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!Sebastian Alejandro Kind
 
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!Undersecretary of  Renewable Energy - Argentina
 
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!'''In office
 
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|'''December 11, 2015- to date'''
 
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|'''President: [[Mauricio Macri]]'''
 
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|'''Preceded by: new position'''
 
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|'''Nationality''': Argentine
 
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|'''Citizenship''': Argentine
 
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|'''Alma Mater''': National Technological University (UTN)
 
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'''Sebastian Alejandro Kind''' (born 1979) is a professional in the field of renewable energy, policy maker, advisor and awarded public official who currently serves as Undersecretary of Renewable Energy <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.argentina.gob.ar/energia/energia-electrica/renovables|title=Undersecretary of Renewable Energy|last=Kind|first=Sebastian|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> at the Ministry of Energy in Argentina. He was appointed to the post on January 2016. In 2018 he was selected [[Young Global Leaders|Young Global Leader]] at the [[World Economic Forum]], Geneva and Global Fellow at the [[Eisenhower Fellowships|Eisenhower Foundation]] in Philadelphia,<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.efworld.org/meet-our-fellows/sebastian-kind|title=Sebastian Kind Global Fellow 2018|last=|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> both awards given for representing contemporary leadership.<!-- Important, do not remove this line before article has been created. -->
 
 
 
== Professional career and education ==
 
Sebastian Kind  is a Mechanical Engineer from the [[National Technological University]] of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He began his professional career in the renewable energy sector, specifically in the wind power area working first for BP in London and then at the Joint venture of BP/Bridas in Argentina as Head of Alternative Energy. Sebastián has held several executive positions in the private sector - in both Argentine and international companies - and has advised many public and private institutions around the world on a large number of renewable energy projects. He has held several teaching positions in the country as well as published many academic papers.
 
 
 
In 2010 he founded the MS in Renewable Energy at the National Technological University (Argentina) and was its Director until 2017. In this regards he claimed that ''"Argentina has to diversify its energy mix and the renewable energy is one of the pathways for such diversification [...] The aim is to train professionals that will become leaders in the local industry".''<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.frba.utn.edu.ar/soy-un-eterno-agradecido-de-la-utn/|title=Soy un eterno agradecido de la UTN|last=UTN|first=Buenos Aires, Argentina|date=May 28, 2012|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref>
 
 
 
Between 2013 and 2015, he performed as advisor to the Senate and drafted Act 27,191,<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/250000-254999/253626/norma.htm|title=Ley 27.191|last=Infoleg|first=|date=October 15, 2015|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> that was unanimously approved by Congress. This law set the policy framework and objectives that he is currently putting in practice as a government official.
 
 
 
Throughout the course of his present tenure as Undersecretary of Renewable Energy he has been responsible for the drafting of the entire regulatory framework for renewables including the RenovAr program, the FODER trust fund and the PPA regulation, among others. During  Argentina´s G20 presidency in 2018 he co-led the first Forum on renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG) meetings in Buenos Aires.
 
 
 
On May 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Council of the [[International Renewable Energy Agency]] (IRENA).
 
[[File:Renewables in Argentina updated.jpg|thumb|280x280px|Renewable energy projects in Argentina]]
 
Sebastian Kind also earned an MS in Renewable Energy from the EUREC Agency in Brussels (Belgium)/ NTUA in Athens (Greece)/University of Zaragoza (Spain), and an Executive Management Diploma from IAE Business School (Argentina).
 
 
 
'''RenovAr program'''
 
 
 
Under his tenure as Undersecretary of Renewable Energy, Kind created RenovAr,<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.minem.gob.ar/www/833/25413/renovar-programa-de-energias-renovables|title=Related policies|last=RenovAr|first=|date=September 30, 2018|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> and all policy encompassing program to satisfy one goal:to massively deploy renewables into the energy matrix of the country. RenovAr offers a policy framework aiming at increasing the economic viability of renewable energy projects and improving investor´s confidence thus helping overcome the barriers to access long term project finance, a key element which has been hindering renewable energy development in the past. Beyond the legal framework established through the Renewable Energy Act 27.191 and related decrees and resolutions, RenovAr developed a guarantee - FODER ''(Fondo para el desarrollo de Energias Renovables)-'' mainly to provide awarded project companies with a set of  assurances that enhance the legal framework under the (pre) emerging market conditions in the country. FODER counts with a Worldbank guarantee<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://projects.worldbank.org/P159901?lang=en|title=Argentina Renewable Fund Guarantee|last=Worldbank|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> to backstop possible Government’s failure to fund it. The RenovAr program has demonstrated to be an innovative and successful program.
 
