Our mission is to accelerate
decarbonization by producing
carbon neutral eFuels,
providing a solution today
for a better tomorrow.

Our Team

100 experienced, creative, entrepreneurial and resilient professionals with diverse backgrounds (business, engineering, legal, finance, environmental).

Strong track records in developing, financing, building and operating energy infrastructure projects.

Multicultural team with deep market knowledge.

Balance of women and men in leadership positions and generally across the team.

César Norton

Clara Bowman

Meg Gentle

Juan José Gana

Alberto Araya

R. Blair Thomas

Michael Steiner

César Norton

President & CEO HIF Global

Cesar is the President and CEO of HIF Global. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the development and operation of energy infrastructure projects in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, including leadership roles in senior management and on the boards of several prominent companies. Cesar is qualified as a Civil Electronic Engineer from Federico Santa María University, Chile.

Clara Bowman

COO HIF Global

Clara is the Chief Operations Officer of HIF Global. Clara has significant experience in leading teams in the development of large scale infrastructure projects in Latin America. Prior to moving to Chile, Clara worked in Perth, Australia as a corporate attorney at Freehills. She also serves as a Director of AUSCHAM, the Australian Chilean Chamber of Commerce. Clara has degrees in law and environmental science from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Meg Gentle

Executive Director HIF Global

Meg Gentle has over 20 years of experience developing large scale infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions. She has served in numerous senior management positions and boards of directors of publicly traded energy companies in the U.S., including Cheniere, Tellurian, and Ovintiv. She has a B.A. in economics and international affairs from James Madison University and an MBA from Rice University.


Roberto Simon

CFO HIF Global

Roberto Simon leads all corporate and project financing activities as well as M&A processes at HIF Global. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Banking and Advisory at Societe Generale Americas in New York. During his career, Roberto has worked with leading global companies and sponsors to finance several pioneering transactions, setting new benchmarks for the energy sector. He holds an MBA from University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.

Juan José Gana

VP Strategy HIF Global

Juan José is responsible for the group’s relationships and interactions with authorities and communities and local and international press. In addition to his extensive experience in Latin America, Juan spent 12 years in central Asia where he worked in the creation of several successful companies and the development of infrastructure projects. He is a Civil Engineer from Santa Maria University, Chile.

Renato Pereira


Renato Pereira is the Chief Executive Officer of HIF USA. Renato has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with positions of increasing responsibility in infrastructure development, business development, and origination and trading. Renato earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Armin Schnettler

President of HIF EMEA

Armin has worked more than 30 years in electrical power, energy transition and the hydrogen economy. He has broad industrial experience, including senior management positions at ABB, Siemens, Siemens Energy as well as in academy, with more than 18 years as a research director at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Armin holds a Dr.-Ing. degree and a professorship in Electrical Engineering.

Thorsten Herdan


Thorsten has a broad experience in industry as well as government business. As former Director General Energy in the German Ministry of Economy and Energy and current Chairman of the supervisory board of the first German state-owned fund, he combines financial experience from an industry, government, and asset management perspective. He holds a Dipl.Ing. Degree Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH University of Aachen.

Ignacio Hernandez

CEO HIF Asia Pacific

Ignacio is HIF Global´s Chief Financial Officer and CEO of HIF Asia Pacific. Ignacio leads development of HIF Asia Pacific’s activities and, as CFo of HIF Global, all corporate and project financing activities as well as M&A processes. Before joining HIF, Ignacio spent over 18 years as an investment banker in Australia and Chile with a focus on the infrastructure, energy and private equity sectors.


Victor Turpaud

Latam Regional Manager

Victor is responsible for the development and management of the Latin American region. He has over 22 years of experience in the gas industry, having worked at Metrogas, the main natural gas distributor in Chile. He also helped to lead the project development of the GNL Quintero, the first natural gas regasification terminal in Latam. He has held commercial, financial and CEO positions at numerous companies within the industry and has a seasoned experience in the real estate area. Recently, he was CEO of Empresas Gasco, a leading Chilean company in LPG distribution and energy solutions. Victor is an industrial civil engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he also holds an MBA. He has a finance diploma from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.


Rodrigo Delmastro

General Manager HIF Energy

Rodrigo is the General Manager of HIF Energy, focused on the development, construction and operation of the large-scale energy production facilities required for HIF’s Chilean projects. Rodrigo has played an integral part in the development of HIF since its commencement. He began his career in the lumber business, where he worked for more than 12 years in sales and exports for Chilean and foreign companies.


Tatiana Alegre

General Manager HIF Chile

Tatiana has more than 20 years of experience in electricity markets and in project development, including the development, construction and operation of the 300 MW Santo Domingo power plant near Lima, Peru. Tatiana has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Nacional, Perú and an MBA from Universidad ESAN.


Hernán Velasco

Legal Director HIF Global

Hernán is the legal director of the HIF Global. His practice focusses on several matters, including the development, strategy and legal risk analysis of energy projects, complex commercial transactions and financing processes. Hernan has an LLM degree from the University of Navarra, Spain.

Brooke Vandygriff


Brooke Vandygriff is Chief Operations Officer of HIF USA. Brooke has nearly 20 years experience developing and executing multi-billion dollar energy infrastructure projects leading technical design, construction and operations. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Power and Energy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rolf Schumacher

Chief Innovation Officer HIF Global

Rolf Schumacher is a German qualified engineer and responsible for the technical and innovative developments at HIF Global, with a particular focus on new and disruptive technologies. Rolf worked at Siemens for over 15 years including as General Manager of the Power Generation Division of Siemens Chile.


Kylie Chick

Environmental and Sustainability Director HIF Global

Kylie Chick is an Australian civil and environmental engineer who has lived and worked in the energy and infrastructure sector in Chile for 18 years. Kylie is responsible for community, permitting and environmental aspects of HIF projects, from early development to operational stage.

Our History


HIF conducts studies and works with local experts to identify areas of maximum wind resource and minimum environmental impact. Review of cutting edge decarbonization technologies and markets to identify the optimum use for the energy which will be produced.


Wind measurements commence. Power-to-methanol/gasoline technology selected and development of engineering solution begins.


HIF uses cutting-edge technological developments to harness the exceptional winds of Chile’s Magallanes Region to produce planet-friendly fuels, leading the way towards a low carbon future. October. Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) is born, integrating cutting-edge technologies to produce low carbon fuels based on green hydrogen. November. HIF submits an Environmental Impact Declaration to the Magallanes Environmental Assessment Service for the construction of its Haru Oni demonstration plant. December. HIF introduces the team that will develop the Haru Oni demonstration plant. In addition to Enap, Enel Green Power and Porsche, the German government announces its financial support for the project through Siemens Energy.


January. Mabanaft and HIF announce a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase and sale of up to 500 million liters of eFuel per year from HIF's commercial phases in the Magallanes Region. April. HIF and Empresas Gasco sign a Research and Development (R&D) contract to obtain carbon neutral liquefied gas (eGL) at the Haru Oni plant. The agreement plans to produce eGL starting in 2022. May. The Magallanes Regional Environmental Commission approved the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Haru Oni demonstration plant. In addition, HIF and Global Thermostat close an agreement for CO2 air capture equipment, a key technology for the Haru Oni synthetic fuels plant being developed in Magallanes.


HIF Global secured on April US$260 million in equity investments to fund eFuels projects in USA, Chile and Australia. HIF USA selected Matagorda County as the location for its first commercial plant. On May, HIF Global expanded to Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), launching new office in Berlin, Germany. HIF Global, HIF Chile and Uniper signed LoI for the sale and purchase of eFuels from the commercial plants in Magallanes.