Global Electricity Initiative

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The main objective of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) is to encourage action and cooperation between electricity utilities around the world to achieve access to electricity for all people by 2030 in a reliable, affordable and sustainable way.

Three of the world’s largest energy and sustainability networks established this partnership in 2012: the World Energy Council and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The utilities participating in the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) are from countries that together account for more than 80% of global installed generation capacity.

The Global Electricity Initiative aims to build an international community of electricity industry leaders. It also conducts regular surveys to facilitate the action utilities are taking to increase access to affordable and clean electricity by identifying, recording and sharing information, main trends and issues as well as best practices. Moreover, GEI conveys the messages of the sector leaders to the policymakers and provides input into other WEC activities.

Philippe Joubert, Executive Chair of the Global Electricity Initiative

Mr Joubert began his career as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, before holding various positions in Brazilian bank BFB between 1977 to 1982. He moved to the USA to become Commercial Vice-President of Credit Lyonnais USA.

Mr. Joubert , Senior Advisor and Special Envoy Energy and Climate at WBCSD , currently serves as the Chair of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, sits at the Advisory board of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he is part of Faculty ; he is also Executive Chairman of the Global Electricity Initiative at the World Energy Council; He holds several Advisory positions to the CEOs of major Global Cites and sits on various Boards and Advisory Boards as Non-Executive Director.

Previously, Philippe was President of Alstom Power and Deputy-CEO of Alstom Group. He started his career in the Banking industry in Brazil and Wall Street . He joined Alstom in 1986, as Finance Director of GEC ALSTHOM Mecanica Pesada in Brazil. After a variety of senior roles within Alstom in Brazil, he became Country President, ALSTOM Brazil in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed President of Alstom Transmission & Distribution Sector and member of the Alstom Group Executive Committee in France. In January 2004 he was appointed President Alstom Power Systems and In March 2009, President of Alstom Power Sector regrouping all the group activity in Power Generation . On July 4th 2011, Philippe Joubert was elected Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Alstom Group by the Alstom Board.

He left the Alstom group in June 2014 .

Philippe, French and Brazilian, graduated from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales.

Philippe is Chevalier de la Légion d ‘Honneur.

The GEI Co-Chair is Richard Lancaster, CLP Holding Group, Hong Kong.

The  project is strongly supported by the electricity industry leaders from all regions of the world and the work is guided and supervised by the board of top level industry executives:

  • Nicholas K. Akins, American Electric Power, US
  • Sam Amadi, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigeria
  • Saleh H. Alawaji, Saudi Electricity Co., Saudi Arabia
  • Adrian Borotea, Chairman, CEZ Romania
  • Wilson Ferreira Jr, Eletrobras, Brazil
  • Hervé Machenaud, EDF Group, France
  • Peter Terium, RWE, Germany
  • José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Codensa, Colombia
  • Liu Zhenya, State Grid Corporation of China

For further information, contact Gemma McLauchlan, Senior Manager, Partners & Head of Global Electricity Initiative.

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