Our student ambassadors Gaëlle Thomas, Denise Hick, Luc Foley, Giang Tran and Mrinal Abhinav have carefully curated a list of Green Energy Professionals who made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.
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This list promotes the top professionals in the field of green energy: they are the top figures of solar, wind, hydraulic or biomass energies. They have worked in these industries for most of their lives, and their whole career path reflects their interests for green energy and for making the world a better place.
Mikel is the CEO of KIC InnoEnergy Iberia, which aims to accelerate sustainable energy innovations and is supported by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Mikel has extensive experience in bridging research, business and education within the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining InnoEnergy in 2010, he was head of the wind turbine technology division of the Spanish engineering company Apia XXI, and head of analysis and design of wind turbines at the Spanish National Centre for Renewable Energy. Before then, he worked in Germany and France as a research engineer at Robert Bosch and as quality engineer at Valeo.
Between 2007 and 2009, he was a part-time Associate Professor at Public University of Navarra’s Mechanical Engineering Department where he lectured on Wind Turbine Dynamics and Machine Elements and Vibrations.
Mikel was also involved in different wind turbine technology innovations that led to the filing of six patents.
He believes that we are in a historical moment for the energy sector, which needs to transform quickly and at a reasonable cost in front of the challenge of decarbonization. This is made possible by renewable energies technologies becoming significantly cheaper in the last decades. He expects that their prices will decrease even more in the future.
Henrik Stiesdal is currently the CTO of Siemens Wind Power. He is one of the wind industry’s foremost leaders. He designed one of the first wind turbine, the three-blade turbine, that represented the “Danish Concept” in 1978 that took over the global wind industry in the 1980s.
The wind energy industry has Stiesdal to thank as he has made more than 170 innoventions and received more than 650 patents all related to wind power technology throughout his career. He received the German Renewables Award for Lifetime Achievements in Wind Energy in 2014 and the Wind Turbine Award from the Danish Wind Turbine Owners’ Association in 2015.
Henrik Stiesdal also developed the technology for the floating wind turbines that he ended up establishing Stiesdal Offshore Technologies that focused on low-cost floating and bottom-fixed wind turbine foundations.
According to Stiesdal, in order to face the current climate problem we are having, it is not enough that we only do research, the important is interpretation.
Alastair is the current Managing Director of Advent.re, which provides an Offshore Wind Market Readiness Assessment tool to help countries understand where they are in developing their offshore wind market and where they want to improve.
He is recognised as an expert on offshore wind by the International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency, UK Government.
Chair of the Global Offshore Wind Task Force at Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), and a consultant to the program to accelerate offshore wind in emerging markets at the World Bank, Alastair was also lead author of the World Bank’s “Going Global: Expanding Offshore Wind To Emerging Markets” report.
He led the market development for offshore wind in the UK for 10 years, making it the current world leader. And, as an independent strategic consultant, he has advised governments how best to adopt offshore wind. His clients include companies including developers, supply chain and investors on their offshore wind strategies.
Raul Prieto is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT is a state-own non-profit research centre by the Finnish government. The centre provides research and innovation services, as well as information for domestic and international customers, partners. VTT’s mission is to provide support for business with science-based innovations and applied research.
Raul Prieto has been conducting researches on wind power at VTT for 3 years. Before that, he was involved with multiple working positions regarding wind technology such as Blades Knowledge Area Leader at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Lead Engineer at WiseAero Engineering Service, and Blade Engineer at WinWinD Oy.
Richard is Director of Research at 4C Offshore, a company that offers market intelligence for offshore winds and provides subsea cable consultancy to bring projects to fruition.
Prior to working at 4C Offshore, Richard was Information Systems Designer/Architect for Oceantram from 2008 to 2009, where he was responsible for the conceptual design and development of an innovative interactive offshore wind energy information system integrating news feeds, industry reports, over 250 offshore wind farms and their stakeholders, contextual data (wind speeds, water depths etc), wind farm weather forecasts, buoy observations and weather map services.
During his 10 years with 4C Offshore, he established it as the leading provider of offshore wind market intelligence, then developed and launched 4C consultancy services to assist market leaders and new entrants with their strategic decision making.
As of today, his company has assisted several hundred organisations.
Dr. Aremndáriz is the Head of Offshore Wind Energy Business Unit at CENER.
He graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra and obtained his PhD in Naval Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with the Extraordinary Doctorate Award.
