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Dr Ibrahim Al-Muhanna

Dr Ibrahim Al-Muhanna

Vice Chair for the Gulf States/Middle East

Dr Al-Muhanna is also Adviser to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht

Chair, Finance Committee

Dr. Barbknecht is a Former Member of the Executive Board of VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, one of the leading energy companies in Germany.

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Tania Baumann

Tania Baumann

Chief Operating Officer

Tania is responsible for the secretariat’s operations, including staffing, legal, financial and governance matters.

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Dr Leonhard Birnbaum

Dr Leonhard Birnbaum

Chair, Studies

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.

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Oleg Budargin

Oleg Budargin

Vice Chair, 25th World Energy Congress

Mr. 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”.

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Jean-Marie Dauger

Jean-Marie Dauger

Chair

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

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Christoph Frei

Christoph Frei

Advisor to the Secretary General

Since joining the World Energy Council in 2009, Dr Frei’s priorities have been to mobilise international energy leaders and decision-makers to work together towards building a sustainable future.

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Claudia Cronenbold Harnes

Claudia Cronenbold Harnes

Vice Chair for Latin America & the Caribbean

Claudia also chairs the Bolivian Committee of the World Energy Council and is First Vice President of the Santa Cruz Private Businessmen Federation

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Dr Elham Ibrahim

Dr Elham Ibrahim

Vice Chair for Africa

Over a number of years, Dr. Ibrahim has served in the areas of academic research, electrical energy production & interconnection, energy strategies and policies and international cooperation

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