How We Work

Success is not straightforward or a single-issue challenge. Coordinated leadership, practical wisdom and political will are pivital work within energy and across multiple sectors.

Our organisational structure

The World Energy Council is the world's principal and impartial network of energy leaders, pioneers and practitioners. The organisation has a coordinating Secretariat in London, United Kingdom, under the direction of the Secretary General who reports to the Officer's Council, under the leadership of an elected Chair. 

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The key functions of the World Energy Council are guided by the Standing Committees, made up of elected members from across the world. The Council gathers annually for an Executive Assembly to agree the strategic direction of the organisation. 

The World Energy Council's National Member Committees operate independently under a regionalised structure, with elected Regional Vice Chairs to oversee activities and ensure coordination. 

The World Energy Council’s funding is devolved to reinforce the organisation's neutrality. 

Member committees

The World Energy Council has Member Committees in nearly 100 countries, including the largest energy-producing and energy consuming nations.  

Corporations, organisations and individuals can join the World Energy Council’s network through the National Committee in their country of interest. Membership is made up of federated Member Committees representing the broadest possible range of energy and energy-related interests in their countries: 

The World Energy Council is the world’s most influential organisation covering all aspects of the energy sector. Joining a National Member Committee will help to empower your organisation, enhancing your voice at the national, regional and global level.  

Join the World Energy Council now. Help influence energy agenda by promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. 

Members 

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.  

Executive Assembly

The Executive Assembly is the annual general membeship meeting of the World Energy Council. The members have ultimate authority in the governance of the World Energy Council as provided in the Articles of Association and are overall responsible for managing the Council's affairs. 

Each Member Committee is entitled to be represented at the Executive Assembly, which is the ultimate governing authority for the Council.  All Member Committees have one vote in the Executive Assembly, regardless of size or subscription category. 

The 2019 Executive Assembly will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 9 – 12 September. Meeting details and locations of forthcoming events can be found here

Standing Committees

The World Energy Council is governed by Standing Committees:  Programme, Studies, Communications and Strategy, Finance, Nomination and Renumeration. The committees meet two to three times a year and report to Members. These Standing Committees are responsible for carrying out the Council’s work programmes.  

Standing Committee members are selected according to their expertise and geographical location to ensure balanced and effective representation over the three years term – from one Congress to the next.  

The Programme Committee oversees the World Energy Council’s technical knowledge networks. This includes all Global and Regional programmes, as well as ongoing relationships with partner organisations. The Committee also has responsibility for stakeholder relations, including government engagement, which helps to ensure that the core constituents of the Council adequately reflect the energy system. The Committee specifically focuses on: 

José da Costa Carvalho Neto, Chair, Programme Committee

The Studies Committee leads and facilitates the World Energy Council’s flagship activities of impactful and influential content and experiences on the global energy debate. This includes dynamic tools, Insight briefs, analyses, white papers, and other commentary that advances the Council’s core messages and provides insights on issues of critical importance to energy leaders. 

It also coordinates the Council’s policy statements and liaises with the Programme Committee on regional programme studies. 

The Studies Committee focuses on specific Strategic Insight studies and useful, relevant tools of a long-term, visionary and strategic nature to ensure successful energy transitions and include:  

  • World Energy Issues Monitor 
  • World Energy Trilemma Index 
  • World Energy Scenarios 
  • Energy Innovation Insights 
  • Dynamic Resilience Framework 

The activities are supported by issue-specific World Energy Perspectives which focus on important energy-related challenges and themes.  

The Communications and Strategy Committee oversees how we better reach and engage key stakeholders and broaden our audience to achieve maximum mission impact including  matters related to the strategy and visibility of external communications across all channels and devices. This includes events, media, communications, digital, platforms and training. The Committee also oversees the theme and programme of the hugely influential triennial World Energy Congress.  

José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Chair, Communications & Strategy Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for the short- and long-term financial viability of the World Energy Council. It is responsible for putting forward the annual budget, reviewing the annual report and monitoring performance against budget and plan. The Finance Committee also serves as the audit committee, reviewing the effectiveness of the external audit. The Committee met three times during the year.  

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Chair, Finance Committee

The Nominations Committee is responsible for nominating new Directors and developing the slate of nominees for presentation to the Member Committees. It initiates the search and selection process and makes recommendations for new Trustees as may be necessary. In selecting suitable candidates, the Committee considers a range of factors including relevant skills, experience, diversity and region.  

The Remuneration Committee determines the remuneration and benefits of the Chief Executive, and reviews performance of the Chief Executive against the performance framework. The Charity offers a level of remuneration for all staff that reflects individual responsibilities and performance. The remuneration framework sets out pay bands clearly and is openly available to employees.  

Governance

The World Energy Council consists of two separate but related legal entities: 

The World Energy Council, which is a UK registered charity and a UK company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales Articles of Association 2016; Rules 2016. 

WEC Services Limited (“WSL”), the World Energy Council’s wholly owned trading subsidiary and a separately registered UK company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales. 

World Energy Council is an officially accredited UN partner organisation and has links to a number of sectoral, IGO and NGO organisations worldwide. The Council’s activities are coordinated through its secretariat in London. 

The Council operates under a publicly available Articles of Association which govern its structure and work. 

Annual reports

Our Financial Reports and Statements from 2007-17 are available on this website. Please click below to find out more.  

Annual reports

Our people

The World Energy Council works with a diverse range of people from across the globe.  All the people in our extensive network have one thing in common - a focus on promoting the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people. 

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