27 April 2018
Laxenburg, Austria

Director General of INEEL visits IIASA

The Director General of the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL) and former IIASA Colosio Research Fellow, Diego Arjona Argüelles, visited IIASA on Friday 27 April 2018.

Diego Arjona Argüelles © INEEL

Diego Arjona Argüelles © INEEL

During his visit, he met with IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, this visit followed an earlier visit by Kabat in February 2018, to the INEEL offices in Mexico City.

Additionally while at IIASA, he met with selected IIASA Programs to learn more about their work and to discuss exploring potential joint areas of collaboration, in particular the IIASA Energy Program, the IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis Program and the IIASA Water Program, who introduced INEEL to the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) Project. During the visit Dr. Argüelles was accompanied by his advisor Mr. Carlos Jiménez Maya.

About Diego Arjona Argüelles

Diego Arjona Argüelles is the current Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias (the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL)) in Mexico.  He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer and completed his Masters and Doctorate in Science at The George Washington University.

He is a specialist in Electrical Engineering. He has developed his work in energy systems and industrial processes, which have led him to operate in mechanics, construction, thermodynamics, industrial processes and agricultural engineering. He has coordinated work in three major companies of the BioFields Group: Sonora Fields, Castor Fields and Solar Fields, and was a consultant for the Latin American Energy Organization, within the Latin American and Caribbean Energy Efficiency Program.

Dr. Arjona served as advisor to the Undersecretary of Energy Operation and was appointed General Director of Research, Technological Development and Environment at Sener Engineering and Construction. He was also Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Energy Saving (Conae). He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Researchers and Postgraduate Students AC, a member of the Mexican Union of Engineering Associations, a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Academics, and was president of the Washington DC Mexican Students Association.

He was a former IIASA Colosio Research Fellow at the Institute between 1997 and 1998 working in the fields of Energy and Technological and Economic Dynamics.


Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias (INEEL) is a Mexican public research institute established in Cuernavaca, created in 1975 as Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE), which provides solutions for energy and economic saving, and participates in technologic development and innovation projects, promoting the sustainable development of the industry.

INEEL makes and promotes technologic and scientific research; distributes and implements technologies adapted to the national economic development; relates to similar institutions internationally; gives lessons on industrial administration, science and technology for the electric sector; gives advice to the Electricity Federal Commission (CFE) and companies related to the electric industry; proposes technology and applied research programs to the Secretary of Energy (SENER) and CFE; and grants patents and licenses on developing technologies and the results of its research.

IIASA and Mexico

Since 2010, research collaborations between IIASA and Mexico have involved 19 Mexican organizations and led to 47 scientific publications in areas ranging from water resources, sustainable land use, and demography. Joint studies focus on the complex global systems that affect Mexico, its economy, environment, and people. Research topics include governance of transboundary water resources, risks to financial crises, climate change, sustainable energy, fiscal planning for extreme events, and projecting demographic change. 

Underpinning the joint work is systems analysis—one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore these complex problems across multiple sectors, countries, and timeframes. Moreover, the next generation of systems analysts are profiting from Mexican involvement in IIASA capacity building activities, including participating in the Luis Donaldo Colosio Fellowship and the IIASA-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship. This mutually beneficial relationship involves scientific exchange, with 40 Mexican researchers, advisors, and diplomats visiting IIASA or participating in IIASA events, and over 50 IIASA researchers participating in events or visiting institutions in Mexico. 

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