Officers Council

The officers of WEC, together with the Secretary General, form the Officers Council, which has responsibility for managing WEC’s business affairs, property and to support the development of WEC global activities. The Officers Council consists of the WEC Chair, Co-Chair, Regional Vice Chairs and Standing Committee Chairs.

WEC Chair

The WEC Chair is elected for a three-year term from nominations which may be submitted by any Member Committee.

Chair: Marie-José Nadeau

Marie-Jose Nadeau (official)Marie-José Nadeau is the Chair of the World Energy Council. She is also Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Secretary General of Hydro-Québec.

“WEC represents the principal impartial forum on critical issues affecting the global energy agenda. As Chair, my goal is to position WEC as the leading international authority on energy issues.”

Marie-José Nadeau took responsibility as Chair of WEC at the World Energy Congress 2013 in Daegu, Korea. Ms. Nadeau is currently the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Secretary General of Hydro-Québec. Before joining Hydro-Québec, she held various strategic positions in the government of Québec. Ms. Nadeau sits on the Board of the Energy Council of Canada where she holds the position of Vice Chair. She is a past chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association.

Ms Nadeau is Vice President of the Boards of Directors of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and of Concordia University. Ms. Nadeau is a member of the Boards of Directors of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited., Metro Inc., the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM).

Co-Chair: Younghoon David Kim

Younghoon David Kim, from South Korea, is the Co-Chair of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman & CEO of the Daesung Group.

“WEC should focus on collaboration with other global organizations like the UN as well as the water and financial sectors to promote the case for ‘clean and smart’ energy.  In this way we can satisfy both the need for sustainable energy for all and create a virtuous circle encompassing the food-energy-water nexus.”

Younghoon David Kim was previously the World Energy Council Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia, which has entitled him to become an Honorary Officer of WEC. He is currently the Co-Chair for the WEC and took on this position at the end of the 2013 Congress to serve a three-year term until 2016, at which time Mr Kim will become Chair. Mr Kim is a member of the Energy Council of Korea and served in the last quarter of 2012 as Acting Chair of the World Energy Congress 2013, Daegu, South Korea.

Mr Kim has been Chairman and CEO of the Daesung Group since 2000. Prior to this, Mr Kim held the offices of Vice President and then President at Daesung. He has worked in the energy sector for over 20 years. Mr Kim has also appeared as a panellist at the World Economic Forum, chaired the Contents Korea Promotion Committee, and currently chairs the Daegu Athletics Association. He also serves as an advisor to the Korea China Foundation.

WEC Vice Chairs

They represent and support the network’s expansion and activities in specific geographic regions and activity areas. They are elected for a three-year term from nominations submitted to the Executive Assembly by the Chair.

Africa - Bonang Mohale

BonangMohaleBonang Mohale is Vice Chair for Africa of the World Energy Council. He is also the Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited.

“My vision for WEC is to think about how we can provide more efficient energy AND less environmental pollution in addressing the challenges of economic development – where clear thinking, huge investments and effective leadership are urgently needed – and to help us better understand the choices we all face and have to make.”

Until 31 December 2008, Bonang Mohale spent 6 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated Facilities Management company, where he was also a member of (Exco).  Until May 2003, he was Chief Executive:  Shared Services and Associated Companies of Sanlam; a member of the Exco and Alternate Director of the Sanlam Limited main board. Until August 2001, he was the Executive Vice President at South African Airways (SAA) responsible for Strategic Alliances, Network Management and Global Sales.  From 1996, he was the MD of OTIS (PTY) LTD – the world’s biggest and oldest elevator company where he spent five years and in 1997, winner of the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) “Progressive Company of the Year” award.

Mr. Mohale was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council. He was awarded the IPM CEO of the Year: 2012.  In 2007 South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA)’s ‘Personality of the Year’ and the 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) Manager of the Year.   In November 2001, he received the Presidential Award for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals”. 

Asia - Wu, Xinxiong

Mr  Wu XinxiongMr. Wu, Xinxiong is Vice Chair for the Asia Region of the World Energy Council. He is a member of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the Administrator of the National Energy Administration and Vice-Chair of the National Development and Reform Commission, China.

He is a senior economist who served as mayor of Jiangyin city and vice-mayor of Wuxi city. He was a member of the standing committee of the Wuxi City CPC Committee until 1997 and was appointed deputy secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial CPC Committee in 2002. In the following year he was appointed vice-governor of Jiangxi province. Wu Xinxiong was an alternate member of the 16th CPC Central Committee and served as governor of Jiangxi province from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Chairman of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Asia Pacific & South Asia - Arup Roy Choudhury
Arup Roy Choudhury

Shri Arup Roy Choudhury is the Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific and South Asia region of the World Energy Council. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC Limited since September 2010, and has a career spanning over 32 years of outstanding contribution in the fields of engineering, management and leadership.

