GIA SCHNEIDER is Natel’s CEO, responsible for setting the company’s strategy for transforming hydro into a truly sustainable and climate-resilient resource. She has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. She started her career providing 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 and foster sustainable development. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, cooking, dancing, and gardening with friends and family.