Speakers

Mahua Acharya  
Assistant Director-General and Head of the Knowledge Solutions

Global Green Growth Institute

Mahua Acharya is Assistant Director-General and Head of GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division. In this capacity, Ms. Acharya drives GGGI’s Green Investment Advisory Services to support GGGI member countries develop and seek financing for green investment projects, conceptualize knowledge...

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Alejandro Agag  
Chief Executive Officer

Formula E

Born in Madrid in 1970, Alejandro Agag enjoyed an international upbringing in Madrid, Paris and New York, gaining fluency in English, Spanish, French and Italian. After graduating from university he moved into politics, quickly establishing himself and becoming the personal assistant to the Spanish...

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Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi  
Chief Executive Officer

MASDAR

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar in February 2016. As CEO, his responsible for spearheading the company’s development and strategic direction as it plays a leading role in the renewable energy and clean technology sector. Since joining Masdar in 2008,...

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Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish  
Director General

OFID

Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish is Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). OFID is a development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC as a collective channel of aid to developing countries. Mr. Al-Herbish, a Saudi...

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Nawal Al-Hosany  
Executive Director of Sustainability and Brand

Masdar

A leading global advocate of sustainability, Dr Al-Hosany oversees four Masdar departments: Sustainability; Marketing and Communications; Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and Special Projects; and since 2012, she has been Director of the UAE’s annual global awards for renewable energy and...

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Allison Archaumbault  
President

Earthspark International

Serving as EarthSpark's President, Allison oversees all aspects of the organization's day-to-day operations and management. Allison is also founding principal of Fresh Generation, LLC, through which she has consulted to clean energy companies, governments, and advocacy groups.

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Ragna Arnodttir  
Deputy CEO

National Power Company, Iceland

Ragna Árnadóttir joined Landsvirkjun, Renewable Energy Company, in 2010. First as Executive Vice President and from 2012 as Deputy CEO of Landsvirkjun. Her previous positions include serving as the Minister of Justice from 2009-2010. She was the Director of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice...

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Suki Atwal  
Principal Green Finance Specialist

GGGI

Suki is a Principal Green Finance Specialist at the Global Green Growth Institute located in South Korea, where he manages structuring and mobilizing investment for Government planned climate finance projects in South East Asia, Pacific Islands, Middle East and North Africa. Suki has over 20 years...

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Selestino Babungi  
Managing Director

Umeme LimitedUGANDA

Selestino Babungi is the managing Director of UMEME, the largest electricity distribution company in Uganda. He has previously served as Umeme's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), where he was responsible for driving the Company's business and financial strategy, leading to the overall growth in Umeme'...

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Manish Bapna  
Executive Vice President and Managing Director

World Resources Institute

Manish Bapna is the executive vice president and managing director of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works to address six urgent sustainability challenges: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities. Manish oversees WRI’s programs, chairs WRI’s management...

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Sarah Best  
Senior researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets

IIED

Sarah Best's current work focuses on energy access and renewable energy, productive uses of energy, and on citizen engagement in policy and debates on energy and mining. She has expertise on pro-poor and inclusive business models, civil society advocacy for change, and a range of energy and...

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Michael Bloomberg  
Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City

Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media, and software company. He began his career at the securities brokerage Salomon Brothers, before forming his own company...

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Irene Cañas  
Vice Minister for Energy

Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Irene Cañas-Diaz has more than twenty years of professional experience and is the Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Costa Rica. She worked more than seventeen years in the Process of Electric Generation Technologies at the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity, making different technical and...

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Princess Abze Djigma   
Founder & CEO AbzeSolar S.A.

Ambassador of Burkina Faso for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Mossi Princess Abze Djigma from Burkina Faso is a direct descendant of the famous warrior and legendary Princess Yennenga, considered the mother of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso. She is the founder and CEO of AbzeSolar; the Ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso;...

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Mafalda Duarte  
Head

Climate Investment Funds

Mafalda Duarte has over 15 years of work experience and in-depth knowledge in development and climate change. She has been living and working in more than 30 developing countries where she has designed and implemented several funding mechanisms and new thematic programs in partnership with...

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Thomas Duveau  
Chief Strategy Officer

Mobisol

Thomas Duveau joined Mobisol, a German business developing solar energy systems for East Africa, as Head of Business Development in June 2013. With his team, he is responsible for market entry strategies and strategic partnerships. Thomas worked as an officer for renewable energies for WWF Germany...

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Alex Evans  
Chairman, Operating Committee

The Global LPG Partnership

Mr. Evans is Chairman of the Operating Committee of the Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP). The GLPGP is an international public-private partnership launched in 2012 under the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative whose mission is to lift one billion persons from energy poverty in developing...