He has more than 15 years of research experience in the field of Renewable Energies. He started working in the wind energy field in rotor design and load calculation for wind turbines.
José has taken part in the IEA annexes 23 and 30 on validation of integrated simulation codes and he has led several tasks in European research projects (INNWIND.EU, IRPWind). His main research topics are related with integrated simulation, floating wind turbine design and dynamic simulation and scale testing of floating wind turbines.
Christof Erckert is the founder of Energy Technology Development. He describes himself as a biomethane and biogas expert, which we could all agree on: after obtaining a computer engineering diploma, he has since 2006 been at the head of companies developing biogas projects. Today, Erckert is based in Italy, and is the founder of his own company: Energy Technology Development. He is also the manager of BTS Biogas Srl, cited as “one of the most important providers of biogas plants and considered a pioneer in this sector”, with projects in Italy, Germany, Japan, and the UK. In addition, Christof Erckert is the owner of a patent about the construction and the operation of a biogas plant.
Overall, Erckert admittedly “dedicates himself with determination to the production of sustainable biofuels”, and even more since the 2018 Biometano 2 law was adopted in Italy.
Mikko Toivanen is the Co-founder of Ilmatar Wind Power Plc, a company that provides people, the consumer, with a choice to make a difference for our environment in Finland. Having also 20 years of experience working in the energy industry, Mikko plays an important role in building the first complete TCM service portfolio in Finland and that has established Ilmatar Plc among other international wind energy service provider owners and investors.
Having strong belief in the possibilities of wind energy in fighting environmental problems, Mikko expressed: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to work in an industry that actively seeks ways to tackle the biggest challenges humanity has ever encountered.”
Mikko Toivanen is also the Chairman of KKM Power that develops power compensation systems for transmission companies and wind farms.
Michael Hickey is a Senior Project Manager at Vestas Wind System A/S. He has more than 20 comprehensive years of experience and proven leadership in project management, construction management, site management, and business management.
His specialties are visibly displayed in his impressive resume where he showcased his work as project manager at Vestas, Clipper Windpower, General Compression, and as construction manager at Sempra Renewables and SunEdison where he managed wind turbine project South Plains Wind Energy I & II in Floyd County, Texas. The project delivered 100 Vestas 2MW Wind Turbines and 91 Vestas 3.3MW Wind Turbines.
Nigel Christison is a Senior Project Manager at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of top wind system manufacturer Vestas. He leads numerous large-scale, high value, multi-million-pound offshore wind turbine projects in the United Kingdom and Europe.
He is the project leader for the Wind Float Atlantic Project, delivering the first-ever floating wind turbine with the highest capacity of V164-8.4 MW. The last wind turbine has sailed in May 2020 and when the wind turbines are fully commissioned, they will be able to provide clean energy for more than 60 000 homes. This project will continue to provide further study and insight for floating wind turbine projects in the future.
Nigel Christison has extensive experience in leading offshore wind turbine projects at Vestas Wind System A/S, as well as at Siemens AG and Technip Offshore Wind Limited.
Dr. Markus Tacke was CEO of Siemens Gamesa (2017-2020), one of Siemens Divisions, for more than 3 years. As one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy, Dr. Tack believes that in order to achieve a sustainable world, all industry stakeholders and authorities need to collaborate together. He also stated that sustainable development is key and that key should be interlaced with all of the company’s activities and is what drives every step that we take.
Siemens Gamesa is one of the leading wind energy companies that provide not only the services, the products, but also information and study on how wind energy can help the environment. A recent report commissioned by the company indicated that wind energy could save 1.57 billion cubic meter of water by 2030.
With more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and a strong background in energy production and engineering, Dr. Tacke has been continually making efforts to tackle climate change issues and inspiring many to do the same on media platforms such as Twitter. He is also the Chairman of the Board for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
Robert Borin is the Chief Manufacturing Officer and Senior Vice President at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. He has more than 10 years of experience working with turbine technology.
He started off as an graduate trainee at Siemens Wind Power in 2004 and work his way up to Head of Global Manufacturing, and later on Head of Product Validation and Quality where he managed more than 200+ R&D engineers, test engineers and technicians spread over five different test and laboratory locations in DK, UK and the US and 35 turbine test sites around the world.
Robert Borin founded Borin Industrial Adviser in 2015.
