The Minister of Public Works of Chile, Mrs. Jessica López, the Minister of Finance of Chile, Mr. Mario Marcel, and the President of the Infrastructure Policy Council, CPI, Mr. Eduardo Frei, are pleased to invite you to participate in the Public-Private Partnership Encounter: Concessions System by 2050, which will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 08:00 to 14:00 hours at Metropolitan Santiago (formerly CasaPiedra), Av. San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer 5600, Vitacura.


Thursday, November 9th, 8:30 AM, Metropolitan Santiago

Infra Chile 2023 Seminar



Leonardo Daneri

President of COPSA

Civil Engineer from the University of Chile, specializing in public infrastructure, public works concessions, and the construction of roads, tunnels, and all kinds of civil engineering projects. Previously, served as the president of the Public Works Committee and the Concessions Committee, both of the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC). Later, were appointed as the director of the Mutual de Seguridad of CChC, of which they currently also serve as the President.

Jessica López

Minister of Public Works of Chile

Commercial Engineer, specializing in Economics, from the University of Chile. Served as the President of BancoEstado; Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Sanitary Services Companies, and as an alternate Director on the Board of Banco Itaú Corpbanca. With 40 years of experience in executive and senior management positions, is a board member of Comunidad Mujer, a consultant, and an Executive Coach. Also a member of the boards of the Foro Educativo and TIGRA Foundations.

Edwin Lau

Director of Infrastructure at the OECD Public Governance Directorate

Has over 25 years of experience in budgeting and public sector modernization. Leads the Infrastructure and Public Procurement Division of the OECD to analyze how governments can use public spending and investments to achieve maximum value for their money and shape the market supply for a more environmentally and socially sustainable future.
In previous roles, has overseen the OECD's work on digital government, open data, innovation, public sector indicators, human resources, and critical infrastructure. He previously worked at the United States Office of Management and Budget.
Holds a Master's degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies from Sciences Po, Paris.

Alejandro Aravena


Architect, academic at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and visiting professor at Harvard University, winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture worldwide. In 1994, he established his own firm, Alejandro Aravena Arquitectos. In 2001, he founded ELEMENTAL. With ELEMENTAL, he began to focus on buildings and public infrastructure projects with significant social impact, not only in Chile but also in the United States, Mexico, China, and Switzerland.

Francisca Astaburuaga

Architect and Urban Planner, Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities at UDD, and Director of Infrastructure and City at CPI

Experienced Architect and Senior Urban Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in Project Management and Urban Design and Development Strategies, Mixed-use Projects, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Feasibility Studies and Energy Efficiency. Strong consulting professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused in City Design and Social Sciences from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Juan Manuel Sánchez

Director General of Concessions at the Ministry of Public Works

Architect from the Central University of Santiago, Chile, with a Master's degree in Urban Management and City Design from the University of Wales (Domus Academy, Milan), and a diploma in urban projects from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
With extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, between 2014 and 2015, he served as the National Planning Director at the Ministry of Public Works, later assuming the position of Director General of Public Works until 2018. He previously worked in the Urban Reconstruction Coordination at the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism and was the Deputy Director of Ciudad Parque Bicentenario. Between 2001 and 2006, he was the project manager for BIOVÍAS, an Integrated Transport System (FESUB Concepción S.A., EFE). Before returning to the Ministry of Public Works, he worked as the Head of the Division of Planning and Regional Development at the Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago, responsible for the region's policies, plans, programs, and projects, as well as the strategic planning, investments, and regulatory matters in the metropolitan area of the capital of Chile. He also served as the Executive Director of the Cities Corporation

Claudio Castro

Mayor of the Municipality of Renca

Civil Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Politician since 2016, has served as the Mayor of the Renca Commune. He studied Civil Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University.
Between 2008 and 2010, worked as the Social Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Techo Foundation. Later, founded the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Chile. In 2013, he studied Public Policies at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and returned to Chile in 2015 to work at the Ministry of Education.

Catalina Binder

Lawyer, Vice President of CPI

Lawyer specialized in regulated markets, with a focus on high-complexity infrastructure projects. Has extensive experience as a litigator and advisor to national and foreign companies in engineering and construction projects for both public and private infrastructure under various contractual modalities (EPC, EPCM, BOT, BOP, BOOT).
Is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Costanera, the Infrastructure Policy Council, and OTIC CChC. Chaired the Technical Panel for Public Works Concessions, of which she was a member from 2014 to 2020.Also chaired the Innovation Committee of the CIF, of which she was a member from 2011 to 2015.
Holds a Master's degree (LLM) in International Economic Law and European Union Law from the University of Lausanne, with postgraduate studies in Business at Babson University in Boston; in Compliance at the University of Miami Business School; in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) at the Institute for Public-Private Partnership in Washington D.C., and in Contracting at the University of Chile

Nicolás Grau

Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism of Chile

Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Business from the University of Chile. Until February 2022. Was a professor of economics at the University of Chile and an associate researcher at the Center for Conflict and Social Cohesion (COES).

Marcela Angulo

Director of CPI

Civil Engineer, Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Concepción, with over 25 years of experience in sustainability, innovation, and technology transfer.
Director of the Santiago Campus of the University of Concepción and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lota-Arauco Technical Training Center.
Serve as an independent director on the boards of Colbún and Suralis.
Involved in the boards and councils of various organizations, including CPC Biobio, Minnovex, the Infrastructure Policy Council, IncubaUdeC, the Technological Institute for Disaster Resilience (ITREND), the National Center for Health Information Systems (CENS), and the ChileMass Foundation in Chile.
Member of Espacio Público.