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Christiana Figueres  

Christiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, before culminating her efforts in the historical Paris...

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Vivien Foster  
Global Lead Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions

World Bank Group

Vivien Foster is the Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets...

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Christoph Frei  
Secretary General

World Energy Council

Christoph Frei became the World Energy Council’s youngest Secretary General in April 2009. During this time, he has lead the further development of the world-renowned energy leaders’ network for sustainable energy through a number of initiatives, including the initiation of Council’s on-going World...

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Ilmi Granoff  
Director, Sustainable Finance

ClimateWorks Foundation

Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Ilmi leads ODI’s Institute on green growth, he is an attorney with over 15 years of experience and expertise in environmental law and policy,...

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Ana Hajduka  
CEO

African Green Co

Ana is qualified as a lawyer in both England...

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Harish Hande   
Managing Director

SELCO India

Harish is an Indian social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India, a social enterprise that provides sustainable energy services to the poor in India. Harish has received several awards for "his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social...

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Fletcher Harper  
Executive Director

GreenFaith

Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an international interfaith environmental organization. An award-winning spiritual writer and widely recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith a global leader...

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Xavier Helgesen  
CEO & Co-founder

Off Grid Electric

Xavier Helgesen serves as Chief Executive Officer of Off-Grid Electric. Mr. Helgesen co-founded Off-Grid Electric Tanzania Limited in 2011 and served as its Director. A veteran entrepreneur, Xavier founded two million-dollar businesses in his 20’s, including Better World Books, a profitable social...

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Andrew Herscowitz  
Coordinator, Power Africa

Power Africa- USAID

Andrew M. Herscowitz is the coordinator for Power Africa initiative. Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for...

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John Holmes  
Co-Leader

Smart Villages

John Holmes is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, concerned with enhancing the use of science in environmental policy making, and an independent consultant. The early part of his career was in technology assessment and research management relating to the development of clean coal...

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Steve Howard  
Former Chief Sustainability Officer

IKEA Group

In his former role as CSO at IKEA, Steve was responsible for the Company's sustainability strategy, environmental and social performance, the impact of its products. Steve believes that sustainability will be one of the mega-trends that shape society and the business landscape this century. He is...

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Naoko Ishii  
CEO & Chairperson

GEF

Dr. Naoko Ishii has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2012. Being an independently operating financial organization that provides grants for projects related to the global environment, GEF is the world’s largest public funder of...

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Martin Kariongi  
Community Leader

Terrat Village, Tanzania - Smart Villages

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago was born and raised in Maasai Steppes/plains of northern Tanzania. He is the founder of IOPA, a hybrid social organization that operates in Northern Tanzania to facilitate, direct and shape the social and economic transition of pastoral peoples from subsistence economy to...

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Drew Kodjak  
Executive Director

ICCT

Drew Kodjak is an environmental attorney with 25 years of experience working with governments to address air pollution from vehicles and fuels. Mr. Kodjak is currently the executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation, an organization that he founded in 2005 to support...

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Issa Kort  
President

Energy Commission of the Latin-American Parliament, Chile

Historian, Master in Business Administration (MBA), Academic, Researcher. Chilean Congressman, member of the Independent Democratic Union Party (Unión Demócrata Independiente - UDI). Since 2011, Mr. Kort has been Deputy of the Republic of Chile, Representative of District 32- City of Rancagua and...

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Jules Kortenhorst  
CEO

Rocky Mountain Institute

Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Since 1982, RMI has advanced market-based solutions that...

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Rachel Kyte  
CEO and SRSG

Sustainable Energy for All

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to...

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Jennifer Layke  
Global Director, Energy Program

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Jennifer Layke is global director of WRI’s Energy Program. She oversees initiatives and projects that aim to expand access to clean and affordable energy that will reduce climate risks and strengthen communities worldwide. She leads a global team of experts in energy access, renewable energy and...

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Aaron Leopold  
Global Energy Representative

Practical Action

Aaron Leopold is Practical Action’s Global Energy Representative, responsible for leading policy engagement with global processes and partners relating to energy, and for coordinating advocacy work across Practical Action’s offices. Aaron is also Deputy Director: Global Advocacy with Power For All...

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Michael Liebreich  
Founder and Chairman of Advisory Board

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

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...

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Christine Lins  
Executive Secretary

REN21

Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry association, science and...

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Lais Lona  
Business Development Africa

SunFunder Africa

Lais works with SunFunder as Business Development leads for Africa. Lais is responsible for developing new prospects and partnerships through market scoping and relationship management. He also supports the lending team’s due diligence activities and contributes to SunFunder overall strategy in...