Antonio Cammisecra is CEO of Enel Green Power (EGP), the world leader in renewables and one of the most important power generation private operators. He is also the Head of the Global Power Generationbusiness line and the Head of Africa, Asia and Oceania region at Enel Group.
EGP manages a renewable power capacity of about 46GW in over 1200 plants on 5 continents. In 2019, under his leadership, the company built more than 3 GW of new renewable capacity, establishing a new record throughout the world and confirming its leadership in the global sector of renewables.
Antonio believes that the energy transition is changing our daily lives and power production as we know it. Climate change, the digital revolution and the commitment to giving everyone access to energy are the main aspects of this transformation.
He loves what he does, which is working to shape a new sustainable business model.
Professor Tony Bridgwater is the professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University. He specialised in bioenergy, biofuels and biorefineries. Throughout the years, his work has been dedicated to the development of fast biomass and fuel pyrolysis.
Professor Bridgwater has participated in winning more than £25 million research grant which plays an important role in establishing the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Birmingham, UK. He was also the Technical Director of SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for 8 years.
Dr. Mike Mason is the co-founder of Climate Care, one of the first carbon trading businesses in the world. His research includes the study of improving the efficiency of anaerobic digestion plant, making bioenergy commercially affordable and a positive force in food production (as some biofuel may pose as a competitor for food production).
Dr Mason is also the director of Tropical Power, a renewable energy company that operates in Africa. His inspiring personal blog is one of the media platforms where he shares his knowledge on climate change and energy issues.
Dr Jan Schöne is the Head of Product Management and Engineering at Trina Solar. His mission is to develop and implement Trina’s energy storage product strategy. Before working with Trina, Dr Schöne was the Technical Director Energy Storage at Sungrow EMEA.
Founded in 1997, Trina Solar Limited is one of the leading solar panel manufacturers located in China. The companies have multiple subsidiaries spread out in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Their mission is to make solar energy affordable for everyone by continuing striking for constant technology innovation meeting the worldwide clean energy demand.
Professor Harry E. Ruda is the Professor and Chair of Nanotechnology at the University of Toronto and an Independent Director at Canadian Solar Inc. since 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Materials and Solid State Physics. His research interests focus on the fabrication and modeling of semiconductor nanostructures with applications in the fields of optoelectronics, energy and sensing.
At Canadian Solar Inc, he’s a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Chair of the Research and Development Committee.
Alongside his colleges, Professor Ruda has founded the Canadian National Centre of Excellence in Photonics. He also serves on the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada and on other government panels.
Inna is a technology entrepreneur. In 2011, at the age of 24, she co-founded and became the CEO of Eco Wave Power, a company using the power of the waves to create clean electricity.
Under her leadership, Eco Wave Power installed the first grid connected wave energy array in Gibraltar. She is also responsible for securing 190MW of projects pipe-line for the company.
For Inna, clean electricity is a very personal journey, as she suffered respiratory arrest due to the pollution in the Chernobyl region after the 1986 nuclear disaster. She got a second chance in life and decided to devote it to the fight against pollution.
She was recently chosen as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the world by medium.com. She was also selected as part of Wired’s list of “Females Changing the World”, and won the Women4Climate award by C40, as well as figuring in “Eight young innovators with ingenious ideas for the future of energy” by the Smithsonian Magazine.
She is also considered one of the 30 most influential women of the 21st century by MSN. Most recently, Inna was awarded the United Nations “Global Climate Action Award” in the category of “Women for Results”, during COP25 in Madrid.
Kangpin is the Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jinko Solar which is currently the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer.
Jinko Solar distributes its solar products to a commercial, utility and residential customer base across the globe. They also operate one of the solar industries largest R&D centres and UL certified testing facilities with over 250 scientists and solar experts.
Jeff Waters is the Chief Executive Officer of the SunPower Technologies business unit.
This unit is responsible for all of SunPower’s, one of the biggest solar energy companies in the world, Research and Development as well as all of its manufacturing. SunPower is a leading producer of Next-Generation Technology cells.
21. Andrew Jones
Andrew is the co-founder and co-director of Climate Interactive, a not-for-profit organization that has developed, together with MIT Sloan, a scientific tool to model climate change and national greenhouse gas reduction scenarios for organizations, citizens and policymakers.
An expert in international climate change and energy issues, Andrew also teaches “Systems thinking for sustainable enterprise” to MBAs at the University of North Carolina and “System dynamics” at MIT sloan.
