Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Michael founded the company as New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009. Michael also serves on the High-Level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and he founded and chairs three charities: Finance for Resilience (FiRe), the Swiss-based EcoVillages Association and the Liebreich Foundation. He chairs the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab. Michael was a founding Board Member of the Dubai-based Middle East Clean Energy Business Council and is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. He has recently joined the advisory board of The Hawthorn Club, an international network for professional women in the energy industry. Michael is also a founding Advisory Board Member of Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER). He is a former member of a number of boards and groups, such as the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy and Climate Change working group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for the New Energy Architecture.