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Amory Lovins  
Cofounder and Chief Scientist

Rocky Mountain Institute

Amory Lovins, 68, is a cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and 600 papers; and designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. He’s a member of the U.S. National...

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Philip Lowe  
Executive Chair World Energy Trilemma

World Energy Council

Philip Lowe was born in Leeds in 1947. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St John's College, Oxford and has an M.Sc. from London Business School. Following a period in manufacturing industry, he joined the European Commission in 1973, and held a range of senior posts as Chef de Cabinet...

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Marcelo Mena  
Vice Minister of Environment

Ministry of Environment, Chile

Marcelo Mena is the Vice Minister of the Environment in Chile. Co-Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, he worked on the design of air pollution control plans for Chile, along with green taxes and emission standards that have helped Chile’s energy and transportation system to be cleaner and...

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Antonio Mexia  
Chief Executive Officer

EDP - Energias de Portugal S.A.

CEO of EDP - Energias de Portugal S.A. and President of Eurelectric, Mr. Mexia is also the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Portugal (part of the WBCSD regional network) since April 2016. He served as Assistant to the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and was Vice...

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Arbind Kumar Mishra  
Member, National Planning Commission

Government of Nepal

Arbind Kumar Mishra is a Member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal, ranked at par with an assistant minister. In his portfolio covering Energy and ICT, he advises on the formulation of national strategies, coordinates policy across the public sector, and monitors...

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Neha Misra  
Chief Collaboration Officer and Co-founder

Solar Sister

Neha Misra is the Co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer of Solar Sister an award winning social enterprise addressing energy poverty through an innovative women-driven distribution model. As a founding member of Solar Sister’s leadership team, Neha has played a pivotal role in Solar Sister’s...

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Munawar M Moin  
Managing Director

Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd- Dhaka, Bangladesh

Munawar Misbah Moin is the Managing Director of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited. He leads the Solar PV and Energy Services Business. Munawar Moin on behalf of the board leads the V2022 program to establish Rahimafrooz as the leading Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) rollout company along with...

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Radha Muthiah  
CEO

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Since joining the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2011, Radha has developed and implemented a disciplined sector strategy that has put the Alliance ahead of target on its way to reaching the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

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Paul Needham  
Chairman

Simpa Networks

Paul co-founded Simpa with the bold mission to make clean energy simple, affordable and accessible to everyone. Simpa sells rooftop solar power systems on finance to households and shops in rural India. The company’s lease-to-own model is enabled by its integrated pay-as-you-go and mobile payments...

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Clay Nesler  
Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability

Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, public affairs, innovation and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global...

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Boston Nyer   
Co-Founder and the General Manager

Burn Design Lab

Boston Nyer is a Co-Founder and the General Manager of BURN, a company that designs, locally manufactures and distributes clean burning cookstoves.  BURN has sold 250,000 cookstoves through commercial channels in East Africa impacting more than 1.3 million people.  Its modern manufacturing facility...

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Pete Ogden  
Vice President, Energy, Climate and Environment

UN Foundation

Pete Ogden is the new Vice President for Energy, Climate and the Environment serves as chief strategist for the Foundation’s work with the United Nations and its partners in the business, faith-based, civil society, and philanthropic communities to combat climate change, promote sustainable energy...

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Patrick Oliva  
Senior Vice President for External Relations

Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin

Patrick Oliva is a chemical engineer with a doctorate in physical sciences, and a graduate from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises. He is a member of the International Transport Forum (ITF) Corporate Partnership Board, a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Business Council...

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Sheila Oparaocha  
International Coordinator and Programme Manager

Energia

Sheila Oparaocha is the Executive Secretary of the ENERGIA. ENERGIA, founded in 1996, is an international network of organizations and professionals active in 22 countries in Asia and Africa addressing gender and energy issues. Ms. Oparaocha joined ENERGIA in 1999 and currently oversees a programme...

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Riccardo Puliti  
Senior Director, Energy and Extractives

World Bank

Riccardo Puliti joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director, Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice in November 2016. In his role, Riccardo leads a team of 400 professionals in their work developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries. The Energy and...

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Mary Robinson  
President

Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

Mary Robinson is President of the Foundation and Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a former President of Ireland and a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She has spent most of her life as a human...

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Philippe Scholtès  
Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation

UNIDO

Philippe Scholtès is Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation at UNIDO. He oversees in that capacity the technical assistance programme of UNIDO—a portfolio of over 700 projects for a total value of one billion dollars, delivered by 220 staff at UNIDO HQs in Vienna and...

