Rafael Nogueira is a senior experienced economist, with Masters’ degrees in Economics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil), Applied Math at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA, Brazil), and Finance at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC, US). Besides a solid academic background, he has a broad experience in the financial industry, ranging from banking to private equity and asset management.
In 2014, he moved to the Energy sector. His first job was as a senior researcher in Energy at the most renowned Think Tank in Brazil, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). There, he had the opportunity to work in projects on all areas of the Energy sector, among them he would hilight an academic work about financial viability of Photovoltaic Micro and Mini Generation in Brazil (top five articles in the Brazil Energy Frontiers 2015), and co-authored research about the Energy Transition in Latin America.
Since August 2016, he has being working as an independent consultant. His main duties have been in doing consultancy for Centro Brasileiro de Infraestrutura (CBIE), a Brazilian Center for Utilities Research, on proposals requested to CBIE, for both Gás para Crescer and RenovaBio programs. The first one seeks to promote natural gas as one of the main fuels in the Brazilian energy mix, and the latter aims to increase the participation of biofuels in the transportation sector. Both are good initiative that may help the country accomplish its Paris COP21 targets in the future.