GIA SCHNEIDER is Natel’s CEO, responsible for setting the company's strategy for transforming hydro into a truly sustainable and climate-resilient resource, and defining the commercial execution plan. She has 16 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and significant expertise in energy-related strategy development and deal valuation. Schneider provided strategic and tactical solutions to several major energy companies as a consultant for Accenture. In 2005, she started the carbon emissions trading desk at Credit Suisse, growing it to a profitable business in its first year. Prior to Credit Suisse, she worked in the Strategy Group at Constellation, a leading power generation company. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from MIT. Schneider is passionate about finding economically viable solutions to mitigate climate change, foster sustainable development, and produce inexpensive renewable energy. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, cooking, dancing, and gardening with friends and family.