Officers Council

The officers of the World Energy Council, together with the Secretary General, form the Officers Council, which has responsibility for managing the World Energy Council’s business affairs, property and to support the development of its global activities. The Officers Council consists of the World Energy Council Chair, Co-Chair, Regional Vice Chairs and Standing Committee Chairs.  It operates under a ‘Code of Conduct’ which applies to all Officers, as well as to the Secretary General.  World Energy Council OFFICERS CODE OF CONDUCT (352.01 kB)

World Energy Council Chairs

The World Energy Council Chair and Vice Chair are elected for a three-year term from nominations which may be submitted by any Member Committee.

Chair: Marie-José Nadeau

WEC Chair Marie-Jose Nadeau - February 2015

Marie-José Nadeau is the Chair of the World Energy Council.

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

Marie-José Nadeau took responsibility as Chair of the World Energy Council at the World Energy Congress 2013.  As such, she is regularly invited as a Keynote speaker in international forums.  Previous to that, she has been active in the World Energy Council community since 1998.

After graduating in Law from Ottawa University (Canada), Ms. Nadeau served as a senior advisor to the Ministers of Environment and Energy of Quebec before joining Hydro-Quebec (Canada) in 1993 as a senior executive where she was a member of the leadership team for over 20 years.

Her experience has given her an understanding of the complex issues facing the energy sector today, the ability to build consensus and collaboration among members and to advance the highest ethical standards for the World Energy Council.

She also sits on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Board on SE4All; the Advisory Council of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); and China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Initiative.  She is also Vice President of the Selection Committee for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, based in the United Arab Emirates, and a committee member of the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, she is a Director on the Boards of publicly traded companies and has led numerous fundraising activities to the benefit of organizations active in the fields of culture, health and education. 

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.

“The World Energy Council 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 the World Energy Council. He is currently the Co-Chair for the Council 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.

Co-chair Kim was awarded the highest honor given to a foreign national, the Order of the Polestar, from the Mongolian government in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to the fight against desertification in the Gobi Desert with Daesung’s SolaWin project, a WEC flagship project.  This project has been successfully replicated in South Asia, Central Asia and Africa as a model PPP that alleviates food, energy and water (“FEW”) poverty.  In recognition of the success of the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, Co-chair Kim was awarded the Seo Sang-don Award in 2014, which honors the achievements of an outstanding Korean business leader.

 World Energy Council 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 Vice President, Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited.

“My vision for the World Energy Council 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 - Nuer Baikeli

Mr. Nuer Baikeli is Vice Chair for the Asia Region of the World Energy Council. He is the Administrator of the National Energy Administration and Vice-Chair of the National Development and Reform Commission, China. 

Asia Pacific & South Asia - Shigeru Muraki

 picture_ShigeruMURAKIMr. Shigeru (Sam) Muraki is the Vice Chair for Asia Pacific / South Asia of the World Energy Council.  He is also the Executive Advisor at Tokyo Gas

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 of the World Energy Council for the Latin American & Caribbean region & Chair-elect (2016) of the Communications & Strategy Committee. He is also Chairman of the Colombian Committee of WEC and President of CODENSA.

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.

Special Responsibility Gulf States/Middle East - Matar Al Neyadi

Dr. MatarDr Matar Al Neyadi is the World Energy Council Vice Chair for the Gulf States/Middle East (Special Responsibility). He is also Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates.

Dr Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Edinburgh (1997). He has professional experience in leadership, international cooperation, international maritime law, management of international negotiations, climate change, rationalization of energy and water consumption, impact of the prices of unconventional sources on oil and gas prices, the State’s sovereignty on its natural sources and drafting legislations.

In May 2014, Dr Matar assumed the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). Dr Matar is also the UAE’s Executive Member in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), member of the Executive Office of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), member of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and member of the Board of Trustees of H.E. the Minster of Interior’s Award for Scientific Research.

Dr Matar is also the Chair of the Gasoline and Diesel Prices Follow-up Committee; Deputy Chair of UAE’s National Committee at the World Energy Council; Chair of the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Executive Committee; member of the Emirates Green Development Council; member of the Steering Committee of the UAE Ecological Footprint Initiative and a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Law.

Dr. Matar Al Neyadi has authored a number of legal books which notably include ‘Maritime Zones of the UAE’, the ‘Rules of International Treaties in Public International Law’ and ‘Documents in Public International Law’.

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 - Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht is Chair, Finance Committee of the World Energy Council.

Dr. Barbknecht is a Former Member of the Executive Board of VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, one of the leading energy companies in Germany. He worked at VNG for over 20 years in a variety of different functions. This has allowed him to gain top management experience in the fields of legal affairs, strategic coordination, international gas procurement, international gas sales, international gas trading, international gas market sales and portfolio management.

Dr. Barbknecht is also a member of several German, as well as international organisations.

Dr. Barbknecht is an Honorary Professor at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and a Visiting Professor of the Practice at Brandeis International Business School (Boston, USA).  Prof. Barbknecht lectures Energy Law and Energy Geostrategy and is an international acting legal and strategy advisor.

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

H.Murat MERCANHasan Murat Mercan is Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2016 World Energy Congress.

“The World Energy Council is an international organisation that follows up the developments in the world, is capable of predicting and influencing the trends and developments at a global scale. I would like to see the Council become a major reference source regarding the energy policies and an organisation which increasingly contributes to the security, efficiency and sustainability of energy resources in the world. The 23rd World Energy Congress that we will be holding in cooperation with the World Energy Council in 2016 in Istanbul will be a unique opportunity for all of us to discuss all these issues and identify the adequate policy alternatives.”

Latin American & Caribbean - Claudia Cronenbold Harnes

Claudia CronenboldClaudia Cronenbold Harnes is Vice Chair Elect of the World Energy Council for the Latin American & Caribbean region.




Standing Committee Chairs

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

Communications & Strategy- Jean-Marie Dauger

OFF_Jean_marie_DaugerJean-Marie Dauger is Chair of the World Energy Council Communications & Strategy Committee & Chair-elect (2016) of the Studies Committee.

“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 organisation 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 World Energy Council 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, then ENGIE, as Former Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the Global Gas & LNG Business Line, one of the five business lines of the ENGIE 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 a Member of the World Energy Council’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 World Energy Council 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 World Energy Council 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 the Council’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.