Dr. Diego Ponce de Leon Barido is currently the Director of Technology and Analytics at East Bay Community Energy. Previously, he was the founder of Xinampa (, where he worked on developing information and communication solutions and ubiquitous data products for digitizing energy demand (in the 30 fastest growing economies in the Global South) and environmental justice (across Latin America).

Recently, Xinampa designed and implemented the first two randomized pilots for micro-level flexible demand and behavioral energy efficiency in Latin America, with 360 participants in Managua, Nicaragua. Diego has extensive experience in sustainability science, and has designed, implemented and scaled various information technology solutions for urban sustainability. He has worked on the design of open-source software for fostering low-carbon (low-impact) energy systems and economic development in Nicaragua, on grassroots sustainability efforts in Chiapas (Mexico) developing regional microcredit schemes and river survey studies, designing buffered rainwater and pumped-solar small water distribution systems in rural Uganda and Honduras, has used GIS and hydrological models to study the long-term sustainability of the Linthipe Basin (Malawi), and investigated linkages between hydrological variability, energy use, and agriculture in Punjab and Telangana (India).

Dr. Ponce de Leon Barido holds a PhD in Energy and Resources with a Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering (UC Berkeley), an M.S in Energy and Resources (UC Berkeley), a B.S.C.E in Civil Engineering (University of Minnesota), and a B.A in Economics (Macalester College). He is a Link Foundation, National Geographic Energy Challenge, and CONACYT-UCMEXUS fellow. His work has been supported by the USAID Development Impact Lab, the Interamerican Development Bank, and the National Geographic Society. He is currently at UC Berkeley’s CITRIS Foundry, scaling the work of in Latin America.

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