He became the youngest Chief Executive Officer of a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) at the age of 44 years when he joined National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited on in 2001 as Chairman & Managing Director.

Mr. Choudhury is the Chairman of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of over 240 Central Public Sector Enterprises. He was awarded with the “Best Individual Leader of the Public Enterprise” recognition by the Honorable Prime Minister of India in 2010 and also received the award for “CSR and Responsiveness” from the Honorable President of India on the same year.

Europe - Leonhard Birnbaum

OFF_Leonhard_BirnbaumDr Leonhard Birnbaum is the Vice Chair for Europe of the World Energy Council. He is also Member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE, one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies.

“Across the globe energy markets are growing closer. Social equity, energy security and environmental impact mitigation require an efficient and modern energy supply. These core values of the World Energy Council can only be realised through market mechanisms and aligned national and international policies.”

Dr Birnbaum has been a Member of the Executive Board of E.ON SE since 2013. In his current role he is responsible for markets and services, covering various departments as Trading & Supply, Distributed Energy, Engineering & Projects, Commercial Operations, Politics & Regulation, Technology & Innovation and Consulting.

Before joining E.ON Dr Birnbaum was Board member of RWE AG and Senior partner for McKinsey & Company and member of the management team for the European energy sector.

Latin American & Caribbean - José Antonio Vargas Lleras

Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

José Antonio Vargas Lleras is the Vice Chair Chairman of the World Energy Council for the Latin American & Caribbean region. He is also Chairman of the Colombian Committee of WEC.

Dr Vargas has been Chairman of the Energy Commission for Regional Integration (CIER) and has held several managerial positions in many companies in the electric sector. Before joining CODENSA in 2006 he held the post of CEO of the Bogota Power Company.

Professionally trained as a lawyer, and also a university professor, Mr Vargas Lleras has served as an Ambassador to the European Union and the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Customs Organisation.

Gulf States & Middle East - Taha Mohammed Zatari

OFF_Taha M ZatariDr Taha Mohammed Zatari is the WEC Vice Chair for the Gulf States and Middle East (Special Responsibility). He is also Senior Consultant in the Designated National Authority, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

Dr Zatari is since 1997 the Senior National Climate Change Negotiator to the UNFCCC and National Coordinator and Project Manager for the 1st & 2nd National Communications. Dr Zatari is also a member of the IPCC Bureau and the key contact for IPCC in Saudi Arabia. He participates in the meetings of UNEP, Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) and IMO activities.

Between 1996 and 2002, Dr Zatari was responsible for developing Environmental Standards in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Director General of Environmental Standards in the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment.

Dr Zatari holds a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (1996) after completing a Bachelor of Engineering Technology at the University of Central Florida, USA in 1984.

Responsibility for Regional Development - Oleg Budargin

Oleg_Budargin_photoMr. Oleg Budargin became the World Energy Council’s Vice Chair Responsibility for Regional Development in October 2013.  He is also Director General of JSC “Russian Grids”.

Mr. Budargin graduated from Norilsk Industrial Institute with highest honors, majoring in Industrial and civil construction”.  In 1984 he started his professional career as a foreman in the Construction and Erection Department of the shaft-sinking trust company of Norilsk Nickel.  He then became Deputy Head of the Production Department of the Construction and Erection Association “Norilskstroy”. In 1995 Mr. Budgargin was appointed Deputy General Director of Norilsk Nickel.  In 2000 he was appointed – Norilsk Mayor and from 2003 – Governor of Taymyr (Dolgan-Nenets) Autonomous Region.  On October 27, 2009 at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders Mr. Budgardin was elected Chairman of the Management Board of JSC “FGC UES”.  In June 2013 he was elected Director General of Joint Stock Company “Russian Grids”.

Oleg Budargin is a member of the Russian Presidential Commission for Strategic Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector and Environmental Security. Mr. Budargin has received a number of national and industrial awards. 

North America - Dean Oskvig

Oskvig_Dean_Nov 2013Dean Oskvig is the Vice Chair for North America of the World Energy Council. He is also President & CEO of B&V Energy, Black & Veatch.

“Energy is foundational to an improved quality of life.  Because of its technology, governance and economic neutrality, WEC can be the world’s authority on how best to sustainably make energy accessible to everyone.”