 
 
'''2017-Renewable Energy Year'''
 
 
 
On January 4, 2017 the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri issued a decree<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/270000-274999/270327/norma.htm|title=AÑO DE LAS ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES|last=|first=|date=March 2017|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> naming 2017 as the "Year of Renewable energy"  to honor the many activities  and policies to stimulate the development of renewable energies and foster their investments at a larger scale, all of these  signaled under the RenovAr program created by Sebastian Kind. During 2017 all the National Public Administration official documentation was to be engraved with that legend thus creating an immediate awareness as the main leading topic in the development of the country.
 
 
 
'''Harvard University case study - RenovAr'''
 
 
 
In 2017, Sebastian Kind worked with the [[John F. Kennedy School of Government|Kennedy School of Government]] at [[Harvard University]] to set RenovAr as a Case Study due to its outstanding achievements.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/2018/04/23/el-programa-argentino-renovar-se-estudia-en-la-universidad-de-harvard/|title=RenovAr: a case at Harvard´s KSG|last=PV Magazine|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref>
 
 
 
== Awards and fellowships ==
 
Kind was selected 2018 Young Global Fellow of the Eisenhower Foundation in Philadelphia, United States for his work, leading the country’s development of renewable sources of energy for electric generation <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.efworld.org/meet-our-fellows/sebastian-kind|title=Sebastian Kind leads the country’s development of renewably-generated electric - Eisenhower Fellow|last=|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref>.{{cn|date=October 2018}}
 
 
 
Kind was also chosen Global Leader<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://widgets.weforum.org/ygl-2018/latin-america/|title=Sebastan Kind awarded Global Leader by WEF|last=|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref> by the World Economic Forum, Geneva  as renewable energy expert known to build "bridges between the private sector, governments, and international academic institutions".<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://widgets.weforum.org/ygl-2018/latin-america/sebastian-alejandro-kind/|title=Quotation on Sebastian Kind|last=|first=|date=|website=|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=}}</ref>
 
 
 
== Personal life ==
 
Sebastian Kind is married, has two children and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
 
 
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== External links ==
 
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<small>1-RECHARGE NEWS-  (September 27, 2018) - [http://www.rechargenews.com/wind/1593362/argentinas-renewables-plans-shielded-from-crisis-top-official Argentina's renewables plans 'shielded' from crisis: top official-]</small>
 
 
 
<small>2-La Nacion - (April 20, 2018)- [https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2127436-el-negocio-argentino-de-energias-renovables-se-convirtio-en-un-caso-de-estudio-en-harvard El negocio argentino de energías renovables se convirtió en un caso de éxito en Harvard-]</small>
 
 
 
<small>2-EL PAIS- (March 20, 2018) - [https://elpais.com/economia/2018/03/14/actualidad/1521032083_205236.html Argentina da el salto a las renovables]-</small>
 
 
 
<small>3-Infobae - (November 24, 2017)- [https://www.infobae.com/economia/2017/11/24/otro-record-para-energias-renovables-con-228-ofertas-se-presentaron-precios-debajo-de-los-usd-40/ Otro récord para energías renovables-]</small>
 
 
 
<small>3-EL PAIS- (October 20, 2017) - [https://elpais.com/economia/2017/10/21/actualidad/1508537447_587935.html Las energías renovables son la estrella de las inversiones en Argentina-]</small>
 
 
 
<small>4-World Bank- Press release - (March 1, 2017) - [http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2017/03/01/promoting-private-investment-renewable-energy-argentina World Bank/Argentina: Promoting Private Investment in Renewable Energy] -</small>
 
 
 
<small>5-RECAI- May 2016- Issue #47- [https://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY-RECAI-47-May-2016/$FILE/EY-RECAI-47-May-2016.pdf Argentina´s time to shine]- page 14 --</small>
 
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