Interview with Georgina Izquierdo Montalvo

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Georgina Izquierdo Montalvo, graduated with a PhD degree in solid satate chemistry from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Now I am working at the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL) in Mexico. Since 1981 I have been working as a researcher at the geothermal department at INEEL. I am an analytical geochemist, working mainly in water rock interaction in geothermal systems. I also do administrative work and responsible for research. I am very happy to work with the generation of young researchers.

I consider myself very lucky because I had the opportunity to work with the geoogical materia from the main geothermal fields in Mexico. In my early years I had the chance to work in such research centers as Kyushu University in Japan, CREGU in France and USGS in the United States. In 1981 at the University of Riverside I was lucky to meet Dr. Wilfred Elders with whom we are working until the present day! In the past I was president and vice-president of the Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM).

What makes Geothermal so great?

For me geothermal represents the nice chance to work with and to learn about the clean, renewable energy that always has something to teach us.

What makes IGA so great?

I have been the member of the IGA since the day it was formed. IGA has become the largest geothermal association that promotes and contributes to the geothermal development worldwide. IGA is the best channel to communicate with the geothermal community all over the world, promote activities, carry out research, learn about the uses and development of geothermal energy.