In 2008 he co-accepted the “ASysT Prize” for “a significant accomplishment achieved through the application of systems thinking to a problem of U.S. national significance”. In 2013, he received the System Dynamics Society’s award for the best real-world application of modeling.
In 2017, his organization was named the Top US Energy and Environment Think Tank by Prospect Magazine.
Andreas is the CEO and founder of CHOOOSE. CHOOOSE makes it “delightfully simple” for everyone, businesses and individuals alike, to calculate and offset their climate footprint.
As a lawyer, he has primarily assisted energy and energy service companies, Norwegian and international investment banks and PE companies. He has also been legal advisor for different industrial actors and start-ups.
Andreas believes that sustainability is a “megatrend” driven by the emergence of a new generation. In order for businesses to align with this generational change in expectations, communication is needed, especially when it comes to employee engagement.
In 2018, his company was named a top 10 tech startup globally by Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge.
23. Anna-Lisa Mills
Anna-Lisa is the founder and director of SmartCarbon Calculator, a company that helps businesses to calculate, report and reduce carbon emissions. She is also the Director of True North Sustainability, which provides sustainable projects and carbon footprint calculations, in order to help organizations minimize their environmental impact.
With over 20 years of experience in environmental management, sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Carbon Footprinting, Anna-Lisa has a proven track record in developing, implementing and leading environmental, carbon and sustainability strategies for a wide range of organisations.
She is trained in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and has been responsible for preparing carbon reports for large multinational corporations as well as over 100 SMEs. She has expertise in the legal and market drivers.
Anna-Lisa is determined and passionate about taking action for a more sustainable future and tackling climate change.
24. Chris Bolman
Chris is the founder of Brightest and executive director of The Brightest Foundation.
He is a social impact entrepreneur, organizer, writer, developer, advisor, and sometimes activist based in New York City.
His company is a platform for social impact measurement and sustainability. It provides many resources to go carbon neutral, including a Carbon footprint calculator for both individuals and businesses.
Previously, he founded a data analytics company, and worked in renewable energy at PHOTON Consulting and Social Solar. Chris is also a United Nations Sustainable Energy Practitioner.
His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, VICE, AdAge, NYMag and Cool Hunting, among many other popular journals.
25. Christian Arno
Christian is the founder and CEO of Pawprint, which he co-founded in 2019.
Pawprint will be an app-anchored community to help consumers understand and reduce their carbon footprints. It will be personalised, ongoing, social, and seeks to be friendly, informative and inspiring.
An experienced business leader and entrepreneur, Christian has been running his own business for nearly 20 years. In 2001 he founded Lingo24 and built it into the thriving, 200-people, translation and localisation business it is today.
Christian is driven by a desire to tackle the world’s biggest challenge. His motto: mend more and buy less. Why would you want to throw your favorite jeans or t-shirt away when you can fix it up anyway?
26. Elizabeth Sawin
Dr. Sawin is co-founder and co-director of Climate Interactive, a think-tank that helps people see what can be done to address our biggest climate challenges.
She is a biologist (with a PhD from MIT) and a systems analyst with more than 18 years experience working on, teaching with, writing and speaking about computer simulations and systems thinking.
Her primary interest is learning how we can address climate change issues in ways that bring multiple benefits for health, justice and well-being. She also loves teaching, writing and speaking about her learnings.
Thanks to the influence of incredible mentors, including Nobel Prize-winning biologist Bob Horvitz and scholar Joanna Macy, Dr.Sawin believes that the solutions to our toughest problems come from “seeing systems as interconnected wholes, not disconnected parts”.
27. Gérald Maradan
Gérald is the co-founder and CEO of EcoAct, a leading organisation in climate and energy strategy including footprint calculation, project development and poverty alleviation.
He is a social entrepreneur who likes to combine passion, innovation and determination with business-like discipline and holistic approaches.
Through EcoAct, he has developed a portfolio of more than 30 projects worldwide, developing business plans, setting financing structures. His key achievements include the creation of more than 29,000 jobs in developing countries and more than 30 millions tonnes of CO2 offset.
He was also a speaker in nearly 150 conferences around the world and has received several awards, including the ESCP Europe Young Entrepreneur in 2006.
28. Ingo Puhl
Ingo is one of the founding partners of South Pole, a global leader in the use of results and performance-based incentive systems for high-impact climate mitigation.
He has over 20 years of experience in climate policy and finance on an international level, and he’s an expert in designing financial support mechanisms for climate change-related projects.
