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KPMG's Cynthia Hernandez to speak at the 2017 Asian Power Utility Forum

Find out what her discussion points will be.

Hernandez is an experienced Principal who handles transactions and corporate finance engagements, with a focus on energy and utilities, infrastructure and PPPs. She worked in various capacities (from analyst to manager ) for the following Philippine power/energy companies: Meralco, PNOC-Petrochemical Development Corp, PSALM, and AES.

As a project finance analyst in PNOC-Petrochemical Development Corporation, she assisted in developing feasibility studies and financial models for various oil and gas related projects, such as a naptha cracker facility, a refinery based in Subic, a persistent organic pollutants (POPS) disposal facility, and an LNG terminal and pipeline project in Bataan.

She joined KPMG in 2014, prior to this she was the AVP for Finance in Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC) with the following roles:
Managed the financial planning and budgeting process for all of APC’s power generation subsidiaries, which cover different fuel types, including coal, geothermal, large hydroelectric plants, oil-based generators , large hydro and run-of-river hydro; Provided support for business development teams by reviewing feasibility studies and financial models for new power projects, for approval of management, or for presentation to banks for funding, and; Provided support for the marketing group in designing the pricing of electricity supply contracts. 

Hernandez will be speaking at the 2017 Asian Power Utility Forum on February 14 at the Makati Shangri-La. - See more at: 

What are your previous experiences and positions held that contributed to who you are as an expert in the power industry today?

Prior to joining KPMG in 2014, I was the AVP for Finance in Aboitiz Power Corp.- Generation Group. I started working in the power industry in the pre-EPIRA period, thus I have seen how the power business changed and evolved post-deregulation. I have also worked in various capacities (from analyst to manager) for the following Philippine power/energy companies: Meralco, PNOC-Petrochemical Development Corp, PSALM, and AES.

What are your key business philosophies?

As an Engineer and Economist, I believe that while knowledge/theory are good, but we derive the benefits only when there is application. Energy policy should always fairly consider the sides of both the consumer and the supplier. Markets better respond to incentives than regulation

Can you give us a glimpse of what you will talk about at the Asian Power Utility Forum?

I will discuss about the challenges and concerns in ensuring long-term power supply for the Philippines under the current supply-demand situation, global energy trends, and our regulatory and policy environment. 

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