Ramiro Mendoza

Former Comptroller General of the Republic

Holds a Bachelor's degree in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of Chile (with unanimous distinction). He served as the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile from April 2007 to April 2015.
In the private sector, has worked in various law firms. Also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Adolfo Ibáñez University.
Has been a professor at various universities in Chile and foreign universities. Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Public Studies, Director of the Chilean Chapter of Transparency International, the ICARE Legal Circle, the Academic Committee of the Master's program offered by the University of Development in Concepción, and the Spanish and Ibero-American Association of Administrative Law Professors and Researchers.
Since January 2022, has been the President of the Chilean Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Chile AG).
In 2018, was appointed by President Piñera as the President of the Advisory Council for the Modernization of the State. He has continued to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on this matter. In July 2023, he was appointed by President Boric as a member of the Ministerial Commission for the Regulation of Relations between Private Non-Profit Institutions (IPSFL) and the State.
He is an arbitrator for the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM) and the Chilean Bar Association A.G. He was appointed as an Arbitration Judge for the Court of Appeals of Santiago (2023-2024).

Valentina Durán

Executive Director SEA

In addition, served as the director of the Environmental Law Center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile. Lawyer from University of Chile and holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Law from the University of Paris.
Worked as a lawyer and environmental advisor for various private and public institutions, and was a member of the National Lithium Commission in 2014. Also served as the director of the Espacio Público Foundation and as a Counselor for Comunidad Mujer

Juan Armando Vicuña

CChC President

Commercial Engineer from the Finis Terrae University. Served as the President of the CChC (Chamber of Construction) of Valparaíso from 2017 to 2018, and has been a member of the Chamber for over 25 years, actively participating in the Real Estate Committee.
In the private sector, has dedicated to promote sustainability in the industry. Is the founder and director of Revaloriza, the first state-of-the-art construction waste recycling plant in Viña del Mar, and the director of EFE Solar, a company specializing in the development and management of renewable energies.

Mario Marcel

Minister of Finance of Chile

Commercial Engineer from the University of Chile and holds an M. Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
In 2015, assumed the position of Council Member of the Central Bank of Chile. In 2016, was appointed President of that institution, a position he held until the end of January 2022.
Has served as the Director of the Good Governance Practice Area at the World Bank, Deputy Director of Governance and Territorial Development at the OECD, and Manager of Institutional Capacity and Finance at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
For 13 years, worked for the Government of Chile in the Ministry of Finance. Between 2000 and 2006, was the Director of Budgets.
Also worked as a researcher at the Corporation of Latin American Studies (Cieplan).
“President of the Central Banking” Year for 2021, according to the specialized English publication, Central Banking.

Carlos Cruz

Executive Director CPI

Commercial Engineer with a major in Economics from the University of Chile. Holds an MBA in Project Management from IESA in Caracas, Venezuela.
Has been the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Policy Council since 2013.
Previously served as the Minister of Public Works, Transportation, and Telecommunications from 2000 to 2002.
Was the General Coordinator of Concessions at the Ministry of Public Works from 1995 to 2000.
Experience in business partnerships, corporate advisory services, strategic communication, and business design.

Luis Puchol

Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources Latam, Goldman Sachs

Managing Director in the Latin America Group for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Co-head of Investment Banking across the Andean Region and head of the Natural Resources business in Latin America.
Was Head of the Energy and Power Group in Latin America. Earlier in his career, was a member of the Natural Resources Group, the Investment Banking teams in Iberia and Madrid and the Advisory Group in London.
Relocated from Madrid to Santiago in 2013 to open and co-head the firm's Santiago office and establish the investment banking franchise in the region. Joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 in London and was named managing director in 2007.
Senior advisor for Women in Finance LatAm and was a member of the Círculo de Finanzas y Negocios of ICARE in Chile.
Co-author of two books on communication, the sixth edition of Hablar en Público, and Comunicación Interpersonal para Directivos.
Earned a degree in economics and business administration from ICADE in 1996.

Gastón Astesiano

Chief of the APP Division in the Vice-Presidency of Countries at the BID

Gastón Astesiano is an expert in public-private partnerships (APPs) and regulation in the energy and infrastructure sector, currently serving as the Head of the APPs team at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). With a career that dates back to his participation in the IDB's Young Professionals Program in 2002, he has led various projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, covering areas such as energy, transportation, and regulation. Previously, he played a key role in Argentina's Ministry of Economy and Public Services, contributing to the deregulation of former public monopolies in sectors such as energy, telecommunications, and transportation. Gastón has a strong academic background, including a degree in law from the Argentine Catholic University, as well as Master's degrees in Law (LLM) and Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on Management and International Energy Policy from Columbia University.

Eduardo Aninat

ex Ministro de Hacienda

Served as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1999 to 2003 and chaired the Board of Governors of the World Bank in 1995-96. Was the Minister of Finance of Chile from 1994 to 1999 and held various economic positions in the Chilean government before that. Has worked as a consultant for institutions such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank and has provided advice to several governments.

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle

Former President of the Republic of Chile and President of CPI

Civil Engineer with a specialization in Hydraulics from the University of Chile.
In 1989, was elected as a senator for Santiago. Served as the President of the Republic of Chile from 1994 to 2000, and later returned to the Senate, where he held the position of Senate President from 2006 to 2008.
In 2014, was appointed by President Bachelet as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador for a special mission to the Asia-Pacific region.
Today, is dedicated to personal projects.




Thursday, November 9th

The Infra Chile gathering will be held at the modern Metropolitan Events Center in Santiago de Chile. This distinguished venue will provide the ideal space to bring together leaders and representatives from the public infrastructure industry to forge innovative solutions for the future.

Metropolitan Santiago


Av San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer 5600
Vitacura, Región Metropolitana