Ingo is currently driving South Pole’s work on energy transformation in South East Asia. He is also a co-founder of Whapow, a food tech start-up which is tackling the urgent need to massively improve the sustainability of our food system via the development of food & beverage applications around photosynthetic microorganisms.
An optimist who believes that the world urgently needs and is full of transformative opportunities and business models to restore and create social and environmental capital at scale, he hopes that the current technological innovation will be driven by global collaboration and shared values, leading to the decentralization of wealth creation.
29. Jason Denner
In 2006, Jason co-founded POINT380, a software and consulting firm that helps companies to set, manage and achieve their sustainability goals.
Jason is an engineer and financial analyst with over two decades of experience in supporting clients to increase profitable investment in efficiency and renewable resources, reduce financial costs and risks, cut carbon emissions, streamline logistics, and develop sustainable products. His clients include industry-leading companies, world-class NGOs and clean technology startups.
Prior to founding Point380, he was Director of Engineering for DOMANI Sustainability Consulting where he founded Domani’s Energy Efficiency and Process Improvement consulting practice.
Jason is a member of RMI’s informal international network of industrial efficiency experts. He co-authored the industrial chapter of RMI’s book “Reinventing Fire: a business-lead vision for moving America away from fossil energy by 2050”.
30. Sylvain Massot
Sylvain is the co-founder and at Impaakt, a web-platform that leverages on the collective intelligence of a large community of members to assess the social & environmental impact of large listed companies.
He has almost three decades of experience in international banking in London and Geneva, which enabled him to develop his investment and management skills.
He is also the co-founder of Fondation ReBin, which operates in Benin in the field of waste recycling: by creating innovative and cohesive projects, people are enticed to no longer perceive waste as a nuisance, but rather consider it as a valuable resource.
31. Michael Groves
Dr. Groves is the founder and CEO of Topolytics, a Scottish analytics company that focuses on waste management.
He has 20 years of experience in environmental management and sustainability, and a doctorate in satellite imagery and remote sensing.
The ‘WasteMap’ data platform developed by his company is used by multinational enterprises and their waste contractors to make better commercial, environmental and investment decisions.
In May 2019, Topolytics was chosen from more than 250 entrants as the winner of the Google Cloud and SAP Circular Economy 2030 challenge.
32. Mike Berners-Lee
Mike Berners-Lee is the founder of Small World Consulting,
He is an expert in greenhouse gas footprinting and organisation development.
His company has developed practical toolsets for modeling climate change impacts. Greenstone has developed consumption-based emissions reporting at Greater Manchester, West Sussex and the Lake District, and provided supply chain emissions reporting for BT Group, Taylor Wimpey, E.H Booth & Co and many others.
He is also the author of “There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years”, “How Bad Are Bananas? The carbon footprint of everything” and co-author of “The Burning Question”.
Currently a professor at Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures, where he gets the chance to think about the challenges of the 21st century. His goal is to bring about a more sustainable world.
33. Nick Sutton
Nick is the founder and director of Greenstone Plus, which provides sustainability Software-as-service in more than 100 countries.
He has seen his company grow from an idea born out of a few client requests for carbon emissions information to a broad non-financial enterprise solution used by clients across the world.
Using his company’s environmental reporting software, clients can upload data from a wide range of sources, including energy, transport, waste, water and fugitive gases.
34. Oliver Bolton
Oliver is the founder and CEO of Almond.
His company offers individuals and companies a range of innovative technology solutions, to understand, reduce & balance their carbon footprint in the easiest way possible. Their goal is to get 100 million people & businesses to become climate positive by 2030!
Oliver is a ClimateTech entrepreneur with 12 years of experience in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. He has also founded 3 B Corp health drinks brands (Waterbomb, Liquid Fusion, What A Melon) and co-founded leading health app VITL.com.
As an entrepreneur, he loves to have a concrete positive impact on the climate crisis.
He won the Virgin VOOM award in 2016.
35. Paavo Tertsunen
Paavo is a co-founder and account manager at UseLess Company.
He is an LCA-expert with particular expertise in carbon footprint calculation, helping people to understand the carbon footprint of their product or company.
Paavo’s background is in sustainability science and he has worked for UseLess’ customer development and communications from the very beginning.
He is personally passionate about sustainability, environment & biodiversity, and customer development.
36. Peter Allan
Peter is the CEO of Surple, which builds software that makes it easy for managers to make better energy decisions.
