Leadership Costa Rica

José Pablo Porras

José Pablo Porras, Dr.-Ing

President, DLZ Carbon

San José, Costa Rica

Pablo is a civil engineer and hydropower expert, with over 20 years of combined academic and professional experience in the fields of hydropower development, hydraulic engineering, river engineering, and hydrology. His experience encompasses both academic and professional consultancy for the public and private sectors, in Costa Rica, Germany, and Central America.

Since 2006 Dr. Porras has been part of the consultancy team of DLZ Carbon (formerly CARBON Ingeniería, acquired by DLZ Corporation in 2021). He is currently President at DLZ Carbon, senior project manager, and senior hydraulic designer. He has overseen hydrologic studies and hydropower potential assessment, project layout definition, prefeasibility, and feasibility studies, and hydraulic design for over 20 small and medium hydropower plants in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guyana, and Colombia. He has been in charge of numerous hydrologic and hydraulic studies for bridges, drainage, runoff management, and river protection works. As a Project Manager and design expert, he currently leads the design and implementation consultancy for several large renewable energy and water infrastructure projects.