Full Name
Mauricio Tolmasquim
Job Title
Chief Energy Transition & Sustainability Officer
Speaker Bio
Mauricio Tolmasquim is Chief Energy Transition and Sustainability Officer at Petrobras. He recently retired from his position as full professor of the energy planning program of the Graduate Engineering Program (COPPE/UFRJ). He was CEO of the Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) for over 11 years coordinating studies to subsidize the planning of the energy sector, covering electric power, oil and natural gas and their oil products and biofuels. Under his management, Brazil successfully launched 37 energy auctions, contracting 92 gigawatts of new electricity power generation capacity. He led the study that supports Brazil’s Nationally Determined Contributions submitted to the UNFCCC in 2015 and coordinated the studies that subsidized the elaboration of the new regulatory framework of the pre-salt.

Mr Tolmaquim was Executive Secretary and Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Energy for about two and a half years and was responsible for coordinating the working group that designed the regulatory framework of the electric power sector in force since 2004. He was a visiting researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Electricity Policy Group at the Harvard Kennedy School. As a result of the renewable energy auctions implemented in Brazil and adopted by several Latin American countries, he was elected by Latin Trade Magazine as one of the 25 people who transformed Latin America in the last quarter century. He was honored by Itamaraty with the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco, which distinguishes meritorious service and civic virtues.

He was also elected a member of the Brazilian Academy of Engineering, a recognition of the exceptional talents of this profession. He was included in The Recharge Magazine’s list of Thought Leader, which considers some of the biggest names in the wind and solar industry. Mauricio has also been included in Wind Power Monthly’s list of the 30 most important global people in the wind industry. Mr Tolmasquim is a production engineer from UFRJ and an economist from UERJ, with a master’s degree in energy planning from COPPE/UFRJ and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in France. He is the author or co-author of 25 books and more than a hundred articles published in scientific journals and newspapers.
Mauricio Tolmasquim