Christiaan Gischler Blanco

Inter-American Development Bank
Co-leader of the Mining, Geothermal and Hydrocarbon Cluster

Christiaan Gischler is the co-lead of the Mining, Geothermal and Hydrocarbon Cluster at the Inter-American Development Bank  (IDB).

Previously, Mr. Gischler was the focal point for sustainable energy within the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with over 13 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC). In that role he led several initiatives in renewable energy, energy efficiency, bioenergy, and mitigation of climate change. Mr. Gischler has actively managed and promoted sustainable energy projects and programs throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Gischler is also the IDB Energy Division coordinator for Global Environment Facility (GEF) for climate change mitigation.

Mr. Gischler has designed, developed and executed projects for over US$ 500 million promoting sustainable energy in LAC, including GEF funded projects and technical assistance with IDB grant funding. He has also participated in several conferences and seminars throughout LAC, promoting sustainable energy as well as policy & regulation to promote renewable energies, energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction.

Prior to joining the IDB, Mr. Gischler worked for National Commission for Environment in Chile and for the private sector in pollution control equipment and reuse of waste and energy efficiency. He has taught courses in environmental engineering in Chile and Sweden. Mr. Gischler holds two Engineering degrees in chemical engineering and biotechnological engineering from the University of Chile and a Masters in Science degree in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden.