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  • Rafael Mateo
    Acciona
    Rafael Mateo CEO - Energy
    Acciona
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  • Ruth Kent
    Brookfield Renewable
    Ruth Kent Managing Partner and COO
    Brookfield Renewable
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    Ruth Kent is a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer in Brookfield’s Renewable Group. In this role, she directly oversees renewable power operations and the execution of commercial strategies.

    Ms. Kent joined Brookfield in 2014 as the Head of Power Marketing and Trading for Brookfield’s renewable power business in Europe, followed by Chief Financial Officer, Europe, covering funding, financial and reporting activities. Most recently, she was the Chief Executive Officer of TerraForm Global, overseeing the integration of that business into Brookfield’s global renewable power portfolio. Ms. Kent has over 20 years’ experience working in the automotive, financial services and power sectors.

    Ms. Kent holds an MBA from Henley Management College and is a qualified accountant.

  • Andreas Schierenbeck
    Uniper
    Andreas Schierenbeck Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    Uniper
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    Andreas Schierenbeck has been CEO of the international energy company Uniper based in Düsseldorf since June 2019. Since taking office, Schierenbeck has been driving Uniper's transformation from a conventional utility to a more climate-friendly, future-oriented energy company. By 2035, Uniper aims to become CO2-neutral in European power generation. To this end, the company is withdrawing from coal-fired power generation, is focusing on gas and the development of the hydrogen economy. In June 2020 Andreas Schierenbeck was appointed to the German government's Hydrogen Council.

    Before joining Uniper, Schierenbeck, who was born in Hohen-Neuendorf near Berlin in 1966, was Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Elevators. Schierenbeck, who studied electrical engineering, began his professional career in 1992 at Siemens, where he held various management positions in Germany and abroad until 2012, most recently as President and CEO Building Technologies Americas of Siemens Corporation in the USA.

  • Julien Pouget
    Total
    Julien Pouget SVP - Renewables
    Total
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  • Mark Widmar
    First Solar
    Mark Widmar CEO
    First Solar
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  • Mary Quaney
    Mainstream Renewable Power
    Mary Quaney CEO
    Mainstream Renewable Power
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    Mary was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in August 2020. She joined Mainstream in 2009 and she held the role of Group Chief Financial Officer since 2017. She was appointed to Mainstream’s Board of Directors in 2019 and she sits on the company’s Risk & Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees.

    Mary has established a reputation for building world-class teams, implementing new reporting structures and systems across the company, and for aligning the company’s finance strategies to support the business strategy and high growth.

    Mary has graduate and post-graduate qualifications from UCD and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). She is an advocate and spokesperson on gender diversity and participated as a mentor for the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) Women in Wind programme in 2019.

    Prior to joining Mainstream, Mary held senior-level positions in finance and corporate tax in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Trinity Biotech Plc.

  • Alistair Phillips-Davies
    SSE
    Alistair Phillips-Davies CEO
    SSE
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    Alistair Phillips-Davies is Chief Executive of SSE plc and has been with the company since 1997. Prior to joining the SSE Board in 2002 as Energy Supply Director, Alistair was Director of Corporate Finance and Business Development. In 2010, he became Generation and Supply Director, before Deputy Chief Executive in 2012, and then Chief Executive in 2013.

    During his time as SSE CEO Alistair has spearheaded the businesses transformation to become a leading operator of low carbon assets and infrastructure including onshore, offshore and hydro renewable power alongside electricity transmission and distribution. Under his leadership SSE has focused on developing, operating and owning low carbon infrastructure to support the zero carbon transition.

    Alistair has a detailed understanding of the energy markets in Great Britain and Ireland, including the trends and factors which can have a material impact on the operating context, such as the political and regulatory environment. He also holds a broad knowledge of markets across Europe as former Vice President of Eurelectric.

  • Ivor Catto
    RES
    Ivor Catto CEO
    RES
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  • Sophie Bronchu
    Hydro-Québec
    Sophie Bronchu CEO
    Hydro-Québec
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  • Dane Parker
    General Motors
    Dane Parker Chief Sustainability Officer
    General Motors
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  • Pål Eitrheim
    Equinor
    Pål Eitrheim Executive Vice President, New Energy Solutions
    Equinor
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  • Lindsay McQuade
    Scottish Power Renewables
    Lindsay McQuade CEO
    Scottish Power Renewables
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  • Will Gardiner
    Drax
    Will Gardiner CEO
    Drax
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  • Paul Browning
    Mitsubishi Power Americas
    Paul Browning President & CEO Mitsubishi Power Americas
    Chief Regional Officer, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, Mitsubishi Power
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    Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. on April 1, 2016 and was appointed Chief Regional Officer of the Americas, and coChief Regional Officer of Europe, Africa and Middle East on April 1, 2020. As CEO of the Americas, he leads two global businesses that are headquartered in the United States, and three regional businesses in North and South America. As Chief Regional Officer, he works with Chief Executives and their management teams to coordinate strategic planning, brand management and other long-term planning in the region and globally

  • Angela Wilkinson
    World Energy Council
    Angela Wilkinson Secretary General & CEO
    World Energy Council
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    Angela is the World Energy Council’s sixth Secretary General since its founding in 1923.

    Angela is one of the world’s leading global energy futures experts, an experienced energy executive, a distinguished Oxford scholar and a published author. She has 30 years of experience in leading national, international and global multi-stakeholder transformation initiatives on a wide range of economic, energy, climate and sustainable development related challenges.

    Angela has worked as a senior executive in the public-, private-, academic- and civic sectors. She was appointed Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council in 2019. Angela joined the Council in 2017 to create a practical energy transition leaders toolkit and direct a new strategic insights programme. Prior to that Angela led an upgrade in strategic foresight at the OECD, based in Paris. Prior corporate experience includes decades in Royal Dutch Shell and British Gas plc. Angela is an Associate Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford and a Strategic Foresight Fellow of the GOA, USA. She sits on two international advisory boards (HSE, Russia; ECI, Oxford) and is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science. She has published four books and numerous articles. Angela has a PhD in Physics.

  • Sumant Sinha
    ReNew Power
    Sumant Sinha Chairman and Managing Director
    ReNew Power
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  • Michele Azalbert
    Engie
    Michele Azalbert CEO - Hydrogen Business Unit
    Engie
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  • Martina Buchhauser
    Volvo Car Group
    Martina Buchhauser Chief Procurement Officer
    Volvo Car Group
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  • Chris Fallon
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Chris Fallon President
    Duke Energy Renewables
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  • Jeremy Crane
    Yellow Door Energy
    Jeremy Crane CEO
    Yellow Door Energy
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  • Marc Pangburn
    Hannon Armstrong
    Marc Pangburn Managing Director
    Hannon Armstrong
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  • Joshua Rogol
    Strata Solar
    Joshua Rogol Chief Development Officer
    Strata Solar
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  • David Giordano
    BlackRock Alternative Investments
    David Giordano Managing Director - Global Head of Renewable Power
    BlackRock Alternative Investments
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  • Mike Bowman
    GE Renewable Hybrids
    Mike Bowman CTO
    GE Renewable Hybrids
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  • Fatih Birol
    IEA
    Fatih Birol Executive Director
    IEA
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  • Ahmad Alazemi
    Ministry of Electricity and Water - State of Kuwait
    Ahmad Alazemi Renewables Projects
    Ministry of Electricity and Water - State of Kuwait
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  • Dr Barbara Buchner
    Climate Policy Initiative
    Dr Barbara Buchner Global Managing Director
    Climate Policy Initiative
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  • Daryl Wilson
    Hydrogen Council
    Daryl Wilson Executive Director
    Hydrogen Council
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  • Darren Miller
    ARENA
    Darren Miller CEO
    ARENA
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  • Doran Hole
    Ameresco
    Doran Hole Chief Financial Officer
    Ameresco
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    Mr. Doran Hole is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ameresco (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy solutions company. He is responsible for the company’s financial strategy and oversees capital management, investor relations, corporate and project finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis and financial reporting.

    Mr. Hole has more than 20 years of experience in finance, delivering executive leadership to create and drive operations and strategy while balancing efficiency and growth in the renewable industry. His prior banking and operational leadership experience combined with expertise in accounting, tax, and international business has enabled him to establish strong credibility with equity analysts. With a focus on renewable energy, transportation, and infrastructure assets, Mr. Hole has overseen complex financial transactions as well as corporate strategy.

    Prior to joining Ameresco, he served as CEO for North America, and Group Vice President – Strategy, at ReneSola, where he played a key role in the company’s capital market strategy. Mr. Hole was a member of the global executive team with direct responsibility for North American operations, mergers and acquisitions, and finance activities for the publicly-traded global green energy product manufacturer and developer.

    Mr. Hole is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences including the Power Finance and Risk Magazine Distributed Generation Roundtable and the Infocast Solar Power Finance and Investment Conference. He has represented companies at investment banking conferences and presented at capital raising venues including venture capital and angel investor conferences.

    Mr. Hole is a CFA charterholder and Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR), the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Hole earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and International Business from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Andrew Steer
    World Resources Institute
    Andrew Steer President and CEO
    World Resources Institute
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    Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research-into-action organization dedicated to promoting economic development while protecting the natural environment.

    WRI’s 1100 experts work in more than 50 countries, from offices in Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United States, and the United Kingdom. WRI focuses on seven urgent global challenges: food, forests, water, energy, urbanization, climate change and the ocean.

    Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. This followed 10 years in East Asia, where he was Head of the World Bank in Vietnam and Indonesia.

    In earlier years, Andrew was Director of Environment and Social Policy at the World Bank, Chief of the Bank’s Country Risk Division, Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, and taught economics at Cambridge University. He has written widely on the links between the economy and the natural environment.

    Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation and of the Energy Transitions Commission, a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), co-chair of the Climate Change Committee for HSBC, and member of the Advisory Committees of the Asian Development Bank and Bank of America.

    Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in international economics and finance.

    He is married to Dr. Liesbet Steer and is the father of Charlotte and Benjamin.

  • Robert Wilhite
    Black & Veatch
    Robert Wilhite Senior Vice President
    Global Distributed Energy, Black & Veatch
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  • Dierk Paskert
    Encavis
    Dierk Paskert CEO
    Encavis
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  • Lisa McDermott
    ABN Amro
    Lisa McDermott Executive Director – Renewable Project Finance
    ABN Amro
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  • Kevin Lynn
    US Department of Energy
    Kevin Lynn Director - Grid Integration
    US Department of Energy
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  • Demetrios Papathanasiou
    World Bank
    Demetrios Papathanasiou Global Director for Energy and Extractives
    World Bank
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  • Jonathan Robinson
    Frost & Sullivan
    Jonathan Robinson Energy Director
    Frost & Sullivan
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  • Markus Gloeckler
    First Solar
    Markus Gloeckler Co-CTO
    First Solar
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  • Gwenaelle Avice-Huet
    Engie
    Gwenaelle Avice-Huet CEO - North America & Global Renewable Business Line
    Engie
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  • Achim Steiner
    UNDP
    Achim Steiner Administrator
    UNDP
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  • Mike Crawley
    Northland Power
    Mike Crawley CEO
    Northland Power
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  • Elisabeth Brinton
    Shell
    Elisabeth Brinton EVP New Energies
    Shell
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  • Morgan Landy
    IFC
    Morgan Landy Senior Director for Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources
    IFC
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  • Anna Freeman
    Clean Energy Council
    Anna Freeman Director Energy Council
    Clean Energy Council
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  • Jordan McNiven
    Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
    Jordan McNiven Director Global Power & Renewables
    Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
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  • John MacAskill
    OWC
    John MacAskill Group Director
    OWC
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  • Stuart Broadley
    EIC
    Stuart Broadley CEO
    EIC
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  • Michelle Davies
    Eversheds Sutherland
    Michelle Davies International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability
    Eversheds Sutherland
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  • Rob McNabb
    Eversheds Sutherland
    Rob McNabb Partner
    Eversheds Sutherland
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  • María Mendiluce
    We Mean Business Coalition
    María Mendiluce CEO
    We Mean Business Coalition
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    Maria Mendiluce was appointed as CEO of the We Mean Business coalition in 2020, at the start of a critical decade for climate action. The We Mean Business coalition brings together seven international organizations: BSR, B-team, CDP, Ceres, CLG Europe, The Climate Group and WBCSD, which together catalyze business leadership and policy ambition to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

