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. Read it here.

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: Younghoon David Kim

david-kim_chair-world-energy-council-2016Younghoon David Kim, from South Korea, is Chair of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman & CEO of the Daesung Group.

Younghoon David Kim became the Chair of the World Energy Council at the close of the 2016 World Energy Congress in October 2016 and will occupy the post until September 2019. He is chairman and CEO of the Daesung Group, one of South Korea’s oldest energy conglomerates.

Mr. Kim was previously Co-Chair (2013-2016) and Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia (2005-2011) for the Council. Mr. Kim was the Co-Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2013 World Energy Congress, Daegu, South Korea. In recognition of the success of the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, Mr. Kim was awarded the Seo Sang-don Award in 2014, which honors the achievements of an outstanding Korean business leader.

Mr. Kim served as Co-Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2015 World Water Forum, which was held in South Korea. Mr. Kim also has served on the Energy Council of Korea, advising the government on national energy policy and securing energy resources. The Mongolian government awarded Mr. Kim, the Order of the Polestar, its highest honor for a foreign national in 2008 recognition of his contribution to the fight against desertification in the Gobi Desert with Daesung’s SolaWin 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.

Mr. Kim joined the Daesung Group in 1988 as Vice President, served as President from 1994 to 2000, and has been Chairman and CEO since 2000. He is the main shareholder in the group. Previously, he worked at Citibank in Seoul beginning in 1981. Mr. Kim has focused on diversifying the Daesung Group’s activities. Daesung is responsible for supplying 20 percent of the residential natural gas market in South Korea. In addition, Daesung has developed electric power and renewable energy sources, including landfill gas-to-energy, a combined-cycle gas power station, and Korea’s first solar power tower system.

Mr. Kim, 64, was born in Daegu, South Korea and a received a Bachelor of Law degree from Seoul National University, a Master of Comparative Law degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Theology degree from the Harvard Divinity School. His hobbies are traditional Korean archery, swimming and hiking. He is married to Kim Jeong-yoon and they have four children.

Co-Chair Jean-Marie Dauger

OFF_Jean_marie_DaugerJean-Marie Dauger is Co-Chair of the World Energy Council.

“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 Chair of the World Energy Council’s Studies Committee.

 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 - Dr Elham Ibrahim

elham-mahmoud-ibrahimDr Elham Ibrahim is Vice Chair for Africa of the World Energy Council.   She is also Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission.

Dr. Ibrahim has a Ph.D. in Electronics and Communications, M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, and B.Sc. in Communication Engineering. 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.

She has held various posts among which: First Under Secretary of State, Under Secretary of State for International cooperation in the Ministry of Electricity and Energy in Egypt, General Manager for training and promotion, Director of photovoltaic, research and testing department in the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA); in Cairo; Associate professor at the Girl’s Faculty in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Senior Engineer at the High Dam Power Station, Aswan, and Researcher at the National Research Center, Cairo.

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.

Shigeru Muraki joined Tokyo Gas in 1972 after graduating Applied Chemical Department of Tokyo University. He started his career at Research & Development Institute, and he was appointed in New York as the chief representative from 1989 to 1994. From 1996 through 2004, he worked in Gas Resources Dept. He was promoted to senior executive officer and CTO in 2004. In 2007, he moved to Energy Solution Division in charge of marketing in commercial and industrial markets and power business. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010 and Vice Chairman in 2014.

Europe - Cédric Lewandowski

Cédric Lewandowski is the Vice Chair for Europe of the World Energy Council. He is also Executive Director of the EDF Group, in charge of the Division of Innovation, Strategy and Planning.

Cédric Lewandowski is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Advanced Geopolitical Studies from the University of Paris-VIII. In May 2012, Cedric Lewandowski was named Chief of Staff of both the civil and military branches of the French Ministry of Defense. He was formerly Director of the EDF Territorial Authorities Division of EDF Commerce from 2008 to 2012, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the H4 Corporation from 2009 to 2012, Director of the SAFIDI Corporation from 2009 to 2012, and Chairman of the Board of the TITU Corporation, also from 2009 to 2012. He began his career at EDF in 1998 as the president’s Chief of Staff from 1998 to 2004, and later served as Director of the Electric Transport and Vehicles Division from 2005 to 2008.

Cédric Lewandowski is Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.

Latin American & Caribbean - Claudia Cronenbold Harnes

Claudia CronenboldClaudia Cronenbold Harnes is Vice Chair of the World Energy Council for the Latin American & Caribbean Region. She is also Chair of the Board of the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons & Energy.

Claudia is the first woman to lead the CHBE.  She also chairs the Bolivian Committee of the World Energy Council and is First Vice President of the Santa Cruz Private Businessmen Federation (Federación de Empresarios Privados de Santa Cruz, FEPSC). From 2004 to 2009 she was accountable for the portfolio decisions and business evaluations in the Petrobras International Area. The portfolio had projects in twenty seven countries and throughout the hydrocarbon chain: upstream, downstream, gas and energy.

Claudia is Alumni of the Harvard Business School and has studied Industrial Engineering in the Public University Gabriel Rene Moreno; has an MBA in Management of International Business in the IBEMEC, Brazil and also did the Leadership Development in Harvard Business School.

Gulf States/Middle East - Ibrahim Muhanna

ibrahim-al-muhannaDr Ibrahim Al-Muhanna is the World Energy Council Vice Chair for the Gulf States/Middle East.  He is also Adviser to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr Al-Muhanna has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from King Saud University, an MA in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University. Dr Al-Muhanna has a long career in academics and public services.

Dr. Al-Muhanna has also published numerous articles (academic and non-academic) in both Arabic and English.

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.

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”.

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 - Robert Hanf

robert-hanfRobert Hanf is the Vice Chair for North America of the World Energy Council.He is also Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Emera Inc.

Bob has held progressively senior roles within the Emera group of companies, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. Prior to that, Bob served as Chief Legal Officer for Emera in Halifax, Executive Chairman of Light & Power Holdings in Barbados and President and COO at Bangor Hydro Electric Company in Maine.

Bob serves as Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board and sits on the Dalhousie University Board of Governors. He is a member of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Energy Council of Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors (Atlantic Chapter) and recently completed his Masters of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology.

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 2019, UAE Organising Committee - Matar Al Neyadi

Dr. MatarDr Matar Al Neyadi is Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2019  World Energy Congress.   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’.

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.

Studies - Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum

Dr Leonhard Birnbaum is Vice Chair of the Studies Committee 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.

Programme - Eric Martel

Eric Martel is Chair-elect of the Programme Committee of the World Energy Council. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec.

Mr. Martel worked at Bombardier from 2002 to 2015. He served as President of Bombardier Business Aircraft until June 15, 2015. He also served as President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various high-profile international companies in the aerospace manufacturing sector, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce, as well as for Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1991) from Université Laval. He has been actively involved in Centraide of Greater Montréal since the early 2000s.

Communications and Strategy - José Antonio Vargas Lleras

Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

José Antonio Vargas Lleras is Chair of the Communications & Strategy Committee of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman of the Colombian Committee of the Council 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.