developed excellent leadership skills in his career as well as experience advising GIZ and industries like the pilot projects on Energy Efficiency Networks in Brazil and Mexico. He has developed cooperation partnerships in Germany, the EU, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Sweden, Turkey and Egypt and served as an important interface with public and private stakeholders in the fields of energy, climate and sustainability.
In consultancies, he provided international analysis of the framework conditions for energy efficiency in industry and buildings, advised on market entry activities and conducted negotiations, and was the contact person for decision-makers in ministries, utilities and technology providers in the respective countries.
Mr. Toro is connected to Fraunhofer since he worked in analysis of alternative renewable energy technologies for the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in the past and he has been working in senior positions for two institutions that were created from Fraunhofer activities: The Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies IREES GmbH, where he was among others business unit manager and authorized representative, responsible for the team, budgets and results, and Learning Energy Efficiency Networks LEEN GmbH.
Involved with these institutions, Mr. Toro advises currently a number of projects in the energy sector in Latin America and Europe, for example a World Bank project on energy efficiency and renewable energy in Public Buildings in Colombia, a project in Austria to promote a climate-neutral industry, including hydrogen options, a the GIZ energy efficiency pilot network project in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and advisory on energy efficiency instruments and multiple benefits in the EU under the Horizon 2020 program, and a green mobility project in Peru.
Mr. Toro demonstrates leadership, integrity and professionalism as a team leader and manager. He is multilingual with excellent intercultural and social skills.