Born in the Netherlands and raised in Bolivia South America Berend van den Berg started working in the power industry in 1986 with Stork Werkspoor Diesel which was later taken over by Wartsila Corporation, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. From 1986 until 1999 Berend van den Berg worked for Wartsila in markets spreading from Philippines, Indonesia, Africa and later on opening offices in St. Maarten for the Caribbean an later on in Bogota Colombia and Quito Ecuador to develop the power industry market in Latin America. In 1999 Berend van den Berg formed Power Latin America Inc. developing energy (efficiency) projects focusing on:•“Win Win”scenarios.•Project Program / Cluster approach.•Defining owners’ projects requirements / objectives(often focused on cost reduction and reducing overall carbon footprint).•Defining benchmarks by means of which the success of projects / programs is judged.•Increasing net energy production measured in “barrel of oil equivalent” (BOE).•Also looking after the interest of local stakeholder. In the year 2007 Power Latin America was contracted by the Ecuadorian national state owned company to design and develop one of the most ambitious energy matrix transformation programs worldwide in the “upstream” oil industry (named OGE&EE, which stands for Optimización Generación Eléctrica & Eficiencia Energética). In total POWER LATINAMERICA developed and managed the implementation of power generation facilities adding > 600 MW (the latest project included 342 MW power generation), 35 substations, 520 km of underground electrical distribution system distribution, 12 gas handling systems and > 100 km of gas pipelinesreducing emissions by > 600,000 tons / CO2 and increasing net oil production by > 5,500,000 barrels). The OGE&EE project started with one project in an oil block whereby its success was the motivation to transform it into an national oil sector energy efficiency program. Based on an i) in-depth baseline scenario study, ii) Owners Project Requirements (OPR), iii) Basis of Design, iv) scope of supply and corresponding definition of building blocks, v) economic analysis (including sensitivity and “what if” analysis),etc. it developed various business plans whereby the latest “Plan de Desarrollo OGE&EE 2013–2017”was approved by Government Authorities in 2013. This program has received multiple national and international recognitions not only based on the fact that OGE&EE is a “game changer”in the industry but also the tremendous savings and CO2 reduction it has generated.