The Advisory Board for the Global Clean Energy Forum is playing a major role in ensuring the event covers and addresses the most critical topics and issues. Meet them below.
José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO, Acciona
José Manuel Entrecanales joined Acciona in 1991. He was Corporate Development Director, Finance Director and a Member of the Board until he was named Chairman in 2004. Between 1994 and 2000 he was also a Board Director of Vodafone Spain, and between 2000 and 2007 he was Chairman of Vodafone Spain and of the Vodafone Foundation in Spain.
In 2009, Mr. Entrecanales joined the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He also belongs to the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and is Chairman of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation and Sustainability.
Daniel M. Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley, and Energy Envoy for the U.S. State Department
Daniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and also Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently named him as one of the first Senior Fellows of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
The Lord Browne of Madingley, Managing Director, Riverstone Holdings; former Group Chief Executive, BP
Lord Browne joined BP in September 1991 as a Managing Director. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 1995. Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he became Group Chief Executive of the combined group on 31 December 1998 until 1 May 2007.
Awards received include the Institute of Energy Melchett Medal (2001), the Society of Petroleum Engineers Public Service Award (2002), the World Petroleum Congress Dewhurst Award (2005), and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award from the Business Council for International Understanding.
Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
As leader of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Björn Stigson is actively involved in the business response to the challenge of sustainable development, bringing a wealth of experience in international business, together with an expert understanding of key sustainability issues.
Peter Gutman, Global Head, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
Peter Gutman is responsible for developing Standard Chartered’s business globally, across the areas of financing, equity, advisory and principal investment. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Expert Committee for Green Investing, and the Steering Committee for the IFC/McKinsey global water project. He is also leading Standard Chartered’s Clinton Global Initiative commitment, under which the bank plans to mobilize U.S.$8 billion – U.S.$10 billion in financing for the renewable energy and clean technology sectors over the next few years.
Andrew Brandler, Chief Executive Officer, CLP
Andrew Brandler holds an MA degree from Cambridge University, MBA degree from Harvard Business School, and is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He joined the CLP Group as the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in May 2000 and is responsible for overall group performance. Prior to joining the CLP Group, Mr. Brandler was an investment banker, specializing in the energy and utility sectors and was the Head of Asia-Pacific Corporate Finance with Schroders, based in Hong Kong.
Established in Hong Kong over 100 years ago, CLP is now a leading energy provider to mainland China, Australia, India, Southeast Asia and Taiwan.
Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Fatih Birol has overall responsibility for the IEA’s economic analysis of energy and climate change policy. He oversees the annual World Energy Outlook which is the flagship publication of the IEA and is recognized as one of the most authoritative sources for energy analysis and projections. He is also responsible for the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides policymakers with a business perspective on energy market issues.
Thomas E. Wallin, President, Energy Intelligence
Thomas Wallin has been President of Energy Intelligence since 1999. A world-renowned commentator, he has been instrumental in driving progress and development within Energy Intelligence’s publications, the market leader in the provision of top-class, internationally respected data and information for the global energy industry.
Fritz Vahrenholt, CEO, RWE Innogy
Fritz Vahrenholt is one of Germany's best-known renewable energy experts, having been an advisor to Chancellors Schröder and Merkel from 2001-2007. A former board member of Deutsche Shell, and chairman of REpower, Fritz now oversees the renewable energy investments and activities of RWE, one of the world's largest utility companies.
Ditlev Engel, President and CEO, Vestas
Leader of Vestas since 2005, Ditlev Engel is a world-renowned expert on wind energy. He is also an advisor to the International Energy Agency, as well as the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon
Founded by Tulsi Tanti, Suzlon now ranks as the third leading wind energy group in the world with 9.8 per cent of the global market share. A global corporation with over 15,000 employees, Suzlon works in over 25 countries on five continents, and has built a reputation as a socially responsible enterprise with sustainable development at the core of the business.
Jiang Lin, Director, China Sustainable Energy Program
Jiang Lin is Senior Vice President and Director of the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) at the Energy Foundation (EF). He leads EF's support in clean energy policy development in China. Previously, Jiang was an advisor to numerous Chinese agencies, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.
Wes Frye, Managing Director – Sustainable Energy, Internet Business Solutions, Cisco
Wes is one of the core founders of Cisco's new energy ventures, including smart grid solutions to automate the electricity distribution grid; home and building management platforms to improve energy efficiency; and software systems to help users understand and manage their energy consumption. He is responsible for creating a global decision support system for monitoring energy consumption and for accelerating adoption of green, sustainable power solutions to reduce CO2 emissions and climate change.
Simon Giles, Partner and Global Lead – Smart Cities, Accenture
Simon is Accenture's global lead for Smart Technology Strategy and is currently advising the World Economic Forum. He has been working with government and utility leaders to demonstrate how 'smart' utility infrastructure, distributed renewables and low carbon transport technologies are converging to offer possibilities for a more sustainable set of municipal services.
Antonio Mexia, Chief Executive Officer, Energias de Portugal
In 2004, Antonio Mexia was appointed Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication for Portugal’s 16th Constitutional Government. He also served as Chairman of the Portuguese Energy Association (APE) from 1999 to 2002. He was also a government representative to the EU working group for trans-European network development.