Ruben Contreras

Department of Sustainable Development
Organization of American States
1889 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Suite 718-A


Phone: +(202) 370-4537
Fax: +(202) 370-3560

Ruben Contreras Lisperguer joined the Department for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States in January 2008.

He received his degree in Engineer in Meteorology/Atmospheric Science from the Aeronautical Tech. School, in Santiago, Chile. He secured his official MSc. degree in Solar Energy Technology with specialization in modeling & solar energy resources (Cum Laude) from the University of Andalucķa in Spain. He received a Post-title in Energy for Sustainable Development from the Lund University in Sweden. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Renewable Energy with the Saint Paul University and the University of Columbia in the City of New York.  

Prior joining the OAS-DSD team, Ruben worked as fellow-researcher on numerical simulation analysis of the atmosphere and climate change at NOAA. In addition, he has worked as researcher-forecaster at the Antarctica Chilean Base and at the National Weather Center of Chile (DMC).

He is fluent in English, Spanish, and has working knowledge in Portuguese.

Mr. Contreras Lisperguer is involved as Project/Program Manager and Energy and Climate Change Specialist leading or involved with several interdisciplinary projects regarding themes as Bioenergy, sustainable consumption and production, energy analysis, cradle-to-cradle, policy development and climate change mitigation and adaptation within the DSD.

He is currently the Project Manager of the US-Brazil MOU for Biofuels Development” where he is responsible as principle lead for the implementation of project activities including providing short-term legal counsel and technical assistance to 7 Latina American and Caribbean States (Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, and St. Kitts and Nevis) on sustainable biofuels production. He has been the principal technical advisor and support dialogue on possible sub-sea electrical interconnections as an alternative to address long-term Caribbean energy security challenges. Furthermore he is the Principal technical Advisor of the Low Carbon Communities in the Caribbean (LCCC) Project, working closely in collaboration with U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with focus on organizing technical training workshops, resource assessments, energy auditing training and application, provide technical due diligence for renewable energy project evaluation, RE/EE market analysis and elaborate technical cooperation agreements with several Caribbean nations. In addition, he has been the principal technical advisor of the Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas.

Over the past years he has been critical to the design and development of among other, the policy development for Antigua and Barbuda, and Belize, the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).