When asked why he founded Surple in an interview with TechDragons, he replied:
“The average person spends approximately nine minutes a year thinking about energy – that’s simply not enough for something we interact with and consume on a daily basis.
How can we expect to change attitudes towards climate change and reduce the £7.5bn worth of energy that’s wasted annually in the UK when we spend such a little amount of time thinking about it?”
Peter believes that with simple energy efficiency measures, an organisation’s consumption and therefore carbon footprint can be significantly reduced.
37. Renat Heuberger
Renat is a co-founder and CEO of South Pole which, among many other services, provides data solutions to measure and monitor corporate GHG emissions.
Prior to co-founding South Pole in 2006, he co-founded and was CEO of the myclimate foundation, providing climate advice and educational programmes, as well as carbon offset programs.
Renat is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the fields of sustainability, climate change and renewable energy.
He has been awarded the title of Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland by the Schwab Foundation, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, as well as a board member of EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s main climate innovation initiative.
38. Romain Lacombe
Romain is a technology entrepreneur focusing on the environment.
He is the founder and CEO at Plume Labs, a company that creates personal devices and apps that help you measure your exposure to air pollution levels.
His company’s AI-powered air quality data and forecasts are also available for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Romain is working to change the world, one breath and one kilobyte at a time. He is also a TED fellow and speaker and delivers inspiring talks on the issue of air pollution, like this one.
39. Sangwon Suh
Dr. Sangwon Suh is the founder and director of VitalMetrics, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for businesses to measure and manage their sustainability metrics.
He has over 20 years of experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and carbon and water footprinting. He has also published 3 books and over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles on LCA and environmental science and management.
In the last 10 years, he has provided technical advice to various organizations including Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), federal, state, and local governments.
He developed the Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive (CEDA®) in 2000 and has overseen its evolution since then. He was a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.
Since 2003, he has been an associate editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Dr. Suh has also co-authored the international standard on carbon footprint (GHG protocol) as a member of the working group of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
40. Thierry Fornas
Thierry is the co-founder and president of EcoAct.
He has more than 13 years of experience in climate and carbon strategy.
Since 1996 he has developed several low carbon projects in Africa, Asia and South America, and has led more than 300 climate and carbon strategy consulting assignments for various businesses and communities, with the aim of building their carbon neutrality strategies.
He is also CEO of Climate Pal Kenya, an organization that develops low carbon offset projects in East Africa.
Thierry is a founding member of APCC (Association of Professionals in Carbon Consulting) and a Lecturer at Université Paris IV Sorbonne and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Carbon Markets.
41. Lynn Jurich
Lynn Jurich is the founder and CEO of Sunrun. Sunrun is a US-based provider of residential solar, storage and energy services. Their business model allows residential customers to choose an affordable investment plan to finance their renewable energy. They do this by operating a “solar as a service” model which offers leasing and loan financing as well as ownership options. This has allowed them to unlock affordable energy in the residential rooftop sector while saving customers the significant upfront expense of installation.
Sunrun is currently operating in 22 US States (plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia), has almost 1500 MW installed and has offset around 2.7 Mt CO2. Jurich has also been recognised individually on a number of occasions; she was named one of the Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs by Fortune magazine in 2009, she was listed on Fortune magazines 40 under 40 list in July 2018 and was named by Lynn magazine as one the top 100 Female Founders in 2018.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire is the CEO and Chairman of Schneider Electric, a French multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services.
Tricoire has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and an MBA. He joined Schneider Electric in 1986 and worked his way up through the company, progressing in 2001 to serve as Executive Vice President in charge of Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific until 2004, when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO). Tricoire then took on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2006, and of Chairman & CEO in April 2013. He is also director of the Worldwide Board of the UN Global Compact.
43. Fazlul Haq
Fazlul Haq is the Senior General Manager specialise in Offshore Programmes and Business Development at Suzlon Energy Ltd.. Before working with Suzlon, Fazlul Haq had 11 years of experience at Senvion S.A., where he successfully developed and adapted product roadmap, launched & led cross-functional development projects through a stage-gate model, led the serialisation of a Offshore Wind Turbine, and led the conceptualisation of a LCOE optimised Next Generation Offshore Wind Turbine and formed a consortium with 14 Partners across Europe and won an EU grant of €25 m.