Dean Oskvig joined the Black & Veatch in 1975.  He is currently President & CEO of B&V Energy, Black & Veatch’s global energy business. He is responsible and accountable for determining strategies/business direction, developing the Division’s talent, managing risk, and delivering annual and long‐term profit.  Mr. Oskvig joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2006, serves on the Corporate Strategy Planning and Innovation Committee and the Investment Review Board, and is Vice Chairman of the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Council.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Oskvig was Chief Operating Officer – B&V Energy. He was responsible for deploying project management and production resources for the division.

Prior assignments include President of the Power Delivery Division of Black & Veatch; Co‐Chairman of the company’s Corporate Strategy Planning Committee; Chairman of the company’s Performance Culture Task Force; Chairman of the Energy Sector Strategic Planning Committee; Co‐Champion of the Market Leadership initiative; and Chairman of the company’s sustainability initiative. He has presented numerous papers regarding the Energy industry and Sustainability and serves in leadership positions on several local and global charitable and educational organizations.

Finance - Graham Ward
Graham Ward

Graham Ward is Vice Chair, Finance of the World Energy Council, Chief Commissioner of The Independent Commission for Aid Impact(UK), Director & Member of the UK Civil Aviation Authority and a member of the Executive Council of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies (UK).

“My vision for the World Energy Council is that it should be a thriving membership organisation which is the world’s leading authority on the practical and policy issues involved in achieving a sustainable energy future for all on our planet, and also that it should disseminate its expertise widely and effectively to governments, regulators, consumers and producers alike.”

Graham Ward retired in 2010 from the Global Energy and Utilities Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has served as the Chairman to the British Energy Association and is a member of the Executive Council of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies.

Mr Ward is a Director & Member of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, and was President of the International Federation of Accountants.Graham was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2004 for services to exports.

World Energy Congress 2016, Istanbul Organising Committee - Hon. Hasan Murat Mercan

Hon. Hasan Murat Mercan is Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2016 World Energy Congress

Standing Committee Chairs

They support the development of WEC global activities. They are nominated by the WEC Chair and elected by the Executive Assembly for a three-year term.

Communications & Outreach - Jean-Marie Dauger

OFF_Jean_marie_DaugerJean-Marie Dauger is Chair of the WEC Communications & Outreach Committee. He is Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive  Board of GDF SUEZ.

“The World Energy Council provides a wide arena for a comprehensive examination of the global energy scene, bringing together representatives of mature and developing economy countries. The WEC has based its reputation on authoritative reports and analyses, on superior understanding of energy projections, and on an unflagging commitment to promoting sustainable energy policies and strategies. In a world where energy issues are paramount and for which access to energy in a sustainable manner is essential, the role played by the WEC is of critical importance.”

Jean-Marie Dauger has served several positions within Gaz de France, including Chief Operating Officer, and since the merger of Gaz de France and Suez, with GDF SUEZ as Senior Executive Vice President. He is a member of the Executive Board in charge of the Global Gas & LNG Business Line, one of the six business lines of the GDF SUEZ Group.

Mr Dauger is a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Jean-Marie Dauger is also Member of the WEC’s Programme Committee.

Studies - Brian Statham
Brian Statham

Brian Statham is Chair of the Studies Committee. He is also the Executive Chairman of the South African National Energy Association.

“My vision for the WEC is that it will increasingly become a thought-leader on energy matters, stimulating innovative solutions to the challenges facing the global energy sector. Personally, as Chair of the Studies Committee I aim to make the Strategic Insights more relevant, particularly regarding the needs of developing countries.”

Mr Statham chaired the 2007 WEC Global Study on “Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050″ and has served on a number of governmental task forces and committees dealing with energy matters. Mr Statham has some 36 years of experience in energy and has been involved in construction (coal, hydro and nuclear), operations, research, production planning, investment planning, project development (coal, hydro, LNG, natural gas, nuclear)and strategic planning, predominantly in the area of power generation.

Programme - José da Costa Carvalho Neto

OFF_ Jose da Costa Carvalho Neo

José da Costa Carvalho Neto is Chair of the Programme Committee of the World Energy Council. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Eletrobras.

José da Costa Carvalho Neto is Chair of the World Energy Council’s Programme Committee, which directs WEC’s technical and regional work . In 1987, he was the Deputy Secretary of Mines and Energy of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He was also Chairman of Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig) between July 1998 and January 1999 where he started in 1966, after holding the position of Chief Distribution Officer between 1991 and 1997 as well as Superintendence, Department and Division Manager.

Mr. Carvalho Neto was also CEO of Arcadis Logos Energia, Member of the Board of Directors of Logos Engenharia and Enerconsult and Director of Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas. Mr. Carvalho Neto holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.