    Maria will use her 25 years experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action to deliver an ambitious five-year strategy. This includes mainstreaming climate action across all businesses, both large and small, and advocating for climate policies to accelerate the green recovery and deliver an inclusive transition to net zero emissions before 2050.

    Formerly Managing Director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) covering Climate & Energy, Circular Economy, and Cities & Mobility, Maria played a pivotal role in guiding over 200 member companies to take transformative action on climate policy, energy transition, plastic waste and urban mobility. She has also held senior positions at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, in the CEO’s office of Iberdrola and at the International Energy Agency.

    Throughout her career Maria has a track record of establishing transformative projects. These include the Alliance to End Plastic Waste which pledged $1.5 billion to address plastic leakage to the environment; the Transforming Urban Mobility project to drive clean, safe and efficient mobility for all and WBCSD flagship Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative which was recognised as a key contributor to the Paris Agreement. She has also focused on working to achieve greater representation of women in leadership roles through the Leading Women Awards and the LEAP education project.

    Maria is a board member of the Science Based Targets initiative, a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission, a Co-Chair of the Global Environment Outlook Business Advisory Board (UNEP), a board member of the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) in Geneva, and a member of the BMW Mobility Council and Telefonica Sustainability Advisory Board.

    She has a PhD in energy economics, regularly teaches at universities and publishes in academic journals and media.

  • Carlos de la Peña
    Mckinsey & Company
    Carlos de la Peña Partner
    Mckinsey & Company
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  • The RT Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
    BEIS
    The RT Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Minister of State
    BEIS
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  • Eamon Nolan
    Vinson & Elkins
    Eamon Nolan Partner
    Vinson & Elkins
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  • Wendy Franks
    Northland Power
    Wendy Franks EVP Strategy & Investment Management
    Northland Power
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  • Dan Jørgensen
    soon
    Dan Jørgensen Minister of Climate and Energy and Public Utilities
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  • Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
    Reuters
    Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen Denmark Bureau Chief
    Reuters
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    Copenhagen bureau chief, Reuters. Covering Denmark, Iceland & Greenland. Former correspondent in Moscow & Singapore.

  • Magdalena Kouneva
    REEEP
    Magdalena Kouneva Director General
    REEEP
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  • Michael Hayes
    KPMG
    Michael Hayes Global Head of Renewables
    KPMG
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    Michael (Mike) is a partner at KPMG in Ireland, and has been a long term advisor to investors, developers and stakeholders in the Renewable energy, Infrastructure and Alternative Asset Management sectors. He is very active in working with corporates who are hoping to advance the transition to a green and sustainable economy both locally and globally. Mike is heavily involved in interacting with Government and other regulatory bodies to help develop policy and other changes across the Sector. He has also taken on the role as Global Leader for Renewables in KPMG and is a member of the Firm’s Global Steering Group for Alternative Investments. He also works on other related areas including clean water, energy efficiency and the circular economy.

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