Nelson José Hubner Moreira has become the new director of Brazil’s energy regulatory agency Aneel (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica).

Hubner assumes the position for the period 2009-13, with the possibility of renewal for a further four years.

Hubner, a native of Minas Gerais, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal Fuminense and undertook postgraduate specialization in Mathematics at the Centro de Ensino Unificado in Brasília.

Hubner began his career at the Companhia Energética de Brasília (CEB) working in underground network and public lighting projects, later moving up the company to become director of distribution in 1995.

In 1998 he became director of the Brazilian distributors’ association Abradee (Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Distribuição). In 2000 he joined Aneel as assistant superintendent of energy audit services, and then in 2002 moved to the energy policy department of the ministry of mines and energy. There he was invited to join the transition team of the then newly elected government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, becoming involved in the restructuring of the ministry and the remodeling of Brazil’s energy sector. He also served for a period as interim minister of mines and energy.

Hubner has received several awards for his services to the sector, including being made a Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco in 2007.

Hubner succeeds Jerson Kelman, whose term of office ended on January 13, 2009. Since that time Edvaldo Alves de Santana has acted as interim director-general.