He was also a Project Engineer for Senvion Australia EPC projects where he led the Grid & BoP Engineering for a turn-key wind farm project.
44. Assad Razzouk
Assaad Razzouk is the founder and CEO of Sidicatum Renewable Energy. Sindicatum is an award-winning developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects in Asia. Sindicatum finances, executes and applies technologies to its projects and its team of engineers, technicians and climate change specialists working across several renewable energy markets to identify opportunities, develop solutions, implement projects and oversee their operation. Sindicatum has won numerous awards, including at the International Finance Awards, Most Sustainable Energy Company – Singapore and Most Innovative Renewable Energy Company – Singapore, December 2018 and The Green Organisation’s Green World Ambassador Award, June 2015.
Razzouk is a Doctor of Philosophy in Climate Change, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation from Teri University in India. He is very vocal on twitter, communicating on sustainability, clean energy and the climate and has given a number of speeches on the topics, including a TED talk.
45. Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah is an American clean energy entrepreneur, author, and podcast host. He is the Co-founder of Generate Capital, an investment and operating platform that builds, owns, operates and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources. He is also the founder of SunEdison, where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. Along with Richard Branson, Shah formed the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit aiming to harness the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change and create a post-carbon economy.
Shah authored the book “”Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy” and is co-host of the podcast The Energy Gang, which explores the technological, political and market forces driving energy and environmental issues.
46. Claes Fredriksson – CEO and founder of LiquidWind
Claes Fredriksson is the founder and CEO of LiquidWind, a swedish Company that produces eMethanol, a carbon-neutral fuel.
Claes has many years of experience developing renewable energy solutions internationally.
In 2015 he became aware of the possibility to create carbon neutral methanol. Claes has since been working relentlessly to create a team of experts and world-class Consortium to bring renewable methanol to market at scale, in order to reduce our carbon emissions.
His company is now working hard to bring eMethanol to market which will enable industry to meet their sustainability goals and help to ensure a cooler world.
47. Martin Fornage
Martin Fornage is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Enphase Energy, an energy technology company that provides green energy solutions for US households.
Martin co-founded Enphase Energy with Raghu Belur in March of 2006. He led the initial technology development at Enphase, focusing on the power train and its control as well as the communication system.
Martin Fornage has over 20 years of experience in the telecom equipment industry where he designed a large variety of functions such as power supplies and fiber optics, as well as wireline and radio communications. He holds more than 25 US patents.
48. Raffi Garabedian
Raffi Garabedian has been the Chief Technology Officer of First Solar since 2012. He joined First Solar in 2008 as director of disruptive technologies, he is now the company’s CTO responsible for managing the technology, photovoltaic module, and power plant system products and roadmaps.
Before joining First Solar, Raffi Garabedian founded Touchdown Technologies Inc. and Micromachines Inc.. He spent more than 15 years in the MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) industry, developing new products such as automotive engine control sensors and fiberoptic telecommunications switching systems.
49. K. R. Sridhar
Dr. K. R. Sridhar is an Indian American engineer, professor, and entrepreneur. He is the President, Co-founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. Sridhar previously worked at NASA and while there he worked on methods to produce power from oxygen and hydrogen. In 2001 he co-founded Bloom Energy (intially known as Ion energy) with a mission to “make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone on earth”. In 2010 Bloom Energy launched a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly fuel cell, developed by Sridar, known as the Bloom Box. As of 2010, natural gas and atmospheric oxygen are pumped through a stack of cells, producing electricity, but theoretically any other gaseous fuel could be used] The energy is clean and inexpensive,
50. Jérôme Pécresse
Jérôme Pécresse is the president and CEO of GE Renewables, a division of General Electric headquartered in Paris, France focusing on production of energy from renewable sources. Its portfolio of products includes wind, hydroelectric and solar power generating solutions.
GE Renewables has the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry. Pécresse was appointed President of the Alstom Renewable Power Sector and Executive Vice-President of Alstom, in June 2011. Alstom was then acquired by General Electric and under Pécresse’s leadership GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean, renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with grid solutions.
51. Erica Mackie
Erica Mackie is the CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit solar installer making impacts in low-income communities in the United States and Nicaragua. The company develops and implements solar projects that partner-up with affordable housing organizations, job training groups, government agencies, municipalities, utilities, tribes and local communities.