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Maroš Šefčovič  
Vice President

European Commission

Maroš Šefčovič is in charge of the Energy Union and coordination of the EU Space Policy. In this role he is responsible for establishing a European Energy Union by connecting infrastructures, enforcing legislation and increasing competition to help drive down costs for citizens and businesses and...

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Clare Shakya  
Director

IIED

Clare Shakya is the Director of IIED’s Climate Change Group. She has over 25 years of experience in development, in climate, energy and natural resources. She spent 15 years with DFID where she led Asia and then Africa Division’s climate change response, integrating climate change thinking and...

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Niru Shrestha  
ENERGIA's Women Entrepreneur 2017

Nepal

Niru Shrestha, an experienced entrepreneur from Nepal, who was inspired by the WEE-Nepal training programmes in 2015 to switch from constructing built-on-site mud chimney stoves to supplying portable biomass cookstoves. She shows great ambition to expand her business. She is planning to engage with...

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Paul Simons  
Deputy Executive Director

International Energy Agency

Paul Simons took up his duties as IEA Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015. He supports the Executive Director in providing leadership and strategic direction to the Agency, including advancing the global engagement strategy by strengthening co-operation with non-member countries and pursuing...

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Eang Sophalleth  
Under Secretary of State

Kingdom of Cambodia

H.E. Sophalleth Eang is currently leading Cambodia’s policy efforts in scaling-up solar energy investment and strengthening renewable energy policy through his role in oversight of Cambodia’s National Council for Sustainable Development, as an Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment...

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James Spalding  
General Director, Paraguay

Itaipu Binacional

James Spalding is the Paraguayan General Director of ITAIPU Binacional, the world leader in both accumulated hydroelectric energy generation (over 2.4 billion MWh) and annual energy generation, having reached 103,098,366 MWh in 2016. ITAIPU Binacional, located on the Paraná River, is jointly owned...

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Francesco Starace  
CEO and General Manager

Enel Group

Francesco Starace was appointed Group Chief Executive in May 2014. Between 2008 and 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation subsidiary and a leading player in the global renewables industry. He is the co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's...

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Kate Steel  
Senior Energy Advisor

Power Africa - USAID

Kate Steel joined USAID's Power Africa in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Sector team in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa. Before coming to AID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access...

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Josué Tanake  
Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

EBRD

Josué is the Managing Director responsible for the operational strategy and planning function of the EBRD and for leading the Bank's energy efficiency and climate change activities. Josué joined the EBRD at its creation in 1991 to start its municipal and environmental infrastructure financing...

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Peter Thomson  
President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

United Nations

On 13 June 2016, the United Nations General Assembly elected Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji to serve as President of its seventy-first session, which runs from September 2016 to September 2017. H.E. Peter Thomson took office in New York as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in...

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Harry Verhaar  
Head of Global Public & Government Affairs

Philips Lighting

Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public...

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Cyrus Wadia  
Vice President, Sustainable Business & Innovation

Nike Inc.

Dr. Cyrus Wadia, VP, Sustainable Business...

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Lasse Wallquist  
Environmental Manager at

Swiss Re

Lasse is a Senior Environmental Manager at Swiss Re. He is responsible for Swiss Re's green power strategy and the sustainability of its supply chain. He previously worked in stakeholder management for European energy companies at the Swiss Risk Dialogue Foundation and holds a PhD in environmental...

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Sheila Watson   
Deputy Director & Director of Environment and Research

FIA Foundation

Sheila Watson is Deputy Director...

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Hugh Whalan   
CEO

PEG Africa

Hugh Whalan is the CEO of PEG Africa, the largest PAYG company operating in Ghana and Ivory Coast. He has started several businesses focused on energy and financing in West Africa over the last 8 years. He started the first crowd-funding site for energy lending, and a fast growing solar...

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Zouera Youssoufou  
Managing director and CEO 

Dangote Foundation

Zouera Youssoufou is the managing director and CEO of Dangote Foundation, based in Lagos. In this role, she leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health, nutrition and educational outcomes for the less fortunate, primarily in Nigeria and in Africa. Prior to joining Dangote Foundation,...

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Kandeh Yumkella  

Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella is former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). He was also a Member of the Rio+20 Principals Group, which played a crucial role in the...

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Yongping Zhai  
Senior Advisor, Office of the Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department,

Asian Development Bank

Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for about 25 years. He is currently Technical Advisor (Energy), Sector Advisory Services Division, Regional Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is in charge of overall energy policy and...

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Christian Zinglersen  
Head of Secretariat, Clean Energy Ministerial

CEM Denmark

Christian Zinglersen, is the first Head of Secretariat for the new Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat, established at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and leads the CEM Secretariat to support an accelerated global transition to modern and clean energy sources. Mr. Zinglersen brings a...

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