The three-day event was held in Guanajuato (Mexico) from May 25th to May 27th
Members of Sinfranova participated in the panel "Vision of sustainable infrastructure in Mexico"
From May 25th to May 27th, the Mexican city of Guanajuato hosted FEMCIC's (Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Ingenieros Civiles) 40th National Conference. This annual event brought together over 450 representatives from a wide range of international civil engineering associations for learning and networking activities.
The main topic for this year's conference was "Challenges for the development of sustainable civil engineering." Under this umbrella topic, different panel sessions were held during the three-day event. This includes the panel "Vision of a sustainable infrastructure in Mexico" in which Cristina Contreras, Founder and Managing Director of Sinfranova participated.
During her presentation, Cristina reflected on the importance of planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining infrastructure in a sustainable way. To do so, Cristina highlighted some of the main risks associated with traditional infrastructure projects in Latin America and how well-planned sustainable projects can mitigate risks such as social conflicts, reputational damage, lack of transparency, additional costs, delays, or cancellations. She also pointed out the crucial role played by the engineering community in leading the much-needed change of paradigm. Finally, she shared best practices on the matter with the audience. Along with her, other participants in this panel include Anthony Kane, president and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, and Sergio A. Segura Calderón, from USAID Net Zero Cities Project. The panel was moderated
by Oscar A. Cortes Reyna, Vice President for International Affairs of the IX FEMCIC Board of Directors.
The full agenda of the event is available here.