Rodrigo Castellanos Flórez

Industrial Engineer and Specialist in Finance from Universidad de Los Andes.
Registered as Financial Expert at the Colombian Chamber of Commerce – Center of Arbitration

Mr. Castellanos is the former advisor to the Superintendence of Public Utilities. He was in charge of directing projects on matters related to prudential supervision, risk management and market monitoring of electricity and natural gas market players.

Mr. Castellanos occupied the role of General Manager at Derivex S.A. (The Colombian Energy Derivatives Market). As Manager, he was responsible for the market, financial, strategic and operational direction of the company. He has more than twenty years of experience in the financial sector as currency and derivatives trader and eight years in the energy sector.

Mr. Castellanos is an expert in financial and exchange markets and he lectures on this topic at Universidad Externado de Colombia.

rcastellanos@markup.com.co

José Plata Puyana

Lawyer and Specialist in Commercial Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Admitted to the New York Bar
Master in economics of Competition from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (University Pompeu Fabra) and Master of Laws from Georgetown University (Fulbright Fellow)

Mr. Plata has worked in the public sector as Advisor to the Head of the Antitrust Authority in energy matters and as the Director of the Competition Advocacy Group. He was appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Energy and Gas at the Superintendence of Public Utilities where he led the enforcement authority and participated in the rule-making process of regulation as a Member for the Colombian Energy Regulatory Commission.

In the private sector, Mr. Plata has been a Consultant to the Inter-american Development Bank (IDB) on energy market reform. He has also worked at well-known law firms such as Brigard & Urrutia, Ibarra Abogados and Cavelier Abogados in areas related to antitrust and international law.

Mr. Plata has academic experience in three major universities in Colombia: Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Externado y Universidad Sergio Arboleda. He gives lectures to undergraduate and posgraduate students on antitrust in the energy market, energy regulation enforcement, market regulation and microeconomics.

jplata@markup.com.co

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