NELSON GARCEZ - CEO and Principal Consultant

NELSON GARCEZ has been an executive in the Energy Industry for more than 30 years, holding senior position in utilities and independent power producers in the United States, Latin America, Europe Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. 

Prior to founding Smart Strategies LLC in 2015, Mr. Garcez was a Senior Managing Director at Black & Veatch Management Consulting, where he structured their Strategic Business Advisory practice supporting major American investor owned utilities in setting their long-term business plans.

For 13 years Mr. Garcez worked with PSEG, one of the US largest IOUs, in setting up and operating their international portfolio of companies with assets in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Italy, Poland, Tunisia, Oman, and India. Those Companies ranged from electricity and gas distribution utilities to large power plants fueled by a large variety of energy sources from hydro to coal. Mr.Garcez also started the renewable energy business at PSEG by creating PSEG Solar Source and Garden State Offshore Wind Energy, two pioneering projects in the IOU industry.

Mr Garcez was also responsible for a significant portion of PSEG domestic portfolio of independent power plants, with assets in Texas, California and Hawaii.

From 2010 to 2014 Mr. Garcez went to SunCoke Energy, the largest producer of metallurgical coke in the Americas, where he developed their international presence by acquiring assets in India. As their head of Strategy and Business Development, he helped devising a new business line in logistics allowing the company to grow its Master Limited Partnership structure by acquiring coal handling terminals throughout the United States.

Throughout his career, he had several management positions including Board positions in companies all over the world, including PSEG assets but also other companies in the infrastructure sphere including SABESP, the largest water and sewer treatment utility in Latin America.

Mr. Garcez is the principal consultant of Smart Strategies, where he brings his expertise in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions and commercial development to clients in all the spectrum of the energy industry.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering  from the Politechnic Scool of the University of São Paulo with post graduate studies in Energy Planning at USP and an Executive Education degree in Finance from Columbia University.