Erica Mackie has won multiple awards including 2013 Clean Energy and Empowerment Award and US Green Building Council’s Green Building Super Hero Award. Stated at one of the awards, Erica Mackie believes in the power of women inclusion in the battle against climate change: “I am convinced the only solution we can find to climate change is one that must include women and must include all of our communities, because otherwise it will not be successful.”
52. Amy Kean
Amy Kean is the Director at Strides Renewables in Sydney Australia. She has more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sector with profound knowledge in energy regulation, renewable energy technology and finances.
Before joining Strides Renewables, Amy Kean was appointed as New South Wales Government’s Renewable Energy Advocate, where she helped implementing multiple plans such as the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan, the $75 million Emerging Energy Programme, the NSW Transmission Infrastructure Strategy, the pump hydro roadmap, and the NSW Electricity Strategy.
Amy Kean received the 2017 NSW Green Globe Award for Public Sector Leadership and the 2018 Energy Minister’s Leadership Award.
53. Nick Taylor
Nick Taylor is the Chief Operating Officer at Lake Turkana Wind Power. Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Marsabit County is the largest wind farm in Kenya. With 365 wind turbines capacity of 850kW each, the Wind Farm is connected to the national grid, providing about 17% of the country’s installed capacity.
The Wind Farm is providing low-cost and reliable energy to the people in Kenya as the produced electricity price will be bought at a fixed price by Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd.
Nick Taylor has more than 10 years of experience as Chief Operating Officer at Lake Turkana Wind Power.
54. Jianhua Wang
Professor Jianhua Wang is the Director of the Water Resource Department at China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). His research focuses on the simulation and regulation of water cycle in river basin, social water cycle, construction of water-saving society, water resources management and planning, and international water resources development. He has been with IWHR for 14 years and before that, he was the Director of the Preparatory Office of the State Key Laboratory for Simulation and Regulation of Water Cycle in the River.
Luciano Di Domenico is a Project Manager at Andritz Hydro, a leading supplier of electromechanical systems and services for hydropower plants. He has more than 10 years of experience with Andritz Hydro working system engineer and project manager.
One of the notable projects was the Belo Monte Complex where Luciano worked as the Project Manager of Belo Monte and Pimental (Erection/Supply) and Technical Coordinator of Andritz at ELM (Electromechanical consortium).
His expertise is in construction procedure, installation, operation, maintenance and repair facilities/mechanical equipment for hydraulic equipment.
56. Francesco La Camera
Francesco La Camera is the Director General at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He has over 30 years experience working in the fields of climate and sustainability. La Camera was appointed as Director General in April 2019 and under his leadership the Agency has forged a series of new strategic partnerships with UN organisations including UNDP, UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund among others. In his role he is responsible for leading the delivery of IRENA’s work programme and strategy in cooperation with the Agency’s member states.
57. Tom Kiernan
Tom Kiernan is the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, an American trade association formed in 1974, representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, service providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry. They are responsible for working with the U.S. Congress to promote policies encouraging investment in wind energy and provide statistics and data on the wind industry. Additionally, they make policy recommendations and testify on various issues. Kiernan has been Chief Executive Officer since 2013.
58. Jürgen Reinert
Jürgen Reinert is the CEO of SMA Solar Technology, a German solar energy equipment supplier founded in 1981 and headquartered in Niestetal, Northern Hesse, Germany. SMA is a producer and manufacturer of solar inverters for photovoltaics systems with grid connection, off-grid power supply and backup operations. Reinert has been CEO since October 2018, having previously held operational and technical positions within the Organisation.
59. Hans-Dieter Kettwig
Hans-Dieter Kettwig is the Managing Director of Enercon. Enercon is currently the 4th largest Wind Turbine Manufacturer in the world.
They are based in Germany, however also have production centres in Sweden, Brazil, India, Canada, Turkey and Portugal. Enercon Wind Turbines differ from most other major manufacturers in that they have no permanent magnets and therefore the company does not require on rare earth magnets.
60. Richa Pandey
Dr. Pandey is the Vice President of Technology Development at Ubiquitous Energy, a Silicon Valley technology company leading the development of next generation solar technologies.
She has worked on organic photovoltaics for over a decade. She specializes in thin film deposition and process optimization using different physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques, and structural and optical characterization of thin films using ellipsometry, fluorometry, x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-VIS spectroscopy.
In 2018, she received the American Solar Energy Society Women in Solar Award, as well as the Solar Power Woman of Distinction Award.
Most recently, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named her as Woman of Influence 2020.
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